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AGE / VALUE:   Ross/Apollo 5 speed posted by: Kate on 8/13/2003 at 7:36:12 PM
I recently aquired a Ross/Apollo 5 speed vintage bicycle. I am told that it is a 1969 or 1970 or there about.
It is in fair condition. I was wondering if anyone had an approximate value for such a bike.
Any and all help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.


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LOWRIDERS:   how does the nylon trick work when fairing a cantilever frame? posted by: Lownslow on 8/11/2003 at 9:53:24 PM
like the title says. i saw it on BRK done to a set of wheels. i want to do it to a frame but how do i make the nylon stick to the frame and does it stick once the epoxy is put on it.

          RE:LOWRIDERS:   how does the nylon trick work when fairing a cantilever frame? posted by JimW. on 8/16/2003 at 6:40:38 PM
It's not nylon, it's SPANDEX. Big difference. The best thing to do for learning about it, is to get some from almost any sewing/fabric store and play with it. The thicker the spandex, the better, as it will be stronger. Any shape you can get by stretching it over something can be "frozen" by soaking it in EPOXY resin. Other resins won't work, as they'll eat into the spandex, making it lose the stretched tension. There's more information on non-wheel applications of the trick at: http://bikerodnkustom3.homestead.com/2muchbuild.html

I found a nice 20" cantilever frame in the trash recently, and will be using it as an example of the trick in a future article in BR&K. Until then, here are some hints:

I recommend doing a frame in two separate halves- right and left sides. After doing one side, trim the spandex down the center lines of the top, seat, and down tubes, with a sharp knife. Use clear packing tape to mask to the cut edge of the finished side, before stretching the second side. Epoxy doesn't stick to this tape. It also doesn't stick to most thin flexible plastic films, like Saran Wrap. If you don't want the spandex/epoxy to stick to the frame, so you can remove it, wrap the frame in plastic film. The half skins can be popped off the frame. If you want it to stick well, strip the frame of paint by sandblasting it, or sanding it before the operation, and don't wrap it in film. The stretched skin will stick really well, since epoxy is an excellent adhesive. You can carve and shape foam pieces to attach to the frame, where you want to change the shape. The spandex skin will follow the form, to put seamless bulges (like tank forms) where you want them. The articles in BR&K will give you the basics of using the trick; but experimenting with it yourself is the best way to learn about it.

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AGE / VALUE:    posted by: Uncle Punk on 8/10/2003 at 4:51:24 AM
Hey dudes!
Check this classic Kustom one out:


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MISC:   Bike links posted by: Harry on 8/3/2003 at 5:01:36 PM
Hey, I'm kinda new to the custom/lowrider scene, so everyone post links to places where I can purchase parts. Like luxurylowrider, atzlan bicycke, etc.

          RE:MISC:   Bike links posted by Nick on 8/3/2003 at 10:59:15 PM

          RE:RE:MISC:   Bike links posted by Sebastian on 8/6/2003 at 7:04:32 AM
http://www.layitlow.com/forums/ - scroll down to the bikes/models forum and look in there. There are some people posting who build custom parts. :)

          RE:MISC:   Bike links posted by James on 8/20/2003 at 3:21:20 PM
http://www.masterlowrider.com This website has parts you can use on lowrider bikes, trikes, chopper bikes, and more + its got good prices.

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LOWRIDERS:   Eazy Orange posted by: sebastian on 8/1/2003 at 10:55:16 PM
Ladies and gentlemen - let me introduce to you - a special uninvited guest - came in through the back door.....

Mr. EZ Orange!


not done completely - it doesn't have the right wheels/tires yet - have to figure that out within the next few days.

Sebastian a.k.a. asco1

          RE:LOWRIDERS: Eazy Orange posted by sebastian on 8/2/2003 at 2:58:40 PM

got the new wheels on....


