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    The latest klunker I've been playing with. 1939 Schwinn Admiral with Shimano Nexus hubs front and rear with roller brakes. 7-speed internal gears.
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    Joe that is awesome. I wish gearing could be done without so much clutter on the bars.

    and...are those ti CPQs? What cranks are those?

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    Cool bike Joe,
    Nice mix of old and new.
    What type of cruiser bars are those?
    Still looking for the right set to put on the Champion...
    Enjoy the ride,
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    Good to see you around Joe

    That first photo might qualify as artistic if the reflectors weren't lit up
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boy named SSue
    Joe that is awesome. I wish gearing could be done without so much clutter on the bars.

    and...are those ti CPQs? What cranks are those?
    Thanks! Yeah -- it looks a little cluttered but I have some hoopty junk up there too -- like the homemade bar mounted bottle holder (for coffee) and the Niterider LED light. I take the pup out for morning and evening rides so that's the reason for the added clutter.

    Those are steel CQP cranks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aemmer
    Cool bike Joe,
    Nice mix of old and new.
    What type of cruiser bars are those?
    Still looking for the right set to put on the Champion...
    Enjoy the ride,
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    Thanks! The bars are some old motorcycle mx bars I picked up off ebay. They're painted and rusty where the paint is flaking. They're super wide though and kinda fun. If I ever replace them, I'll probably look pretty hard at these: http://www.becomefitted.com/SPD/lega...7872858369.jsp

    I wanna ditch that stem someday too -- trade it for something a little more "industrial" looking.


    Quote Originally Posted by wv_bob
    Good to see you around Joe

    That first photo might qualify as artistic if the reflectors weren't lit up
    Bob! Good to see you too!

    Yeah -- the reflection kinda hoses that shot. Maybe I'll pop the reflectors (and ditch a bunch of the junk on the bars) and try that shot again some day.

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    Just finished up my hybrid Bomber!

    See here for the build blog: http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=61972

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    Frame: 1936-38 Fleet (Schwinn) C-Model

    Fork: 1950's NOS Schwinn Forged w/ 1938 Schwinn Motorbike truss rods (rechromed)

    Headset: NOS Tioga MX-2
    Stem: Astabula 1976
    Handlebar: Answer Alumilite 6061
    Grips: AME Tri grips

    Cranks: TA Pro 5 Vis (60th Anniversary)
    Chain: KMC BMX Z410 Silver
    Bottom Bracket: TruVativ American-to-Euro Conversion kit + Shimano UN-71 68x115
    Pedals: Odyssey Triple Trap (NOS)

    Rims: Ukai 26x2.125 NOS blue anodized
    Hubs: Rear: NOS 1980's Suntour coaster (came laced to the Ukai),
    ..........Front: NOS Shimano 333
    Tires: Cheng Shin C693

    Saddle: Brooks B-72 (1985)
    Seatpost: Custom turned 6061 Anodized
    Seatpost Binder: Campy

    Weight: 33 lb























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    Not new, but improved










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    Here`s one of mine...I bought this to make into a Klunker, but haven`t been able to locate a drum front brake yet...


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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy
    Just finished up my hybrid Bomber!

    See here for the build blog: http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=61972

    I'll repost some better pics once I get some good afternoon sun.

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    Frame: 1936-38 Fleet (Schwinn) C-Model

    Fork: 1950's NOS Schwinn Forged w/ 1938 Schwinn Motorbike truss rods (rechromed)

    Headset: Tioga MX-2
    Stem: Astabula 1976
    Handlebar: Answer Alumilite 6061
    Grips: AME

    Cranks: TA Pro 5 Vis (60th Anniversary)
    Bottom Bracket: TruVativ American-to-Euro Conversion kit + Shimano UN-71 68x115
    Pedals: Odyssey Triple Trap (NOS)

    Rims: Ukai 26x2.125 NOS blue anodized
    Hubs: Rear: NOS 1980's Suntour coaster, Front: NOS Shimano 333
    Tires: Cheng Shin C693

