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#51 2013-01-26 7:54pm

erichevy
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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

I took 5 long years to recreate my bike I had as a kid... It is spot on and well worth the wait.

http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z190/erichevy/TADONE2010.jpg

1982 Skyway T/A

Replica build of my original T/A I had back in 1986

For Christmas 1985, I asked for money to buy a new bike.  I was 12 years old.  My department store bike just wasn’t cutting it.  I had been reading BMXA for about 6 months at this point.  I wanted something a bit nicer and a whole lot cooler.

A kid that went to school with my older sister had a Skyway T/A that I absolutely fell in love with from the first time I saw it.  I’d watch him do tricks after school in the courtyard.  When he wanted the new 86 Haro Sport, he offered the T/A to me.  I jumped at the opportunity.

I had the bike for a few years and sold it when I bought my first car… regretted that decision dearly.  I always missed that bike.

Almost 20 years, and a few BMX’s later, I see a Skyway frame and fork listed on Ebay.  Frameset was dent/ding free.  I threw a bid on it and surprisingly won the auction for $315.  Over the last 5 years, I collected parts to build up this bike with all the same parts my original had.  I have built this up a few times with different components, etc., but finally decided it needed to be exactly as it was the day I bought it.  That is the bike I fell in love with.

Every part on this is exactly as it was on my original.  Even though I didn’t choose the parts on my original, I don’t think I would have built it up any differently than the original owner.  I think he did a great job.  I may have picked some different colors here and there, but the parts selection was perfect.

Everything on this bike has the original finish.   One point I should add… I replaced the original decals like an idiot.  I knew within minutes of removing them that I had made a huge mistake.  That was 5 years ago, live and learn I guess.

The only part on this bike that is not “era correct"  is the wheelset.  I picked up the retro alloy flanged Tuffs from Ed at Colored Tuffs.  I chose these because my original had alloy flanges and figured I’d never find an original set.  I’ve only seen one original set for sale over the last few years.  I am happy with the results and this thing really brings back the memories.

I should also state that it took me 5 long years because I was on a tight budget.  I did some serious looking and jumped on some great deals along the way.  Never thought I would finish it!  I built this whole bike for the “bargain"  price of about $1,000.  Not bad I think.

Frame: Skyway T/A (Original Chrome)

Fork: Skyway T/A (Original Chrome)

Headset: NOS Tioga Beartrap II w/ NOS Suntour Headlock & NOS SST Dirtskirt

Stem: ACS 45

Bars: NOS Skyway EZ Bars

Brakes: DC MX1000 Rear w/NOS Tech 3 Lever, DC 880 Front w/Tech 4 Lever, Correctly Dated DC Cables

Brake Pads: Skyway Tuff Pads

Grips: A’me Unitrons (Went thru hell trying to get a pair of these)

Bottom Bracket: Tioga Cups, Generic Bearings

Crank: Takagi Cro-Mo (These are from my original bike… held onto them all these years)

Chainwheel: NOS Sugino 44t

Chain: NOS Izumi

Pedals: MKS Grafight-X

Seat Post: GT Laidback (Original Chrome)

Seat Post Clamp: DC MX Hinged

Seat: Viscount Dominator (real-not a new one)

Wheelset: Skyway Alloy Flanged Retro Tuffs

Tires: NOS Haro FS175 (I think these are on backwards, but that is how they were on my original)

Freewheel: Suntour 16t

Pegs: Skyway Axle Extenders & GT Framestanders (NOS)

Misc: Dice Valve Caps (I hate funky valve caps, but hey, my original had them)


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#52 2013-01-26 8:01pm

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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

Not "era correct" , but here's my 1981 Sting. wink

http://i657.photobucket.com/albums/uu300/Detroit-Dirt-Bikes/allpics08632.jpg


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#53 2013-01-26 8:17pm

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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

Yeah, that doesn't look much like a Sting...

Detroit Dirt Bikes wrote:

Not "era correct" , but here's my 1981 Sting. wink

http://i657.photobucket.com/albums/uu30 … s08632.jpg


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#54 2013-01-26 8:23pm

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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

Mine's a long ass story, which Ive already got an old thread about, but here she is...

1977 Redline MX-II
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm273/gaijinottokko/77frontview.jpg

And a link to the thread if you want to read a long ass but cool story...
http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=390336


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#55 2013-01-26 8:30pm

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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

gaijin wrote:

Yeah, that doesn't look much like a Sting...

Detroit Dirt Bikes wrote:

Not "era correct" , but here's my 1981 Sting. wink

http://i657.photobucket.com/albums/uu30 … s08632.jpg

http://i657.photobucket.com/albums/uu300/Detroit-Dirt-Bikes/sting2.jpg  Got the street cred Donnie, trust me! wink


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#56 2013-01-26 8:46pm

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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

I have been carrying around what was left of my 85 Californian for the last 28 years. When I got re-interested in bikes last Feb, the F/F and crankset was waiting in the shed. I just never could part with it and had been dragging it around all this time. I remember picking it out at the LBS back in 85. Picked this out over any other bike because the Pro Class rims were just so cool. Had no idea last Feb. that I was not alone in my desire to re-live my youth through my bikes. Found out quick I was wrong. Found this site and the next thing you know I've got to fix up the Mongoose, and the Haro Master F/F crankset (my brothers old bike I've also been dragging around) then get the Trick Star I'd always wanted, blah, blah, blah....you know the rest....

