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New member introduction and a question for the restoration forum

#1 2010-04-20 3:27am

essexboy
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New member introduction and a question for the restoration forum

Hi everyone,

New to the forum so I thought I would take some time to introduce myself and
also ask for some help.

I was directed to the forum by member wrex02 after contacting him thru eBay.

Thanks man really appreciate the help!

My name is Dean and I'm from London UK and now live in Auckland New Zealand.

I'm a bicycle mechanic and have been for over twenty years.

I'm just in the process of restoring a 24" cruiser BMX which I think is from the
80's.

I rescued this bike from the trash recently.

I had this girl walk into my workshop with this crappy old BMX and a pile of
parts in very poor condition... wheels were missing axle and cones etc

After going over the repair process with her I pointed out the bike didn't have
any brakes. She said she had an old bike at home and if she bought it in could I
take the brake off that bike and fit it to the crappy BMX.

So later she walks in with this lovely old chrome 24" cruiser with stem, bars,
Pitball rollercam [img][/img][img][/img][video][/video]rear brake and a front wheel.

The front wheel was an old GT sealed bearing hub on an Ayara rim.

I persuaded her to just buy a whole new brake set-up and asked her what she
wanted to do with the cruiser frame and as I was hoping she said just dump it
:-)

I immediately put it up on the workstand and gave it a good look over. The
chrome was quite rusty in places. Frame and fork nice and straight.Small ding
in top tube.

I then decided this is going to be a winter restoration project and started
scouring eBay for parts to get it back to period correct.. or as close as I can
get.

Later I called BMX girl and asked did she still have the matching rear wheel and she
said she did and would I like her to drop it into the shop... Too much!!! yes!!!

I've decided to spec it out with red theme. Red hubs, nipples, seatpost clamp
etc.

At this stage I'm not going to get the frame and forks re-chromed, as much as I
would love to. I have been quoted NZ$400-500 for a re-chrome. That seemed like a
lot of money but these guys chroming work looks amazing. The do all the hotrods and do stuff for the
Harley owners club etc.

I also have a mate who knows someone who runs a plating place so he may be able
to get me a deal

This is not going to be a show bike, I'm building this up to be ridden.

Both the GT hubs have chromed steel shells and sealed bearings. The chrome is in
bad shape on one hub but the other is pretty good.

I'm probably not going to use these hubs and will probably buy some red NOS
sealed bearing hubs.

The Ayara rims are, amazingly, still straight with just a few minor dings but
braking surfaces are all good.

I've cut out the rusty spokes and will rebuild these rims with the red hubs and red nipples.

So now I've started buying a few bits and pieces for it and I'm really looking
forward to the rest of the process.

My question to the forum is can anyone identify this frame?

I am uploading some photos so hopefully someone will have an idea what it is.

This will help me decide the direction I'm taking the restoration in.

It would be great if I can find out what brand it is and get some decals.

By the way the frame is a good quality Cro-moly.

Thanking you all in advance for any help or advice!

Dean

PS. As this is my first post I will just try uploading a few photos to start with... I have more photos... hope these upload ok. If not it will be pilot error :-)

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http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/af205/essexboy33/P1000272.jpg

[img][/img]http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/af205/essexboy33/P1000284.jpg

[img][/img]http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/af205/essexboy33/P1000297.jpg

[img][/img]http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/af205/essexboy33/P1000298.jpg

[img][/img]http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/af205/essexboy33/P1000264.jpg

[img][/img]http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/af205/essexboy33/P1000286.jpg

[img][/img]http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/af205/essexboy33/P1000285.jpg

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#2 2010-04-20 3:47am

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Re: New member introduction and a question for the restoration forum

Welcome to the site. the rear drops look very similar to cylcecraft.. but i am no expert on these.
also looks like it has a 100#weight limit ?  stamped on the rear drop.
  cool looking cruiser.
  http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/cyclecraft/

   man, that is a nice looking shop you have.

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#3 2010-04-20 4:48am

I am the owl...
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Re: New member introduction and a question for the restoration forum

Cyclecraft. The cranks look like terrycable. The weight limit stamp makes me think its a junior cruiser....hmmm...


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#4 2010-04-20 1:10pm

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Sup man:lol:  Nice shop, wish mine looked like that.

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#5 2010-04-20 1:13pm

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Awesome Shop & Welcome to the Museum!!! smile


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#6 2010-04-20 2:49pm

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I am the owl... wrote:

Cyclecraft. The cranks look like terrycable. The weight limit stamp makes me think its a junior cruiser....hmmm...

i was thinking the same thing....the cranks definitely,look like "terry cable".very cool!

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#7 2010-04-20 3:16pm

essexboy
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Re: New member introduction and a question for the restoration forum

Sup Wrex good to see you man!

My frame does look kinda small in that photo but that's a 24 inch wrench behind it.

So maybe a Cyclecraft eh?

I will keep researching and see what other info I can find.

Just had a quote of NZ$200 for a full re-chrome.

