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AGE / VALUE:   New Pictures posted by: AviationMetalSmith on 5/13/2007 at 4:29:45 PM
I shot some pictures of three of my bikes today. It was getting to be a strain on people's imaginations when I verbally described them.
Someone said this is not technically a lowrider. It has a 1982 Suzuki GS fairing and a banana seat. Click on the icon for the picture:


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   New Pictures posted by AviationMetalSmith on 5/13/2007 at 4:35:48 PM
I tried to shoot pictures from a few different angles. Here is another:


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   New Pictures posted by AviationMetalSmith on 5/13/2007 at 4:37:58 PM
Side view of NFA Vehicles Type 10. Click for photo:


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   New Pictures posted by AviationMetalSmith on 5/13/2007 at 4:40:03 PM
Side view of NFA Vehicles Type 7:


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   New Pictures posted by AviationMetalSmith on 5/13/2007 at 4:45:17 PM
Front View of Type 7:
(This fairing was designed by my Daughter Mellisa and her friend Patricia.
Mellisa also designed the Type 9 Fiberglass Ladies Bicycle. In this case, the Type 7 fairing is installed on a Worksman Y3K recumbent, "The Ultimate Comfort Bicycle", which unfortunately is out of production).


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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   New Pictures posted by AviationMetalSmith on 5/13/2007 at 4:50:09 PM
This is the LAFREE Electric Bicycle, which was made by Giant in 2002. I got a low serial number "GR0000028".
I added a passenger seat, extra battery boxes, and an eighteen inch orange SLOW FARM EQUIPMENT sign.
Click icon below for photo:


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          RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   New Pictures posted by nate on 5/14/2007 at 5:57:05 AM
Really cool stuff!!!!
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          RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   New Pictures posted by AviationMetalSmith on 7/3/2007 at 4:14:26 PM
I uploaded more photos yesterday. If you click the icon below, you will get a picture of the Type 4, from 1987. Although very similar to the Type 5, I gave it a different number because the Type 5 is made of Kevlar, and the Type 4 is fiberglass. Kevlar may protect the rider from 'road rash' better, but the rider has to hang onto the bike and ride it like a sled, on it's side.


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          RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   New Pictures posted by AviationMetalSmith on 7/3/2007 at 4:17:50 PM
Here's a picture of the Type 1.
The picture goes back to day one.


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          RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   New Pictures posted by AviationMetalSmith on 7/3/2007 at 4:19:42 PM
Another photo of the Type 1.


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          RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   New Pictures posted by AviationMetalSmith on 7/3/2007 at 4:23:08 PM
The Type 2 was built by adding more aluminum to the Type 1. You can see a picture by clicking the icon below, but don't ask me how much I want for it, because I sold it to a scrap metal dealer for about eight dollars.


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          RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   New Pictures posted by AviationMetalSmith on 7/3/2007 at 4:25:25 PM
The Type 3 was a fiberglass version of the Type 2, with the sharp edges rounded off:


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          RE:AGE / VALUE: New Pictures posted by JimW. on 9/23/2007 at 8:37:45 PM
Most people who do composite fairings over their bike frames make them very slick, via Bondo filling over the fiberglass shells, followed by sanding, filling, and painting. You, on the other hand, don't seem to bother with any of that slickening process. As a result, your fairings look like you just draped fabric over the frames and painted it. What's up with that? Don't you have any pride? Just curious.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: New Pictures posted by AviationMetalSmith on 10/31/2007 at 8:07:19 AM
Jim W.:
Some of the fairings are that way. I have a list of excuses, of course: 1.Kevlar is unsandable, Kevlar will become fuzzy when sanded. 2. Bondo is Heavy. 3. Theft protection, no one wants to steal the bike until it's finished.
4. I'm more interested in using the fairing for carrying cargo.
5. I want to use the fairing for crash protection, like if someone opens a car-door in front of me. The bondo is going to get chipped anyway.
6. Just a lack of time. In the winter it's too cold to apply bondo, in the summer I'm too busy riding.
7. I think there should be a plastic cargo box for bicycle handlebars. It should be mass produced by injection molding.

