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LOWRIDERS:   First frame for a lowrider posted by: j on 4/23/2002 at 9:02:20 PM
Obviously The first year of schwinn bike with the two bars that come down to the lower tube was the basis for the first lowrider bike, what was the first year of this frame??Thanks

FOR SALE:   Great light on Ebay! posted by: Kev on 4/23/2002 at 1:07:48 AM
Hey peeps, this is my first time here, so be patient, anyways I want to tell you about this great bicycle light on ebay. cut and paste the number on ebay, Item # 1823511933 ,check it out, the buy price is low, I couldnt believe it, I might try bidding on it my self.

   RE:FOR SALE:   Great light on Ebay! posted by JimW. on 4/23/2002 at 7:34:11 AM
This is the Kustom/Lowrider list. We think generator lights are dorky. Even if we didn't, we'd probably buy one virtually identical to that one from Lovelylowrider at their catalog page for it: http://www.lovelylowrider.com/item.asp?x=239
for $15.99. If you ask them nicely, they'll mess the box up for you, too.

   RE:FOR SALE:   Great light on Ebay! posted by metlhed on 4/27/2002 at 4:32:55 AM
yeah and we couldnt go fast enough to produce any juice for the light.

LOWRIDERS:   History of lowrider bikes posted by: Jimmy on 4/18/2002 at 1:21:15 AM
Hello, I need to know information about the first person ever to build a lowrider, where they originated, and any other history about them. This is for a language class in school, I need this info badly, I searched the net but didn't find anything real useful. If you know a website that has history about them please reply!thanks

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   History of lowrider bikes posted by JimW. on 4/18/2002 at 6:33:12 AM
There's an article at:
which gets into LRB history. It doesn't name the very first LRB designer, though. It almost sounds like George Barris in the article, based on the timeline. His Eddy Munster bike
is pretty important as a landmark.

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   History of lowrider bikes posted by a Friend on 4/19/2002 at 10:33:14 PM
Jimmy, Like I have said and wrote in the past posts, this is a knock off younger youth imitating thier older brothers lowriding their cars, and the era that surrounded this image. Theirs a place where alot of clubers use too hang out and cruise a famous Street called Whittier Blvd. This famous strech of road ran threw different parts of towns that were joined by this Blvd. For starters The old town of Whittier were one of our Presidents once lived. Yes Mr. Tricky Dick Nixion. He went too Whittier High. Now going west on Whittier Blvd you pass the famous San Gaberial River going into Pico Rivera, where alot of this type of activity was going on with the youth. As you go on down this Blvd you come into the Next town which is called Montebello. This was one of the places that had a park where young people and their cars, bikes would gather during the 60's and 70's, 80's. Then up the same road is the town they call East L.A. This is where alot of your lowriding started. This was the Capital of Lowriding. Clubs By the names like Thee Imperials, The Sons of Soul, Majestics, New Wave, New Life, The Famous Dukes Car Club, Exotics, United, and lets not forget the Famous Orfeous car club. I can go on and on, but I beleive I have made my point. In the end of the 60's and early 70's some of the few were trading in their cars for Harleys, Triumphs, Bsa's and started some local Chopper clubs. I will not name any of these clubs only too respect their privicy. So Jimmy I hope this can shed some light on where this came about. Much seccess too your web site. Remember enjoy your self, because thats what its all about, taking a dream and running with it.

   RE:RE:LOWRIDERS:   History of lowrider bikes posted by a friend on 4/19/2002 at 10:37:49 PM
I almost forgot the name of the state this all happened in, sunny Southern California. Who would of guessed that this FAD would go this far. "You just never can tell when your Having too much fun".

