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#1 2010-10-10 12:57pm

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1964 Sears Spaceliner 26

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1964 Sears Spaceliner 26

Modified for BMX

Thanks to Marty Brown there are three photographs of my first BMX crusier. It started life as a 1964 model 24" Sears Spaceliner. I found the frame in 1981 and started building a cruiser for BMX racing. It was cut down, braces added for support, and headtube angle modified. Low-end bmx forks, 26" Araya 7X rims, yellow snakebelly 26" tires - sometimes a street black wall tire was run in back as in photo. Seat was a Uni-seat it also had low-end handlebars and clamp as well as Suntour gears and Dia-Compe brakes front and rear with TerryCable cables. Although it had many wins, I am a poor welder and the frame eventually let go at a NBL National race and was thrown away.


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#2 2010-10-11 8:40am

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Re: 1964 Sears Spaceliner 26

That was a really cool modified cruiser!

It looks like a cross between a mini and a cruiser.  Cool.

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#3 2010-10-12 5:46am

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Re: 1964 Sears Spaceliner 26

Monster-Robot wrote:

That was a really cool modified cruiser!

It looks like a cross between a mini and a cruiser.  Cool.

Monster-Robot,
Thanks,
I never really fit well on a normal 26" cruiser so I made this one as small as possible. It seemed to handle very well (up until the frame let go) and we were quite successful with it. I believe that my gas welding made the mild steel too brittle and the frame broke. I do wish I still had it but who keeps a broken homemade bike for 30 years?
Mike

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#4 2010-11-20 8:02am

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Re: 1964 Sears Spaceliner 26

Cool photos! Has to be Madison Township race track with the yellow Doors BMX banners?


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#5 2010-11-22 3:55am

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Re: 1964 Sears Spaceliner 26

BMX 10K wrote:

Cool photos! Has to be Madison Township race track with the yellow Doors BMX banners?

Great memory, I couldn't place the track, thanks for the observation on the Dorr's banners. Has to be Madison BMX.

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#6 2011-06-22 6:01pm

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Re: 1964 Sears Spaceliner 26

I love it!


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#7 2011-10-30 8:32am

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Re: 1964 Sears Spaceliner 26

One heck of a ride! cool


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#8 2011-12-22 8:24am

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Re: 1964 Sears Spaceliner 26

Awesome bike, right in there with the innovation and experimentation of the early years. Love the vintage photos too!


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#9 2012-01-16 6:49am

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Re: 1964 Sears Spaceliner 26

Thanks everybody!

JAF wrote:

Awesome bike, right in there with the innovation and experimentation of the early years. Love the vintage photos too!

It really was an experiment in changing traction, turn-in, general handling, weight, jumping and all that BMX was. There were actually two Sears Sapceliners that I built and both broke. I wasn't really that hard on them, just a terrible welder. I do have great memories of trying to make the bike very competitive at a national level.

Mike

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#10 2012-04-24 4:34pm

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Re: 1964 Sears Spaceliner 26

I have a womens 1962 Spaceliner... ALL CHROME!!!! It's sweet, but this is SUPER-SWEET!!!


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#11 2012-06-12 9:49am

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Re: 1964 Sears Spaceliner 26

Man too bad it didnt survive!!    sad    That frame looked killer.


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#12 2013-04-11 12:41pm

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Re: 1964 Sears Spaceliner 26

smile

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#13 2014-09-23 4:22pm

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Re: 1964 Sears Spaceliner 26

Really nice big_smile kool how you ride cool
Rad bicycle, i really like the bike size.


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#14 2015-03-28 10:47am

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Re: 1964 Sears Spaceliner 26

Nice cruiser! Thanks for sharing- would be cool to see that at a show, if it wasn't scrap iron.

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#15 2016-05-26 9:39pm

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Re: 1964 Sears Spaceliner 26

Another race day photo
http://i398.photobucket.com/albums/pp66/ReddyZ06/11R.jpg

After two days of racing in rain
http://i398.photobucket.com/albums/pp66/ReddyZ06/PICT0223.jpg

After Ft Hamilton Ohio NBL WoS race
http://i398.photobucket.com/albums/pp66/ReddyZ06/Starliner.jpg

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