My First BMX Build

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.

Description Paid Shipping Total
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
Total $687.74 $52.75 $740.49

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.

This is the ebay photo of the chromed up mid-school BMX frame
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