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84profile
Yeah, well the avatar issue seems to have cleared up or maybe it's just I've regained some blood pressure after yesterdays racing...

Looks like you boys had a ball, shame to have missed it, but I guess I had to choose between racing and freestyle...and it would seem I'm not worthy of owning a trickstar!!! Either way it was a perfect day in Brisbane for it....how many days left in Australia James...I know we are going to be tormented by your pictures when you arrive oversea's!! I can already feel the envy!

COASTY
Nice pics boys. Looks like a great time. Again I wish I lived closer.
The Avatar issue has gone for me too.
Kurt.
Great pics James - looks like a blast. Nice weather too.

Hey Mick - nice shirt!

I'm running Mozilla and getting the stupid yellow "click here" thing too - except for jarvi and John - how do you empty the cache in Mozilla?
Kurt.
Wow - what a difference a day in OA makes!

Still will need a rechrome but at least I can see what I'm dealing with now.

COASTY
Nice one Kurt. That come up real good.
Brisben

"A few of the boys caused havoc around the streets of Brisbane for a few hours yesterday. I had a great time and to me, cruising streets, hopping curbs, running red lights, and smiling from ear to ear is what BMX is about. Thanks for coming along."


Mate I had a ball, and as you can see by the pics I am the only bloke in Australia that can make a 24" look like a 20"!!!!!

Much respect to Gav "Joe Bag O Donuts" for riding possibly 20 clicks on a Monoshock. Most of it as a wheelie!!!

Jarvi showed us he can still ride with the kids on a 20.

Brett and Roberto strutted their flatland stuff at any stoplight we had to wait for!

Mick couldn't stop riding even after the killer hill getting back to my place after the meet point (he said I'm just going to put the bike back in the car and twenty minutes later he was still doing blockies, I thought he was going to get a chiko roll and a can of coke to do flickouts at)

I stuck to the back of the pack to make sure that when everyone knew when one of those lycra guys who ride really fast was coming...

I learned that Nos 1981 Dia Compe brake pads don't necessarily work with Tuffs (but the moment I got home I changed them to some tuff pads and shortened the cable)

Oh and if anyone else is passing through and wants a cruise, a bite to eat, and a bit of a tour of Brisbane, give me a yell, I had a great day!




QuicksilverBMX
great pics of the ride there!

Hey Kurt, that looks mint! I know it probably does need re-chroming, but it does look super nice in the pic!
Biscuit
QUOTE (Kurt. @ Aug 17 2009, 04:00 AM) *
Wow - what a difference a day in OA makes!

Still will need a rechrome but at least I can see what I'm dealing with now.


Wow is right! Saw the listing for that one Kurt and its come up well compared to how it was.
Bradster
Good to see the lads out riding - man those Kos' are HUGE!

Kurt - anyway of saving the quickie from a re-chrome?? I really dig o/g chrome etc. nowdays!
84profile
Yeah looks like from the photo, it's mainly the drop out that are rusty...interesting to know why just that area if that is infact the case...
Volcano
Was an AWESOME day guys!!!

Ben - LOL, well I was re-living my BMX past from 20 years ago..hahaha...couldnt stop riding!

Kurt - Thanks for the shirt mate!!!

Loved the mirror sunnies of Gav and that he & James could pop mono's anytime they liked! (Im working on that..LOL)
I do now know that for any VBMX ride...a toolbox is required!...hahahahaha
Ben..my Dia Compe brakes worked fine...must be a rim vs tuff issue..LOL


Kurt - Mate, what a frame! Looking sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Iwantotbuyahutch
All you Old School street Cruiser guys! Looks like you had a great day as well. Did you pop into Merlo and have a latte each accompanied by almond croissants? laugh.gif Could me in on the next one if you did.....

Which skate park did you go to and which path did you follow? It looks like you were in the Botanical Gardens at one stage?

