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AGE / VALUE:   tanker posted by: jordan on 1/22/2003 at 2:46:58 AM
Some friends and I have started a bike shop and we have over 100 bikes.We would like to build choppers and sell them but we need to know how to make a gas tank. Can somebody please help?! thanks, Jordan


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   tanker posted by JimW. on 1/23/2003 at 2:01:07 AM
See the current issue of BikeRod&Kustom and check out the article on building the 2much trike. The same method for making the fenders will work even better for making a tank.
I'd recommend making the tank in two halves, with the join down the centerline of the frame. After the halves are finished, but before priming, glue them together at the edges with epoxy. After it cures, you can fill in the seam with bondo. Sand that smooth, then finish in the usual way. This will give you a very lightweight tank. Basically, you cut the tank halves out of styrofoam and smooth the shape with a mesh sanding pad. It's really pretty easy.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   tanker posted by RALPHY on 1/23/2003 at 2:50:49 AM
im having a hard time finding blocks of styrafoam, all i have found was sheets of it, like 1" and 2" thick. does anyone know where to find thicker sheets, or should i epoxy the 2" sheets together to make 4" and 6" blocks?

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   tanker posted by JimW. on 1/24/2003 at 5:43:36 AM
You can use Elmer's glue to join the styrofoam layers. Epoxy would work also, but it's more complicated to use and more expensive. I'd spread the Elmers on the layers, sandwich them flat on the floor and put a weight on top. It will take longer for the glue to set up, because it won't soak into the foam, the way it will with wood. It may take a couple of days, to be on the safe side. Warmer conditions will set it faster. If you're really in a hurry, use epoxy.






LOWRIDERS:   NAUGAHYDE for Seats posted by: James Donohue on 1/21/2003 at 7:46:30 PM
How do I glue naugahyde to a fiberglass seat?
I tried epoxy but I must've stepped out of the room while the epoxy was at it's tackiest.
The epoxy was wet when I left, but almost dry when I got back. I was going to try to stick it down at it's tackiset, but I missed the time window. The box said 20 minute working time.
Is there some other adhesive I should use, besides epoxy?


   RE:LOWRIDERS:   NAUGAHYDE for Seats posted by James Donohue on 1/21/2003 at 7:58:29 PM
I meant TACKIEST not tackiset,misspelling.

The naugahyde (synthetic leather) is temporarily held down with tape over an inch and a half of foam.
Should I glue the foam down too?

   RE:RE:LOWRIDERS:   NAUGAHYDE for Seats posted by jimmy on 1/21/2003 at 9:54:16 PM
glue it all down!!!dont want any lose things inside there.your doing it right, you just missed the time frame to put it on

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   NAUGAHYDE for Seats posted by sam on 1/22/2003 at 2:39:48 AM
I use a rubber contact cement or sometimes 3-M body adheives.And Naugahyde is the hardest to work with,It's tuff but hard to get the wrinkles out of.I like the cheaper grade of vinyl.What I do is heat the Vinyl and strech it over the seat pan and let it cool a bit,this shapes the vinyl.Apply contact cement to both vinyl and seat pan , let dry.then you can stick the two together.Use a hair dryer to hear or reheat the vinyl as you work out the wrinkels.

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   NAUGAHYDE for Seats posted by sam on 1/22/2003 at 2:45:37 AM
Almost forgot--used Carpet pad--Makes great foam for seats.It's harder and works better than the stuff you get at wal-mart to make pillows out of and a lot cheaper too.

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   NAUGAHYDE for Seats posted by James Donohue on 1/22/2003 at 5:31:03 PM
Yeah, Sam that's right. Someone else also told me the carpet pad is stronger because it's meant to stand up to foot traffic.
3M body adhesive? where do I get that?AutoParts shop?
I think I'll head down that way and buy a tube.

   RE:RE:LOWRIDERS:   NAUGAHYDE for Seats posted by James Donohue on 1/22/2003 at 8:04:35 PM
I am back. I tried the 3-M product and it worked.

Now I have a NAUGAHYDE SEAT, without embarrassing clear tape.

   RE:RE:RE:LOWRIDERS: NAUGAHYDE for Seats posted by Sebastian on 1/24/2003 at 7:31:10 PM
hey james - what about a photo?

Cheers!

