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AGE / VALUE:   tricycles posted by: neighborhood legends on 12/21/2005 at 7:46:38 PM
who built 2 wheel lowrider bikes and now working on 3 i nactually feel trikes is better
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LOWRIDERS:   Giant Stiletto posted by: AviationMetalSmith on 12/7/2005 at 2:55:38 PM
I recently had a chance to take the dealer's Giant Stiletto for a test ride.
The Stiletto handles better than any recumbent I've tried before. Put it this way, I tried a Rans Rocket and could not get the Rans moving. With the Stiletto, at least I'm sitting in a normal human posture.
The seven speeds shift flawlessly. The big tires are easy to roll. The Stiletto stops traffic when you pull up to an intersection...It's like the front wheel is already visible to motorists before you are! I like the Giant Stiletto and I would consider one for my next bike motorization projects. I did not have any problem getting on the Stiletto or keeping it balanced. The closer bike builders follow Motorcycle design parameters, and avoid experimental recumbent designs, the better.
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          RE:LOWRIDERS:   Giant Stiletto posted by LYONS on 12/14/2005 at 8:27:45 PM
I HAVE TO AGREE WITH YOU ,THE STILETTO IS AN AWESOME BIKE.I HAVE A CHROME ONE. I LOVE THE SMOOTH RIDE.
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          RE:RE:LOWRIDERS:   Giant Stiletto posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 12/23/2005 at 9:08:15 PM
I very much like my Stiletto as well with a couple of exceptions. The seat aggravates the he|| outta my lower back.. .and the pedals are a bit too close (yes, the seat is back as far as it will go). Other than that, it's a blast to ride for sure. The "Granny Gear" helps out considerably on the uphills and for the style of bike, it handles very well.

Don't know how well they are selling. I do recall when I recieved mine, the LBS got it in special and had numerous offers to sell it over list. Fortunately, the owner was a straight shooter and didn't sell it out from under me.'

He had four more inbound and they were all sold before he even received them!

Alas... everything in my neighborhood is coated with either ice... or salt... hence, I don't take any of the customs out this time of year.

Later!

Larry "Boneman" Bone
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          RE:LOWRIDERS:   Giant Stiletto posted by cam on 1/29/2006 at 2:38:20 AM
i have recently purchesed a red stiletto i had some problems with the teriple trees and stem when i was puting it together but it is an awsome buy and a coooooooool ride!!!!!
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          RE:LOWRIDERS:   Giant Stiletto posted by PEDRO GARCIA on 2/9/2006 at 3:13:42 AM
Please,let me know if you have been able to get a different saddle(more comfortable)for STILETTO.
Thanks
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          RE:LOWRIDERS:   Giant Stiletto posted by nachum cohen on 5/17/2006 at 5:32:04 PM
I"m putting about 100 miles a week on my stiletto. Until I have time to rebuild the seat, my solution for its lack of comfort as well as its being too close to the pedals is to not actually sit on it, but to slide the bottom of my backbone all the way up the back of the seat. This gives me room for proper leg extention as well as leverage for great downward pressure which is invaluable on inclines because you can't effectively stand on this bike. Neoprene wrap on the rear of the saddle is essential to cover the buttons and you might need a little neosporin on that part of your anatomy during the first week until it toughens up a bit. Has anyone found a replacement seat from a motorcycle that wraps over the rear wheel and allows for a passenger? Thats what I want. Also a simple 12 volt rechargeable battery kit to light it up.
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          RE:RE:LOWRIDERS:   Giant Stiletto posted by Rob on 5/21/2006 at 2:22:20 AM
Hi, I put one of those Staton inc engines in my son's stiletto so now he rides it for miles. Because of the seat discomfort he was sitting right on the back edge of it and it broke the support. I've stuck a bit of wood under it and it seems to work ok but I'd sure like to find something more comfortable.


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          RE:LOWRIDERS: Giant Stiletto posted by Todd on 8/10/2006 at 5:21:45 PM
I have attached a pic of my stiletto with a modified seat, this seat is quite comfortable.


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          RE:LOWRIDERS:   Giant Stiletto posted by glen on 5/18/2007 at 11:51:03 PM
this is the giant stiletto,my son has built.i did the paint job but the rest is all his.theres lights and battery pack under the tank.the 8 ball suicid shifter under the seat and ape hangers.its got a custom seat
too.the old one broke.
glen


