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#1 2012-10-18 10:04am

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The Great Auburn Freestyle Project!

So after almost two years of dawdling and putting things off (life just LVOES to get in the way of things), I've finally begun turning my Auburn into a freestyle bike.

I started with my cherry, one-owner (me) Auburn.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e315/tommyshameless1978/DSC00739.jpg

After dispensing with the CR bars, the seat post, seat, forks, cranks, pedals, and the threadless setup, that reduced the parts down considerably.

I decided to go with my mint in the box NOS Spin Tech setup. This required the addition of this to the top tube...

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e315/tommyshameless1978/DSC00761.jpg

That has since been welded in place and is quite lovely.

I also decided to go with a set of Standing Gear (copies), a (Tioga, I believe) layback seat post with the little looping standing platform, and a set of Tioga Air Step bars.

I just sent all of it out this morning to Chip at C4, to do the frame, rear triangle, fork, bars and post in pure, bright white. A big fat order is on its way from Porkchop at the moment, loaded with all sorts of blue anodized gorgeous goodness.

And I went ahead and designed my own decal set for it, using the stock decals as a jumping off point. They were green and chrome, but I went in a different direction that will really gel with the white and blue.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e315/tommyshameless1978/AuburnDecalsRevised_zpsd1c68f29.jpg

I also decided to keep the factory rims, and I just got a set of blue Comp III style 20x1.75's.

The Porkchop stuff should be here tomorrow, and Chip said he will have the frame and other bits back to me by the middle of next week, so this will be going together quick!

Stay tuned!


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#2 2012-10-18 10:06am

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Oh, and I almost forgot to mention...I will actually be doing very little freestyling with it, in spite of the bars, forks, Tech 77's and Spin Tech setup. In fact, I will be racing this bike. At Shoreham, on Long Island, when I move back there in a few months.

The best part is, I spoke with one of the higher-up officials about the parts I will be using, and he gave the Air Step bars the green light, so long as the ends are capped.

This. Will. Be. Rad.


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#3 2012-10-18 10:58am

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I mean no offense to this but......wouldn't it have been easier to start with much less of a bike. Like an Auburn frame/Fork setup or half complete bike. I'm just saying that your starting with a completely origanal one owner super clean Auburn and turning it into a completely differnt bike alltogether hmm
I think you could have accomplished that with any bike.....


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#4 2012-10-18 11:21am

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I'm w/the post above.  It's your bike and all but it is a shame to see what you're turning it in to.....and you're still going to race it?  Why?????  neutral


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#5 2012-10-18 11:22am

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nice! dig the graphics. can't wait to see how this one comes out!!!


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#6 2012-10-18 11:26am

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marked for later viewing


Addiction? what Addiction? I'm not Addicted! Damn i keep buying parts.             

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#7 2012-10-18 12:02pm

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Believe me guys, I am fully expecting and prepared to catch heat for doing this. But, allow me to plead my case here.

It is a one owner bike, and that one owner is me. I decided to try to get back into BMX about 11 years ago, and went down to a little mom and pop bike shop where I found this sitting in the showroom. It had never sold. It was just sitting in there for 5 or 6 years, gathering dust. I raced it very sporadically, but the Florida heat and work scheduling combined forces to mostly keep me from being steadily active at the time. It also doesn't help that the local track is almost never even open. So, away went the bike, still pretty much mint.

I learned that, even though I didn't really love the style of the bike, I absolutely adored the frame geometry. The rest of the parts didn't really do much for me.

But I always preferred freestyle bikes. When I was growing up, nobody had race-specific bikes. Just freestyle bikes that were used for pretty much everything. So, that has always been my preferred flavor.

Still, I didn't want to seperate this bike, since it was complete and super clean. So I tried for years to sell the bike on here. Lots of people liked it, but nobody wanted to buy it. So, I tried repeatedly to trade it. Still, no luck. I would get a ton of grief everytime I would mention turning it into something more my speed, but these people were nowhere to be found whenever I would try to actually sell it or trade it in the interest of keeping it intact. So, I finally decided that if I am going to be the keeper of the Auburn, I'm going to turn it into the bike I want and actually use it again.

Now that I am going to be getting active in racing again (finally) when I move back home to Long Island, I'm going to need a bike to race. I love the feel of this frame, and I am building it to suit my tastes.