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#8 2010-04-20 4:25pm

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yeah you too.  No idea myself???  Never seen that frame or a weight limit like that on the frame of a dropout before.  pretty cool find.  like unradsquid said that could be a junior frame sounds like a very logical explanation of the stamp to me.  Those arayas look like they are  in awesome shape,  you polish up those hubs the same method I was telling you about before you got a really sweet set of wheels.  Somebody will be able to id that thing for you.  good luck

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#9 2010-04-23 2:42pm

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Re: New member introduction and a question for the restoration forum

those are some very good hubs. I have 2 sets of those that I am looking to restore (disassemble, re powder, polish and reassemble. I have no idea how to start and don't want to compromise the integrity of the components. I guess I should search or start a thread. Does any one have a good link to a thread on where to go to over haul hubs (remove axles, bearings, collars etc)?

Also, dude if you decide to ever part with those hubs, holler at me.

DB


Always interested in 80s models Robinsons and ELFs. I will always make an offer. I collect square corner DK stems. So PM if you have some to get rid of OR if you need one for your build. I have ALL colors.

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#10 2010-04-23 3:46pm

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first thing I noticed: you're shop is amazingly organized! smile

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#11 2010-04-23 3:50pm

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i also wouldent mind the hubs but db,s probly on first dibs.


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#12 2010-05-26 4:12pm

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Re: New member introduction and a question for the restoration forum

Just updating this restoration project with a couple of photos.

Built the wheels yesterday.

Found some old NOS suntour sealed hubs and laced them onto the cleaned up Araya rims with DT Swiss spokes and alloy nipples.

Frame still not re-chromed yet... that will come later.

But I must admit I'm quite excited with how the bike is looking so far :-)

http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/af2 … /bike1.jpg

http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/af2 … /Bike2.jpg

http://i1008.photobucket.com/albums/af2 … /Bike4.jpg

Still unsure what make the frame is I guess I may never know but that's cool I still love this ride!

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#13 2010-05-26 4:23pm

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Its a CycleCraft Jr. cruiser.  Had to have been made before 90 as 89 was the last year for chrome.  Honestly, if you weigh much more than 100 lbs I wouldn't ride it even down the street.  The wheels turned out killer though!  Love those hubs.


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#14 2010-05-26 4:24pm

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Re: New member introduction and a question for the restoration forum

cranks could be Terrycable or maybe CW.


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Things I need:  Chrome MX-900s and Tech 3 (rear), 1st or 2nd gen finned Mathauser pads with original hardware.

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#15 2010-05-26 4:52pm

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Re: New member introduction and a question for the restoration forum

Hey thanks for the input Gaigin,

So you reckon it's a Cyclecraft eh?  Cool that gives me something to work with :-)

I just checked my weight and I'm 140lbs... damn when did i get so big? lol

I will just take a chance and ride it anyway and see what happens.

We are just coming into winter here in NZ and I'm kinda making this a winter project and plan to have it ready in time for summer.

Glad you liked the wheels, I am pretty happy with how they turned out.

The rims aren't in perfect condition but considering their age they are pretty damn good... couple of small dings and a few scratches. I put the best one on the rear as that's where the brake is.

So I'm now going to have a good search around for info on Cyclecraft.

Thanks once again man appreciate your help.

Dean

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#16 2010-05-27 5:05am

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Welcome.
I' from NZ as well


Check out the New Zealand forum
http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=4137

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#17 2010-05-27 5:08am

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CycleCraft was started by the Martino family in Tennessee, USA.  They started making frames in 1983. They were frequently seen with custom and very wild paint jobs.  In 1990 they sold the company to Terry Shaughnessy, who moved production to Daytona Beach, Fl. USA.  Terry (or Shag, as he is widely known) couldn't find a good chromer near Daytona (ironic, I know), so chrome wasn't an option after 1990.  Shag was a very accommodating manufacturer.  He would build you a frame with whatever geometry you wanted, and with or without whatever the popular features were at the time.  Shag stopped production in 2000, and sold off the company in 2008 to 3 jaggoffs in Florida who don't seem quite so concerned with production quality as Shag and the Martinos were.


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Things I need:  Chrome MX-900s and Tech 3 (rear), 1st or 2nd gen finned Mathauser pads with original hardware.

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#18 2010-05-27 2:11pm

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Re: New member introduction and a question for the restoration forum

Awesome Gaigin,

Thanks for the heads up much appreciated!

I did lots of searching the internet last night and yes I'm sure it is an old Cyclecraft.

I will be uploading more photos as the project develops.

As I said this was destined for the bin, and for me it was just too much seeing a cool old machine like this just disappearing for ever. This is one bike that will live again and will probably be handed down to my children when they are old enough to apprecite it.

Thanks mate!

Dean

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#19 2010-05-27 2:15pm

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No worries.  I should mention that the 3 "investors" in Cyclecraft now are only ALLEGEDLY jaggoffs. tongue


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Things I need:  Chrome MX-900s and Tech 3 (rear), 1st or 2nd gen finned Mathauser pads with original hardware.

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#20 2010-05-27 2:54pm

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LOL Gaigin I hear you on that one! :-)

Hey Oley whereabouts in NZ are you?

Auckland here.

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