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#554749 Reunited - Quadangle from the hood

Posted by S.Brothers on 23 November 2018 - 11:35 PM



Well this was an interesting acquisition.  I had actually ridden this bike in the early 80's when it belonged to one of my neighbors named, Kevin. His family's house was about 300 yards away as the crow flies. It was one element in a neighborhood full of dudes with nice bikes. 

 What I didn't realize even back then, was that it had belonged to my other friend, Darrell before that.  Darrell was someone that you may recall me mentioning before. He was a couple years older, both these guys were, but Darrell was sort of my racing mentor.  We'd go to races together, sometimes his parents, sometimes mine would drive.   I really looked up to him. He was no. 1 in the state a couple years when we were hanging out the most. 
I have a foggy memory of this hanging from the garage at Darrel's place. He and I both had PK Rippers.  I slowly worked on making my bike pretty much a carbon copy of Darrel's.  But that's a different story.  If I annoyed him with that, he did a pretty good job of maintaining his composure.  Maybe he looked at it as a good back up, if we were ever at a race and something mechanical went wrong, he could pretty much jump on my bike as a carbon copy of his own.  Anyway...
At some point back in the day, I remember Kevin got rid of the JMC he had and got this Quadangle.  As mentioned, my neighborhood had some real heat in it, in terms of the BMX bikes.  On a good day, there'd be Quadangles, PK's, JMC's, Stings, Torkers, GT's, Redlines and Mongooses in the mix.  But as in the macrocosm of bmx nationally, so also in our local microcosm... the scene in the neighborhood withered away as people got older and got cars, etc. 
We all got older and sort of went our own ways, scattering across the country or world in my case. 
Fast forward to about 10 years ago... I already was involved with the site and was putting on shows and I began to reconnect with old BMX buddies from Kansas. Kevin was one of them.  As we got to talking he mentioned to me that he still had the quadangle.  We marveled at that and that was about the end of it.
It is not my style to hound people.  I don't even like to ask about a childhood bike. It's almost too sacred to impinge upon a childhood whip with offers of purchasing. But last year I finally mentioned to my old friend that if he ever wanted to sell, I'd be interested.  He didn't really even respond to that.  Which was fine. He's a pretty stoic dude of few words... so I just let it go. 
Well, I was considering pulling the trigger on a Quad elsewhere earlier this year, so I just hit my old friend up and told him and explained that I would much prefer to have the quadangle from the old neighborhood.  We quickly came to terms agreeable to all. 
And, here it is.  I haven't been this excited about a bike since the first ano PK... I'd say definitely even a little bit more here.  There is something VERY powerful about reconnecting with a bike you "know" -- at least for me.  Sounds corny as hell... I agree. But be that as it may, it is a freaking thrill to throw a leg over a looptail quadangle that you haven't ridden in nearly 35 years. It's kind of magical.  Next best thing to getting one of your own back, I 'd guess.  
So yeah... that's it. I'm stoked.  I think the last time I saw it 30 some years ago it had redline v bars on it.  When I got it a few months ago, it had crazy late 80's Haro bars and what was sort of a run of the mill, padded but nor really bmx seat, from the 90's maybe.   So I put the power wings on it and a new seat to bring it back into synch with the era.
I actually remember when we all got the files out to sharpen the teeth on our pedals.  This bike still has those pedals on it. LOL!  
By the way, we negotiated the deal pretty much sight unseen... and then it occurred to me - "self, your memory is PRETTY foggy... you better get some pics".  So waiting for the pics... which took several days and seemed like an eternity - started to second guess myself. What if it's a freaking stick tail?!  LOL  
Finally the pics came... the pads ...  the loop ... the solid drop LG"s... this thing is all I had hoped for. 
Freaking love it.  



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#552452 SURVIVOR BMX BIKES (1996 & Earlier)

Posted by heyslugger on 09 December 2017 - 09:01 PM

1979 SE Racing PK RIPPER Anodized with Round Top Tube.


100% as found from the original owner. 

