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1984 Raleigh Magnum BMX Restoration and decals

Recently picked up two old 1984 Raleigh Magnum BMX bikes (and an 86 Raleigh Mini Magnum). Both Magnums were in very rough condition and only part complete, but I had plenty of era correct parts to be able to restore them faithfully back to their original glory. I believe the Raleigh Magnum was made by the Merida Factory in Taiwan, the giveaway is the serial number structure starting with M - I'm also pretty sure the Magnum was made for the Australian market only. That aside there were a couple of features on the frame that stood out for me that made these Magnum's special and worth restoring. The top tube length on the 1984 Raleigh Magnum BMX is 20" - by...

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1998 Mongoose Sniper Mag restoration

The Mongoose Sniper Mag BMX was the low cost, Hi-Ten steel freestyle bike in the 1998 Mongoose catalogue. However the addition of the 3 spoke, Skyway made, Mongoose Motomag Tuff wheels and blazing blue paint job really made it stand out. The Chrome 1998 Mongoose Sniper BMX was definitely the more available option from BMX shops back in the late 90's - the blazing blue frame is now, just that little bit more rare. The frame had rust removed but the original patina or weathered character was intentionally retained. This looks great against all the shiny chrome and black. The frame and fork decals are all original and still have their rainbow holographic glow when viewed in the sun. This classic mid-school freestyle BMX...

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Creating custom decals for BMX restoration and rebuilding

As I progress through more old BMX bike restorations, I’ve enjoyed putting my graphic design and typography skills to work in new ways. The most satisfying is reproducing new decal sticker sets for the old BMX bikes I restore. The first step in re-creating the sticker decals is setting up the design in Adobe Illustrator. I take as many photos as I need of the original decals as well as using photos from Google and a few other sources as reference. I don’t always replicate the old bikes original decals from when it rolled out of the shop, I like to add my own personal touch and customise the look to suit the particular bike I am restoring and re-building. One of...

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1998 Mongoose Rogue BMX restoration

Mongoose BMX introduced the Rogue to the freestyle flatland line up in 1997. It was the middle bike in the Mongoose range. The Mongoose freestyle flatland range started with the Sniper, then Villain, Rogue, Hooligan and the top flatlander BMX was the DMC. In 1998 Mongoose added two more bikes to their freestyle flatland line up. The top bike was the DMC Pro with the DMC as next one down. At the bottom end of the range, the Sniper Mag was also added. The Rogue was still in the middle of the pack. If you need help dating your Mongoose BMX check out the serial number crack  post here. The 1998 Mongoose Rogue BMX, originally inspired by earlier DMC frames, was made of...

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