Welcome back!!! Thank you for checking out my blog, hope you enjoy the final installment of the Hutch Pro Racer build and share it to help others that are restoring their projects. If you missed the frame, fork and handlebar prep, you can check it out here.
It has been a super busy few months with lots of hurdles, pitfalls and accomplishments. Between making parts for production, restoring a friends old Skyway mags and dabbling with ideas for this build, I’m surprised I was able to finish it in time for the Rockford Vintage BMX Show and Swap. If you're in town for this, stop by the BASIC tent to see it in the flesh.
Once the frame, fork and handlebars were cleaned and prepped I began by making a custom headset with sealed bearings.
Pressing in the cups and installing the crown race went smooth with the shop tools I have.
But installing the threaded top cup and nut was a little tricky since the threads on the fork were janky from previous lack of maintenance. To address this, I used a 1”x24TPI die to chase them. After cleaning up the threads, the headset went together smoothly.
Onto the new custom bottom bracket and Redline Flight cranks. Since the chrome on the crank arms was beyond saving I decided to just power them flat black to match the Philwood hub shells.
Sourcing and using the same bearings and e-clips as the Redline Techmatic, I designed and made new cups and hardware to mimic the BASIC bar ends and stem caps. I’m planning on producing these in limited qty short runs. You’ll see more on these BB’s later...
I also replaced all the hardware with stainless steel bits on the cranks including the fancy chain ring bolt which I offer here in a kit for anyone in need.
I made a prototype spider but decided not to use it. It needs some tweaks before it’s ready. The CAM chain ring was just cleaned up with a media blaster. To hold the chain ring to aluminum Sakae spider I used my BASIC red chain ring bolts which are available here.
I’ve been playing around with pedal ideas for a long time and have designs for both square and round caged platforms. You can see some mini rounds I made here for my sons 12” Quad which will be scaled up for big boys, but I decided to go with my squares for this build. Inspired by the old Reedy’s I beefed up the size for today’s kids and riding needs. All of these pedal designs will likely be available in the near future.
The seat is a Kashimax re-issue I got off the BRO page along with the red BRO seat clamp. I put a little elbow grease into tweaking the clamp and polishing up the flat surfaces to give it a little two tone razzle dazzle. For the seatpost I salvaged some Campagnolo Record guts and machined them to fit up to an old two tone candy stick / fluted post.
Building the wheels was covered in this blog post but the tires are COMP III’s fat/thin combo. Z-Rims, double butted SS spokes, alloy nipples wrap the custom Philwood hubs. The hubs I powered flat black since the centers were pitted. I installed new bearings and made new axles and hardware kits to dress them up and make them spin like new. I finished by using a White Industries 16T freewheel so it sounds good and will be reliable.
After dropping on the Sedis chain and checking it’s alignment I went after the MX1000 brake and lever. Unsatisfied with the way the standard generic hardware looked I decided to make a hop up kit out of stainless steel and 6061-T6 hex stock. I made the ferrule housings to fit my BASIC cable ends and made the center bolt just long enough to go through the flat brake bridge without having to use a bunch of spacers and washers.
I swapped the brake shoe nuts for some red ones and finished off the brake cable with one of my BASIC re-usable Skull cable ends!
Finally I double checked all the hardware for tightness and security, I put on the pad set and rode it like a stole it....
I want to give a huge shout out to my friend Bill for hook’in me up with this bike, parts when I needed them and encouraging me along the way!
I’m also thankful to everyone who supports the BASIC brand and enjoys riding the parts I design and make. It’s been my childhood dream to create and make parts, its even more fulfilling when it’s your own brand!
Here's a link to my BMXmuseum profile if you want to see the other bikes I've made a lot of parts for and built.
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