Parts of note include:

  • Skinny/Fat Comp II tan wall Big Block/Little Block tread
  • Chromoly Race inc bars
  • DG Forks
  • 2 part PK Ripper decal on the down tube

#537811 now you can "like" posts, just like facebook

Posted by S.Brothers on 04 November 2014 - 09:13 PM

Yep... everybody likes to like shit... so now you can like shit here too


I hate what Facebook has done to the on line BMX experience... but since everybody else seems to really dig it, I am trying to incorporate some of the things that people seem to utilize there.


I resisted for a long time because I figured if you can just click the "like" button, you will post even less than you do now... but at this point, I don't think it matters.



If you can't beat 'em ... join 'em

#553372 GJS finally finished

Posted by S.Brothers on 29 March 2018 - 12:13 AM

Been sitting on this project for 8 or 9 years.


Finally got those center pulls put on there... never had all the necessary bits, and didn't even know enough to know that. At last I got it dialed with the help of experts. 


GJS Frame pre-serial which puts it at 79 probably

Powerlite forks (this frame pre-dates release of GJS forks)

Shimano Dura Ace Cranks

Shimano 44t chainring 

Sedis chain

Rat trap pedals

Shimana Dura Ace Hubs

Araya 7B's

Black Wall Comp II rear

Aggressor Front

Diacompe two bolt seat clamp

Kashimax MX seeat

fluted post

Race Inc chromoly bars

Oakley 1's

Torker stem


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#552479 OLD SCHOOL CRUISERS 24" & 26" (1970 - 1989)

Posted by Bigmike555 on 11 December 2017 - 04:34 AM

1974 24” redline squareback


I have had this bike for 37+ years it’s in its original condition with the parts it would have had when linn kastan first built it . I raced it in 79-80 Fitted in 80s race attire . Now back to its original look.


This is a thread other members created about the significance of this bike.  Thanks for your input!  It's called: "Found - The Humble Grail, Redline Squareback Cruiser from 1975"



Rick Twomey photo of what we believe may well be this exact frame:



Bob Phillips & Thom Lund:













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#549430 The Hardest bike build. For you Rick Twomey

Posted by reilley1 on 10 October 2016 - 10:32 PM

The most difficult built ever.
I got this Webco frame directly from the man himself 
Rick Twomey a few weeks ago. Been meaning to build it but it just didn't flow so I kept putting it off as "almost built."
With the passing of our friend, the bike took a new urgency and I started from scratch. I spray bombed over the "not" original green to honor Rick' s original colors, found some 28 hole heavy duty spoke steel wheels with a Bendix 70 hub to fit the "mini-pro" label, broke open a bag of 70s Viking number plates and used some 70s era American Pro grips.
Put on the black mild steel fork that has been sitting in my pile for a few years (courtesy of 
Warren Eales) and put on some NOS decals that came from Pee Jay Johnson (thanks Australia!.)
The finishing and ever so cool detail was an apt branded Takahashi saddle.
Finished, took pictures and smiled a sad smile at missing my friend and family member. 
I hope you like it Rick! 














#537817 now you can "like" posts, just like facebook

Posted by S.Brothers on 04 November 2014 - 09:36 PM

ok... I think all registered and logged in users should have the ability now.  Please confirm.  Or like. :wink:

#554923 OLD SCHOOL 20" 80's class (80 - 89)

Posted by S.Brothers on 16 December 2018 - 10:34 PM

Quadangle I picked up from an old neighborhood friend from back in the day. He kept it fairly pristine all these years. Stoked to get it... as I've mentioned, feels special to ride one you knew again after 35 years.


1980 probably 1212 serial but as you see... solid drop landing gear, LG being an indicator of 81, generally speaking.


I'll circle back with a link to the thread in the general forum. 


  • Quadangle Frame original blue #1212
  • Kansas owned frame throughout existance
  • Landing Gear Fork og blue, solid dropout tab
  • Redline stem
  • SE Powerwing bars
  • Oakley .5
  • Dia compe lever
  • Bullseye pre-allen head hubs
  • Araya 7x rims
  • Comp III's
  • Dia compe MX 1000
  • Kool stop pads
  • one piece crank 
  • Diamond Back pedals
  • sugino (??) blue ano spider
  • xcaliber seat post clamp
  • Rad Pads
  • Kashimax seat



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#554875 Finally!!! A Proline with original red paint.