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LOWRIDERS:   Buddy Seat posted by: AviationMetalSmith on 11/7/2005 at 4:19:29 PM
I installed a rear seat on the Electric Bicycle. The seat was the fiberglass seat salvaged from the attempt to build a 35 pound fiberglass ladies bicycle.
The fiberglass ladies bicycle that I sold weighed 55 pounds. The attempt to lighten the vehicle by 20 pounds failed. Although the 40 pound bike has no problems.
The seat is epoxy-fiberglass over foam board. It has a brown naugahyde (faux leather) cover over a cusion.
The bottom of the seat has a longitudinal "rail" of 2"x6" dimension. I cut slots into the bottom of this spar to fit over the cross bars of the LaFree rack. It's only held down by a bungee cord. I haven't had any passengers on it yet, but I can ride the bike while sitting on it. In the parking lot of the RR Station it felt awesome, but I stareted thinking about ape-hangers.Again, coming down the hill on Duck Pond road, I sat on the rear seat. This time it was a great advantage as my wind-resistance decreased. I was leaning far forward to reach the 'bars, so my back was flat to the wind. I must've hit 40 mph.
I also put a DOT legal orange triangle on the back. This way cars mistake me for one of the farm tractors and slow down.
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AGE / VALUE:   HPV or Human Powered Vehicle posted by: Aviation on 10/28/2005 at 1:58:27 PM
The scientific term "Human Powered Vehicle" is used by engineering
professors to teach their students physics lessons. The goal is to
give the students an idea or a working knowledge of how to use one
HP (horse power or human power, it's seven hundred forty five watts
in an Hp.)efficiently, keep the project vehicle safer and cost under
budget.
The use of the term "HPV" can be a blunder, either as a marketing
term, or in an attempt to be "Politically Correct".
The person who named the bike, didn't know that the abbreviation,
HPV ,is also the abbreviation for the name of the virus that causes
genital warts.
Now people are afraid to take the vehicle for a test ride (beta
test) for fear of contraction warts?

Human Powered Vehicle is meant to generalize everthing under the sun
that is pushed by legs, first and foremost are bicycles, but also
includes shopping carts, skateboards, hand trucks, pallatte
jacks,and furniture with casters on the bottom of the legs.

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LOWRIDERS:   how to customize bondo your beachcruiser posted by: Arnold on 10/14/2005 at 6:35:22 PM
i would like to know how to bondo my beachcruiser frame
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          RE:LOWRIDERS: how to customize bondo your beachcruiser posted by sam on 10/17/2005 at 3:27:00 AM
More info please. Bondo is easy to work with/direction on can.What we need to know is : are you planning a kuston tank,webbing or something.Don't try and use bondo for building with/it's to smooth and cover joints or defects in metal/glass tanks etc.Less is best when it comes to bondo.
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          RE:LOWRIDERS:   how to customize bondo your beachcruiser posted by rod on 10/17/2005 at 5:33:17 PM
Sam's right: I'm currently doing slight bondo work on my '61 Schwinn at the cantilever ends welded at the lower bar, so, in my case, less IS best!
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AGE / VALUE:   2 speed posted by: sam on 10/12/2005 at 12:54:59 AM
Been working on a two speed in spair time.Will have high pedling forward/low while pedling backward.Got all the stuff together today and spun the cranks(forward and back)Works,but I still will have lots of work to do---sam
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   2 speed posted by Rod on 12/2/2005 at 7:50:16 PM
If you're referring to the Bendix 'kickback' hub, go to www.bunchobikes.com and you can click on to 'Bendix Automatics'; there beholds a 1960 service pamphlet w/ maintenance instructions & an exploded diagram of the hub. Good luck!
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AGE / VALUE:   mint green posted by: Mike on 10/10/2005 at 12:11:05 PM
medium jpeg of chopper


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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   mint green posted by AviationMetalSmith on 10/10/2005 at 6:10:45 PM
Nice job. What is the platform for, your feet? Or are you going to put an electric motor on it?
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   mint green posted by AviationMetalSmith on 10/10/2005 at 6:11:11 PM
Nice job. What is the platform for, your feet? Or are you going to put an electric motor on it?
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   mint green posted by Mike on 10/11/2005 at 1:05:39 AM
Cooler or rubbermaid storage container or whatever else I
want to carry. Mike
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AGE / VALUE:   mint green chopper posted by: Mike on 10/10/2005 at 11:59:21 AM
New 24 inch wheel chopper, over 12 feet long, light non-floppy
handling.


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AGE / VALUE:   Atomic Zombie's Bicycle Builders Bonanza posted by: AviationMetalSmith on 10/3/2005 at 2:14:06 PM
Book Report:
Atomic Zombie's bicycle builder's bonanza by Brad Graham is full of B&W photographs, which show bikes that belong in this forum (Customs, Lowriders, HPV, Recumbent, etc.).
There are some trick bikes that require special skills to ride, such as a twenty foot high tall bike.
There are pages on how to make chopper forks, and even a triple tree.
Brad Graham uses common welding rod with flux. I don't know of any commercially available bike that isn't inert gas welded. I personally use fiberglass to customize my bikes, but if I go to welding, it will be a tig welder.
Brad Graham's work isn't as much about welding as it is a compendum of bike styles. Sure to pop the eyes out of anyone's head if they've never seen anything other than a Diamond Frame before.
I got the book on loan from the local library, which got it from Seaford Public Library on interlibrary loan.
Bicycle builders bonanza is copyright 2004.
It's a must read for any of the newbies who don't know what they are getting into.
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          RE:AGE / VALUE:   Atomic Zombie's Bicycle Builders Bonanza posted by Mike on 10/11/2005 at 1:12:31 AM
Hey Av', haven't you caught the humanpowered streamliner
recumbent fever? I would've thunk with yer HUGE knowledge
and vast hands on experience you would have cooked something
up.
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          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Atomic Zombie's Bicycle Builders Bonanza posted by AviationMetalSmith on 10/13/2005 at 4:25:30 PM
The streamliner's are the delight of physics teachers.
A streamliner can go 80 MPH, With no engine.
How do you explain that? Only aerodynamics can be the explanation, since no cyclist, not even Lance Armstrong, has gone anywhere near 80 on his DF.(diamond frame).
So why is everyone so obsessed with cars in this country? My daughter Mellisa, who designed a fiberglass ladies bicycle with a spoiler based on her 18 wheeler, thinks cars are ridiculous. She has seen lots of cars crushed by 18 wheelers. Mostly people just drive cars because everyone else is doing it. If you own a house, your wife should be home waiting for you to get home, rather than carousing in a car herself.

