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#1 2016-06-01 10:32pm

radmeon
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1987 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Team Model

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1987 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Team Model

One of my original bikes from BITD!!!

This bike was a true labor of love (AND MONEY!!!).  This bike was one of my original bikes I rode BITD, and was actually the last bike I rode on until I stopped regular daily riding in 1992, not long after I got married and had to "grow up". I bought this brand new from Action Bikes in San Antonio, Texas back in the spring of 1987. As usual - a few parts got swapped out for "better" parts not long after that.  I still kept all my original parts thankfully (I was a hoarder even back then!). It was originally GT Blue but by 1989, the paint on it was pretty rough (I took good care of my bikes but still rode the DOG-SNOT out of them!). I decided to have it chrome plated as that's originally what I wanted when I bought it but the shop didn't have one. I was lucky that the father of one of my good friends I had growing up, worked at one of the local plating shops. He stripped down the remaining paint and chromed my f/f, bars and seat post. It cost me a whoppin' $75 of my hard-earned money (if only it still cost that much today!!!). Not really caring about going back with original stickers (which were still actually plentiful back then), I chose to go with the latest sticker set as I though it was cooler looking back then anyways. Over the next couple of years, it had a few more parts changed out on it (rear brakes / bars / stem / cranks / seat post clamp).

As a kid growing up, my bikes "lived" in my bedroom with me.  My parents hated it but they realized as much money we spent on my bikes, it was probably the best thing. Our garage was always cluttered and I grew up living in a not-so-nice neighborhood anyways. From about 1993 to 1997, I didn't ride much and if I did, it was usually on a friends bikes. My wife wasn't as understanding in the early days as she is now so my bikes ended up out in storage sheds during that time. Time, temperature and the elements were not kind to my beloved scoot.  As you can see from the pictures below, it was not pretty at all when I dug my GT out of the shed. I dug it out to "clean it up" when I found out my wife was pregnant with our first child and thought it would be cool to clean it up and restore it so one day I could give it to my son.  This one little project became the catalyst for all things to come with regards to bike collecting!!! In 1997, I had heard of eBay and used it a few times before but had never giving any thoughts to eBay and BMX.  Little did I know there was a whole other world out there to finding parts!  eBay lead me to other collectors, VintageBMX and OS-BMX (now BMX Society) as well as many other sources.  I WAS HOOKED! I started buying up just about every bike I ever wanted back then (and then some) as well as a butt-load of parts from old bike shops everywhere I traveled to. I had a major BMX-addiction even worse than when I was a teenager!!!
Fast forward to 2003 when I finally found the last piece I needed to finish it up - a new set of Power Series cranks. I kept my old ones but they're REALLY rough and I haven't ever put the time into restoring them (and before anybody asks - no - I won't sell them either!). I chose to keep a few of the parts that I either had on it back then, or in my tool box when I built it back up in addition to the new parts I bought for it.  Here is the finished product.  It has it's space reserved for it in my bedroom along with a few other choice bikes even to this very day. No more days of ever living outdoors as long as I'm alive!!! Below are some pics of me on it BITD and before the restoration (GOD, it was UGLY!!!)(NOT FOR SALE)
Here's a breakdown of its build:

Frame / Fork: GT Pro Freestyle Tour - Team Model - re-chromed with NOS stickers set applied
Handlebars: GT Freestyle - re-chromed with NOS stickers set applied
Grips: A'me Round's - NOS, prior to building
Stem: GT "meat clever" - NOS, prior to building
Headset: GT Epoch - used - original from BITD
Rims: GT Superlace - Ukai hoops w/ Superlace sealed bearing hubs – NOS, prior to building
Tires: GT 1.75” Front and Rear - NOS, prior to building
Brakes: Dia-Compe Nippon - Front / Shimano MTB centerpull Rear - used - originals from BITD
Levers: Dia-Compe Tech 7's  –  restored - used - originals from BITD
Cables: Dia-Compe / 1st Gen Gyro - NOS, prior to building
Detangler: Odyssey 1st Gen Gyro - NOS, prior to building
Pedals: SR  -  restored - used - originals from BITD
Cranks: GT Power Series - 3 piece – NOS, prior to building
Bottom Bracket: GT Ultralite - sealed bearing - NOS, prior to building
Chainring: GT - 45T – NOS, prior to building
Seat: GT - lightly used
Seat Post Clamp: GT – NOS, prior to building
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Trading (not selling):
My NOS green Haro tires for NOS purple or pink Haro tires
My 1990 Bashguard Team Master f/f for a 1990 Bashguard Zolatone Master f/f

