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CUSTOMS:   Head set size posted by: adam on 3/7/2001 at 12:39:23 PM
I have a 51 womans cruiser frame (S# H002756). I bought a 1"
Schwinn headset for it assuming that was the proper size.
Well, it's way too small. The headset I purchased has a 30mm
cup O.D., I think thats fairly standard. The head tube
on the frame has an I.D. of about 32mm to 33mm. Could someone
tell me what size headset I need to look for, or if there
are any special considerations for this type frame?

          RE:CUSTOMS:   Head set size posted by Greg Groth on 3/8/2001 at 12:45:08 AM
Schwinn used a 1" headset (OD of steering tube), but had slightly larger diameters on their cups (1 1/4"? VS 30.2mm), and a slightly smaller ID on the steerer tube than the 1" headset you have purchased (ID is different on the locknut). If you're looking for a "correct" replacement, Schwinn did sell replacement headsets a while back (5 years ago), but I am unsure if they still do. You could also locate a cheap donor bike at a local 2nd hand shop (Collegiate, Varsity, etc). If you can't find either one, and "correctness" isn't a concern, I believe that BMX headsets also use this size.

          RE:CUSTOMS:   Head set size posted by Adam on 3/8/2001 at 7:09:15 AM
Thanks for the information Greg. I looked at the cup O.D. of a BMX
headset and sure enough it was 32.7 instead of the normal 30.2.
I just naively thought "Must be a one inch headset, those have
been the same for practically ever right?" You learn something
new every day. Well, at least I know what to look for. Thanks again.

          RE:RE:CUSTOMS:   Head set size posted by Greg Groth on 3/8/2001 at 1:21:01 PM
Just another fine example of how Schwinn dared to be different. Different size headsets, 28 TPI threads on the crank instead of 24 TPI, their tire sizes, not to mention their unique way of welding their frames. Best regards.

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FOR SALE:   Repop Krate sissybar/shock w/hardware posted by: Tim P. on 3/3/2001 at 8:34:09 PM
Wanting to sell a used but nice shape repop chrome sissybar/shock like what comes on Krates. If interested-$35.00 plus shipping. Thanks, Tim P.


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AGE / VALUE:   Handle bars posted by: Brandon on 3/3/2001 at 6:26:58 PM
Does anyone know where to get a set of handle bars that look like "pulled back" ape hangers? I saw a set somewhere once, and would like a set. They are bent like a backwards "C" with the grips in the normal position.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Handle bars posted by CATFOODROB on 3/10/2001 at 8:05:14 AM
Brandon, I`m having trouble imagining what you are describing exactly, but Dyno have apehangers with a "kink" in them www.kustomkruiser.com is their site, the Deuce uses them, and they sell them in " accessories". I f you already knew that, sorry.

          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Handle bars posted by Brandon on 3/11/2001 at 12:03:50 PM
Thanks catfood rob! I found what I was looking for at Mega-Lowriders in Ca. They have an outstanding selection of crazy stuff for bike freaks to play with. They were Ram's horns, and they are only $13 + shipping.

          RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Handle bars posted by Brian on 3/15/2001 at 3:56:48 PM
Hey Brandon, Does Mega-Lowrider have a web page? phone # ??? Looking for Kustom show info. Thanx...Brian

          RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Handle bars posted by Brandon on 3/15/2001 at 5:44:46 PM
They don't have a site, but they're hard core....probably can help you out.
Phone: 1-888-634-2569

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AGE / VALUE:   paint stand posted by: sam on 3/2/2001 at 7:01:28 AM
What type of stand do you use when painting? I've hung bikes up in a tree,from the clothes line,and on a piece of re-bar stuck in the ground--sounds kinda bad.And painting outside is risky at best.So I'd like to make a paint stand for inside,any ideas?---sam