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   History of lowrider bikes posted by sam on 4/23/2002 at 6:56:15 PM
Jim and a Friend are correct , lowrider bikes follow lowrider cars . But lowrider cars have their roots back in the 20s with the truly great desigers of the art deco period.Both E.L.Cord and Walter Chrysler built cars with the low slung bodies.They were too RACKISH for banker types but were loved by movie stars and playboy types.The last great production lowrider was Chryslers Town&country conv.Of the late 40s.But where the auto industry left off the Kustom boys took up.Lead sleads of the 50s turned into the very stylish lowriders of the 60s and lowbikes based on the pouplar stingray gave the kids a change to shine too.Great style is what kustom is about.---sam

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   History of lowrider bikes posted by Catfood Rob on 4/27/2002 at 5:42:16 PM
dEPENDS WHAT YOU CALL A LOWRIDER.....If you consider the musclebike to be its father, the question is when did the first dude tip the bars forward and lower the seat?
The Eddie bike by Barris , had a frame made from chrome chain... like a lowrider car steering wheel... but no other simmilarity.. the bars were straight up, and the seat at rider height.
Who was that person?????

LOWRIDERS:   A new improved Lowrider Bicycle Site for everyone posted by: Jimmy on 4/17/2002 at 2:17:50 AM
Hello agian, I JUST finished a new Lowrider Bicycle site, MUCH better than the last. New sign made, PICTURES, not of my bike yet. PLEASSEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEee sign my guestbook, it will take 5 minutes. Tell me what you think! Send some pics.website NOT complete YET, some spaces to fill yet.Well, hope you sign guestbook, thanks bye

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   A new improved Lowrider Bicycle Site for everyone posted by j on 4/17/2002 at 2:21:02 AM
The web address is http://www.geocities.com/jimmyjohnson3008/lowriderbicycle2.html?1019009147173

CUSTOMS:   12 inch parts posted by: Sebastian on 4/16/2002 at 4:34:58 PM
I'm looking for a website that sells 12inch-parts. Does ne1 know one?
I'm about finishing an east-german muscle-bike-style Custom and I need some wicked wheels (3-5 spokes), tires (redline would be cool) and some cool bolt-on parts (light, seats, handlebars etc.)


   RE:CUSTOMS:   12 inch parts posted by metlhed on 4/21/2002 at 11:39:07 PM
for the bolt on stuff, you might wanna try usin 16" parts, but they are probly too big

   RE:CUSTOMS:   12 inch parts posted by metlhed on 4/22/2002 at 9:11:55 PM
hey right now on ebay there is a set of whiteline lil tiger tires!!Item # 1096153792


   RE:CUSTOMS:   12 inch parts posted by Mike on 4/28/2002 at 11:18:51 AM
slide into bikerodnkustom.com there's an article on cast mag
wheels made in Italy that are cool looking and not too pricy.

LOWRIDERS:   hey posted by: Jimmy on 4/15/2002 at 8:24:25 PM
Hey, did everyone die???

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   hey posted by metlhed on 4/16/2002 at 3:42:31 AM
roar is my sayin!!!!!!

   RE:RE:LOWRIDERS: hey posted by Sebastian on 4/16/2002 at 6:27:17 AM
..... went out - cruizin' :-D

Sebastian °LowStylez B.C. Hamburg, Germany° ... http://www.lowriderbike.de

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   hey posted by butnut on 4/16/2002 at 7:07:58 AM
...watchin' the game...havin' a Bud...........true...true.

LOWRIDERS:   Hotwheels Lowrider Bikes posted by: Jimmy on 4/14/2002 at 3:20:13 AM
Hello, I am sure you have all seen the Hotwheels lowrider bikes, I believe I was the one who made them make them. Years ago I remember sending a message to hotwheels corp. I told them that they could use many of the parts from there bikes they already had(which they did) and I cant believe it, If you sent in a similair email to hotwheels let me know, in the mean time does anybody know where they sell these at??? I looked everywhere, ebay is to high. I knew I should of kept my mouth shut, I could of been a millioniar today!!!:<( Bye

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   Hotwheels Lowrider Bikes posted by J.C. on 4/15/2002 at 5:55:47 PM
Don't know where you live but if you are on the Westside of the Rockies, check Fred Meyer. The ones up here in Seattle, have for $6.99 or $7.99. Don't remember which. I only bought one. Frame is metal but the rest is plastic. Was able to get the steering wheel off which made me much happier.

