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Rock_Bottom 07-03-04 08:50 PM

I just got my first BMX, a mid 80's Redline Pro Styler II about a week ago. The Bike is in good condition, but is missing a few parts. I don't really know anything about BMX, but I have wanted to get started for a while now because I tried it once and loved it. I have a billion questions, so bear with me.

Do all BMXs have 20" wheels? Is the tire itself included in that number or is it just the rim?
Is Skyway a reputable company? The Bike came with Skyway Tuff Wheelz II rims. Are those any good?
What makes a good rim?
Does it really matter what kind of tires I have?
Does it make a difference if I have a nice brake handle or not?
Do brakes go bad as they get old?
Are brake cables expensive to have installed?
What are some good brands to look at?
What are some bad brands to avoid?
What makes a good pedal?

Thanks for your help guys.

EDIT: oh yeah, I forgot to ask, how much is this bike worth?

PGZX3 07-03-04 10:01 PM

Do all BMXs have 20" wheels? no, cruisers run 24" and there are a few with 26" wheels. Is the tire itself included in that number or is it just the rim? just the rim, tires come in all sizes, I recommend a 2.25x20 for a front and a 1.95 or 2.15x20 for a rear....unless you're planning on riding ramps then you might be better off with around a 2.15x20 front and rear maybe bigger...
Is Skyway a reputable company? The Bike came with Skyway Tuff Wheelz II rims. Are those any good?
What makes a good rim? skyway made some really popular wheels back in the day but these days they are not up to par as far as a nice set of wheels goes.... a good wheelset can be defined primarily as having a double wall rim (minimum) and nice sealed hub
Does it really matter what kind of tires I have? no, all depends upon where you intend to ride...there are alot of nice street and dirt tires on the market these days
Does it make a difference if I have a nice brake handle or not? plastic handles suck, otherwise any aluminum brake lever you see at any bike shop or ebay (ebay is your friend) will do
Do brakes go bad as they get old? yes, brake pads go bad over time, and I would venture to say the original brakes on that bike need some tweaking or replacement to be reliable for bmxing
Are brake cables expensive to have installed? no, it wouldnt be too much, but I guarantee you could do it yourself with a little patience
What are some good brands to look at? what brand cables?? I would say odyssey or anything from your local bike shop
What are some bad brands to avoid? with the brake cables??? none really
What makes a good pedal? any type of cage like Wellgo or S&M will suffice or even some Primo Meat Tenderizers
EDIT: oh yeah, I forgot to ask, how much is this bike worth? no clue...some collectors might give up to $100...if they were looking specifically for it...

Rock_Bottom 07-04-04 10:50 AM

Thanks PGZX3.
I think I need to clairify a couple of my questions. I have 16.5" rims. Will that be a problem when I am trying to find some tires?
Are the old Skyway rims any good or are they all considered bad now?
what is a double wall rim? How do you know if it is a nice sealed rim.

If I need to buy new rims, will any standard size (Is there one?) work for the bike or will I have to find another pair of 16 inchers?

What are some good brands for parts in general, not nessicarily just cables.
Thanks.

PGZX3 07-04-04 12:07 PM

hmmm...as far as the bike you are talking about goes.....16.5" rims are a smaller size than the conventional bmx bike..... You might be able to find parts for it, but its going to be rough, who is this bike for btw???

skyway rims are generally considered outdated.....however for normal riding, they will do.

double wall rim is the construction of the rim itself, and a sealed hub can be identified by the bearings inside of the hub itself, I assume you're purchasing these parts from a bike shop, they will tell you when you purchase the wheels what the specific components are.

standard size for bmx wheels is 20 inches, you will have to stick to the size the frame was made for....

and good brands for parts??? I have never been too picky about the parts I rode....pretty much anything you find at a bmx specific bike shop will do just fine, there was a shop called Off Road Peddler back in houston that always carried top notch parts....You can find similar stores online at www.danscomp.com or www.empirebmx.com


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