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1988 General Osborn Pro

#1 2013-09-07 4:18pm

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1988 General Osborn Pro

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1988 General Osborn Pro

My 1988 Osborn Pro which I've owned since 1988.

I sold my this bike in 1994 and regretted it even since. I ended up tracking it down and bought it back in 2012. It was 80% compelete, but needed a lot of work. Here it is now restored back to its former glory!

Parts Rundown:
Frame: 1988 General Osborn Pro
Fork: General Osborn Pro
Headset: Tioga Beartrap II
Stem: MCS Styler
Bars: Hutch Woody Itson
Grips: M Jives
Brakes: Dia-Compe Nippon Front/AD990 Rear
Levers: Dia-Compe Tech 77
Detangler: Odyssey Gyro (Gen 1)
Cranks: Profile 3rd Generation with Hutch Aerospeed Disk and Haro UniDirectional Chainring
Pedals: KHE Graphite X Copies
Seat Post: SST Command Post
Seat: Viscount Dominator
Seat Clamp: GT Wings
Wheels: Peregrine HP Super Pro's
Tires: Kenda Freestyle
Pegs: Haro Fork Standers and GT Aluminum Tube Rides front/GT Steel Tube Rides rear
I'm planning on riding it, so I decided not run my original Shimano DX pedals, Peregrine HP Tires, and Dia-Compe Tech 7 levers. I have them ready to go, I just decided it was safer not to use them. It's pretty much exactly the way I had it when I sold back in 1994, I'm so psyched I was able to get it back with most of its original parts.


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#2 2013-09-07 4:49pm

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Re: 1988 General Osborn Pro

Beautiful General, if you don't mind me asking, how did you manage to track it down.  You're very lucky, wish I could find my old bike sad

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#3 2013-09-07 5:17pm

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Re: 1988 General Osborn Pro

That is a sweet general love the osborn pros

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#4 2013-09-07 5:27pm

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Re: 1988 General Osborn Pro

The same thing happened to me. I sold my 88 performer back to the bike shop when I was 20. About 2 years ago it was on craigs and it was sold before I could get to the house. 3 months ago it was back on I drove 65 miles and bought it from the guy only cuz he wanted to here my story he had 5 people wanting it but he would only sell it to me. It is now is my closet waiting for the total restore.


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#5 2013-09-08 2:24pm

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Re: 1988 General Osborn Pro

Great to see you got it back.  Looks great!

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#6 2013-09-08 4:51pm

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Re: 1988 General Osborn Pro

cool


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#7 2013-09-09 1:56pm

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Re: 1988 General Osborn Pro

GTbee10 wrote:

Beautiful General, if you don't mind me asking, how did you manage to track it down.  You're very lucky, wish I could find my old bike sad

Thank you.

As far as tracking it down, well it's a bit of a long story, but here is the short version. When I sold the bike in 1994 I ended up talking to the guy for a while about riding and 80's freestyle bikes. He mentioned that he was a professional street performer and that his name was Jim. These two things seemed to stick in my mind after all these years. So last October I googled "Jim" and "Street Performer" in the Boston area and bang he came up. I checked out his web page, saw some old school freestyle photos and sent him an email. Luckliy he rememebered me and said he still had my bike and it was largely all intact. Unfortunatley he wasn’t too interested in selling it back to me, but after a few messages he agreed on a trade. I had to locate him an RL 20, RL 20 II or another Osborn Pro – All complete and all similarly spec’d which was not such an easy task. This was a trade only deal and he wouldn’t accept cash. Lucky enough I found him an RL 20 on this site which he agreed to and I was able to get it back.

It was pretty rough and in pieces, it was missing the rear brake, the gyro, seat and most of the remaining parts where in rough shape. The frame was also in tough shape, the rear frame stands were cut off, the seat tube was cracked, it had cracks at the head tube gussets and a small dent too. I had a friend do the frame repairs and with the help of a doner frame, I even had the frame standers re-added. Once the frame was done, it and all the other chrome parts were re-finished. I was able to pick up the missing small odds and ends and a sticker set from Ultrahive and this how it turned out.

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#8 2013-09-09 3:19pm

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Re: 1988 General Osborn Pro

Thanks, I love cool BMX stories.  Good for you man, enjoy

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#9 2013-09-09 5:49pm

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I use to have one of these in white/chrome, just awesome!!


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#10 2013-09-09 6:54pm

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Great bike, and what a story. Excellent you could pull this off and get your bike back.

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#11 2013-09-10 7:05am

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Re: 1988 General Osborn Pro

Killer restore!! Congrats. cool

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#12 2013-09-10 7:57am

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Re: 1988 General Osborn Pro

Awesome story - thanks for sharing it and kudos on what sounds like an incredible restoration.

My original General was sold to a Dallas, TX bike store. Although I now own two that I'm in the process of restoring when time and money permits, but I would love to know where my original one is. I'd buy it back in a heartbeat.


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#13 2013-11-14 4:25pm

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Re: 1988 General Osborn Pro

Bike turned out nice,Instant fav.!

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#14 2015-04-07 3:45pm

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Fantastic piece of history there. So glad you got it home again. Killer build. Hope mine turns out half as nice. coolcoolcool


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#15 2020-01-10 11:08am

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Re: 1988 General Osborn Pro

WOW... This bike is beautiful. I love the Woody bars combo with the MCS stem on a freestyler! Very nicely built!


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#16 2020-01-10 11:22am

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Re: 1988 General Osborn Pro

chromey wrote:

WOW... This bike is beautiful. I love the Woody bars combo with the MCS stem on a freestyler! Very nicely built!

Thanks!

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