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Archived: Old School BMX

AGE / VALUE:   mongoose californian posted by: keith on 10/6/2001 at 2:39:10 AM
so my 1985 mongoose californian was stolen from me this week. i bought the bike just over a year ago on ebay and have been working on adding great vintage old school parts to it since. i added the oakley b1b grips, laid back seat pole, great road tires, the bike kicked @#!. it was the bike i wished i had in jr. high. people see it on the street and said, man, i had that bike. in the wake of all that has happened in the giant city i live in, and all this about how we as a city have come together, and someone still had the mindset to take away my bike, my mode of transport, proves to me that we are in a no better place.

anyway, anyone who knows of or has an old school mongoose, shoot an email my way.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   mongoose californian posted by Phil Brown on 1/19/2002 at 1:55:37 PM
I was gutted to read your message about some dirtbag stealing your Mongoose. I too lusted after a Californian in 1984/5. Anyway if you go to www.oldschoolbmx.com and click on Museum you will find a picture of a Californian with the owners name. Although the bikes here are not advertised as for sale,if you post a message on the site enquiring about the bike you never know! It has to be worth a try!

WANTED:   Oldschool Parts posted by: Tony T. on 10/5/2001 at 8:15:35 PM
I need some help in completing my project(s). I need the following parts: OS chain in silver or chrome, OS Redline 44t sprocket in silver, and a Hutch power disk in silver, chrome, or purple anodized. None of these pieces have to be in super mint shape. Good condition will do.

Thanks in advance.
Tony T.

WANTED:   Vintage Leather chest Protectors posted by: Scott Hawkins on 10/5/2001 at 5:14:52 AM
Looking for "old-school" 70's-80's bmx dirtbike leather chest protectors. Any brand, any quantity, any condition.
Look around, have your friends look around, find some for me?
Please email with info and pic/s if possible and let's make a deal!
Scott Hawkins

WANTED:   Cook Bros. Racing posted by: Todd on 10/4/2001 at 1:46:59 AM
I'm looking for Cook Bros. Racing parts. I will pay top dollar. I really need the frame. Please e-mail me. Thanks

FOR SALE:   "1983 SKYWAY T/A" posted by: tony guyot on 10/4/2001 at 12:17:02 AM
i have a 83 skyway t/a complete in "brand new" condition!
the bike has been sitting in a garage since 1986, and taken apart to clean and re-lube every now and then. it is in mint condition. i have hade the bike for about 2 months now and i have put new decals on it. the previous owner had them taken off when he bought the bike new in 83 (iam only the second owner) this bike has a list of old school parts all very orignal. iam looking for serious offers.and iam also willing to trade if you have some of the following:
84-88 haro master, sport, or fst complete in good condition
80s hutch trikstar complete (color does not matter)
80s gjs or redline complete in good condition (rl-20)
newer model s+m, fit or fbm complete or f/f sets
any new hoffman condor,kagy,d-130,butcher
let me know what you have if your interested, you might have something else that i might want for trade


WANTED:   Diamond Back pedals and Turbo bars posted by: Max on 10/3/2001 at 7:29:37 AM
Looking for a set of 9/16" Diamond Back beartraps, and a pair of Diamond Back Turbo bars.... they where the Pro size version of the standard DB bar..

FOR SALE:   Diamondback Tailwhip posted by: bacoes on 10/2/2001 at 7:35:35 PM
I've found this old Tailwhip the other day. Chro-mo frame
with a little rust on the welds. Had a set of 48spoke wheels
that were rough, the freewheel is dead. I just wanted the
pedals off of it. Anyone interested in it or should I just
toss in a pile for the scrap yard?

FOR SALE:   PK RIPPER REAR FRAME WASHERS posted by: Chris on 10/2/2001 at 3:31:15 AM
I have some rear frame washers for se racing products, pk ripper, mini ripper, floval flyer etc... these are very hard to find and always seem to be missing. These are a must if you own or plan to own any se frame. The price is $15.00 a pair

   RE:FOR SALE:   PK RIPPER REAR FRAME WASHERS posted by todd on 10/4/2001 at 3:44:07 AM
Your rare washers can still bought from Dans Comp and also Alliant Bicycles(formerly SE racing still have boxes of them in stock. You might be able to get them for a couple of dollars.

MISC:   repairs posted by: rob on 9/30/2001 at 8:43:23 PM
1st off thanks to oldroads for this format. 2nd Thank God we live in a country that all of us can share a common interest.
ok was unrusting an old bmx frame, got it all nice and shiny, thinking about potential upgrades and a few days later noticed a hairline crack starting at one of the welds. 1st idea was to reweld by pro using special stuff for chromoly. But also heard about potential weaknesses by heating. Might I pick the brains of my fellow enthusiasts as to a fix or is this frame dumpster material. Rest of frame is perfect--- just a slight crack!!!

