FINK 49

Mar 26, 2012
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Good to see you in G! Yeah, the play money always helps. I made enough for my build (hopefully, if I stay on course) this week with two bike tune-ups, a tubeless tire conversion, repair and set up of a dulcimer, and a violin repair. Nice to have hobbies that support my habit, er, hobby. :bigsmile:
 
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Well I really wanted to try my hand at building a frame from scratch. But I don't think I will have the time & money to dedicate to it and be able to build it as I would like. Just by chance in the past couple weeks I scored two bikes . I thought I could combine them and build something cool similar to the bike I wanted to build. My past couple builds were vintage rats which I love. I also like the 60s-70s hot rod stile. Like Big Daddy Ed Roth , George Barris , Sugar Bear , Indiana Larry & Jessie James hot rods & Harleys .I wanted a slightly stretch & chopped bike . A modern day muscle bike not a 20" bike .
I will combine a 24" rear wheel & a 29" front wheel crating a 49er .
This is the start for the VAGABOND 49, now changed to FINK 49...
A open road cruiser with a 3 speed .



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So I woke this morning with this sick riff in my head . I believe I had vision last night . I'm sure you've herd of the James Gang & Joe Walsh . They were a 70s band did a song called Funk 49 .
How fitting to my bike I thought.
So I will change the name of this build one more time before we get to deep into this build off.
This will now be called .....
FINK 49


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Spent some time messaging around tonight just had to get the 3G fork on this FINK .

I had to add some temporary spacers to the head tube part of the fork to make it rideable.

It's rides great !!! I love the feel of this bike all ready shes fun and fast ...



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Looks killer, but is there any way to shorten all three, steerer and both legs to get the upper crown lower and not have to space it up so high? I am unfamiliar with that fork and its construction, but think it would make the whole assembly much cleaner! Like the direction so far!

keep the rubber side down!
 
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Apr 14, 2015
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Looks killer, but is there any way to shorten all three, steerer and both legs to get the upper crown lower and not have to space it up so high? I am unfamiliar with that fork and its construction, but think it would make the whole assembly much cleaner! Like the direction so far!

keep the rubber side down!
Yes I will be cutting about 1 1/4 off the top of the fork legs . It will drop down to the top of the head tube and fit perfectly.


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