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WANTED:   26in. whitewall slick posted by: metlhed on 10/15/2002 at 2:27:07 PM
anybody know where i can get a 26 in. slick? it doesnt have to be a whitewall i just need one for my new project. like on salsa verde. i would really like a whitewall though

   RE:WANTED:   26in. whitewall slick posted by Mike on 10/20/2002 at 11:30:28 AM
The builder took a treaded white wall and sanded the tread

AGE / VALUE:   GrandMother posted by: I can~t remeber it off the bat. on 10/14/2002 at 8:48:04 PM
Hey, I need to Know the Age/Value of a Grandmother, it is tannish and has wrinkles in the paint, it smells somewhat like a sewer. This is very vintage, i'm guessing about 200 years old? If any one has info on this old hunk-a-junk, email me, please, also looking for an old rusty coffin to bury things in. I have a white rusty coffin for sale also, it has some strange red stains in it, I dont know where those came from. Then the other day I was digging a garden, and I pulled out this old dirty rusty smelly coffin, it has some bones in it, those are also for sale. Any info please email me

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   GrandMother posted by Deepak Chopin on 10/17/2002 at 2:01:57 AM
You find these from time to time beneath wide fields with stone markers. They are generally worthless unless accompanied by 50 dead slaves and original treasure. Check ebay for current prices.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   GrandMother posted by steve on 10/17/2002 at 3:22:27 AM
hey, I have a tannish, wrinkly grandmother too. she's not quite 200 though, and she don't smell like a sewer. value? I'd have to say priceless. - No coffins yet, thank god.

MISC:   custom painting posted by: metlhed on 10/12/2002 at 9:40:41 PM
hey yall i finnally got me a new project! its a 50's j.c. higgins 26 in. cruiser and it needs a makeover. i wanna put flames on it and i know i can draw them but how would i mask off the rest of the frame? should i just put newspaper over it and then use masking tape to tape of closer areas? o yeah also...would the temperature affect the paint? cause it is gettin mughty col up here in MA and it will probly be snowin by the time i'm ready to paint. i do it in my basement and i open up the back door and put a fan in..i was thinkin the drying time might be affected if it is cold out...any help is appriciated...thanks!

   RE:MISC:   custom painting posted by a friend on 10/13/2002 at 2:33:42 AM
Melthead, do you know what 1/8inch masking tape is? The reason I ask is; depending what you used to draw your flames with is a concern to me. If you used a grease pencil, well there will be contamination, paint will not bond. Lets say you used a magic marker, well it will bleed threw the flame you are painting. The reason I use 1/8inch tape to do my layout is that once you do your design and you like what you see, its only then you take 3/4inch tape and fill all the little areas around the flame you don't want painted. You will start too notice your flame will start to take a style you are trying to acheive. This is a very time consuming part to doing it from scratch; meaning without a store bought stencil. Try practising on a peice of spare sheet metal to get the hang of it, and become comfortable with using and ripping peices of tape as you go. Once your design is all masked off; its only then when you take 3/4 tape and outline your outeredge of your work, and mask off, or bagg off the rest of your frame so overspray does not hit the overall paint job. I use painters masking paper for the simple reason the paint does not bleed threw. Then take a Red 3M scatch pad and lightly scuff your flame to be painted and blow off the remaining residue. Then take a clean ragg and some window cleaner or 409 and clean the flame too be painted. What ever you do; "DONOT OVERLOAD YOUR PAINT ON YOUR FLAMES"! Shoot light, and keep moving your material as you go. If you build too much, and when it comes to removing your tape you may pull some of the flame off! "Take your time removing your tape". Watch your tape as you can use it to your benifit to cut the edge of your flame like a razor cutting a fine edge. There is another concern I have; when you said your weather is becomming cold where you are, well, as a rule I never shoot paint under 72 degrees. Paint is known too cloud and loose gloss. The best to you and your job.

