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BMX Society Bike Check #16 -Keep_It_Warm


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Tom is one of the nicest and coolest human beings I think many of us have known in this community.  A man who has owned a lot of bikes and built some of the coolest specimens this site has laid eyes on.  He has also acquired some pretty spectacular bikes as well.  I personally think this bike is one of his coolest aquisitions because it fits my own preferences, it is unique and obscure.  How many have you seen outside of this one?  I can bet for most of you the answer is ZERO.  The other factor of cool assigned to this bike is that it has history and a verifiable provenance which is so important these days (sadly). I think it is written in some arithmetic book somewhere that this theorem, "cool member plus cool bike equals awesome Bike Check", can be applied.  Pretty sure that is the Jeff Spicoli theorem of coolness.  Enjoy! -Jake

 

 

Screen Name:  Keep_It_Warm  

              

Human Name:  Tom Sustarich

 

Bike:   1984 American Bicycle Manufacturing – Race Tech

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Frameset

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Frame:  1984 ABM Race Tech (aluminum)

Fork:  Hutch (non-drilled)

                            

Steering

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Handlebars: JMC Darrell Young

Stem:   ESP

Grips:   Oakley B-2

Headset:   ABM Race Tech

Headset/Stem Lock: Tange

 

Drivetrain

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Cranks:   Redline Flight 401 (180mm)

Bottom Bracket:   Hadley sealed

Sprocket:   Pro Neck 43T

Spider/Disc:   Sugino

Pedals:   Shimano DX

Chain:   Izumi

Hardware:   Sugino

 

Brakes

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Brake:   Dia Compe MX900

Lever:   Dia Compe Tech 3

Brake Pads:   Kool Stop

Cable:   Terrycable

 

Wheels/Tires

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Rims:   Araya 7X

Hubs:   Phil Wood

Cog/Freewheel:   Suntour                          

Tires:  Comp 3 - 20x1.75 – 2nd Gen (blue/green label)

 

Seating

Seat:   Kashimax MX

Post:   Redline 7/8”

Seat Post Clamp:   Tuf Neck

Seat Guts:   Kashimax

 

Miscellaneous

Pads:   ZAP! pads

Number Plate:   (still looking for a Haro 1B plate)

 

Era Modifications:   The frame shows some a slight decal variation from any other picture of a Race Tech frame I have been able to find: The head tube decals do not show the rider above the word ADJUSTABLE. Perhaps it’s a variation for a gift frame to a factory rider? No sure and the original owner does not remember.

 

Provenance:   I am the 2nd owner of this bike.  In the Spring of 2010, my dad stopped at a local yard sale and tipped me off to the Redline PL-20 that was for sale.  The seller of the Redline and I were talking after the sale and his father said, "Hell, come back tomorrow and we can drag more stuff down from the attic".  When I returned the next day this Race Tech frame was one of the items I bought.

 

He also had several pictures of the bike – built up – just as he raced it in 1984. I couldn't help but notice that all the parts shown on the Race Tech bike in the pictures were now installed on the Redline bike I bought a day prior.

The owner confirmed my assumption.  In 1984, it was given to him by a representative of American Bicycle Manufacturing. He was asked to ‘try it, race it, we want you on our factory team’.  He built the bike up and even raced for Factory Race Tech for a brief period of time, but never cared for the relatively short top tube length or the overall feel of the bike. He disassembled the bike completely.  The frame went into the attic and all the parts went on the Redline from 1985 until 2010.

Frame is 100% original and shows normal, light wear from being raced. Every piece of this bike is original finish.

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 Tom knows my opinions of this bike  :rockout:



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Its so trick!  :Want:

 

Its so sick!   :Booyah:

 

Tom builds some of the nicest and most real bikes!!  

 

Another kickin Bike Check Jake!!!   :rockout:

 

 

 

 



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well...  this is truly spectacular.  I feel it's really perfect.  There is not a thing that I think could have been done better.  

 

Certainly one of the rarest frames any of us will see... and to think - a YARD SALE find.  You lived the dream with this one, Tom.

 

And what a concept, head tube angle seems like a fairly delicate thing to manipulate.  I'd like to know more about how that is practically applied.

 

 



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rare is one thing, this is rare and with an idea! and a serious bit of history to top it all.

As Steve said, awesome bikecheck (but which one wasn't awesome??)



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Still one of THE coolest bikes I've ever seen some 3 years or so after you built it.  Ever more awesome coming from the original owner/rider. 


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Seeing this post actually brought a huge smile to me face. Thanks for the kind words everyone. I still think back to that yard sale and I cannot believe the haul of stuff I was able to buy. I am very fortunate to have a cool dad who thought of calling me immediately.

 

I think it is completely insane to realize that every piece of this bike (other than the pads) was bought installed on a different bike, but shown and verified by actual pictures from the original owner.  I couldn't switch the parts back fast enough...



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I love this bike!



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Ehhh Its alright, I guess..... :nah.I.mean:


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rare is one thing but the sick design, geometry, decals and story is insane.   :Booyah:

 

this is one of the bikes included in my short list of favorites.   :True:



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That's an insane yard sale find.  Take a super rare frame and add the best of the best parts to it and you've got the epitome of rad 80's race bikes.   Tom, thanks for sharing it with us.  :cheers:



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Awesome bike and build Tom!

Definitely a rare piece. :rockout:


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I wanna ride that shit !!! For real though.


Bad ass - another banger from the k.i.w ranch.

Holla
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That was a sweet bike and saw it at the Rockford show a few years back.

 

As you can see from the ad that Race Tech was out of Saint Cloud Minnesota and we have a couple floating around here in MN.  At one of our BBQ's thought we had three one year, here's the Freestyle version.

 

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What an amazing bike Tom. It is an amazing piece.
Great write up. Love the bike
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Class act, both the bike, and the owner.

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Super cool guy and his bikes are iconic!!!

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I loved this bike when I first saw it years ago...and I still do!



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I still have a bunch of Tom's bikes on my hard drive, inspired many of my builds along with Chris Baron..

 

Tom's GT build for his brother is a stand out for me :)



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Oh and the Robinson, Quadangle and the....





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