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CUSTOMS:   The New BikeRod&Kustom Is Up posted by: JimW. on 6/14/2002 at 5:36:39 PM
I thought the damn thing would never be finished! What a relief. I guess it took so long because this is an especially big one. It may be seen at http://bikerodnkustom.com

   RE:CUSTOMS:   The New BikeRod&Kustom Is Up posted by butnut on 6/17/2002 at 6:01:47 AM
As usual, very well done Jim. Very interesting articles and of course, kool bikes.

   RE:CUSTOMS:   The New BikeRod&Kustom Is Up posted by Jimmy on 6/23/2002 at 5:17:37 AM
Very good! I expected it too, nobody should be upset.

FOR SALE:   STAY COOL STAY WARM posted by: rickey@knowlesbicycle334-756-7561 on 6/7/2002 at 11:42:05 PM
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CUSTOMS:   Body work methods. posted by: Aaron on 6/5/2002 at 5:48:50 PM
I am building a stretched cruiser, and want to do some body work fill in. I have looked for threads about this but have had trouble with search functions of database. Does anyone have any info or possibly link to methods, step involved in body work. I am going to document the progress of my bike and will post photos as soon as I get them.

   RE:CUSTOMS:   Body work methods. posted by Aaron on 6/5/2002 at 6:50:22 PM
I was also wondering if I could safely use a small arc welder to tack sheet metal to the frame. I know through my own experience that it is too hot to build frames with(I have a Beautiful swiss cheese frame just sitting around now.) But would it work for very smll tack welds?

   RE:RE:CUSTOMS:   Body work methods. posted by Rif on 6/11/2002 at 12:59:24 AM
I have a small acid-core wire feed that I use for tack welding on frames.
Just so long as I am very careful, have my settings correct, and don't sit on the same spot too long it works very well. BUT I only use it to tack whatever I'm doing to the frame.
Hope this has helped,

   RE:CUSTOMS:   Body work methods. posted by A friend on 6/12/2002 at 5:07:42 PM
Aaron, Try these guy's, "Recycled Cycles". You can take a look at their work on Bikerodnkustom web site, go too the Old Rodes bike links on this site. Look in the gallery you will see their streched krusiers. http://www.recycledcycles.com/tuneup.html

   RE:CUSTOMS:   Body work methods. posted by Aaron on 6/12/2002 at 6:56:46 PM
Well seeing as money is always tight with me, I can't afford an oxy\acet set up...yet. So I got a small hobbyists
oxy\mapp for $40. It works okay for brazing, the flame is non adjustable and doesn't heat as fast as acetylene, but it get's the job done. All of my structural welds are done and I'm piecing it together to test the strength before I do bodywork. I am taking photos but have no where to post them really, if anyone is interested I can send photos of my progress. Thanks for the input.

   RE:RE:CUSTOMS: Body work methods. posted by Sebastian on 6/14/2002 at 8:57:08 AM
Aaron - send the pics via email to webmaster@lowriderbike.de I can put 'em on my Site - if ya want. .....

Sebastian °LowStylez B.C. Hamburg, Germany°

   RE:CUSTOMS:   Body work methods. posted by Aaron on 6/14/2002 at 4:03:13 PM
Yeah that would be great, I will send some once I have a little more progress on it. I have a 3 speed SA hub I want to get laced to a 24" wheel, I am currently riding 26" in front and a single speed coaster 20" in back. The seat is so low it is difficult to pedal up any kind of an incline. I have a late 60's SA muscle shifter that I am going to incorporate into the frame. I put it together last night and rode it to the gas station to put more pressure in the tires and could hardly get home because of people asking about the bike. Hopefully starting the bodywork this week.

   RE:RE:CUSTOMS:   Body work methods. posted by shorty on 6/17/2002 at 1:23:12 AM
can any body give me any tips on how to bondo a lowrider frame pleeez answare soon I really want to do this

   RE:RE:RE:CUSTOMS:   Body work methods. posted by Jimmy on 6/17/2002 at 7:16:59 PM
All you need is to go to walmart, buy a bucket of Bondo brand bondo, it is in a reddish fading into white can, it should be red bondo inside, you slap it onto the frame, and get a plastic smoother, they are yellw, and smooth out all over the frame, even the plates, all over, the whole bike,then sand it smooth, you may need to put more on if there are pinpoint holes or unsmoothness.this is a really simple job, i believe too many people are afraid to do it thereselves, but i did my self too, and it turned out really nice.The primer will cover it reall neat if your bondo stag is done right.