Hey Kurt, that frame came up very nice! You can just see at the drop outs where the chrome has eroded. bit of a shame, because as Brad suggested, it's cool to see old chrome survive. I hope the valves didn't leak when it was in the OA! Not sure what would be the problem if it did, but I guess any fluid in there can't be good. Can't wait to see that one finished!
Jarvi
Kurt go to Tools - Clear Private Data. Well at least that is where it is on a Mac version.

Yes it was a bit of time at the Botanical Gardens and not sure what the skatepark was called. Gavin was leading that part of the trip. I also had my first ride on a Mongoose Two/Four which as another to tick off the list. Riding that around the streets in traffic with very little braking must have been fun Ben.

Down to the last three weeks in Australia and don't worry Stu, will post plenty of photos as I'm sure 8 weeks in Hawaii might provide a few opportunities...

So how was the racing at Logan? No longer term injuries to bodies or bikes I hope.
Kurt.
Hey thanks fellas - yeah I love OG chrome too - plan is to hit the raw steel with my dremel and autosol and see if I can blend the chrome with the polished steel. It looks better in the pics than it is to the eye and there are a few small patches in various spots on the frame where the chrome is gone. Yes - dropouts are the worst. I won't rechrome her unless I absolutely have to.

Looking at the thread on Oz, it looks like there were less than 150 Heliums made in total! Mine is no. 81, from May '82.

Iwantotbuyahutch
It's probably not the prettiest design of drop out that was ever made, although as a previous MKII Team owner, I quite like it myself. But when you think about it, it's about as durable as you could design a rear triangle. I haven't seen ANY survivor MKII frames with the Thruster style rear end with bend drop outs. Just the usual flattening from over tightening.

So it makes me wonder why there are not any new bikes with this rear end design, especially Aluminum frames! What do others think? Am I just having a midday babble because I am bored at home? Just tell me to go away if I am.... tongue.gif
Volcano
Hey John - here's a map of the route we took on our Sunday cruise smile.gif

Iwantotbuyahutch
Hey that's a good ride Mick. It was obviously a coincidence that the start and finish happened to be next to the Story Bridge Hotel! drinks.gif
Joe Bag O Donuts

Don't forget Mick , you and Ben rode to and from his house as well and nice work with the GPS tracking . A good ride with a few of the boys , Brett , Roberto and Jarvi , thanks to all . It was great fun Rsn'about with youse .
Bradster
...maybe Quicksilver patented the rear end design....??

*conspiracy time* insert do-do-do-do music here
84profile
I think the US made Thruster actually used it first...(co-incidently Thruster made Hutch's before, Hutch made their own frames in house)

Jarvi
Don't forget these two. I lusted after the first one back in around 79/80 when I probably had my Mongoose at a guess. Second one taken from BMX Plus August 81.

Puch Trak Pro (picture stolen from a place that had it for sale)


Force II
84profile
The old "Puch", they were never going to last with a name like that though! (mind you, I would stick a fork into my leg to get those tires!!!)
Iwantotbuyahutch
So maybe it's just an old design nobody want's anymore, but to me it makes sense. I have never seen those other two frames before James. All slightly different variations on the same theme. The Puch looks a little like it should have spoky-dokes and be on special at K-Mart though.....
Jarvi
The Puch was pretty well equipped if you look closely. Araya 7C rims and I guess with something like Suzue hubs, Tourney brakes, Kashimax seat, Shimano 600 cranks (I think), Comp II tyres, X-Caliber seat post clamp. Not sure about the stem and bars though. Was never really a popular one. I can't believe how short the front end is and how long the rear end looks. Can't imagine the ride was that good.

I think I liked it because it was a bit different. That's why I bought my Hutch too. Was the first one in Tasmania, or close to it.
Iwantotbuyahutch
Oops. Foot in mouth James. Sorry, I didn't realise that it was yours. blush.gif
Jarvi
No John, definitely not mine and you can take your foot out. I was trying to justify why I liked a bike that it seemed no-one else liked.
Joe Bag O Donuts


I thought Puch (rhymes with "Kook") were made by Thruster . Can anyone confirm ? Looks like a Cook Brothers Slantline in the picture .
84profile
Hmmm not sure on that one Gav, I thought they were Tiawanese made, and I was a of a similiar opinion as John, that they were on the budget side....However, that thing does look spec'ed up alright and I thought the same thing when I saw the stem, it does looks like a Cook Bros.

