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AGE / VALUE:   recumbant plans posted by: Frank on 5/26/2000 at 6:30:35 AM
I want plans &/or instruction to turn an old schwinn into a recumbant.

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   recumbant plans posted by JimW. on 6/1/2000 at 10:22:24 PM
I hope you're not holding your breath while waiting for those plans & instructions. Anyone with the skills needed
to chop up an old bike and turn it into a 'bent will tell you that it's much easier to build a kit, (like Bentech's).
By the time you cut away everything not needed for a 'bent
structure, it wouldn't bear any relation to a Schwinn, or anything else you started with. All those stubs of tubing
sticking out from the head tube, bottom bracket, etc. would
only make the construction more difficult. Why bother? Start
from scratch (metal tubing comes in all sorts of diameters),
or buy a kit (which is probably much cheaper than buying the
raw materials yourself). Kits come with instructions. I can
predict steps#1,2,& 3: Learn to weld, master cutting steel tubing, learn to like nasty work. Also read: http://bikerodnkustom.homestead.com/Hoots_int.html
Carl Hoots has sort of done what you want to do.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   recumbant plans posted by Punk rock Kardy on 9/18/2000 at 9:45:23 AM
What are you talking about dude? As long as you have a chop-saw, a mig welder,a grinder with sanding disc tires, steering collom,crank and a whole bunch of steel to play with you can build pretty much anything you want. Ha ha buy a kit just rip apart a bunch of old mountain bikes for steel and build away!

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   recumbant plans posted by Grant on 9/30/2000 at 9:21:34 AM
Mother Earth News had plans for a recumbent made from an old
bike. Also for leaning 3 wheelers etc. Try your local library
for back issues or maybe they have a website.




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LOWRIDERS:   LowRides posted by: Sebastian on 5/25/2000 at 7:08:50 AM
Hi from Germany,
we're just about starting a lowrider-bike-club here in Hamburg (Germany) go check out http://www.lowriderbike.de for shots and sketches of our bikes. More to come when all the bikes are back on the streets. Gotta go - workin' on my Ride.

LowStylez!Hamburg
Sebastian

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          RE:LOWRIDERS:   LowRides posted by TheLOWdown on 7/10/2000 at 1:11:05 PM
hey seb,
i started a club and it only has a few members but i posted signs around my area and also but a thingy on my site and i got a few replys my club is called LOWdown Creations

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CUSTOMS:   dual drive project bike posted by: Ron on 5/21/2000 at 9:57:09 AM
I have just finished a dual drive project bike and would like to share the details. I have a fixed gear bike with a long 122 mm bottom bracket spindle and a flip-flop wheel with a 16t bmx freewheel on one side and a 16t track cog and lockring on the other. I also have two right crankarms with 44t chainrings. I bolted one of these to either end of the b/b spindle and ran two chains back to the hub. I used the bmx freewheel for the right side drive, reasoning that the track lock ring would keep the track cog on that (left) side from unscrewing under what essentially is prolonged back pedaling. It works fine, though with twice as much drivetrain friction. Also, the chainline on the left side is not as straight as I would like. In short, perhaps it is not practical for everyday use, but it should be an eye-catching addition to a rideable but seldom-ridden custom bike. What does anyone else think?

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          RE:CUSTOMS:   dual drive project bike posted by sam on 5/23/2000 at 6:33:34 AM
Neat idea !

          RE:CUSTOMS:dual drive project bike posted by JimW. on 5/23/2000 at 7:22:41 PM
It sounds pretty interesting. I'd recommend chrome chains for
even more visual action. Lowrider parts sources like hiwheel.com
have it in stock.

          RE:CUSTOMS:   dual drive project bike posted by sam on 5/25/2000 at 9:00:29 PM
Meant to ask,does your dual drive mean you now have reverse.

          RE:RE:CUSTOMS:   dual drive project bike posted by ron on 5/26/2000 at 5:11:53 PM
Sam, all fixed gear bikes have reverse--it just takes a more talented rider than I to pedal one backward!

