You are not logged in.

1984 Redline 500a

#1 2018-01-22 11:22pm

MickRich393
Pro Member
From: Fukui, Japan
Signed up: 2010-08-29
Posts: 7008
Bikes: 11
Website
Offline

1984 Redline 500a

https://bmxmuseum.com//image/redline-jan-0585a6336c688.jpg https://bmxmuseum.com//image/redline-jan-0545a6336c90a.jpg https://bmxmuseum.com//image/redline-jan-0715a6336cb65.jpg https://bmxmuseum.com//image/redline-4-0175a6336ce18.jpg https://bmxmuseum.com//image/redline-4-0195a6336cef0.jpg https://bmxmuseum.com//image/redline-4-0115a6336d0ca.jpg https://bmxmuseum.com//image/redline-jan-0085a6336d2b1.jpg https://bmxmuseum.com//image/redline-jan-0355a6336d1a7.jpg

1984 Redline 500a

Inspired by my childhood ride!

Back in the early 80s, my second bmx and first decent bike was a white Redline. When I say bike, it was a third or fourth-hand frameset onto which I swapped over the mish-mash of parts from an equally well-used Cycle Pro. I'm not sure of the model but I loved that frame, and it definitely helped to take my riding to the next level. I stripped the factory paintwork and did a poor, rattle-can spray job on it, replacing the og decals with the red/orange/yellow ones which had by then come out for the series 3 bikes. I finally ended up selling the frameset after cracks started to appear in the fork dropouts! Suffice to say that I’ve since had a soft spot for Redlines, particularly those wearing the series 3 decals that I painstakingly applied to mine. With that background in mind, I’ve wanted a Redline for a few years now and after several near-misses, ended up pulling the trigger on a 1984 500a frameset. I had originally been looking for a Japanese-made frame but several things swung this one in my direction. Not only the good condition of the chromework and those nostalgic decals, but also the quality of the welding. I’d always looked down on Taiwanese-made bikes as being of poorer quality than their US and Japanese counterparts but the welding on this Giant-made one looks excellent. However, the icing on the cake was the og shop decal on the seat tube. Whilst these are always nice to see, I noticed that this one came from none other than Stu Thomsen’s Family Bicycle Center in Riverside, California. So although this may not be a Stu Thomsen Redline, at least I can say that it came from his shop! With the frameset shipped over to Japan in 2016, I started to collect parts for it but then decided to go racing again, so the build and my other old school stuff went on the backburner. However, over the Christmas and New Year holidays I decided to get this finished by borrowing a few parts from other bikes and using some others that I had been saving for future builds. I went for a bit of a blue and yellow theme, inspired by a couple of other bikes I’d seen but with a few personal touches of my own. Here's the full spec:- 1984 Redline 500a Series Three frame and forks (supplied by Stu Thomsen’s Family Bicycle Center); Powerlite bars (VDC, first generation); A’me grips; SR MS-423 stem; Dia-Compe 890 brake caliper; Dia-Compe Tech 3 brake lever with cover; Generic rear brake cable; Weinmann brake pads; Excaliber seat post clamp; No-name cro-mo seat post; Kashimax MX seat; Araya rims (20 x 1.75); Suzue sealed hubs; Cheng Shin (20 x 1.75) tyres with Kenda tubes; Shimano DX pedals; Takagi 175mm opc; Tioga BB; Takagi chainwheel (43t); Tuff neck power disc; Suntour freewheel (16t); KMC chain; Dropout savers (Joe Buffardi specials); California Lite padset; J2 Pro Panel number plate. Thanks to the various members on here who supplied parts for this build, and thanks for looking! [Frameset BOUGHT June 2016, BUILT Dec 2017, SOLD Dec 2019]


http://bmxmuseum.com/img/view-bike-in-museum.gif


Check out my 1983 VDC-built Trident, 1983 Kuwi Laserlite, 2010 GT Ultrabox 2, 2011 Crupi race rig and prototype Quamen, plus the all things Crupi & old school scene in Japan threads. Always interested in buying used, mid-school race plates and pads - UGP, Knucklebone, Lizard Skins, Odyssey and Pryme to name but a few!!

Offline

 

#2 2018-01-23 9:56am

justapok
Expert
From: France
Signed up: 2012-12-15
Posts: 648
Bikes: 6
Offline

Re: 1984 Redline 500a

Came out nice, very cool racer :cool:


20" before dishonnor

Offline

 

#3 2018-01-23 4:32pm

MickRich393
Pro Member
From: Fukui, Japan
Signed up: 2010-08-29
Posts: 7008
Bikes: 11
Website
Offline

Re: 1984 Redline 500a

justapok wrote:

Came out nice, very cool racer :cool:

Merci beaucoup! I see from your bike collection that you also share my love for Motobecane!! :)


Check out my 1983 VDC-built Trident, 1983 Kuwi Laserlite, 2010 GT Ultrabox 2, 2011 Crupi race rig and prototype Quamen, plus the all things Crupi & old school scene in Japan threads. Always interested in buying used, mid-school race plates and pads - UGP, Knucklebone, Lizard Skins, Odyssey and Pryme to name but a few!!

