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Offline retrogeezer

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Re: Is building bikes easier now or back then?
« Reply #25 on: January 25, 2016, 06:41 PM »
I remember waiting by the fence at a car boot sale late 90's because someone had locked a bike up that had ONE Skyway tuff on it!

At that time I hadn't seen a tuff wheel since 1985, the lad must have thought I was loopy but I got it though for a few quid. :)

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Re: Is building bikes easier now or back then?
« Reply #26 on: January 25, 2016, 07:47 PM »
It's harder, most of the desirable parts required are on people's completes now. These people are collectors and not dealers so on these completes they'll stay and fair play to those people.

Repop parts.........no thanks. Ok for a rider but not on a show bike or a stored complete ? Only my view I know.
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Re: Is building bikes easier now or back then?
« Reply #27 on: January 26, 2016, 08:19 AM »
Totally agree re-pops are great for a rider but show bikes got to have OG parts on them!
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Re: Is building bikes easier now or back then?
« Reply #28 on: January 26, 2016, 07:30 PM »
repro parts were topic of major controversies in the early days, aerospeeds being one of the main ones, but i guess after years of collectors collecting, its become a necessity

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Re: Is building bikes easier now or back then?
« Reply #29 on: January 26, 2016, 10:38 PM »
I remember one of my first ebay purchases was 2 unpainted streetbeat frame and forks for 40! If only I had kept them!! Due to getting what I wanted 10 plus years ago I dont bother buying much anymore, unless I am buying from carboot sales. So for me building was easier pre rad.

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Re: Is building bikes easier now or back then?
« Reply #30 on: January 27, 2016, 04:34 PM »

1983 haro freestyler frame and forks
black alloy hubbed tuffs
gt bars
dc mx brakeset
suntour stem
kashi aero
gt post
shimano sx
takagi opc



how much......




100 quid....yep one hundred whole pounds.....bought out of the back of a geezers volvo estate....once packed in my car i left the scene in a cloud of rubber smoke, laughing hysterically all the way home on the mobile to billstup telling him ive had the buy of the century

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Re: Is building bikes easier now or back then?
« Reply #31 on: January 27, 2016, 04:36 PM »
it was a little scruffy but you can polish a turd

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Re: Is building bikes easier now or back then?
« Reply #32 on: January 27, 2016, 05:48 PM »
Happy Days eh Dave .. I sure wish I'd got back into it in those early glory days ... It would have blown my mind!
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Re: Is building bikes easier now or back then?
« Reply #33 on: January 27, 2016, 07:19 PM »
Back then I bought my mint PK ripper with NOS boxed landing gear forks for 300 quid and you lot laughed at me!!

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Re: Is building bikes easier now or back then?
« Reply #34 on: March 30, 2016, 10:21 PM »
In some ways it's easier to build bikes nowadays with chrome platers and powder coaters aplenty just the old spares aren't so aplenty sometimes

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Re: Is building bikes easier now or back then?
« Reply #35 on: August 03, 2016, 04:12 AM »
I don't care if parts are repop, I care more about how a bike looks and rides...you can have all the NOS OG parts in the world, still don't mean you can put a good looking bike together.

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Re: Is building bikes easier now or back then?
« Reply #36 on: August 08, 2016, 05:32 PM »
Im surprised how much prices have gone up in the last few years. My Goose BMX Bandits Replica took around 3 years to build and parts are just becoming harder to find so demand a higher price like anything old these days.
Im glad ive just hung onto some parts and not sold them. But everyone seems to be doing the same at the moment.

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Re: Is building bikes easier now or back then?
« Reply #37 on: January 30, 2017, 10:33 PM »
I got back in to bmx last year I have spent the last 15 building choppers and bobbers and rebuilding old panheads and iron heads  now that stuff has goon through the roof  so the bmx parts are ok priced and just as much fun .i love the chase of hunting for parts


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Re: Is building bikes easier now or back then?
« Reply #38 on: February 01, 2017, 10:25 PM »
Now .. 2 .5 pC cranks . Tap in bb bearings . No brakes !!

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Re: Is building bikes easier now or back then?
« Reply #39 on: January 28, 2019, 07:01 PM »
my first build was a mongoose in 2006
found all the parts i wanted easy and lots of  nos i remember paying 30 quid for a suntour stem now they are silly money
doing a build 13 years later and once again found nearly all the parts i needed  and i gotta agree havin repop parts hs made it a lot easier this time and going by todays prices a lot cheaper 
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Re: Is building bikes easier now or back then?
« Reply #40 on: March 01, 2019, 07:04 PM »
Easier now cuz i have the money, harder now because not all the parts exist new now, im waiting for OGK to remake the white Perigrine Masters  :smitten:

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