El Chango Laton (That Funky Monkey)

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  1. gowjobs

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    Build Thread: http://www.ratrodbikes.com/forum/index.php?threads/el-chango-laton-es-finito-7-19.91895/
    El Chango Laton (Because there are far too many "Brass Monkey" builds out there already) started out as an old Flying Pigeon frame and a couple of vintage Schwinn Forks.
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    With some welding, a few trips to the LBS, and a little elbow grease, I give you EL CHANGO LATON:
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    Headlight is a '70s CEV unit, the gears are shifted via an old bronze boat throttle, and the hand-hammered Honjo fender is squeezed in between the 700-32C tire and the crown of that '61 Schwinn 26" middleweight fork.
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    The original, bolt-in seatstays have been replaced by a wishbone unit made from a cut-down 27" Schwinn fork.The rear bub is a Shimano Nexus Inter-3 with a roller brake.
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    Pedals have been augmented with Velo-Orange mini toe clips and wooden pedal blocks cut from purple heart.
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    I really fell in love with this Izumi chain. I think that the black with gold pins is subtle, with just that little bit of flash. Cotton twine half-hitch wraps on the bike have been coated in amber shellac.
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    Seat is an old Gyes copper-railed saddle with many miles already on it, supported by a DK micro-adjust BMX seatpost.
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  2. LukeTheJoker

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    Congrats on finishing, great work!

    Luke.
     
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  3. G-Matt

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    That is a cool bike , vintage classic racing look but yet so updated & custom. Great detail & that rear front fork is trick !


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  4. EdgarS

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    I wanted to say the same thing.. its like old and new collision- in a good way.
     
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  5. OddJob

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    Really like your personal touches with the wraps, combination of modern and mid-century modern....looks like a bike ready to hit the pave for a trip through time! Congrats on a great build!
     
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  6. sdframe

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    Wow! Did you fabricate those seat stays? Well done.
     
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    Wait, I see it now, It's a fork! I'm even more impressed.
     
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  8. kingfish254

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    So many cool details on this build.
    That is one sexy piece of bike porn you created!
     
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  9. gowjobs

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    I want to thank you all for all of your fine compliments. I wasn't really sure if I'd have a chance to finish this build in time - work has been keeping me in the office until the wee hours - but I was really happy to find a couple of Saturdays in which to finish everything up.
    I also could not have done this without Joey at Cycle Dynamics. Without his help, and having just the esoteric part I needed (or knowing where to find one), I would have been stalled several times. Online parts gathering is great, but nothing beats a good LBS.
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  10. emfife

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    Well done, very nice
     
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  11. Kevin Kanouff

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    Congrats on the finish! That is the hard part. This is a great bike. So different. :41:
     
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  12. Chad T

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    Nicely done. She's a real beauty.
     
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  13. KEMPRACING

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    I love those fenders and that shifter , nice job !!!!!
     
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  14. BARTO

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    Love, love, love the shifter
     
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  15. Georgeediii

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    I am in love with this bike.
     
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  16. deorman

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    Sweet! Traditional road bike vibe, but at the same time completely unique.:thumbsup:
     
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  17. JimMendel

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    Very nice! One of a kind, and made from a Flying Pigeon frame. :13: The details on it are amazing. How did you make the fenders gold toned? The copper seat post is a nice touch. Did you make the tailight?
     
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  18. gowjobs

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    The fenders are brass - the older they get, the better they'll look. Right now, I just have a reflector in back, made by Velo-Orange.
     
  19. gsc

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    Very cool build so many details, congrads on a passion well done.
     
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  20. JimMendel

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    Gowjobs, you have inspired me to create something new with an old Peugeot that's hanging in the garage. Thanks!
     
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