Posted by nycet3 on 12 December 2018 - 07:56 PM

I've been looking for about four years. Maybe longer. Way more white Prolines. And way too many refinished. No refinish can compare to original Redline.

Will look good next to this:

#549888 snapshot in bike room...

Posted by A_Falcs27 on 03 December 2016 - 01:39 PM

My man cave







#555782 It was good - BMX Society Show Van Nuys 2019

Posted by S.Brothers on 30 May 2019 - 05:11 PM

How do they do the judging at the show?
Just wondering what the metric is




#555362 In 1978 Stu Thomsen won the World's on a GJS - this is that frame

Posted by S.Brothers on 04 February 2019 - 04:31 PM

This is from a conversation on the GJS So Cal page on Facebook.


Jeff has been dropping some gems, including things like Scot Breithaupt designed the GJS logo, and now a little history lesson on the frame, that formerly belonged to Stu and it's the one that he won the World's on, in 1978.  Jeff's dad, George Utterback decided to chrome it when Stu turned it back in. But it's been in this state since back in the day and in the Utterback's personal collection. 



#555259 DG California Pro

Posted by 66alfa_gtv on 15 January 2019 - 03:50 PM

Here's my '79 DG California Pro, which is largely a survivor. I bought this bike on eBay several years ago, and have been trying to correct some of the inaccuracies since. For example, all the pads were reproductions. I have since found an original stem pad. The bars and chainwheel were re-anodized. I have replaced those with survivor components. The front tire was replaced a couple years ago when the correct big tread Comp II was offered up, and this week one of the Helix reproduction Reedy cages has been replaced with an original, thanks to a couple forum members from another site.
Possibly the most amazing part returned to this bike is the engraved owners plaque, which came with the purchase of these limited-run bikes when new. Ben Joy came up with that part from the original owner of this bike, who lives not far from me. Even the original custom Haro plate exists, though it sits in the Haney collection.  I still have some tough parts to find, but things are moving along!

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#555021 OLD SCHOOL BMX 20 inch 70's (1979 and earlier)

Posted by Pat-A-Lar on 21 December 2018 - 03:45 PM

1979 Pre-Serial SE Racing PK Ripper

Burnished frame with OG decals (not to the frame)
Cyclepro forks refinished in Bad Boy Brown
Oakley 1 Grips
Cook Bros Bars
Original used Race Plate
Tuf Neck stem with original sticker
Fujita Seamless Seat
Cyclepro seatclamp
Takagi MX Chainwheel
Takagi MX Crank
KKT pedals
Tuff 2 with Bendix Coaster Brake. (Steel Hubbed)
Cheng Shin 2.125 up front
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#554953 OLD SCHOOL 20" 80's class (80 - 89)

Posted by Brian Hays on 17 December 2018 - 07:30 PM



1982 SE Basher frame og finish and decals (These are Race Inc RA7 frames)

1980 SE Racing Landing Gear with solid dropouts. OG finish

Race Inc chromoly bars. OG finish and decal

Tiger stamped Tuf Neck Pro

Ame Tri in bubble font

Beartrap 2 headset

polished alloy seat post

Cycle Pro Shotgun 2 seat

Xcaliber seat clamp

Dia Compe caliper

Dia Compe Tech 3 lever

no name cable

Ukai Speedline rims with Sunshine hubs

16t Suntour freewheel

Izumi chain

Cheng Shin 20x2.125 and 1.75 tires

Sugino Maxi Cross 170mm cranks

Sugino 44 t sprocket

Sugino looseball BB

KKT Lightning pedals

SE padset


All finishes are original finish

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#554666 Saturday with the Utterbacks - Deep Dive Into the GJS Reality

Posted by S.Brothers on 11 November 2018 - 05:26 PM



This weekend Jeff and his wife Anna Utterback came to Long Beach for a visit.  They visited some significant spots in the city from Jeff's personal history with SE / GJS etc.