   RE:RE:RE:RE:LOWRIDERS: NAUGAHYDE for Seats posted by James Donohue on 1/25/2003 at 6:17:29 PM
I'll have to tell you to go to bikerodnkustom gallery page 69.
I have no other photos of newer bikes.
The newer bikes don't have fairings or spoilers.
The seat just made a 3 mile ride in 20degreeF weather about 2 hours ago.
I don't have a flatbed scanner, it was a pain to get that one photo scanned.






FOR SALE:   New (NOS) Parts Site posted by: Ginny Rini on 1/15/2003 at 9:06:03 PM
I am beginning to post parts on my new parts site, it will take some time to get them all posted (be patient). I already have a up and running Old School BMX site. Keep an eye on my new site for allot of good parts. all my sites can be accesed from http://rinienterprises.home.attbi.com







CUSTOMS:   Making trailer for 20" lowrider ???? posted by: Eric on 1/13/2003 at 1:09:34 PM
Hello,
i am going to make a trailer for my schwinn lowrider but i do not have idea of how big or small it should be cuz i want to be anble to ride it around but stilll have a nice system with a amp and one 12" or one 15" sub and some small speakers and i need to hold a 12 volt battery? i need help on some ideas on the size it should be. does anyone have a traler like this already bult if u do how long does the battery last?
thanks
Eric


   RE:CUSTOMS:   Making trailer for 20 posted by Stacey on 1/13/2003 at 6:14:50 PM
Your key to success here Eric will be to use a practice called "Mock-Up" Using some cardboard, styrofoam, paper-mache, or whatever you have on hand... build a replica speaker, a shoe box might make a good battery. etc. etc. Once you have something to represent each piece of equipment you want to put on your trailer... start positioning everything how you'd like it to be. Big pieces of corriguated cardboard will serve well as trailer panels be they tops bottoms or sides. duct tape or masking tape will hold everything together for you. Now you have a full sized mock up of your trailer. Time now to get out the tape measure, pencil and paper and make some notes for your working drawings. Then start building (or have your fabricator build)what resembles your drawings & mock-up.

Don't forget to leave some room for your hands in there to do some wiring or do something like the automotive designers do and make it so that you have to pull the radio to charge the battery LOL

Plan you work & work your plan and it will all come together for you. Good luck!

   RE:CUSTOMS:   Making trailer for 20 posted by Rif on 1/17/2003 at 2:48:33 AM
Hey,
Check out Bike Rod & Kustom. I believe many aspects of the builup of the '2-Much' Kustom recumbant trike will be benificial. there is a basic similarity between building your stereo trailer, and the body and stereo set-up of the trike.
Rif

   RE:CUSTOMS:   Making trailer for 20 posted by Eric on 1/20/2003 at 7:22:39 PM
thanks for ur addvice
. its been very helpful






CUSTOMS:   Making trailer for 20" lowrider ???? posted by: Eric on 1/13/2003 at 1:09:34 PM
Hello,
i am going to make a trailer for my schwinn lowrider but i do not have idea of how big or small it should be cuz i want to be anble to ride it around but stilll have a nice system with a amp and one 12" or one 15" sub and some small speakers and i need to hold a 12 volt battery? i need help on some ideas on the size it should be. does anyone have a traler like this already bult if u do how long does the battery last?
thanks
Eric







MISC:   Help!!! I need to find parts!!! posted by: Jay on 1/12/2003 at 1:52:05 AM
Help!!! I need to find parts for a sears & Roebuck three wheeled bike. I don't know the age but offhand I would say its al least 20 years old or older. It is the full size bike, not the kids tricycle, and I can't find the parts anywhere. Please Help, I need to find a rear axle /w hub, sprocket complete, I've looked everywhere. I want it together by summer. Again, HELP!!!!!!!


   RE:MISC:   Help!!! I need to find parts!!! posted by sam on 1/12/2003 at 5:44:16 PM
You might try contacting Bicycle Don at petribike@hotmail.com they carry the 3-wheel conversion kits and might be of help.






CUSTOMS:   propane flames posted by: isaac ray on 1/10/2003 at 9:21:04 AM
i was looking thru some old posts for some ideas and came upon a post by jimmy dated 8/13/2002. he was explaining the begining stages of adding a flame thrower using a propane soldering torch. this sounds really really cool, i would love to try this on mine. im still working on it but can anyone, or maybe jimmy can enlighten me on how he finished this project. im pretty handy with my hands and feel i can do this. so if anyone one can help me out i would very much appreciate it. thanks once again for all the help you all have given me.