Sebastian °LowStylez B.C. Germany°

          RE:RE:LOWRIDERS: Eazy Orange posted by rif on 8/3/2003 at 4:06:17 PM
I've been waiting a long time to see that one; i'm not at all disapointed. It was worth the wait!!!
Keep up the great Kustom work man, you are giving us inspiration!!!

          RE:RE:RE:LOWRIDERS: Eazy Orange posted by Sebastian on 8/5/2003 at 10:42:14 AM
i know it took a long time - but I wanted nothing but the best (regarding the paint) - and it really came out sooooo smooth. Weeks of sanding really paid off. nw all it needs are some pinstripes which I will get at the StreetNationals meeting in about 2 weeks.

My MeanGreen bike will get a major makeover after that. Already took it apart and I'll definitely add some more body mods.

Besides that I also took apart my 26inch stepthrough Schwinn to give her some love. Gonna get new paint and maybe some bodymods. Dunno - maybe I get rid of the frame and get me a mens frame. We'll see. ;)

Sebastian °LowStylez B.C. Germany°

          RE:RE:RE:RE:LOWRIDERS: Eazy Orange posted by Rif on 8/6/2003 at 5:09:59 PM
That's cool, man.
I just started doing a mild Kustomization of a 1978 20" Huffy 'Star Force' bike (Schwinn Speedster rip-off).
Y'all can say what you want about Huffy's, I don't care. I do what I want, with what I want, how I want to.
Anyway, As a mega Star Wars / Sci-Fi geek, this bike is perfect to display with my Star Wars collection.
It's nothing radical just a mild kustom paint job, and black glittler seat and black glitter grips with a rear derailer, 5 speed stick shift, and a rear slick tire.
I haven't decided upon the forks yet, but I'm leaning towards the straight old regular 26" chrome springer re-pop.
Keep the Tire Side Down,

          RE: OOPS! posted by Rif on 8/6/2003 at 5:12:34 PM
I meant to say: "Schwinn Fastback rip-off", not 'Speedster'.
The speedster is a completely different animal...!

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MISC:   Trike/PPV/plastic body posted by: Ian on 7/27/2003 at 2:50:21 AM
I have a 3 wheel enclosed "PPV". This was manufactured into the '70's. There is room for two people to sit side by side with the 3 speed shifter between. The passenger has the option of pedalling due to a ratchet system similar to Sturmy Archer 3 speed bicycle hubs. It comes with a 3 speed transmission attached to a rear axle. All gears are stamped with Bendix and resembles stuff found on a "normal" 3 speed hub. But not quite...... The gears are worn down so that the PPV does not stay in any one gear. The whole car resembles a pedal boat that many resorts have. It is way cool..... I got many comments and requests for rides but the adventure is soured when the chain slips on the gears. If anyone can send me any information on parts availability or suggestions please let me know. This is a wonderful machine and worth the effort and expense of restoration.

Ian of the unique wheels

          RE:MISC:   Trike/PPV/plastic body posted by Stacey on 7/29/2003 at 9:54:12 PM
Some clarification please there Ian. Is this a "freewheel" type transmission... sort of like a five speed hub, but with only three cogs or is it a "hub" transmission ala S/A three speed with a cog welded to the shell center?

I saw one of these last summer which had a 4 or 5 speed transmissions on it. It was shifted with a series of levers between the seats. Actual engagement of the gears was accomplished via sliding 'dogs', much like an automobile manual transmission.

Regardless, is sounds cool beans. I'm sure we can all pull together to get you cuttin' the breeze with it.

Got pics of the rear half of the drive train?

