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#1 2014-03-02 4:15pm

jmmgp358
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1987 Schwinn Predator Free Form

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1987 Schwinn Predator Free Form

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O.K. Here's my story...........Back in 1987 when I was 13, I moved to a new neighborhood where all the kids my age where riding "freestyle" bikes (Gt Performers, Diamondbacks, Dynos etc. My mother, being the good parent she is, wanted me to fit in so she ditched the Wal-Mart Huffy and took me to a town near us to see what they had to offer. After the sticker shock we both compromised on a Purple Schwinn Predator Freeform with disc wheels. When we returned home my father immediately took off the discs (good call) and sent me off with the gang. I still remember that day like it was yesterday! For the next 2 years we lived on our bikes, riding non stop. BTW shortly after buying my bike my mother noticed all my friends had Mag wheels, so keepin up with the Jones, we where back at the bike shop buying me a set of GT Mags for $50.00. Well, when I turned 16 the whole bike thing came to a screeching halt. Unfortunately, I sold my bike for $100.00 to a friend of a friend's brother. At about age 25 I realized I probably should of held on to my bike, not realizing that 1987-88 were going to be some of the best times of my life. Fast forward 20 years after I sold my bike (age 35)...........  It was just another day at work and my phone rings, it was my younger brother. "Hey, I just found a bike in a dumpster that looks just like your old Predator, it's even purple." he said. I replied, "Are you serious! Keep it for me, and I will pay you for it." Obviously he said I could just have it. Here's where it gets really crazy, I asked him what type of wheels it had and he replied Mags! I thought, no way this was going to be my old bike! I remember sticking a fly sticker on the sprocket, so then I asked him the BIG question, "By any chance does it have a fly sticker on the sprocket ?" He relies "YES"! I then I realized I am going to be reunited with something that means more to me than I ever realized! When I got off work I went right over to his house and saw the bike. After 20 years, I couldn't describe the feeling, it was like finding a long lost friend. We started investigating this totally unbelievable reunion and found out how the bike got into the dumpster. My brother married a girl who's family owns a very large construction company. They live by the company and one day my brother went dump a bunch of trash off in one of the many dumpsters they have. That's when he found it, on top of a Dyno that he unfortunately did not retrieve. Come to find out the father of the kid I sold my bike to happens to work for that construction company. The kid's father was cleaning out his garage and dumped everything into the company's dumpster and the rest is history! I know some of you will think this is B.S., but the story above is true! The bike hangs in my garage on display today. Now that's a reunion that was meant to be!


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#2 2014-03-02 6:23pm

GTbee10
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Re: 1987 Schwinn Predator Free Form

Wow! That gave me goosebumps.  I'm so happy for you.  I sure hope you plan on riding that Predator. smile

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#3 2014-03-03 3:16pm

tyty1
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Re: 1987 Schwinn Predator Free Form

That's a once in a life time story


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#4 2014-03-05 9:26am

BmxStewie
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Re: 1987 Schwinn Predator Free Form

WOW.  yikes What Are The Chances Of That Happening After All These Years. Truly Amazing Story.  smile


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#5 2014-03-08 3:04pm

barcook82
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Re: 1987 Schwinn Predator Free Form

Awesome story....I think my brow had a freeform the same yr


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#6 2018-09-07 11:37am

ccastile
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Re: 1987 Schwinn Predator Free Form

Yes, very awesome story.


Worryin' about tomorrow is a bunch of s***. 'Cause tomorrow may not never come. Tomorrow? There's no guarantee about tomorrow! F*** tomorrow! You dig what I'm sayin'? And yesterday, s***. Yesterday, that's history, that's dead and gone. Yesterday ain't worth nothin'! That's gone, man! 'Cause all you got to worry about is right here, right now."

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