   RE:RE:MISC:   custom painting posted by Jimmy on 10/13/2002 at 4:10:17 PM
hey metlhead, you can also use the thin blue 3-M masking tape to use for drawing out your flames. If you dont like the outcome of your flames, peel them off and re-do them, that's how I did them on my lowrider. Good Luck on the paint-job.

   RE:RE:RE:MISC:   custom painting posted by Jimmy on 10/13/2002 at 4:13:51 PM
The only reason I repeated what a friend said is because this is the one and only way to do flames as far as i'm concerned!!

   RE:MISC:   custom painting posted by sam on 10/15/2002 at 10:10:23 PM
Those 50s murrays make great cruzers.This kustom I painted using mylar to make the coke paint mask.Learned how from "A Friend" right here in this group.Call this bike "Carmen's custom coke-a-cola classic cruzer"http://image1ex.villagephotos.com/pubimage.asp?id_=843703

   RE:RE:MISC:   custom painting posted by a friend on 10/16/2002 at 9:25:52 PM
You sound pleased Sam, Thats good too hear. It only means one thing, you know and enjoy what you do. Sam I tried pulling up this page to get a peek at Carmens coka-cola classic, but no luck that only means one thing, I may not know what i'm doing. I will give it another try.

   RE:RE:RE:MISC:   custom painting posted by JimW. on 10/17/2002 at 2:33:27 AM
Quite a coincidence: Mike Siewert has pretty much the same
Murray, and he painted it to match his Coca-Cola cooler.

CUSTOMS:   BRnK down posted by: Sebastian on 10/10/2002 at 8:53:18 AM
BRnK is down - it exceeded its maximum bandwidth. :(
Jim - what about moving to a more relieable server? Just a thought.

Keep up the great work.
Sebastian °LowStylez B.C. Hamburg, Germany°

   RE:CUSTOMS: BRnK down posted by JimW. on 10/11/2002 at 8:45:59 AM
It's all Vin's fault 8-) He put a little ad for it up at the top of every page on this list, and everyone who came to this site went there. It was unfortunate for both of us, as all the new traffic to BRnK ate up all its expensive bandwidth, and it was bad for him because people who went there from here got sucked into it, and didn't come back here to buy anything, so his sales dropped to zero. Out of desperation, he removed the little ads, which had only been in place a few days. Unfortunately, the traffic had already increased enough to use up all the recently added bandwidth I'd bought in June, as part of an expensive upgraded service package. BRnK currently has a bandwidth limit of 8 gigabytes per month. Five of those are part of the expensive package, and the other three are ones I've bought separately, within the past year, at $6o each, as traffic increased. Since there's no admission charge, and we have no paid advertising, all that money comes out of my own pocket. We have some CafePress T-shirt shops set up, which would pay us a couple of bucks per shirt, which would help pay for bandwidth, if anyone actually bought one. Unfortunately, they don't.

Homestead, our site provider, is extremely reliable. We can absolutely count on them selling us more bandwidth, so long as we pay an exhorbitant amount of money for it. When we started with them, it was free, with as much server space and bandwidth as we wanted. About two years ago, all that changed, and they began charging for it, with bandwidth being the most expensive part of the deal. Of course, if you have a site consisting of a couple of hundred pages, with a couple dozen more added every 3 months, you don't move the thing very easily, unless you have a huge staff to do all the work involved, which we don't. We are essentially being held for ransom, every issue.

I'd like to move to a less usurious site provider, but it comes down to a choice: as the sole staff of the publication, do I spend three months moving existing content to a new location, or do I spend three months putting together the next issue? So far, the choice has been new issues.

Our bandwidth resets on the 17th of the month, which is six
days from now. I'm not going to shell out more money for bandwidth before then, as I can't afford it. So you might as well work on your bikes while you're waiting for it to be back up. Then send us photos of them. 8-)

   RE:RE:CUSTOMS: BRnK down posted by Sebastian on 10/11/2002 at 9:04:09 AM
aaaaaight Jim - gotcha! .... Here's what I do. As I jsut have 3Gigs of free traffic a month - I put all my pictures on a freeserver (like i.e. tripod). So there's just the HTML/Text-Data running through my Server. Now, that I have a forum on my site with about 400 Users, there's enough traffic through the HTML/Text-Data. Works fine for me.