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   paint stand posted by A freind on 3/2/2001 at 3:46:02 PM
Hi Sam, You want a good bicycle paint stand. Check out Larry Lujan's bikes on bikerodnkustom web site. It's made from a ol' Chevorlet bumper jack. What you do is get your self a peice of flat steel plate, measerments are 23"xlongx14"wide x 1/8 thickness. Take the bumper jack and remove the top assembly. You need to remove the small ears at the top of the jack to do this operation. Now that the assembly is removed, get a seat post of the same size of frame you are going to paint. Take the seat post and nest it down in it's final resting place. Now if you are a guy who paints alot of the Schwinn bicycles, the seat post has a nice tapperd end to it. So it sits right nice on top of the bumper jack like a missing link. Now get the welder out and lay two beads on each side of the seat post. Alright now, take the bumper jack that has the seat post weled,stick the bumper jack in it's final resting place which is the bumper jack base plate that came with the jack. So right about now it's starting to look like something. Hold the bumper jack base plate with your foot, now push back on the bumper jack,with the seat post faceing you. Now you have the angle you need for the next weld.
Weld around the base of the bumber jack to the base plate. Now you are ready for final welding of the bumber jack to your larger base plate the one that measures 23"long x 14"x 1/8 thick plate. Word of caution! do not try to go thin on your base plate,it will only flex with weight on it. Stay with the 1/8" thickness. Now you are ready for your final weld. Set the jack down on your large base plate and center it. Move jack back and till you have 3". from your top of your base plate,to the base plate of the bumber jack. Now on each side of your base plate you will have 3. 3/4" on each side. In front of the bumber jack base plate to the front end of the base plate you will have 11. 1/2",now if you have help thats good you should. Now lay down your welds. And give it a try. A word of CAUTION,THIS IS NOT TO BE USE AS A FULLY ASSEMBLED BICYCLE WORK STAND!This is for bare frames and painting only.I recommend makeing two or more of these stands one for your frame and one for your forks. You will enjoy painting more so. Distribution of paint threw out the frame evenley. You can with your index finger turn the frame a complete 360 degree angles and then some. Now have fun with your new toy.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   paint stand posted by sam on 3/3/2001 at 4:04:53 PM
Thinks the photos told the story---good idea.

          RE: paint stand posted by Rif on 3/3/2001 at 7:03:13 PM
Friend, I have to say that you are full of around a thousand and one hip tips and tricks!
Really you should write a book full of all your shop tricks. From stands, to paint, to mechanical and more.
Thank you very much for sharing all your great info with us!

          RE:RE: paint stand posted by A freind on 3/5/2001 at 11:37:14 AM
Thanks Rif, Thats what its all about. Share it, don't spare it. Let that infomation go. I enjoy this hobby alot, like you good people. We all share the same passion. Lets have fun with it. Build it, ride it, feel free to express yourself with it. I am happy here on Old Rodes, and other places like Biker Rod Kustom. I find a common ground here. I say, if it feels right, let it roll.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   paint stand posted by gary on 4/14/2001 at 8:51:03 PM
I welded a standard high chrown Fork Cap Nut to an old Music stand base and just thread the forks in to paint them. i originally used it to true wheels until i got my park stand, i had 3 sets of forks bent open to different sizes, with old caliper brakes for indicators. for frames i took an old seat wire frame, and bolted it to a peice of plywood, and using a seat post and clamp of the correct size, it holds it upside down while i do all the work except the very last coats of paint, which i do hanging from the same board hooked to my garage door channel.

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MISC:   Repainting posted by: Oscar on 2/25/2001 at 4:56:17 PM
Your opinions please: Lemon Yellow or Sunset Orange?

          RE:MISC:   Repainting posted by Brandon on 2/25/2001 at 6:48:31 PM
Fade the yellow to the orange, front to back.

          RE:RE:MISC:   Repainting posted by Oscar on 2/25/2001 at 7:41:53 PM
How do you fade between the colors?

          RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Repainting posted by Brandon on 2/28/2001 at 3:49:24 PM
Prep as normal, paint the frame solid yellow and let dry or tack off. Start at the rear of the frame and paint a good portion solid orange. At the fade area, wherever you want to blend the paint, pull the gun/can back and "fog" it on. the farther away you are, the less paint is going to get on, so gradually fan away for a smooth transition. And you can "spot" light spots by dusting until desired gradiencey is achieved. Try practicing on something else first. Once you get comfortable doing it, there's nothing to it. Hope this helps.

          RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Repainting posted by A freind on 3/1/2001 at 6:15:17 AM
Hi Oscar, Brandon pointed out some key points which are easy to follow. But when you pull your gun back for fadeing your finish at times will come out dry and at times powdery look. So to get that nice even blend, you must spray a reducer of the same product to get that even melted blend you are trying to achieve. This technique is called flowing your paint, moving the pigment in the paint to mesh with the other color. This is the reason for the reducer. Like Brandon said, practice on a old frame first. One more thing, if you are using spray cans, well I am sure some one can help you here. My information is totally based on auto painting, ect. So when I give info on painting technique, its if your painting with a air compressor and gun. Lets say you are using acylic enamal, then when you lay down your finishes of choice. As soon as possible empty and clean the gun, and spray some reducer threw your gun. Then fill your cup with the enamal reducer. Open up your material knob 3 full turns, on the gun and keep the gun moving with a air pressure of 65PSI. Dust the entire frame so you will get a even finish through out the frame. When doing this donot load up, or get to close. Keep that gun moving. Donot stop at any time on the frame. Fan out of the stroke you are doing at all times. Take your time, and have fun.

          RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Repainting posted by Brandon on 3/1/2001 at 10:41:52 AM
Good advice, thanks Larry! We usually fogged it because we were painting base/clear and color sanded everything.

          RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Repainting posted by Oscar on 3/2/2001 at 10:19:17 PM
Thanks friends. I'm also thinking of solid yellow or orange with a cream-white panel on the seat tube. Kind of like an Italian race bike. Or fade. I don't know. Gotta go primering now. Thanks.

          RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:MISC:   Repainting posted by Oscar on 3/4/2001 at 4:54:55 PM
It shall be orange with a white panel on the seat tube. The panel will be bordered with a B&W decal.

Thanks, though, for sharing the fade instructions. I'm still a paint novice, and I think my idea will be easier to get a good result.

Pictures by summer, promise.

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AGE / VALUE:   Rixe Bicycle posted by: David on 2/23/2001 at 5:42:53 PM
I have a "RIXE" bicycle it say's it was made in Western Germany. I posted it on the vintage page and Sam suggested I post it here and look for Sabastian, because he's from Germany. So...is Sabastian out there and can you tell me any information on this bicycle.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Rixe Bicycle posted by Sebastian on 3/19/2001 at 10:20:37 AM
Hey David, this is Se(!)bastian.
Sorry for not answering - was on vacation.
I never heard 'bout RIXE Bikes that are worth keeping. All I heard about RIXE is that they make extremely bad manufactured, heavy, low-quality MountainBikes. What kind of Bike is yours? Maybe they made some cool Rides back in the days.

Sebastian °LowStylezHH°

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CUSTOMS:   3 wheeler posted by: Greg Groth on 2/21/2001 at 10:39:45 PM
Posted info on this a looonnnnggg time ago, and promised to post pics. Never got around to it I'm sorry to say. Bike is a 3-wheeled ATB, 2 spd kick-back with a stake bed. Pics are up at my just opened site - http://www.sagwagon.net
Bike was more or less something to do at the shop I was at one winter. Comments welcome.


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LOWRIDERS:   Where do I buy one in Queensland posted by: Becky on 2/21/2001 at 5:08:33 PM
Hi, I just spotted a lowrider bike in a shop window recently
My boyfriend wants to buy one but we don't know where to
start looking as in Queensland they are not everywhere. So
I was wondering if anyone can help me with information about
where to shop in Queensland.

          RE:LOWRIDERS:   Where do I buy one in Queensland posted by CATFOODROB on 2/22/2001 at 1:00:51 PM
You could always try going to the shop whos window you looked in, and saying " could i buy that bike please" or am I being too obvious???

          RE:LOWRIDERS:   Where do I buy one in Queensland posted by sam on 2/23/2001 at 5:56:22 AM
Becky,check out www.lovelylowrider.com they sell compleat bikes and ship world wide

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MISC:   5 speed hub on a coaster rim? posted by: Brandon on 2/20/2001 at 5:29:41 PM
Hello everybody! Had $ome trouble with the phone company, but I got it $traightened out...I was wondering if anybody could tell me a way to mount a 5 speed sprocket assembly on a coaster hub? WHY you ask? Well, I have a crazy mag rim that I want to make into a 5 speed for my dragster so I can make good use of a dual stick shifter console...any thoughts? I don't really care if the coaster brake works, as I'm scared it'll burn up at 5 speed speeds.
Also, glad to see Rob joining in with us, where's my parts?

