Gichigami Growler Grabber

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  1. DeuceWheeler

    DeuceWheeler

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    This bike fought me all the way. I didn't get to add any of the extras I had planned so I am sure I will keep tinkering with it as the months go on. For now, this is the Gichigami Growler Grabber!
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    Electra Wheelset with a Nexus 3 speed in the rear and 6 bolt disc up front.
    HUGE DISC Brake and caliper adapter by www.bicycledesigner.com
    Front Disc Fork by www.bicycledesigner.com
    Kenda Small Block 8 tires
    SHUN Track Fixie Crank Crankset 170mm 46T
    Shimano UN55 BB Square Taper Bottom Bracket (68x122.5mm)
    4 hole BB conversion adapter
    Brooks B17 Saddle
    Turbo Grips
    Origin 8 stem
    Novich Amazon disc brake caliper
     
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  2. LukeTheJoker

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    Great looking bike, love those frames and that brake disc is huge!
    How well does it stop?

    Luke.
     
  3. DeuceWheeler

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    Thanks Luke! I appreciate that.
    Seems to stop pretty dang good. I haven't had a chance to get a good ride in, but so far I think the big disc is pretty cool.
     
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  4. Funkme

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    Something tells me those brakes will work fine...
    Love the frame of this bike...
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  5. Jane says

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    I like it! Glad you didn't repaint the frame. Looks cool like that.
     
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  6. DirtyD

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    That may just be one of the sexiest bikes I have seen. I want it. Now.
     
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  7. fordsnake

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    Cool looking bike, love that 255mm Monster front disc brake.
     
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    Awesome!! Don't hit that front brake too hard.
     
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  9. The Renaissance Man

    The Renaissance Man __CERTIFIED DIVER__ (Open Water & Open Dumpster) Pro Member

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    The Newsboy Special frames are among my all time favorites, and you totally did this one justice! Very nice!
     
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  10. DeuceWheeler

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    Thanks a ton for the compliments everyone!!

    Wow, that's a crazy compliment @CeeBee , thanks!!

    I really didn't expect to get this much love on this project.
     
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    The bright blue really makes your bike pop. The patina looks cool!
     
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  12. raggedjim

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    I'm with CeeBee on this. This bike looks great and ridable. I rode mine 1/4 mile to my neighbors house on a chat rock road, trust me, mine looks better than it rides!

    Great job, Rg
     
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  13. furyus

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    Coolest frame and awesome component choices - toughest bike in the build-off!

    furyus
     
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  14. DeuceWheeler

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    Thanks again guys!
     
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    Very nice!:thumbsup: Gotta love those Columbia Thunderbolt\Newsboy frames.

    One thing I'm noticing about the front brakes, is it appears as if the caliper mount may be upside down. The brake pads are making little contact with the disk. It looks like flipping the bracket over will bring the caliper closer to the disk thereby improving the pads contact patch. Ignore my obsevation if it is in order.:crazy:
     
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  16. kingfish254

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    Somehow I totally missed the mega disc!
    This bike turned out great buddy!
    Glad you were able to work through the issues!
    BRAVO!
     
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  17. 2dawgs

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    Your efforts paid off; great build.
     
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  18. DeuceWheeler

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    Thanks a lot guys, I am pretty happy with this bike so far. I wanted it to look tough and based on the feedback, it seems I accomplished that!

    Based on this pic and the markings that say "down" on the adapter, I am pretty sure it is on there right?

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    Got it. I'm basing my observation from the third pic in the OP, whereby the wear on the disc looks like there is only about 1/8" inch to nearly nothing in terms of pad contact. Also in the first pic, it looks like center bolt is off from the ideal disc contact area by about 10mm. I had this sort of problem on Felt tubular fork where I ended up using a 180mm disk with a 160mm bracket. It was off that much by design.

    This is a worthy build. Be sure to post some pics in the "Show Me Your Thunderbolt and Newsboy Specials" thread.
     
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  20. DeuceWheeler

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    Thanks, I appreciate the feedback. I will have to look at it more closely.
     

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