Btw: EazyOrange is processing well. :) ...

Sebastian °LowStylez B.C. Hamburg, Germany°

   RE:RE:CUSTOMS: BRnK down posted by edgarecks on 10/16/2002 at 5:38:51 PM
Well, maybe it's time to start getting subscription money. I like BRnK enough to pay $10-15 or so a year, how about the rest of you? Of course, you could always let "newbies" view a sample issue for free.
Love 'dem kustoms!

LOWRIDERS:   Any lowriders in the NYC Area? posted by: BK on 10/8/2002 at 3:21:24 AM
Does anybody know of any lowriders living in the New York City area? I'm a documentary photographer working on a bike story and would love to get in contact with someone thats in the process of building a bike or has one to show. Its an important and beautiful part of bike culture that I would hate to leave out, especially if the reason was because of a lack of local contacts. If there is anybody out there that can help or is willing to participate, let me know. I know you guys are out there somewhere!

   RE:LOWRIDERS: Any lowriders in the NYC Area? posted by Sebastian on 10/8/2002 at 12:34:20 PM
I remember this guy from NY with a lowrider trike featured in LRB some years back. Wil try to get a copy of it and scan the pics for you.

Sebastian °LowStylez B.C. Hamburg, Germany° http://www.lowriderbike.de

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   Any lowriders in the NYC Area? posted by a friend on 10/8/2002 at 5:27:06 PM
BK, Try going straight to the source at nathant@mcmullenargus.com Nathan Trujillo is the editor at Lowrider Bicycle magazine. This gentleman may be able too help you with some contacts in New York. Good Luck too you. Have a good day.

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   Any lowriders in the NYC Area? posted by BK on 10/9/2002 at 10:59:16 PM
Thanks for the support guys! Hopefully I'll post some pics in the near future.


LOWRIDERS:   Need work done! posted by: GMAN on 10/5/2002 at 8:48:46 PM
I recently purchased 3 late 1960s three wheel schwinns. I want to have them converted into custom lowriders. I'm in Illinios. Does anybody know of a place within a days drive or so that I could drop them off.

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   Need work done! posted by Oscar on 10/7/2002 at 3:37:49 AM
You might contact Stanton Hobby on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. They are a general hobby shop, but they have a large lowrider section. They might know an individual or a club in Chicago.

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   Need work done! posted by steve on 10/22/2002 at 4:54:22 AM
drop them off???? you got more money than ambition? sell them to someone, or pick one and get to work!!! building it is the fun part!!! have fun!

LOWRIDERS:    fork question posted by: tyler on 10/2/2002 at 3:26:52 AM
ok I am fairly new to low riders but know my way around a bike. My question is what do you do to the fork pleas help if you can

   RE:LOWRIDERS:    fork question posted by Oscar on 10/2/2002 at 6:50:10 PM
Lowrider forks are avaliable on the web, in speciality bike shops or from ebay. I see two kinds, one is a "normal" low rider fork, the other is and "extended fork" which is lower than the "normal". On top of these variations, there are also twisted forks, etc.

From my recent visit here, I've started a lowrider project of my own. I'm currently stripping paint of a 20" girls Schwinn that I used to ride more than 30 years ago.

Maybe I'm too conservative, but I don't like the twisted forks. Plain Jane is best for me.

   RE:RE:LOWRIDERS: fork question posted by Sebastian on 10/2/2002 at 9:28:10 PM
Oscar: for a firme 20" girls Schwinn check out:

http://www.lowriderbike.de -> Bikes -> Chris' Slikchik

that's the ONLY Custom Slikchik in Germany, built by a friend of mine.

Sebastian °LowStylez B.C. Hamburg, Germany°

   Firme! posted by Oscar on 10/3/2002 at 3:30:34 AM
Sebastian - That's one sweet chik! I like the swooping curves of girls bikes. I think the frames lend themselves to lowriders.