WTB:
Black Elina Flyte Tech / Redline Tecmatic BB
1989 / 1990 Haro Bashguard plates for Master and Sport
1984 VDC Freestyler / 1984 GJS Freestyler Forks - condition doesn't matter / 1984 Free Agent Freeflite / 1984 Powerlite Freestyle

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#2 2016-06-02 2:40am

holmes95
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Re: 1987 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Team Model

Cool bike, cool story.I had a black 87 pft bitd, rode the wheels off that baby.....smile

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#3 2016-06-02 9:33am

ELCHINGON
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Re: 1987 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Team Model

Sweet PFT an love the story,I wish I had all my bikes from BITD,I had to buy all mine over again lol,oh well I'm hooked cool


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#4 2016-06-02 1:18pm

rramirez16
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Re: 1987 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Team Model

Awesome story...

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#5 2016-06-04 5:54am

radmeon
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Re: 1987 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Team Model

Thanks guys - I appreciate the kind comments!


Trading (not selling):
My NOS green Haro tires for NOS purple or pink Haro tires
My 1990 Bashguard Team Master f/f for a 1990 Bashguard Zolatone Master f/f

WTB:
Black Elina Flyte Tech / Redline Tecmatic BB
1989 / 1990 Haro Bashguard plates for Master and Sport
1984 VDC Freestyler / 1984 GJS Freestyler Forks - condition doesn't matter / 1984 Free Agent Freeflite / 1984 Powerlite Freestyle

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#6 2016-06-04 11:54am

marksx5
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Re: 1987 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Team Model

Wow so awesome man. I luv the 89 decals, but nice transformation.

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#7 2016-07-05 7:55pm

Jedi101
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Re: 1987 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Team Model

Great story and restoration! There's nothing better than bringing your cherished childhood bike back to life… (well almost nothing… lol). Thanks for sharing!     cool


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#8 2016-07-06 4:00am

houndog
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Re: 1987 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Team Model

Great story and history of this bike.  Nicely done.  It really came out great.

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#9 2016-07-12 10:01pm

Black_and_Blue
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Re: 1987 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Team Model

love it - thanks for posting!


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#10 2016-07-13 10:13am

radmeon
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From: Hell's Front Porch - 210
Registered: 2006-09-02
Posts: 942
Bikes: 35
For Sale: 2

Re: 1987 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Team Model

Glad to share it with everyone! That's why we do this, right?!? big_smile


Trading (not selling):
My NOS green Haro tires for NOS purple or pink Haro tires
My 1990 Bashguard Team Master f/f for a 1990 Bashguard Zolatone Master f/f

WTB:
Black Elina Flyte Tech / Redline Tecmatic BB
1989 / 1990 Haro Bashguard plates for Master and Sport
1984 VDC Freestyler / 1984 GJS Freestyler Forks - condition doesn't matter / 1984 Free Agent Freeflite / 1984 Powerlite Freestyle

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#11 2017-05-31 3:46am

Angelo01033
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From: Ludlow ma
Registered: 2017-02-17
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Re: 1987 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Team Model

Well done, wicked awesome restoration, that bike was smoked when you started, love the checkered hat and knee pads in the old photo

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#12 2019-08-11 7:37am

TotalFreestyle
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For Sale: 8

Re: 1987 GT Pro Freestyle Tour Team Model

Nice job restoring it and a great story. Thanks for sharing.
BTW, you are right, the decals you restored it with look better than the ones that were on it. smile

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