BMX Bike Project

The story of how I put together a custom BMX bike on a budget. By: Trevor Freeman.

My custom BMX bike finished and painted Sometimes when I begin a project, the goal is already clear in my mind. Other times, I will begin a project and let it work itself out. Such was the case with the BMX bike project. For some time I had been keeping my eyes open for a new weekend cruiser to replace my tired and worn 20-inch Dyno. The prices of complete BMX bikes at the bike shop were between $300 and $600, which was out of my price range.

This project began when I found a discarded bicycle in a dumpster in January of 2006. I rescued a Redline BMX frame with Haro bars and forks, a Fusion stem, and some decent wheels and tires. It would take lots of time and money but I was determined to fix the bike up as best as I could.

The first decision I had to make was color: I was not feeling the blue chrome and orange spraypaint that was on the bike when I got it. After much thought, I decided to stick with a simple black and white color scheme. I removed the wheels, grips, and seat and started sanding. The old paint came off easily with ordinary sandpaper. I started with 100 grit and then moved up to 220 grit. After a few nights of sanding, the bike ready for a new coat of paint.

Probably the hardest part of this project was painting the bike. I wanted it to be as glossy and perfect as possible. Using newspaper, tape, a rickety old table, and some Colorplace (cheap) brand spraypaint, I think I did alright. I used a few cans of gloss white, gloss black, and lots of clear coat. There are one or two rough spots up close, but from a few feet away it looks great!

By this time, the bike was looking better but not yet ready to ride. I went online to Dan's Comp and selected some bargain hardware to make the bike complete. For $100 even I got two sets of grips, a 3-piece crank, a 39-tooth chainwheel, a Sinz Pro V-brake kit for the rear brakes, and some new pedals. I was very excited when the box of parts arrived later that week!

Because I did not have the proper tools or experience for this part of the project, I brought everything to the pros at Gordy's Bicycles. They installed the cranks, pedals, chainwheel, and put the brakes together in just a few days. When I picked it up from the shop, everything felt very strong and durable. The ride was smooth and the bike felt much lighter than the old one.

Overall I am very satisfied with the end result of the project. For everyday riding and for everything else, this is a no-nonsense bike that can get it done.

-Trevor Freeman
Created: 20 May 2006
Modified: 06 November 2009


The bike in its original condition

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