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#26 2014-01-07 5:01pm

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

Make and plan a budget and stick to it . Can't wait to see this finished . cool


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#27 2014-01-07 5:34pm

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

I hear you. I'm trying my hardest to be very taime since i have this whole winter to build my Aggressor.  It's hard though LOL!

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#28 2014-01-20 9:18am

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

Slow to update, parts are taking a while to track down. I have new-used Levanter hoops for the wheels coming thanks to a member here. Should be here this week.

This last weekend I started tearing down the current wheels. I assumed the hubs were in good shape, I was wrong... sigh, more chrome needed. At least the spokes polished up nice. My hands are still sore from that. Each spoke took 3 passes to clean up. Pictures to follow.

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#29 2014-01-20 9:33am

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

Question!  I seem to remember that the hoops were not polished, but more of a satin finish... how can I reproduce this? Polishing's easy, but how do you get the satin look?

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#30 2014-02-06 8:45pm

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

Slow to update, sorry bout that. The monthly budget is keeping me in check. Also, I bought a new-school bmx which has been keeping me busy.

New bike!
http://distilleryimage5.ak.instagram.com/8f514920855011e39c4c12032296cf75_8.jpg

Ok, now on to old school stuffs.

Pedals are in rough shape. Still not sure if I'm going to try and fix or replace.
http://brawns.ca/images/gt-pft/006.jpg

These showed up:
http://brawns.ca/images/gt-pft/011.jpg

On to the wheels. I've started into making the vector images for the wheel hoops. It appears to be tricky to track down a local printer for these, it looks like I'm going to have to print them out of town.

Here is the front wheel. Super stained.
http://brawns.ca/images/gt-pft/007.jpg

you can tell buy the hub, it's in poor shape.
http://brawns.ca/images/gt-pft/008.jpg

Spoke polishing!
http://brawns.ca/images/gt-pft/009.jpg

Bling! 36 down, 36 to go.
http://brawns.ca/images/gt-pft/010.jpg

Hub cleaned up, re-greased and new hub stickers applied. They do have some minimal pitting, but I decided not to re-chrome as I didn't want to risk screwing them up.
http://brawns.ca/images/gt-pft/012.jpg

A member reached out to me. He had some Levanter hoops, which have cleaned up very well. I will be building these soon.
http://brawns.ca/images/gt-pft/013.jpg


Next on the radar is the brakes. I've got the front apart getting ready for paint and have ordered a new rear as it's bad shape and missing parts:
http://brawns.ca/images/gt-pft/014.jpg
http://brawns.ca/images/gt-pft/015.jpg

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#31 2014-02-07 4:52am

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

Looking great so far , keep up the good work . cool


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#32 2014-02-07 5:54am

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

I'm late here, but as someone who also had his BITD bike still, I would strongly recommend NOT restoring it.

I just cleaned mine up and replaced the broken parts.  It's really cool looking at it and rembembering all the different mods I did based on how I rode it, and looking at the scratches and rembembering the day it happened.  I sware I cleaned some 20 year old blood off my bike.

http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=486083 for reference

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#33 2014-02-07 9:50am

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

tecnic1 wrote:

I'm late here, but as someone who also had his BITD bike still, I would strongly recommend NOT restoring it.

I just cleaned mine up and replaced the broken parts.  It's really cool looking at it and rembembering all the different mods I did based on how I rode it, and looking at the scratches and rembembering the day it happened.  I sware I cleaned some 20 year old blood off my bike.

http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=486083 for reference

Very intriguing thought process... I appreciate the input for sure. fixing vs. restoring sure would be a whole lot cheaper.  wink

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#34 2014-02-07 12:19pm

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

are you going to ride this bike? if so id just clean the pedals the best you can etc. and use them.


WTB: 1992 Yellow splatter GT Performer

NOS or mint parts needed: 44T black GT chainring
1995 Performer black light F/F
1996 Performer red splatter F/F

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#35 2014-02-24 5:15pm

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

Any updates on the build?

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#36 2014-02-24 7:47pm

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

I would NOT rechrome your bike! That chrome doesn't look bad at all, and will polish up nice. Unless you want a carpet queen, when riding and from 5-ft away the bike will still look great. I have been cleaning up my childhood Profile Champ Pro and it has some dull spots and chrome peeling at the seat mast but it's been that way for 20+ years and it's part of my bike. I'll never rechrome it!


Profile Champ Pro 1985 - My childhood bike owned since late '80s.

