The BMX (and other bikes) thread

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Thanks! To be honest, even though I retired from bmx for a long time, I did race a lot of motocross from 200 til around 2007. So I still had some two-wheeled action going on in between.

The worst part about getting back on a bmx bike after all those years was that it felt kinda lame compared to riding a motorcycle. The speed and air all seemed really weak in comparison. Nothing like hitting an 80-foot gap with the throttle pinned. :mrgreen:

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Did the 'Santa Cruise' just before Christmas.....

It basically involves dressing up as Santa, taking a bmx on the train down to London, meeting up with other like-minded old BMXers and then collecting donations and presents whilst doing a pub crawl around central London, then passing by the Evelina Children's Hospital to sing Christmas carols to the poor kids who are stuck in there over Christmas and dropping presents off for them.

Amazing day out, and very worthwhile. Plus, the wife came along too :D

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Re: The BMX (and other bikes) thread

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A question to the BMX purists.

Is it sacrilege to pull apart an original (midschool) bike?

Long story short I've been trying to restore my first BMX back to 100% original. Of course as kids it was cool to remove the stickers and change bits and pieces. I've got it pretty close except for the stickers which I've been chasing for the better part of 10 years.

I managed to find an original bike that was untouched (2012), it needs a good clean after sitting in storage that long but still has the original tires, dealer sticker and Mongoose valve caps.

My original bike that I restored is really nice and rides excellent. I've finally come across an exact reproduction sticker set of what I need, so I'm tempted to change sticker sets.

My original frame has sentimental value and wondering if it's a good idea to pull apart the unmolested bike and swap original parts between bikes, or cut my losses and just clean up the unmolested bike?

Exactly same bikes - Original on left, mine on the right.
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Re: The BMX (and other bikes) thread

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its kinda like the question of should I build that NIB kit or shelf it in the box?

For me its about the build, not about the way it came from a factory. When I built my bike way back then I built it piece by piece so there wasn't any "natural order" of things. My GT was MY GT so it would be kinda hard to replicate it...especially since I don't remember it completely :?

If it were me I'd do what made best sense to you and how you feel about it. Me...I regret trading my bike off for a 79 mustang pacecar...

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That's the dilemma, it has been with me since the day I got it on Christmas day and was really the only bike I had, I was still riding it into my 20's. We've been everywhere man :lol:

But to restore it back like Christmas day would be like taking apart a new built Cadillac RC10 to restore your already half restored Cadillac, lol.

Oh well, I'm in no hurry, they've been sitting in my garage for the better part of 10 years.
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Keep your bike as it is my feeling. Plenty of other BMX bikes out there to restore back to factory spec which don't have the sentimental value. My first BMX from '84 is exactly as i rode it - only thing i have changed are the tyres.
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Hi Guys,

My restored Redline and Mongoose.
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caesar wrote: Fri May 29, 2020 5:09 am Hi Guys,

My restored Redline and Mongoose.
Caesar, that bike is VERY similar to the one I had when I was a teen. It was a Diamondback but not a Mongoose, I don't think. A lot of the components were the same. Mine was almost exactly like this one, from page 14 in this thread; components all the same but different sticker set:

https://www.rc10talk.com/viewtopic.php?f=39&t=979&p=167974

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The stickers on my bike were blue/silver on a prismatic background though, not the orange ones or the snake sticker shown here. I don't know what model of Diamondback it was, to be honest. My fuzzy memory seems to recall the stickers simply said "Diamondback".

EDIT: I just found the sticker set that were on my particular frame. Like these, but I'm pretty sure it was blue text on prismatic background, not black. It matched nicely with all the blue alloy components. Might've been a Diamondback DB Team Pro. I've never seen another bike exactly like it.

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Re: The BMX (and other bikes) thread

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Coelacanth wrote: Fri May 29, 2020 2:49 pm
caesar wrote: Fri May 29, 2020 5:09 am Hi Guys,

My restored Redline and Mongoose.
Caesar, that bike is VERY similar to the one I had when I was a teen. It was a Diamondback but not a Mongoose, I don't think. A lot of the components were the same. Mine was almost exactly like this one, from page 14 in this thread; components all the same but different sticker set:

Love the Diamondback, it's next on my list of wanted bikes.

If you check out bmxmuseum.com you may find the actual model of it.

Did it look like this https://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/diamond_back/81202

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I have one of those Diamondbacks over at my parents. It has the same wheels as your blue Mongoose and some different components, but that's the frame. I need to go get it and do a restoration.

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Re: The BMX (and other bikes) thread

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caesar wrote: Fri May 29, 2020 10:07 pm
Coelacanth wrote: Fri May 29, 2020 2:49 pm
caesar wrote: Fri May 29, 2020 5:09 am Hi Guys,

My restored Redline and Mongoose.
Caesar, that bike is VERY similar to the one I had when I was a teen. It was a Diamondback but not a Mongoose, I don't think. A lot of the components were the same. Mine was almost exactly like this one, from page 14 in this thread; components all the same but different sticker set:
If you check out bmxmuseum.com you may find the actual model of it.

Did it look like this https://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/diamond_back/81202
Yes, that's exactly the BMX bike of my youth! I miss it too but I'd never ride it anymore...and I'm just not into bikes. :)
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I wasn't sure if everyone saw this, but Fathom Events is screening Rad on March 21st in select theaters to celebrate its 40th anniversary. I will definitely try to make it.

https://www.fathomevents.com/events/rad-2024/
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THEYTOOKMYTHUMB wrote: Wed Mar 13, 2024 9:14 pm I wasn't sure if everyone saw this, but Fathom Events is screening Rad on March 21st in select theaters to celebrate its 40th anniversary. I will definitely try to make it.

https://www.fathomevents.com/events/rad-2024/
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MarkyDents wrote: Thu Mar 14, 2024 7:25 am
THEYTOOKMYTHUMB wrote: Wed Mar 13, 2024 9:14 pm I wasn't sure if everyone saw this, but Fathom Events is screening Rad on March 21st in select theaters to celebrate its 40th anniversary. I will definitely try to make it.

https://www.fathomevents.com/events/rad-2024/
Yea not sure if it’s noticed but kinda my fav 8)
Oh, it's noticed.

Also in the movie "Uncommon Valor", when they go find/recruit Blaster for the mission, he is hanging out and "coaching" at a BMX track. FWIW.

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