Alright I'm in...UPDATE 11/14

Oct 20, 2007
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Well I'm really diggin' the looks of these bikes, so I'm going to build my own. All I have so far is a frame (I thought I had a pic but I can't find it) an aluminum rear wheel with a 6 speed cassette, and a huge knobby gumwall that I love (unfortunately I only have 1) I have absolutely no money to spend (which is the way to do it right) so don't expect much from this build. I'm going to go parts scavenging the next few days to see what I can come up with, so I'll post updates when I get them.
 
Oct 20, 2007
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Re: Alright I'm in...

Got some parts together today and started the first mockup. Frame is a Coast King, I believe its a Huffy made bike based on the original sprocket (Not the ones in the pics, thats from my Higgins) Found an awesome fork I didnt know I had also. I couldnt find a front aluminum rim so I ditched them it for a matching chrome set. 26x1.90 rear tire and 26x1.75 on front. Original rear fender will be bobbed. I originally had apes but I ditched them for the bars in the last pics. The riding position is very comfortable. Whatcha guys think??

The frame is missing one of the caps on the front bars, anyone got any ideas where I could get something like that?







 
Oct 20, 2007
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Re: Alright I'm in...UPDATE 10/15 - Now with Pics!

Just a small update:

Gonna ditch the 6 speed setup and re-lace a 3 speed sturmey archer coaster brake hub into the back!

Should have some pics sometime this weekend.
 
Re: Alright I'm in...UPDATE 10/15 - Now with Pics!

Watching the old "Repack" footage quite a few guy had apehangers and some had BMX handlebars, the rest seemed to have motorcycle MX and ATV bars. Just some food for thought, as I saw you had some apes.
 
Oct 20, 2007
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Re: Alright I'm in...UPDATE 10/15 - Now with Pics!

SkidMark said:
Watching the old "Repack" footage quite a few guy had apehangers and some had BMX handlebars, the rest seemed to have motorcycle MX and ATV bars. Just some food for thought, as I saw you had some apes.
Really? Thats pretty cool...I'll have to try and find some pics of that to see what it looks like.


Also got the hub and rims unlaced and all cleaned up, just need to build it now.
 
Oct 20, 2007
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Lombard IL
Re: Alright I'm in...UPDATE 10/15 - Now with Pics!

Today was my first time building a rim. It took 2 tries but I got it right, but the spokes I used were a little too long. Unfortunately they were the only chrome ones I had so I had to use a set of galvanized ones that I just stripped off a junk rim. This keeps the bike in the rat rod spirit and my total cost at $0. I doubt anyone will notice anyways. Just gotta true the rim up tomorrow and get it back on the bike. Its supposed to be 70 degrees here on thursday so I'm hoping to have it rideable by then!


Sturmey Archer 3 speed coaster, mounted on 1969 schwinn s-5 wheels off a breeze



Removed freewheel from my wheel to start stripping it







built with chrome spokes



redone with galvanized spokes

 

cman

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Re: Alright I'm in...UPDATE 10/29

Nice job lacing a wheel. Kinda of intimidating at first but well worth not having to pay someone else. Plus it gives you more options.
 
Oct 20, 2007
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Re: Alright I'm in...UPDATE 10/29

Got the wheel trued and the hub put back together. Threw the tire and tube on and mounted the rear rim. Fits perfect and looks great. I have a sturmey grip shift or the regular thumb shift, not sure what I'm going to use yet.

Front brake will be removed.



 
Sep 19, 2007
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Great job on the wheel. I find wheel building to be quite thereaupeutic ( did I spell that right) That frame has a real fighter jet vibe to it.
 

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