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Old 02-13-12, 08:48 AM   #1
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Interesting find in a local Antique shop

Not sure why this bike was in an antique shop since with disk brakes and belt drive, I don't think it can be that old. It did catch my eye.

I would have loved to give it a spin, but a sign on the bike said to not sit on it until after you had paid for it. Guess a test ride would be out of the question.
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Old 02-13-12, 09:01 AM   #2
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Looks like a home made or custom frankenbike. Maybe try the alt bike and c&v boards for info?
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Old 02-13-12, 09:06 AM   #3
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It's a Redline Rain City Chopper 25th anniversary limited edition. I thought it looked cool, though I have no idea if it is at all practical to ride. I also have no idea who or what Redline is.
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From having misspent much of my life on and around motorcycles, I can assure you that a bike with that kicked out front end won't want to turn. Most motorcycles like that travel to bike shows on trailers.
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Old 02-13-12, 09:30 AM   #5
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Redline used to be known for their BMX stuff, then they branched out into road and MTB bikes. They are currently a house brand for SBS. Decent bikes for the money. I have a Redline 9.2.5 single speed and a Redline R530 city bike. Well made decent quality components. A sister brand is Torker.

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I'd be suspicious of that, i recognize that frame from my WalMart days, just can't remember if its the same one that Huffy used, or the one used for Pacific's West Coast Chopper bikes. I think the latter, because the Huffy looked like it didn't have enough bracing to hold up for long.
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That looks like a great parade bike. The crossmember in the framing and the disk brake in the front tell me that it was probably engineered pretty well. Here are the specs I found.

Frame - Redline Chopper
Fork - Chopper
Headset - Tioga
Rims - Alex
Hubs - Sealed
Spokes - DT Swiss
Tires - Michelin
Wheel Size - 24 Front / 20 Rear
Crank - Truvativ
Bottom Bracket - Truvativ Isis
Chain Ring - Truvativ
Rear Cogs - Shimano
Chain - Belt Drive
Pedals - Redline
Brakes - Tektro Mechincal Disc
Brake Levers - Avid
Grips - Leather
Saddle - Redline Embroidered
Extras - Tear Drop Tank

According to a review on Collectors Weekly, it's no Walmart bike.

I know this is not the typical 'vintage' bicycle, but it is a limited production and very cool bike! It's a Red Line 'Rain City' chopper, there were only 1,500 made and this is number 1,048. It's unique in that it has front and rear disc brakes and it's belt drive (instead of chain).
The only thing I've changed is the seat, as the original is so unconfortable that is was barely rideable! The only other thing I might change is the rear hub, it really needs a 3-speed to make riding long distances easier.


Rain City Chopper review

I have a Giant Stiletto which is similar, though the front wheel isn't kicked out quite as much. The biggest problem is that you need to be a midget to ride it comfortably. Motorcycle choppers are meant to be ridden with bent knees. A bike you need to be able to straighten out your legs.

That could be fun if you want a great toy bike. My stiletto was mostly used for riding around the neighborhood to blow off some steam, but now with a change of employment, finds its true worth in parades. For that it is stellar. With the high pedals and the big diameter tires I can actually do some appealingly tight doughnuts, and all the kids along the parade route want it. It's stable on the road. Going to the parade I have one long hill on the way and going down it's fast, stable and fun. Of course, it's so heavy and has no really low gears so I have to walk it back up the hill after the parade.

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Schwinn and Electra have both made similar bikes IIRC.

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A Redline was the hottest bike you could ride in 1980.
Sorry about that. In my day, it was the Schwinn stingray. By the time the 80s came around, I was not riding that much.
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Not sure why this bike was in an antique shop since with disk brakes and belt drive, I don't think it can be that old. It did catch my eye.

I would have loved to give it a spin, but a sign on the bike said to not sit on it until after you had paid for it. Guess a test ride would be out of the question.

If you are a serious buyer, you could definitely test drive it the sign is to keep people and children (with no intent to buy) from sitting on it and possibly damaging it.
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Where is this shop at, bike looks pretty cool. How much did they want for it, I want it now LOL
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Old 04-22-12, 04:59 PM   #12
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Potlatch Id. They wanted $800. I have not been back since taking the picture, so I don't know if it is still there.
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I see thank you. You don't happen to remember the name do you? I'm from the Chicago area and saw there was about seven in Potlatch Id. I have a Schwinn Stingray Spoiler it looks somewhat similar but that one looks pretty sweet as well.
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Old 04-22-12, 08:36 PM   #14
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Nope, but it is probably the only antique shop in Potlatch.
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