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1980 Redline Proline

1980 Redline Proline

This is my original BMX machine from back in the day.

I started out in the late '70s with a department store tank of a bike called a St. Tropez. Slowly, as my limited income from allowances and odd jobs would allow, I would upgrade the bike with real parts. On Christmas 1980, Santa delivered the greatest gift ever to a BMX freak. A Red Line Pro-Line frame and fork! Pure Heaven! (I still have a photo of the frame & fork under the tree.)

Red line pro line frame & fork

After hundreds of miles of riding everywhere and countless NBL races over the next 6-7 years, this is how the bike ended up. I raced around NJ in places like Howell, Long Branch, Flemington & Englishtown. The Red Line is now a mid-'80s BMX time machine. I've broken every part on a bike as many of you have. Among them, the original Pro-Line forks ejected the front wheel one day on a hard jump landing hence the tapered Pro-Line II forks on it now.

  • Redline 185mm 401 Flight Cranks
  • Sun Tour XC-II beartrap pedals
  • D.I.D. chrome chain
  • Araya 7C 20x1.75 rims w/ Suzue hubs
  • Comp III tires (2.125 front; 1.75 rear)
  • Dia-Compe MX brakes
  • Redline Super Pro Line stem "The Brute"
  • Sun Tour Head Lock-Up
  • CW Pro handlebars
  • Elina Lightning Bolt seat
  • GT seat post
  • Sun Tour seat post clamp
  • Oakley F1 grips
  • Haro/Bicycle Motocross Action number plate w/ Zeronine numbers
  • One well worn Red Line frame pad zip tied to the handle bars.

1985 Iron Man Classic - Howell, NJ

Likely one of the, if not the, last time I raced back in the day.

1985 Iron Man Classic - Howell, NJ
  • Race
  • Company: Redline
  • Model: Proline
  • Wheel Size: 20"
  • Toptube length: 19.5"
  • Headtube size: 1"