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#1 2012-10-27 4:20pm

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1986 Redline RL-20a

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1986 Redline RL-20a

This little Redline has had an unloved life until now.   After much work, and expense it is finally appreciated and will never to be neglected again.



First a little history on this bike 
It was bought new by my friend, he was a little late to the party as my crew had already been riding and styling for some time when he got it, and he was never a real bike guy he just wanted to be able to hang with us so he got his mom to get him a Redline. 
Three problems with the scenario:
* He was not really into bikes.
* It was the lowest end Redline Prostyler, and although it was beautiful, the lower quality parts were very apparent to us that had bikes with the best parts that money could buy (2 loaded RL-20IIs, 1 loaded Trickstar). So he had little appreciation for the bike.
* He hated the Radberry after he got it, and was anxious to strip his brand new bike!
    Eventually life happens and the grand biking days slowed down, it was back to my core guys and my friend and his RL-20a disappeared.  Years later it reappeared at my buddy’s with the Trickstar house stripped of most of its parts and partially stripped of its paint.  Seems my other friend owed him money so in lieu just gave him the bike, which he wanted for the Radberry Peregrines for his lavender Hutch.
Fast forward a few more years, none of us ride anymore I am visiting my friend, his Hutch tossed in the corner and the Redline tossed like garbage on the floor, I said let me have it...he said what for, I said dude it’s a Redline, he said you have an RL-20II what do you want this crap for, I said maybe I’ll use it to trash around instead of wrecking my good bike.  I took the bike home and it sat for a few more years.
    One day while cleaning up my shed I re-found it, at this point I hardly even rode anymore, and none of my friends did,  so my  intention was to strip the rest of the paint, leave it chrome put on the then new-school (midschool) RL decals (which I have NOS somewhere) and sell it.   Never got around to it, about ten more years go by, inspired by the fantastic outcome of my other Redline and the spare parts I had, here it is, reborn, and better than Redline Engineering ever intended it to be.  It’s been in my possession the longest, and has been well preserved in a heavy black contractor’s bag.  The chrome looked very good where it counted, the rest cleaned up nicely to like-new condition.  The dropouts look fantastic, and to my joy, the original front brakes were on it as was the original headset!
    Considering this was a ”throw-away” bike I have spent an inordinate amount of time and money in its restoration that is doubtful I will ever recover should I sell it.  However, I have no plans of selling it and the results are stunning and compliment my Mack-daddy RL-20II exceptionally.  I was going to make this a very simple build no exotic parts, one piece cranks, "cheap" Redline bars etc....well you know how these things go and have a tendency of getting out of hand....at least I didn't spring for vintage 401 Flight cranks!
    Thanks to Facebook I now am in regular contact with many of my old friends including the original owner, and he is taken back at how good his old Redline looks, and calls me the great BMX savior.
    I am very happy with the outcome and the response, and for having rescued a great bike with a rather sad and neglected past….rest easy little Redline you are safe now.


Components:

* Frame and Fork: 1986 Redline RL-20a, original chrome, C4 refinished to original color.
* Decals: AJK reproductions, original fork decals.
* Stem: 88 Redline, refinished, converted to Odyssey Potts mod.
* Handlebars: Redline race Forklifter chrome, C4 refinished in color.
* Number plate:  Jeung Oh reproduction, customized. New
* Handlebar pad: custom made from generic white Porkchop/Flite white pad. New.
* Grips: Redline. New.
* Donuts: Flite. NOS
* Headset: 86 Hatta/Redline, original.
* Dirt skirt: SST Original.  NOS.
* Levers: Dia-compe Tech 77, reissue. New.
* Detangler: Odyssey Gyro 2nd generation. NOS
* Cables: Odyssey Gyro, after market housings, customized.  Jagwire  front cable.  New.
* Front brake: Redline issue anodized Dia-Compe FS880, modified with Weinmann quick adjust.
* Rear brakes: Dia-Compe FS883, show polished, lettering color matched to frame, show nut.  New customized.
* Brake pads: OBE Mountain bike clear trials. New.
* Brake cable clamps: Jagwire aluminum, customized. New.
* Wheels: 85 Peregrine Masters. Original.
* Tires: Odyssey Aaron Ross 20x2.10.  New
* Pegs: Odyssey aluminum 26T.  NOS
* Freewheel: 85 Suntour chrome 16T. Original.
* Chain: YBN. New
* Sprocket: Redline Flight Recluse 45T.  New
* Cranks: Redline Flight double pinch 180mm chrome, repainted in white, custom decals. New customized.
* Bottom Bracket: Redline sealed.  New
* Pedals: Redline low profile platform replaceable pins.  New
* Seat clamp: Redline 90's, original.
* Seat post: 80’s Redline original.
* Seat: 86 Redline/ Viscount.  Peroxide bath, repainted logo. Restored.
* Chain tensioner: Redline. New
* Lube: Tri-Flow clear synthetic water-proof grease. New.


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#2 2012-10-27 4:34pm

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Re: 1986 Redline RL-20a

Here is the build up thread:

http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=450332

Here are a few more pictures:

http://i1245.photobucket.com/albums/gg581/Richie-Rich71/IMG_0265.jpg

http://i1245.photobucket.com/albums/gg581/Richie-Rich71/IMG_0249.jpg

http://i1245.photobucket.com/albums/gg581/Richie-Rich71/IMG_0252.jpg

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http://i1245.photobucket.com/albums/gg581/Richie-Rich71/IMG_0254.jpg

http://i1245.photobucket.com/albums/gg581/Richie-Rich71/IMG_0255.jpg

http://i1245.photobucket.com/albums/gg581/Richie-Rich71/IMG_0256.jpg

http://i1245.photobucket.com/albums/gg581/Richie-Rich71/IMG_0258.jpg

http://i1245.photobucket.com/albums/gg581/Richie-Rich71/IMG_0257.jpg


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#3 2012-10-27 6:56pm

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Re: 1986 Redline RL-20a

nice build... I was following it from the beginning ... Inspires me to build a 20A in the future .. instant fav


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#4 2012-10-27 8:19pm

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Re: 1986 Redline RL-20a

Are the pictures all upside down for everyone?   I adjusted them and they are still out of wack for me.

http://i1245.photobucket.com/albums/gg581/Richie-Rich71/IMAG1427.jpg


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#5 2012-10-27 8:49pm

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Re: 1986 Redline RL-20a

Fixed it was my cache that had to old pics.....computers still dumb.


