1986 Redline RL-20 Prostyler
Prostyler, you Heavy Duty Do-It-All, You Broke my Heart!
This awesome ride arrived a surprise gift from my Old Man on Christmas morning 1985 and departed as a gut-wrenching theft in 1996. I'd saved up for a new bike for years while pimping up my 1982 Ross Snapper. The Old Man surprised me by sneaking off with the Ross for a trade-in at Eddy's Bike Shop in Stow, Ohio. He then hid this heavenly machine in the retired neighbors' basement for a month before bringing it out that morning.
From the get-go, this thing was unstoppable! Me and this bike did it all: Riding, racing, jumping, 'styling, hauling buddies on the front and rear platform pegs or delivering papers after school. I would alternate between the original street tires and knobbiest for the winter. I wore the ink off the stickers, the treads down to nylon and the Elyna seat and Oakley grips until smooth. The frame, Forklifter stem, Peregrine mags, Sugino one-piece cranks, paint and all other components were in primo shape when I took this guy to college with me in the mid-90s.
It was there where the legendary Prostyler was snatched out of a basement office, never to be seen again. Whoever poached it, as much of a hell-bound douche as you may be, I hope you got as much enjoyment out of that bike as I did!
I'm really happy to be on the site to see everyone out there still into these original-era bikes. I'm psyched to see all your careful restorations, attention to detail and love of the lifestyle!
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