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Archived: Customs, Lowriders, HPV, Recumbent, etc.







AGE / VALUE:   HPV or Human Powered Vehicle posted by: Aviation on 10/28/2005 at 1:58:27 PM
The scientific term "Human Powered Vehicle" is used by engineering
professors to teach their students physics lessons. The goal is to
give the students an idea or a working knowledge of how to use one
HP (horse power or human power, it's seven hundred forty five watts
in an Hp.)efficiently, keep the project vehicle safer and cost under
budget.
The use of the term "HPV" can be a blunder, either as a marketing
term, or in an attempt to be "Politically Correct".
The person who named the bike, didn't know that the abbreviation,
HPV ,is also the abbreviation for the name of the virus that causes
genital warts.
Now people are afraid to take the vehicle for a test ride (beta
test) for fear of contraction warts?

Human Powered Vehicle is meant to generalize everthing under the sun
that is pushed by legs, first and foremost are bicycles, but also
includes shopping carts, skateboards, hand trucks, pallatte
jacks,and furniture with casters on the bottom of the legs.

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LOWRIDERS:   how to customize bondo your beachcruiser posted by: Arnold on 10/14/2005 at 6:35:22 PM
i would like to know how to bondo my beachcruiser frame
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   RE:LOWRIDERS: how to customize bondo your beachcruiser posted by sam on 10/17/2005 at 3:27:00 AM
More info please. Bondo is easy to work with/direction on can.What we need to know is : are you planning a kuston tank,webbing or something.Don't try and use bondo for building with/it's to smooth and cover joints or defects in metal/glass tanks etc.Less is best when it comes to bondo.
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   RE:LOWRIDERS:   how to customize bondo your beachcruiser posted by rod on 10/17/2005 at 5:33:17 PM
Sam's right: I'm currently doing slight bondo work on my '61 Schwinn at the cantilever ends welded at the lower bar, so, in my case, less IS best!
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AGE / VALUE:   2 speed posted by: sam on 10/12/2005 at 12:54:59 AM
Been working on a two speed in spair time.Will have high pedling forward/low while pedling backward.Got all the stuff together today and spun the cranks(forward and back)Works,but I still will have lots of work to do---sam
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   2 speed posted by Rod on 12/2/2005 at 7:50:16 PM
If you're referring to the Bendix 'kickback' hub, go to www.bunchobikes.com and you can click on to 'Bendix Automatics'; there beholds a 1960 service pamphlet w/ maintenance instructions & an exploded diagram of the hub. Good luck!
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AGE / VALUE:   mint green posted by: Mike on 10/10/2005 at 12:11:05 PM
medium jpeg of chopper


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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   mint green posted by AviationMetalSmith on 10/10/2005 at 6:10:45 PM
Nice job. What is the platform for, your feet? Or are you going to put an electric motor on it?
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   mint green posted by AviationMetalSmith on 10/10/2005 at 6:11:11 PM
Nice job. What is the platform for, your feet? Or are you going to put an electric motor on it?
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   mint green posted by Mike on 10/11/2005 at 1:05:39 AM
Cooler or rubbermaid storage container or whatever else I
want to carry. Mike
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AGE / VALUE:   mint green chopper posted by: Mike on 10/10/2005 at 11:59:21 AM
New 24 inch wheel chopper, over 12 feet long, light non-floppy
handling.


