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Well, as luck would have it the sprocket that came with my new wheels was 19 tooth - tough to make a skip tooth out of that one. Off I went Saturday to the LBS and no problem - he had a 20 tooth in stock. MARKED every other tooth and cut through half way from both sides with my smallest diameter cutting wheel on the Dremel tool and then used the same attachment to deburr. I took the camera outside and it was so humid the lense fogged up.
Painted her black and popped her on the wheel.
Putting the Fat Franks on these wheels made them a little wider so I spent quite awhile debugging new glitches. They have nice big axles that fit the frame and fender braces but I had to do a little contouring to get them into the lower springer strut. The sprocket on the rear hub doesn't kick the chain out as far so I have an issue with chain to tire contact. Rico told me of a place that sells sprockets for this situation. I used a Diamond reconditioned chain, changed the pedals from Torringtons to Persons because they have more chrome, swapped out the coke bottle grips for ones with reflectors, swapped sprocket and crankset with the rechromed ones, added the lightning bolt on the chain guard and threw on some bullet valve caps. It was a long, hot day but now that I'm working I'm tryin to get as much done as possible on the weekends. The journey continues.
Hi Robert !
here is some info. to solve you're problem !by the way it's looking real good those wheel's realy make those tires look much better and alot wider.
http://www.choppersus.com/store/product ... ide-Tires/
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nickle yer right, that thang is simply gougeous!
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Those that can count and those that can't "
when you make a bike quite as nice as that, you should do it justice and line up the tyre text before photoing the beauty
as for dished sprockets.... many sturmey archer ones are, they seem cheap and available even in the colonies . . http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=sturme ... m270.l1313
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Hi! How are things on the other side of the pond? I was surprised that someone from England would be impressed by my build. I was hot & tired and was racing to take the pictures so I could finally call it a day. Configuring the tire markings never occured to me at that time but you can be sure I will think of it from now on. Thanks for the observation. Hope you find something more to your liking here today.
I didn't know this would work, good news!, now I can use that skiptooth sprocket and chain I have! Hope you can easily remedy that chain line issue, can you put any spacers between the sprocket and the bearing cone?
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The link that "rico" posted here took me right to exactly what I need - it's a rear sprocket cupped an additional 1/2" which may sound like alot but keep in mind where the tire rubs the chain is half way towards the front sprocket which would only give me an extra 1/4" of clearance at that point and that would work. I've never tried this chopping every other tooth trick but I have read it here on RRB. My only question all the way along was how this will function mechanically in the short term and long run with the skip tooth chain being much wider than needed for the rear sprocket. Only riding it will really answer that question. FYI - the above sprocket I purchased from my LBS for $2.00 so even if it doesn't work well I'm not out very much money. Good luck!
that's a lot better, may i now lead you further down the path towards OCD?
if you check page two of my thead, you'll see that valve are also exactly inline with the tyre text sad i know, but there you go
additionally, i would prefer it that the RHS pedal is at the two o'clock position
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I bought some repop curved fenders but didn't like the way they looked on this bike. They just didn't fit the lines of this build so I'll keep them for a different project. Three months sounds like a long time but if you are working and doing chores (like mowing) the time flys by. My biggest goal is to build a good solid bike that rides really well that I intend to keep and finish on time. Finishing on time is the most difficult part.
I worked on the head badge today. It's brass and tarnished but I wanted it to look kind of like antique bronze. A friend told me to try Tobasco Sauce. Well, it did take layers of tarnish off with each application but I got impatient and was using a lot of Tobasco Sauce. So next I tried Tarn-X. After a few coats of that I was really starting to not like the color - kind of coppery - so I switched to my old standby - Brasso. One application with a white t-shirt and a little rubbing gave me the desired effect but a little too clean looking. If I had started with the Brasso I probably would have been closer to the color I wanted. But this did leave darker areas in all the nooks and crannys which is what I was after. Threw some clear coat on it and now I'm ready to install.
We've had a lot of 90+ days here all in a row and what little progress I made I haven't posted yet. I put the head badge on - under direct sunlight you can't see the darker areas very good but looks great in any other king of light.
The bullet style headlight I'm definitely keeping but the position I had it in would cover up the head badge so I flopped the bracket over. I'm also toying with the idea of using hub caps. Originally I thought I'd paint the chrome black but after I put them on I wasn't so sure. I'm going to buff out the fender and rear carrier braces and then clear coat them. They all run down to the axles and the chrome hub cap kind of ties them together. I'm also thinking screw the hub caps all together because they are a little large in diameter. But I do like the idea of the green reflectors on the sides. I welcome all input on this one. I have 5 sets of these so I can afford to paint one set black just to take pics to compare.
Next up is the saddle. I finished the Messinger I tore apart on this post earlier. Although it does look better with a grab rail it's still a little short on looks and is not that comfortable to ride on longer trips. The Persons that I have had on for awhile looks good and I would add a crash/grab rail to it but it too is not comfortable for me to ride longer distances. I threw this Troxel on - not sure how I feel about the looks yet and have not test ridden it either. The Troxel has a closed frame near the front so with the 90 degree post I can't slide it back as far without hitting the frame in proper adjustment. I need a custom post with the top parallel to the ground. Still working on this one but I'm running out of time. Only have one month left to paint and reassemble and of course I've never painted a complete bike before so I anticipate a learning curve and maybe some setbacks. I'm dreading this part - unfamiliar territory. Here we go.
Road Master: I think your bike looks fantastic just the way it is now! The primer colors look great. You could clear coat it and call it done! I would ditch the hub caps, though. Really nice work, sir.
Yeah, er umm, what? Sorry, I'm still jonesin' over the handlebar.
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I was going to update my sig line, but I'm not seein' anything worth plagiarizing right now.
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