But the main reason is theft. I'm afraid to put all those hours into finishing the bike, only to see it stolen. (I live not far from New York City).
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MISC:   Bike Hoists posted by: JimW. on 4/10/2007 at 7:28:07 AM
I recently bought a couple of bike hoists off eBay, for a bargain price. It seems to be the same one Amazon offers for 20-something bucks on our BikeRod&Kustom parts page. This seller has them for $7.95 each, on a "buy it now" basis. With shipping, the order came to about $30. I haven't installed them yet, but they should work out very well for getting a couple of my bike projects off the floor. The listing is at: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150096338371&ssPageName=MERC_VIC_RSCC_Pr4_PcY_BIN_Stores_IT&refitem=150103202075&itemcount=4&refwidgetloc=closed_view_item&usedrule1=StoreCatToStoreCat&refwidgettype=cross_promot_widget

I have no connection to the seller.

Jim
http://bikerodnkustom.com
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          RE:MISC:   Bike Hoists posted by AviationMetalSmith on 5/2/2007 at 10:54:46 AM
That's nice, but is it fair to your advertizer to announce such a thing? Why are you telling us that there is another source for something that is advertized on your site?


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          RE:RE:MISC:   Bike Hoists posted by JimW. on 5/4/2007 at 8:07:37 PM
It's called altruism- doing a favor for people here by letting them know about something good at a much lower price. And it's not as if BR&K's making big bucks off Amazon.com anyway. They don't pay for advertising, they just pay a small commission on sales through that BR&K link, which is chump change. If I was making big bucks from it, I might not be so altruistic, I suppose. But, if I weren't fundamentally that way, I wouldn't bother to keep BR&K going, since it actually costs me money to continue it.
Thanks for buying that T-shirt and calendar (not).
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CUSTOMS:   headset too big posted by: Mark_bc on 1/16/2007 at 4:16:27 PM
Hi,

just wondered if anyone out there has a Jakz built custom cruiser. My spouse and I bought an Addict and a Scythe frame. We are putting them together and now find that the headset (1 1/8) is slightly too big for the tube. The bike shop we are having help us said that it is not a simple case of the head tube needing a bit of sanding. The tube is going to require some serious grinding to get the headset to fit.

Has anyone else run into this problem with a Jakz frame? They are a small company but make a couple dozen bike frames each year, so I assume they are using a standard tube for the front forks and I havn't heard of anyone else complaining of this problem on other forums.

Unfortunately, I lost their phone number and their website is no longer up (not a good sign).

Anyway, if anyone has their number (or Jay MacPherson's number...the owner) that would help. Or if anyone has heard of a different sized headset for a springer fork. I thought (and the bike shop agrees) that there are only 1" and 1 1/8" headsets.

Thanks, Mark
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          RE:CUSTOMS:   headset too big posted by AviationMetalSmith on 1/21/2007 at 10:44:32 AM
http://www.jakz.com/

The site is up, and running. Try it again, maybe the site was down for routine maintenance, or there was heavy bandwidth usage .
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          RE:CUSTOMS: headset too big posted by mick on 1/20/2008 at 6:11:23 AM
Have you tried an old school BMX headset?
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AGE / VALUE:   BR&K posted by: AviationMetalSmith on 1/1/2007 at 4:04:32 PM
Hey,
Is Jim Wilson around? When does the next Bike Rod N Kustom appear?


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           BR&K posted by JimW. on 3/11/2007 at 4:14:16 PM
Hi,
The new issue- Volume Eight'Issue One, is up now. Maybe worth the wait.

http://bikerodnkustom.com
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          RE: BR&K posted by Edgar X on 3/21/2007 at 1:59:22 PM
Another fine job!! Thanks, Mr. Wilson (jeez I sound like Dennis the Menace)!
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   BR&K posted by AviationMetalSmith on 3/22/2007 at 2:36:48 PM
Yes, it was worth the wait.

I commend you on the publication of another fine issue of BikeRodNKustom .
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MISC:   sachs commander 2-speed bike hub posted by: bjorn on 12/15/2006 at 8:17:17 PM
Dear Friends,
Help!
Does anyone have an assembly instruction or even an exploded diagram of the sachs commander huret bike hub.
Mine is a two speed planetary gear setup with drum brake and six sprockets all in one assembly. It is part of my old (1980-ies?) Roulandt 2-wheel recumbant. I can not get the thing back together properly! I love the bike and would love to know more about it's history and how I can improve the ageing gearing system.
Cheers
bjorn
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          RE:MISC:   sachs commander 2-speed bike hub posted by Ruud on 4/27/2008 at 5:47:24 AM
Hoi,

Ik heb wel een originele Roulandt voor je te Koop. Wel een opknapper.
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AGE / VALUE:   My Velomobile posted by: AviationMetalSmith on 11/24/2006 at 3:36:13 PM
Click on the thumbnail for a photo of my Kevlar creation:


