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1984 Redline 500a

1984 Redline 500a

Inspired by my childhood ride!

Back in the early 80s, my second bmx and first decent bike was a white Redline. When I say bike, it was a third or fourth-hand frameset onto which I swapped over the mish-mash of parts from an equally well-used Cycle Pro. I'm not sure of the model but I loved that frame, and it definitely helped to take my riding to the next level. I stripped the factory paintwork and did a poor, rattle-can spray job on it, replacing the og decals with the red/orange/yellow ones which had by then come out for the series 3 bikes. I finally ended up selling the frameset after cracks started to appear in the fork dropouts! Suffice to say that I’ve since had a soft spot for Redlines, particularly those wearing the series 3 decals that I painstakingly applied to mine. With that background in mind, I’ve wanted a Redline for a few years now and after several near-misses, ended up pulling the trigger on a 1984 500a frameset. I had originally been looking for a Japanese-made frame but several things swung this one in my direction. Not only the good condition of the chromework and those nostalgic decals, but also the quality of the welding. I’d always looked down on Taiwanese-made bikes as being of poorer quality than their US and Japanese counterparts but the welding on this Giant-made one looks excellent. However, the icing on the cake was the og shop decal on the seat tube. Whilst these are always nice to see, I noticed that this one came from none other than Stu Thomsen’s Family Bicycle Center in Riverside, California. So although this may not be a Stu Thomsen Redline, at least I can say that it came from his shop! With the frameset shipped over to Japan in 2016, I started to collect parts for it but then decided to go racing again, so the build and my other old school stuff went on the backburner. However, over the Christmas and New Year holidays I decided to get this finished by borrowing a few parts from other bikes and using some others that I had been saving for future builds. I went for a bit of a blue and yellow theme, inspired by a couple of other bikes I’d seen but with a few personal touches of my own. Here's the full spec:- 1984 Redline 500a Series Three frame and forks (supplied by Stu Thomsen’s Family Bicycle Center); Powerlite bars (VDC, first generation); A’me grips; SR MS-423 stem; Dia-Compe 890 brake caliper; Dia-Compe Tech 3 brake lever with cover; Generic rear brake cable; Weinmann brake pads; Excaliber seat post clamp; No-name cro-mo seat post; Kashimax MX seat; Araya rims (20 x 1.75); Suzue sealed hubs; Cheng Shin (20 x 1.75) tyres with Kenda tubes; Shimano DX pedals; Takagi 175mm opc; Tioga BB; Takagi chainwheel (43t); Tuff neck power disc; Suntour freewheel (16t); KMC chain; Dropout savers (Joe Buffardi specials); California Lite padset; J2 Pro Panel number plate. Thanks to the various members on here who supplied parts for this build, and thanks for looking! [Frameset BOUGHT June 2016, BUILT Dec 2017, SOLD Dec 2019]

Submitted by MickRich393

  • Race
  • Company: Redline
  • Model: 500a
  • Wheel Size: 20"
  • Headtube size: 1"
  • Details Made by Giant and sold by Stu Thomsen's Family Bicycle Center in Riverside, CA!