AGE / VALUE:   1st cruiser tour posted by: Sebastian on 6/4/2002 at 2:14:19 PM
Aaaaaight - the first pictures from the

"1st cruiser tour"
for beachcruisers, lowriderbikes and classics

are NOW online @


Sebastian °LowStylez B.C. Hamburg, Germany°

MISC:   Two Wheel Drive posted by: Eddy on 6/4/2002 at 3:25:01 AM
I need some info on a bike I found at the local dump.
Its A yellow with spattered Red & Blue drippings, 24 inch Boys.The stickers state that it is a two Wheel Drive, ( Missing the Drive)
BWA 2WD,Stinger D2. Headbadge Sticker states "Radical Ride
BWA 2WD" There are Fined hubs on both wheeles that resemble the ones I have seen on SPICER BIKES. SN# is 2W18AV159.
Any INFO ?

LOWRIDERS:   question posted by: Joe on 6/3/2002 at 6:55:11 PM
I have a question. Can you use a BMX frame to build a lowrider bike?

   RE:LOWRIDERS: question posted by Sebastian on 6/3/2002 at 9:18:25 PM
sure you can Joe. Copy@Paste this:


that's a picture of my 1998 Huffy QuarterTon Freestyle with Lowriderbike-Parts. I just put the parts on it while my "lowriderbike-frame" was at the welder.

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

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   question posted by butnut on 6/4/2002 at 8:08:31 AM
A BMX frame won't have the same 'old school' vibe as a Schwinn cantaliever 'style' frame no matter what Lowrider parts you throw on...BUT, if you choose to build your bike using the BMX platform to be different, go for it. The whole basis for Kustom building of any kind is to be different...stand out in the sea of sameness. There are a few guidelines, but nuthin' is written in stone. The main thing is you appreciate your design and efforts. If you don't like it, tweak it some, or trash it and start over. Not everyone creates a masterpiece on their first attempt. Good luck & have fun.

CUSTOMS:    posted by: Cal on 5/29/2002 at 1:18:33 PM
There's a "Seventeen" magazine laying around my house (It is a magazine for girls, I have teenage daughters) and it was laying upsidedown on the table and the back cover had a full page Coca-cola ad on it.

What grabbed my eye, you ask?

It was the sweet chopper bicycle a kid is riding, and in the back you can see a Schwinn headbadge on some other custom, plus a couple more radical custom bicycles in the background.

I tell ya, custom bicycles are becoming HUGE!

   RE:CUSTOMS:    posted by Jimmy on 5/29/2002 at 9:36:22 PM
I agree, On the television show "Seventh Heaven", there is always a Schwinn Orange Krate on the front sidewalk to the patio. And there is a orange krate on the television commercial for Kingsford Charcoal.

AGE / VALUE:   Paulas Bike new @ LowRidaChicaz posted by: Sebastian on 5/24/2002 at 11:00:05 AM
New shots of my lady's bike "warm up" are now online @ http://www.lowridachicaz.de

Sebastian °LowStylez B.C. Hamburg, Germany°

LOWRIDERS:   My lowrider posted by: Jimmy on 5/23/2002 at 11:43:04 PM
Here it is everyone, just copy, and past in the address bar. http://www.geocities.com/jimmyjohnson3008/JIMMYSBIKEPAGE.html

If you want to save the pictures so you can post it on yor site, just right click on picture, and go to save picture as, and click. The wheels on it now arent the ones that are going to be on it when I am done, it is not going to have pegs on the rear wheels either. I still need to buy those grips,pedals, wheels and tires, chain and lights and some other little things before it is done. Thanks


   RE:LOWRIDERS:   My lowrider posted by A Friend on 5/24/2002 at 1:39:02 AM
I have too complement you on your choice of colors for your frame. This is different from what I have seen in sometime. "Thumbs up" too the fine job at Todds body shop for the sleek design, and the unique body work that brings this paint job too life. Jimmy you were not kidding when you said, Look out Kustom world here I come! Thanks for sharring.

