1982 St Tropez
Early 80s St Tropez looptail.
Don't know much about these. Internet research doesn't turn up much. It's hi-ten steel and heavy. Built like a tank.
Made this for my neighbor's kid. His first 20" bike. He is 6 years old as of 5/29/13.
The story goes, I had just picked up a '78 Huffy Thunder. My neighbor had stopped by and his kid wanted to try out the bike. He had never ridden a 20" before. So we adjusted the seat for him and he took off riding. Within a minute, he was doing power skids on the sidewalk, leaving skids over 6 feet long. He just fell in love with using the coaster brake. So my neighbor says "Guess we have to get him a 20" bike now" and I offered to build one for him.
Best part of the story... The kid rides the bike over to his house, goes inside and when he comes back out, hands me a handful of change and says "here is money for the bike." So I told him he could keep it at his house until he got his own 20" bike (of course I did not take the change). So then the wheels started turning and I knew I had to build something extra cool for this kid. His last name starts with a P and his family loves all of the Philly sports teams so I immediately thought "This thing needs Phillies logos on it!" I knew I wanted it red with black tuffs and not even a week later, just by chance, I found this bike locally (Thanks bigmd!). The owner had already done 90% of what I had planned and had it powdered already (by my powder guy) in a stunning metallic red! A few changes, some cool decals and an exhaustive search for the odd-sized seat post and it's finally done!
Here's the breakdown.
- St Tropez hi-ten steel frame and fork
- Powdercoated by GSD Coatings in Keyport, NJ
- Custom Phillies logo decals
- Skyway Tuff Wheels
- NOS Schwinn Sate-Lite mag wheel reflectors
- Red anodized valve caps
- New A"ME round grips
- Original (to the frameset) redline style bars
- New aluminum 25.0mm seat post (odd size, not 25.4)
- New, old school style padded seat
- 155mm cranks (Thanks ANTDOG!)
- New black kid size pedals
- Front and rear reflectors (I had taken them off of my mountain bike when I got it)
Submitted by GHMGT73