    Saddle: Brooks B-72 (1985)
    Seatpost: Custom turned 6061 Anodized
    Seatpost Binder: Campy

    Weight: 33 lb










    Of course I like this one a bunch - looks a lot like my '40/41 DX racer. Now you're ready for some DH race action!
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    Quote Originally Posted by scooderdude
    Of course I like this one a bunch - looks a lot like my '40/41 DX racer. Now you're ready for some DH race action!
    Thanks! Honestly, that's high praise from the man with the bike that was my inspiration

    But, I don't think there's any DH action in this bike's future with 36/18 gear ratio and a coaster brake . I'm aiming for Michigan single track with my kids.

    If you have a sec, please update your DX thread with the outcome of your race season!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MERK26
    Here`s one of mine...I bought this to make into a Klunker, but haven`t been able to locate a drum front brake yet...

    Colson?
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff
    Colson?

    It`s a Mead "Crusader"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldschoolcolo
    Nice cruiser! Did you ever figure out what it is?

    Is there a thread where you list the build spec?

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    still don't know who made it...

    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy
    Nice cruiser! Did you ever figure out what it is?

    Is there a thread where you list the build spec?
    Araya rims on sturmey archer drum hubs
    Sugino cranks
    SR pedals
    Knight C-dub bars
    comp III copies
    Suntour seatpost clamp
    generic chrome seat post and forks
    SR stem

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    clyde with spins, bonty satellite bars are comfy, ancient magura hydro rear brake gives tons of power, k-rad rear/ edge front tires give it a bit of versatility and ease of pedalling with mild compromise in the traction department.

    gonna miss her.
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    Love this thread! Here's my 1976 Western Flyer pub bike.

    "I don't suffer from insanity!I rather enjoy it."

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    Seek: Koski Trailmaster. Breezer Series 2 or 3. Cunningham Racer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aemmer

    Yes they are.......

    in case folks arent into clicking the link here are the pics of my entry.......currently in the lead for BOTY (bike of the year) in the 26" cruiser class but quickly getting the squeeze from the Cooks cruiser which is an incredible build btw.


    here is the write up:

    1980/1981 SE Racing "531 Reynolds" OM FLYER (unable to verify exact year)

    These 531 frames started production in late 1980, I am leaning towards it being a 1981 model though. (600 or so produced before switching to 4130)

    I Acquired the frame and fork in 2008

    Been working on this build since then, I think I am finally happy with it. I think I have gone through 7 or 8 versions of this build before settling on the way it sits today. Components changed, color combos changed etc. etc...

    I built it period correct for 1981

    Please overlook 3 details of the build

    1. I have already replaced the SE bubble font seattube decal that says 4130 on it with one that I cut off the 4130 portion, since this is a 531 frame.

    2. I have a temporary black lever sleeve on the team products lever, to be swapped once I get the smooth rubber one I need in black.

    3. White industries freewheel - this is my daily rider so I had to run the best.

    All parts are original finish except for the frame and fork and cranks.

    all stickers are vintage except for the toptube decal the headtube decal the rim decals and the team products decal

    Bars are suspected to be reproduction, sold to me as originals


    Frame - SE 531 OM Flyer serial number 000364 repaired by SAL no tubes replaced
    Fork - SE Landing gear
    Stem - Square corner Tuf Neck (pat Pending)
    Headset - NOS Tange MX-5 with NOS Dirt Skirt and NOS Suntour headlock
    Bars - SE Powerwing cruiser bars (more than likely repro)
    Grips - NOS Oakley 1's with crud plugs
    Wheels - NOS Ukai 2.125 rims laced 4 cross to Sealed Sunshine hubs (laced BITD)
    Freewheel - White Industries 17 T
    Tires - NOS Panaracer 2.125
    Rear Brake Caliper - NOS Dia-Compe MX 1000
    Brake Lever - NOS Team Products
    Brake Pads - NOS Kool Stop finned
    Cranks - Profile 2nd gen cranks (These are vintage not repro)
    Bottom Bracket - Profile current gen BB with repro bolts
    Chain Ring - NOS Shimano 39 T
    Chain - NOS Izumi
    Pedals - NOS KKT LMX magnesium
    Seat - NOS Cinelli Unicanitor padded
    Seat Post - SE
    Seat Post Clamp - NOS Diacompe
    Pads - SE Vinyl Rad Pads
    Brake cable - Vintage ribbed tandem housing and cable


