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I figured I better check the fit before I started unlacing the 3-speed, after all, it's from a complete working bike."DOH!" Even if I take all the lock nuts + spacers off, it's 1/2" wider than my dropouts, and the sprocket's practically touching the chainstay. Tried to re-lace the Hystop with the spokes I was going to use, they're just a little too short for 4-cross and way too long for 3. I had a lot more parts +patience half a lifetime ago. Oh well. Here are my choices: spend a few more dollars that I don't really have. Nope. Make Outlaw happy by switching my build to the step-thru. Not in this lifetime, I'd rather get paddle whacked. Maybe if I was only 5' tall. Use my New Departure, even though I never found my 52t front cog. Pedaling like a BMXer trapped on the interstate doesn't appeal to me, ain't gonna happen. Use the 10-spd. stuff I just put on the beater. Noisy, sloppy, Falcon dime-store junk, no thank you. Last resort, what I'll probably do - since I only pedal it 10' or so, and it'll give good leverage on the brake, put the New Dep. and matching front on my motorized Pacific "Schwinn", and put it's fresh alloy set on Mr. Goodyear.
I like the idea of the minimalistic approach, JMO....I'm actually using a tank, fenders and a guard this build off! I'm glad Steve "added" the software for picture size, because yours are the first pics I've seen come up LIFSIZE! Be proud if OUTLAW threatens to have you "whacked"...That's the NEW standard for coolness this year.
MY INTRO/BIKES ... WHEEL WE EVER BE SATISFIED?
I hope my self-imposed standards don't come across as cycle snobbery or disrespect for artistic endeavors, functional or otherwise. I don't extend my requirements to other people's bikes. I like all kinds of cool stuff that I have no intention of imitating for my own use. To quote the philosopher,"I like where these builds are going!".
just build what you love and leave it at that. i have traditions with my builds most dont have chain guards or fenders. but then again the last two build off bikes did have chain guards but like you say about being artistic they were both deals where the parts i had were so cool not using them would have been a shame. as for getting whacked yea if you not in the "lumped" club your just not cool. actually i dont think i am in that club yet so once again i am tragically un-cool cant wait to see what your up to with your bike good luck!!
PRESIDENT of The Hooligans B.C. c.c OF SACRAMENTO
Sometimes things just work out. The wider old steel let the ww2.125" tire that came on the "Schwinn" fill out at the bead, just clears the drive belt, the hub/gear fit the chain(I've got room for another link)and is MUCH sturdier, brake wise especially. As for my project, the street tires have regained a normal profile on the narrower MTB rim type that they were designed for, the bike is at least 1 1/2 lbs lighter and only one wrench needed for patchkit.
Added spacers to front steel on donor, replacing thick locknuts w/ thin on project/alloy whl. I need to file the fork dropouts to fit full size axle in front. I just love working with straight frames and centered wheels.
I just noticed I hadn't posted that the fork I'm using is 24", which is why the standard wienmanns reach the wide tire rim. To put a standard tire on here, the brake would have to be removed, possibly the front tab ground out! It has very nice handling this way, I like it.
I'm not going to call it done yet, but the things that count for me in a bike are pretty much all sewn up. The seat post, steering head, and wheels are all in plane, no whakadoodle dishing or other desperate measures required. The fork took a little minor tweaking, but the old Columbia frame is dead straight, and fairly light as well.(for a steel bike). Filing the front dropouts was a breeze, the home was already sized for 5/16, so I only had to open the entry slightly. The wheels I'm using now are much more appropriate for the the general direction of this build, the tires fit better, and they're at least 2 lbs lighter! The seat/handlebar/crank relationships are well within my narrow window of acceptance, almost perfect. Handling is pretty neutral and light, hooray I usually don't paint my bikes, other than shooting more black over scratches on black ones, but they usually still have most of their factory finish. This one was covered with rust. It came out OK for an amateur rattle can job, but I may add some detail. I tend to always keep a coaster bike around, this one works GREAT! Not on any real off-road stuff, obviously, but a great street and bike path bike. It looks a little different with the seat and handlebar adjusted better, I might get another picture before it's done.
Also swapped the wheel bearings in from the Hystop, because 1 of the cheap cages was damaged on the new wheel, it would have gone south given a little more time.
Last view before completed post, I'm still contemplating some minor appearance details. Functionally, no changes. The little bag under the seat contains a stubby wheel wrench, a few glueless patches, and enough CO2 to inflate at least 1 tire all the way.
Every paint detail idea I came up with seemed to add to the imbalance of tight chromed front, and open plain rear. I finally came up with the only logical solution. It's chrome, it's slightly ratty...
SURRENDER TO THE RACK!!!
Day light pics in the finished bikes forum tomorrow
Drive chain photo restored, I'm starting to figure out this internet stuff.
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