Then they came over to my place and hung out for a few hours and it was a great time.  My neighbor Shane was over here, some of you know him and we tag team assailed Jeff with so many questions and seeking clarification on various points of BMX / SE / GJS / Long Beach history.


He and Anna were very patient.  You know how we collectors are... sometimes our scrutiny of old bmx details gets to arguably absurd levels.  So... it is very gracious of Jeff to entertain our questions and of course Anna for patiently enduring the tedious quest for details we subjected them to. :)





#552956 A cool pic on a sad day

Posted by reilley1 on 18 January 2018 - 12:45 AM

This was taken at Rick Twomey's memorial.

Wayne King sporting a t-shirt with a drawing Thom riding the mono he built.

Thom Lund, the rider who made that mono famous.

And myself. Part owner (along with Bob "Oz" Osborn) of said mono.

A sad day but a day Rick would have loved surrounded by many of his friends.


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#550269 then it hit me... I collect anodized SE Racing products

Posted by S.Brothers on 09 January 2017 - 02:27 AM

I never set out with the motivation to collect original finish anodized SE Racing frames... but it turned out that way.


Most of you have seen the blue PK, and I debuted the gold PK a couple weeks back briefly... and yes, I got the Floval from Robert last year to complete this trefecta of pretty rare anodized pieces.


It was a beautiful January day here in Long Beach, so Shane and I got out on the bluff for some bike pics.  I'm rusty... got them all blown out with back lighting off the water and sky. You get the idea though.


By the way, this is all literally across the street from Scot's long time residence on Ocean Blvd.  This is Bluff Park, and this is how we do it. :break:

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#545808 OLD SCHOOL BMX 20 inch (1979 and earlier)

Posted by Bob Sieber on 11 December 2015 - 04:04 AM

This bike is a tribute to the one I campaigned for Mira Mesa Schwinn in 1977-78. In the 77 season I was 16-17 Novice, and we mostly raced in San Diego, travelling often to LA as well as Arizona. I became pretty dominant in my class and ended that year with the #62 plate in BMXA, and the 10S plate in NBA.

My novice career ended with a 1st place victory at The Southern California Cup Championship at Rancho San Diego. A terrible start had me last out of the gate but I passed the entire field for the win.

The frame eventually broke and was replaced with an SX-1000.

Frame - 1977 DG Racer - Beautifully chromed, repop stickers
Forks - 1977 Redline - Nickel chro-mo, spraybomb white, repop stickers
Neck: Redline Double Clamp
Bars - Gen 1 Redline - OG nickel, cut 1"
Grips - Oury
Cranks - Sugino Maxy
Chain Ring - Sugino, new blue
Pedals - Helix Reedy's, new blue
Wheels - Weinmann 7B's, front is NOS, rear is new blue
Hubs - Gen 1 Phil Wood
Front Tire - NOS Carlisle Aggressor MX
Rear Tire - NOS Schwinn Tractor
Seat - Messinger
Post - Fluted aluminum, new blue
Brake Lever - NOS Shimano
Calipers - Weinmann
Brake Pads - Matthauser (not era correct, but correct pads enroute)
Freewheel - 16t Shimano
Plate - NOS Preston Petty
Valve Stem Caps - Chrome
Pads - Blue (Frame is Rad Pad)
Chain - Chrome

The props include my 3rd place trophy from The Muscular Dystrophy Benefit race at Las Palmas, my daughter in an OG Mira Mesa Schwinn jersey, a BMX Action Magazine featuring Encinas on the color coordinated cover, and a repop DG helmet. The JOFA is NOS.

I realize this isn't a survivor type build, but I'm going to stick it on here anyway....I didn't start doing this until about a year ago, so I'm really late to the vintage bike party. Thanks to everyone who helped with parts and advice. It turned out nice.
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New brakes installed....nice and era correct

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#543864 The OM, Scot Breithaupt has died...

Posted by Jeff U on 07 July 2015 - 02:36 AM

I lost my big brother...


Love you Scot.


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