    I just cant stand not thanking a few people here that contributed

    Sexnbmx (Scot) , Blikum (Tony),Carbizguy (Lionel), CW (Calvin), "G" (Georg) and of course Sal.

    and all the guys that contributed knowledge too many to list you know who you are.



    and of course the pics:


























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    I can appreciate the amount of work that most have gone into sourcing all of that!

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    Thanks Scant

    It has been my obsession for over 1.5 years......

    You guys may have noticed that I dont hang around here much anymore.....its because I have been spending all my time and $$$ on BMX cruisers.

    This Build took alot of patience and hunting and yes ultimately $$.

    But I poured my soul into it.

    I sold all my MTB's and put Half that money from the sales into this bike. the other half went to paying bills etc....

    I am not sure what I will do next.....im sure I will catch the bug to build something up again.....just have to save up some $$.

    I am kinda liking the idea of building up a 24" cruiser next. NOt sure which one but am partial to Floval flyers, Race incs and Redline PL-24's


    BTW if anyone knows where I can find a vintage headtube decal for my OM Flyer please let me know. I have been looking for 6 months at least and sofar nada.

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    Been doing a little resto/update on my old bomber:


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    From a late afternoon cruise along SF bay on my '39 DX Excelsior "office bike". Yep - had to work on CE. Bor-RING!

    http://i609.photobucket.com/albums/t...Everest006.jpg

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    Potts, Potts, Potts

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooderdude
    From a late afternoon cruise along SF bay on my '39 DX Excelsior "office bike".
    Great office bike!

    Are those the original Ukai/Morrow wheels from your 40/41? Look great!

    Also, pretty manly chainring up front for SF!

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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy
    Great office bike!

    Are those the original Ukai/Morrow wheels from your 40/41? Look great!

    Also, pretty manly chainring up front for SF!

    Good eye! They are the same NOS Morrow/Suzue/Ukai wheels I built originally for the '40/41 DX klunker. Of course, one DH race on those convinced me of the need for better brakes. Like - duh!

    And that 67 g.i. set up is just fine on the flat (east) side of the bay.
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    wow, thats a sick OM....nicely done!

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    Sweet old Burton board you have on the wall

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottyMTB
    Just built up this rider so I figured I would post it since somebody revived the cruiser thread. Powerlite 3 bar 24.
    Redline cranks
    Ukai speedline wheels
    Pro Neck
    Powerbend bars

    And my man cave I am working on.

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    BEAUTIFUL O.M. Flyer, Williwoods.

    ...If only S.E. would listen to what people are asking for, and do the modern repro in steel...

    but I guess, even then, they wouldn't make it in Reynolds/ other high-end tubing... or do the double loop (BB and dropout loop) read end.

    I guess the newer style rear end of the retro re-issues permits a shorter rear triangle and better chainring clearance. etc. (??). But the original design looks so great. A real classic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Welsh Dave
    BEAUTIFUL O.M. Flyer, Williwoods.

    ...If only S.E. would listen to what people are asking for, and do the modern repro in steel...

    but I guess, even then, they wouldn't make it in Reynolds/ other high-end tubing... or do the double loop (BB and dropout loop) read end.

    I guess the newer style rear end of the retro re-issues permits a shorter rear triangle and better chainring clearance. etc. (??). But the original design looks so great. A real classic.

    Thanks for the props! I appreciate it.

    as far as the current issue SE OM Flyer being made in steel........

    Over on the Vintage BMX sites this has been a regular discussion/request......Folks want SE to do the OM Flyer in Steel and for them to make a retro Loop tail Floval Flyer.

