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LOWRIDERS:   50ies stepthrough Custom Low posted by: Sebastian on 8/7/2001 at 1:52:39 AM
yeah - it's me once again.
I just started customizing that stepthrough Frame. Need it to be ready by August, 18th for a lowridershow.
First Pictures comming soon - including a first sketch and shots from the ongoing work.
It's gonna be christened "SilvaBullet-tres".

Sebastian - LowStylez B.C., Hamburg, Germany

LOWRIDERS:   help posted by: larry on 8/4/2001 at 6:10:50 AM
i got some pannles welded on and the pannles bent in any suggestions on what to about the pannles

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   help posted by A Freind on 8/6/2001 at 10:28:07 AM
Larry, I read your post, and from what I understand what happend was you expereinced some warpage when the panels were put on. Am I right so far? If thats the case; who ever did the work, did not stagger the welds around the panel. In other words, you need to tac weld here and there. "Never" try to weld from one given point". In order to try to correct this mishap, you need too get a sedaline torch, and going around in circles with the torch and a spray bottle with water in it; get the panal hot in the area that needs attention, then spray lightly with water so you can shrink the metal back to shape. This is easier said than done, but this will put you back in the game. Let us know how your panels turn out. Don't expect miracles the first time, get to know what your doing as you go. Keep a sharp eye on the metal as you go. Good luck to you.

   RE:RE:LOWRIDERS:   help posted by Rif on 8/7/2001 at 8:53:56 PM
Right you are Friend... This is a slow and tedious process, what is required here is patience. In bucketfulls!
be patient work slowly and pay close attention. if you feel yourself starting to rush, turn off the aceteline torch, put it down, then go play for awhile. When you are rested and can give your full attention, go back to it.
Good luck,

   OOps, I almost forgot... posted by Rif on 8/7/2001 at 9:02:31 PM
For future reference, when doing any weld work on a bike the best way (I have found anyway...) is to use a wire feed welder to spot or tack the piece on. Then use an Oxygen/Aceteline torch to braze the rest of it. Brazin takes less heat, and if you are careful not to set too long in one area you will reduce the chances of warpage. Brazing also alows one to fill and smooth the seams (similar to the leading process used to Kustomize the sleds in the fifties).
Rif (again)

   RE:OOps, I almost forgot... posted by A friend on 8/9/2001 at 7:03:22 AM
Thanks Rif, for the added support. Good to here your still around.

LOWRIDERS:   WHAT posted by: charle on 8/1/2001 at 11:24:23 AM
i got a schwinn that says orange krate on it,preety good shape,no tears on seat,no rust any where,and has some weird shifter thingy on the top bar for something.it has a sprig on front and a small tire on front,i bought it at a garage sale for $10.00.I want to keep it,but is it even wrth ten dollars???

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   WHAT posted by A friend on 8/3/2001 at 11:37:05 AM
Hi Charle, I just checked the muscle bike, and sting- ray site here on Old Rodes; try posting your message there about your 10.00 Orange Krate on that site. You will get a better responce from them.

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   WHAT posted by chastin on 9/6/2001 at 5:44:35 PM
are you serious?its worth lots more then that

AGE / VALUE:   three wheel brike posted by: rickey on 7/26/2001 at 7:20:45 AM
value if anyone can help i have a brike that pedals fo the front coaster brake wheel fiberglass seat ex.cond no rust they donot make this model any more i know !!!!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   three wheel brike posted by A Freind on 7/26/2001 at 7:52:42 AM
Hi Rickey, You might want to get someone to help you out explaining your needs when it comes to your bike your. Try putting down the name of your bike. Then the size, like 20", 24", 26"? Try posting it on the other sites. Good luck to you.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   three wheel brike posted by A friend on 7/27/2001 at 7:00:59 AM
Hi Rickey, Excuse me, my mistake. Did you try restorations on this site? These guys are very imformative to your questions. I can understand your frustration, but if you stay positive when working on your project you only get a great out come. A good long ride on your favorite bike should smooth out the edges on your young mind. Its like customizing a bike, if you get frustrated walk away from it. The results show a true professional was behind this work. Good luck to you and your project.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   three wheel brike posted by JimW. on 7/28/2001 at 9:35:06 AM
Brikes are still made. I would have supplied their URL, but
people who bring snotty attitude here shouldn't really expect any help from us.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   three wheel brike posted by rickey on 7/30/2001 at 2:28:29 PM
you guys are just as snotty i have you to know . however brike is a discription & pedals off the front is also a discription also .if you guys can't grasp what we're talking about maybe your not to incouraged to help any way i think you owe me an apology .or maybe my wife should post our requests since she is not as blunt as i by the way i'm sorry if i offended anyone just wanted to know if my brike was worth anything since they do not make it any more!!!!!they do make a hand cycle not the old modle i have thank you friends

