Early bmx converted stingray

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Beach Bum III

Finally riding a big boys bike
Here are our versions. This is September 1974.

SOo RAD! The 26 incher was way ahead of it’s time and the Mustang with bike racks...yeah!! Is that a 24 incher next to the Stingray? Any more pics like this?? We’d all love to see them.
 

Tom Hand

Finally riding a big boys bike
Here are our suspension bikes from around 1975. Both are 24".

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Beach Bum III

Finally riding a big boys bike
Here are our suspension bikes form around 1975. Both 24".

Those are wild! Looks like the derailleur on #3 acts as a chain tensioner? #1 front suspension is unusual to say the least. Kind of like a Greeves motorcycle. Did you have anything to do with building these beautiful beasts.m?
 

Tom Hand

Finally riding a big boys bike
Yes, the geometry was wrong but I could not easily get the pivot point closer to the crank centerline than I did. My uncle in Wichita and I machined the parts used on the mono shock and Dad helped my brother and I build the suspension on the front. It was modeled after a DKW MX motorcyle of the time, around a 1972 to 1974 version. The monoshock is still in St. Louis; the other i think we removed the front end and went with a regular folk again. But, I have picture with it at the same race posted above.

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Tom Hand

Finally riding a big boys bike
Color shot of the mono shock. I only had a few minutes at a funeral to look through the photo album and clearly, I took sucky shots of the photos we took back in 74 and 75. I think the second one is our winnings that day but I sure do not remember getting that much good stuff. It was so much fun to have a real track to race on.

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nick tures

I live for the CABE
Color shot of the mono shock. I only had a few minutes at a funeral to look through the photo album and clearly, I took sucky shots of the photos we took back in 74 and 75. I think the second one is our winnings that day but I sure do not remember getting that much good stuff. It was so much fun to have a real track to race on.

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nice mustang !!
 

furyus

Finally riding a big boys bike
That 70 Sting-Ray is so perfect. Gorgeous bike.

We converted our Sting-Rays back in the early ‘70’s. We called them “dirt bikes.” We didn’t wear helmets. We didn’t have phones, either. Kids today have no idea what they missed.

furyus
 
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