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Title: 1972 Rick's Bike Shop Team Replica
Post by: stidds on May 06, 2021, 11:01 PM
Back in 1972 (ish) the legend that is Rick Twomey (RIP) of Rick's Bike Shop had an idea that would change cycling as we know it.  He took a Schwinn Stingray frame, re-designed the front end and some other changes and produced the very first 'diamond' frame design which was the first real BMX as we know it.

Everything that we know and love about this amazing sport of ours stemmed from this frame, the design is still with us today almost 50 years later which tells you exactly how important it was and how far ahead Rick was.

This bike was ridden by the originals in BMX, legends like Dave Clinton, John Palfreyman, Thom Lund and Doug Takahashi all rode this bike.

The original is in the possession of Reilley1 in the USA but when I saw it I knew I wanted to make one myself.

So I purchased a 1972 Schwinn Stingray, made a jig and put an new front end on the bike, some tubes were modified to Rick's design.

This is my homage to this legendary bike and the man himself, I hope I have done it justice.

Parts:

Frame:  1972 Schwinn Stingray modified
Forks:  Schwinn Stingray
Headset:  Schwinn
Stem:  Schwinn Gooseneck
Bars:  Unknown
Grips:  OGK
Seat Clamp:  Schwinn
Seat Post:  Schwinn
Seat:  Troxel
Cranks:  Schwinn
Chainring:  Takagi
Pedals:  Union
Chain:  Union
Rims:  Moped
Hubs/Spokes:  Front - Normandy, Rear - Shimano Coaster, spokes - 12g Heavy Duty
Tyres:  Raleigh
Number Plate:  Preston Petty




Title: Re: 1972 Rick's Bike Shop Team Replica
Post by: stidds on May 06, 2021, 11:04 PM
More pictures
Title: Re: 1972 Rick's Bike Shop Team Replica
Post by: Spen69 on May 07, 2021, 06:52 AM
Boom  explosion

Bike of the year right there Sean. That is an amazing build  :coolsmiley:
Title: Re: 1972 Rick's Bike Shop Team Replica
Post by: McQUEEN on May 07, 2021, 09:15 AM
sweet
Title: Re: 1972 Rick's Bike Shop Team Replica
Post by: stidds on May 07, 2021, 09:18 AM
Thanks guys, all I need to completely finish the bike is a 39/40/41 tooth Three Arrows chainring, but they are few and far between hence the Mongoose/Takagi item.

I will get one soon and change it.
Title: Re: 1972 Rick's Bike Shop Team Replica
Post by: Schneeky1 on May 07, 2021, 09:20 AM
Really great bike Stidds, love it mate... fistblump fistblump fistblump
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