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MISC:   Styrofoam cutter posted by: Harry on 9/16/2003 at 11:57:19 PM
how do I make a styrofoaf cutter? I'm going to make a tank out of styrofaom and want to build an electric cutter to provide smoother lines.

          RE:MISC:   Styrofoam cutter posted by Stacey on 9/17/2003 at 1:42:39 AM
Check your local model railroad store. They have some real nice units for sculpting armatures, etc. Usually run about 30-35 bucks.

If you're bent on making one get Nichrome wire... Old toasters are a good source. Make sure things are electrically insulated AND your Life/Health insurance is paid up. If something goes wrong...

          RE:MISC:   Styrofoam cutter posted by AviationMetalSmith on 9/17/2003 at 6:15:41 PM
What Stacey is talking about is called a "Hotwire Knife".
It is indeed dangerous because there is uninsulated wire carrying electricity!
When I built mine, I used ceramic insulators meant for a shortwave antenna which I bought at Radio Shack.
The top one was tie-wired to a screw in hook in the ceiling, and the bottom was tied to a concrete block on the floor. Are you an Electrician? I studied Electrical Engineering, so I know what I'm doing.
It is cheaper to buy a hair drier and take the Nichrome wire out of it than it is to buy Nichome from electrical supply in Brooklyn. A 50 foot roll will cost more than $50.00. A toaster is another good source.
Rubber gloves won't help you because the nichrome will glow red=hot and melt right through the rubber.
Then you get a double whammy, because besides being burned, you get an electric shock that can kill you!

I myself have given up the hotwire knife because I'm afraid of it.(dismantled).
I will stick to cutting the foam with a saw and sanding it smooth, even though it leaves a rougher surface.
Seriously electricity can kill you.

          RE:MISC:   Styrofoam cutter posted by Richard on 9/18/2003 at 12:10:26 AM
If you go to any craft shop, they sell a good styrofoam cutter for next to nothing.

          RE:MISC:   Styrofoam cutter posted by Rif on 9/20/2003 at 5:04:48 PM
Check out the build up article of 2-Much!!! on Bike Rod & Kustom-
Jim gives details on the foam cutter he built...
Great Zine!!! Sooo much good useful info...

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CUSTOMS:   Frame Sources posted by: Nexis1 on 9/15/2003 at 7:11:33 AM
Guys, where can I find affordable custom frames,(besides firebikes, there nice, but...) Does anyone know where I can get the replica Dyno roadster frames? I got Ideas, I need blank paper
Thanks in Advance

          RE:CUSTOMS:   Frame Sources posted by Tom M on 9/21/2003 at 2:22:22 PM
http://home.comcast.net/'coltonenterprises/index.html You could try these guys, they have some nice bikes.
Tom M

          RE:CUSTOMS:   Frame Sources posted by JimW. on 10/1/2003 at 5:30:03 AM
Dude! How cheap do you expect to buy a custom-built frame for? Firebikes frames go for maybe $300. Do you really expect Caucasian North Americans to build you a complicated frame for any less than that? I'll tell ya right now, when you have the opportunity to by a Wizard Bros frame, it's gonna cost you a minimum of $500. If you want a limited-production frame, you'd better be prepared to kick in some serious dosh. Otherwise, just stick to the usual ho-hum, trashy lowrider parts on the usual Schwinn frame, and get used to owning the usual zero-creativity ride. Or, you can actually develop some useful skills and design instincts, and make your own damn custom frame. Just don't expect anyone else to whip up a limited-production frame for you for peanuts. It ain't gonna happen, and you'd best get used to the idea.

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CUSTOMS:   Stretched 20incher posted by: Sebastian on 9/14/2003 at 8:47:44 PM
Hi all - here's another project I just started yesterday. Since I trashed my Schwinn Cruiser I felt like having another loooong and looooow ride. So I took my old 20inch lowriderbike frame (from my "MeanGreen" bike) and stretched it a bit. It now has an overall length of 2.20 meters. Pretty nice for a 20incher I think. Anyway - it's gonna roll on 24''x3 wheels on whitewalls (think I'm gonna get the ones by "nirve", paint will be dark metalflake red.

Here are some pictures of the work so far.


Sebastian °LowStylez B.C. Germany°

          RE:CUSTOMS: Stretched 20incher posted by Sebastian on 9/14/2003 at 8:54:37 PM
Oh - I almost forgot - don't be fooled by the way the saddle looks. It's gonna be droped about 20 to 30 centimenters. :)


          RE:CUSTOMS:   Stretched 20incher posted by GMS on 9/23/2003 at 7:15:38 PM
Wow that thing is...i donno i have never seen anything like it! I know its still in the early stages, but it looks like a stingray crossed with a mountain bike!(is that what it is really?) THat thing is gonna be awsome looking when you get it done!Rock On!