          RE:MISC:   5 speed hub on a coaster rim? posted by Brandon on 2/20/2001 at 6:14:40 PM
As in Rob's Recycled Rides Rob--Cheers--I got your huffy!

            5 speed hub on a coaster rim? posted by Rob on 2/21/2001 at 7:09:48 AM
hes right over here!!!....hehehe.......whats happening man...on the parts,you havent specified all what you want yet...i gave you like two-three dif colors choices....e-mail me,or give me a call...and hey,on your wheel there...if you dont mind not having a coaster brake,then use a freewheel mag and just install a 5-speed cluster gear....if its a coaster brake mag you cant replace that you want to use,then use a freewheel adaptor....it will screw into the guts of coaster brake,and then you mount a cluster gear on the adaptor...lmk what type /brand mag rim you are using.......cheers,Rob

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LOWRIDERS:   Back online posted by: Sebastian on 2/19/2001 at 1:47:38 AM
Hey folx, I just wanted to let U know that http://www.lowriderbike.de is back online.
Now with a new Guestbook and the sweetest pics of our Rides.

Sebastian °LowStylezHH°


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WANTED:   Letter to the Edditors posted by: Rob in England on 2/18/2001 at 10:15:31 AM
Hay you Old Roads people....do you ever read your "dicussion areas"? Due to the spam and Kent appreciation society ( the same thing?) I think I`m speaking for most of us in requesting a sort out on this page. If you cant do it, maybe the afformantioned regulars could post lots of new topics, and relegate the spam off the bottom of the page.......maybe guys with discussions going on below the spam could pick up and start afresh above it. Sorry to rant, Im off to the garage to continue work on restoring the (official) worlds first musclebike .
Keep kool kats..........

          RE:WANTED:   Letter to the Edditors posted by Menotomy Vintage Bicycles at OldRoads.com on 2/20/2001 at 5:56:45 AM
Hey, sorry about missing this section. We've been hit by a bunch of spam lately. The very best thing to do when you see it is SEND US EMAIL. That gets our attention most quickly and we can run over and take care of it.

We know the IP address, path, header and all of the other tracking info for every message posted on our site. When a message is posted, that info is all written to a database, along with the message. We've been doing this for 5 years.

We try to keep an eye out for jerks, and appreciate it when you all send us email when you see something inappropriate. It just takes us a little time to get to cleaning up the messages. Babysitting isn't something I like to spend money on.

Vin - Menotomy Vintage Bicycles

          RE:WANTED:   Letter to the Edditors posted by CATFOODROB on 2/20/2001 at 10:25:30 AM
Cheers Vin, hope yop diddn`t take offence at my comments..keep up the good work.

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AGE / VALUE:   a "Yankee" posted by: Ken on 2/17/2001 at 6:16:56 PM
I recently purchased a ole "Yankee", in excellent condition, wanting to know anything more about it, so if you can help, I would appreciate anything you can give me


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FOR SALE:   71 Fastback Restored Orange! posted by: thetoyking on 2/16/2001 at 6:16:37 PM
I am selling a really nice restored 1971 Kool Orange Fastback. Professionally repainted. Whitewall NOS Tires, NOS orange lever covers, orange/silver streamers. Repop pedals, grips, headlight, sissybar, silver glitter seat w/orange S. 5-speed shifter is correct. Really a nice bike! $650 plus shipping. E-mail me for photos. Can be picked up in Ohio or Indy area. Thanks!


