I’m 47 years old and I’ve never owned a real BMX bike so I’m building one.
A great thing about having kids is that they give you excuses to act like a kid. My son is way into bikes. He’s been riding his own 14-inch two-wheeler with no training wheels for a couple of months since he was 4 years old.
It got me thinking. If Arlo is into bikes, I should have a cool bike to ride around on with him. I have a crossover street/mountain bike that I’ve never really liked. I bought it in kind of a hurry and have regretted it ever since.
When I bought this Bianchi, I was living in Seattle. I didn’t own a car, so getting around town was by bike or bus, or in many cases, bike and bus. One night while having beers at the 5 Spot on Queen Anne, someone stole my bike. That bike wasn’t awesome either, it was a Raleigh mountain bike. My renter’s insurance actually give me about $300 for the bike, but I felt like I needed a bike quickly and for like $400 max.
I should have searched harder and gotten a bike that suits my needs better, but I didn’t. I have modified the bike enough over the years to make it work for me, but it’s never been a comfortable bike for me.
So now I’m building a BMX bike. Is this the perfect bike for me at 46? Probably not, but what the hell, I love a fun project.
I’ll update this post as the build moves along.
Here are the parts and services I’ve purchased to date.
|1987 Haro Re-issue Fork White||80||10||90|
|20-inch 48 Spoke Wheels||68.75||24.50||93.25|
|GT Dyno Frame 1996 Haro Mongoose Redline||100||0||100|
|Frame Chrome Removal||75||0||75|
|Rusto Apple Red Satin and Primer||18||0||18|
|Truvativ American-To-Euro Bmx Adapter||15.25||0||15.25|
|Black Ops Bb Cup Set Bk-Ops Euro Sealed 19Mm Black||33||33|
|Bully Sprocket (Black, 25T)||29.95||0||29.95|
|Mission Transit V2 Cranks (Red, 175mm)||54.95||0||54.95|
|Odyssey Triple Trap Pedals||24.95||0||24.95|
|Cinema Sync Chain (Gold, 1/8″)||25.95||25.95|
|VELO BMX Gel Saddle – 250290||23||23|
|Black Ops 4 Bolt Alloy BMX Quill Stem, 21.1mm||19||19|
|Lowrider Steel Bike Bicycle Post CLAMP 25.4||9||9|
|Velo Seat Clamp for Standard Rail Saddles||5||5|
|SMOOTH aluminum alloy old school BMX bicycle seat post 22.2mm (7/8″) – 450mm – BLACK||15.99||5||20.99|
|Fiction Monkey 4pc Bars (Black) (9″ Rise)||37.95||13.25||51.20|
|DIATECH DIRT HARRY RIGHT BLK 25.4 BRAKE LEVER BMX||25||25|
|Black Ops BMX Power U-Brakes, Rear, Black||17||17|
|Black Ops DefendR BMX Brake Cable Kit, White||10||10|
The only left to buy is a rear brake.
I had the chrome stripped from the frame at a place in Kensington, Maryland called Metro Plating. Then I put down about three coats of primer and hit with two cans of Rustoleum Apple Red with the satin finish.