1975 Redline Squareback

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  1. #1 Posted Dec 14, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    I'm a Redline collector. This is a crazy find. 1975 Redline Squareback frame (serial # in 700s) and Speedo double dropout forks. A pretty rare combo.

    According to Linn Kastan's handwritten registry, this frame was shipped in September, 1975.

    Head decal has been replaced. All other decals appear to be original.

    I'm going to clean it up and build it.

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  2. #2 Posted Dec 14, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    Thats pretty amazing! They did reproduce these for a limited time, something like 15 yrs ago.
     
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    NYcet , schwinndoggy says its a possible repop. I would take his word for it. I will trade you any Schwinn you require.
     
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  4. #4 Posted Dec 14, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    nice find!!! its my birthday bike(meaning month and year);)
     
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    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    I did not say this one was a repop, simply stating they did in fact repop these.
     
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  8. #8 Posted Dec 18, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    I knew what you were getting at. All good.

    I'm going to remove the rust from the nickel, but won't polish. Want to keep the patina.

    Have begun writing a list of parts for this project. Starting with the wheels: First generation Araya 7B rims. Will use an ACS front hub, and either an Atom or Union freewheel drum brake rear hub. As luck would have it, the era-correct hubs have already been located. The hoops are another story.
    Spokes and nipples will also have to be era-correct.

    Will probably go Ashtabula cranks and stem with Schwinn exercise bike bars.

    Going to be fun to get the stuff together & build. It always is.
     
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    Sounds different than what I was thinking but maybe thats how you remember builds in your area. What are exercise bars? Bars of an exercise bike?
     
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    I would go box bars with those horribly hard octopus grips, snap pads, mks or kkt pedals, and one of those vinyl diamond pleated seats.

    True old school rims would be Femco dimpled steel rims.
     
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  11. #11 Posted Dec 20, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    They're box bars, but minus the crossbar. From a schwinn exercise bike.
     
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  12. #12 Posted Dec 20, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    I have a set of Femcos, but they're NOS, and would look wrong since they're too clean.
    Also have some no-dimpled Araya box rims, but want to go the 7B route with this one.
     
  13. #13 Posted Dec 26, 2017

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    Here's a pretty cool Stu Thomsen replica Squareback built by jtfreestyle. (He has some nice bikes on his site.)
    I'm going to pull some ideas from this bike.

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  14. #14 Posted Jan 26, 2018

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Here's a scan from Linn Kastan's handwritten Redline sales ledger. My frame (#774) was shipped to CYC on Nov. 21, 1975. (Thanks to Coupes at bmxsociety.com forvthe info.)

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  15. #15 Posted Feb 1, 2018

    'Lil Knee Scuffer

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    Cool frame! I have always liked motomags I's on these early frames too.