          RE:RE:CUSTOMS: Stretched 20incher posted by Sebastian on 9/23/2003 at 9:38:29 PM
yeah, you're right. That's a Stingray replica frame with a 24inch mountainbike frame added to the back. Added about 60 cebtimeters this way.

Here's one of the last pictures.


In this picture it's rollin on 26inchers in the back and 24inchers in a 26'' fork up front. I moved the crank forward in an ergonomic position and to prevent the pedals from scraping all the time. Shortened the seatpost about 20 centimeters.

It's gonna get some more sheet metal all over for strength and a sleeker look.

cool thing about it is, I can put every wheel combo from 20'', 24'' to 26'' inch on it and it's still ridable. So I'm gonna put on 26inchers for long distance cruises, 24inchers vor daily ridin and 20s for that "low4show look". :-)

Stay tuned - more pics soon.

          RE:RE:RE:CUSTOMS: Stretched 20incher posted by GMS on 9/24/2003 at 8:37:30 PM
wow man thats cool, i think i am gonna do something like that next for a project, just gotta finish my roadster first check it out http://granmastasplash.tripod.com/gms/id4.html
A bit of customizing on this, and for sure not done yet

          RE:RE:RE:RE:CUSTOMS: Stretched 20incher posted by Sebastian on 9/24/2003 at 9:36:38 PM
GMS - thanks! .. here's a little update.


I just wanted to check out how it looks on 20s vs 24s .... surprisingly I like the 20 better. so prpably that's the way it will turn out - on 20s. I'll just slap the 24s on for longer rides.

btw: your project looks pretty clean! Good work!



          RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:CUSTOMS: Stretched 20incher posted by GMS on 9/25/2003 at 1:10:57 PM
Wow man that thing is comming along fast, i'd say the next step is to get like 15 feet of chain and take it for a test drive! And thanks for checkin out my project ;) LAter

          RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:CUSTOMS: Stretched 20incher posted by Sebastian on 9/25/2003 at 7:12:02 PM
yup - propably - but first I have to make some chainlinks. I don't want the chain to run trough the frame - that would f**k up the look. I want to run it from the sproket to where the old crankhousing sits and go straight to the rear wheel from there. just have to figure out how to do that. I even thought about running one part of the chain straight THROUGH (inside) the bottom part frame for nobody to see - that'd be sooo cool - but I don't think that's gonna work.

          RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:CUSTOMS: Stretched 20incher posted by GMS on 9/26/2003 at 12:31:34 PM
SO are you saying that you are gonna have 2 seperate chains, one that goes from the crank, to another pulley on the frame, and then to the wheel? That would look way better than just a straight chain.

          RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:CUSTOMS: Stretched 20incher posted by Sebastian on 9/26/2003 at 12:45:04 PM
nope - it's gonna be a single looong chain but not running directly from the sproket to the rear wheel. It's gonna be linked where the old crankhousing sits and maybe from there the upper part of the chain (returning FROM the rear wheel) will run through (inside) the bottom part of the frame and the other part of the chain (running TO the rear wheel) will run just standard free. That's the plan - but as I said - I don't know how to get it inside the frame. Maybe I just cut some out of the frame and weld a tube for the chain to run in. That's gonna be less difficult when using a 3 or 7 gear hub out back because the upper part of the chain will stay at the same height all the time. I'll figure something out and let you guys know what I'm talking about.


          RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:CUSTOMS: Stretched 20incher posted by GMS on 9/27/2003 at 6:41:33 PM
Well that might work, but if it wont at first you can always modify that bike somemore to get it to work

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CUSTOMS:   welding posted by: tone on 9/12/2003 at 9:44:17 PM
I need help ,I want to take my kustomizing bikes to a new level...i want to start cutting and welding to rake and stretch and maybe one day make my own frame...has any one done this on this site.Ive read a few welding books in the library and they all seem to say brazing with gas.Im thinking of purchasing one of those small porta oxy/aceolyne but I waiting to hear someone who has pulled up thier sleves and done it.I know i wont be able to do what I want right away but like everything else takes time and practice.

          RE:CUSTOMS:   welding posted by sam on 9/12/2003 at 10:32:26 PM
Been there,done that! I advise buying a large cyl. for the oxy/gas. and getting a cheap dolly truck(about $20) to make a roll a round stand.Those very small carry in a case rigs are one shot at best. Sure the bigger rig will cost a little more to begin with but realy pays off in the work dept.This step(welding) is more like a giant leap,You will not be sorry you did.---sam

          RE:RE:CUSTOMS:   welding posted by ziggy on 1/6/2004 at 9:03:09 PM
Instead of a gas welder, try looking for a MIG welder. However, watch out for welders priced under $100. They don't last long and are prone to defects. MIG welding is a lot easier than gas and it is a good start. When you go to weld the bottom of the headtube to the downtube, use the multiple bead method which is used on fillet welds. Once the four beads are made, the weld will be super strong. Also the welds can be ground down to look good. Look for a welding book and find a section where it talks about multiple bead fillet welds. Then you will see what I mean.