          RE:RE:RE:CUSTOMS:   dual drive project bike posted by Punk Rock Kardy on 9/18/2000 at 4:59:14 PM
SWEET......That must peel rubber!




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MISC:   Circus! posted by: Charlie on 5/6/2000 at 8:40:30 AM
Thought I'd mention that I brought my kids to the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey circus last night. I was surprised to see several innovative bikes in their acts. If you're going, it should hold your interest!

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          RE:MISC:   Circus! posted by ChristopherRobin on 6/8/2000 at 12:25:44 PM
Check out the book on P.T.Barnum. I love the circus.




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CUSTOMS:   Chain tensioner on a coaster brake? posted by: brent on 5/1/2000 at 7:13:09 AM
I'm working on taking an old Pugeot road bike and turning it into a single speed mountain-ish cruiser. If I use an old derailleur as a chain tensioner, will my coaster brake still work? I don't really want to make drop bolts for it since I'm putting 26 inch wheels on it to replace the 27's. I would also like it to be a little cleaner looking without the cables run everywhere. Thanks.

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          RE:CUSTOMS:   Chain tensioner on a coaster brake? posted by ART on 5/2/2000 at 8:18:15 AM
Here's what I've done. I just cut the chain with a chain tool. I estimate it on the long side, cut it, and then temporarily join it and put it on the rear wheel. I pull the wheel into the dropouts to get the right tension. If it's too loose, I re-cut the chain. I don't use the derailleur for tension. I tighten the wheel down as tight as possile and I've never had a wheel slip If you think you need drop bolts to keep if from slipping, I've seen metal inserts that slide in between the rear axle and the back of the dropout that keep the axle from sliding. I like the no cable look, I don't even want braze-ons or cable guides interfering with the clean look, so I'm always on the look out for older bikes or track frames that are clean.




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CUSTOMS:   Custom Choppers & Others posted by: David on 4/28/2000 at 1:11:14 PM
See my custom chopper made from a 1961 Heavy Duty Schwinn and others at http://angelfire.com/mi/antiquebikes. I love to create custom bikes. These are unfortunately more popular in Canada than the US.
Have a great day!!! David

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          RE:CUSTOMS:   Custom Choppers & Others posted by JimW. on 5/3/2000 at 5:40:17 PM
That's pretty kool! I imagine you can pop a pretty mean wheelie on that, eh?

          RE:CUSTOMS:   Custom Choppers & Others posted by LARRY on 5/4/2000 at 8:59:24 AM
ITS GOOD TO SEE OTHERS DOING THE SAME WORK. I INJOY LOOKING THREW EASYRIDER ISSUES AND APPLYING IDEAS TO MY PRODJECTS FOR PEOPLE WHO JUST WANT TO BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT.AND FOR THE OG STUFF THEY ARE GREAT TO. ENJOY YOUR PAGE.THE BEST TO YOU AND YOUR PRODJECTS. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

          RE:CUSTOMS:   Custom Choppers & Others posted by LARRY on 5/4/2000 at 8:59:28 AM
ITS GOOD TO SEE OTHERS DOING THE SAME WORK. I INJOY LOOKING THREW EASYRIDER ISSUES AND APPLYING IDEAS TO MY PRODJECTS FOR PEOPLE WHO JUST WANT TO BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT.AND FOR THE OG STUFF THEY ARE GREAT TO. ENJOY YOUR PAGE.THE BEST TO YOU AND YOUR PRODJECTS. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

          RE:RE:CUSTOMS:   Custom Choppers & Others posted by CURLEY BILL on 5/15/2000 at 6:43:44 PM
HEY LARRY, I AGREE WITH YOU AND BIKERDUDE ABOUT CUSTOM BIKES.WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOUR BUILDING A ORGINAL BIKE AND PARTS ARE HARD TO COME BY.I WANT TO BIULD A BIKE FOR MY SON AND BE DIFFERENT ABOUT IT TO.I WOULD LIKE TO SEE ONE OF YOUR PRODJECTS TO GET AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU DO.