AGE / VALUE:   nuttin posted by: clayton on 4/14/2002 at 3:06:41 AM
i was wonderin what shouldd i make into a lowrider a 26 in or 20in or a stingray

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   nuttin posted by metlhed on 4/16/2002 at 5:34:55 PM
i say go with a 26, everybody does 20's and i would do a 26 to be different!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   nuttin posted by pedro on 4/23/2002 at 3:31:15 AM
I think the reason that most people build 20" lowriders is that most harleys use a 21" front rim and an 18" rear. 20 is as close to harley as bikes come. Hey, why not use an old bmx? Common as carbon - free at the dump and hey, they already look cool.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   nuttin posted by Jeff on 4/23/2002 at 3:09:32 PM
BMX frames have too many straight tubes. You need curved tube to make a sweet lowrider

CUSTOMS:   Parts swapping posted by: J.C. on 4/11/2002 at 5:42:30 PM
I just have a quick question that I hope you guys can answer. I'll be building a custom "Krate" style bike and was wondering how parts fit across the brands. I'm starting w/a Huffy Cheater Slick and hopefully a AMF Wedge. I'ld like to know if the parts from Lovely Lowrider are going to fit on these frames. Parts like the springer forks, goosenecks, rims and cranks. I'm going to be build more of a "Hot Rod" rather then a Lowrider. Please mail to htwhljeff@msn.com Thanks!!!!!!!!

LOWRIDERS:   My lowrider posted by: Eric on 4/9/2002 at 5:22:31 AM
Hi its me Eric and I'm going to tell you about what i did to my bike. I had gotten a lowrider bike and tanked and gave it skirts also i have put on some twisted parts like forks, sissy bar, handlebars, some bumpers,and lights. I had gotten some license plates for the bumpers that were custom air brushed that says DBZ in old english. As you can tell the theme of my bike is about a action cartoon....but on the body work it has a bloody fight scenes going all throught it. I'm saving my money so i can get a trike and try to make some fenders so i can put more fight scenes on it. When I get a printer I'll show ya'll. So can any one else give me discriptions of there bike(s)? OH yeah i made a sketch oh what it's goign to look like in the future but i don't have a scannner :'-(

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   My lowrider posted by Jimmy on 4/10/2002 at 1:02:18 AM
http://www.geocities.com/jimmyjohnson3008/lowriderbicycle.html Go here for a description with PICTURES!!!

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   My lowrider posted by Jimmy on 4/10/2002 at 1:02:30 AM
http://www.geocities.com/jimmyjohnson3008/lowriderbicycle.html Go here for a description with PICTURES!!!

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   My lowrider posted by Jimmy on 4/10/2002 at 1:02:31 AM
http://www.geocities.com/jimmyjohnson3008/lowriderbicycle.html Go here for a description with PICTURES!!!

AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Step Through Custom posted by: Sebastian on 4/7/2002 at 5:34:55 PM
Hi folx.

I just finished my first 26inch-Schwinn-Custom-Cruiser called "Tequila Sunrise".
It's a brand new Schwinn step through frame with a molded Tank and skirts. Paint is Gold as a basecoat topped by copper and red plus some gold and pearl Flakes.
Still to come is a 7-speed-internal hub in the back and a Disc-brake up front.

I took some pictures of this sweeet ride today and put them on

http://www.lowriderbike.de -> Cruisers -> Bastis

Sebastian °LowStylez B.C. Hamburg, Germany°

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Step Through Custom posted by butnut on 4/8/2002 at 1:59:11 AM
Wow Sebastian. Great job turning that 'Plain Jane' cruiser into a real sweet ride. Nice pics of a perfect cruising day in your country and I dig your 'workshop' photo. Nice cable route on the tank and nice color too. OK, which one of the dudes on the bike is you? :)

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Schwinn Step Through Custom posted by Sebastian on 4/8/2002 at 7:25:49 AM
*hehe* - thank you! :) I really enjoy riding this bad baby. Since I finished it (about 2 weeks ago) I already put some 200km's on it - so you see - this baby is a REAL C.R.U.I.S.E.R.

I'm the guy with the "LowStylez"-Logo on the Shirt. The other guy is a good friend, who gave me his DigiCam for the shooting.
Sebastian °LowStylez B.C. Hamburg, Germany°

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn Step Through Custom posted by A friend on 4/13/2002 at 3:27:57 AM
Sebastian, Its been a while, but I can remember when you first came too this site. I have seen your work on BR&K, and have seen your scetches, and the growth of your talent with Kustom Bicycles. Keep up the good work, and keep sharring with all of us with your future prodjects. Your one of the guys who says when he's going to do something, you come threw.