Offline

 

#4 2018-01-23 8:48pm

rebel959
Museum Addict
Signed up: 2014-08-02
Posts: 1053
Offline

Re: 1984 Redline 500a

:)


"The Best That Never Was."

Offline

 

#5 2018-01-25 6:53pm

MickRich393
Pro Member
From: Fukui, Japan
Signed up: 2010-08-29
Posts: 7008
Bikes: 11
Website
Offline

Re: 1984 Redline 500a

rebel959 wrote:

:)

Another Redline fan I see! I like your og ‘83 102b!


Check out my 1983 VDC-built Trident, 1983 Kuwi Laserlite, 2010 GT Ultrabox 2, 2011 Crupi race rig and prototype Quamen, plus the all things Crupi & old school scene in Japan threads. Always interested in buying used, mid-school race plates and pads - UGP, Knucklebone, Lizard Skins, Odyssey and Pryme to name but a few!!

Offline

 

#6 2019-09-18 6:35pm

vegaskook
Pro Member
From: Aspen colorado
Signed up: 2012-02-01
Posts: 57
Bikes: 4
For Sale: 1
Offline

Re: 1984 Redline 500a

Love the 500a.
Wish I wouldn’t of sold mine.


“At Sea”

Offline

 

#7 2019-09-19 6:48pm

MickRich393
Pro Member
From: Fukui, Japan
Signed up: 2010-08-29
Posts: 7008
Bikes: 11
Website
Offline

Re: 1984 Redline 500a

vegaskook wrote:

Love the 500a.
Wish I wouldn’t of sold mine.

Lmk if you want a replacement! ;)


Check out my 1983 VDC-built Trident, 1983 Kuwi Laserlite, 2010 GT Ultrabox 2, 2011 Crupi race rig and prototype Quamen, plus the all things Crupi & old school scene in Japan threads. Always interested in buying used, mid-school race plates and pads - UGP, Knucklebone, Lizard Skins, Odyssey and Pryme to name but a few!!

Offline

 

#8 2019-12-08 10:52pm

Riders ready
Pro Member
From: San Mateo, CA
Signed up: 2019-05-26
Posts: 334
Bikes: 23
For Sale: 7
Website
Offline

Re: 1984 Redline 500a

Cool ride and great story too!


BMX Museum: Where 1 out of 10 people give you their name in a PM.
Want to Buy (WTB):  NOS Frame sets 1979 to 1985 old school BMX (race bikes).

Offline

 

#9 2019-12-10 4:34am

MickRich393
Pro Member
From: Fukui, Japan
Signed up: 2010-08-29
Posts: 7008
Bikes: 11
Website
Offline

Re: 1984 Redline 500a

Thanks man! Here's a couple more photos taken back in the summer, the last time this was together as a complete, as I then took it apart and actually sold the frameset 2 days ago!

https://s3.amazonaws.com/uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/47558/redline-105def906f11.jpg

https://s3.amazonaws.com/uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/47558/redline-075def9007d0.jpg

Last edited by MickRich393 (2019-12-10 4:35am)


Check out my 1983 VDC-built Trident, 1983 Kuwi Laserlite, 2010 GT Ultrabox 2, 2011 Crupi race rig and prototype Quamen, plus the all things Crupi & old school scene in Japan threads. Always interested in buying used, mid-school race plates and pads - UGP, Knucklebone, Lizard Skins, Odyssey and Pryme to name but a few!!

Offline

 

#10 2022-01-20 7:20am

bmx4fun
Museum Addict
From: BLOODYMORE
Signed up: 2012-03-08
Posts: 3733
Online

Re: 1984 Redline 500a

:cool: story and a real Rad Rider There.

Online

 

#11 2022-01-21 2:19am

MickRich393
Pro Member
From: Fukui, Japan
Signed up: 2010-08-29
Posts: 7008
Bikes: 11
Website
Offline

Re: 1984 Redline 500a

Thanks! I really liked the blue and yellow/gold combo on this but man, it was difficult to get the right shades of blue. :D


Check out my 1983 VDC-built Trident, 1983 Kuwi Laserlite, 2010 GT Ultrabox 2, 2011 Crupi race rig and prototype Quamen, plus the all things Crupi & old school scene in Japan threads. Always interested in buying used, mid-school race plates and pads - UGP, Knucklebone, Lizard Skins, Odyssey and Pryme to name but a few!!

Offline

 

Board footer