But seriously guys, I tried for YEARS to keep it intact and find it a new home, and I was pricing it very fairly. I tried I don't know how many times to trade it, and got nowhere. So, now it is time to make it what I want.

I know I am still going to catch a lot of heck for this. There is nothing I can do to prevent that. But try to enjoy this. It's going to be really, really cool. And there won't be another one like it!

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#8 2012-10-18 12:08pm

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Awesome!  If nothing else, it'll be different.


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#9 2012-10-18 12:13pm

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You own it,no ones business how you want it. Should keep the parts to put it back together tho,just me.... I like race frames as well to trick on,light,and long. Even when I built a race bike,has to have front brakes if I'm going to ride it.


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#10 2012-10-18 1:15pm

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Alright, you have been cleared. wink


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#11 2012-10-18 1:48pm

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TommyShameless wrote:

Believe me guys, I am fully expecting and prepared to catch heat for doing this. But, allow me to plead my case here.

no need dude. the great thing about the bmx game is personalizing everything to YOUR taste. There is no right or wrong. when its all built. please post it here...

http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=292324


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#12 2012-10-18 1:59pm

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Re: The Great Auburn Freestyle Project!

Let me get this straight...
you have a very nice perfect bmx racing bike?
you are converting it to a freestyle bike?
but you will be racing on this freestyle converted bike?

http://i.qkme.me/35zf66.jpg

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#13 2012-10-18 2:20pm

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nintendoninja wrote:

Let me get this straight...
you have a very nice perfect bmx racing bike?
you are converting it to a freestyle bike?
but you will be racing on this freestyle converted bike?

http://i.qkme.me/35zf66.jpg

Yup! And believe me, I do appreciate the delicious irony here!


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#14 2012-10-18 2:45pm

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Go for it, hope spin tech works w/them canti/v-brake. I'll be watching for up dstes


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#15 2012-10-18 3:42pm

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poppa wheelie wrote:

Go for it, hope spin tech works w/them canti/v-brake. I'll be watching for up dstes

I was curious about that too, but a rough mockup seemed to yield very positive results. I have no reason to believe the two won't be compatible. We will all find out very soon, though!

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#16 2012-10-18 4:15pm

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dang! 2 years and you managed azip tie. now thats sloooooww. I could make a sweet little aluminum part for you instead of that cheeseball setup

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#17 2012-10-18 4:17pm

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oh nevermind i see you welded it... too bad

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#18 2012-10-18 4:37pm

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if your bike is a 1/18 you will not be able to run the spintech.

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#19 2012-10-18 4:44pm

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I get it.
I raced my Hutch until I found freestyle.
I nearly killed myself working to build the bike so I was prepared to make the best of it.
Pegs on Hutch hubs.
Me.
Miami Hoppers on GT Pro bars.
Me.
It took me until I was 25 to build the GT PP I wanted.
I was never as good on the GT as I was the Hutch.


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#20 2012-10-18 5:58pm

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I'm here to watch. smile I have a race to freestyle conversion. Welcome to the club.


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#21 2012-10-18 6:28pm

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Actually, I think it was a 1-inch threadless. Regardless, I did a mockup and got that all sorted out. It works like a champ smile


SCIVIC94 wrote:

if your bike is a 1/18 you will not be able to run the spintech.


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#22 2012-10-18 6:52pm

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#23 2012-10-18 6:58pm

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Its his GD bike. He can throw it in the ocean if he wants. Do your thing yo!


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#24 2012-10-18 10:40pm

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great idea!
from steve swope article: steve 'styled an auburn.:

How does all the knowledge of bike production and quality relate to the fact you rode a two piece Auburn race frame in your earlier years?

Desperation, cost and geometry and my love of loctite.  At the time (late 80′s) free frame sets were hard to come by and only a handful of riders received free product.  I think Mat, Dennis and Voelker were the only riders getting paid unless you were doing demos.  The riding I enjoyed the most always involved going fast and I’ve always tried to keep my bike as light as possible.  The freestyle frames of the day usually had frame stander crap, were heavy and had steeper head angles than I liked so I started riding race frames.  Someone had an Auburn at the ABA Grand Nationals in OKC where that I tried it and I liked how it rode.  Todd Huffman who ran Auburn at GT was at the race and I asked if he could send me one to try out.  He did and I liked it despite the cooky factor, at least until I snapped the head tube off in front of a crowd of 3rd graders at a school show.  I can’t remember what I rode after that,tongue


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#25 2012-10-18 10:42pm

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