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Tomato Headset Cap

Looking to purchase a tomato headset cap. Black or red in color...thanks!

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If no one here has an extra, keep an eye on eBay. I picked one up last week there for $10 shipped.

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CraigB wrote:
If no one here has an extra, keep an eye on eBay. I picked one up last week there for $10 shipped.

I missed that one. $10 is unusually cheap. There was a black one recently that went for over $45 which was unbelievable. I’m used to paying at least $25 for one in decent shape. Seems like black ones are harder to find.

 

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Livernose, that’s been my experience as well regarding the caps. I think new conditioned ones in packages can sell for around $50 day in and day out. $10 is really cheap for a used one—someone scored.

A few years ago, there was a shop around me that had a bunch laying around from being an old Schwinn dealer. I picked up a handful at about a buck a piece.

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Livernose, that’s been my experience as well regarding the caps. I think new conditioned ones in packages can sell for around $50 day in and day out. $10 is really cheap for a used one—someone scored.
A few years ago, there was a shop around me that had a bunch laying around from being an old Schwinn dealer. I picked up a handful at about a buck a piece.

Want to double your money?
 

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livernose wrote:
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Livernose, that’s been my experience as well regarding the caps. I think new conditioned ones in packages can sell for around $50 day in and day out. $10 is really cheap for a used one—someone scored.
A few years ago, there was a shop around me that had a bunch laying around from being an old Schwinn dealer. I picked up a handful at about a buck a piece.
Want to double your money?

 

rotfl I think at last count they were all accounted for; sorry. Wink

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Agreed, black ones on ebay go for 45. I troll the bay daily for homegrown swag

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Agreed, black ones on ebay go for 45. I troll the bay daily for homegrown swag
 

You aren’t the only one. I’ve got it setup to send me an email with new stuff everyday.

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How about this website to make new headset caps.  http://kustomcaps.com/products/fully-kustom-cap  While not authentic maybe a good alternative.  Looks like $16 per cap.  Can be made in any color also.  

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Interesting option. Unless there's copyright issues regarding the image? It's probably still under trademark protection. 

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I sent an email to them with images. I’ll let you know what they say.
 

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Dan Shust from kustomcaps emailed back and will make the tomato caps. He says he has the artwork, just order them under “fully kustom caps”.
 

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livernose wrote:
Dan Shust from kustomcaps emailed back and will make the tomato caps. He says he has the artwork, just order them under “fully kustom caps”.
 

Oh that’s sweet I might have to place an order. A black one has managed to elude my collection all these years so this might be perfect.
 

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I was going to order 10 for a better price , 5 red and 5 black. I can let you have one for cost once shipping is factored in. I’m not going to order until next week. 
 

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I was going to order 10 for a better price , 5 red and 5 black. I can let you have one for cost once shipping is factored in. I’m not going to order until next week. 
 

If you're looking for people to go in on a group buy you can count me in for two, of each color. No sweat pay palling costs in advance to facilitate process. ;). Just let me know—no big rush on my end.

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Not looking for a group, but I can get 2 of each color for you. I just want a few for myself and can order 10 and get a cheaper price. I will order them this week. I’ll keep you updated.

 

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Count me in 2-red, 2 -black

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OK, I will make the order later this week. I will keep you updated.

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This is the red cap I got before. Pretty close to original. I will order 6 black and 6 red. that’s 2 of each color for us.

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To add to the bling Kustom Caps also see the bolt in the same color as the cap.  Would look cool to get a red bolt for a red cap and black bolt for a black cap.

http://kustomcaps.com/collections/fixie-headset-caps/products/headset-cap-bolts
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I used a black tomato stem cap with a black bolt on my son’s black HG and it did look cool. 

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Here’s the black repop cap. 

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Nice..I would take 1 of each color also. If that is cool?

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Sure, I will just make a bigger order. 

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Here’s the update on the stem caps. I have been going back and forth a few times with the design because the guy ended up not having the artwork. He has the design pretty close, but I am sending him an original stem cap so he can dial it in. This is taking longer than  I wanted but, hopefully it’s going to be worth the wait. I will keep you updated.

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livernose wrote:
Here’s the update on the stem caps. I have been going back and forth a few times with the design because the guy ended up not having the artwork. He has the design pretty close, but I am sending him an original stem cap so he can dial it in. This is taking longer than  I wanted but, hopefully it’s going to be worth the wait. I will keep you updated.