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LOWRIDERS:    LOWRIDERS LOWRIDERS posted by: Pe~ro on 2/15/2001 at 10:43:32 AM
Does any body know how to straighten a 68 spoke wheel myn is bbbeeennnttt


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MISC:   Memo From The Editor: New Issue of BikeRod&Kustom posted by: JimW. on 2/14/2001 at 7:39:55 PM
Volume 2'Issue 4 may be found at the usual location: http://bikerodnkustom.homestead.com

It contains an interview by Rif Addams, with Larry Louterback, builder of hyper-powered motorized bikes.
Legal motorbikes are restricted as to power and speed capabilities, which may be a good thing, as most bikes tend to disintegrate at sustained speeds over 30 mph. The Outlaw Mr. Louterback, whose creations can cruise at 50mph, has taught himself all the tricks of making bikes handle and hold up well within that performance envelope. He shares his knowledge with Rif, and BR&K’s readership. Don’t try this at home,
kids; but if you do, be sure that you (or your surviving loved ones) send us pictures.

We review yet another carbon-fiber bike D.I.Y. plan-set; this one for an ultra-light off-road bike by Canadian Richard Langlois. This is an excellent way of getting acquainted with carbon fiber bike building, and can lead to applying the knowledge gained to the making of Kool Kustom Karbon Bikes.

Steve Nurse is an Australian Engineer who has some innovative bike ideas. He’s come up with a system called “CHAMELEON” which could revolutionize community bike programs. By combining modular sections, it’s possible to put together a single-rider bike, a tandem bike, a bike truck, and lots of other useful and fun HPVs. We show his designs in this issue’s Design Lab.

Editing a webzine can really cut into other leisure-time activities, like Bike Kustomizing, for example. The
Editor of this ‘zine, having zero time to actually build bikes, has lately confined his energy to his sketchbook. He has scraped some of his Photoshop sketches together for a pictorial feature.

Just in time for your late-Valentine gift needs, comes our free download “Bad Girls Ride Bad Bikes” T-shirt art by Gary Hallgren. Not only can you give the love of your life a snazzy (if tardy) gift, but you can brag that you made it yourself, with your own little ink-jet printer. (Maybe you can get her to iron it on the shirt herself.)

Lastly, but certainly not leastly, we have a flock of new creations in our Gallery. These are by Larry Lujan,
Janos, Rydjor Bikes, Rif Addams, Brandon Flannery, and INSIGNIA of Australia.

Fond regards until our next encounter,
Jim Wilson
The Usual Suspect

          RE:MISC:   Memo From The Editor: New Issue of BikeRod&Kustom posted by A freind on 2/15/2001 at 7:49:28 AM
I would like to start out by saying, thanks for playing a important part to the Kustom Kulture. As always, your hard work projects your style and wit". Nice opening page, caught me off gaurd. Thats what its all about. Just like Rifs bike, I like his style, his bike has that charactor of his everyday life. He seems to enjoy lifes challanges and makes the best of them. I see it on his face. How about Brandon Flannery's MPC BOSS BIKE 1970, now" theres a haunting image of the way it was. Even though, this is a scale model, this bicycle is the reflection of a time once surounded my youth. Great job and extreame demostration of patiants and skill. Not to leave out that Krazy Kolor too! How about that glass bead job on that Kruiser, now thats a first for me. I can see why he was posted on your page. He's different and unique in his own talented way. This guy is a artist, and a true meaning of bicycle art. I might add, its ridable too. I don't want to leave anyone out, but you guys have a look see for your selfs. By the way Jim, who is this guy P.J O'Rourke? He's a funny guy".

          RE:RE:MISC:   Memo From The Editor: New Issue of BikeRod&Kustom posted by JimW. on 2/15/2001 at 11:02:50 AM
Thanks, er..Friend,
We try to make it good. I think of the rest of an issue as just gift wrapping for the gallery bikes. 8-)
P.J. O'Rourke was the funniest editor the National Lampoon ever had. He's gone on to be a political writer, and the only funny living Republican in the U.S.A.

          RE:MISC:   Memo From The Editor: New Issue of BikeRod&Kustom posted by Nick Nichols on 2/23/2001 at 1:10:06 PM
Enjoyed your site. Looking forward to the next issue. Perhaps I will add a few of my creations to the gallery.
P.S. Was pleasently surprised to see the mention of my Caloi cruisers there. I now do business as Rockfish products in Covesville, Virginia. Nick Nichols

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