Back to BMXs. The Raleigh ‘burners’ were still pretty heavy, not helped by the Skyway’s.
1980-82 I lived in California through the early BMX days. Nobody bought a bike, they were built, and it is probably what got me into engineering.
Parts were all sawn down or drilled out. I broke the alloy bars on several occasions. I could lift the bike above my head with one hand (I was 10 years old). Im guessing less than 10 kg.
I don’t have any pictures of my bike but it has been fun remembering and Googling all the bits:
Frame and forks: R501 by local frame shop. Bought it off a mate for $45 which mum loaned me, took me ages to pay off doing chores.
wheels: Araya 7X rims Suzue hubs. I later got some Z rims. They were meant to flex and return to shape but everyone landed hard on them to show off and they soon warped. Can’t remember the name of the rear sprocket but it was a ‘must have’ part.
cranks: Shimano 600
brakes: Shimano DX
Bars: anodised alloy with tough neck, AME grips.
Other bits. Fluted allot Seat post, Suntour saddle clamp. Saddle was some flimsy plastic thing full of holes obvs. No pads except for the neck.
When we returned to the UK, my best mate had a Grifter. I remember him trying to convince me he could do a bunny hop on it. Just looked it up - 35kg!!!