I don't have the skill, patience, or creativity to approach Chris' bike, but a nice paint job is within my powers.

By the way, did the SlikChik stay with the banana seat or the cruiser saddle?

   RE:Forks posted by Bruno on 10/4/2002 at 3:23:53 PM
The sell those forks on this site.

   RE:RE:Forks posted by Oscar on 10/4/2002 at 10:25:01 PM
D'oh! Now I know!

   RE:LOWRIDERS:    fork question posted by tyler on 10/5/2002 at 6:12:42 PM
hey thanx for all your helop.

CUSTOMS:   The New BikeRod&Kustom Is Here! posted by: JimW. on 9/26/2002 at 5:53:27 PM
Wait'll you see this one. It's at http://bikerodnkustom.com
as usual. It has photos of our new kustom recumbent trike cruiser, which is not to be believed. We show how we made it, including its Indian-style fenders and hot-rod tail, and show all of its details. As if that weren't enough, we also show Real Coupal's equally amazing Fat Red cruiser, and John Youens' new Salsa Verde, an incredible new long'n'low cruiser design which makes the Dyno Roadster look like a truck. And, we have 13 other new bikes in the Gallery. I could go on and on about all the neat new stuff we've got in this issue, but you can see for yourself. Have Fun! JimW.

   RE:CUSTOMS:   The New BikeRod&Kustom Is Here! posted by a friend on 9/26/2002 at 9:53:27 PM
You Wizard Bros. and Jim Wilson did an outstanding job with the Kustom Trike 2 Much, which is a understatment if you get my drift. Your editorial on the building is very easy too comprehend. You guy's make it look so easy, but I know from the photos you provided it was a fine look at what team work is all about. The fenders are incredible! The way you brake down the making of them from the begining to the final finish. Excellent reading that keeps your intrest to the next paragraph. This I beleive is the finest issue yet. If anyone out there has not seen this for your self, well you better, and thats my opionion. For you new up, and comming in the building of Kustom bikes; this site is a must! See for yourself. Thanks too the Wilson family for providing us with the new BR&K site. A friend

   Typo = 404 not found posted by James Donohue on 9/27/2002 at 3:54:05 PM
Your lead story about the trike has a simple typographical error. you typed htm; instead of html.

Also, while your at it, I have a different email address
than the one on our page (gallery page 69)
it's now hotbike@hotmail.com
The @optonline address destroys all incoming ewmail.

   RE:RE:CUSTOMS:   The New BikeRod&Kustom Is Here! posted by a friend on 9/27/2002 at 9:56:37 PM
Heres a another great example of detail! Check out John Youens Salsa Verde' This ride has excellence inside and out! The talent that is being unleshed from garages threw out this great country we live in. The Kustom Kulture is ALIVE AND WELL! Its running threw more vains than I ever imagined". You know what, these bikes are not just lookers, but they are mechanically, and physically rideable. "Another fine job".

   RE:CUSTOMS:   The New BikeRod&Kustom Is Here! posted by Rif Addams on 9/28/2002 at 2:52:59 PM
Great issue Jim!!! I hope one day to reach that degree of proffesionalism found in the pages of B.R.&K.
My current Kustom (non motorized) is coming along nicely, but I just cannot seem to get the paintwork together. I realize it's a matter of practice, practice, practice. Until I can get my prep work down correctly I will 'outsource' the paint work.
Keep up the great work and showcasing those bikes and builders to inspire the rest of us.
Rif "the creature from the black leather lagoon" Addams

   RE:CUSTOMS:   The New BikeRod&Kustom Is Here! posted by sam on 9/29/2002 at 3:11:16 AM
Your site just keeps getting better and better.Funny how good things grow , seems there's more and more people interested in kustoms because of Jim's great site.And 2-much is really a turning point.This trike will be talked about for a long time.Kinda one of those things you look back ten years and say that's what started all this ---sam

   RE:RE:CUSTOMS:   The New BikeRod&Kustom Is Here! posted by JimW. on 9/29/2002 at 4:42:53 AM
Golly guys, what a nice bunch of comments! They're most appreciated, I assure you. I especially like Sam's. At about the halfway point of the project, I said something similar to Dave and Shane, that 2much!!! had the potential to be a watershed. That it could show people what was possible to achieve, while simultaneously raising the bar of expectation. I hope we've managed to do that.