          RE:RE:CUSTOMS:   Custom Choppers & Others posted by CURLEY BILL on 5/15/2000 at 6:43:49 PM
HEY LARRY, I AGREE WITH YOU AND BIKERDUDE ABOUT CUSTOM BIKES.WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOUR BUILDING A ORGINAL BIKE AND PARTS ARE HARD TO COME BY.I WANT TO BIULD A BIKE FOR MY SON AND BE DIFFERENT ABOUT IT TO.I WOULD LIKE TO SEE ONE OF YOUR PRODJECTS TO GET AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU DO.

          RE:RE:RE:CUSTOMS:   Custom Choppers & Others posted by Larry Lujan on 7/28/2000 at 2:04:49 PM
Say Curly, Its me Larry letting you know you can see one of my bikes on BIKEROD&KUSTOM BR&K GALLERY. A 5-speed 20" kustom schwinn,with a black over all color & orange & yellow flames. Oh by the way, how's it going Jim. Not only does Jim helps us guys out with good solid information when it comes to bikes, but he also takes the time to help out, with problems with my computor. Thanks Jim Wilson of BIKEROD&KUSTOM.




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CUSTOMS:   Custom Projects posted by: ART on 4/27/2000 at 1:02:24 PM
Here are some of my custom bikes. I'm not sure they are full out customs, but more like bikes that I have modified to give me a different kind of ride. I found an interesting road bike made by a Califonia builder named Lyndsey (I believe he went on to build Mountain Goat bikes). The frame was in really good shape and it had a complete Campy record groupo on it. The stem and bars were low end junk. The bike was a little small for me but I wanted to make it a rider. I had a pair of bmx bars--the stem, two strut supports, and long straight bars are all one piece. The stem fit, the bars, raised because of the struts, got me in a more upright position. I trimmed the bars on each end about five inches because my hands were just to far apart for a road feel. I put a pair of small mountain bike brake levers on it. I snapped a Brooks professional on it and I've got a quick city bike that is fast but I'm not bent down like a traditional roadie. I did the opposite on a schwinn professional mountain bike...I put a set of Cinelli drop bars on it and I have a cool bike for riding on the dirt canal banks that are prevalent in the Phoenix area. I've got a Swedish Crescent that I'm playing with now. My biggest disaster was when I tried to recreate building a Repack style mountain bike using a dx frame with springer, drum brakes, Schwinn derailleurs and bike heavy spokes s-2 rims. It cost me a bunch of money to get what I needed and I ended up with a heavy, uncomfortable, junker that took half a block to stop. I scrapped it and got some of my money back but it was a real bust. I don't know if I have anything that anyone would want to trade for, but I'm looking for an interesting safety style frame or ad old track frame...really anything from the 40's or earlier to play with.

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          RE:CUSTOMS:   Custom Projects posted by ART on 4/28/2000 at 12:00:07 PM
In the above post I said Schwinn professional, I meant Schwinn paramount.

          RE:RE:CUSTOMS:   Custom Projects posted by Oscar on 4/29/2000 at 5:07:22 PM
Even the original Repackers knew they had heavy bikes that couldn't make it up the hill, and coasters that fried on the way down the hill. The difference between them and us is that they didn't know any different.

Also, drop bars on a trail bike are awesome. They angle your elbows to take all the shocks. They are best for steep climbs because they allow you to keep your weight low, and you can easily shift your weight fore and aft on technical summits. I swear by them.




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CUSTOMS:   I *prefer* customs posted by: Bikerdude on 4/7/2000 at 5:56:43 AM
I'm surprised there is so little activity in the Custom Bicycle area. What do you all do with your bikes that are not 100% original and "correct"? Do you just toss them out? Doesn't anyone take these things and create works of art out of them like custom motorcycle builders and Street Rodders? Fat tires, fancy paint? I see the lowrider people doing this, but doesn't any one else do it with 26" bikes?