   RE:CUSTOMS:   propane flames posted by jimmy on 1/11/2003 at 12:04:36 AM
isaac ray, i never finished the idea i got from a guy who has his done, i asked him how to do it, but he acted like it was a protected family secret or something, so i tryed to figure the fricken thing out but never completed it, sorry man.

   RE:RE:CUSTOMS:   propane flames posted by jimmy on 1/11/2003 at 12:05:55 AM
oh yeah, the bike was on the last bike rod n kustom issue, not the newest one, the one before the one thats on there now. its a purple bike

   RE:RE:RE:CUSTOMS:   propane flames posted by isaac ray on 1/11/2003 at 9:55:16 AM
no problem jimmy thanks for the reply. im trying to get my pics pasted, ive got a completed lowrider with a almost completed trailer for it. im now working on a custom chopper, but its a little harder than i thought. im just glad theres a place i can go for some help. well good luck on all your future projects and ill post some pics soon.

   RE:RE:RE:CUSTOMS:   propane flames posted by isaac ray on 1/11/2003 at 9:57:03 AM
no problem jimmy thanks for the reply. im trying to get my pics pasted, ive got a completed lowrider with a almost completed trailer for it. im now working on a custom chopper, but its a little harder than i thought. im just glad theres a place i can go for some help. well good luck on all your future projects and ill post some pics soon.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:CUSTOMS:   propane flames posted by AKM on 1/13/2003 at 6:13:27 PM
Hi Issac/Jimmy. I'm the builder of the purple bike you speak of (the GrapeApe). The flame thrower isn't a family secret. I just don't want to give this info to kids (you two certainly don't seem to be) or have to write a book to get someone to understand. The last time I saw this subject explained on this site someone summed it up with, "if you can't understand the directions don't try it," or something to that effect. Now that said, if you want to know how I did it I will give you the first place to look. Go to the alt.rec.bicycles.recumbent google group. Click "search only in this group" then search by "grapeape". There are details in the thread "You talking to me". If after you read that material and you still have questions feel free to email me, I will respond to the best of my ability. Just remember that projects like this take some extra know-how and a little stupidity.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:CUSTOMS:   propane flames posted by JimW. on 1/16/2003 at 4:13:52 PM
That quote was probably from me, and it went something like:
"If you have to ask, we probably shouldn't tell you."
It's probably still relevant. If you have experience working with flammable and explosive gases, and haven't been killed yet, you should be able to figure it out yourself. If you can't figure it out yourself, you really shouldn't get into it. The learning curve on this stuff is a killer (literally).

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:CUSTOMS:   propane flames posted by isaac ray on 1/17/2003 at 5:24:24 AM
okay okay maybe i shouldn't try this after all. with everyones warnings may be i should listen and try to think of something else. i really want something challenging as well as something that would turn a few heads. so if any one has an idea for a chopper or lowrider project please share. thanks for the warnings and good luck to all.






FOR SALE:   Mike Burrows WindCheetah No.2 posted by: Tim Gunn on 1/6/2003 at 1:44:59 PM
Hi There,
This is an orportunity to buy An Historic recumbant.
I have forsale Mike Burrows Experimental Windcheetah Trike No.2.
It's in need of some work, but is still in it's original form as built by Mike Burrows. For more info,
Email me At The Old Bicycle Company, Gunngrafton@aol.com


   HELP!!!! I need to find parts posted by Jay on 1/12/2003 at 1:51:38 AM
Help!! I have a old Sears & Roebuck Tricycle, (Its full size, not kids bike), I can't determine the age but I would say at least 20 years old or older. Its a three wheeler and I can't find parts anywhere. I really want to restore this bike. I'm looking for the back axle /w hub, sprocket, please help. Must have it together by summer.






LOWRIDERS:   lowrider bicycle mag posted by: isaac ray on 1/6/2003 at 11:32:49 AM
does anyone know when the lowrider bicycle mag comes out.


   RE:LOWRIDERS:   lowrider bicycle mag posted by jimmy on 1/6/2003 at 10:06:00 PM
the last one came out on december 10, im not sure when the next one will be out, but they are only coming out with two issues a year now!!! thats really messed up, they have a new lowrider car magazine like every two weeks, they should put lowrider bicycle to an issue a month.

