1973 Harrigan Special
Early Nor-Cal Iron
Way back in the stone age when BMX was young. A great deal of
innovation was being done in order to get that extra edge. This was not
limited to the So-Cal scene. The more I look into it, the more I
realize how the whole scene was moving in different parts of the
country in parallel, or just weeks behind. This is specially true of
the NOR-Cal scene.
A while back the OM and I had a good talk about how BMX spread like wildfire. He mentioned going up to Nor-Cal and battling it out with The Silver Shield BMX team which included people like Friendly Fred, John Wells among others. He also mentioned a certain Pete Harrigan and his bikes. Thanks to Mike "Spike" Rush (another Nor-Cal 70s icon,) I managed to get one of Pete's innovative frames.
The frame is a modified Schwinn Sting Ray. Main reason was in order to run longer cranks.
The last picture shows where the bike was cut and rewelded along with a cool chainstay reinforcement
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- Company: Hand Made
- Material: Other
- Headtube size: 1"
- Details Pete Harrigan Special frame Ashtabula non-reinforced fork Schwinn Stem Matthews bars Unknown grips Early Messinger seat Generic Seat clamp Schwinn Seatpost Shimano B type Coaster brake Schwinn Headset Schwinn Bottom Bracket Schwinn "Diamond" crank with Schwinn Sprocket Araya Dimpled heavy duty rims Asahi 105 Spokes Cheng Shin Tires Schwinn Approved large Flange front hub