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   three wheel brike posted by rickey on 8/1/2001 at 6:23:34 PM

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   three wheel brike posted by A friend on 8/3/2001 at 11:45:03 AM
Well is a pretty deep subject Rickey. Post your Brike on one of the other sites. Someone on another site can possibly be more of assistance to your questions. The best of luck to you my bicycle friend.

LOWRIDERS:   TANKS posted by: Charle on 7/24/2001 at 1:41:49 PM

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   TANKS posted by Cal on 7/25/2001 at 6:44:20 AM
There was a great discussion about this a few months ago. A guy going by the name of "a freind' wrote a lot about how to do it. The discussion is either towards the bottom of this page, or click on the "more messages" at the bottom of this page text to go to earlier pages in case that discussion rolled on to a previous page.

LOWRIDERS:   Building posted by: dmgoodrat on 7/24/2001 at 10:03:22 AM
Hi. I REALLY want to build a lowrider. And I was hoping someone could give me some advice/help, point me in the right direction, tell me where to start, etc. I thought about buying one, but figured it would be a hell of alot more fun to build my own. Also, is it possible to use older, used parts (maybe some kind of frame from a used, vintage bike) along with newer parts?

Thanks for any help!


   RE:LOWRIDERS:   Building posted by Annette on 7/24/2001 at 10:54:44 AM
Give me a call or email me directly and we can discuss getting you started in the lowrider world. I have a lot of good ideas and I would like to help. hiwheel@barrongroup.com

MISC:   Dyno Roadster Club UK posted by: Orlando on 7/22/2001 at 9:05:51 AM
Hi there, looking for Dyno Roadster owners in the UK.
Need more cruisers on the road, get in touch for chat.
Start a UK cruisig club.
Laters, Orlando

   RE:MISC:   Dyno Roadster Club UK posted by JimW. on 7/22/2001 at 11:05:54 AM
I'm afraid the future for Dyno Roadsters is getting a little
dim. Supposedly, GT/Schwinn is looking to get out of the Dyno
business. Whether it will be sold or closed down is the current
question. Anyone with more accurate info, please E-mail it
to me, for inclusion in the next issue of http://bikerodnkustom.com

There is now a Phat Cycles Chopper On-Line Club at YahooUK clubs.

   RE:MISC:   Dyno Roadster Club UK posted by Catfood Rob on 8/16/2001 at 12:51:05 PM
check buickriviera.co.uk or catfoodcircus.com
Or any of the U.K. Chopper sites.........

WANTED:   Catalina People Mover posted by: Murray on 7/20/2001 at 11:08:52 AM
I am looking for a Catalina People Mover. Tandem side by side with a fiberglass body and some sort of top. Pedal power. Built in the 60's
Thanks for any help

CUSTOMS:   HOW TO posted by: Louie on 7/19/2001 at 4:53:32 PM
Im trying to customize a 20" stingray. It's a five speed, with handelbrakes, and everything on it is original. Even the tires work. But i want to put on suspension, and i was wonderinf if that is possible. If so, wheres a place i could buy all the stuff on-line like the fork and everything? Also, is there anywhere on-line that sells wheels, preferabley a high number of spokes (like 72) for a five speed, with the gears on? THAnkS ALOT if you can help.

   RE:CUSTOMS:   HOW TO posted by A friend on 7/20/2001 at 8:56:36 AM
Louie, Its good to hear the tires work. You are on your way to a great start. Now as for the rims, and suspention try Annette at www.hiwheel.com she seems to be the one who has been current on helping people with their bicycle needs. Good Luck on your Projuct.