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MISC:   Need help posted by: Mack on 7/25/2003 at 2:59:09 AM
Hi everyone -- i am workingon three bikes right now
i have a few bikes and just custtomizing them more and all that

i Have a few things i need or ideas i need help with
I am working on a three wheel bike and i am looking for a bench seat for the trike nad also i am looking for any ideas on getting an axel for three to six speeds

also i need help with making my trike with some fiberglass
i want to put the whole thing as a fiberglass back end over the wheels -- if i can make the fiberglass frame to attach and come off for winter storage that would be even sweeter

well any ideas on part -- info and any contacts websites etc please let me know via email

ohh yeah anyone with pics of sweet trikes would be kewl

i wanna make a dual axel if posssible also

well thanks all

is where u can get me

Cheers and be safe

          Fiberglass Advice posted by AviationMetalSmith on 7/26/2003 at 2:16:43 PM
Fiberglass, ahh yes. What's the one GM car that you can't take for a 24 hour test drive? The Corvette. GM knew that the privelege would get abused.
Fiberglass. Epoxy is more expensive than polyester resin, but you can use a styrofoam core. Genuine DOW Styrofoam is blue. But there are others makers of expanded polystyrene board. Amoco Pactiv makes theirs green. Owens Corning makes a pink foam board. It doesn't matter which brand you use. You can carve it and sand it to any shape. If you plan to put lights on the vehicle it might pay to make recesses for them while the shell is still styrofoam.
Epoxy won't melt the foam.
On my new vehicles the fiberglass is molded directly to the frame of the bike, and there's no way to take it off without a hacksaw.
How thick do you want the fiberglass? Ten layers should support someone's weight, But that may be unnecesary. I built one "clown car" on 16" wheels with the fenders only one layer of fiberglass. As long as the fiberglass is decorative and not a seat or freestyle platform, or pusher bar or rammer , crasher or cement mixer (sidewalk grouter), thin fiberglass should work fine.
Fiberglass. Mix the resin in a plastic "paint roller" tray.
Mix the correct amount of hardener, usually 50/50 ratio. Wear latex gloves. Although it's more expensive , the 4 inch wide fiberglass tape is easier to work with than plain cloth. That's because it has a running stitch along the edges. If you cut a strip from a piece of fiberglass cloth, the edges will fray at the worst possible time.
That's my two cents.

          RE:MISC:   Need help posted by Rif on 7/26/2003 at 5:48:54 PM
Hey Mack,
Please refer to Jim Wilson's "2-Much!!!" Trike. It'll blow yer socks off! It has step by step photos and instructions on the foam core polyester resin technique.
The article can be seen at:
Hope this helps,

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CUSTOMS:   you guys takin' a break????? posted by: Sebastian on 7/21/2003 at 6:57:25 AM
it's quite quiet on the set .... where's everybody gone? Hope you guys doing fine and work on some nice bikes to impress me and the whole bike crowd.

I'm still workin on that EZOrange Lolo-Bike. Hopefully get it painted this week. Have to get it done till August 16 - when there is the next BIG meeting arround here.
After that I have a new project in the line - a stretched step through cruizer kinda like a step through Dyno Roadster. Stay tuned.

Keep the pedals scrapin'!
Sebastian °LowStylez B.C., Germany°

          RE:CUSTOMS:   you guys takin' a break????? posted by Sebastian on 7/22/2003 at 10:24:28 AM
Update: I just started a little "in-between-custom-12-incher" yesterday. Just a little project while waiting for EZOrange to be painted. It's gonna be an oooold Eastgerman 12 incher painted flat black with silver metal flake flames or scallops, red rims and white wall tires. Little bit Old school race style for dem kids. Hopefully I can sell this at the 2003 Street Nationals meeting next month to get some diñero for my stretch cruiser project.

So long - happy scrapin'!
Sebatian °LowStylez B.C. Germany°

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CUSTOMS:   2nd cruiser and custom meeting in Steinhude, Germany posted by: Sebastian on 7/13/2003 at 12:08:21 PM
Hi all, I just wanted ya'll to know that I just put up the pictures from yesterdays 2nd cruiser and custom meeting in Steinhude, Germany.
There were some really "sick" custom bikes worth to be featured in BR&K.
Check the pictures out at http://www.customcruiser.de

Have fun.
Sebastian °LowStylez B.C., Germany°

          RE:CUSTOMS:   2nd cruiser and custom meeting in Steinhude, Germany posted by sam on 7/14/2003 at 2:30:47 AM
WOW! I'm speechless Sabastian.