   RE:MISC:   repairs posted by jcd on 10/1/2001 at 12:56:34 PM
If your frame is chrome, strip it down to the bare metal and make sure that it is cracked through. It just might be a crack in the chrome itself.

   RE:MISC:   repairs posted by sam on 10/3/2001 at 12:33:03 AM
Jcd is giving good advise but take it to a good welder first and talk to him.And I do mean a good welder,not just a shop out of the yellow pages,find a friend that knows welding.Find a welder that knows welding the way you know bikes,he'll know all the tricks.Make this a parternership because you do a lot of bikes , Rob,so you'll go back to him if he does you right.

   RE:MISC:   repairs posted by Max on 10/14/2001 at 11:59:26 PM

WANTED:   GENERAL decals posted by: mike on 9/30/2001 at 6:37:29 AM
i need a set of late 80`s GENERAL freestyle decals. i`m not sure what the bike is called but its when r.l. osborne rode for them, the redline influence is there! the frame is chrome so the decals have to be appropriate. i`ll trade a set of `88 haro master team decals for them if possible. i also have a set of the haro team decals on ebay right now, closes monday. i have two extra sets if anyone is interested at $55 each. i also have the blue/lime set and the red/pink set, only 1 of each, although these are not the team sets. also have two sport sets and 1 fsx set, both white. ALL sets are $55 each, unless someone has the general decals i`m looking for. thanks for the space.

by the way, nice to see the site back up and running!! you all are great!!

WANTED:   raleigh R11-XL posted by: pgringo69 on 9/29/2001 at 7:59:04 AM
i'm looking for a white raleigh R11-XL frame. used, but not abused. i'll pay a reasonable price, or i've got lots of oldschool stuff to trade. all my stuff is used but in pretty good condition.

MISC:   trickster II's posted by: rob on 9/15/2001 at 5:35:38 PM
Being that everybody here probably is of reasonable intelligence and just happens to love collecting vintage bmx, would it not be out of place to say there should be a lot of bikes to be had out there? The reality is; is that on one hand there are bikes sitting around somewhere collecting dust(or in junkyards, albeit.. rebuildable.)And there had to have been so many thousands of bikes made i.e. a Hutch Trickstar? Let the wisdom of our fellow collectors reign! Could there possibly be stats related to manufacture of particular bmx bikes? I know of a Hutch trickster II (complete) for 149.00 However it has a repair weld close to the dropout opposite the chainstay. Those dudes seem to think that bike is worth that much, but in my humble opinion it is worth 75.00 in parts. I would love to get my hands on an original trickstar. God bless America!

MISC:   care when buying frames posted by: rob on 9/14/2001 at 1:13:47 PM
I just bought a hutch trickster 2 frame because getting an original one is out of the question. It is a cool looking frame; but upon further inspection, I realized that any human effort to get straight welds was wasted. Where the chainstay tube meets the bottom bracket, it is off center from the other side .Also there is a 1" x 2" plate behind the seat tube that is flush with one side of the frame and about 1/8 inch lower on the opposite side of the frame. I looked at my diamondback hotstreak frame (in which I've heard some people say is lame) however the symmetry and welds are excellent. Not to mention my kuwahara. I am glad I only bought it for 35.00. Oh well it still looks cool so I might rebuild it anyway. Be very careful if buying trickster II's

   RE:MISC:   care when buying frames posted by mike on 9/14/2001 at 10:48:37 PM
i`ve been looking for a trickstar 2 frameset for a couple of years now. how did you find one so cheap? i`ve also noticed that a few of the late 80`s and early 90`s bikes i have aquired are of similar (poor) quality. i think it might be due to the lack of demand and overproduction of product during this time. a lot of companies moved thier production overseas and the quality suffered greatly. this warning aplies to all frames of this era, not just the hutch ones.

WANTED:   Wanted: Black Uni Seat from 80's posted by: Rob on 9/13/2001 at 1:08:19 PM
Hi, I am looking for a black uni seat with a 13/16th inch post for my PK Ripper. Please email me if you have one:



   RE:WANTED:   Wanted: Black Uni Seat from 80's posted by Todd on 10/7/2001 at 3:01:28 AM
I have the part you are looking for a black uni-seat post combo, it will fit your PK quite well. I am willing to sell if you are still interested write and let me know. --Todd

AGE / VALUE:   kuwahara "magician" ? posted by: mike on 9/12/2001 at 10:33:38 PM
this is a f/f i got from a friend with some extra parts still on it. parts look to be original. frame is similar to the magician but the twin top tubes make a loop behind the seat mast instead of going all the way to the dropouts. frame does not have the rear platforms by the dropouts either. everything else on the frame is pretty much the same as the magician. is this a lower end magician? or a different bike totally? i will also need the proper decals for it once it is rightly identified. thanks in advance for any help on this.