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AGE / VALUE:   parts posted by: sam on 8/7/2000 at 8:18:41 PM
got parts from lovelylowrider today.took about 10 days I sent in a m.o. parts arived in good condition no damage in shipping . really liked the tires(round not sq.like some)I will use them again for cruzer parts--sam

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   parts posted by Sebastian on 8/10/2000 at 1:55:23 AM
Yeah dude - lovelylowrider ROCKS! ... Got my Bike from their Site and it took 'only' three weeks to ship it to Germany and also without any damage. I recently got parts from lovelylowrider - another perfect delivery :) .. these guys are great - unfortunately the shipping-costs to Germany double the parts-price in the end. :(((

Cheers, Sebastian °LowStylez Hamburg° --> http://www.lowriderbike.de

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LOWRIDERS:   any one from colorado posted by: hyperboy on 8/1/2000 at 6:55:22 AM
if there is any one from colorado i do custom work on biks
and i like to talk to people to lean more.so email me hyperboy@hotmail.com


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LOWRIDERS:   Frame Chopping posted by: Eric on 7/25/2000 at 9:55:09 PM
I have a 1980 Schwinn Stingray and im trying to figure out how to cut the frame so i can lower it, any help with this would be greatly appreciated

          RE:LOWRIDERS:   Frame Chopping posted by JimW, on 7/26/2000 at 11:44:07 PM
By lowering it, do you mean getting the bottom of the frame
closer to the ground, or do you want the top of the frame
closer to the bottom of the frame? The customary lowrider
bike pattern consists of bending the front fork so that
the bike leans down toward the front. Most LRB builders
buy a pre-bent springer fork. People who go in for
frame surgery usually start out with a larger frame.

          RE:RE:LOWRIDERS:   Frame Chopping posted by joe on 9/7/2000 at 6:50:29 PM
hey how do you make then rear end lower to the ground with out putting smaller wheels on it???

          RE:LOWRIDERS:   Frame Chopping posted by joe on 9/10/2000 at 8:34:32 AM
hey i just chopped my frame. i put the top bar on the back up higher where the wheels go and lets the bottom bar still down there and added a bar to connect the top bar with.so now the wheels be be up higher and the bottom of the frame is lower. do you get it

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AGE / VALUE:   swing bike fenders and seat posted by: la on 7/23/2000 at 5:09:14 PM
looking for seat and set of fenders


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LOWRIDERS:   hey any one from colorado posted by: hyperboy on 7/19/2000 at 1:23:24 AM
hey i am from loveland colorado
i just started a bike club
i have six shwinns
but i found a frame and i dont no what it is
it my next project. so if if any one from colorado
wants to trade parts or chat let me no send an email
hyperboymc@hotmail.com. thanks


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MISC:   CB750 chop posted by: AmmoOlly on 7/18/2000 at 10:06:25 PM
Can anyone out there help a guy out .. I'm lookin for the part number for after market roller bearings for the neck in my 70 CB750 ... cant seem to find anything from the local Honda dealer .. anything would help .. thanks ..


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LOWRIDERS:   frame posted by: cronic on 7/13/2000 at 10:25:03 PM
I want to know they put the sheet metal on the frame for more style is it just sheet metal guestions anybody if you have my answer email me at studmuff54@hotmail.com thanxs

          RE:LOWRIDERS:   frame posted by JimW. on 7/23/2000 at 11:34:57 AM
The basic reasons behind brazing sheet metal into a frame
are both related to style. It allows making the frame more
sculptural, using bondo and provides more surface area for custom painting. There is no functional purpose for it,
especially since it adds considerable weight to the frame.

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LOWRIDERS:   I am almost done with my lowrider posted by: TheLOWdown on 7/11/2000 at 2:12:56 PM
hey, i am almost done with my lowrider and i used an old mongoose frame and it is coming out nice, some of the parts were painted and chrome underneath and i got all the paint off and i want to leave the parts chrome but i don't know how to protect them from rusting or getting funky? can someone tell me any ideas that they have? would clear coat be a good choice?? and post your response or e-mail me at Low_Ridez_Kid@goplay.com

thanks TheLOWdown

          RE:LOWRIDERS:  chrome posted by JimW. on 7/12/2000 at 11:54:01 AM
The best thing to do to keep chrome from rusting is to wax it
and keep it clean. Storing it out of the weather is also a given.
Clean is most important, as dirt will hold moisture and may
contain its own corrosive elements (salts, etc.)Clear coating
is a bad idea on a chrome finish, as it doesn't stick well to
a shiny chrome surface. It will start looking bad (milky, peeling) very quickly,
and you'll want to strip it off again. Chrome will hold up very well if it's
kept clean and dry.

