The PAU OPER - A work bike on vacation

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  1. KOTA

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    Re: The PAU OPEReration

    That's a LOT of body work!....Having FUN?
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    Re: The PAU OPEReration

    Thats where i would give up and call the bike pizzaface or something
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    HAH! :lol:
    Yes I am having fun!
    I really don't have a lot of time in it....but I do have a bit more to do.
    I don't want it lookin' too pretty, but I couldn't just paint over the pits.
    I'll hit it with some primer soon.

    I need some parts!!!


    Question: Am I going to have big issues with the standard, low-budget, springer fork?


    The head tube on this bike is only 5" long while most all my other bike are near 6".
    It had a series of large washers on the top-side going around the fork...perhaps for some sort of large basket.

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    I want a black fork.

    Can any of you guys shed any sort of light?
    Just re-use the washers?
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    the springer should have a longer than normal steer tube with alot of threads...Ive had to cut mine down with no probs.....
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    Cool...I just need to get one in my hands, I guess.
    From the pic of the springer, it looks like you'd have limitations on how short you could make it.
    The two pivot points being fixed a certain distance from each other.
    Maybe I worry too much.
    I must have a springer.
    I've never had one.
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    HOOWAH! Scored a killer fork today.

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    '47-ish Roadmaster, maybe.
    HoHoHo, HeeHeeHee, Hahahahaha!!!! :mrgreen:
    German pedals.

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    My friend Hank at Helotes Bicycle really made my day!
    I may hack the seat post down a bit still.

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    I did more body work on the frame last night and went at trying to true-up the rear wheel.
    Not perfect, but not bad....I'll probably spend some more time with it.
    I may want to get some fresh wheels eventually.
    The rear has a nice red-striped Bendix hub.

    Tires and black apes are ordered, but not secured yet.

    Please enjoy these random scenes from Helotes Bicycle.
    My favorite bike shop.

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    This thing accelerated VERY quickly when leaving the shop.
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    Bearing freshening is on the agenda for tonight after workee-jerky.

    Having fun here. :D
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    soo... where is this Helotes Bicycle????
    I think a road trip is in my future :)

    Great progress, LLOOVVEE that springer
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    Helotes Bicycle is a small town on the northwest edge of the sprawl that is San Antonio...Texas.

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    This is in front of my friend Hank's shop/home.

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    What a great human being.
    I really should start a thread.
    Be advised....not everything is for sale....by any means.

    Thanks on the progress.
    More to come as I'm off the next two days...yahoooo!
    I love my new fork!
    Better than I could have hoped for.
    Just like "Back in Black"'s.....hope ratina's not pissed.
    I was on the edge of getting a new, chromie, mainstream one.
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    coolcool...
    Im about an hour ?NORTH?ish on 281 from S.A

    is a majority of it for sale at least?? need to get a bike for me..(made 3 for other people)
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    Marble Falls is nice.
    I was there not too long ago.
    Still some signs of the big flood around though.
    Neat town.

    It is a bidness and lots of stuff IS for sale of course.
    A lot of his business is MTB and skinny tire, high end stuff.
    Worth a visit for sure! :wink:
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    Yeah, the flood had me out of work for 2weeks..
    were pretty well put back together now tho.. 19in of rain overnight will do that tho :mrgreen:

    google maps said 86miles, and ive got a friend who lives on the way there(may borrow her truck)
    whats the typical price range? like need 100 to pick up a frame? or just basically what it would be for scrap..??
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    Please don't say "scrap" to Hank.
    He'll run you off.

    I really don't know about his pricing or what may or may not end up being available for sale.
    There are some sweet frames laying around.
    Anything is possible I guess.
    I've known him for a while and I always enjoy our conversations.

    I'm about 30 minutes in the other direction from Helotes.

    We have had no measurable rain here in right at a year....ask my grass about it.
    Terrible.
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    those pictures...i need to go there

    or make you pull some bikes out for me
    I see so many bikes i would buy in a heartbeat

    its like...a non-rusty version of outdoor chestnuthollow
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    Yeah....no rain (or snow) will do that.

    Marble Falls skatepark minute!
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=-wtmln6GPN4
    Not much to it but we had fun and got our sk8 fixx on.
    Man, it was hot that day.
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    Re: The PAU OPEReration

    Must be good to be in texas
    lol
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    The massive amounts of rust on PAU OPER came from Houston....200 miles east, where it is probably raining as we speak!

    I hope to get some history on my bike from the shop in Houston very soon.

    Yeah, Texass is ok...I'm a native.
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    i thought tennese/alabama and that area was the best for Non-Rusty stuff
    Am i right?
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    WOW.. thats crazy.. My cousin is actually head of the HLSPA(highland lakes sk8 park assocation)
    I helped build the 1st pyramid, til the football players drove there truck onto it and smashed it.
    THEN i helped install the yellow posts

    Yeah, the flood actually had water up to the skatepark?!?
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    I don't know, Dingo.
    Small world, brucebruce!

    Spent my day off on the bike.

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    Took the fork apart and stripped it.

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    It had been subjected to some cruel, bicentenial paint job, like so many fire hydrants of 1976.

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    The spray stripper worked great!
    Never used a spray before....very clean and efficient..

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    Meanwhile, I cleaned up the drivetrain.

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    It cleaned up nicely!
    The layers of paint had protected the OG chrome, it seems.

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    This is a beefy piece!
    Completely intact.
    They don't make forks like they used to.

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    I'm still not sure it's gonna work with the short head tube of the PAU OPER...we shall see.
    It WILL work on my '38-ish Cleveland Welding/Western Flyer though.

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    I shot the frame with white primer.
    The frame looks good, but not too good...no dark colours.
    I can see how it would look in white for the mock-up.
    Pretty sure it will stay white...Like original.

    Had a very productive couple days.
    Tires and handle bars will be in early next week.
    I still need to go through my front and rear hubs and paint the wheels...black.

    Man, I hope the fork works out.
    I will NOT modify it.

    Good times!
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    man that fork cleaned up great !!! and the crank did too !!! the white is right IMO

    good luck on the fork fitting too :wink:

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