LOWRIDERS:   New Pictures online posted by: Sebastian on 7/17/2001 at 7:30:39 AM
Hi all,

I just uploaded some new Shots to my Website. Check them out @ http://www.lowstylez.com/lrb/basti/

Sebastian °LowStylezB.C. - Hamburg,Germany°

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   New Pictures online posted by A friend on 7/17/2001 at 12:30:36 PM
Hey you guy's, check out Sebastians web site, what a delite. Now theres a guy who says one thing, and delivers! Good Job Sebastain! Great job on the SCULL! Thats the way its done. I like your attitude, tell it like it is, and do something about it!

AGE / VALUE:   Need help: 26" krate project posted by: sb on 7/11/2001 at 8:23:41 AM
I'm in the process of trying to build a 26"
krate. Anybody here tried this?
Any suggestions or advice?

Also, anybody got any cool color/name ideas for
this kustom krate?


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need help: 26 posted by JimW. on 7/11/2001 at 9:38:12 AM
You could take a look in the gallery at http://bikerodnkustom.com
There's a guy named Cody who's worked in that direction. What's
really needed is a source for 26" sliks. Most of the other
odds and ends are out there.

Duplicolor, whose spray can paints are available at auto-parts
outlets, has a new 3-can (base coat, color-shift coat, clear top coat)
kit of color-shift paint, called "Mirage". Check out: http://duplicolor.com/howtos_mirage.htm
It would take a lot of $20 kits to do a car, but one might be
just right for doing a bike.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Need help: 26 posted by A friend on 7/14/2001 at 10:56:02 AM
sb, Is it fair to say, are you going too put a 16" rim in front? You know the atom drum brake. Look at bikerodnkustom web site, someone has done this, witout the 16" drum brake and rim. A 26" rim in the back, and a 16" in the front; let me picture that for a moment. I would like to here more about this project.

AGE / VALUE:   New Phat Phorque posted by: JimW. on 7/11/2001 at 7:46:23 AM
Gary Silva is in the NYC area on a store tour. He stopped by
with a pickup and trailer stuffed with new bikes. He unloaded
a couple and we took a ride to a nearby sidewalk cafe. I was
on the new Kaddy model with the tailfin taillights. It's
a very fun ride. He had that one fitted with a new springer
fork he's developed. It's similar in operation to the Schwinn
springer, except more modern-looking. The fork is fabricated
from 1" CroMo tubing, as a pair of triangles. It's very techno-
style. It was night-time, so I didn't get any photos.

AGE / VALUE:   16" Lowrider Bicycle Co. wheels for sale posted by: Brandon on 7/5/2001 at 10:02:43 PM
I'm moving, and I have to sell these:
Pair of Lowrider Bicycle Co. 16" wheels, chrome, 52 spoke. radial laced, and have "Lowrider Bicycle Company" and their little lo-lo dude on the hubs. They are used, but not bent. Comes with Whitewall tires with "Lowrider" written on them in black, ready to bolt on.
$50 can e-mail pics if interested.

WANTED:   Cook Bros Frame and or forks posted by: Joel Butera on 7/2/2001 at 4:10:35 PM
Looking for Cook Bros Racing frame and forks or whole bike

LOWRIDERS:   Should I convert my 1956 Columbia Ramler to a Lowrider posted by: Tony S on 7/1/2001 at 5:23:13 PM
Should I convert my 1956 Columbia Rambler to a Lowrider or just restore it to stock?

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   Should I convert my 1956 Columbia Ramler to a Lowrider posted by Annette on 7/2/2001 at 5:13:21 PM
If you want it to be worth money as an antique then you should restore it depending on what parts are restorable and what parts would have to be replaced. the first thing to ask your self is about the paint job. If you have to strip it and repaint it it won't be worth half of what it would be worth if it had the original paint. That's when you say should I make it a lowrider and enter it in shows to make money and/or get recognition. It's all up to you what you want to do. If you decide to go lowrider let me know. I work for RBR and we have the best prices on lowrider parts in the country. Also we will beat any price you find that's better. Website is www.hiwheel.com . Let me know.