Something to bear in mind is that the Wizard Bros. team isn't made up of experienced bike scratch builders. Shane's an auto mechanic, Dave makes beautiful woodworks in his spare time, and I've built a lot of interesting things in my career, especially in composites: but this was literally our first ground-up construction of a bike, er... trike.

Basically, we're amateurs at this sort of thing. But, we made the decision to take it over the top (2much!!!)in detailing, and we resolved that we would execute it as perfectly as we possibly could. Once we had the goal, it was just a matter of making it happen. No magic involved; anyone can do it who really wants to.

And a note on frame painting: It's absolutely impossible to destroy a structure made of welded metal tubing with sandpaper alone. If you screw up, you're only screwing up paint. And paint, especially primer, is cheap. I hate to be the kind of dork who quotes advertising slogans, but in this case....Just do it! The worst that can happen is that it'll take a long time to get it right. But the next time will be faster and easier.

Thanks again for the feedback- Jim

   RE:CUSTOMS: The New BikeRod&Kustom Is Here! posted by Sebastian on 10/1/2002 at 10:25:33 AM
Jim - the new BRnK is just AWESOME! ... had a good time reading it and will do more often. btw: NICE new shots of the WWWerks stuff.

Sebastian °LowStylez B.C. Hamburg, Germany°

CUSTOMS:   Hey framepainters posted by: Oscar on 9/25/2002 at 3:02:02 PM
I've had a lot of success with spraycan jobs on frames. I use Duplicolor, which I assume is a quality auto paint. I know it is better to use a proper compressor and a gun, but my neighbor is still building his compressor and I'm running out of summer. Between coats of Duplicolor and wetsanding, I have wound up with a nice looking frame.

I have read others' opinions here that clear coat yellows with age. Is that the case with all clearcoats? I'd like the extra degree of protection, but I don't want to spoil the looks down the road. So my dilemma is, should I clearcoat it (Duplicolor) or leave it be and start waxing?

   RE:CUSTOMS: Hey framepainters posted by JimW. on 9/26/2002 at 5:58:59 AM
Hey Oscar, Long time, no hear! (If you're the same Oscar)
Spray cans are a perfectly logical way of painting a bike frame. The reason paint jobs done by compressor/spray gun are generally better, is because people experienced enough to have the equipment, are usually experienced enough to do all the prep work required for any decent paint job. There's more in this vein in "The Making of 2much!!!" in the next BikeRod&Kustom. We had all that equipment, but still chose to use DupliColor. The reasons are given in the article. As for clearcoat, many finishes in the DupliColor line are designed to have a clearcoat over them. They don't work or look right without it. Don't worry about yellowing. Anybody who puts the work into doing a nice paint job on a bike will not be leaving it leaning up against the garage, in the sun. It will be kept in the garage, and will therefore not be exposed to the conditions which will degrade any finish, spray can or not.Clearcoat, also available in DupliColor spray cans, will shield paint from ultraviolet light, the same light which causes yellowing. Don't worry about it; just worry about the prep.

   RE:RE:CUSTOMS: Hey framepainters posted by Oscar on 9/26/2002 at 2:43:39 PM
Yeah, it's the same Oscar. I'm like your hillbilly cousin who only visits when he needs help.

I looked at the archives of the custom area, and you gave a very nice how-to on spraycan clearcoating aroung March 2002.

I've brought home my bike from when I was a young 'un. It's a 1963 20" Breeze (yeah, girl bike), that had belonged to my sister, then to me, then to my sister. I rode that bike from when I was 4 to 9 years old. It looks like I'll be making a lowrider this winter, so look for me to hang around a little more often - yaw gawt any biscuits??