    Funny enough Todd Lyons the brand manager created threads for requests for 2011 and says that the OM Flyer more than likely will be steel in 2011.

    SE has been making huge leaps forward/back (lol depends on how you look at it) in the retro dept...they finally went back and redesigned their bars to be wider and taller like the original powerwing bars. They came up with some really cool Oakley-esque 2 piece grips. of course they have some retro plastic seats then they redesigned their stems for a more retro look, also for a few years now they have had the skinwall tires available in 20,24 and 26" sizes in colors and black tread, and on and on.

    2011 is looking like it will be the year for me to buy a retro SE.

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    Wow, there are a lot of pretty bikes in this thread.
    I especially like the bicycles that have the beach cruiser like frames. I think one of you called it a Mclung. I could be wrong.
    I'm really intrested in building one of these beauty's up. How would I go about finding one of these prehistoric beach cruiser like "Mclungs"? I would really like to make it s 69er with drop bars, bar end brake levers, and a 5 speed drive train

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    Not sure if I posted this here or not but the OM has me wanting to post my bmx cruiser
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    Quote Originally Posted by elvez
    Not sure if I posted this here or not but the OM has me wanting to post my bmx cruiser

    Wow


    love that!!! Panda Pro-Am cruiser right?

    I would love to find one of these!!

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    Good eye. I lucked in to it in the mid 80's. I have put at least 15,000 miles on it since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Williwoods
    Thanks for the props! I appreciate it.
    Much deserved.

    Quote Originally Posted by Williwoods
    as far as the current issue SE OM Flyer being made in steel........

    2011 is looking like it will be the year for me to buy a retro SE.
    I hope you're right.
    And yes, lots of the details on the retro S.E. bikes HAVE been getting better over the last few years.

    ...but don't get me started on the B&W 26-inch P.K. Ripper made for a hipster brand;
    nor the track-style P.K.... presumably intended for the non-existent vapor-culture that is "fixed gear freestyle". Oh, the irony of S.E., the original BMX company, falling for the hype that says what those people do on fixies qualifies as "freestyle"

    Back to the cruiser pictures!

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    Uploaded some pics from my xmas ride.



    EXCELSIOR!


    Cooks Bros fork, Mafac brakes...with modern pads and tires to keep my old body on the trail ;-)


    The Lever Of Action


    Driveline - Bendix 2-speed coaster, TA cranks and rings.


    Speaking of tires, downsized from the 2.35 Nevegals to a 2.1 BlueGroove in front and 2.1 SB8 in back - now 32 pounds as ridden and a bit easier to get UP the hill.


    Head on shot.


    More beauty.

    ...strictly downhill...

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    Cruisers

    Man, some really nice bikes here!

    Williwoods -- I can't stop looking at that OM Flyer!

    Here's a couple of mine:

    2008 SE Racing OM Flyer:

    Got it as a frame/fork/headset; did my own thing with it. Love this bike!!

    Red ano Sun Rhyno Lites, Bullseye hubs, DT stainless spokes, gold nipples, Comp 3 style gumwalls
    Profile 185mm cranks, Knight retro spider, 80's SR Sakae chainring, Odyssey Shark Bites
    Shimano DX brake, red ano Avid lever, gold Jagwire cables
    ODI Ruffian MX grips w/ gold collars, 90's GT bars, JP stem, 80's Cal Lite pad set (have whole set including jumbo frame pad)
    Aero seat, SE red ano fluted seatpost, gold Profile clamp







    1997 KHS Fleetwood:

    Aluminum frame, 1-1/8" threadless headset, euro BB; chrome SE Landing Gear forks.
    1980's 26" cruiser wheels: Araya 7X in gold, Suzue front hub, Shimano coaster brake rear hub ; Kenda K-52 skinwalls
    SR Sakae 170mm cranks; SR Sakae BMX chain ring
    Snap stem; GT Cruiser bars; brown ODI Rogue grips w gold collars; brown Animal bar ends
    brown SDG Bel-Air RL saddle; Redline laid-back seat post; Hope seat post clamp

    Not finished yet. Might change some things. Probably going to use the original Nexus 7-speed hub with a drum brake front hub.