          RE:RE:CUSTOMS:   2nd cruiser and custom meeting in Steinhude, Germany posted by Mike on 7/15/2003 at 1:43:43 AM

          RE:CUSTOMS:   2nd cruiser and custom meeting in Steinhude, Germany posted by Rif Addams on 7/24/2003 at 4:08:20 PM
Do you have any details about the dark green stretched cruiser with the straight bars?
I'm completely speechless, that thing is killer!
Great stuff man, thanks for the link!

          RE:RE:CUSTOMS: 2nd cruiser and custom meeting in Steinhude, Germany posted by Sebastian on 7/25/2003 at 1:14:48 PM
I'm sorry - right now all I have is the pictures. But I will meet the guys who built it in about 3 weeks. Maybe I can gather some information on that baby. :) Stay tuned.

Sebastian °LowStylez B.C., Germany°

          RE:CUSTOMS:   2nd cruiser and custom meeting in Steinhude, Germany posted by Isiah Reed III. on 8/10/2003 at 6:52:52 AM
I recently purchased a 2004 Dyno Roaster and was looking for ideas to customize it when i saw you article on the green stretched cruiser . Can you please send me some pictures because all the cruisers i've seen are not stretched or anyone else that has a customized stretched cruiser and would like to send me pictures e-mail me at darksecret@kricket.net

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LOWRIDERS:   Rear fender lights posted by: David on 7/10/2003 at 4:07:53 AM
I'm having a tough time finding those contour curved teardrop shaped rear fender lights. Anyone have any suggestions or know where they can be purchased? Thanks for your help.

          RE:LOWRIDERS:   Rear fender lights posted by JimW. on 7/10/2003 at 4:28:32 AM
If they're the ones I'm thinking about, they're called streamlined clearance lights, and J.C. Whitney has them. Last time I bought some, the red ones only came in a set of five; but I've managed to use them all up. I hope they still have them.

          RE:LOWRIDERS:   Rear fender lights posted by sam on 7/10/2003 at 1:59:02 PM
Memory Lane or Maple Island has the sears spaceliner style plastic tear drop reflector--IMAO--this reflector would need a kustom touch ,maybe add a bigger lens or a light to make it look really cool,but would make a good base to start from---sam

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AGE / VALUE:   Jim Wilson posted by: AviationMetalSmith on 7/5/2003 at 10:35:18 PM
I got an email from Jim Wilson. Did anyone else get one from him?
Apparently he finished work on his daughters bike and gave it to her as a graduation gift.
It's a beautiful bike, but perhaps I shouldn't give away the surprize.
Jim didn't say anything about when the next issue of BikeRodNKustom will be out.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Jim Wilson posted by JimW. on 7/6/2003 at 6:30:39 PM
Final tweaks are underway on the new issue. It will be up extremely soon. Killer Swan won't be in it, however. I've already done the equivilent of building two issues three separate times, and I'm not going to go back into it for another major revision at this point. KS will be in the September issue. Due to adding more bikes as time went on, there will be two dozen new gallery pages in the new issue (Volume5-Issue1).

          New BR&K is up- finally. posted by JimW. on 7/10/2003 at 1:01:22 AM
Volume Five'Issue One. http://bikerodnkustom.com

          RE:New BR&K is up- finally. posted by AviationMetalSmith on 7/14/2003 at 7:36:27 PM
Vol 5 Iss. 1 is a great issue. There are so many new bikes. I have not read every page of it yet. I found the "Off Topic" page fascinating. Thank You for getting more information about Giant's recumbent, the Revive.
Now if only more people would get motivated and head out on a lowrider...

          RE:RE:New BR&K is up- finally. posted by JimW. on 7/15/2003 at 6:03:07 AM
This is a great time to get out and ride anything. This issue's motto is "Beautify your neighborhood, show off your bike" or something like that.

Which reminds me: We have printable, e-mailable artwork for a SCORCHERS "Go Cruising With The Mob" flyer, if anyone's interested. We'll customize it with the name of your area, and your own contact information on the tear-off tabs at the bottom. It's a great way to ease into starting up a chapter.

