Time Twister...DONE

Discussion in 'BUILD OFF #7' started by Joker-n-Jack, May 15, 2012.

  1. Joker-n-Jack

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    Ok, I decided to jump in with both feet on this. This is not only my first time entering a build off...It's my first time attempting to build at all. I figure Rat-rodding is for me because I have virtually NO budget...but I have a bike....well three bikes actually...kinda.
    I have decided that my criteria for this bike is this...
    1. I has to look cool!
    2. When finished, It still has to be my daily rider...which means...
    3. It's gotta have multiple gears and...
    4. It has to be comfortable
    5. I want it to make people ask questions about what kind of bike it is and how old it is and stuff
    As a bonus, I would like a bouncy front end...if possible.
    So, I'll be starting with what I was told when I bought it last year was a stock 1981 Schwinn Cruiser 5. I found it on CraigsList in my hometown of Independence, Missouri and got it for $40.00.
    I love the frame, hate the forks (What were they THINKING?!)...hate all the messy cables...I have an idea of what I want it to look like and that's about it. I'm thinking RatRace...OH...Why "The Groundhog"? I just have a thing about groundhogs...and that's it. I don't have much to work with or even know what I'm doing really but HERE GOES!
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    Re: The Groundhog

    Sounds great, especially your budget!! :wink: Post some pics!!
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    Re: The Groundhog

    Here it is in all of it's wrong forkedness glory...the beginning of what shall come to be known as...DUN DUN DUUUUUUN!!!...The Groundhog!
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    Re: The Groundhog

    and I have no cute little bunny pictures, or kitten pictures, only the awe inspiring visage of the most awesome of rodentia...The Groundhog!
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    Re: The Groundhog

    Nice lookin' bike to start with :!:
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    Re: The Groundhog

    I'm liking the criteria! That will make a very usable ride. I definitely will be watching. RoCK the Groundhog!
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    Re: The Groundhog

    i like those fork cool bike :!: :!: 8)
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    Re: The Groundhog

    I like the name, I have fond memories of my grandfather, father, and uncle all trying to kill groundhogs. Grandpa was the best at it.

    What they were thinking when they put those forks on was "Let's give this a BMX vibe, those bikes are selling HOT right now."
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    Re: The Groundhog

    1981...You're probably right!
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    Re: The Groundhog

    Those are solid bikes, I have an 81 also, one of my keepers, I will be watching 8)
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    Re: The Groundhog

    Nice bike...Get Ta Buildin'!! Peace
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    Re: The Groundhog

    I'll bet it was an accounting decision, a designer wouldn't do it...
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    Re: The Groundhog

    You forget, not all designers are *good* designers, and you know what they say:

    "Good design goes to heaven; bad design goes everywhere."
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    Re: The Groundhog

    The bike is all in pieces now.....neatly placed in little zip-loc baggies marked so that I hopefully will know what they are when they need to be put back on...except the kickstand...I couldn't figure out removing the kickstand. So I wrapped it all up in masking tape (told you I didn't know what I am doing) and am in the process of sanding the frame down. [​IMG]
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    Re: The Groundhog

    BTW....No, I am not sanding the bike down on the kitchen table...My wife loves me, but not THAT much. The actual sanding is happening in my OTHER shop...A.K.A. [​IMG] the front porch...
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    Re: The Groundhog

    Wow! Thank You Peatbog...I will try that tonight.
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    Re: The Groundhog

    I dug out the seat that I actually bought last fall for my other bike but didn't put on it.
    It will be perfect looks-wise for The Groundhog!
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    Re: The Groundhog

    [​IMG]
    I've heard these are pretty comfy also.
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    Re: The Groundhog

    if it will stay and doesn't matter I'll leave it I guess. I just don't want to lose it and have to get another.


    I don't care about scratches and stuff on the frame...is there any reason that I HAVE to remove ALL of the paint?
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    Re: The Groundhog

    Be glad you have paint, mine is chrome! :x I'm dreading chipped flat paint with shiny chrome peeking out. Your sanded paint should make for a nice primer coat, but like Peatbog said, test before getting in too far.

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