          RE:RE:LOWRIDERS:  chrome posted by TheLOWdown on 7/13/2000 at 11:26:23 AM
hey thanks for the clue, my clear coat was looking good for a while, but then it did get milky and started to peel so i did strip it off and then i started to wax it and it came out nice, i took what i had so far to a show last night and it was a head turner and it didn't even have the fork on it yet it was just a straight bmx fork and it also only had the bannana seat on it. it looked good. i am getting parts on Monday from lovely lowrider but i am just waiting anyhoo thanx and 1 more thing, i have a seat post that is bent, it has like an angle at the top and i wanted to know if i could cut it and make it straight??(it is in better shape in terms of chrome) thanx for the advice and keep it LOW

          RE:RE:RE:LOWRIDERS:  chrome posted by JimW. on 7/16/2000 at 12:38:47 AM
I'd recommend just getting a new, straight seatpost. The post necks down to a smaller diameter where the seat clamps
to it. If you cut off an angled seat post, it'll probably be too big to fit the seat clamp.

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LOWRIDERS:   Done!!!!! posted by: Sebastian on 6/29/2000 at 6:09:48 AM
Hey, I finished my LowBike.
Go, check out http://bastis.lowriderbike.de .......


LowStylez!Hamburg, Germany

          RE:LOWRIDERS:   Done!!!!! posted by JimW. on 6/30/2000 at 6:44:31 AM
That looks really good. The rear fender treatment is especially fine,
and the frame filling and sculpting are very tasty.

          RE:LOWRIDERS:   Done!!!!! posted by Oscar on 7/9/2000 at 6:45:44 PM

          RE:LOWRIDERS:   Done!!!!! posted by TheLOWdown on 7/10/2000 at 11:59:20 AM
yo, your bike is pretty cool good use with the rear fender and try tipping your bars forward and it adds a feeling of more low
ANd keep it L O W

          RE:LOWRIDERS:   Done!!!!! posted by sceen-pac on 7/30/2000 at 2:17:16 PM
Yeah that is a a ood bike the fender is has a good job on it tell me how you did that email me at studmuff54@hotmail.com

          RE:RE:LOWRIDERS:   Done!!!!! posted by Sebastian °LowStyleZ! HH° Hamburg, Germany on 8/3/2000 at 5:12:32 AM
O.K. - here'S how I did it (don't know if U understand my english - but I'll try to do my best ;) ).

First I cut out the steat-post-tube and welded some sheet metal from underneath the two smaler tubes that go from the back to the front for extra stability. I also welded on a piece of metall from the seatpost-clamp about 4inches long pointing backwards where I molded on an ordinary 20inch-fender from a Kids-bike (my new rear-fender). All filled with Bondo 'n stuff. After that I welded on a triangular-shaped piece of metal (about 6inches long) to the bottom of crank-housing and also filled it with bondo. O.K.- the tank-molding is clear. Colors are straight out of the Spray-Can - Covered with multiple coats of clear. After that I addded the pinstripping and applyed some more layers of clear. By the way - the rear-lights are also molded onto the frame in a 60s-rocket-style. Will have a lotta new picz online soon. Check out http://www.lowriderbike.de

PEACE! Sebastian

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LOWRIDERS:   crome posted by: mike on 6/28/2000 at 11:02:17 AM
i would like to know some ways to recroime some parts does anyone know anything?

          RE:LOWRIDERS:   crome posted by JimW. on 6/28/2000 at 7:46:29 PM
The best way to do it is to look in the Yellow Pages under "metal plating".
Old do-it-yourself manuals like the Popular Mechanics Home Craftsman's
Encyclopedia, from the '50s give pretty complete instructions on the process.
However, due to the powerful acids and toxic chemicals involved make it
unlikely that you'll find that sort of info in a new book, because of
liability issues. I'd suggest that if you want to do part of
it yourself, that you concentrate on preparing the metal surface yourself,
before taking the part to a commercial plater. This involves
sanding the surface rust down to bare metal, until it's extremely smooth.
This includes the use of emery cloth in grades from medium to
fine. The metal surface needs to be pretty much as smooth and
shiny as you expect the plated surface to be. As with paint, plating
will do very little to improve the surface underneath. Doing your
own metal prep will save you some money, but be aware that the
plating shop is already set up to do that part of the job for you.

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MISC:   Making a hybrid posted by: brent on 6/27/2000 at 8:59:59 AM

I finally got around to making something out of a frame I had bought from Ebay. It's a no-name lugged ishwata frame for 700c rims. I made a bottom bracket out of one cup of a Tange and the other from a no name. Then I installed a Deore LX triple crankset and derailleurs. I've got an extra set of rims with road tires on them for now, I'll wait a while before I put on more agressive tires. The frame and fork are drilled for caliper brakes, but none of the one's I have laying around will reach. I'm going to make some drop bolts a la Sheldon. Now here is my problem. How should I run the derailleur cables from the flat bar? The frame doesn't have any cable slots brazed on the downtube or for shifters. Has anyone ever tried to use an old set of clamp on shifters as a cable stop? I've got a couple of old sets of Simplex shifters I would be willing to tear up. I've seen STI bikes have something like this to do the job. Any other ideas?