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FOR SALE:   custom motorized bicycles posted by: Jeremy on 9/11/2003 at 6:17:10 PM
Check out Cali Cruzer for some cool custom motorized bicycles at www.calicruzer.com 48cc gas 2 stroke motor makes 2 horsepower and can reach speeds of 30+ miles per hour. Chain driven with a manual for a real motorcycle feel. Motor kits available to convert your bike motorized.


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CUSTOMS:   WANTED Dyno Roadster posted by: Iain on 9/6/2003 at 8:22:46 PM
WANTED a Dyno roadster, I`m in the UK so I need a price for the bike and postage to Scotland.
cheers Iain

          RE:CUSTOMS:   WANTED Dyno Roadster posted by sam on 9/8/2003 at 10:58:17 PM
why get a dyno when you can get a cool firebike,www.firebikes.com

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CUSTOMS:   and now for something completely different ... :) posted by: Sebastian on 9/4/2003 at 8:41:43 AM
aaaaight folx - here's a little update from my garage.

I just needed something custom.
So I took my old MARIN aluminum frame, painted flat black with white pinstripin and lettering. Just to show them gay-ass-plastic-mountainbike-freaks what hardcore style is all about. :-) ;-) ;-) ;-) ... no disrespect intended ;-) *hehe*
It's gonna get a double down fork today which is gonna get the flat black/pinstriping treatment too. I'm also thinging about painting the rims red - for that oldschool look.




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MISC:   Need Some Help/ Resourses posted by: Thom Cull on 9/3/2003 at 10:47:06 PM
Hey all.
My Buddy and i have just recently gotten into low rider bikes, and we make our own. We are Planing on making a Trike but we need some help on the design.... Does anyone have a suggestion on where we can get some help or "inspiration" for our trike... Really appreciate it.

Send me some ideas / constructive critism for us to jughead64@hotmail.com

Thanks Alot.

          RE:MISC:   Need Some Help/ Resourses posted by JC on 9/5/2003 at 1:05:32 PM
Send email to Vinny here on this site. They built a sweet delivery trike for a restaurant here in the city that does free delivery. It is a fat tire 26" trike, all chrome with a cooler/storage in the rear and big flared fenders.

          RE:MISC:   Need Some Help/ Resourses posted by edgarecks on 9/5/2003 at 4:17:23 PM
Here's a pic of the one I built: http://groups.msn.com/KustomCruisers/customschwinns.msnw?action=ShowPhoto&PhotoID=340
Rides so nice, I wish I didn't have to sell it (unemployed)

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AGE / VALUE:   paint posted by: sam on 8/29/2003 at 4:27:34 PM
I was really suprised at the difference in painting over a light color and painting over a black(primer).Just finished painting a deep red over black Primer.I knew it would give a deeper red but it supprised me at just how much a difference it did make.The bike has a black cheery look to it.The hard part is waiting for the paint to cure before I start the next step!---sam


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CUSTOMS:   bicycles2go? posted by: Steve M on 8/26/2003 at 1:29:45 AM
Has anyone seen the cruisers at http://home.comcast.net/'coltonenterprises/page6.html ? They look cool but I'm interested in the quality. I'm thinking of using the Puma (http://home.comcast.net/'coltonenterprises/page83.html) as the starting point for a new project..


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CUSTOMS:   Where to buy Nexus 7 hub and other parts? posted by: Steve M on 8/26/2003 at 1:29:45 AM
I'm building a few kustom bikes. I need a good price on the Shimano Nexus 7 speed hub/shifter. Local shops are saying $250. I know cost of these from JBImporters is about $100. Where can I get a sane price on these? I need a few of them.


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MISC:   Chopper Bicycles posted by: James on 8/20/2003 at 3:26:32 PM
Hey is anyone here into building chopper bikes. I took a 20" Gt frame put some handle bars from a old banana seat bike on it and ground the thin pole that holds a cushion on the handle bars off. I also put a black banana seat and sissy bars and the swing arms and pedals and sprocket off of a fairly new Huffy mountain bike and used tube forks from the mountain bike for the extension off of the original Gt tube forks and last but not least painted it an orange color covered with a couple coats of Gloss polyurethane the color orange I chose is the kind of orange you would see on an old muscle car/ hot rod.


