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1984 Redline 500a

1984 Redline 500a

My first nice BMX bike...

Like many on here, this bike was my first nice BMX bike. It took me racing and introduced me to freestyle.

I found this awesome survivor on craigslist. It was almost all OG but it needed a few things. I'm not into catalog bikes but in this case, it was so close that I went for the factory equipment option. I included some before/after pics as well.

The bike was in really good shape but I took the wheels apart, cleaned and re greased the hubs' ball bearings and cleaned and polished all 72 by hand. It was worth it, I had considered lacing them with new spokes but they cleaned up great and now the wheels are still 100% OG. I also used wet sand paper to clean the shiny side of the hoops, it worked out well because I got rid of the brake pad marks and aging, but not taking away the life scars.
I also put a lot of work into the chain. Soaked it in gas to remove grime, then vinegar and brass brush to to remove rust and other debris. Rinsed it with water, dried it and soaked it in DW40. Wiped off excess and soaked in motor oil, wipe off excess and on it went.
The rest was just standard cleaning procedure, took it all apart, cleaned headset and bottom bracket, new grease and back on. Came together really nicely. 
I hope you like it and brings memories from days gone bye....

Bike Check

Frame: 1984 Redline 500a
Forks:  1984 Redline 500a
Handlebars: Redline V Bars
Pads: Redline standard pad set - added (kept faded OG set)
Grips: Fuan - added
Stem: Alloy
Headset: Steel, retained ball
Brake lever: Dia Compe tourist-style lever stamped 84
Rear Brake: Dia Compe 890 stamped 83
Rear Brake cable: generic, I have an 84 cable and I'm looking for an 83 or 84 stamped DC rear housing
Seat post: 80s GT - added
Seat: Velo Redline Lightning Bolt 
Seat clamp: Alloy
Bottom bracket: Steel, retained ball
Cranks: Sugino 177mm
Sprocket: Sugino steel, 44t
Chain: KMC - not OG, maybe 90s but same black/chrome color
Pedals: Victor VP-468
Front Wheel: Sunshine Large Flange, loose ball 36h hub, UKAI 36h
Rear Wheel: Sunshine Large Flange, loose ball 36h hub, UKAI 36h
Freewheel: Dicta 16t, waiting for the right Suntour 16t - added
Tires: newer Chen Shin 20x1.75 rear and 20x2.125 front it! - added

Submitted by racer155

  • Race
  • Company: Redline
  • Model: 500a
  • Wheel Size: 20"
  • Headtube angle: 72
  • Seattube angle: 72
  • Toptube length: 18.5
  • Headtube size: 1"