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Project Ed (DONE)

Discussion in 'BUILD OFF 12 BUILD JOURNALS' started by American Vintage Bicycle Supply, May 1, 2017.

  1. American Vintage Bicycle Supply

    American Vintage Bicycle Supply Double Nickle Moderator

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    I took the bike down to the antique mall to look for a few bits and I actually had some luck.


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    Came across these amazing 1960's rocket reflectors. I traded the guy my single glass reflector for them. He probably got the better trade but I love the look of these.


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    Also one of you mentioned having a tribute to Thomas Edison on the bike so here you go! Just like it was slapped on there in 1940.


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  2. OddJob

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    Sticker looks good. Gives it that 'well traveled' look.
     
  3. Chad T

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    This build takes the modern tech on a vintage bike to a whole new level. Rocket reflectors and sticker are some sweet details. Love it.

    You've set the bar high in the Ed vs Chris battle..:thumbsup:
     
  4. American Vintage Bicycle Supply

    American Vintage Bicycle Supply Double Nickle Moderator

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    Wow thank you!

    That sticker (water slide) is probably older than the bike. I still can't believe it activated with warm water after 70 years.

    Even water slide decals were made better back then.

    Make water slide decals great again.


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  5. American Vintage Bicycle Supply

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    To keep the cables looking old and period correct, I wanted some old cloth housing...

    But, to keep the pull where it needed to be I had to use modern housing.

    So, I wrapped the front brake and throttle cable with old cloth tape. I tied both cables together until it forked off at the head tube, then I continued the cloth to the front brake.


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    Aging aluminum like old pitted chrome was not easy.

    I used a combination of paint and heat techniques and I'm happy with the look.

    Its nothing like what TRM does but it's a good second option.


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  6. American Vintage Bicycle Supply

    American Vintage Bicycle Supply Double Nickle Moderator

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    Enjoyed a great afternoon with Dr.T today!

    Also the rear tube popped on me, so I'll replace it with one that won't pop.

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  7. Dr. Tankenstein

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    It's always great hanging out with you and Don.
    Ed looks great, can't wait to ride it soon. The paint and detail on that bike is just 'right'.


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  8. The Renaissance Man

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    Is that tube big enough for those tires?
     
  9. American Vintage Bicycle Supply

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    Yep! A 1.75 would not but 2.125, especially the old ones will inflate just fine!


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  10. bikewhorder

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    Some of those old tubes are amazing.
     
  11. SILVERKINGPC

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    If you go with a tubeless tire conversion on this bad boy, I will have to bow down in complete reverence for this Electro-Rat. Sweet ride man. Makes my head hurt looking at it. If reproduced, you could be a gazzilionaire!!!!
     
  12. American Vintage Bicycle Supply

    American Vintage Bicycle Supply Double Nickle Moderator

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    High praise! Thank you !


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  13. kingfish254

    kingfish254 CHECK OUT MY SALE THREAD FOR COOL STUFF! Pro Member

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    Great details continue!
    IMO, this is your best RRB build since you got 2nd place in BO6.
    Brilliant execution brother!
     
  14. American Vintage Bicycle Supply

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    In the past I've used my dads leather work in my builds at some point.

    The bike lock key was begging to get a fob. Hopefully this will keep thefts away.

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  15. Dr. Tankenstein

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    Scares me, AND it clearly states it's not mine...


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  16. American Vintage Bicycle Supply

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    Thank you sir! If you look at this bike and that one, you'll see some similarities!


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    How is the trophy holding up? :)

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  18. American Vintage Bicycle Supply

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  19. American Vintage Bicycle Supply

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    So as of right now Project Ed is done!

    I'm completely and totally happy with how the bike finished up and I can't wait to get some nice photos posted!


    We also shot a short video about "Project Ed" and that will be included in the finished thread.


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    Nice!! You executed this great. electric conversion is on my to do list at some point
     

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