WANTED:   mongoose phase II BMX FRAME posted by: robert on 9/23/2002 at 9:57:26 PM
hello , i am looking for a mongoose phaseII bmx frame. it is polished aluminum and was made about 1998. it is not a rare frame is not worth a million dollars. i am looking to build a copy of the bike my friend had before he died. his parents took his bike and built a memorial in their house with it along with his trophies and pictures. if anyone can help me i would appreciate it. so far, i have every part i need to do this project, but NO frame, thanks

WANTED:   Info on Dyno`s in UK posted by: Iain on 9/20/2002 at 8:06:23 PM
I`m looking for any suppliers, shops etc who have, or can get me a dyno duece, or roadster, or any kind of dyno cruiser bike in the UK.
Please post reply or email me if you know anyone who stocks them.With thanks Iain

   RE:WANTED: Info on Dyno`s in UK posted by Sebastian on 9/20/2002 at 9:04:15 PM
Iain - sorry can't help you with that - but when you find some' - let me know - I'm looking for a dyno glide frame in ANY condition.


Sebastian °LowStylez B.C. Hamburg, Germany°

   RE:WANTED:   Info on Dyno`s in UK posted by JimW. on 9/21/2002 at 6:22:07 AM
I was contacted recently by someone in the UK who has a Dyno
Harley cruiser available for purchase. I told him that it was worth as much as he paid for it when new, and he was quite happy to hear it. I may be able to find his E-address, if you are interested in it.

   RE:WANTED:   Info on Dyno`s in UK posted by Iain on 9/21/2002 at 10:01:08 PM
Yes I`m interested in any kind of dyno cruiser at the moment, although I`ve found another company called Felt who also make something the same. Trying to track one down, my local shop can get felt bmx or mtb but not cruisers, although he is going to check with the rep.
With thanks Iain

   RE:WANTED:   Info on Dyno`s in UK posted by Iain on 9/21/2002 at 10:03:07 PM
Sebastian try ; http://www.fickser.nl/framethechopperdome.htm
there very helpful

LOWRIDERS:   work in progress posted by: Sebastian on 9/19/2002 at 4:12:01 PM
Hi all, I just started painting "EZ Orange" yesterday. Think it's gonna take some time because it's gonna get a wild graphix paintjob. Sorry no pictures yet. I'll keep ya posted.

Sebastian °LowStylez B.C. Hamburg, Germany°

CUSTOMS:   Wheel posted by: Jimmy on 9/17/2002 at 3:17:37 AM
Hello everyone, my next custom is underway, it is a really low chopper/cruiser motorcycle style bicycle. So far it has a rake of about and inch, removed seatpost, tank, batwing skirts, and a sharks fin off the down tube. Right now I am trying to hunt down two rear fenders, I plan on welding sides to these and welding one to the rear, and bolting the other on the front. For the rear wheel I have a front moped tire, with drum brakes, I need to know how I can transform this into a usable 3 or 5 speed wheel, it doesnt have a sprocket on it, and I need instructions on how to do that. I also have beach cruiser handlebars with a bullet light and bee lights, turn signals, speedometer, and I am looking for a shifter for the 3 or 5 speed rear wheel. If anyone knows how do make a moped wheel into a 3 or 5 speed wheel while keeping the drum brake there, please email me, if not possible I will just have to make it a single speed. And I am making a handmade seatpan so it sits low to the frame like a motorcycles, and I am in desparate need of one of those motorcycle style forks, the kind with two plates (above and below the headtube).

If anyone knows of websites that would have these items please email them to me,or post them here, thanks


CUSTOMS:   Odd Old Frame posted by: Slowrider on 9/15/2002 at 3:24:07 PM

WANTED:   Dyno Roadster posted by: Iain on 9/8/2002 at 8:44:19 PM
I`m looking for a Dyno Roadster, preferably in the UK.
Or swap for custom Raleigh Chopper lowrider, as seen at:http://www.rcoc.co.uk/111IAINChopper.htm
Cheers Iain,qwerty5oo