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1982 Eaton Breakaway

#1 2014-10-10 6:13pm

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1982 Eaton Breakaway

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1982 Eaton Breakaway

<h2 class="mosun">The Breakaway</h2> by MOSUN

An exact replica of my first childhood BMX, built up from a picture replicating every part exactly. However, all the &quot;copy&quot; or &quot;type&quot; parts have been upgraded with the Actual parts they were copying back then.
 
In 1982, I received for Christmas, my very first BMX. It was an Eaton's Breakaway which was a Canadian department store brand bicycle.
 
For a department store BMX, it surprisingly had some very nice parts like a Sugino 3-piece crank and KKT rat trap pedals. I remember other riders always complimenting my BMX as it had those expensive 3 piece cranks. I rode that bike until 1990 when it was stolen from outside a corner store. I never thought that I would ever come across that bike or model ever again.
 
Once I started collecting a few years ago, I kept my eye out for any Eaton's Breakaways that should come up for sale on the internet. Then finally, at the end of 2012, I found the identical frame & fork with a few of the parts that came stock on it.
 
Since the only thing I had left of my first BMX was a picture and some memories, I was able to re-build it with the exact same parts (or close to it as possible) as it had back in 1982 when it rolled out of the factory. I tried to make sure everything on this build was either NOS or in Mint condition. The only parts I could not find were the Cheng Shin Snake Belly tires so I put on some NOS Hwa Fong Snake Belly tires. Believe it or not, I actually found my original Fuan cobra grips in a shoe box I had stored in the basement years ago along with the V-Bar handlebarpad. I remember taking them off to replace them with some other kind of grips but I totally forgot I actually kept them and had them stored all along!

 
For the decals, since nobody in the world reproduces the decal set, I decided that I would need to reproduce them myself. So I tracked down and bought a 1983 Eaton's Breakaway in blue and traced the decals, vectorized them, changed the colors to yellow and blue just like the originals on my BMX and had them professionally printed by BMX-Rider.com. They turned out perfect! Identical to the factory originals!
 
I have many BMX's like Laserlites and Diamondbacks that are of some value to any collector, but to me, this BMX is priceless.
 
Factory correct decals from BMX-Rider.com

HIGHLIGHT: An Eaton's department store BMX that came stock with Sugino Super Maxy 3 PC Cranks!

ATTENTION TO DETAIL: All parts are factory correct like, Original Hatta Headset with original bearings & hardware, Original IRC tubes with the &quot;Pacfic&quot; Valve Caps and rim strips, Original Dia Compe caliper bolt end caps and all part nuts, washers, and bolts.
 
   1982 Eaton's Breakaway Factory Specs   Factory &rarr; MINT Original Akisu Frame  Upgrade &rarr; NOS Tange TX-1200 Forks (Replaced Akisu TX-1200 Style Forks)  Factory &rarr; Eaton's Breakaway Decals (Traced from original set in blue)  Factory &rarr; MINT Original Headset   Factory &rarr; NOS SR Stem   Upgrade &rarr; NOS WIN V-Bars (Replaced cheaper style V-Bars) Upgrade&rarr; MINT Dia Compe 890 Brake Calipers F&B (Replaced Horng-Ren 890 Brake Calipers) Upgrade&rarr; NOS Dia Compe Pre-Bent Brake Levers L&R (Replaced Horng-Ren Pre-Bent Levers)  Factory &rarr; ORIGINAL Fuan Cobra Grips (From my original Bike)   Factory &rarr; NOS Seat Post  Factory &rarr; NOS &quot;BMX" Aero Seat   Factory &rarr; MINT Sugino Seat Clamp  Factory &rarr; MINT Sugino Super Maxy Cranks w/ Black Spider 170mm  Factory &rarr; MINT KKT K-MX &quot;Rat Trap&quot; Pedals  Factory &rarr; MINT Sugino 44T Chainring   Factory &rarr; NEW Izumi Chain  Upgrade &rarr; MINT Chrome Araya Rims (Steel) (Replaced Chrome Sun Rims) w/ OG Rim Strips  Upgrade &rarr; OG Asahi Spokes & Nipples  Upgrade &rarr; OG IRC tubes w/ "Pacific" Valve Caps Upgrade&rarr; MINT Suzue Low Flange Hubs  Upgrade&rarr; MINT Suntour 16T Freewheel  Upgrade&rarr; NOS IRC Racer Snake Belly Skinwall Tires (20x2.125 OG Front / 20x1.75 NOS Rear) (Replaced Cheng Shin Snake Bellies)  Factory &rarr; NOS &quot;BMX&quot; Pad Set   

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#2 2014-10-14 10:59pm

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Re: 1982 Eaton Breakaway

Awesome story Mo!

Looks like it was straight from the department store floor.

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#3 2014-10-15 2:53am

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Stunning bike, this is what the hobby is all about.

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#4 2014-10-16 10:46am

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Re: 1982 Eaton Breakaway

townslo wrote:

Awesome story Mo!

Looks like it was straight from the department store floor.

Thanks man!  Pretty much is... like the day I got it back in the day... smile


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#5 2014-10-16 10:58am

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cool


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#6 2014-10-16 11:02am

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#7 2014-10-16 11:05am

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PS. this bike should be listed under the existing BREAKAWAY brand, not under the retailer's name http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/breakaway/


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#8 2014-10-16 9:41pm

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Re: 1982 Eaton Breakaway

Axel10 wrote:

PS. this bike should be listed under the existing BREAKAWAY brand, not under the retailer's name http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/breakaway/

hmmmm... i thought the Brand was "Eaton" as it says on the head tube... and the model a "Breakaway"...? The "EB40" I thought was just another little addition to make it look cool.... lol.

I guess you are right...  I will have to change that sometime..

Another guy has one under "Supercycle".. which IMO should definitely be moved to another category.

Thanks!

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#9 2020-06-03 12:46am

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Pictures and parts updated!! big_smile


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#10 2020-11-08 7:56pm

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Sweet restore! However you are missing the kick stand from the original picture.


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#11 2021-01-07 2:34pm

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Robert1972 wrote:

Sweet restore! However you are missing the kick stand from the original picture.

You are correct!... however, that is one of my upgrades.. wink


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