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AGE / VALUE:   Atomic Zombie's Bicycle Builders Bonanza posted by: AviationMetalSmith on 10/3/2005 at 2:14:06 PM
Book Report:
Atomic Zombie's bicycle builder's bonanza by Brad Graham is full of B&W photographs, which show bikes that belong in this forum (Customs, Lowriders, HPV, Recumbent, etc.).
There are some trick bikes that require special skills to ride, such as a twenty foot high tall bike.
There are pages on how to make chopper forks, and even a triple tree.
Brad Graham uses common welding rod with flux. I don't know of any commercially available bike that isn't inert gas welded. I personally use fiberglass to customize my bikes, but if I go to welding, it will be a tig welder.
Brad Graham's work isn't as much about welding as it is a compendum of bike styles. Sure to pop the eyes out of anyone's head if they've never seen anything other than a Diamond Frame before.
I got the book on loan from the local library, which got it from Seaford Public Library on interlibrary loan.
Bicycle builders bonanza is copyright 2004.
It's a must read for any of the newbies who don't know what they are getting into.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Atomic Zombie's Bicycle Builders Bonanza posted by Mike on 10/11/2005 at 1:12:31 AM
Hey Av', haven't you caught the humanpowered streamliner
recumbent fever? I would've thunk with yer HUGE knowledge
and vast hands on experience you would have cooked something
up.
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Atomic Zombie's Bicycle Builders Bonanza posted by AviationMetalSmith on 10/13/2005 at 4:25:30 PM
The streamliner's are the delight of physics teachers.
A streamliner can go 80 MPH, With no engine.
How do you explain that? Only aerodynamics can be the explanation, since no cyclist, not even Lance Armstrong, has gone anywhere near 80 on his DF.(diamond frame).
So why is everyone so obsessed with cars in this country? My daughter Mellisa, who designed a fiberglass ladies bicycle with a spoiler based on her 18 wheeler, thinks cars are ridiculous. She has seen lots of cars crushed by 18 wheelers. Mostly people just drive cars because everyone else is doing it. If you own a house, your wife should be home waiting for you to get home, rather than carousing in a car herself.

Mellisa designed a quarter scale Kenworth, to teach driver education. She did not want the bike to be closed in completely, and she designed it so I can't. Partially faired vs. fully faired.
I am currently working on my electric bike. Electric bikes can make the builder money. A streamliner is just a showpiece. Electric bikes get people to work. Streamlined recumbent will miss your exit..

Why not go to www.speed101.com
and check out the streamliners over there?


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MISC:   National Swap Meet List available posted by: Peter Naiman on 9/25/2005 at 3:05:04 PM
This is a personal invite to anyone interested in bicycle restorations from myself to those who may want to join a new growing list that is dedicated cycle restorations. There are no hard fast governing rules to adhere to,
and it seems like a very congenial group. So far there are about 380 members and when I joined a few months ago there might have only 30-40, so it is growing quickly. To join, click on the URL
listed below.

http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/Bicycle_Restoration

I just joined the Wheelmen after lurking from the outside for years and have found most lists are dedicated the either Antiques, Lightweight Racer, Balloon Tyre, or Touring bikes etc, but no group deals with all areas of interest. I'd like too see a list in which all cycle groups come together and share information. It doesn't matter what era a cycle is from, we can all share our knowledge and interest.

P.S. to all, this is a personal disclaimer. This is not an attempt by me to steal away folks from the Bob, CR Lists or other lists as I'm a member of both and plan on staying active with both. It's just nice to have another public forum with which to air information without restrictions.

Best regards,
Peter Naiman
Glendale, WI

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MISC:   National Swap Meet List available posted by: Peter Naiman on 9/25/2005 at 3:05:04 PM
This is a personal invite to anyone interested in bicycle restorations from myself to those who may want to join a new growing list that is dedicated cycle restorations. There are no hard fast governing rules to adhere to,
and it seems like a very congenial group. So far there are about 380 members and when I joined a few months ago there might have only 30-40, so it is growing quickly. To join, click on the URL
listed below.

http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/Bicycle_Restoration

I just joined the Wheelmen after lurking from the outside for years and have found most lists are dedicated the either Antiques, Lightweight Racer, Balloon Tyre, or Touring bikes etc, but no group deals with all areas of interest. I'd like too see a list in which all cycle groups come together and share information. It doesn't matter what era a cycle is from, we can all share our knowledge and interest.

P.S. to all, this is a personal disclaimer. This is not an attempt by me to steal away folks from the Bob, CR Lists or other lists as I'm a member of both and plan on staying active with both. It's just nice to have another public forum with which to air information without restrictions.

