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1984 Rickman Racing Freestyler

#1 2011-04-15 1:59pm

shfdavidh
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1984 Rickman Racing Freestyler

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1984 Rickman Racing Freestyler

Renovated in 1993

So the story goes something like this:
These frame & forks were originally purchased by myself in 1984 following a catastrophic failure on the downtube of my custom built DP Firebird (i.e. I snapped it!).. The GT Pro Bars were inherited from the Firebird. The Skyways were inherited from my first BMX (Raleigh Tuff burner). From memory thats a Sugino 44T sprocket, and some unnotable 1 piece crank. And, those are MKS Graphites, which I had swapped for some perfectly good Shimano DX's (I still don’t know why I ever did that swap!)..
So, I enjoyed this set up until I hit secondary school (UK) in 1985/86.. After that, Mountain Biking took over for me, for the next few years.. and I believe I sold the Rickman to a friend.
It wasnt until 1993 that a chance meeting at University which involved making friends with a GT loving ex-bmxer who was also interested in reviving his old bike in the first generation of “Old-School”!
I acquired the Rickman back from my friend quite easily, as it was not being used. I spent some time replacing parts, but it was hard getting bmx parts in the UK in 1993. Anyway, this explains the introduction of the Gyro, and Diacomp Bulldogs that you see here, in a “Mid-School” sense..
Longer term, I plan to restore this frame to its original chrome glory and then maybe pair it back up with the 1983 GT bars that were chromed in 2011, and currently live on my 2009 Haro Freestyler.
Thanks for looking!
Dave H


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#2 2013-07-18 10:52am

marsmann
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Re: 1984 Rickman Racing Freestyler

Very cool, and different.  Best of all, it has a story and history.  Did you ever manage to restore it since 2011?

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#3 2016-10-02 8:45am

Texasbmx
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Re: 1984 Rickman Racing Freestyler

leave it as is if you still got it!

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