Oh and I think we had a slightly different way of pronouncing the name, we added puch"ed" , and said it a bit more like "totally pucked" happy.gif

Sorry Jarvi not having a go, but I'm glad you bought a Pro Racer instead!
JMCGT
Dam that thruster is smoking Stu... Yummi
caferacer
Thats a thruster stem on the Puch. That drop out design was on there first frames from 1978 right up to 84 or even 85.
Yea i mite be worth a fork to the leg for the parts of that bike, blue dura ace cranks, black kashimax MX seat, blue comp 2's thruster bar and stem.
caferacer
Puch made by Speed Unlimited [Thruster] in the U.S.
84profile
Wow, so it would seem, I might have a Puch made Hutch (speed unlimited made Hutch at some point too)...ouch...I have just been schooled!

From memory, Puch also made cheap motobikes too!!


Kurt.
Hey James - stopped in at Barry's shop today - except it's not Barry's shop anymore - he's sold up.
84profile
Gooogle gooogle....

History of the Marque: Puch
The Austrian firm of Puch built their first motorcycles in 1903, and by 1912, the year in which company founder Johann Puch retired, the factory was producing over 300 motorcycles and automobiles each year, along with some 16,000 bicycles. Business slowed considerably after the end of WWI, and in 1934 they merged with Steyr and Austro-Daimler to become Steyr-Daimler-Puch.


Perhaps, the Puch was actually the Mercedes of the BMX world....

I must lay down now, my head hurts...





Kurt.
Ha ha Stu. All that research makes you officially the Oz thread Puch-Head!
Jarvi
Well it's been for sale for a while Kurt so glad he finally found a buyer.

There's also the wheels for Porsches made by Fuchs. Gets mispronounced more than a few times.

Re the parts list, thought about Dura Ace rather than 600 after I posted. Thanks for the correction Damon. Also guessing the hubs were probably Shimano too, based on the other parts.

[Just noticed my post count equals the year I was born...]
COASTY
Damn, Damon beat me to it. I was gettin pics
Puch = Speed Unlimited = Thruster.
Small print on the bottom of the PuCH ad says bla bla bla Speed Unlimited.....Daimler bla bla bla....

Kurt.
And a very fine year 1967 was mate!
84profile
There's a page full of them on the museum Museum

This more what I thought a Puch was, and I hope to god this wasn't made in the Speed Unlimited (Hutch) factory

Museum
COASTY
Just to throw another spanner in there, that 16" PUCH is identical to a 16" Raleigh! lol
84profile
QUOTE (Kurt. @ Aug 18 2009, 08:31 PM) *
Ha ha Stu. All that research makes you officially the Oz thread Puch-Head!



Kurt, I've been called a LOT worse! laugh.gif
Iwantotbuyahutch
QUOTE (JMCGT @ Aug 18 2009, 07:55 PM) *
Dam that thruster is smoking Stu... Yummi


I am more worried about what Matt was suggesting.....
84profile
Only if Matty will wear that wig, then we are on like Donkey Kong! huh.gif
JMCGT
better break out the Donkey Kong
JMCGT
And Donkey Kong dual screen is in the orange box on the shelf, My original Nintendo game and watch
84profile
As much as your a great mate, I might leave that up to Minna! huh.gif

I've heard you've been clocked anyway!

....oh and nice drawing you SE repro er!!! wink.gif I'm telling Todd Lyons!
JMCGT
LOL..thats my Tattoo draught...Next is Gary Turner and Bob Haro.. biggrin.gif
Volcano
So Matt...no Hanimex, Hotfoot or Bumblebee?...LOL tongue.gif
JMCGT
Only Bike Brands Mick.. rolleyes.gif
broke L345
Just bought a new bike, well not really new.

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