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#1 2014-06-08 9:01am

RyanPartridge
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1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

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1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Winner 2014 BMX Society Best 26" Cruiser

This frame was custom made in 1980 for Jim Curwood, an old friend of Gary Cook. Jim worked for Laguna Distributors in the mid 70's and soon after opened his own bike shop, South County Cyclery aka "Buy My Bikes" in south Orange County, which is still open today.

All the finish is original and done by Jim Cunningham at CyclArt in San Diego. First the dropouts were chromed and paint fade was applied, the frame then went back to Cook Bros in Santa Ana to have the solvent transfer Cruiser decal applied to the middle bar. The frame then returned to CyclArt to be shot with pearl and finally clear. From there it traveled straight back to Santa Ana where Gary Cook took the frame on tour to be displayed with him at the trade shows to promote the CBR Cruisers. After about a year, Jim Curwood got his frame back, built it up, and displayed it in his shop.
According to Jim, a jeweler from Laguna Beach would come to his shop and beg him to sell the bike for years. Eventually the bike was traded to the jeweler for a 1,200 dollar diamond. In the early 90's the frame & fork surfaced in a Laguna Beach bike shop and was purchased by a surfboard shaper out of Huntington Beach and locked in a shipping container along with several other cruisers. In early 2014, I was introduced by a friend of mine to this local surfboard shaper and purchased the frame & fork.
I brought the frame back to South County Cyclery, met with Jim Curwood and he shared with me the history of the frame. I then built the bike like you see it now, kept it as secret as I could, and displayed it at the 2014 BMX Society annual show. Enjoy!
* 1980 CBR Cruiser frame & fork
* CBR Slantline stem
* CBR front hub
* NOS Sturmey Archer drum hub w/Suntour freewheel
* Araya 7x hoops
* Takagi Cr-Mo 180x24 cranks w/NOS Tange sealed BB
* D.I.D. chain
* KKT magnesium pedals
* Mitsuboshi Cruiser Mits
* Vintage Brooks B-72



With original owner Jim Curwood...
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#2 2014-06-08 9:10am

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Re: 1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Great history and stunning build. Congrats.


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#3 2014-06-08 9:24am

RyanPartridge
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Re: 1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Thanks Vin!

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#4 2014-06-08 9:41am

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Re: 1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

WOW.!!! That thing Awesome... The history its just kool to have something like this in your posession is just priceless.. Nice best keeped secret.!!
Congrats on the award.
Someday I want to have a chance to check this cruiser in person..


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#5 2014-06-08 10:03am

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Re: 1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Ryan...that bike is a trip...the color scheme is at least 8 or 10 years ahead of its time.  It's an amazing piece with all the history!  Thanks for sharing and congrats on the award.

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#6 2014-06-08 10:33am

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Re: 1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Rad Cruiser , Rad Member and congratulations on the win . cool


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#7 2014-06-08 10:37am

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Re: 1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Great bike! Congratulations again Ryan!


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#8 2014-06-08 10:41am

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Re: 1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

WOW!!!!   Seriously... WOW!   That bike is amazing!  Who wouldn't love to have a bike painted like that?  AND it has OG Cook decals on it too...just amazing.


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#9 2014-06-08 10:47am

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Re: 1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

I'll give you $50 bucks for it!?   lol    Ryan this Magic Unicorn is by far the raddest bike/story on the site and to win the Society show the day of unveiling was the easiest choice of the day for the judges.So glad I got to check it out in person!Beautiful bike.    cool


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#10 2014-06-08 11:06am

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Re: 1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Amazing bike! Congratulations Ryan!

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#11 2014-06-08 11:08am

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Re: 1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Dibs... Now I can't wait till all the other cbr hoarders get wind and try to one up or at least unveil their rarities. I know there still unseen niceties out there.:cool

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#12 2014-06-08 11:35am

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Re: 1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Clean score Ryan! Congratulations on best 26" .

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#13 2014-06-08 12:57pm

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Re: 1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Awesome bike, great new owner, and a shiny new trophy to complete the trio!!!!

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#14 2014-06-08 1:24pm

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Re: 1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

RAD as it gets...
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#15 2014-06-08 1:36pm

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Re: 1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Special bike. Special journey. Thanks for the cool post.

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#16 2014-06-08 4:21pm

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Re: 1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Rad Cruiser!

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#17 2014-06-08 4:24pm

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Re: 1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Very cool cooks bro racing 26"
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#18 2014-06-08 6:03pm

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Re: 1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Thanks everyone for the compliments! Much appreciated!

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#19 2014-06-08 9:13pm

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Re: 1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

If only there was an emoticon for angels singing...  coolcoolcool

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#20 2014-06-08 10:04pm

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Re: 1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

good job!


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#21 2014-06-09 4:12am

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Re: 1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Awesome bike,great story.


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#22 2014-06-09 4:39am

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Re: 1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

cobra_standard wrote:

If only there was an emoticon for angels singing...  coolcoolcool

Exactly what I was thinkin!  lol


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#23 2014-06-09 6:51am

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Re: 1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

Thanks fellas!

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#24 2014-06-09 6:55am

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Re: 1980 Cook Bros. Racing Cruiser 26

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#25 2014-06-09 7:12am

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