Here's the Goose right now...not exactly like it was back then..but makes me feel the same when I ride it. cool

http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t459/dwh19690/A92D4169-A1EE-4398-A0DA-D3FF1A0BBAA2-9862-00000B7D024609C8_zps4f744b31.jpg

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#57 2013-01-26 9:17pm

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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

gaijin wrote:

Mine's a long ass story, which Ive already got an old thread about, but here she is...

1977 Redline MX-II
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm27 … ntview.jpg

And a link to the thread if you want to read a long ass but cool story...
http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=390336

Donnie, hadn't seen that thread before--awesome story.  Never had a new bike as a kid either, can relate, had to hustle, scrounge, and trade for everything. I'm the 3rd owner of the ltf frame and that Sting I traded my GJS for.  Loved my redline V -bars but ended up running GT Pro Bars on it eventually.  Was always hustling parts, my bike was always a work in progress, nothing's changed! tongue


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#58 2013-01-29 7:28am

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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

In the early 90's I had a hand me down GT Performer, believe it was an '87. I've done ok digging up a few random Peformers, but as of yet, no real build progress.
http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff422/OldSchoolBikesTX/BEE63C5D-78F8-4991-AD42-7E16EE566FAC-4902-000003905C3033DB.jpg
http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff422/OldSchoolBikesTX/1-8.jpg

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#59 2013-01-29 7:38am

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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

I completely restored my 84 Diamond Back Viper.  Bought for my brother in 84/85 then I started riding it about a year later. Had it ever since and have the original owners manual also.

Before the restore:
http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x167/srrav1981/4ec4a701.jpg

tore down:
http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x167/srrav1981/A671F6AB-0501-4720-A5DE-98112D241CD2-1890-00000188AED0E0A8.jpg

After:
http://i184.photobucket.com/albums/x167/srrav1981/6A7A9C18-9B97-4813-A7EB-A74F7080E447-5668-00000188E28EBD29.jpg

I now have the correct decals on the seat.
I have a few pictures of it in my brothers room in the 80's back in a corner but no full shots or any shots riding it.

http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/diamondback/39870


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#60 2013-01-29 7:56am

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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

My parents kept my childhood bike in the garage all these years.   I did not know it was worth anything until a little over a year ago.   Everything is original.  I have rebuilt or bought bikes that some of my friends in the neighborhood had.

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/ee455/jtavols/IMAG0092-1-1_zps77a9555b-1_zps1f6fd98c.jpg

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#61 2013-01-29 8:18am

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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

I rebuilt mine exactly as I bought it at 15. It was the first bike that I paid for and it took a bunch of hours at KFC to pay for it then. It took even more hours doing accounting to pay to build it again! lol

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h318/us1ss/IMG_1414.jpg


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#62 2013-01-29 6:52pm

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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

mark.fitzpatrick wrote:

Just finished mine tonight.
Inspired by a VHS tape I found at my parents house (screen grab is my profile pic)

http://i848.photobucket.com/albums/ab41 … 00_131.jpg

http://i848.photobucket.com/albums/ab41 … 31_837.jpg

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#63 2013-01-29 7:12pm

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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

Is this a dream bike thread? Or your actual first bike?

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#64 2013-01-29 7:16pm

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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

I got this bike new in 88. Rode it a year then broke it. Took it back to the LBS and traded for a 89 bashgaurd Master. That was in 90. I assumed it was sent back to Haro and never missed it until 2011.
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn248/dave4130_2008/45ef3e9ebbc0efe981ab84d94d668b88.jpg
Then a friend turned me onto this awesome site and we hung out a few times. Never considered building another 88 Master until he shows me a broken Master frame he's had for several years. He paid 10$ for it from our LBS and just hung it in the barn. It was my old 88 frame. Still had the spray bomb paint job and a few stickers that brought back a major rush of emotions and memories. Friend just hands it over. I guess I owe him at least 10$
Started checking here and ebay and kept the frame on the wall for almost two years. Then I heard about C4. The rest is history. Expensive history.
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn248/dave4130_2008/32f4100bae790daae521e44e17274510.jpg


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#65 2013-01-29 7:24pm

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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

I started my DB the way I "changed it" as a kid - gray Dominator & some gray/charcoal METALLIC Arayas - I stopped trying as I have never come across the same hoops - anywhere ...
Still lovin' the survivor Cool Streak though big_smile

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#66 2013-01-29 7:25pm

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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

Joey a wrote:

Is this a dream bike thread? Or your actual first bike?

It's a dream thread, I know that!  Thanks for all the stories and pictures, guys!  Keep 'em coming!


