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#1 2015-05-23 5:21pm

woodsidebikeshop
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1976 Champion Schwerma

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1976 Champion Schwerma

My old ride from jr. high

  I bought this from a kid in jr. high. Saved my money for a long time and the kid let it go, it took me weeks to talk him into selling it... had the cash in my pocket, and one fine day he broke down. $75. For some reason he decided to keep all the parts, and I got the frame and a Roger Decoster fork. It was my dream bike. Still is. Soon after I got it I started racing, and then saw Brent Patterson riding one! You know the feeling?! It was my all around beater, only raced it a couple of times, mostly jumping and learning coaster wheelies. All kinds of older kids were trying to get me to sell it, yeah right, here you go.....

  Over the years it went through lots of wheels, tuffs, alloys, even moto mags for a little while..... and lots of cranks, I broke at least 3 cranks on it. A nice cooks spindle snapped right off, a tange spindle, and some pretty nice drilled out one piece cranks. I got a cool set of Speedo forks and it went back and forth from the Decosters and Speedos. Had a nice solid alloy blue seatpost. Lost it, how the heck did that happen?! Now it's pretty close to what my setup was back in '77. I will be going back to  takagi one piece chrome cranks. I love this one! Couple of old pictures of me riding it, 1977.
Zoran

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#2 2015-05-23 7:05pm

doggpound13
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Re: 1976 Champion Schwerma

Great storY bRo... RiDe oN...

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#3 2015-05-23 8:00pm

FreestylinFrank
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Re: 1976 Champion Schwerma

Cool bike! Cool story! Even cooler hair in the pics!  smile

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#4 2015-05-23 10:00pm

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Re: 1976 Champion Schwerma

Awesome cool


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#5 2015-05-24 4:07am

RadicalNick
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Re: 1976 Champion Schwerma

Sweet bike Z. Need to get by and check out your shop again. cool


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"Two hundred years of American technology has unwittingly created a massive cement playground of unlimited potential. But it was the the minds of 11 year olds that could see that potential."
Craig Stecyk - Skateboarder Magazine - 1975

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#6 2015-05-24 6:33am

CHABY
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Re: 1976 Champion Schwerma

Old school cool cool


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#7 2015-05-24 6:53am

MotrinX
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Re: 1976 Champion Schwerma

No shots of the bell bottoms getting caught in the chain?

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#8 2015-05-24 9:23am

thug1971
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Re: 1976 Champion Schwerma

Cool pics.  Even cooler bell bottoms.  Rock on.

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#9 2015-05-24 9:29am

butlerglc
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Re: 1976 Champion Schwerma

Amazing bike!!!! Great story too!  coolcoolcoolcool


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#10 2015-05-24 10:03am

CJRADD
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Re: 1976 Champion Schwerma

Nice ride !  Flashback photos are the  Best !  if we only knew as youngsters to take more pics back then,   or better yet save everything we swapped and traded or even trashed not knowing  some day we would b here !!

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#11 2015-05-24 6:47pm

smittynorth
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Re: 1976 Champion Schwerma

Dude you are a shredder !


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#12 2015-05-25 7:46am

nycet3
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Re: 1976 Champion Schwerma

Unreal bike. Schwerma welds are the best in BMX. So great you held on to this. Beautiful.


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#13 2015-05-27 1:27pm

woodsidebikeshop
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Re: 1976 Champion Schwerma

Thanks for the kind words guys! Weird how I can remember the 70's and not know what the hell I did 15 minutes ago... I have stories, who the hell else will listen?! Big bells, white boy afro! I never liked my hair back then, wish I still had it now. My pants would get stuck in the chain once in a while, and there was always oil, cool.
OK, go get a cold one and read this story:

  Early on I had a huffy. My dad surprised me. One day I got home from school and there's a shiny orange/yellow Huffy Thunder road sitting there in the living room. SHIT! I'm the king of the neighborhood, it even had a number plate and fenders. Started jumping curbs, never saw a bunnyhop. Musta been the summer of '73. Few weeks go by, there I am sitting on my Huffy, at the school bike racks. I'm the king of the neighborhood...
 
  Then a life changer happened. I see this kid sitting on a gleaming shiny chrome bike... I bike like I've NEVER seen. So damn shiny, and on the back square tube on the bottom it said REDLINE. OH MAN! I was just looking at it for what seemed like forever. REDLINE. REDLINE. REDLINE. I whispered it to myself in my own mind. Did'nt even notice the kid, the he looked at my Huffy and said "your bike is a piece of shit."

  What could I do?! With a bike like that he could probably kick my ass too. I was crushed. I couldn't sleep for a week. REDLINE. REDLINE. REDLINE. The shiny chrome kept playing out over and over! I NEEDED one! HOW TO GET IT?! I found out the kid's dad ran the local bike shop. Dragged my dad down there and found out how expensive those were. It's NOT gonna happen. We didn't have Redline money. Went home feeling like shit. Months go by and the Huffy was falling apart, my dad got my a Royce Union with some really fat spokes, we thought it would be a lot better.... destroyed the fork within a couple of weeks! SHIT!

  Went down to the bike shop again. Now that I look back my dad was cool. The owner of the shop is telling my dad about this new bike that just came out and it's "not too expensive" and going over the strong frame, heat treated this and that, and the coolest looking wheels... they start lighting cigarettes, and talking about my broken bikes. Then Eddy comes out of the back of the shop, yeah the kid from the bike racks at school... I'm in the front looking at the Mongoose. WOW, it was a dream bike too! Not the Redline, but still shiny and it had fat welds and those super cool mags! And only $149, it was expensive, but my dad got it for me! '74 mongoose. The all steel short one with the gusset at the bottom bracket, one of the better days of my life.

  Soon I started to out jump all the local kids, including my buddie from the bike racks. Eddie turned out to be pretty cool, with a new bike under him every few weeks it seemed. He had them all, A&A cromolly, Moto Pro, Cooks Bros. mini, on and on. After about while I started to venture out to new riding spots. The San Carlos Fire Trails! Word got around that there was a guy that can do a table top! And a one hander, and the king of all tricks, the "HELICOPTER"!

One day me a few few friends decided to go to the trails, and see this guy, His name is Richard Easterling. They called him the KING. we pedaled up all kinds of hills and on and on. Finally we got to the trails. No one was there. But we had a blast coming down the trail with berms, and canyon jumps you had to clear or die trying. At the bottom was the biggest jump I've seen yet, the barrel jump. Some kids took a trash can and lied it sideways and made a huge jump. WOW! What a great day of riding! But no King... back to work for now, I'll finish this story later.

Zoran


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