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    Felt Heavy Duty

    I'm sure there's an oddball exception out there, but derailleurs just do whatever the cable tension against the spring tells them to do, so as long as it has enough travel, it doesn't care how many rings it sits over. This goes for friction or index shift since the shifter controls the length of...
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    Easy ways to paint stripes on rims?

    I used a cheap imitation Beugler and it leaked all over. Maybe it could have worked for something thick, like un-thinned outdoor latex paint. I ended up going with stripe masking tape. It came out pretty swell, but it made me appreciate the hand-painted double box stripes on the tubing of my...
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    Plum Crazy

    Finally found the (good) Hella 500. It's just kind of jammed in there, but you get the idea.
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    Plum Crazy

    Started on the rear fairing. I need to extend the front of it so that it reaches the seat. It's ABS, so it's a weldable thermoplastic and that's what I'll be doing with some ABS sheet I have. The pictured parts are just some reinforcements as I don't trust just a stitch weld. The holes are...
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    Huffy The Mag

    I love unusual shifters. Looking forward to seeing how those are done.
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    Monark Sparker

    Interesting shift! The only ones I remember seeing were Autobikes at a low end sporting goods place that used weights on the spokes to move a rear derailleur. This seems like a much better idea.
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    Plum Crazy

    More or less got what I wanted done. I think the truss rods came out pretty slick, in particular. You can see the fairing I'll be using and I modified the green Columbia Fire Bolt tank from the Cyclops to fit the angle of the head tube. I was expecting that to be kind of a pain, but it was...
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    Plum Crazy

    I have no idea, but I converted it to a solid axle and I hope that and maybe a little mechanical sympathy is enough. I bought a 90mm drum brake for the front as I also plan on reinforcing the fork using the old cantilever mounts as truss rod supports because I figure it can't hurt. Playing with...
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    Plum Crazy

    Electric info: this will be 52V motor with a step-down voltage converter for the 12V for the lighting as shown in the diagram. I come from an extensive knowledge of internal combustion engines, so learning electric was a little confusing at first as I tried to think of the components as being...
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    Plum Crazy

    I intended to start this earlier, but decided to wait for the BO so more people could see the electric stuff. I am not an electrician, but hopefully, it will be a help. Anyway, this has been leaning here for months waiting (those trees out the window have leaves now!). It's a 1995 Giant Innova...
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    Rant: why I have trouble supporting the LBS

    The only LBS left that's useful to me isn't so L, but the guy knows and loves old stuff. Helped me get the fork for my 1912 IJ repaired and was even willing to track down a replacement if it didn't work. The rest of them sell a very limited selection of standard stuff I don't need for newer...
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    RRBBO16

    As Mike Tyson said: everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. That's how builds are for me. I do plan on reusing some parts I made and abandoned on Interrobang, which was a previous punch in the mouth.
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    RRBBO16

    Oh, yeah, and he also bought a bunch of the "Death of Superman" comic to preserve, like a few million others. At least these investments didn't cost him much.
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    RRBBO16

    I remember the vote for which Elvis stamp. My friend actually wanted old Elvis because he thought it was funny, but he bought a bunch of sheets of the stamps to save just the same. It's great to have been able to leave behind such beloved and far reaching artwork.
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    RRBBO16

    For reference, the cells for my 52V 35aH battery cost about $150 from batteryhookup. Of course, that's a lot of battery, but I also want to run no more than 80% charge and keep the discharge rate low for the sake of lifespan. Plus the shipping cost was the same for a lesser number of cells.