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#1 2007-08-19 1:37pm

JT
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1974 Redline Squareback

http://bmxmuseum.com/image/2006_1974_rl_squareback_jtfreestyle__.jpg http://bmxmuseum.com/image/2006_jtfreestyle_75_rl_cbr_hub.jpg http://bmxmuseum.com/image/2006_jtfreestyle_75_rl_gusset_copy0.jpg http://bmxmuseum.com/image/2006_jtfreestyle_75_rl_squareback.jpg

1974 Redline Squareback

One owner, original finish, and 151st frame built, rare white decals

My Schwinn Stingray was cool but once I saw On Any Sunday in '72 and knew that other kids were BMX'ing I had to get a real BMX bike! My local bike shop stated that this motorcycle company was producing BMX frame and forks. Being involved with MX I had to get one. My Mom had a fit on how much a frame and fork was then!

The bike was awesome to ride and indestructible! The geometry, gusset, and beefy square tubing made this bike so aesthetically gnarly! The frame and fork were replaced in '78 when I switched to Torkers. It's been sitting at my Mom's house until 2005 when she wanted to clear out my bike stuff. Built it up with the original Redline prototype stem, Schwinn seat post clamp, and Mesinger seat.

So here it is!

VEHICLE
Frame - Redline Squareback
Fork - Redline
Stem - Redline prototype double clamp stem
Bars - DG
Grips - Oury
Pads - Speedo
Headset - Schwinn
Rims - Araya 7b's
Front hub - Cook Brothers
Tires - Cheng Shin
Rear Hub - Schwinn "Redline" with Bendix coaster
Cranks - Campagnolo
Bottom Bracket - Standard
Pedals - Union rattrap
Chain - Schwinn
Seat - Mesinger
Seat post clamp - Schwinn
Seat post - steel


http://bmxmuseum.com/img/view-bike-in-museum.gif

Last edited by JT (2007-08-19 2:02pm)


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#2 2007-08-19 8:38pm

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Re: 1974 Redline Squareback

YA !!!!!


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#3 2007-09-15 7:24am

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Re: 1974 Redline Squareback

Wow, that looks like a motorcycle rear end?  Looks really cool and never seen a stem like that?

sweet!

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#4 2007-11-15 2:40pm

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Re: 1974 Redline Squareback

This was a prototype stem and only seen on the Redline suspension bike in '75.  Simple design but difficult to adjust the stem bolt and clamp bolts.

Byron Friday tested this and reported them breaking so the stem was designed with the forward support and beefier clamps.


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#5 2007-11-15 2:59pm

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Re: 1974 Redline Squareback

Now thats what i call a survivor !!!!

VERY NICE !!!


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#6 2007-12-12 12:52pm

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Re: 1974 Redline Squareback

WOW, what a BIKE!!!  That is so great you have had it all this time, nice job.

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#7 2007-12-13 10:53am

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Re: 1974 Redline Squareback

Completely badass.  Gotta love those cut angle chainstays.  You can really see Redline's motorcycle roots in this frame.

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#8 2008-01-31 5:53pm

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Re: 1974 Redline Squareback

When I was a kid I thought it looked so cool but it didn't ride well for me so I really didn'nt thrash it at all.  Squarebacks are so trick and has anyone seen a older serial number than 151?  So glad my Mom didn't sell this guy in one of her "garage sales"!!

Having the early RL stem is rad too.  Glad you all enjoy it as much as me for the last 33 years!!!


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#9 2008-01-31 7:12pm

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Re: 1974 Redline Squareback

You have the absolute coolest collection. Crikey. This bike is super freaking cool, too.


Bikes owned 1978-1989: '78 Schwinn Scrambler 36/36, '78 Redline Proline, '77 Redline MX-II, '79 Thruster, '79 Torker, '77 Roger DeCoster, '80 JMC, '80 Fuji Feather, '81 Boss (STOLEN!), '82 Hutch Pro, '82 Patterson, '83 GT Pro, '83 Profile Champ Pro

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#10 2008-02-02 12:29pm

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Re: 1974 Redline Squareback

That bike is absolutley great!!

thank you for holding on to it for so long.

JT wrote:

This was a prototype stem and only seen on the Redline suspension bike in '75.  Simple design but difficult to adjust the stem bolt and clamp bolts.

Byron Friday tested this and reported them breaking so the stem was designed with the forward support and beefier clamps.

The design change was called the "Redline Slantline stem" I'll take a picture of mine soon and post it up

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#11 2008-04-27 10:43am

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Re: 1974 Redline Squareback

Yes, I talked to Byron about the stems and he snapped a few.  I can't imagine riding parts that could snap and when they did how you survive.  Byron was crazy then and still to this day!

http://www.jtfreestyle.com/media/picts/Bikes/parts/1977%20Redline%20Slantline%20stem.jpg

Thanks for the + feedback!