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   lowrider bicycle mag posted by jimmy on 1/6/2003 at 10:06:26 PM
the last one came out on december 10, im not sure when the next one will be out, but they are only coming out with two issues a year now!!! thats really messed up, they have a new lowrider car magazine like every two weeks, they should put lowrider bicycle to an issue a month.

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   lowrider bicycle mag posted by jimmy on 1/6/2003 at 10:07:18 PM
the last one came out on december 10, im not sure when the next one will be out, but they are only coming out with two issues a year now!!! thats really messed up, they have a new lowrider car magazine like every two weeks, they should put lowrider bicycle to an issue a month.






FOR SALE:   7 speed recumbent posted by: James Donohue on 1/4/2003 at 7:08:02 PM
Having put my new 21 speed lowrider into service,
I feel it is time to part with my seven speed recumbent.
I can't stand on the pedals(recumbents are like that).
It's a Worksman made bike. It has air suspension rear.
Wheelbase axle to axle is 45 inches.
20 inch wheels. has seat back. Is considered a semi recumbent.Looks like a very upright ladies bike.
Not really suitable to go fast, it's marketed as the ultimate comfort cycle. I paid $399.00 but I'm willing to sell for $100.00 because I'd rather use the space in my living room for a couch.
You'll need to pick this baby up because I don't feel like driving anywhere. Location is Locust Valley NY.(that's on the North Shore of Nassau County on Long Island.)


   RE:FOR SALE:   7 speed recumbent posted by James Donohue on 1/4/2003 at 7:23:50 PM
I forgot, here's my contact information:
email-hotbike@hotmail.com
phone-1 (516)671-1533






LOWRIDERS:   LOWRIDER TRAILER posted by: ISAAC RAY on 1/4/2003 at 12:09:21 AM
CAN ANYONE SHOW ME HOW TO BUILD A TRAILER FOR MY 20" LOWRIDER BIKE. I WANT TO PUT A STEREO AND AN AMP AND SOME SPEAKERS AND SUBS. I CAN DO ALL THIS BUT I WANT TO KNOW HOW I CAN CONNECT AND DISCONNECT THIS TRAILER TO MY BIKE WITH THE LEAST AMOUNT OF TROUBLE. LET ME KNOW THE STEP BY STEP PROCESS IF ANYONE OUT THERE CAN HELP. THANKS


   RE:LOWRIDERS:   LOWRIDER TRAILER posted by Oscar on 1/4/2003 at 3:22:06 AM
I don't know, but your ideas really impress me.

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   LOWRIDER TRAILER posted by James Donohue on 1/4/2003 at 7:05:48 PM
If the 12 volt battery is on board the trailer with the stereo, there shouldn't be any wires/plug to connect,
so it should be the same hookup as any trailer.
If you really want to impress people, put a small 12 volt photovoltaic solar panel on top of the trailer
to help keep the battery charged.

   RE:LOWRIDERS: LOWRIDER TRAILER posted by isaac ray on 1/5/2003 at 8:21:54 AM
what i meant was how can i connect the trailer to my bike so i can tow it around. should i connect it to my seat post, i want an idea to make it as convient as possible. thanks for any advice given.

   RE:RE:LOWRIDERS: LOWRIDER TRAILER posted by Stacey on 1/5/2003 at 12:45:24 PM
Well, if you mount it to your seat post you'll have very little swing in the pivot (the trailer tounge would be trapped by the sissy bar). But a little bracket off the sissy bar with a 3/8" clevis pin sticking up would work great on the bike half of the hitch. Then using a Heim Joint on the tounge for the trailer half of the hitch would be easy too. Just drop the Heim Joint over the clevis pin and then any of the assorted styles of spring clips would secure the joint.

Easy as falling off a bicycle! :-) Good Luck!

   RE:RE:RE:LOWRIDERS: LOWRIDER TRAILER posted by JimW. on 1/7/2003 at 6:49:59 PM
That's an elegant solution Stacey; you rule!

   RE:RE:RE:RE:LOWRIDERS: LOWRIDER TRAILER posted by isaac ray on 1/8/2003 at 1:13:32 PM
did just as you directed. thanks stacey, came out excellent!!!

