Sears Spyder 24"

Discussion in 'MUSCLE BIKES' started by wheelbender6, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6

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    The biggest news since my last post is that I managed to do an endo on the bike today while crossing a ditch. Turns out that the torsion fork compressed soooo far that the tire jammed against the fork crown, locking the front tire.
    --I will have to concoct some way of limiting the fork travel so that the front wheel will not lock again when I hit a big pothole or get run off the road by a cager. I could also switch the front wheel for a 20“ to fix the problem. The fork still works quietly, with no rattles or squeaks.
    --I added a third bracket to the chain guard and it is steady now. Doesn’t rub on the cranks or chain.
    --I stuck a wine cork in the grip shifter since I haven’t come up with any mod for it yet. I wish I had something for it that matched my purple jeweled valve caps.
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    --I still need more leg room, even though it’s a 24” bike. Thighs start to burn before the mile mark, even in low gear. I’ll try a lay-back seat post before resorting to a longer sear and sissy bar.
     
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  2. wheelbender6

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    I've taken some long spins after adding the lay back seat post. Pedaling is much more comfortable now, but it makes the grip shifter look a little obscene.
    -I also added an ell bracket to the rat trap fork that does a good job of limiting the front wheel travel.
    -I have ordered a stick shifter from fleabay but it hasn't arrived. Maybe this weekend.
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  3. wheelbender6

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    I swapped the front wheel for a 20". The bike is a 24/20 now. It still looked a like a cruiser when the 24" wheel was on the front.
    I had a shipping problem with my stick shifter so I haven't received it. I started fooling with converting the grip shift to a stick shifter again.
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  4. Jaxon

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    24 x 20 is a cool set up.
     
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    I finally got the stick shifter installed. Since I have two top tubes, it was pretty simple to make a shifter mount from ell brackets.
    I don't know how old this shifter is, but it works surprisingly well. The weather is perfect for a ride, but my allergies are keeping me indoors.
     
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