Union 559

Discussion in 'FINISHED KLUNKERZ' started by C.S., Nov 30, 2008.

  1. C.S.

    C.S.

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    Finished.

    Is it a Klunker?
    There are no old Dutch 'Cruisers', so I used the strongest old frame I had laying about.
    There are no real mountains here either, so it is an off-road bike.
    I always wanted to put balloon tires in a 'normal' bike, and this build-of gave me a good reason to do so. Besides that, I like doing it the old way, with drum brakes and hub gears, and doing it with what is available and/or affordable.
    Is it a Klunker? Who cares, I don't. It's fun to ride.

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    Specifications:

    Frame: Union, Dutch, 28", 1962 or '63, used by me on and off for 17 years.
    Rims: Alesa, Belgium, 26" (559mm), new.
    Tires: Duro, Taiwan, 26"x 2.125", one found on the sidewalk, one new.
    Rear hub: Fichtel & Sachs, took it off the shaft drive bike (no chain: no cables), sort of new.
    Front hub: Fichtel & Sachs, a leftover from one of the many local bike shops, age unknown.
    Spokes: left over from an old wheelchair, I needed the hubs (sidecar).
    Chain: Extra strong stunt-bike chain, new.
    Fork: Taken from a cheap ugly (modern) bike, bent with the flame-thrower to fit the tire.
    Fork struts: The 'legs' of two rear luggage carriers, welded together, and a saddle clamp.
    Handlebar: Tomasselli, Italy, aluminium Superbike thing, a present from the motorcycle shop across the street, age unknown.
    Handles: Alesa, Belgium, found them in the kitchen.
    Grips: Macneil, someone will know where they are made, BMX/stunt-bike, new.
    Saddle: Brooks, England, very old.
    Bottom bracket: ? Could be the factory one, could be a replacement, it does the job.
    Cranks: ????????? 170mm, 44 teeth chain-ring.
    Sprocket: 19 teeth, new.
    Pedals: Wehrmacht, Germany, for use in Russia, found in France, made in 1944.

    Bought a tin of ‘rattlecan’ car paint and used a brush.

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    A park is a good place to meet friends, especially if you need a picture of someone riding a bike.
    We had some HOT coffee later, it's getting cold over here.
     
  2. OUTLAW

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    that bike is awsome. good job

    Outlaw 8)
     
  3. cman

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    Looks good. You did the best with what you had. That is the same geometry of the original Mountain bikes. Here is a pic of the new reissue Stumpjumpers.
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  4. Bendix

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    i think it looks especially good in the first shot. sort of a JFS 'woodsey bike' look. :)
     
  5. BLASTER

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    TUFF BIKE!
     
  6. FOUND OBJECTS

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    nice! My favorite so far!
     
  7. GodHatesCleveland

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    Beautiful. Love how you improvised the struts on the front fork.
     
  8. C.S.

    C.S.

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    Thank you gentlemen, thank you.
    I would be a lousy judge in this build off, I can't decide which one is my favorite.
    I know it is similar to the original Mountain bikes, that's why I dared entering with a non-cruiser frame....
    Goodnight!
     

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