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:LOWRIDERS: LOWRIDER TRAILER posted by Stacey on 1/9/2003 at 11:53:43 AM
Great Isaac! Glad to have been of help. Now, how about some pictures? :-)






FOR SALE:   New (NOS) Parts Site posted by: Ginny Rini on 1/3/2003 at 4:58:42 AM
I have a new site that I am beginning to post parts on (It will take awhile to get them all posted). Keep an eye on http://rini20@attbi.com. I also have a operational site for Old School BMX at http://ginnyrini.home.attbi.com



   RE:FOR SALE:   New (NOS) Parts Site posted by ginny rini on 1/5/2003 at 6:00:45 AM
sorry i posted a bad link--try http://rinienterprises.home.attbi.com that will give you access to all 3 of my bicycle sites.






FOR SALE:   All parts 10% off! posted by: stuart on 1/1/2003 at 2:22:49 AM
ALL ITEMS ARE 10% OFF UNTIL JANUARY 31. WE HAVE MANY SCHWINN PARTS ALONG WITH OTHER OLD PARTS.

CHECK IT OUT AT VINTAGEBICYCLEPARTS.CJB.NET

THANKS,
STUART







MISC:   Free to good (any) home posted by: Brian L. on 12/30/2002 at 1:34:05 AM
Diamondback "Curaca" old-style bmx frameset, straight-guage hi-ten tubeset w/ canti braze-ons and rear derailleur hanger. Comes with Ashtabula-style 1-piece crank and junky Shimano derailleur. Chopper project? Call (206) 633-3139 or email. Ask for Brian. Greenlake, Seattle pick up only.


   RE:MISC:   Free to good (any) home posted by JimW. on 1/4/2003 at 11:19:52 PM
This would be a great starter for building up an IBRKA BMX Modified Dragster. Somebody please take Brian up on it and build one. And send us photos. http://bikerodnkustom.com






WANTED:   LOWRIDER PARTS posted by: ISAAC RAY on 12/23/2002 at 4:43:23 PM
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!stingray frame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I AM ALSO LOOKING FOR A 20IN LOWRIDER FRAME. ANY CONDITION. I LIVE IN THE S.F. BAY AREA. ANYONE CAN HELP E MAIL ME IKEAGUIRRE14@NETSCAPE.NET THANK YOU. ALSO LOOKING FOR A EXTENDED TWIST FORK CROWN AND CHAIN STEERING WHEEL CHROME.


   RE:WANTED:   LOWRIDER PARTS posted by L. LUJAN on 12/26/2002 at 2:27:11 PM
Issac, I have frames, mild kustom style; meaning theirs a picture of my sons 20inch in bikerodnkustom, the aftermarket frame in question is that style, minus the caliper brake bridge, since your running a coaster brake. This frame also has a welded hook up tab for bolting down your brake lever. I also have a 1973 20inch Sting Ray frame in red oxide primer ready for paint; no sanding needed, been there done that already. I also have a aftermarket blems; meaning number 2 frames that were scratched during shipping. The distributor who I buy from must sell it as a mark down. This is good for doing your own work, like if you want too do your own welding, or you have your own choice of color too paint the frame. If your interested e-mail me. Lets talk, and I can also send you pictures of the frames.

   RE:RE:WANTED: LOWRIDER PARTS posted by isaac ray on 12/27/2002 at 8:42:04 AM
Lajun, thanks for responding to my request. i would be interested in the two aftermarket frames you were explaining to me. how much would you want for them. what about the sanded finished one how much for that one. can you please e mail me some pics please. my email address is ikeaguirre14@netscape.net. ive never bought something online before so how would we go abot arranging this deal. please let me know cause i really want to get this project done in time for my sons birthday. i also might want to convert my lowriderbike into a trike, can you suggest a site that will guide me step by step how i can do that. thanks alot for your time. much appreciated. :)

   RE:WANTED:   LOWRIDER PARTS posted by dawn on 1/20/2003 at 10:16:10 AM
californias has tons of lowrider bike shops. I live in florida an 75% of every thing I order comes from cali. heres a few aztlan.com / bccycle.com / megalowrider.com / lovelylowrider.com if your willing to spend some money bc cycle has some really cool stretched frames for any size rim but I find aztlans usually cheapest over all on most things hopes this helps good luck.