Pedaled too far.
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: La Petite Roche
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.
"He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London
Originally Posted by Bjforrestal
I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.
Last edited by Artkansas; 02-13-12 at 02:05 PM.