          RE:MISC:   Making a hybrid:cable mounts and stops. posted by JimW. on 6/28/2000 at 9:19:08 AM
The best, and best-looking way I've found to do the job is by
molding epoxy putty around the cable and to the centerline
of a frame tube. Both are covered by mylar packing tape, so
the putty doesn't stick. The taped cable or a plastic soda
straw of the same diameter is taped to the tube, outside the
mount area. The putty is molded on in two layers. The putty may
be smoothed with a wet fingertip, then sanded and painted.
More detailed instructions in the technique are shown at:

          RE:MISC:   Making a hybrid posted by Oscar on 6/28/2000 at 9:53:00 AM
Remember those lower priced 10-speeds with stem mounted shifters? They had clamp-on cable stops that fit around the down tube. This might be easier than canabalizing a shifter and drilling out the bosses.

I have a clamp-on cable stop I could give you gratis if you're interested. Gotta empty the parts box somehow!

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AGE / VALUE:   custom fenders posted by: vino on 6/5/2000 at 8:17:25 PM
help!!!i need to know where i can buy some indian type fenders for my dyno roadster. have seen them in a couple magazines on bikes but can't find them anywhere thank you

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   custom fenders posted by JimW. on 6/8/2000 at 9:09:02 AM
Are you talking about what they call "ducktail" fenders?
They're swept back at the trailing edge. Those fenders are
available from lowrider bike sources. They may be available
through this site. I've gotten them from http://hiwheel.com
before, I think. They're available in sizes from 20" to 26".
Kustom Hint: you can adapt a front fender to the rear location.
You reshape the bottom front edge with tin snips, to match
the fender mount of the frame; while you're at it, you trim
away some metal to clear the chain. This makes for a very
nice bobbed fender. The ducktail gives it that upsweep
at the back, similar to a Stingray's rear fender. An example of
this fender application may be seen at:

          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   custom fenders posted by sam on 6/10/2000 at 5:48:44 AM
Jim,thanks, the rod-bike&kustom web site is great!Had a lot of fun looking through there stuff.--sam

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   custom fenders posted by Larry on 7/7/2000 at 1:56:40 PM
Vino I was wondering if you located your INDIAN style fenders. and if your satisfied with the out come. just in case you have not, theres a place called GANGSTA TOUGH MINI SKIRTS located in Long Beach California. Write him at Speedy Gonzalez, P.O.BOX 321,Long Beach Ca,90801 for info.

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CUSTOMS:   Mixup between a baloontire and a musclebike. posted by: Jens on 6/4/2000 at 7:41:58 AM
I have a Dyno-glide bike with a banana seat! Nobody rides as stylish as me! I actually trew away the old seat, and putted on a long, black banana seat made of heavy, black leather. The bike is so hot!!


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CUSTOMS:   Dyno Kustom Kruisers posted by: JimW. on 5/30/2000 at 12:54:25 PM
A couple of issues ago,in BikeRod&Kustom, we ran pix and info on some of the Dyno Kustom Kruisers. I just checked the
links to Dyno's site, and they no longer work. Does anybody
know what's up? Have they just changed the site URL, or have
they discontinued the line. I was hoping to run their parts
list in an upcoming issue.

          RE:CUSTOMS:   Dyno Kustom Kruisers posted by DeathIncarnate on 10/2/2000 at 9:55:39 AM
yeah, I had a hard time finding the site too, it turns out they made it a part of the GT/Dyno website, instead of a stand alone website. hope it helps you, your site rocks!

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WANTED:   Wanted: Technical Stuff posted by: Girard Bicycle Emporium on 5/29/2000 at 7:18:44 PM
I'm starting a business as a bicycle do-it-all. After I scrape the extra pennies for equipment, I'll be somewhat ready. problem is, I don't know what will sell anymore.
I need to know *everything* about the trade- trends, sales pitches, advertisement, hot spots, big items, anything else that I can do with the very little that I have to start with.
Also need to know anything else that would be useful for this. I think it'll spark nicely by the time recession hits. Email me with the works ASAP. -W. B. York, CEO/Owner/President/Vice President/Sales Mgr./Supply Mgr./Maintenance Mgr./Secretary/Receptionist/Clerk/Service Mgr./Technician/Everything and Everybody Else, Girard Bicycle Emporium

          RE:WANTED:   Wanted: Technical Stuff posted by JimW. on 6/1/2000 at 9:54:13 PM
I've got bad news for you, Dude. The kind of people who are
into those aspects of the bike concept are your potential competitors,and unlikely to give away whatever insights they've gained from experience. I'm not one of them, BTW. However, one thing I've gained from my experiences is that it's a bad idea to start a business based upon ignorance about the business you want to enter. There are trade magazines to do with the bike biz. You don't have to read too many recent issues of any trade magazine to get an idea of the aspects in which you're interested. That's why bike biznessmen subscribe to them. Check at your local library, in the Catalog of Publications.

          RE:WANTED:   Wanted: Technical Stuff posted by LARRY on 6/3/2000 at 10:33:18 AM

          RE:RE:WANTED:   Wanted: Technical Stuff posted by ChristopherRobin on 6/8/2000 at 12:23:36 PM
You are making a huge mistake. It takes a long time to learn the business. A friend went to work in a submarine sandwitch shop for 3 years in order to learn the business and he had a better product and still he did not make it. Bicycles are a compettitive cutthroat business to be in. Do not do this. Who and where have you been working for?What have you learned? Do not answer that here! A romantic hobby is one thing but a business is another thing altogether!

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