   RE:RE:LOWRIDERS: My lowrider posted by Sebastian on 5/24/2002 at 8:27:27 AM
WOW Jimmy - that's one firme ride! The paintjob comes out really sweet!
Just from looking at it there were some things coming to my mind.

1st: Don't put grips on it - for a sleek look. Just get some bar-ends like these http://www.bigboysports.de/katalog/freestyle/frepok2.jpg or these http://www.bigboysports.de/katalog/freestyle/frekhe2.jpg.
When you really want to put grips on it, go get those white ones (they're not exactly white, more a tan finish) from aztlan-bicycle to match the seats color.

2nd: You should have painted the Seatpan in that red color from the frame. It's just that people, who come closer to that bike will recognize details like this.

3rd: When you have the gold fork up front, you should have another gold part in the back. What about a gold sissybar? - just to balance the whole thing visually.

4th: think about the wheels!!!! The bike, as I see it on your pictures, has a rather "sporty" look. I don't think 144ies will fit that look. What about 48 spokes, crossed 4 times. I hope you know what I mean with this. I just don't know the exact english term for it. Or get those 72spoke-fan-wheels. These should fit your bikes style 100%.
As for the tires: think about keeping these blackwalls. I really like how they look on your bike. Whenn using whitewalls - try to find some tires to match that "sporty" look - like these: http://www.bigboysports.de/katalog/reifen/refcst8-f.jpg . These are calles "Skunkworm" and they're made by "MAXXIS". Or try the "Lamello" made by "KHE" - looks like this: http://www.bigboysports.de/katalog/reifen/refkhe1.jpg . I really like the grey ones.

..... just some thoughts and suggestions. Go for your own, unique style and look!

Anyway - BIG UP to you! That's a FAT RIDE you got!

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

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   My lowrider posted by Chris on 6/16/2002 at 7:07:31 PM
hey, thats a nice bike, how much did that paint job with the flames cost? im planing on getting my bike painted baby blue with lime green flames. And then get air cylinders and brackets made so it could lower and raise it at will with a small bottle of c02. What do you guys think? and how much do u think that paint would cost

AGE / VALUE:   Positive Attitude towards your own kind? posted by: A friend on 5/20/2002 at 6:10:23 PM
For whome it may concern, How many of you enjoy Old Roads? Well, "I for one do". Its one of the few that allow our selfs too exchange Ideas that apply too building Kustom Bicycles, and then some. For those of you who have problems with such a great web site like this one, bypass it if you will. Its a free country we live in. For the people who this does not apply too, don't sweat it. But if the tire fits, stop and check your self out. You have the power too make a positive change for the better. Its up too you. Since we all here share the passion for Kustom bicycle building, why should there be any kind of problem here? The only thing that comes too mind here is some people are putting too much time in sarcasium, rather than building a bike. What ever you do, don't ruin a good thing! "I, like many others ENJOY this web site." I know were all human, and guilty of making bad decsions, and "I speak for myself aswell". So nobody is more better than the next, its just others may share ways of doing things that will make it just little more easier when it comes too building Kustom Bikes. I don't know about you, but when it comes too building a Kustom prodject, I need a sound mind, and a positive attitude when it comes too building; how about you?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Positive Attitude towards your own kind? posted by Jimmy on 5/23/2002 at 4:29:27 AM
I love OldRoads, I come here when I get bored, or just have a trigger for bikes.


   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Positive Attitude towards your own kind? posted by a friend on 5/23/2002 at 6:54:11 PM
Like I said Jimmy so do I. From your prior posts; I understand you are building a prodject at this moment. When your done and up too it, is it possible you can e-mail a picture of your bike too Jim Wilson so we can get a look at your Kustom?

   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Positive Attitude towards your own kind? posted by Jimmy on 5/23/2002 at 11:04:45 PM
I just got some pictures scaned, I will send them right now. I am also going to post them on a new site I want to biuld just for my bike.

CUSTOMS:   Apologies posted by: JimW. on 5/20/2002 at 5:45:21 PM
Communicating via computer has a lot going for it, but it has one very serious drawback. It makes it possible to compose a message and send it out before having second thoughts about it. In my case, it's was about 30 seconds after it went out. Snail-mail has a lot going for it, in that respect.

