BBBBO: Big Box Bike Build Off?

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  1. macncheese

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    Realizing that not everyone lives in an area with tons of old bikes, I was wondering if there'd be interested in a dept store bike buildoff? I see a few bikes with potential on the big box websites and the local craigslist and thought it might be interesting to "level the playing field" and have everyone start with a bike that's accessible to everyone.

    and NO, Elgin doesn't count as a Big Box Bike!
     
  2. LukeTheJoker

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    Interesting concept, I like it.

    Luke.
     
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    I like it. There are some great box store bikes in BO11.
     
  4. MONARKofSoCal

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    Neat Idea

    would it have a cut off period like nothing made before the 90's

    Or a list of accepted bikes brands
     
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  5. macncheese

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    1990 is probably a good cutoff although i have no idea how we'd police that. I think we're all saavy enough to spot a retail store bike but date checking might be difficult. Open to any suggestions.
     
  6. Falstaff

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    I can dig it.
    Not sure how soon I'd be able to get involved, but I do have a Nel Lusso frame I could start with.
     
  7. MONARKofSoCal

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    1990 is probably a good cutoff although i have no idea how we'd police that. I think we're all saavy enough to spot a retail store bike but date checking might be difficult.
    Open to any suggestions

    macncheese,
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    I just picked that time period just because it seems that is when cruisers became popular again starting with electra and dyno
    plus it should be relatively easy to police since most bikes coming from that area are no longer american made and it seems to be easy to notice
     
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    A close up of welds is a dead give away of box store bikes.
     
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  10. LukeTheJoker

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    Not sure when you guys are planning, but if you have not done it by the WBO slot of Jan 1st - Apr 1st 2018 (Eeeek, that is a long ways away) remind me and we might make that the 'semi' official WBO of the year...

    Already filled the 2017 slot with the 'Unfinished Builds Class'...

    Luke.
     
  11. GuitarlCarl

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    Who has unfinished builds?
    Correction: No bike is ever finished, you can always rebuild or super-detail.

    Carl.

    sent from my banana phone...
     
  12. Missing Link

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    What about just calling it a "modern" build off? 1990s-now, I was planning on redoing an Electra Rat Rod I picked up last month, not so much a "big box" bike, but if that meets you guy's criteria, I'm in. If not guess I'll go hit the scratch and dent at WallyWorld because this sounds fun.
     
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  13. RustyGold

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    I have a Swindler and a Millennial in boxes...so I'm ready :)!

    Jason
     
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  14. macncheese

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    Aren't all big box bikes "unfinished" ? :wondering:

    Swindler is on sale right now for $99.
     
  15. DS4L780

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    Dept Store Schwinn I use for long cruises, had to replace pretty much everything but the frame since they just don't build'em like they used to... IMG_6089.JPG
     
  16. horsefarmer

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    Sounds like a blast! I'm having great fun messing with this Cranbrook.
    [​IMG] :D
     
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    Nice cantilever flip!

    Carl.
     
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    I like the Idea of an IROC type of build off. iroc-racing.jpg
    See: http://www.superchevy.com/features/1407-the-history-of-iroc-racing-never-before-seen-photos/
    Basically everyone starts off with same bike and mods it. The Swindler would be an awesome choice but they just upped the price $50 and availability to worldwide competitors would be tough.
    The lowly pacific cycles built "Huffy Cranbrook" seems to be almost everywhere and if your into gender change is available new at the Mallwart bigbox for $79!
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/26-Huffy-Women-s-Cranbrook-Cruiser-Bike-Ocean-Blue/49058111
    79 girls 26 huffy.jpg
    If there ever was a bike in need of make over:rofl:
    (at least it's got wide whitewalls - and pink rims!)
     
  19. DS4L780

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    just picked this up for dirt cheap, still had the instruction manual taped to it, I'd be into this build if it starts sooner, winter is here, I'm bored and it won't last long being stock haha 1kulana.jpg
     
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  20. rickpaulos

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    My wife did this Cranbrook this fall. All her design. I helped a little with the mechanical bits.

    [​IMG]
     
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