(WBO) 2015 Winter Build Off Entry: "Switch-a-roo" by Gig Mata

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  1. gigmata

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    They are from firebikes.com


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  2. gigmata

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    FRESH POWDER!

    I just got my frame and components back from the powder coater and I am pretty excited with the results. After a long pause for forks I feel like the project is moving again.
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    These are the Ziegler-Lam Retrogear cranks that I will be going with. If I pedal backwards it knocks the ratio down half of a gear while still propelling me forward.
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    If you think that is a helmet's bubble facial visor you would be right. It is also my number plate.
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    I am really liking the firebikes.com front fork. They were seriously delayed over a month arriving from Canada to California. UPS is to blame. Through a series of strange circumstances I have two more of these shoved into my parts closet.

    I hope my back survives the Schwinn OCC handlebars at this angle. I bought a set of 3G adjustable bars just in case.
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    A Huffy Panama Jack bike gave up it's seat so I can sit my tired but down. The rear fender came from an RRB member and I think he took it off of a Schwinn. That rear fender worked in mock-up but it doesn't look like it will now. Hmmm.
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    I had this puppy out for Ciclavia and it was good to get it on the street. If you ever buy 24x3" Innova tires don't put them on a wide rim. They undress themselves from the rim.

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    The Lucky B@$+@rd faired well with the black version of the same tires. My neighbor Dee rode it. Another neighbor of mine rode my "She's The Bomber Bike."

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  3. LukeTheJoker

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    Looking good Gig, love the black!

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    Can't wait to see her all assembled, I have been thinking of picking up a firebikes fork.
     
  5. Dr. Tankenstein

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    They look like Firebikes forks
     
  6. gigmata

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    You are correct. They are Firebikes.com forks.


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  7. gigmata

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    I am going to be running a tire with a pretty good sidewall. I imagine the bike will have a comfortable ride. Maybe not as nice as the Girvins but still nice.


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  8. gigmata

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    So I added the face shield -- I mean number plate. I also mounted the forks, the bars, rear fender, and the stem. The seat and and seat post are not mounted in tightly yet. I am still trying to figure out which light to go with. I have 2 versions that I like. One works off a generator and the other will take batteries. Either way, I love the way the front turned out.
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    I don't have much time left so I have had to make quite a few compromises which I am not at all fond of but I will most likely enjoy the changes. Jeff at junkyrustybikes.com told me my tires will arrive on Monday so I hope to finish the bike Monday night. Not a moment too soon.


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  9. Funkme

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    'Bike in a bubble' or a 'bikeonaut'.
    Nasty crank set...:113:
    Can't wait the end result.
     
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    Loving that face shield/number plate Gig! Very cool!

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  11. Walker

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    Super cool drivetrain! It's looking like another sweet ride gig.
     
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  12. The Renaissance Man

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    Looks good, looking forward to the finished pics!
     
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  13. Loki182

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    Wow, those are the most amazing cranks that I have ever seen. I must find one of those. This build is sweet I can't wait to see the finished product.
     
  14. gigmata

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    Less than 1 day left. The cranks will not cooperate. The new seat post doesn't fit and my living room looks the worst it ever has! AND I NEED BIGGER STAR NUTS FOR THE FORKS! Tonight my headlights went out so I couldn't pick up my tires. I know. I know. I have first world problems.

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  15. gigmata

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    The cranks are Ziegler-Lam cranks. I bought 2 sets of eBay within the same week. Keep your eyes pealed and you will get lucky and find them. I am told they are rare, but again, I bought two in the same week from the same place.


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  16. Loki182

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    If you don't mind my asking, what did they run you? A ballpark number is ok.
     
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    I paid $175 for a set that was essentially flawless. Easily a NOS or new old stock piece. I paid $140 for a set that was reported to be NOS but the seller obviously did not know what that meant. Pieces were missing and the crank arms were scratched up.


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  18. Loki182

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    Awesome, Thanks. Honestly that is less than I expected, although still not quite a casual purchase.

    But I'll stop bugging you so you can get back to work. This bike is going to be really cool when it is done.
     
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    Lookin good man! :thumbsup: Speedy looking ride.
     
  20. barber

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    You still got some hours left buddy! I hope you'll get that beast together. I'd love to see finished pix of that.
     
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