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Cook Bros. Racing

Uploaded by RyanPartridge 11 June 2014 - 03:35 PM

Classification Details

  • Brand Cook Bros. Racing
  • Model Cruiser
  • Genre Other
  • Class Cruiser 26
  • Country of MFG USA
  • Year of MFG 1980
  • Finish Original
  • Condition Used Excellent

Core Structure

  • Frame Cook Bros
  • Fork Cook Bros.
  • Handlebars Cook Bros.
  • Stem Cook Bros. Racing Slantline
  • Headset Tange 125
  • Gyro N/A

Wheel Details

  • Front Hub Cook Bros.
  • Rear Hub Sturmey Archer drum
  • Mag Wheel N/A
  • Rim Araya 7x
  • Front Tire Mitsuboshi Cruiser Mits
  • Rear Tire Mitsuboshi Cruiser Mits
  • Spokes DT stainless steel

Drivetrain Details

  • Cranks Takagi Cr-Mo 180x24
  • Pedals KKT LMX Magnesium
  • Pedal Cage N/A
  • Chain D.I.D.
  • Sprocket Sugino 41
  • Spider Sugino
  • Bottom Bracket Tange sealed bearing

Seat Details

  • Seat Post Clamp Integrated
  • Seat Post 80's chromoly
  • Seat Brooks B-72
  • Seat Cover N/A

Brake Details

  • Brake Front N/A
  • Brake Rear N/A
  • Brake Lever Dia Compe
  • Brake Cable Sturmey Archer
  • Brake Shoes N/A

Miscellaneous Details

  • Grips A'me cams
  • Pad Set N/A
  • Number Plate N/A
  • Decals N/A
  • Other N/A

Additional Notes

This frame was custom made in 1980 for Jim Curwood, an old friend of Gary Cook. Jim worked for Laguna Distributors in the mid 70's and soon after opened his own bike shop, South County Cyclery aka "Buy My Bikes" in south Orange County, which is still open today.

All the finish is original and done by Jim Cunningham at CyclArt in San Diego. First the dropouts were chromed and paint fade was applied, the frame then went back to Cook Bros in Santa Ana to have the solvent transfer Cruiser decal applied to the middle bar. The frame then returned to CyclArt to be shot with pearl and finally clear. From there it traveled straight back to Santa Ana where Gary Cook took the frame on tour to be displayed with him at the trade shows to promote the CBR Cruisers. After about a year, Jim Curwood got his frame back, built it up, and displayed it in his shop.

According to Jim, a jeweler from Laguna Beach would come to his shop and beg him to sell the bike for years. Eventually the bike was traded to the jeweler for a 1,200 dollar diamond. In the early 90's the frame & fork surfaced in a Laguna Beach bike shop and was purchased by a surfboard shaper out of Huntington Beach and locked in a shipping container along with several other cruisers. In early 2014, I was introduced by a friend of mine to this local surfboard shaper and purchased the frame & fork.

I brought the frame back to South County Cyclery, met with Jim Curwood and he shared with me the history of the frame. I then built the bike like you see it now, kept it as secret as I could, and displayed it at the 2014 BMX Society annual show. Enjoy!


It should be noted that this bike won the 26" class at the 2014 BMX Society Show at El Dorado Park.


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