Sweet just let me (us) know. Good things come to those who wait.

 

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Thanks for the update. I’m thinking that a black bolt for the black cap, and a red bolt for the red cap would be the way to go.

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I’d be in for at least one black one if it’s not too late. Maybe red too.

Mrenner54, check out Fastenal or McMaster for anodized aluminum bolts. Some auto places might have ‘em too, but metric could be a challenge for them.

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I’ll add you to the list and keep you updated. I ordered a few extra. 

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Awesome, thanks!

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Guess which one is the repop and which one is the original.

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Spot on!

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I’ll let you know when I receive them. The guy still has to make them and ship them to me. He sent the photo to me to get my approval before making them. The one on the left is the original.

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livernose wrote:
I’ll let you know when I receive them. The guy still has to make them and ship them to me. He sent the photo to me to get my approval before making them. The one on the left is the original.

Livernose this is rockin! I’ve got my cash at the ready so just let me know when to send.

Also: What needs to happen to get some made in blue?

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The guy has the artwork now, so he advised he can make more, but the price will be more than the ones we’re getting now. I think they are $16 each, but not sure.

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The guy has the artwork now, so he advised he can make more, but the price will be more than the ones we’re getting now. I think they are $16 each, but not sure.

Well it all sounds good. Marginal price increase makes no difference to me, so however it works out easiest, and definitely still in for multiples of each color.

I don’t think Schwinn made them in blue, but it’d look great as a finishing touch on a bass boat. 

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moby wrote:
livernose wrote:
The guy has the artwork now, so he advised he can make more, but the price will be more than the ones we’re getting now. I think they are $16 each, but not sure.

Well it all sounds good. Marginal price increase makes no difference to me, so however it works out easiest, and definitely still in for multiples of each color.
I don’t think Schwinn made them in blue, but it’d look great as a finishing touch on a bass boat. 

I have you down for 2 black and 2 red caps. The blue would be cool and I was thinking original colors not blue ones when I compiled the order, even though I have 5 blue HGs in the family. I think the artwork is pretty darn close if not exactly like the originals. I am curious to see how close the red color is to the original red color. It’s good the guy has the artwork now because you can order singles from him in any color.

 

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I agree.  I couldn’t tell the difference between the original and the reproduction.  I agree that getting other colors would look pretty bad ass.  

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I would love to be able to source some of the original style seat post clamps and find someone to laser etch the little tomato on them.

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I don’t have a single one of these in my collection. They must have made these during the later Homegrown years, when I had gotten out of collecting.

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I believe they came on the 2000 and 2001, but not sure. My wifes 98 HG Pro came with one just like the pictured clamp but without the tomato. John might know what years they came on. I can tell you there were 2 slightly different sizes. I have an 01 Limited, and my son has an 01 black anodized Factory and those clamps were slightly smaller than the HGs with the painted frames. I know that because an 01 Rocket 88 frame I bought  came with a tomato clamp and it was ever so slightly larger in clamp size than the one I finally found for my gold anodized Limited frame. I put it on my Limited frame and tightened the clamp all the way and it didn’t clamp the seat post securely. I found a guy on this site that had a tomato clamp that was slightly too tight for his painted frame and we ended up swapping and it worked out for both of us. 

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Can’t say I know when they came with the bikes but would guess you’re right on 2000-2001.

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Here’s a picture of 4 of the repop caps I got today. 

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livernose wrote:
Here’s a picture of 4 of the repop caps I got today. 

hawt hawt HAWT damn those turned out great. Cool to see something ‘old’ in ‘new’ packaging and finish.

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Hey guys Kustom Kaps updated their website to reflect the avaiability of the Homegrown logo. Nice to be ahead of the curve thanks to livernose. Smile

http://kustomcaps.com/products/schwinn-homegrown-tomato-cap

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Dan Shust the owner emailed me and told me that he was putting the tomato cap on his site and to point people in his direction. Plus the price is better than I thought with all the colors available. $12.99 each

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All the caps went out in the mail today. Hope you guys like them. Let me know when you get them.

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I ordered a blue one. With shipping it was $15.49. I will post a photo when it arrives.

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It’s not as dark as I would like. This is the dark blue option. There is a lighter blue option but I can’t imagine a lighter blue than this.

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