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   My Velomobile posted by AviationMetalSmith on 12/10/2006 at 2:34:30 PM
Here is a better picture, which I found while digging through a box of photos, and then scanned to a CD/R, and then uploaded to Yahoo:


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AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by: FURTRADER on 11/24/2006 at 6:42:31 AM
CAN ANY ONE HELP ME ON INFORMATION.JUST BOUGHT A ROYAL ENFIELD TRIKE AT A POLICE ACTION FOR $15.00.SERIAL NO.NE4-394 THIS BIKE IS LIKE NEW,I DONT WANT TO SELL IT JUST ANY HISTORY.LIKE WHAT WAS THE LAST YEAR CO.WAS IN BUSINESS,
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by AviationMetalSmith on 11/25/2006 at 1:27:45 PM
Do a Google search for:
Royal Enfield

It seems like they are still in business, but all I see is motorcycles.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by nate on 11/27/2006 at 6:54:40 AM
I think they made 3-speeds. Ask under the English Roadster topic.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by Margaret on 1/31/2007 at 8:13:24 PM
I also have a Royal Einfeld Tricycle in original condition. It does not have the engine, however. I do know that these tricycles were built during WWII for the Germans. to get the engine to run, you would back pedal. There is under the basket a bracket for an engine. This can be ordered at the Royal Einfeld website. I am also trying to find out a guesstimate on this tricycle. All I could find was that they were obsolete now. Evidently, there are still at least 2 still around.
Hope this helps and if you find any additional info, please keep me posted. Thanks, Margaret
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by Neil on 8/21/2007 at 8:01:35 AM
...I just a got a Royal Enfield trike in my shop, don't know where you would put a motor??? It looks something like a Miami Sun trike but possi' traction...all I could find out is that they used to make motorcycles...any info would be great, thanx.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by June on 8/26/2007 at 12:25:31 PM
I just acquired a Royal Enfield trike. It has no engine and is missing the basket. It's not in bad condition but I wanted to see what the authentic parts were to match what I have to and to fix it up. If it's something nice I would do it the right way. If it's just a mass market produced trike I would do it the easy way. I guess that makes 3 trikes now.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by Chad Downs on 6/23/2008 at 8:47:34 PM
My friend and I are fixing up an old Trike as a Birthday present. Can you buy the decal kits anywhere? I feel like I have been to the end of the Internet and havent found anything. Thanks for any info.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by Luke DeMayo on 10/24/2008 at 10:59:30 AM
I have a 30 year old Royal Enfield Tricycle. I have it in running condition but I need wheel bearings. I did not realize that it was a vintage situation. Does anyone know if parts are avaiable. Thanks, Luke
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by Luke DeMayo on 10/24/2008 at 10:59:35 AM
I have a 30 year old Royal Enfield Tricycle. I have it in running condition but I need wheel bearings. I did not realize that it was a vintage situation. Does anyone know if parts are avaiable. Thanks, Luke
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by richard on 2/23/2009 at 7:01:13 PM
I have a client who bot a royal enfeild 3wheel pedal bike. I want to know if its the same company that makes the motorised bikes. Becose my client payed $100 for it & wants me to transforme it into a choper bike with the works just no motor pedals only.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by Billy on 3/10/2009 at 1:12:15 PM
I have a Royal Enfield bike also , are parts available i know its the same company as the motorcycles but they seem to have nothing, mine (I was told) is a 1936 but??? any idea's with what to do?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by peggy cravey on 3/24/2009 at 8:20:08 PM
I have a Royal Enfield pedal tricycle, in need of the wheel assembly for the pulling wheel, Any suggestions where I can order this part. I need it fixed for Blitz campaign. Any help would be appreciated..580-317-5557
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by aj on 3/26/2009 at 1:38:12 PM
i have one and i need beakes. can anybody help me
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by aj on 3/26/2009 at 1:38:28 PM
i have one and i need beakes. can anybody help me
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by big dave on 6/8/2009 at 5:51:14 PM
i got my mom a royal enfeild so she can walk the dog and loves it/i keep hers working very good/can fix it repack bearings i took hers apart and put back together and added new tires and tubes has run good for over a year call me 954-962-1830
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by John McCauley on 8/2/2009 at 7:06:31 AM
Just received a royal for my wife, Great condition, put new tubes, needs rims cleaned. But it looks good so i guess that makes one more.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by Richard on 8/18/2009 at 12:41:34 PM
I don't know wher the bikes come from! Some say japan otherd say uk. When you say they have a colector value it interesting but I have no idea how mush ther true value is. Somone told me its value is about $2000.00. As is original. Fully modified about 3000.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by Richard on 8/18/2009 at 8:29:58 PM
To does who are lookink for after market parts for pedal trykes call jack davis at irwin bilke and sport. 1(515)270-8304. ;)
