Should I restore this "P.K. Ripper"?

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by WARRIORPRINCEJJ, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. HOT DAMN!

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    Another resurrected P.K., well done man! :webers


    What set of brakes did you end up going with?

    Just one silly critique, is there a better/cleaner way to secure the brake cable to the frame, outside of that plastic tie hanging down?
  2. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Crazy, on a ship of fools...

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    :flug

    Thank you...thank you.

    :lol3


    All kidding aside, I am SO glad that you guys like it, and it was well-received. You've been with me since the beginning of this deal.


    ***I won't apologize for getting sentimental on y'all, yesterday evening. Hell, my Dad's only been gone for less than a year. So, I hope y'all can understand.

    It's just, I've always been close to my Parents. So, everything I do "takes me back", so to speak.***


    In regard to the P.K., thanks for all your help. :beer

    In my humble opinion, it's not bad for a (1-each) 30-year-old piece of aluminum and chromoly. :wink:



    It's been fun. So, I sure hope we can keep this thread goin'... :nod



    The brakes (caliper and lever) are Dia Compe (MX-1000 and Tech 3, respectively). The cable is an Odyssey "Slic Kable".


    Your critique is not silly. It's been bothering the shit outta' me, too. As I posted, yesterday evening, I just felt it was time to show the bike (despite the cable routing not exactly being "sorted").

    In addition to the aesthetics, the aluminum sure is SOFT. If you sneeze too close to this polished frame, it scratches (C'mon oxidation!) So, that plastic tie is already doin' a number on it.

    I have not yet decided between a set of 1/2" hook & loop (velcro) strips, or a set of SE pads.


    What do y'all think?

    This would be the pad set (if I decided to go that route)...

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  3. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

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    Here, maybe this'll help...


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    Do they go together?...


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    Absolutely!
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    Done.


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    Dude- no "urban camo", please. Right colors, tacky background.

    The bike looks great- I've been lurking, reminiscing of the early days of mountain biking, myself. Specialized Stumpjumpers, my early Cannondale, that sort of thing (anyone notice the Bullmoose bars on the bike in my avater? :D)
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    Normally I would agree, I hate that "Metal Mulushia" look that some of it has, but in this case: 1. It matches the bike perfectly. 2. It fits the "theme" of the bike. Hey, the 80s were tacky. :lol3

    But as he said, it's Princes bike/thread. :deal
  8. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

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    I'm glad you like the P.K.

    I enjoyed your story of seeing Perry Kramer at your old bike shop. Once you figured out who he was, it musta' seemed pretty cool (even if you weren't a BMX guy).

    I gotta' admit, I don't know much about bikes. The last time I rode bikes, on a regular basis, I was listenin' to bands like "Men at Work", and watching "The A-Team". So, I'm ashamed to admit that I don't know what Bullmoose bars are.



    I gotta' tell ya', Mm; I have put a lotta' thought into this bike. I have stared, and stared, and stared at it...for hours on end.

    Like you, the very thought of "urban camo" would, normally, make me want to vomit. However, after all those hours of staring at the bike, I came to the same conclusion as Otg...

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    I like it
  10. Motomedic

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    Well, it's your bike man. If you like it, run with it. :thumb


    And the "Bullmoose" bars were found on early mountain bikes-if you look close it's a one piece triangular bar/stem, angled pretty low, flat bars swept back slightly.
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    Awesome! :clap

    Thanks for takin' the time... :beer



    I googled 'em, after I posted...


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    That's the nice thing about being a complete dumbass, nowadays; There's always Google. :rofl


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    The camo totally fits as it's period correct (not the current urban camo):

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    The camo matches the bike perfectly, although I'm not a big fan of pads in general. I've never actually hit something, and thought "I wish that thad been padded". They are just extra weight, but many bikes came with them back in the day. They go with the bike well, though.

    After discussing the Ripper with you guys, I had to get out on the Haro on Easter afternoon. It had been a while, and I realized just how much I enjoy riding BMX. At 41 years old and 200 lbs, I still feel like a kid jumping curbs, bunny hopping side walks, and general hooliganism. My attitude hasn't changed since I met my wife 19 years ago, when her father used to call me "The Boy" for just such shinanigans. My Haro has gotten a little bigger, though, and I finally got a picture of it while I had it out.

