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#1 2013-02-12 8:41am

chicago.al
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1979 Powerlite

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1979 Powerlite

20" Powerlite

A long time ago,,,,in a time far, far, away.....bicycles were actually awesome. The parts were high end and on par with race car equipment, and the finishes were beautiful, with deep anno's, great welds, awesome chrome, and eye catching overall styling. But building bikes is like any other manufacturing operation,,,it is a business. The cheaper, you can build something, the more money you make. So what companies did, was year after year, they slowly started making the bikes cheaper and cheaper in quality. First generation Mongooses, Gt's, Se's,and Redlines were all excellent high quality bikes. The reason these companies are still around today is because those high quality, early, bikes they built, had enough staying power to establish these companies and the brand. People buy these name brands today because of name recognition, not because the bike has any resemblance to it's predecessor. What used to be made in a small shop in California,,,,is now mass produced on an assembly line in Asia,,,,,Do you think there's a difference?

I hear it all the time that there is no comparison between a modern bike and an old school bike. That very well may be true? I have never ridden a new school bike, so I can't comment,,,,, But there is definitiely no comparison in looks either! New school is Blah! Old School is "trick"..... Just the opinion of a 41 year old BMX guy....Glad to see the sport is still alive!
1979 powerlite frame setBullseye cranksGT expert bars (I think they are real deal "black chrome" )Bull Dog stamped Pro NeckSkyway Tuff II'sTTK pedalsAero seatAddicks seat clampGrab On grips

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#2 2013-02-12 8:48am

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Re: 1979 Powerlite

That is one nice ride.cool

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#3 2013-02-12 9:12am

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Re: 1979 Powerlite

Sweet ride bro!! cool


What The Hell!!!!

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#4 2013-02-12 10:24am

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Re: 1979 Powerlite

love that.  padset at porkchop, no?


Its not the years...its the mileage

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#5 2013-02-12 12:44pm

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Re: 1979 Powerlite

I may have not installed tuff wheels, but there is no denying that that is a beautiful specimen of OS goodness cool


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#6 2013-02-12 5:51pm

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Re: 1979 Powerlite

I went "Skyway" to keep it all American,,,,and specifically Californian! The only non USA item are the pedals and the chain! Lol! cool

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#7 2013-02-12 6:41pm

trexxx44
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Re: 1979 Powerlite

man..you hit it right on the head! very well put..and thats one sick a$$ Powerlite! smile


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#8 2013-02-12 6:52pm

chicago.al
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Re: 1979 Powerlite

trexxx44 wrote:

man..you hit it right on the head! very well put..and thats one sick a$$ Powerlite! smile

Thank you,,,,I knew a guy from Cali would understand! cool

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#9 2013-02-12 6:58pm

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Re: 1979 Powerlite

At that time, we here in Chicago would be fortunate indeed to see -- let alone RIDE -- one of those.  Thanks for sharing this awesome specimen.


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#10 2013-02-12 7:30pm

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Re: 1979 Powerlite

perront wrote:

At that time, we here in Chicago would be fortunate indeed to see -- let alone RIDE -- one of those.  Thanks for sharing this awesome specimen.

You aren't kidding! One guy in my neighborhood had one,,,,and I think he stole it! Lol! The one bike I will never forget though,,,was when a kid rolled up to the local trails on a Race Inc. It was anno red and mint,,,,,this kid wasn't a rider, so his bike was always spotless! That bike blew me away,,,,the only one I ever seen back in the day,,,,,,ahhh,,,,the good ol' days!,,

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#11 2013-03-11 5:17pm

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Re: 1979 Powerlite

TOTALLY KILLER...

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#12 2013-07-16 10:44am

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Re: 1979 Powerlite

LOOKING AT THIS RIDE AGAIN AND IT IS SLICK...
    YOUR WRITE UP IS GREAT AS WELL!

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