Mellisa designed a quarter scale Kenworth, to teach driver education. She did not want the bike to be closed in completely, and she designed it so I can't. Partially faired vs. fully faired.
I am currently working on my electric bike. Electric bikes can make the builder money. A streamliner is just a showpiece. Electric bikes get people to work. Streamlined recumbent will miss your exit..

Why not go to www.speed101.com
and check out the streamliners over there?


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MISC:   National Swap Meet List available posted by: Peter Naiman on 9/25/2005 at 3:05:04 PM
This is a personal invite to anyone interested in bicycle restorations from myself to those who may want to join a new growing list that is dedicated cycle restorations. There are no hard fast governing rules to adhere to,
and it seems like a very congenial group. So far there are about 380 members and when I joined a few months ago there might have only 30-40, so it is growing quickly. To join, click on the URL
listed below.

http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/Bicycle_Restoration

I just joined the Wheelmen after lurking from the outside for years and have found most lists are dedicated the either Antiques, Lightweight Racer, Balloon Tyre, or Touring bikes etc, but no group deals with all areas of interest. I'd like too see a list in which all cycle groups come together and share information. It doesn't matter what era a cycle is from, we can all share our knowledge and interest.

P.S. to all, this is a personal disclaimer. This is not an attempt by me to steal away folks from the Bob, CR Lists or other lists as I'm a member of both and plan on staying active with both. It's just nice to have another public forum with which to air information without restrictions.

Best regards,
Peter Naiman
Glendale, WI

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MISC:   National Swap Meet List available posted by: Peter Naiman on 9/25/2005 at 3:05:04 PM
This is a personal invite to anyone interested in bicycle restorations from myself to those who may want to join a new growing list that is dedicated cycle restorations. There are no hard fast governing rules to adhere to,
and it seems like a very congenial group. So far there are about 380 members and when I joined a few months ago there might have only 30-40, so it is growing quickly. To join, click on the URL
listed below.

http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/Bicycle_Restoration

I just joined the Wheelmen after lurking from the outside for years and have found most lists are dedicated the either Antiques, Lightweight Racer, Balloon Tyre, or Touring bikes etc, but no group deals with all areas of interest. I'd like too see a list in which all cycle groups come together and share information. It doesn't matter what era a cycle is from, we can all share our knowledge and interest.

P.S. to all, this is a personal disclaimer. This is not an attempt by me to steal away folks from the Bob, CR Lists or other lists as I'm a member of both and plan on staying active with both. It's just nice to have another public forum with which to air information without restrictions.

Best regards,
Peter Naiman
Glendale, WI

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LOWRIDERS:   Help With Report posted by: Alan on 9/21/2005 at 6:09:03 PM
I am doing a report on the job I wish to have. And I choose building lowrider bikes because that is something I already enjoy doing. If you could send me your personal Experiences on building lowriders and why you got started it would be much apprecaited. Send Replies to Heabe360@yahoo.com

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          RE:LOWRIDERS:   Help With Report posted by neighborhood legendz on 12/21/2005 at 7:53:27 PM
u still working on your report if not how it come out?
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MISC:   Photos of the Larz Anderson Bicycle Show on the Wool Jersey Photo Gallery posted by: Peter Naiman on 9/20/2005 at 2:55:49 PM
It's taken a while to get the jpgs of this years show
at Larz up in albums, but it's finally done for your
viewing. Lots of neat cycles, from Lightweights to
Antique. There are contributions from six different
photographers.

http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/Larz-Anderson-05

Peter Naiman
Glendale, WI

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AGE / VALUE:   everybody too tied up building bikes? posted by: sam on 9/13/2005 at 11:10:08 PM
To post any updates or new projects?Mam,Bikerodnkustom will be filled to overflow!I built a fixey.Though a very simple bike that had nuttin on it would be an EZ project---WRONG! Took twice as long to make it right.But as Jim W advised---take care of the detales.Road it 15 miles yesterday---need to lower the seat--Ouch! but it flys---sam
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AGE / VALUE:   old bike posted by: morgan on 8/25/2005 at 9:59:01 PM
I have an old bike it is a sprinter. Does anybody know where i could get parts for it or giveme some information on it.Thanx

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