I finally submitted a few of my bikes to the museum so check them out and fave them if you like smile

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#37 2014-02-24 8:12pm

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

No real updates to speak of. I've actually decided to rebuild this into a rider as tecnic1 suggests. This means no re-chrome either.  I have however been polishing it trying to get many of the scratches out. I'm through the chrome and into the nickle in a few spots. 

The idea of being able to bomb around on it and have my son eventually be able to do the same sounds awesome to me. As for parts, I've got a seat coming and the back brake showed up (mine was missing pieces). So far the only parts I've ordered are parts that I needed to get it back into riding condition. I've been wrestling with how far to take it. Do I repaint some parts or no? not sure yet. I need tires and would love to have gum-wall to retain the original look. Suggestions?

I've got a bunch of spoke nipples to clean up. Once I'm done that, I will be able to rebuild the front wheel.

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#38 2014-02-25 6:47am

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

For tires on a rider I would buy from this guy on here.
http://bmxmuseum.com/forsale/91153
That's where I got mine. He shipped fast and I am happy with them.


Profile Champ Pro 1985 - My childhood bike owned since late '80s.

I finally submitted a few of my bikes to the museum so check them out and fave them if you like smile

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#39 2014-03-02 4:10pm

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

New month = new budget!

Front wheel built, onto the rear. Some other polishing done too:

http://distilleryimage4.ak.instagram.com/69add6f6a26611e3b79f124cf866f5f4_8.jpg

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#40 2014-03-04 1:03pm

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

Anyone ever have luck tracking down a black version of this grip?  http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nos-GT-Ame-Bmx- … 1340199347

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#41 2014-03-04 3:20pm

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

Spencerb wrote:

2 questions: 1) who made the chain? It's got a little planet (Saturn?) on it, made in Taiwan. 2) what brand are the rims? I de-stickered them and the rear is really bad...

Chain is a Taya Chain It's got the same logo, just no TAYA name stamped on it:

http://bmxmuseum.com/forsale/48961

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#42 2014-03-04 4:26pm

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

I found some of those grips NOS on ebay awhile back and used them on my 92 PFT. Just buy a white set and dye them black.


WTB: 1992 Yellow splatter GT Performer

NOS or mint parts needed: 44T black GT chainring
1995 Performer black light F/F
1996 Performer red splatter F/F

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#43 2014-03-04 5:08pm

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

Man that is looking good!!
Those Ame grips seem to be really hard to find in black. My Aggressor came with them aswell, but i couldn't stand them back in the day so i swapped to these ones that came equipped on my '90 Vertigo..... and they are the ones i went with again on my Aggressor's  build. I find them more comfortable.
http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k193/1low03gt/IMG_1539_zpsec271fa5.jpg

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#44 2014-03-10 1:31pm

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

90Aggressor wrote:

Man that is looking good!!
Those Ame grips seem to be really hard to find in black. My Aggressor came with them aswell, but i couldn't stand them back in the day so i swapped to these ones that came equipped on my '90 Vertigo..... and they are the ones i went with again on my Aggressor's  build. I find them more comfortable.
http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k193/ … 271fa5.jpg

Thanks!

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#45 2014-03-11 9:12am

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

Updates!

Got a  freewheel tool for the rear hub. It took a week the break it free, but I got it off last night. I disassembled the hub and polished spokes. I've got more clean up to do back there, but should come together quickly.

I've been polishing some of the chrome by hand and it's working. It's slow, but it's making a difference for sure.
http://distilleryimage2.ak.instagram.com/b75874d4a93611e3a2680a84b508c472_8.jpg

New seat showed up yesterday!
http://distilleryimage8.ak.instagram.com/86204e14a93611e3a85812e53dd2af8c_8.jpg

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#46 2014-03-11 9:20am

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

Buy some Blue Magic and some Charmin Toilet Paper ( Red Packaging  and free of wood-pulp ) . I haven't found a better Chrome / Brass polish . cool


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#47 2014-03-11 9:29am

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

Thanks!

I've been using Blue Magic and cotton T-Shirts. I figured with the chrome being so thin, I need to be cautious with it.

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#48 2014-03-11 5:44pm

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

Nice, and the new seat looks sweet too!... And no prob's .
Good tip on polishing. Thanks.

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#49 2014-03-14 1:25pm

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

rear hub cleaned up:
http://distilleryimage3.ak.instagram.com/a1497206abb611e38a02124717398e23_8.jpg

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#50 2014-03-15 5:34pm

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Re: Restoring my childhood bike - 1991 GT Pro Freestyle Tour

Turned out real clean. Sweet.

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