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MISC:   Bicycle show posted by: joe on 6/25/2003 at 2:48:35 AM
July 19,2003 show, tropies,fun see our website


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CUSTOMS:   Help with trike design posted by: Oscar on 6/23/2003 at 11:26:56 PM
I picked up this message off of a listserv that I belong toI'm retired and donate my time to a government sponsored charitable organization in Australia called Technical Aid to the Disabled (TAD). I design and build Custom Design Aids for the Disabled - for items that cannot be commercially purchased.

I have been given a project to modify a pedal powered tagalong bike (20" single back wheel and towing arm which attaches to an adult bicycle seat clamp mechanism) from a single back wheel to a double back wheel to make it stable (750mm wheel centres). Other equipment is also fitted to the bike to support the child.
Would your organization be able to provide us with typical drawings of a Bicycle to Tricycle Conversion? This is our first attempt at such a project but several are planned. Any assistance with drawings, sketches, photos etc. would be greatly appreciated.
Tony Oyston
5 Welford Place
Figtree NSW 2525

Tony's email address is tonyoyston@fishinternet.com.au

          RE:CUSTOMS:   Help with trike design posted by sam on 6/24/2003 at 3:13:47 AM
Oscar,have you asked BicycleDon about this--he sells the trike-conversion kit.---sam

          RE:RE:CUSTOMS:   Help with trike design posted by Oscar on 6/24/2003 at 3:09:10 PM
Great idea!

          RE:CUSTOMS:   Help with trike design posted by mike on 7/1/2003 at 11:43:54 AM
The trike conversion sounds fine. Have you considered what
kind of hitch you are going to need? The clamped to the seat
post hitch isn't going work with the conversion; the leans
and the now two wheel cart doesn't. Do you only need the
stable platform for loading and unloading the passenger?
Why not just install large custom two point kickstands on
the bike and the tag along one wheel, that are 2 feet wide?
This might be a better, simpler, easier, not to mention
much cheaper solution. Mike

          RE:RE:CUSTOMS:   Help with trike design posted by Stacey on 7/1/2003 at 3:15:18 PM
Mike, the lean/no lean aspect isn't an issue if an articulated coupling (heim joint) is is used for a hitch. Check out the land yachts the Honda GoldWing riders drag around. Two wheels in line on the bike, two wheels transverse on the trailer, never a problem. Why? Articulated coupling. :-)

          articulated coupling posted by sam on 7/1/2003 at 6:09:10 PM
Think sears craftman swival socket.

          RE:articulated coupling posted by mike on 7/3/2003 at 11:09:29 AM
A cart 750mm wide with a disabled kid riding upright would
possibly want to flip. You might want to build a roll cage
on if the kid is strapped on. Keep in mind the best solution
is the simplest. Mike

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AGE / VALUE:   Kustom Kulture Exravaganza! posted by: L.Lujan on 6/23/2003 at 6:32:59 PM
On July 12, 2003 Moldy Marvin's 4th Annual Rat Fink Party. This event takes place in Canoga Park California. 20915 Osborne St. Pre-1973 Vehicles, and Kustom Bicycles and "MUCH MORE". Over 40 Artists & Vendors. LIVE Entertainment, plus Silent Art Auction to Benifit Children of the Night. FOOD & DRINK-FUN FOR ALL! www.ratfink.org Phone# 661-944-2299 Keeping Ed "Big Daddy" Roth Passion alive and well for future generations.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Kustom Kulture Exravaganza! posted by sam on 6/24/2003 at 3:19:15 AM
Don't think I can make it that far west,but sounds like a great party! Glad you back!! Road past an old bike shop--closed down--still had the name written on the wall"Lujan Bicycle"---sam

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AGE / VALUE:   ROADMASTER/HARLEY/KIDS,BIKE posted by: DEREK on 6/22/2003 at 5:43:13 PM


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