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#67 2013-01-29 7:37pm

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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

This is the Competitor Cheetah.
My first real BMX bike was almost exactly like this, only it had yellow pads and yellow grips. I found this frame on ebay several years ago. And, there is a chance this was my original frame from 1978. When I sold it in the late 70s, I painted it a hideous shade of bluish-purple. I never kept track of the serial number, so I will neverf know for sure.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l196/66alfagtv/cheet07_lr.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l196/66alfagtv/cheet20lr.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l196/66alfagtv/lr_cb13.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l196/66alfagtv/lr_cb03.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l196/66alfagtv/lr_cb116.jpg


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#68 2013-01-29 7:41pm

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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

Harodave4130 wrote:

I got this bike new in 88. Rode it a year then broke it. Took it back to the LBS and traded for a 89 bashgaurd Master. That was in 90. I assumed it was sent back to Haro and never missed it until 2011.
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn24 … 668b88.jpg
Then a friend turned me onto this awesome site and we hung out a few times. Never considered building another 88 Master until he shows me a broken Master frame he's had for several years. He paid 10$ for it from our LBS and just hung it in the barn. It was my old 88 frame. Still had the spray bomb paint job and a few stickers that brought back a major rush of emotions and memories. Friend just hands it over. I guess I owe him at least 10$
Started checking here and ebay and kept the frame on the wall for almost two years. Then I heard about C4. The rest is history. Expensive history.
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn24 … 274510.jpg

That's awesome! Any pics of it before C4 worked his magic?

It's my ultimate dream to come across one of my old ones. It's extremely unlikely, but would absolutely rock. I can't imagine how awesome it felt to have it back.


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#69 2013-01-29 8:52pm

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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

Here's my own project on this subject:
my childhood number plate!
http://i560.photobucket.com/albums/ss41/Williams_Family/83GT1_Page_5a.jpg
And, thanks to Jon, here's a mock-up of ver. 2.0! 
http://i560.photobucket.com/albums/ss41/Williams_Family/IMG_7678.jpg
Now, anybody with a blue "#1" like the "#5" I would be ENDURINGLY GRATEFUL if you decided to part with it so I can finish this!


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#70 2013-01-30 3:49am

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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

66alfa_gtv wrote:

This is the Competitor Cheetah.
My first real BMX bike was almost exactly like this, only it had yellow pads and yellow grips. I found this frame on ebay several years ago. And, there is a chance this was my original frame from 1978. When I sold it in the late 70s, I painted it a hideous shade of bluish-purple. I never kept track of the serial number, so I will neverf know for sure.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l196/ … t07_lr.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l196/ … et20lr.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l196/ … r_cb13.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l196/ … r_cb03.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l196/ … _cb116.jpg

Unless Prince rode BMX, that's probably your bike. Reunited stories are cool.
I'm not sure if I have a pic of my bike before. I'll look.
This is a great thread.


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#71 2013-01-30 11:14am

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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

NS_Freestyler wrote:

I sold my 1988 General Osborn Pro in 1993, it was the last bike I competed on, the last bike I rode in shows and the last "real" freestyle bike I owned before hanging up my riding career for good. I loved that bike, out of all the bikes I owned over my many years of riding, it was by far my favorite. On two separate occasions I tried to buy another frame and build it up with the same parts I had on mine – both times it just didn’t happen. The first frame I bought back in 2001 was cracked in too many places and would need a lot work to fix, so that ended that attempt. The second time around this past summer, the frame was cracked again but not too bad, so I started to hunt down the parts. It got expensive real fast and some of the parts seemed next to impossible to find, so I gave up again.

Then one day I was bored at work and started to think about the bike again and the guy I sold it to. I started to remember things about him, his name and what he did for work (he was a street performer). With a little work on internet, I was able to track him down and send him a message inquiring about my bike. As luck would have it, he still had my bike with all of my original parts!  So with some careful negotiating, I was eventually able to get it back. The bike was in rough shape, A LOT worse than I was originally led to believe, but it was my bike and it was still 100% salvageable. So over the last 4 months I’ve been slowly restoring it and the parts. I’ve hunted down all of the smaller missing stuff and repaired the rest. The last of the frame repairs are done and it’s being re-chromed now, this is final step in the process. I can’t wait to it get back so I can rebuild it and most importantly ride it again. It’s been a long time, but I’m just excited to have it back.

Can't wait to see the end result!!big_smile


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#72 2013-01-30 11:38am

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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n567/generalhustler/canal.jpg


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#73 2013-01-30 12:12pm

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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

I just recently started to get back in the hobby and up loaded my 83 Skyway TA to the museum that I bought brand new in 83 and has a low serial# 0000174 built 2-83! Bike is pretty much all original and the parts that I replace in the early 80's I still have that came with the bike when I bought new.

http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt58/lx-conv331/001-29.jpg

Last edited by lxconv331 (2013-01-30 12:15pm)


[img]http://i597.photobucket.com/albums/tt58/lx-conv331/28119212-349_zpsd2c5e1e9.jpg[/img]

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#74 2013-01-30 12:14pm

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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

Did not need to rebuild it: Still got it big_smile


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#75 2013-01-30 12:31pm

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Re: Who has RE-built their childhood bike?

Haven't yet but I've been thinking about it...

http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee105/kmpap/Kevshow1-A.jpg
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee105/kmpap/redrl-20II2.jpg

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