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by rick klingensmith on 9/18/2009 at 10:19:06 AM
i just took my parent 3 wheel from the garage it's over 30 yr's old .i took it to a gentalman that repairs bike .he said that the bike has positrac wheels in the back.he put nobie tires on and i went to ride and when iwent stait it road fast and smooth ,then tried to turn and it was like putting on the brake ,should the rear wheels move independant?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by rick klingensmith on 9/18/2009 at 10:25:26 AM
i just took my parent 3 wheel from the garage it's over 30 yr's old .i took it to a gentalman that repairs bike .he said that the bike has positrac wheels in the back.he put nobie tires on and i went to ride and when iwent stait it road fast and smooth ,then tried to turn and it was like putting on the brake ,should the rear wheels move independant?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by Steve on 2/23/2010 at 9:53:52 AM
I just purchased a Royal Enfield Trike Bicycle.The gentelman said that he has had it for many many years.I tryed to find out a little about the bike and I can't find any info.Can someone tell me something about the bike.What are they worth.Are they antiques.Thanks
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by Eric Sirinsky on 4/14/2010 at 4:42:37 AM
Anyone Interested in Purchasing a Royal Enfield Tricycle I have? Fantastic condition. Asking only $300 FIRM. Location near Chicago, IL. Green. email me with questions or pictures at sirinsky@gmail.com
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by E on 4/14/2010 at 4:43:04 AM
Anyone Interested in Purchasing a Royal Enfield Tricycle I have? Fantastic condition. Asking only $300 FIRM. Location near Chicago, IL. Green. email me with questions or pictures at sirinsky@gmail.com
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by E on 4/14/2010 at 4:43:40 AM
Anyone Interested in Purchasing a Royal Enfield Tricycle I have? Fantastic condition. Asking only $300 FIRM. Location near Chicago, IL. Green. email me with questions or pictures at sirinsky@gmail.com
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by Jason on 4/23/2010 at 5:24:55 AM
I got one last night from an older gentleman down the street. $30. mine has a sticker on the frame that says made in japan...
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by mark on 6/11/2010 at 11:42:39 AM
i have old 3 wheel enfield,has front hand brake.looking to find a value,or info. on it. thanks
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by jj on 6/12/2010 at 4:06:16 AM
Try posting your question under the English Roadster Discussion Area here at OldRoads.com. There are experts on this cycle over there.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE: ROYAL ENFIELD BICYCLE posted by Kathy on 6/13/2010 at 6:41:42 AM
My husband is trying to restore one of the 1st Royal Enfield bikes from the late 1890's. It also has an Auto Wheel with it. He thinks this was an add on later. This Auto Wheel is a third wheel with a little one cylinder gas engine made in London. Any info would be appreciated. Thank you.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by jj on 6/14/2010 at 3:43:34 AM
Kathy, try asking this question under the English Roadster topic. A lot of people there can help.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by jesse on 7/24/2011 at 9:33:03 AM
i have a royal enfield three wheeled bicycle that folds up. can anyone tell me anything about it like what it might be worth or somthing. thanks Jesse
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by Colin King on 8/5/2011 at 7:47:06 AM
I have a Royal Enfield three wheel (pedal) non motorized bike. front wheel brakes. Large seat. highrise handlebars. missing basket on rear. missing chain guard.
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          RE: Enfield Tricycle - Need nut for back wheel posted by Terecne on 8/30/2011 at 6:22:17 PM
Hi
I have a Royal Enfield tricycle & the nut on the back right wheel feel off. ANYONE KNOW WHERE TO BUY A NUT THAT HOLDS THE BACK WHEEL ON??? THANKS (Tried hardware store & bike stores IN NYC but this seems to be a rare part due to the threading)
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by Gerry Betancourt on 9/20/2011 at 4:24:45 PM
I found this beauty rusty.dusty,flat tires a mess on my uncle's garage 2 months ago and I start cleaning sanding here and there until now big difference but I won't keep it because I like road bikes,I want to sell it,i don't know the price but is over 40 years old I would like to hear some offers I live in Orlado Florida.
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          sun TRICYCLE worth posted by buddy on 10/23/2011 at 11:15:09 AM
i got a old sun tricycle i was wounder what it worth are how you tell how old it is thanks buddy
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   ROYAL ENFIELD TRICYCLE posted by Arthur King on 11/10/2011 at 7:59:43 PM
Hello Gerry (Betancourt) I picked up a RE trike at a local lawn mower repair for $30.00. It looked like it had been painted over rust and not very pretty. To restore paint, replace tires and tubes and disassembly to check bearings etc will probably be $300.00. If all parts are on bike I"ll pay $40.00.
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AGE / VALUE:   A fine bicycle website posted by: AviationMetalSmith on 11/18/2006 at 12:50:22 PM
I came across a website while surfing, thought I'd share it with you all.
www.thewheelmen.org
Really OLD bicycles, click on the thumbnail:


