Suburban Assault

My Summer BMX Project

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My wife’s cousin found this (hopefully) gem in the trash. It’s a TREK Jet BMX bike that hasn’t been shown very much love. The previous owner was fond of orange. So fond of it, that they didn’t bother masking off the components and painted EVERYTHING.

I’m not sure if I can salvage it, but it will be a fun little project to share with my son. Hopefully, he’ll be inspired enough to learn how to ride it.

Today we spent time breaking it down and evaluating the parts. Most of them are shot, but the frame and fork are solid and straight. I’ll probably keep the wheels, headset, bottom bracket and crank. Everything else will get replaced. My goal is to use as many donated parts as possible and keep the cost low.

The next step is to start stripping the horrible paint job – probably to the metal. My son is already thinking about what colors he wants to repaint it.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the summer.

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Written by dickdavid

May 8, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Posted in Cool Bikes

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  1. Generally when they are painted like this it means a stolen bicycle.

    Justin

    May 11, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    • Oh no, that’s horrible!

      If that’s the case, I’d like to return it to the owner. Do you know where I should start looking?

      dickdavid

      May 11, 2010 at 1:03 pm

  2. The only thing I can suggest is to call the police dept where you are – there should be a serial # on the bike. If they have the SN on file, they will tell you, and you will know. Otherwise, don’t worry about it, there really isn’t much more you can do, except trying a craigslist ad – but make sure you let them tell you the serial # to prove the bike belongs to them.

    Repaint and enjoy – and I’d suggest powdercoating as opposed to painting. Much more durable, and you can coat frame, stem, bars – anything you want.

    Justin

    May 11, 2010 at 1:33 pm

  3. Actually, I’d call the police department where the bike was found, if not in your neck of the woods.

    Justin

    May 11, 2010 at 1:34 pm


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