Mid-school flashback: Homeless Fatty 24

5 01 2012

Just spotted this rare frame in a thread on BMXmuseum: the Homeless Fatty 24.

That’s right….Homeless Bikes made a 24.

Word has it that this frame, featured in a Ride BMX ad in August 1995,  is one of the (only) three manufactured. (That’s it leaning against the car.)

Talk about a once in a lifetime find.

For more on this frame, check out the thread on BMXmuseum.

RL Osborn would be proud

2 02 2011

Stumbled across this build the other day on bmxmuseum.com.

This guy did a great job of transforming a regular 24″ race bike into a cool looking 24″ version of one of the iconic freestyle bikes of the the 1980s, the Redline RL-20II.

Hard to believe that it started off a 2000 Redline John Purse Signature Series 24.

Check out this “before” picture:

Pretty amazing what Rustoleum Key Lime paint, Forklifter bars and some creativity will get you. You can follow the build of the bike on this bmxmuseum.com thread.

Twin top tube frame debuts in 8 colors

21 10 2010

Back in April, you heard about how the twin top tube was making a comeback.

Well, don’t call it a a comeback any longer, cause it’s now here!

Tribute bikes has put this 24″ frame, a great combination of old school style with modern geometry, into production.

I’m pretty stoked on it.

What I didn’t expect was amount of color choices!   It’s available in: pink, yellow, orange, black, blue, green, white and clear  powder coat options.

If you’re looking for something different from what’s out there…or you’re just missing your old Haro Master or Torker this could be the frame for you.

The specs

  • 21.50″ top tube
  • 74 degree ht
  • 71 degree st
  • 14.25-15.25″ rear
  • 12.25″ bb height
  • 25.4 mm seat tube
  • integrated head tube
  • 14mm drop laser cut dropouts
  • laser cut seat tube/ top tube plate
  • 4130 USA True Temper chromoly tubing
2 brake options
  • 990 mounts with headtube drilled for a gyro
  • V-brakes mounts (not set up for a gyro)

Limited 2010 production run

There are only 20 frames available this year (some are already spoken for) so if this tickles your fancy you may want to get in touch with Josh at Tribute Bikes right away at info@tributebikes.com.

For more on Tribute Bikes check out their web page or their feature on bmxmuseum.com.


Updating the common cable hanger

27 07 2010

John Beck sent me a note a while back regarding something he’s been experimenting with.

While working on a custom steel project for his “day gig” he came across a solution to the often frustrating task of dialing-in brakes when dealing with a cable hanger.

His solution? An elegant design that requires no tools and only one hand to adjust.

This is what it looks like:

In a thread on BMXmuseum.com, John explained how it works:

The cable enters (from the lever) into the knurled top, and exits at the bottom. Once the cable is inserted, it is “gripped” internally and can hold a serious amount of weight. Tighten the knurled piece and it locks in tight. To loosen or remove you just undo the knurled piece, push it in and the cable is released. The short cable at the brake enters through the sides, similar to the typical design.

John’s still testing the idea out but if this holds up it could become a very cool upgrade.