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Finally decided to dip my toes into the build off this year. I've had these two bikes just sitting around for a couple years receiving little to no attention so I figure this deadline might be just what I need to get something done with'em.
As the photo and title suggest, it's gonna be an experiment in role-reversal. The 27inch wheel just barley fit the fork of the old cruiser but I might still be on the lookout for a replacement. I wanna try and build up both of these at once but I'm sure my interest will be stolen by one or the other.... we'll see. Neither will be as extravagant as I'd like because my funds and free time are quite limited at the moment, but I think I've got enough reserves of spare parts to rig into two pretty fun riders.
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I really think the road bike turned fat tire cruiser will be my favorite as well.... but the cruiser turned skinny tire'd racer will go together smoother and sell faster... so it will probably receive the lion share of attention at first.
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Little work done today. I've decided I like the way the BMX style fork looks with the road tire so out the grinder wheel came to stop it from rubbing.
Next up the seat post. The post original to the cruiser had somehow become mangled and bent. It was a smaller diameter than anything in my parts pile so.... out came the grinding wheel again! Someone put the hideous super wide handle bars on this thing and they just happened to be the same exact diameter of the original post!
Step 1: CUT!!
Step 2: INSTANT CHROME LAYBACK POST!!
Next order of business: Brakes
Edit: I realize the post looks crooked but I promise it's only because I hadn't pushed it down in the tube.... It does fit.
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I'm thinking gloss red and flat black as the paint scheme for the cruiser turned racer.
Having a hard time figuring out what handlebar setup to roll with. At first I was planning on bringing over the bars from the Raleigh but now I kinda like the way they look on the fat tire boy...
Also got the canti brakes mocked up tonight. Need to rob some cables an levers to get them hooked up.
I almost feel like I'm getting too much done to fast.... But issues always arise down the stretch.
Got plenty done tonight, but shamefully it was all destructive.... Found a stem yesterday that I was excited about test fitting but sadly it was just a smidge to wide... only the story ended there. 20 minutes, a little pent up aggravation from work, and a hammer later I'm now in the market for both a new fork and stem... uhg.
Got past the broken fork tube issue by trimming just enough of the head tube to get down to the threads I need. After getting past that mess I put the original stem back in, a short set of MTB bars, and nicest set of brake levers in the pile. The brakes from the Raleigh made their way over as well.
I'm really starting to like the way this thing rides.
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Started stripping paint today. The tentative plan is still gloss red and flat black... but that bare "ugly" metal look has kinda got me by the tail right now... luckily I've still got time to kill before that decision needs to be made.
Need to figure out what I'm doing for the shifter, attention grabbing stick shifter or discreetly handlebar mounted?
Like the tall thin tires on your cruiser!
Nice blend of old and new (chainring/chainguard/fork)
Looking forward to seeing the red and flat black
That should make things "pop"
Good luck to your friend and on the sale
Came up with a plan on the shifter last night and got it mounted up today.
Here's the shifter from the 10speed taken apart. I'll only need half of it!
Trimmed the center shaft down short enough to fit inside the down tube, then drilled two holes. One for the for the shaft and the other for a flush mounted screw to hold it in place.
still need to grind on it a little to get it looking like it belongs, but I'm pretty happy with how it came out.
I don't know how this slipped my mind... but I'll be needing chainring to fit the smaller multi-speed chain. That sucks as this one was really growing on me.
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