Bck in Blck

Jul 25, 2019
52
88
50
There are 20 days to go according to the timer and I think I can swing it, as long as my health plays along. I am not sure if that is actually feasible once i get into the meat and potatoes. I am also not sure if this is too late of a start per group rules although 20 days isn't 'last minute'.

Class 1 as per usual MBBO: The 2 out 3 rule: Must meet at least 2 of the following 3 options:

1: Rear tire larger than the front. (Wider or taller or both.)
2: Banana seat.
3: Muscle bike appropriate bars. (Apehangers, steering wheels...)

I have an Electra Sparker that basically fulfills the requirements except that it's original from the manufacturer and therefore already finished. I plan on updating the fork, install some wide rear rim, install a new skull stem, powder everything. Should be do-able in the time frame and if I don't make it, I'll still eventually created my own Sparker.

OG Sparker.jpg


finish timer.jpg
 
Last edited:
Jul 25, 2019
52
88
50
Today I took the bike apart. I took the fork out and realized how flimsy the original headsets are. I can't use that headset for the springer or better, I don't want to. I also took both wheels out and disassembled them completely into their parts. I prepped the skull stem, the springer fork, the ape hanger and the wheel parts for powder coating. I am going with a 65mm rear rim, which should work according to the combined wisdom of this community. I am also going to attempt to match the powder-coating color to the OG Sparker color. Last but not least, I purchased a bunch of parts such as black spoke nipples, a black shifter bell (back in black chopper), a longer shifter cable and a new headset. I guess disassembling is the easy part but prepping for powder isn't.......!

coaster break arm.jpg


032.JPG
040.JPG
042.JPG
044.JPG

og fork hub.jpg


50.JPG
powder ready.jpg
 
Last edited:
Jul 25, 2019
52
88
50
Look, tight schedules require a level of precision that is otherwise not necessary. All the powdercoaters I know are fairly large industrial operations and they have customer parts laying around everywhere, which leads to missing parts or wrong colors. By studying their process, I figured I could help them (and myself) by making it hard to screw up. Let's see how that goes.

What's a BB? Double B?
 
  • Like
Reactions: Dr. Tankenstein
Jul 16, 2019
2,410
2,705
America's Friendly Hat
Sorry, Clarence I forgot you are new. Not used to the Matti brand of humor. I wasn't criticising, just amazed that people are organized. My shop is like an archeological dig. If I wanna find something, I'm gotta remember when I had it last, then figure out how many layers of "sediment" are on top of it.
BB is short for bottom bracket. Bottom, like what goes in your underwear. Hence the underwear drawer. I find that the best jokes, aren't just the ones you have to explain, but the ones that you have to explain are jokes before you explain why they're funny.
Keep on ratting
 
  • Like
Reactions: Jude Ephesus
Jul 25, 2019
52
88
50
Sorry, Clarence I forgot you are new. Not used to the Matti brand of humor. I wasn't criticising, just amazed that people are organized. My shop is like an archeological dig. If I wanna find something, I'm gotta remember when I had it last, then figure out how many layers of "sediment" are on top of it.
BB is short for bottom bracket. Bottom, like what goes in your underwear. Hence the underwear drawer. I find that the best jokes, aren't just the ones you have to explain, but the ones that you have to explain are jokes before you explain why they're funny.
Keep on ratting
Gotcha Matti! I got your joke (believe it or not I've been following for quite some time / participated in a build off before) and didn't see any form of criticism at all. I just attempted to play along with the 'Double B' / 'Double D' analogy - hence underwear.......I'll work on that!
 
Jul 25, 2019
52
88
50
Got the powder items back. Even with all the prep. You win some and you lose some. The rear hub was well done, not one spoke hole was closed. No powder on the inside of the hub! Amazing work!

The ape hanger and the rim were somewhat perfect. The fork.....well see for yourself.

ape hanger 1.JPG
ape hanger.JPG
rear hub.JPG
rim 1.JPG
rim 2.JPG
rim 3.JPG
springer 2 (2).JPG

Do you spot the issue?
 
  • Like
Reactions: kingfish254
The Bike Wall BOXKARS Clyde James Cycles