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#555699 We are on the edge of the abyss... is it worth supporting the site to keep it...

Posted by S.Brothers on 16 April 2019 - 11:53 PM

thanks guys, I'm planning on having a conference call soon, probably Thurs or Fri to speak with an expert with both servers and the software side of things and he's going to survey our situation and see if he can suggest some viable and money saving solutions.  Basically it's consultation with an expert. This was also hooked up by site members, so I appreciate you guys' assistance with all this. 


Will keep you in the loop.  


We'll lock it down and keep it going, no worries there.  Just trying to find the best deal to make this sustainable.  

#555660 We are on the edge of the abyss... is it worth supporting the site to keep it...

Posted by S.Brothers on 10 April 2019 - 07:13 PM

So, folks...


kind of big decision time. 


The site is beginning to break down... stuff fails regularly, such as the photo issue.


This is partly due to forced obsolescence with the board software... they have moved on to much higher versions and we have been using the version that is several years old.


keeping this site going is about to get exponentially more costly.  Not just the upgrade to the new software, which will probably break into low 4 figures, but the bigger issue is that we have to migrate to a new server. 


Our old server was sold last fall and the new company is not as accomodating.  We have reached the limit on some our hosting package features.


The upgrade to the necessary new server capacity will mean that we pay more each month than we currently pay for the year.


What I'm getting at is this.  There are still a few regular site supporters.  I'm grateful to you.


On the other hand, the vast majority of you, even if you continue to visit the site, have cancelled or never contributed.


The $37 annual level comes out to about $3 a month... but too few will spend that, even though a cup of coffee at a lot of places will be more than that now.


People just don't value the site.  I do not expect those of you who have remained loyal and supportive to do more.  There is frankly no reason why others couldn't kick in 2 to 4 dollars a month.  It's almost nothing!  A freaking gallon of gas will run you $3.50 here in California right now.


 I'm probably going to just do it and it's going to pinch me financially.  Myself and the few people who have remained site supporters shouldn't have to do this alone frankly.  


Please give it some thought.  Is the site worth the cost of a starbucks coffee one time a month?  If so, you know where the link is. 



#555623 Replica of my childhood 81 GT

Posted by S.Brothers on 30 March 2019 - 12:11 AM

well, I got some Araya wheels to replace the Ukai 7x styles that were on here in the first post...


I do have phil hubs... but still haven't bothered to get them resized for 110 bmx spacing...


but these Araya were laced to some SST hubs, I guess that'll do for now. 



getting closer to an exact child match... slow, incremental steps. 



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#555601 Any idea on age of this set of CBR cranks ?

Posted by S.Brothers on 26 March 2019 - 06:28 PM

There's that guy on Facebook that goes by GP Schmits I think it is.  He seems to be the only one that really drops science.  Seen a lot of CB fans... but they seem to stay quiet when questions come up.


Anyway... he posted this and it seems relevant. The thing about the 3 screws...

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#555577 Photo Testing thread

Posted by S.Brothers on 23 March 2019 - 10:01 PM

Test test


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#555565 Photo Testing thread

Posted by S.Brothers on 22 March 2019 - 05:22 PM

this is the thread where we will try to trouble shoot the photo issue



#555537 Pay attention kids. No need to replace the decals when you only need to clean...

Posted by S.Brothers on 18 March 2019 - 01:13 AM

looks real nice in the winter sun

#555396 Early Stick Tail Quadangle Quick Guide

Posted by S.Brothers on 10 February 2019 - 07:59 PM

Thanks to Jon, Brian and Shane for input on this...  Jon had a stick tail database that although lost in a computer crash, still yielded some "guide post" dates.  This is an evolving process but this graphic represents the fundamentals of the early Quadangle Stick Tail era from 1982 to late 1985.


So the attached image is meant to be a "quick guide" for the early stick tail Quadangle era - from 1982 to LATE 1985.

One interesting thing about the stick tail era is a switch to a more standardized and detailed serial number format. This helps us see that frame changes did not end nor begin cleanly on Dec 31st and Jan 1st.  :lol:


I'm going to share some serial information provided by Jon, but we should bear in mind that this is based on serials collected and there may well be other examples that would push these dates around a bit.


That said, the first iteration of the 4130 Chromoly stick tail was short lived and they went to Reynolds quickly. Jon Hoffman had a stick tail database that was lost in a computer melt down, but stand out details include that the earliest 4130 stick tail Jon had logged was serialed with a Sept 82 date. Conversely the earliest Reynolds that Jon was able to log was March, 1983. So with current evidence we can see that the earliest stick tails were 4130 and went from at least 9/82 to around March of 1983. Then they went to Reynolds and that went until the return to 4130 and a design change in late 1985.







#555366 Quadangle build variations

Posted by S.Brothers on 05 February 2019 - 02:24 AM


I've been wanting to mock this up since my buddy, that used to own this bike, found pics of himself with graphite tuffs on it.



I happen to have some on deck, so thought it'd be fun to throw the tuffs on and take it for a spin. 


My old buddy has pics of himself with this quad on spokes and the tuffs.  I'm including the tuffs photos. 


It's fun to try different build variations.  I think I might do this more often just for variety's sake. 



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#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. 



#555315 First look: BMX Society x Valley Relics x NBA Reunion and Show Weekend

Posted by S.Brothers on 23 January 2019 - 03:11 AM



Ok guys... here's the first glimpse of what's going to be happening at the 2 day BMX Society x Valley Relics x NBA show this May. It is a 2 day event. The first night is at Valley Relics, dinner and guest panels discussing old school BMX stuff.

As you'll see, the headline panel for the first night at Valley Relics is a bunch of alumni of the 77 SE Tour. Should be AMAZING!

The BMX Society Bike Show and Swap is Saturday (Day 2). We will present this year's life time achievement award to Mongoose's, Skip Hess!

Gonna be so rad... an amazing weekend.


If you are a Mongoose owner, please come out on Saturday and represent for Skip! 



#555287 GJS - Official - shirts releasing today

Posted by S.Brothers on 18 January 2019 - 10:20 PM



Just a heads up guys. When you go to paypal it adds shipping and tax to your order.



Yes, welcome to doing e-commerce normally like pretty much every company does.  :-)   


I get that you guys aren't used to tax here... but I can't afford to eat all the fees anymore.  Tax is 6%. Long Beach sales tax is actually 10.5% so I may eat some in the long run, but at least it won't be the whole thing.

#555284 GJS - Official - shirts releasing today

Posted by S.Brothers on 18 January 2019 - 07:51 PM

Can't wait to see what they got to offer. Orange GJS shirt in Medium for me please.  :rockout:

  uh oh.  LOL     I know a lot of thought went into what colors to go with here in round 1... the colors are going to be short sleeves in GJS blue, GJS freestyle black, and a Longsleeve option in charcoal.  I think the motivation is that they wanted to go with colors that would move quickly, if these go well, I imagine an orange will be available eventually.  They didn't want people to even think twice, so they went with more subdued colors as the goal is to raise funds for the shelter quickly.


The designs are different than any GJS shirt that was available back in the day.  That's by design, of course. 

#555279 Stumbled upon this

Posted by S.Brothers on 17 January 2019 - 11:21 PM

funny, it's 2nd or 3rd time in the last few weeks that I've seen people use functions that I also did not know existed. 

#555238 GT and Gary Turner to team up in 2019

Posted by S.Brothers on 12 January 2019 - 12:37 AM

It will be interesting to see what the plan is...




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