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MISC:   Non compression cable for Shimano 3CC? HELP!? posted by: Miguel on 8/19/2003 at 11:15:30 PM
Okay, here's the problem! I have a Taiwan made Schwinn with a Shimano 3CC hub and complete shifter/cable setup on it, and a straight tube frame. I want to move this three speed over to my Cruiser which has a cantilever frame. The problem I am running into is that the Schwinn used the frame tubes as the housing, with a pivot wheel at the lower bracket. There's no way I can use this on my cruiser frame, since the tubes are curved. The tubes are also a MUCH bigger diameter in the same places on the frame, so the cable stop and pivot can't be used either. My solution would be to use a noncompression(indexable) cable housing, correct?? Can I still use the coated cable with that. Can I find a cable to use with this setup, non compression, full housing type cable, and put a cable stop close to the hub on the lower rear dropout tube??? I need professional help here, please?



          RE:MISC: Non compression cable for Shimano 3CC? HELP!? posted by Miguel on 8/21/2003 at 12:23:02 AM
I lucked out today. I found a bicycle shop that carried all types of parts. I got a new clamp style shift linkage that fit the 3CC, a housing, and a small cable stop to mount on the rear dropout tube. All I need now is to get the 3CC laced into my existing rim, hookup the cable, and adjust it. This is going to be one unique cruiser when I get done. So far I have switched it to a threadless headset with Electra triple clamp forks, added a chrome springer seat which I recovered in tan vinyl, chrome full fenders, longhorn handlebars, Dyno skull grips, Serfas black wall dualsports(soon to be dyno fire treads) and now the 3 speed rear hub. Add to that the flat black original paint, and it's lookiing pretty tough. I will have pics in a couple of days:-)

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CUSTOMS:   Epoxy Resin for "The Spandex Trick" posted by: Philippe on 8/18/2003 at 9:42:28 PM
Jim W., where do you get the epoxy resin? I have been interested in using your technique to create a rear fender skirt for my lowrider bike, but I haven't been able to find the epoxy resin. I've tried Kragen Auto Parts and Orchard Supply Hardware and they only seem to carry Bondo Brand Polyester Resin. What brand do you use and where do you usually get it? Thanks!

          RE:CUSTOMS:   Epoxy Resin for posted by JimW. on 8/20/2003 at 1:08:44 AM
I usually get my epoxy at Industrial Plastics on Canal St. in NYC. It costs about $60 a gallon can, but is available in quarts for about $20 each. The hardener comes with it in a plastic screw-top jar. Many serious plastics outlets carry the stuff. The Ind.Plastics generic house-brand epoxy is used in the ratio of 1 part hardener to 7 parts resin, and it works fine.

You can also usually find epoxy resin at marine supply stores. West System is the leading brand of epoxy found at stores like this. It may be better than the generic stuff, but I've never noticed a huge difference in performance. It does come in clever metering pump containers which simplify getting the mixing ratio right.

Resin/hardener ratio is much more critical in epoxy than in polyester. Either too much or too little hardener will cause it to not set up at all, or to set up too soft. The best way to measure out the two ingrediants is by weight. But if you're careful, you can usually do it by volume and get away with it.

Probably the most accessable source of epoxy resin in most places is Home Depot. The HD paint department carries Bondo brand epoxy resin kits for boat repair. They also carry fiberglass cloth(woven) and fiberglass mat(felt-like). The epoxy resin kits they carry are equal-parts mixing ratio, with a quart of resin and a quart of hardener. A kit costs about $25. Since it makes a half gallon of resin, that's a pretty good price. We used this epoxy when we made 2much!!! our kustom recumbent trike cruiser, as it was more convenient to obtain in Baton Rouge. It's possible that an epoxy/fiberglass layup with this brand doesn't set up as quite as rigid as other types, but it's hard to say for sure without doing tests of two different resins with identical test layup forms. The Bondo resin was certainly acceptable, and will do the job. Equal-part mixing simplifies that operation considerably.

          RE:CUSTOMS:   Epoxy Resin for posted by Tone on 9/12/2003 at 9:35:32 PM
I just put a feder skirt on my bike using sheet metal riveted to the fender and layed bondo over it. My suggestion no matter what material you use to make the fender skirt measure your rear axel cut out a block of wood and jam it in where the axel goes,then install fender skirt.when I was finished I had to stretch the rear end to put the back tire on wich caused stress cracks on my perfect fender skirt.good luck..email me for a pic.

          RE:CUSTOMS:   Epoxy Resin for posted by Philippe on 9/26/2003 at 6:40:37 PM
Thanks guys for your help! I found another good resource for the epoxy resin, check out www.tapplastics.com, they have a bunch of different types available, and you can order online. I'm going to go pick some up today at their local store...

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FOR SALE:   Swap Meet Specials - Northeast Bicycle Swap Meet 24-Aug-03 posted by: Menotomy Vintage Bicycles, Inc. at OldRaods.com on 8/17/2003 at 3:19:16 PM

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