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AGE / VALUE:   Ladies Bicycles posted by: AviationMetalSmith on 11/5/2006 at 2:12:51 PM
When I set out to start a bicycle company in 1972 it was clear to me that every major manufacturer of bicycles builds ladies bicycles in addition to the mens bicycles.

There are a number of custom builders who only build mens bicycles. Let me divide the so called custom-builders into two groups. Mens bicycles are used exclussively in racing . "Road Bikes" have drop handlebars and very narrow seats, and they can cause all kinds of pain to the rider. Builders who build racing road bikes build mens bicycles because of "frame flex". Women who race bicycles ride mens bicycles in the races, because the traditions of bicycle racing are very strict, and besides , the womens liberation movement teaches that women can do anything that men can do.
I percieved a lack of innovation and investment in Engineering to elliminate the frame-flex problem. I did research (in 1985, before I had the internet) and discovered recumbent bicycles. Recumbent bicycles are low their entire length, whereas a traditional ladies bicycle is only lower in the middle. Bicycle styling has evolved dramatically in the past few years. We can see a lot of mountain bikes which have low top tubes, but they are not as low as a traditional ladies bicycle because the shock-absorber takes up space. Oversize tubing , often as big as 2"x4" oval cross-section makes possible the Y-frame.
The other group of "custom builders" ( perhaps it's Kustom with a "K") build bicycles not to win races, but to pop the eyeballs out of everyone's heads when the bike goes by. Motorcycle styling is what these bike-builders are purveying. These bikes have hot paint and lots of chrome, not the anodized aluminum and bare carbon of the race bikes.
Enter Mellisa Manning, my 6th cousin whom I Iater adopted as my Daughter.
I wanted to run a family business, a "mom & pop shop" and had no luck previously because of the paucity of female engineering students. Mellisa already knew how to drive an 18-wheeler, because her Uncle had taught her.
And guess what? The pre-requisite for trucking school is...(drum roll) , RIDING A BICYCLE!

The common sense approach works best. Mellisa had read the Popular Science magazine feature on the Dexter-Hysol Chetah, the bicycle that first went seventy five miles per hour, but she did not want to build a fully enclosed bicycle vehicle.
Instead she pointed out that mopeds are step-thru framed motorcycles, very much like existing ladies bicycles, and built that way for the same reason.

The first fiberglass ladies bicycle was styled to look like a moped. The fairing is optional, but since Mellisa was designing the bike , she said "Make it a quarter-scale Kenworth spoiler, just big enough to conceal a twelve pack of your favorite beverage."

http://www.whatisafairing.com

(Copy and paste that if you don't know what a fairing is. )

I've told this story before, and Mellsa's bike story reached the number one position in the Google.com results pages for the two words: "Ladies Bicycle" between April and August of 2006

I told Mellisa that we could not name the bike Mini-Kenworth, because Kenworth would sue us for using their name. Now, I'm kicking myself because I did not trademark the word "Spoiler" .


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Ladies Bicycles posted by AviationMetalSmith on 7/3/2007 at 4:27:23 PM
A side view of Mellisa's Fiberglass Ladies Bicycle will appear, if you click on the icon below:


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WANTED:   wham-o wheelie bar posted by: bill on 10/23/2006 at 3:09:49 AM
Looking for a wham-o wheelie bar for my 71 stingray.
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          RE:WANTED:   wham-o wheelie bar posted by antonio on 2/13/2007 at 12:16:29 AM
Did you ever find one Bill? I'm also looking for one for my '68 Stingray.
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          RE:RE:WANTED:   wham-o wheelie bar posted by jim on 2/12/2008 at 3:33:51 PM
can you still buy the wheelie bar for the stingray
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          RE:WANTED:   wham-o wheelie bar posted by Pete on 6/18/2008 at 11:34:50 AM
I have them available once again. See the "Kool Stuff" page on my website www.hyper-formance.com for info, video, pictures and order info. Cheers, Pete


