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#1 2016-10-02 10:38am

dinglem
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1983 Birmingham Wheels Pro

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1983 Birmingham Wheels Pro

The most elusive WHEELS frame of all… here we have a Birmingham WHEELS Pro - one of only 4 known and one of only two in the UK. This 18.75inch race frame was sourced from the Netherlands.

I built this bike specifically to undertake a charity bike ride from London to Brighton in the UK - 54miles on a BMX! - hence the mish-mash of parts.... it will remain at this spec for the forseeable future as i am doing the same ride next year.
Frame: 1983 Birmingham WHEELS ‘Pro’ BMX in butted Reynolds 531 tubing. 18.75inch TT length. Early frame number of 091. Original candy white paint, with a custom black decal set including the p.v.HOOF shop logo as found. Custom early head tube decal designed from an early original provided by the ex-WHEELS team manager; created by Mike ‘GRABONKID’.
Dimensions: 18.75inches centre of seat tube to centre of head tube (top tube), but lowered down the seat post tube to dramatically alter the seatpost tube angle, increasing distance from bars to seat.
Forks:  Bottema M-2 race forks. Original chrome finish. They also came with a cork ‘butt-plug’ which I have retained. Never seen this before….?
Bars: Original Birmingham WHEELS Reynolds-tubed race bars.
Stem: Tuf Neck Patent Pending.
Flex-fighter: NOS Raspberry TT Racing Jam Buttie.
Wheels: Rib-sided Ambrosio skinny rims laced to polished low flange Suzue hubs. RADial front.
Tyres: Schwalbe Durano Raceguard.
Padset: Original Birmingham WHEELS top tube pad only.
Headset: Original 80’s NOS red Tange 125 headset.
Grips: Super-rare NOS black/white Akrons.
Brakes: NOS black/white combo Dia-Compe 901.
Brakepads: White Dia-compe.
Brake Cable: White with red text 84 dated Dia-Compe.
Lever: Red NOS early 80’s Tech 2's.
Cranks: Super-rare 180mm Hanabishi OPC.
Spider: Bullseye, drilled out to accommodate an OPC prior to my ownership.
Pedals: ACS Stoker in black.
Chainring: NOS red YES! Racing 46T (Birmingham WHEELS sponsored by YES! BMX).
Chain: Half black Izumi chain with a single NOS red ROE Whale Tail chain tensioner – drive side only.
Bottom Bracket: NOS Sugino.
Seat clamp: NOS Raspberry TT Racing Jam Buttie.
Seat post: NOS UNI Graphite Pro 14.
Seat: Black with Red generic modern padded(!) mountain bike item.
Plate: NOS Mirage III with original NOS UNI number (Birmingham WHEELS sponsored by Alan's BMX, providing them with Mirage race plates bitd). Signed by WHEELS rider Anto But.


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#2 2016-10-04 1:12am

dinglem
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Re: 1983 Birmingham Wheels Pro

Whale Tail close-up.

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#3 2016-10-04 1:13am

dinglem
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#4 2016-10-04 5:08pm

MickRich393
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Re: 1983 Birmingham Wheels Pro

Love this frameset but am looking forward to seeing it with standard-sized rims and an old school seat! Congrats on surviving the ride mate!

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#5 2016-10-04 5:16pm

dinglem
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Re: 1983 Birmingham Wheels Pro

Thanks buddy - it sure is a super-rare one, and I love that is still has the original pearl-white paint too. It is making me literally cringe seeing it with that seat but there's no way i could use it for the charity ride on an OS one.... I might swap it out for a more suitable one for some pics and then switch it back again.

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#6 2016-10-04 5:36pm

MickRich393
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Re: 1983 Birmingham Wheels Pro

Yeah, 54 miles on an old plastic seat is not a nice thought! If you do swap seats for pics, make sure you bust out the Spencers too! smile

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#7 2016-10-05 12:22am

dinglem
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Re: 1983 Birmingham Wheels Pro

Haha... you read my resto thread well! The rare Spencer rims are on stand-by ready to go on cool

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