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1998 Redline RL 380

1998 Redline RL 380

Rebuilding the bike from my childhood.

About 15 or so years ago, I was a 11-12 year old kid who wasn't lucky enough to get a lot of nice things. When all my friend's parents bought them chrome bikes, I of course had to have one. In the beginning of that summer, I walked into the LBS (as a 11-12 year old kid mind you) and asked if they did layaway (not even really sure how I knew what that was) they generously accepted my $10 down payment and I was on my way. by the end of that summer, I mowed enough yards, collected enough cans and bottles, and did enough odd jobs to finally take home my bike. I tossed on some Haro knee savers I got from a friend and called it good, one of the happiest days I can remember. Once I hit high school, the bike was sold to my little cousin... girls became my new "chrome bike" :(

A few months back, I had some nostalgia brewing to acquire and rebuild that very same redline I had back then. I got really lucky and actually found the 1997 Redline 380 on craigslist for 30 bucks (barely a survivor). I also found a few other bikes at ridiculous prices and started to merge them (even came close to my same bars) the end result is what you see in the pics. Turned out actually a tad more descent then the bike I slaved all summer to buy (and I parted it together off craigslist in half the time, and half the price, 15 years later as an adult) 

Long story short, I get a big smile on my face every time I look at it. 
  • Race
  • Company: Redline
  • Model: RL 380
  • Wheel Size: 20"
  • Headtube size: 1"
  • Details ~Frame: Redline RL380 ~Wheels: Araya on GT hubs ~Tires: 20x1.95 Kenda Kontact Red ~Brakes: Tektro ~Bars: Haro knee saver clone? ~Stem/Fork/: Midschool Mongoose ~Cranks: Unstamped Midschool Mongoose ~Sprocket/Seat: GT ~Grips: ODI Ruffian Lock-on ~Pedals: XLC Bear trap