Last edited by JT (2008-04-27 10:44am)


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#12 2008-06-03 12:24am

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Re: 1974 Redline Squareback

Very Very Nice Redline.smile

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#13 2008-08-06 4:47pm

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Re: 1974 Redline Squareback

beautiful squareback! damn jeff, all your rides are class all the way. kudos!

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#14 2009-01-06 8:04pm

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Re: 1974 Redline Squareback

Thanks for the feedback and really glad I could build it up again to share with everyone on the site!  One of these days I'll get to my other RL's?


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Started Freestyle in 1979
Started JTFreestyle Bike shop in 1984
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#15 2009-01-06 8:50pm

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Re: 1974 Redline Squareback

crazy! 74 redline, are you kidding me?!  amazing!!


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#16 2009-01-28 12:22am

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Re: 1974 Redline Squareback

Damn SWEET collection , id love to get my paws on 1 of these


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#17 2009-02-07 9:57am

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Re: 1974 Redline Squareback

The squarebacks have been selling recently so in this economy you may get a good price on one?

Thanks for the feedback and glad to share some Redline history


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Started Freestyle in 1979
Started JTFreestyle Bike shop in 1984
Still BMX and Freestylin', Google JTFreestyle Com

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#18 2009-06-27 10:03am

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Re: 1974 Redline Squareback

where is the serial number stamped at?


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#19 2009-06-27 10:09am

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Re: 1974 Redline Squareback

How did I miss this one? This is one of the coolest bikes here. WOW!


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#20 2009-07-06 7:52pm

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Re: 1974 Redline Squareback

Squareback serial numbers are stamped on the bottom bracket underside

Thanks for the + feedback and adding more of my Redline collection soon


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Started Freestyle in 1979
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#21 2009-11-08 7:29am

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Re: 1974 Redline Squareback

MY SERIAL NUMBER IS STAMPED ON THE HEADTUBE.


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#22 2009-11-08 8:03pm

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Re: 1974 Redline Squareback

I believe KenC has a '74 with the stamp on the headtube as well. Or maybe he said there was no stamp? Can't remember...

This bike is surely a "Holy Grail" and another stellar build. JT your collection is too sick! cool

I'm very intrigued by the stem on this one... So basically the first Redline Stems came out in '75? I've always been a bit confused on the versions/timelines of early Redline stems and V-Bars.

Not to go too far off topic on this thread JT, but could you shed some light on the V-Bar and stem timeline? Do you know if the first V-Bars were Nickel and were they stamped? Sizes?

Also, I recently bought this bike from a member here and was wondering which version of Redline stem it was... I'm thinking it might be the 2nd version?

The pics aren't great, but you can sort of see it here:

http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/mongoose/17011


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#23 2010-04-13 10:35pm

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Re: 1974 Redline Squareback

Seiously Jt as in JT Racing USA?


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#24 2010-04-14 1:19pm

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Re: 1974 Redline Squareback

I'm very intrigued by the stem on this one... So basically the first Redline Stems came out in '75? I've always been a bit confused on the versions/timelines of early Redline stems and V-Bars.

Not to go too far off topic on this thread JT, but could you shed some light on the V-Bar and stem timeline? Do you know if the first V-Bars were Nickel and were they stamped? Sizes?

Sorry I missed this post until now.




The first RL prototype stem 1975 - 1977
http://www.jtfreestyle.com/media/picts/Bikes/1976%20RL%20stem%20prototype%20JTFreestyle.jpg

1977 RL Double clamp stem is released with the early prototype clamps
http://www.jtfreestyle.com/media/picts/Bikes/2008%201977%20Torker%20Big%20Boy%20stem%20JTFreestyle_.jpg

Late 1977 the new stamped clamps came out
http://www.jtfreestyle.com/media/picts/Bikes/1978%20RL%20STem%20JTFreestyle.jpg

1979 Dennis Dain replica Redline
http://www.jtfreestyle.com/media/picts/Bikes/1979%20RL%20Dain%20stem%20JTFreestyle_.jpg

As for the V bars, yes they were Nickel for the first ones and unstamped.  26" x 9" with a deep V bar bend which gave the bar a great look and a tad of flex compared to a straight crossbar per Linn Kastan.  As for the oval logo stamping I recall bars in '79 having them with the sticker also.  Production was moved overseas in '79 and not sure when the square letter stamp logo was exactly used after all the oval stamps were distributed?

Hope that helps?


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Started Freestyle in 1979
Started JTFreestyle Bike shop in 1984
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#25 2010-12-25 1:09pm

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Re: 1974 Redline Squareback

It is like stepping back in time!!!
Thanks for sharing.

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