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1977 Webco Inc.
1977 Webco Inc.
Original paint Webco frame.
I bought this frame at the Azusa swap meet back in the late 1970's. I used it as a BMX bike in, and near, the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.
I used to run a larger 2.125" tire in front, so my smaller 1.75" rear tire would break away easier than the front tire. This was for down hill runs on the fire trails that are now part of the Claremont Wilderness Park. This land used to be private property of Pomona College, and we used it as our backyard. We had to earn our run down the fire trails though, and we would sometimes spend an hour or more hiking up the front side of the Claraboya neighborhood in Claremont, just for 5 or 10 minutes of fun, racing downhill. Riding the slide, with the rear tire washing out a little around the corners. Other than that, we rode locally for fun in reservoirs, the wash area between Upland and Claremont, and near the 14' half pipe where skate boarding the half pipe originated in the mid 1970's (Mt. San Antonio Dam overflow pipe, still there today).
This bike saw open space with citrus trees, kids with bb guns, and a more relaxed atmosphere, with no cell phones or communication, other than word of mouth and a BMX bike.
I stripped it down to the frame again in the early 1980's, since I needed parts to put on my new (used) JMC frame (JMC527, year 1978-79), and it has then spent the last 30+ years in the attic.
As many people mention, Webco has a range of dates associated with the serial numbers, so as best as I can figure, this frame Serial # W54095 (I don't mind sharing Serial #'s) appears to be from the 76 to 78 time frame. I put 77 since it appears no one can be sure, other than within that range.
Re: 1977 Webco Inc.
Yeah, cool frame and story behind it!