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    Quote Originally Posted by oldschoolcolo
    Araya rims on sturmey archer drum hubs
    Sugino cranks
    SR pedals
    Knight C-dub bars
    comp III copies
    Suntour seatpost clamp
    generic chrome seat post and forks
    SR stem
    A newbie guess from me would be Torker? Really nice looking either way!

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    winter project

    workin on it

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    Here is a couple of my cruisers I took out today. I will be klunking (is this right?) this Schwinn prewar frame starting this spring.
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    1971 Schwinn Panther

    everything sucks but my vacuum cleaner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulsmountain
    Here is a couple of my cruisers I took out today. I will be klunking (is this right?) this Schwinn prewar frame starting this spring.
    wow, that is some awesome paint on the prewar.....Original?
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    Aemmer, it's a repaint. Looks great from 10 feet but as you get closer you are able to see chips, scratches, and paint flaws (frame was described as flawless ). BTW, I followed your DX klunker build and J Westy's as well. Very nice klunkers and very helpful threads.
    Eric has provided valuable information and pictures. I have been visiting Alan's website often .

    Aemmer, could you please give me your opinion of the Sun rhyno lite rims and the Sturmey Archer hub set-up. I noticed Alan Bonds used these rims and hubs on two of his bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulsmountain
    Aemmer, it's a repaint. Looks great from 10 feet but as you get closer you are able to see chips, scratches, and paint flaws (frame was described as flawless ). BTW, I followed your DX klunker build and J Westy's as well. Very nice klunkers and very helpful threads.
    Eric has provided valuable information and pictures. I have been visiting Alan's website often .

    Aemmer, could you please give me your opinion of the Sun rhyno lite rims and the Sturmey Archer hub set-up. I noticed Alan Bonds used these rims and hubs on two of his bikes.







    My original goal was to keep everything pre 1981. When I broke down and got the newer hubs and wheels it was a death sentence to start another build (the "C") and keep it to era. You can interpet that as good or bad...

    Two thing have kept me from riding the DX hard. 1. the SE seatpost although era correct, was way too expensive and is way too wimpy to handle my big butt. 2. I am 6'3" so the DX is fun to cruise the neighborhood on but would never cut it for me on a longer ride where fit actually mattered. My once old girlfriend, and as of last weekend now my new Fiancee (SP? heck after 5 years It is time) took over most of the saddle time on the DX. That said, although not era correct, after peeling off the stickers, I think the rims look the part for an older style wheel (a quality set of old Araya or some Ukai's may play the part better). In my eyes, the SA hubs just look cool. I have never had to readjust the gears after initial fiddling. N idea how they would hold up under more abusive riding. Using the rear coaster brake is not a natural feeling if you ar a MTB'r. Like you I used AB, Eric and a few others as inspiration. If you want a nice cruiser build, the hubs and wheels look and ride great. If you want to stay true to the era seek out an old Ross MTB with some decent Ukai's.

    Look forward to seeing you build progress,
    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by ericb49
    Uploaded some pics from my xmas ride.


    i know it's an old post, but i haven't checked out this thread in a while....i especially like the 'era correct' digital watch strapped to the top tube. i think i sold those at radio shack while i was going to college......

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    Here are a couple that I have built...a prewar Elgin and a 52 Schwinn Panther.































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    ratrodbikes... on mtbr!? I think the internet may collapse!

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    Update on my Prewar Elgin

    Forgot to add this to the cruiser thread. Swapped out the aluminum riser bars for these unknown powder coated cruiser bars (CW maybe?). Also pictured is my ever changing Breezer Iggy with recently added CBR cranks.
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    Cruiser Spring Clean Up Day
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    This one got the nod to ride that day
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    Almost done. Not sure if I will go with truss rods?
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    Truss rods or Tange/Cook bros type bmx forks I say. Very cool looking frame.
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