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#1 2007-11-27 11:51am

reilley1
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1973 Harrigan Special

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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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Yawn..

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#2 2007-12-01 8:29pm

jaddison
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Re: 1973 Harrigan Special

Thanks for posting this gem. I wish my Schwinn Sting Ray looked like that back in the day. I would like to take that on the track today. LOL

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#3 2008-03-18 6:41pm

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Re: 1973 Harrigan Special

wow what a stunna.....I really like this bike. It just screams old school.....could you go into what all they did around the BB...


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#4 2008-04-09 7:42pm

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Re: 1973 Harrigan Special

The bike won best of 70s at the recent Gonzo's BBQ.  smile

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#5 2009-03-05 6:56pm

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#6 2009-09-10 11:07am

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#7 2010-04-03 8:12am

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Re: 1973 Harrigan Special

Dude, without a doubt, you have some of the COOLEST early BMX bikes around! I can't stop going through your bikes!

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#8 2010-10-04 10:16am

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Re: 1973 Harrigan Special

Extremely cool 9and very important) part of history. Great to see.
Mike

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#9 2010-11-21 1:30pm

oakland66
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Re: 1973 Harrigan Special

I too grew up Oakland and my first BMX resembled this one. I remember my dad taking me to Berkeley Schwinn and buying me the knobby tires, handlebars, grips and a new seat to put on my 1971 green stingray. We pulled off the fenders,bars,and seat and swapped out the parts. I think I was about 7 and it was probobly 1973. Got a real BMX the following year.

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#10 2010-11-21 1:31pm

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Re: 1973 Harrigan Special

Oh yeah and thanks for taking me back! Your bike is Very , Very  Sweeeeet!!!

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#11 2011-07-10 3:21am

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Re: 1973 Harrigan Special

SHOWOFF!cool


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#12 2012-08-08 10:35am

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Re: 1973 Harrigan Special

I love the chop job for the longer cranks. big_smile Awesome. Just faved it.

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#13 2013-05-31 7:27pm

JoszJay
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Re: 1973 Harrigan Special

sick big_smile

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#14 2013-09-03 6:45am

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Re: 1973 Harrigan Special

on a "cool factor" scale of 1 to 10 this things a solid 12. Im a midschool guy all the way but this is one oldschool ride id take in a heartbeat. you did an awesome job on the resto/build to ( im assuming you had to do some work to it at least ). Did you get it like this or did you have to rebuild it ? if so you should put a thread up about the restoration/build. Id be really interested in knowing more about it and im sure a lot of other members would be to. especially since its a solid piece of bmx history from the beginning.  without stuff like this there wouldn't be a midschool for guys like me... big_smile

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#15 2015-09-26 2:33pm

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Re: 1973 Harrigan Special

Wow!  The one color on a bike that turns my head every time and it being made the same year I was born makes it even cooler.  Do you actually ride this bike?  I would love to know how a bike of this age handles.


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