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#1 2014-10-10 6:13pm

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1982 Eaton Breakaway

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1982 Eaton Breakaway

<h2 class="mosun">The Breakaway</h2> by MOSUN

A replica of my first childhood BMX.
 
In 1982, I received for Christmas, my very first BMX. It was an Eaton's Breakaway which was a Canadian department store brand bicycle.
 
For a department store BMX, it surprisingly had some very nice parts like a Suntour 3-piece crank and KKT rat trap pedals. I remember other riders always complimenting my BMX as it had those expensive 3 piece cranks. I rode that bike until 1990 when it was stolen from outside a corner store. I never thought that I would ever come across that bike or model ever again.
 
Once I started collecting a few years ago, I kept my eye out for any Eaton's Breakaways that should come up for sale on the internet. Then finally, at the end of 2012, I found the identical frame & fork with a few of the parts that came stock on it.
 
Since the only thing I had left of my first BMX was a picture and some memories, I was able to re-build it with the exact same parts (or close to it as possible) as it had back in 1982 when it rolled out of the factory. I tried to make sure everything on this build was either NOS or in Mint condition. The only parts I could not find were the Cheng Shin Snake Belly tires so I put on some NOS Hwa Fong Snake Belly tires. Believe it or not, I actually found my original Fuan cobra grips in a shoe box I had stored in the basement years ago. I remember taking them off to replace them with some other kind of grips but I totally forgot I actually kept them and had them stored all along!

 
For the decals, since nobody in the world reproduces the decal set, I decided that I would need to reproduce them myself. So I tracked down and bought a 1983 Eaton's Breakaway in blue and traced the decals, vectorized them, changed the colors to yellow and blue just like the originals on my BMX and had them professionally printed thermally. They turned out perfect! Identical to the factory originals!
 
I have many BMX's like Kuwaharas and Diamond Backs that are of some value to any collector, but to me, this BMX is priceless.
 
   1982 Eaton Breakaway Factory Specs   Factory &rarr; MINT Original Frame  Alteration &rarr; MINT Tange TX-1200 Forks  Factory &rarr; Eaton's Breakaway Decals (Traced from original set in blue)  Factory &rarr; MINT Original Headset   Factory &rarr; NOS SR Stem   Factory &rarr; MINT V-Bar Handlebars  Factory &rarr; Original Fuan Cobra Grips (stored in a shoebox for 20+ years)   Alteration &rarr; MINT Dia Compe 890 Brake Caliper (Replaced Horng-Ren 890 Brake Caliper) Alteration &rarr; NOS Dia Compe Pre-Bent Brake Lever   Factory &rarr; NEW Seat Post  Factory &rarr; NOS &quot;BMX" Aero Seat   Factory &rarr; MINT Sugino Seat Clamp  Factory &rarr; MINT Suntour VX 175 Cranks   Factory &rarr; NOS Sugino 44T Chainring   Factory &rarr; MINT KKT K-MX &quot;Rat Trap&quot; Pedals  Factory &rarr; NEW Izumi Chain  Upgrade &rarr; MINT Chrome Araya Rims (Steel) (Replaced Chrome Sun Rims)  Factory &rarr; MINT Suzue Low Flange Hubs   Factory &rarr; MINT Suntour 16T Freewheel   Alteration &rarr; NOS Hwa Fong Snake Belly Skinwall Tires (20x1.75) (Replaced Cheng Shin Snake Bellies)  Factory &rarr; NOS &quot;BMX&quot; Pad Set   

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#2 2014-10-14 10:59pm

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Re: 1982 Eaton Breakaway

Awesome story Mo!

Looks like it was straight from the department store floor.

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#3 2014-10-15 2:53am

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Re: 1982 Eaton Breakaway

Stunning bike, this is what the hobby is all about.

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#4 2014-10-16 10:46am

mosun
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Re: 1982 Eaton Breakaway

townslo wrote:

Awesome story Mo!

Looks like it was straight from the department store floor.

Thanks man!  Pretty much is... like the day I got it back in the day... smile


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#5 2014-10-16 10:58am

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Re: 1982 Eaton Breakaway

cool

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#6 2014-10-16 11:02am

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Re: 1982 Eaton Breakaway

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#7 2014-10-16 11:05am

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Re: 1982 Eaton Breakaway

PS. this bike should be listed under the existing BREAKAWAY brand, not under the retailer's name http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/breakaway/

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#8 2014-10-16 9:41pm

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Re: 1982 Eaton Breakaway

Axel10 wrote:

PS. this bike should be listed under the existing BREAKAWAY brand, not under the retailer's name http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/breakaway/

hmmmm... i thought the Brand was "Eaton" as it says on the head tube... and the model a "Breakaway"...? The "EB40" I thought was just another little addition to make it look cool.... lol.

I guess you are right...  I will have to change that sometime..

Another guy has one under "Supercycle".. which IMO should definitely be moved to another category.

Thanks!

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