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Original Decal Set

February 18, 2013 Leave a comment

I have just one decal set, so obviously its not for sale. I will try to scan it and make copies for people that want to make their own set. Our decals were not silk screened. My partner Ted was a printer so he made them at work and we just hand cut them out. Had we gone into full production we would of course had a die made for that. Ted was a master printer so the average printer probably couldn’t get the quality we had.
But if you just get some decals printed it should be close enough. Those black thin lines are not registration marks but a guide for the cutting tool. You know one of those mounted kind that slide.
To get the curves on the downtube decal lettering I hand cut those bits with scissors.

decalsheet

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Frame Specifications

March 5, 2012 Leave a comment

American Bicycles X1al frames.

All had American Bottom Bracket and same chain stay length of 14.5-15.5″

Top Tubes 

Pro XXL –  21 3/4″

Pro XL – 21 1/4″

Pro – 20 3/4″

Expert – 20 1/4″

Weight of the frame was around 3 1/2 lbs.

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American Bicycles of Atwood, CA

October 21, 2009 1 comment

In late 1996 my landlord had asked me if I wanted to start another BMX company (I co founded Hyper Bicycles).  I will eventually go into more details, but that lead to the foundation of American Bicycles.  I planned a Summer Tour for 97, picked up a couple Pros and Amateurs. Meanwhile the frame builder was supposed to be making a prototype for the tour. It didnt get done by the time I left I was bummed and frustrated. Not only that but my investor backed out due to personal circumstances.

Still I toured the USA in 1997 with Pros Brandon Taylor (TX), Mike Gul (IL), Troy Kendrick (MN) and Adam Provo (CA). We also added a couple Texas Am’s Kevin Herring and Casper Green.

Without the prototype getting done and no investor the company was off to a misguided start. Still if your on the gate you have a chance. I turned to an old friend (Ted) who said he had an investor. We pooled our own money and got two protoypes made in the fall of 1997. We debuted them at the ABA Fall Nationalswith Adam Provo racing AA Pro for the first time on one.

The bikes were well recieved and we expected a investment thru my partner and ordered 25 frames. We picked up Yess (Canada) as a co sponsor adding to our long list. They provided forks. We contacted “Snap” Magazine and they tested the bike in the June 1998 issue.

The second investor also never came thru and the remaining funds went to pay for the bikes, leaving no money for advertising, to support the team or come out with new products. With money gone my partner pulled out unexpectedly the weekend of the Reno, NV Nationals and a short time later the company vans transmission went out and the company was put to rest.

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