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#6 2012-10-27 10:31pm

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Re: 1986 Redline RL-20a

That,s really nice XJ ...........love it cool


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#7 2012-10-27 11:27pm

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Re: 1986 Redline RL-20a

Killer build big_smile


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#8 2012-10-28 7:32am

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Re: 1986 Redline RL-20a

I never thought I would be sporting so many Odyssey products.   Back in the day, Odyssey was like a budget brand....things have changed.


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#9 2012-11-04 11:44pm

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Re: 1986 Redline RL-20a

So I finally took her out.   Wonderful ride, just as I suspected.   Smooth, quiet, responsive.   The clear pads I chose stop better than any pad I have ever used.   I never had good braking with any mags, but with these pads they stop like on chrome rims and do not mark the white mags at all!    They are noisy though no need for a bell.   

Got lots of stares.   Young guys are probably wondering why this old dude is on a pink BMX bike.   Guys around our age look and see Redline and they know and long stares of satisfaction appeared on their faces.     

Due to the much lower seat and bar height (thanks mainly to Gyro), this bike feels much smaller than my RL-20II, even though my initial impression was that it felt bigger.

I built her well, no rattles, no squeaks, seat did move though, I didn't tighten it overly not to crush the tube, but I will have to tighten it more.

So now I have two serious freestyle machines, I just have to get my nerve back to try something on them, it feels very weird and twitchy to ride a freestyle bike again after all these years.


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#10 2012-11-17 7:26am

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Re: 1986 Redline RL-20a

Nice ride XJ. I grew up in Queens Village NYC. For all we know, we probably ran into each other at a show when one of the teams were on tour...lol  Your build inspired me to find an RL20A now ...lol


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#11 2012-11-17 11:10am

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Re: 1986 Redline RL-20a

NOPOSERS wrote:

Nice ride XJ. I grew up in Queens Village NYC. For all we know, we probably ran into each other at a show when one of the teams were on tour...lol  Your build inspired me to find an RL20A now ...lol

Thanks!

Probably did, I used to shop for my bike parts at Bikes Fantastique on Union Tpk. and attended the shows that they sponsored.


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#12 2012-11-17 3:26pm

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Re: 1986 Redline RL-20a

very nice!!!!!!

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#13 2012-11-17 6:09pm

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Re: 1986 Redline RL-20a

XJguy wrote:

NOPOSERS wrote:

Nice ride XJ. I grew up in Queens Village NYC. For all we know, we probably ran into each other at a show when one of the teams were on tour...lol  Your build inspired me to find an RL20A now ...lol

Thanks!

Probably did, I used to shop for my bike parts at Bikes Fantastique on Union Tpk. and attended the shows that they sponsored.

NO WAY !?!?!.... I used to hang out at that bike shop after school ... small world


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1 chrome Rhyno Lite 48 rim.
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#14 2012-11-17 6:12pm

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Re: 1986 Redline RL-20a

NOPOSERS wrote:

XJguy wrote:

NOPOSERS wrote:

Nice ride XJ. I grew up in Queens Village NYC. For all we know, we probably ran into each other at a show when one of the teams were on tour...lol  Your build inspired me to find an RL20A now ...lol

Thanks!

Probably did, I used to shop for my bike parts at Bikes Fantastique on Union Tpk. and attended the shows that they sponsored.

NO WAY !?!?!.... I used to hang out at that bike shop after school ... small world

Bought my 600b, the RL-20II and my brother's Exhibitionist from that store.   Also had my 600b stolen from inside the store, had left if by the entrance but inside....some older black kid came in and decided he was more worthy of it than me.  Saw him race away with my bike when I ran outside.......trauma.


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#15 2012-11-17 7:27pm

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Re: 1986 Redline RL-20a

http://i1320.photobucket.com/albums/u522/cruiserguy1/deliverance.jpg

Killer RL-20a!

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#16 2012-11-17 7:33pm

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Re: 1986 Redline RL-20a

cool


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#17 2012-11-22 2:13pm

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Re: 1986 Redline RL-20a

She works!

http://i1245.photobucket.com/albums/gg581/Richie-Rich71/RL20ahopper.jpg


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#18 2012-11-22 2:31pm

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Re: 1986 Redline RL-20a

cool


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#19 2012-11-23 4:50pm

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Re: 1986 Redline RL-20a

Just picked up an RL20a myself...lets see how mine turns out .,,,, smile


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1 chrome Rhyno Lite 48 rim.
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#20 2012-11-23 5:07pm

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So sweet!!!!

Great picture!   cool


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#21 2013-01-07 12:54pm

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Re: 1986 Redline RL-20a

Nice Build, love the radberry! Working in an 84 myself, curious as to where you tracked down the stem sticker.


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#22 2013-01-07 9:51pm

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Re: 1986 Redline RL-20a

Thanks, sticker came with the complete decal set I bought from ajk


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#23 2013-08-19 9:21pm

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Re: 1986 Redline RL-20a

At Penn Station NYC after a full long day of use.

http://i1245.photobucket.com/albums/gg581/Richie-Rich71/IMAG0133.jpg


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