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1984 Skyway T/A

1984 Skyway T/A

My 1st REAL race bike. Loving it!

I decided I want to build a real racer to get the experience of riding one since I always rode freestyle bikes.  Decided to go with a TA since I have quite the StreetBeat collection and this one came up as f/f blasted raw on eBay.  I thought to myself I will only buy it if the date is 4-84, since my orange Beat is 4-85, sure enough it is stamped 4-84.

My initial thoughts were since it was a blank canvas I will have done a bit differently with the Skyway blue and then use grey parts as an homage to my NOS 87 Beat I had to part with not long ago.  The color matching was not going how I wanted and I decided to have it powdered white like the og color.  Went with a black & white scheme to be different from the rest of the same red/white/blue or red/chrome/blue TAs you always see.  I did throw in a bit of red to match the red in the pads, though.

Hope you like it, I am very happy with the results and I now see 1st hand why the TA is a beloved part of BMX history.  Very slick, clean look with the tear-drop tubing and USA made.  RAD!

I do not have the money to do everything I would like to do with this build, someday, but for now I wanted to get some good parts on there to see what it feels like to ride one of these you could have seen on a track bitd.  Not cheap parts but not crazy expensive parts.  Just good parts mostly all are USA or Japan made from the 80s with some retro parts mixed in, tastefully. :)

Thanks for looking! HERE is the build thread.

::Parts::

  • Skyway TA f/f stamped USA 4-84 (custom anthrocite decals)
  • Skyway Pro bars (2015 re-issue)
  • Tuf Neck Pro Model stem (restored)
  • Tange MX2 HS (re-issue)
  • Suntour HS lock (og)
  • Tioga Bear Trap BB-170BT (nos)
  • Sugino Spindle (84 dated)
  • Sugino Maxy Cross 170mm cranks (restored)
  • Sugino metal crank caps (nos)
  • Sugino 44t chainring (restored)
  • Sugino chainring bolts (nos)
  • Suntour 16t freewheel
  • Izumi 3/32 chain
  • Skyway Tuff pedals (og)
  • Skyway Pro Tuff pads (nos with Kool Stop fins)
  • Dia-Compe MX tech3 lever (0483 stamped)
  • Dia-Compe MX1000 brake (og 83 stamped)
  • Dia-Compe brake cable (841219D stamped)
  • Dia-compe MX clamp (og 80s)
  • Tioga layback seatpost (restored)
  • Kashimax Aero seat (re-issue)
  • Suzue hubs/Araya rims (from 83)
  • Panaracer Knarler Knobby 20x1.75 tires (Natsukashi re-issue)
  • Skyway dice valve caps
  • A'me Unitrons (re-issue)

Submitted by fairlyodddad

  • Race
  • Company: Skyway
  • Model: T/A
  • Wheel Size: 20"
  • Headtube angle: 73.5º
  • Seattube angle: 73º
  • Toptube length: 18.5"
  • Headtube size: 1"
  • Seatpost size: 25.4mm
  • Details Tear-drop tubing - USA made