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WANTED:   7 speed stick shift posted by: Mark on 10/8/2006 at 12:55:56 PM
Looking for a 7 speed stick shift, either newer or vintage but in very good condition. Have searched for new but nobody seems to make them anymore (seems with the big demand for custom choppers/cruisers etc. that Schwinn or Shimano would start making them again). Anyone know of any independent/small bike builders that make stick shifters?
Any ideas welcome...thanks Mark
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          RE:WANTED:   7 speed stick shift posted by JimW. on 10/13/2006 at 7:38:32 AM
Hi Mark,
Firebikes makes a billet stick shifter which works with the Nexus7 hub. It's kind of pricey, but it's a very nice piece of work. I think Sam gets about $300 for them.

A lot of people who want to DIY it work with the Shimano twist-grip shifter to do the job. This solution involves welding or clamping a tubing stub the same diameter as handlebar stock to the frame. This gives a mount for the shifter to clamp onto, in the usual way. Then they mount the machined "stick" lever to the rotating grip ring element of the shifter assembly. It works, and I've seen some nice examples.

Jim
http://bikerodnkustom.com
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MISC:   NEED WELDING????? posted by: MARK on 9/22/2006 at 4:56:40 PM
HAVE SM. 110 VOLT WELDER THAT CAN HANDLE UP TO 1/4". ALSO CAN DO OTHER ODD JOBS W / BIKES. EMAILS ARE CHECKED DAILY, WHAT DO YOU NEED?
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          RE:MISC:   NEED WELDING????? posted by leo on 3/29/2007 at 7:11:53 PM
hey mark...i live in bakersfield and i need to know who can weld sheet metals on lowrider frames...i dont know who does it here so it would be a big help thankks
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AGE / VALUE:   Hamilton Steel posted by: peggy91505 on 7/31/2006 at 11:10:50 PM
I cant seem to find information on this old hamilton steel tricycle. Please help. Thank you in advance for your time. I have photos for anyone interested.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Hamilton Steel posted by AviationMetalSmith on 8/9/2006 at 1:09:12 PM
It's possible that the trike was built by Hamilton Standard.



http://www.answers.com/topic/hamilton-standard

The main business the Hamilton Standard company does is aircraft propellers.
The Wright brothers had a bicyclke company too, so I would place the trike in the same genre as a Wright Cycle.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Hamilton Steel posted by nate on 8/28/2006 at 2:10:57 PM
Can you post some pictures here?
I recenty saw one of the Wright Brother's bikes at the Air and Space Museum in Washington. Pretty cool.
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AGE / VALUE:   brakes posted by: chad on 7/19/2006 at 1:48:15 AM
I have a new beach cruzer that I converted into a motorized bike. This thing is sweet, I love it. The only thing is that it only has coster brakes, and at 35 mph that's not cutting it. I need a u brake for the front but with a springer fork and duck tail fenders I'am having a hard time finding one that fits. Dose anyone have a lead?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   brakes posted by nate on 7/19/2006 at 12:23:32 PM
It seems like you might be able to expand the hole on the fork that holds the top fender bracket.
Then find a large brake caliper for a balloon-size tire (Weinmann made one for Schwinns with 2.125 width tires)
Mount the brake caliper through the expanded hole, rig up a cable and you're in business. (I think!)
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   brakes posted by AviationMetalSmith on 7/31/2006 at 11:03:40 PM
The best way to do what you want to do is to rebuild the wheels with MOPED hubs, the kind that have drum brakes. Do it for safety. I don't want you to get hurt.

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WANTED:   Two speed hub on industrial bike? posted by: Mike Lovett on 7/9/2006 at 10:57:16 AM
I, like most of us have gotten nostalgic. I had a two speed Typhoon back in the 60's and would like to have the old kickback hub again, I hate cables. I see they sell the hub's ocasionally on Ebay for about $100 for the hub itself but I have never laced the spokes on a rim. If I decide to do this will this hub work with an industrial schwinn (spelling?) cruiser bike? Also if anyone has the two speed hub for sale let me know.
Thanks
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          RE:WANTED:   Two speed hub on industrial bike? posted by JimW. on 7/11/2006 at 4:29:07 AM
No reason it wouldn't work on that sort of bike. If you didn't want to lace it yourself, most bike shop mechanics can do it for you.
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