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          RE:CUSTOMS:   I *prefer* customs posted by JimW. on 4/12/2000 at 9:45:02 AM
You're right, it's been amazingly quiet on this list lately.
If you're new here, check out the archived discussions on the
site. There's a lot of good stuff in there. Or, check out the
other lists; I always do, even though I find customs more
interesting. Why don't you tell us about your own custom projects?
That's the best way to get a new thread going. If you've come
up with a solution to a custom-oriented problem, let us know about
that, and you'll be seeing responses to it. Or, just ask a question.
You could always go to http://bikerodnkustom.homestead.com, and
comment on something interesting you saw there. We're here.

          RE:CUSTOMS:   I *prefer* customs posted by Oscar on 4/13/2000 at 6:42:31 PM
The most customizing I see on the street are homemade fixed gear bikes. These are seldom art, but true workhorses. My Schwinn Speedster was a single speed coaster brake dorkbike, now a tough and able city machine. I tossed off the gentlemanly 26 x 1 3/8 tires for skinny mountain bike tires. They are slick for the streets, and cushy on the potholes. Mountiain riser bars are there for an aggressive position. It's a small frame for a 26, and now the wheels are smaller, so it handles somewhere between a mountain bike and BMX.

Maybe the next bike will be an art bike, but I'm too right-brained. I'm glad that bikerodnkustom is there for us.




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AGE / VALUE:   Need info on my Buzz Bike posted by: Josh on 4/1/2000 at 11:42:09 PM
hey...i just bought a Western Flyer Buzz Bike Eliminator. This is the second Eliminator i've owned, the first being an Eliminator III. The one i have now was Lime Gold, and has a gold sparkle seat. I need some info on these bikes. How rare is the bike, is it collectible? It looks totally different than a Stingray, and maybe that's why i have only seen the two i've got. If anyone has any info or especially pictures, because i need to know where the stripes go on the tubes and the fork, please email me. Thanks

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need info on my Buzz Bike posted by Jeff on 4/6/2000 at 7:57:42 AM
That is a rare and unique looking bike. And valuable.
Check the picture database for pictures.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need info on my Buzz Bike posted by Trace Killough on 11/10/2000 at 4:41:58 PM
My first bike was a blue/purple buzz bike around 1968. It was stolen years ago. I would like to find one now. Are you selling?




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AGE / VALUE:   painting my lowrider posted by: bradley on 3/28/2000 at 11:47:17 AM
how many coats of paint on primer do i need and how many coats of paint for the best results? do i need a gloss finish?

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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   painting my lowrider posted by Jeff on 3/29/2000 at 6:08:07 AM
Check the "Restoration Tips" section of this site for some great painting discussions.




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MISC:   springer spring posted by: Dave on 3/19/2000 at 7:43:37 PM
I have a restored Western Flyer tandem and put a springer on it.The problem Ihave is-the spring bottoms out as soon as I get on, any ideas on a stronger spring or a way to add spacers or something to keep it from bottoming?

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          RE:MISC:   springer spring posted by BillG on 3/20/2000 at 6:14:56 AM
You adjusted the springer to it's max tension, right?
What style springer is it?

          RE:MISC:   springer spring posted by Patrick on 5/3/2000 at 6:01:39 AM
I've had the same problem and someone finally clued me in to a secret that may help you too. I put a generic brand of springer on my 62 Schwinn and had the same problem. A guy at a swap meet sold me a different top mount where the spring bolt screws into. It had a diffent angle and he said that he knows of 3 different angled top mounts available. Maybe that will solve your problem too. The problem occurs because the fork may not have been designed to fit the length of head tube on your bike as was my problem. Hope this helps. Let me know. The cost of the new bracket was $5, which is a cheap test even if you have to try a few different ones to get it right.




