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 Post subject: Skull Skates 26" Cruiser
PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:24 pm 
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This project goes a few years back - to when I first visited Vancouver BC in 2007. As a skater I was keen to visit PD's Hot Shop home to the legendary Skull Skates, one of the original and best skateboard companies. While there I saw a range of bicycles for sale and though I noticed the 26" Cruiser immediately I wasn't so taken with it that I had to have one. At this stage I had owned a GT BMX Cruiser 24" for a dozen years or more and I had barely ridden it of late. So I left PD's with a new deck - but as time passed and I once more visited Vancouver in 2009, I began to think I should have a Skull Skates Cruiser. So in 2010 when I saw on their website a new batch were on their way I set in motion a plan to purchase a frame & forks.
Now Skull Skates do not ship outside of North America, and so I had my Vancouver buddy Mike collect the F&F's from the store and after a bit of a struggle we found shipping at an acceptable rate - around a £100. 2 months later I am down at the Parcel Force office collecting my package and forking out for duty. I have never begun a bike project from scratch like this and I didn't realise how expensive it was about to get.
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00015 by stllsman

The next 6 months were spent assembling the parts I thought I was going to need. The Takagi Tourney cranks were bought late at night on ebay from South Korea.
They came within a week and were good value at about £90. I ordered the GT Mohawk Hubs from the USA and once agin I was stung for shiping and duty, ouch! The Brooks saddle was purchased from a retro bike member and the other parts - a mixture of the old, new & NOS were gathered from ebay. A seat clamp, a seat post, a head set & a stem were all in the old skool bmx one inch size - so there were a few mistaken purchases along the way - but I got there eventually. At my local wheel builders Wheel Craft, the mechanics suggested DMR Wonder Cups as a solution to the old style American BB as the one I had purchased was like horrid. The Wonder Cups allow the fitting of a modern BB and the result was wonderful. At the same time the legend that is Big Al was busy on my wheels and as per usual the quality was fantastic.

The last pieces of the jigsaw were bars and brakes and here I'm afraid I ran out of cash for the shiney things I wanted - a compromise had to be reached and a budget v brake and lever were ordered from SJS, I had wanted Pauls, and a generic set of modern low rise bars were were ordered from a BMX retailer - I had wanted either Knight or L&S but shipping from the USA was not an option. And the last purchase were the Kenda Small Block 8's - narrow enough for the frame and light too. Picture heavy content to follow.
But here is a link to PD's bike museum where you can see the origins of this bicycle.
http://www.skullskates.com/history/on-l ... le-museum/


Last edited by nelly on Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:01 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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 Post subject: Skull Skates Cruiser
PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:48 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 4:25 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 5:07 pm 
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These bikes are well cool, more pics would be nice.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 5:11 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 5:12 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 5:16 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 5:20 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 5:32 pm 
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Frame: 2010 Skull Skates Performance Cruiser

Fork: 2010 Skull Skates Performance Cruiser

Headset: Odyssey Dynatron sealed
Stem: Profile
Handlebar: Fly Cruiser Bar Mike Day signature
Grips: Diamond Back Skull

Brakes: Diacompe Vc 733
Brake Levers: Diatech MX2
Chain: KMC
Cranks: Takagi Tourney 165MM / 44T
Free Wheel: Shimano DX 18T
Bottom Bracket: DMR Wonder Cup / MTB BB - Shimano
Pedals: Odyssey Triple Trap
Rims: MT19's
Hubs: GT Mohawk flipflop
Tyres: Kenda Small Block 8 / 1.95 / folding


Saddle: Brooks B67
Seatpost: Odyssey
Seatpost Binder: 1" unknown

Weight: TBC


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 5:34 pm 
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IMG_2905 by stllsman[/img]


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