LOWRIDERS:   Skirts and tanks posted by: Nate on 4/7/2002 at 6:06:30 AM
I just want to know what is the easiest way to make rear skirts and a tack with bondo. If you can help me please please post something up to help me

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   Skirts and tanks posted by nate on 4/7/2002 at 6:09:00 AM
I ment to say tank

   RE:RE:LOWRIDERS: Skirts and tanks posted by Sebastian on 4/7/2002 at 9:28:21 AM
Hey Nate, just scroll down this page, then click on "More messages", scroll again to the Thread "How to add body work". There should be the answere to your question. Anyway keep browsing the old posts in this forum. There should be a hint here and there.

Sebastian °LowStylez B.C. Hamburg, Germany° http://www.lowriderbike.de

AGE / VALUE:   ross apollo 3 speed frame shifter posted by: dr. gonzo on 4/6/2002 at 6:29:01 AM
greetings all,

i am trying to find a frame shifter gear rig for an apollo 3 speed. i have an all original bike in good shape, but it lacks an original frame mounted shifter. if any one ha one for sale, or knows of a place to find one, please e-mail me at deathtogonzo@aol.com. im am in the bronx, nyc if thats helps. please help.
loves always,
dr. gonzo...

MISC:   dragster bicycle posted by: wayne culshaw on 4/5/2002 at 10:23:16 PM
I hope im you can help me,in the 1970's when most kids had choppers myself and a couple of friends had Dragsters,i'd like to show my kids a picture of one but i can't find one on the net anywhere,all i can find is a slightly different version of it with a small gearstick,mine was yellow with a long gearstick and had a similar seat to the chopper only a bit thinner and not as comfortable,was it made by Raleigh ?
does anybody have any info at all to help me?.

   RE:MISC:   dragster bicycle posted by JimW. on 4/6/2002 at 3:36:45 PM
Hi Wayne,
Your Dragster was made by Iverson, and it was designed by George Barris, the car customizer. There is a picture of a yellow one at http://bikerodnkustom3.homestead.com/barris.html
A related article has catalog and promotional material on the Barris bikes.

FOR SALE:   Muscle Bike Rear tires posted by: Michael"aka"The Re-Cycler on 4/1/2002 at 5:54:01 PM
Have a bunch of Muscle bike rear tires all are new. One type is a saf-t Cheater slick blackwall. The other type is a wide white cheater slick. The other type is a waffle pattern wide whitewall. Thwe waffle pattern tire is German Made. All are NEW and need to get rid of them!

Thanks and Ride On!
Michael "aka" The Re-Cycler

   RE:FOR SALE:   Muscle Bike Rear tires posted by Rif Addams on 4/5/2002 at 12:06:52 AM
Hi All,
I was inspired by some items found/seen in the pages of B.R.&K.
so I began building a drag racing style bike.
My question is this- Are there slicks available for 24" X 1.75" rims?
Thanks In Advance,

   RE:FOR SALE:   Muscle Bike Rear tires posted by butnut on 4/6/2002 at 5:21:49 AM
Hey Rif. Yes, Jim's site is an amazing inspiration to bike builders. His Kustom Kulture background/beliefs is right on target for the rebels who can't leave anything 'stock'...like me. There probably was a 24" slik. I just gave my buddy a 24" Sting Ray style flip fender for a big Krate he was building. I believe it was a Sears piece. It was'nt wide like the 2.25" Ray fenders I have so that must have been a 1.75. Finding such an oddball tire would be a needle in a haystack. The Schwinn Manta Ray had a 1 3/8" rear slik, but that's too skinny for a drag look. Since you are building a drag bike, I think it would be kool to use 20" wheels. It would 'lower' your stance for that slammed look and you can get a fat slik and a skinny for the front. Use the shortest 20" crank (so you don't scrape) and off you go. I have seen some trick 'mini-dragster' mags used on a show scooter. It's real skinny billet 5 spoke and would look killer on a bike. Good luck on you project...hopefully we can see it on BR&K one day.