I've been extremely irritable and cranky lately, due to frantically working on the new BR&K and dealing with the kind of crap life always throws at us at the wrong time.
This is my first stop back here since then, and I'm horrified by the ugly thread I unleashed in a thoughtless moment.

I'd like to extend a sincere apology to Jimmy and everybody else on this list for the nasty echos from my thoughtless and mean-spirited post.

I'd like to think that I've learned my lesson, and that I'll be a much nicer, more thoughtful person in the future.
Based upon past experience, though, I'll probably be a jerk
again. What I will do, in the future, is not hit that "Post Message" button instantly. 5 minutes reflection time away from the computer would ensure that most of those posts we'll be ashamed of later, won't go out.

Flame wars are kind of fun, in a sick way, but they don't do anybody any good. We're here to do favors for each other and share ideas, otherwise we'd be at some other site trashing each other. I probably won't have a chance to get back here until the new issue is finished, but when I do, I hope things are back to normal. I'll certainly feel better if they are. Again, my apologies to all.

That said, Jimmy, the WildWheels in 20" size will be less expensive than you might expect. Among other things, I've been finishing up an interview with Steve Hutchison of WildWheelWerks. I've made some very specific lowrider-oriented suggestions to him, which should have an effect on the price. It's not nailed down yet, but a set of 20" wheels in almost any style will be available for around $300 a pair. So you might hold off a bit on ordering any 144-spoke baby daytons. When the new BR&K is up, you'll be able to order a set of lowrider WildWheels almost immediately.

PS: As part of my new resolution, I'm going to wait 5 minutes before posting this message.

   RE:CUSTOMS:   Apologies posted by Jimmy on 5/20/2002 at 9:00:12 PM
Hey thanks Jim for talking with Steve about those wheels, I think I will buy those when they are availble, instead of buying those baby daytons or having some made, I really like those ones on the site, I can't wait to see other styles. my bike is complete except for the wheels and tires, and a few other small things, like a kickstand that fits a twenty inch Stingray. That five minute deal should help you well, I am sorry for all those nasty replies I posted.



CUSTOMS:   Wheels posted by: Jimmy on 5/18/2002 at 2:56:10 AM
Hello again. I just inquired about a set of custom made wheels, like the wlidwheelwerks ones, but cheaper, to a CNC machine shop that said they might be able to pull of a set of wheels for my lowrider. I cant wait to see what they can come up with, I have to give them the measures I need, and then a design, and then they could make a wooden prototype, then make the CNC macined ones for only $240.00! I am almost positive this price is cheaper than WWW ones, how much are the WWW ones anyway?


LOWRIDERS:   new website up and running posted by: Jimmy on 5/16/2002 at 3:30:25 AM
go to http://www.lowriderrealm.homepad.com to see the newest and collest lowrider website around, no pictures yet, thats up to yo to send them.

   RE:LOWRIDERS:   new website up and running posted by Vindicator on 5/17/2002 at 7:02:26 PM
Yep, it's new! I guess it's 'coll' whatever that is?!?!? Sure isn't COOL, coz that it ain't!

   RE:RE:LOWRIDERS:   new website up and running posted by none on 5/18/2002 at 3:01:00 AM
its COOL!!!!!!Great site jimbonie!

AGE / VALUE:   New Concept posted by: ryan on 5/15/2002 at 2:53:57 AM
i am looking into designing a pedal car for adults. it will be based on a new 3 wheeled recumberent with front wheel steering and rear wheel drive. i am planning to make a fibreglass flaring kit in the style of a vintage car. any feedback on the flaring and 'big boys pedal car' concept would be much apreciated

AGE / VALUE:   tips on painting frame/fork/chaingaurd posted by: Fast Eddie on 5/13/2002 at 6:13:45 PM
Hola, I have stripped and sanded a frame, fork, and chaingaurd for a custom I'm building. I have never re-painted anything and I would like to educate myself better on the process before I attempt to. Are bicycles painted in the same manner as painting cars? Does anyone know where I could read up a little on the internet? Any help would be appreciated. I can be e-d at fasteddieinkc@hotmail.com and I will check the message board regularly. Thanx, Fast Eddie outty