2014 Acura MDX: 20-Inch Bike Doesn't Fit
June 16, 2014
It was my prized possession when I was 12, a brand-new 20-inch 1982 Redline Proline. It was chrome just like Stu Thomsen's and I special-ordered black Tuff Wheels, just like the ones R.L. Osborne used.
Then, in 1995, in one of my more foolish moments, I tossed its rusty remains in a dumpster. I still can't believe I was that stupid. Regret doesn't begin to cover it.
After talking about it for 10 years, recreating that BMX bike has been an obsession of mine for the past five months. I've been living on eBay gathering the parts to assemble the machine, everything from the frame and wheels to the Maxy Cross cranks, KKT Lightning pedals, fluted seat post, Redline neck, Stu Thomsen Racing bars, HARO number plate and my signature checkered flag pads. Every piece from the AME grips to the Tioga Comp III tires had to be just as they were in 1982.
It wasn't easy or cheap, but I found it all. And I finished it two weeks ago, just in time for the BMX Society Reunion and Show in Long Beach, CA. It's kinda like Pebble Beach for the Vintage BMX crowd.
I secured our long-term 2014 Acura MDX for the occasion to haul the bike and my family to the event. But there wasn't as much room inside the crossover as I thought there would be.
Ultimately we did fit, but to get the bike in I had to fold down the smaller side of the Acura's 60/40 split second row and squeeze one of my daughters into the middle spot. I also had to slide the second row forward to make room for our four folding chairs, which aren't in the photo.
By the way, that is my helmet from 1982. Somehow I was smart enough to keep that.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 14,953 miles