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CUSTOMS:   New BikeRod&Kustom posted by: JimW. on 3/19/2000 at 1:20:28 PM
Volume Two'Issue Two’s Cover Feature is an amazing bike which looks very
much like what the Schwinn Styling Studio would have produced, had they
been asked to design a full-suspension recumbent bike in 1935. Designed
by the legendary Carl Hoots, it’s the Chartres Cathedral of bike
architecture. We also have other of Carl’s masterpieces on view, as well
as an in-depth, tech-filled interview with Mr. Hoots by the
also-amazing, Michael (TallBike) Watson.

We have other new wild rides in the BR&K Gallery by Gary Boivin,
Fredrick Trippler, Hal Paquin, and Larry Lauderback. You’ll also find a
piece on Taliah Lempert, an artist who specializes in paintings of
classic bicycles. Our Off-Topic feature covers Basic Cycles'
custom cruisers based on the Brazilian Caloi Dolphin aluminum frame, the
Worksman Cycles Pizza Delivery Bike, Artist Eric Staller's Conference
Bike, which seats eight riders in a circular array, and the
incredibly-slick recumbents of Flevobike, of the Netherlands.

Josh Merrow is the first recipient of the BR&K BIKE HERO Award. Josh
designed a high school course which teaches math-challenged kids math
and science through the design and construction of KustomBikes and other
projects. Read the interview to see how he did it, and see the pictures
to see how it worked out. Our Award Sponsor, PhatCycles, Huntingdon
Beach, USA, donated a phat Silva Chopper Bike as Josh’s prize.

Unfortunately, we also have bad news about, and a Eulogy for, Bruce
Bursford, gifted designer of the world’s fastest bicycle, our cover
subject last issue. Bruce was killed by a truck during road training
about a month after our interview with him was completed.

You will find it all at:
http://bikerodnkustom.homestead.com

Bone Appetite!
Jim Wilson
Sous-Chef, Le Bicycles Krazee


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LOWRIDERS:   Wanted chrome 20" rims posted by: James Ditch on 3/16/2000 at 1:46:06 AM
I'm looking for some 20" chrome lowrider rims for a first time project

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          RE:LOWRIDERS:   Wanted chrome 20 posted by Menotomy Vintage Bicycles at OldRoads.com on 3/17/2000 at 8:07:12 AM
We've got a set of brand new 20" Lowrider wheelsets, front and rear, radial laced, 68 spokes, rear coaster brake, with whitewall tires and tubes (20 x 1.175).

$35 for the set, plus $20 shipping (they are heavy).
US funds only, US shipping only. This is the only set we have.

Vin - Menotomy Vintage Bicycles
http://oldroads.com

          RE:LOWRIDERS:   Wanted chrome 20 posted by mike on 6/30/2000 at 10:11:36 AM
Hey, depending on where ur located hopefully in ny, i got a ton of 20' *stingray* (lowrider) rims, look up SIDS MEATS on route 25a in Northport Ny and ask 4 SID thats my boss we restore TONS of old, vintage stingray and can sell u a pair cheep!




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FOR SALE:   1948 Whizzer posted by: Fred on 2/19/2000 at 8:02:00 AM
1948 Whizzer, Schwinn WZ frame, restored to new condition, fully accessorized with luggage rack, 43 miles since restoration, $4250. or best offer, if interested I can send pictures.

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LOWRIDERS:   In need of some info. posted by: Shane on 2/16/2000 at 10:31:43 PM
Does anyone know of a place in Northern California (Bay Area) where I can get some custom lowrider parts made for my trike?

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          RE:LOWRIDERS:   In need of some info. posted by jay on 3/21/2000 at 6:20:24 PM
go to D.T.E.lowriders, he does it...he did stuff for me...he's really good.

          RE:RE:LOWRIDERS:   In need of some info. posted by joe on 9/10/2000 at 8:42:37 AM
hey whats the website to detlowrider

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