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    Majority rules? :lol3


    I'll tell y'all, as I posted, over the course of this restore, I have stared at the P.K. for hours. Like HOT DAMN!, I kinda' felt that something had to be done about the brake line.

    I'm not a big fan of pads, either. However, in researching options for the brake line, I came-across the pads I posted above. My first thought was, "Damn, those wouldn't actually look too bad." :hmmmmm

    So, with a little added urging from the collective, they have been ordered. :nod

    We'll see if we can change Mm's mind. :deal :D



    *Y'all are right about this being an illness. I think I'm gonna' order an SE black and silver "Lightning Blitz" seat. :nah

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    Is that Perry Kramer, in the door, in the red t-shirt?

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    That's a great-lookin' bike. :nod


    The other night, I got home, and realized that I had kinda' eaten too late. So, I didn't really wanna' just plop my fat-ass in front of the computer.

    Despite that, I really couldn't think of any activity that was just calling me. So, I went into the garage, unlocked the P.K., and rode-around in front of the house for about 30 minutes.

    Is the bike too small?...yes. Do I have any business riding a 30-year-old antique?...no. But, the hell with it, I did it anyway. :dunno

    There was no curb-jumping or bunny-hopping. But, I'm ashamed to admit that I did enjoy myself. :lol3



    Herb, do you find that, at your age and size (I'm 42 and ~230lbs), you feel comfortable on the cruiser?...more so than say a 20"?



    *I want a cruiser, but would like to stay at 24 inches. In other words, I don't really want to step-up to 26 or 29 inches.

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    Absolutely. The 24" fits me just as the 20" did when I was 14/15 years old. I have that BMX slouch when I ride it, but my knees stay well away from my chest. It is small enough to throw around, slide supermoto through corners, and jump. The longer frame makes bunny hops more difficult, so clearing curbs takes some effort (at least that's my excuse :lol3). When I bought the aluminum forks, I chose the Answer Sickle because all the others had a weight limit that was too low for me.

    A 26" or 29" BMX cruiser would be fine for riding around, but too big for jumping, IMHO. My 26" mountain bike is a short frame for the same reason.
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    Here's a pic of my boy and I nine years ago:

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    He was four when I got him started (the 4 on the plate was also because he was a big Ricky Carmichael fan!) and he took to it like a fish to water. That #4 would become a Provincial #1 for two consecutive years, followed by a #2 and a #3 as he moved up to the Expert class. For two summers (including the one following my ACL/MCL surgery) I was at the track, which is an hour away from home, three nights a week: one night coaching a program for autistic kids, another night with Jake but also coaching the beginner clinic, and regular practice night. Then racing at least once on the weekend! My father, who I lost to cancer in 2010 at only 65yrs, always said he admired the relationship I shared with my son due to the time and effort I put into doing stuff like BMX with him and he regretted not doing more of the same. We don't race BMX anymore but we still skateboard together (we built a half pipe in the back yard a few years ago), go snowboarding, went surfing in SC last year and I help coach his hockey team (hey, we're Canadian...). The bottom line is you're only as old as you feel and creaky knees are just a nuisance, not a game stopper. Restoring an old PK is good for the heart and a 24" BMX bike is too!

    JJ, I believe you're right, that is Perry Kramer and the other dude is the O.M. himself, Scot Breithaupt. Have you seen "Joe Kid on a Stingray"?
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    That's just some solid stuff right there man! I gotta ask, why the falling out with BMX, young lad lost interest or other things took priority?
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    Unfortunately, there are no tracks close to us and all the driving got to be a real drain. Also, at the time, BMX here was sanctioned by the Ontario Cycling Association who's only interest in the sport was charging outrageous fees to the kids to then divert into their road and mtb programs. I spent a ton of time trying to get a local track up and running (and under the ABA umbrella) but all they wanted to do in town was a dirt jump park. I became a bit of an outcast for courting the ABA, which was fine with me, but in the end we just weren't getting enough bang for the buck and moved on to other sports and interests. The overall interest in BMX really fell off here (again, it's always had a rough go in Ontario) and now all six tracks are ABA sanctioned.