Best regards,
Peter Naiman
Glendale, WI

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LOWRIDERS:   Help With Report posted by: Alan on 9/21/2005 at 6:09:03 PM
I am doing a report on the job I wish to have. And I choose building lowrider bikes because that is something I already enjoy doing. If you could send me your personal Experiences on building lowriders and why you got started it would be much apprecaited. Send Replies to Heabe360@yahoo.com

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   RE:LOWRIDERS:   Help With Report posted by neighborhood legendz on 12/21/2005 at 7:53:27 PM
u still working on your report if not how it come out?
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MISC:   Photos of the Larz Anderson Bicycle Show on the Wool Jersey Photo Gallery posted by: Peter Naiman on 9/20/2005 at 2:55:49 PM
It's taken a while to get the jpgs of this years show
at Larz up in albums, but it's finally done for your
viewing. Lots of neat cycles, from Lightweights to
Antique. There are contributions from six different
photographers.

http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/Larz-Anderson-05

Peter Naiman
Glendale, WI

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AGE / VALUE:   everybody too tied up building bikes? posted by: sam on 9/13/2005 at 11:10:08 PM
To post any updates or new projects?Mam,Bikerodnkustom will be filled to overflow!I built a fixey.Though a very simple bike that had nuttin on it would be an EZ project---WRONG! Took twice as long to make it right.But as Jim W advised---take care of the detales.Road it 15 miles yesterday---need to lower the seat--Ouch! but it flys---sam
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AGE / VALUE:   old bike posted by: morgan on 8/25/2005 at 9:59:01 PM
I have an old bike it is a sprinter. Does anybody know where i could get parts for it or giveme some information on it.Thanx

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AGE / VALUE:   1974/75 raleigh folder posted by: Flavio Figliola on 8/23/2005 at 6:28:00 AM
For all you Raleigh Folding bicycle owners, in my 12 years of buying and collecting bicycles, i have noticed on twenty's that were made 69', and folders that were made in 74' have a flat metal tab behind the headset this metal tab was a design to incorperate a locking mechanism either to lock the front of the bike to rear or maybe just to locking the steering,but to my belief Raleigh in 74 never finised features on the Raleigh folder of 74, i just recently sold one to a friend who collects english bikes and he told me that Raleigh in november 74 they decided to stop production, So the folder that was made in 11/74 is actually a 75,
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1974/75 raleigh folder posted by Kurt K. on 8/25/2005 at 12:46:20 AM
I believe all Twentys have this to restrict the front fork from steering more then 90 degrees in the left or right directions. The fork should have a small chrome stop installed through the brake caliper shaft.

-Kurt
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AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Fleetwing Break apart posted by: Rick on 8/22/2005 at 6:51:48 AM
I have come across a vintage bicyle that i would like to know more about. The only markings on it is a Fleetwing enblem. It is not a folding bike but is made to break apart in the middle, it also has quick spin knobs for the handle bars and seat. Anybody have any ideas where I can find out some more about this bike?
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Vintage Fleetwing Break apart posted by Mike on 11/27/2005 at 12:58:29 PM
Is your bike painted a orange yellow school bus colourpaint?
It's West German built. Does it have intergrated seat stays back
carrier with a rat trap? It s hould have a flat oval main tube.
These bikes were sold at Canadian Tire in Canada, 1971 thru 1974.
They're good handling bike bike designed with 300 lb. beer drinkers in mind.
Mike
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MISC:   Cancellation of Boston Swap Meet posted by: Peter Naiman on 8/12/2005 at 8:35:46 PM
I'm posting the note for good friend Jason Cloutier with regard to the afformentioned Boston Swap Meet.

Thank you, Peter Naiman
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The organizer of the Boston Swap Meet at Hibernian Hall, 151 Watertown Street., Watertown, MA has cancelled the plaaned swap since there were not sufficient pre-registered sellers to cover costs, she cannot afford to go ahead with the event. I know that there are some out-of-town people who were planning on travelling to Boston for the weekend to attend both the swap meet and the Larz show. Rather than abandon the swap meet, I would like to try to make it happen.

Since the efforts to resurrect the Boston Bike Swap
have failed, I am inviting anybody that is interested
to stop by for a bicycle yard sale this weekend here
at my house. I should be available both Saturday and
Sunday. I have the inventory of two closed bike shops
and an accululation of stuff collected during the 16
years that I have lived here. The swap meet will be for CR and Bob List members only.

I live in the northeast corner of Rhode Island, only 1
mile from I-95. Please contact me off-list for
directions.

Sincerely,
Jason Cloutier
Pawtucket, RI
Contact Email: velo59@yahoo.com

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