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CUSTOMS:   lowrider trike trailer posted by: 2low on 6/4/2003 at 7:03:10 PM
hears the deal. i have a lowrder trike and i am planning to build a trailer for it. in the trailer i am planning to put a 12" sub, 400 watt amp, cd player and many other gagets. the only promlem is i dont know what to use for the axle. if i took 6 15mm nuts and welded them in 2 groops of 3 and then weld one in each end and then threaded the axle in would it be strong enuff?
i also to make a trunk hing but i dont know what to use for that? so any replys would be very help full.
Public Nuisance Bike Club

   RE:CUSTOMS:   lowrider trike trailer posted by 2low on 6/4/2003 at 7:20:33 PM
my bad everybody. the bolts that are welded togather are going to be welded inside of a pipe. sorry about that

   RE:CUSTOMS:   lowrider trike trailer posted by 2low on 6/4/2003 at 7:21:20 PM
my bad everybody. the bolts that are welded togather are going to be welded inside of a pipe that is the width of the trailer. sorry about that

   RE:CUSTOMS:   lowrider trike trailer posted by Stacey on 6/5/2003 at 10:29:24 AM
2low, look around at the thrift shops for an old wheelchair. You should be able to use the hubs and axles from it and mimic the attachment system on your trailer frame. Real clean, real simple!

As for the hinge... the simplest thing to do would be a trip to the hardware store and get some fancy cabinet hinges. Or, use some 1/4" tubing, a piece of "All Thread" and some acorn nuts and make yourself a piano hinge.

   RE:CUSTOMS:   lowrider trike trailer posted by Tom on 6/17/2003 at 3:44:06 AM
How are you going to power it?


AGE / VALUE:   BR&K Update? posted by: Devon on 6/3/2003 at 6:30:20 AM
I need my BR&K fix. Jim can ya hook me up?
Summers almost upon us and I need some new ideas.


   RE:AGE / VALUE:   BR&K Update? posted by JimW. on 6/3/2003 at 1:48:02 PM
It's coming along, but slower than usual because I'm working with new software and a new web-host. Plus, I'm building a bike at the same time. Building bikes is much more fun, so that's my main priority at the moment. Neither happens to be a paying gig, so amusement value counts for a lot. I'd recommend that you work on a bike while you're waiting; it makes the time pass quickly. and it's fun.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   BR&K Update? posted by Devon on 6/3/2003 at 4:47:35 PM
I hear ya Jim. Working on a restore as we speak. old mens middleweight. don't know what it is the headbadge has TMS conected by 2 O's kind of olympic symbol style then what looks like a rabbit over the top stretched out and running.
has the Made in on it but the country of origin is gone last letter being a M. Belguim maybe? can't find out anything about it on the net.


   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   BR&K Update? posted by JimW. on 6/5/2003 at 7:59:40 PM
Actually, BRK is the first priority, but when I get stumped by trying to figure out something in the new software, I switch over to working on the bike, since I'm good at that, and don't feel like a moron when I'm doing it. I'm stumped about every five minutes.

The software I'm using is the latest version of Net Objects Fusion, and they've made it extremely complicated to use, as a result of making it simpler, or something.

The ideal solution would be to build the pages in my existing Homestead page-building software, and then import them into NOF for ftp'ing to the new host. I can't get that to work, and I've just been trying the same thing with MS Front Page, which isn't quite as "simple". I can open the .html in it, but can't get the component files in there with it. It's driving me nuts. I guess I'll go work on the bike for a while.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   BR&K Update? posted by Stacey on 6/9/2003 at 4:02:54 PM
Dumb question time Jim W.,. Why you making life difficult for yourself? I gotta admit that the BR&K site is mondo killer, and your efforts are appreciated by all who visit. But what ever happened to K.I.S.S., no not the rock band Keep It Simple, Stupid? Can't you do, with a plain vanilla program like Front Page Express, what you're banging your head in with NetFusion?

Though I've never hacked away at NetFusion, I have tried a bunch of different Web Site building packages, from bare bones HTML editors (CoffeeCup) up to the fancy intergrated suites (MacroMedia Dreamweaver) and for some reason always go back the simplicity of FPEx.

Just my 2˘ worth. :-)

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   BR&K Update? posted by JimW. on 6/11/2003 at 11:10:35 PM
Simple? My middle name is simple. I don't care how the bloody pages get made, or what software makes them. As far as I'm concerned, I'd like it if little brownies would creep out and make them while I'm asleep. I'm not doing this so I can be some sort of html cowboy. The only hacking I'm interested in doing is on CrMo tubing. The problem is that neither feature-bloated NOF or plain-vanilla Front Page are doing what I want them to do. I'm sure that this is just from inexperience with normal software on my part, and I'll eventually get over the learning curve. In the meantime, I'm not having fun, so I'm sort of cranky. And yes, the effin' bandwidth has run out again. Thanks in advance to everyone for not e-mailing me with complaints that you're being deprived of your free entertainment.

   RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   BR&K Update? posted by JimW. on 6/12/2003 at 12:02:51 AM
Thanks, Stacey. That was the most fun I've had all week. 8-)

Just a reminder that the Louisiana Bike Fest at Abita Springs happens this weekend (June 15). Unfortunately, I can't be there for various reasons, one of which I mentioned in my previous post. However, BRK is still sponsoring the People's Choice KustomBike Award, with first prize being one of Gary Silva's new 3G Air Force One cruisers. http://3gbikes.com This will be the biggest and best Abita fest yet. Have fun, if you can make it.

MISC:   spoke patterns posted by: ike on 6/2/2003 at 3:07:27 PM
can some one please tell me where i can get spoke pattern diagrams.tahnks

   RE:MISC:   spoke patterns posted by sam on 6/13/2003 at 11:31:45 PM

AGE / VALUE:   twisted frames posted by: mike on 6/1/2003 at 4:48:40 PM
To all Lowrider Guys: what are twisted frames made out of,
tubes or solid square stock? Mike

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   twisted frames posted by JimW. on 6/2/2003 at 2:06:41 PM
The example I saw was made of tubing which had a spiral pattern rolled into it. It looked kind of cheesy.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   twisted frames posted by jesse on 6/10/2003 at 1:53:57 AM
twisted frames are hollow and square

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   twisted frames posted by mike on 6/18/2003 at 9:57:32 PM
thanks, Jesse!

AGE / VALUE:    posted by: sickelgirl on 6/1/2003 at 6:45:52 AM
I just received a beautiful Lowrider bike. Lots of shrome, handlebars and steering wheel, sissybar even the tires and mirrors have lowrider and the fenders are embossed with a lowrider logo.
Can anyone tell me where to go?

   RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by mike on 6/1/2003 at 10:42:31 AM
Go for a RIDE, girl!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by Jason on 8/21/2003 at 8:19:36 PM
Yup, take you'r "shrome" and go for A ride.

AGE / VALUE:   Harley Sportster Replica by Roadmaster posted by: Walter B on 5/31/2003 at 11:22:25 PM
Hello I Have Red Harley Davidson Sportster Bicycle made by Roadmaster.The bike is complete and like new condition.Does anyone have information on this,like what year produced,how many,the value,literature,the bike has 29 miles on it.Thank You for your time in replying. If this question is in the wrong area please alert me thanks.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Harley Sportster Replica by Roadmaster posted by mike on 6/1/2003 at 4:48:03 PM
Have you got a picture? It sounds like www.bikerodnkustom.com
material. A blast from the past. Jim Wilson almost certainly
wants to know! Mike

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Harley Sportster Replica by Roadmaster posted by Tina on 7/4/2003 at 5:22:48 PM
I have a friend who has similiar bicycle and she is searching for the same information. Please,let me know what you find out, and I will do the same.

FOR SALE:   20" BONDO FRAME posted by: Greg on 5/22/2003 at 10:58:45 AM
20" bondo frame it is a coast king frame but I put schwinn head badge on I built this bike to match my 26" kustom but my grandughter didnt like (she likes her 69 sting ray junior) frame is short like junior welded in steel tank and rear seat post to rear fender will sell all or part e-mail for picture.Thanks for space old roads !

   RE:FOR SALE:   20 posted by lawrence on 8/8/2003 at 2:00:39 PM
do you still have the frame for sale? can i see some pics? how much? thanks

AGE / VALUE:   tallbikes posted by: mike on 5/22/2003 at 12:12:36 AM
Tallbikes may be catching on in Ottawa Ontario Canada, my
buddies have witnessed some mystery character dressed in
yellow on a red tallbike with white mags; and it wasn't me!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   tallbikes posted by JimW. on 5/22/2003 at 4:56:03 PM
My theory is that it's your evil twin, "Skippy". Is he offering candy to children? 8-)

AGE / VALUE:   tires posted by: bob on 5/20/2003 at 7:03:56 PM
Iam building a chopper that will have 24"wheel in back and 20"in front need to know where to find a fat tire for the 24" wheel any help would thankful

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   tires posted by JimW. on 5/21/2003 at 12:22:36 AM
Both 3G Bikes and Nirve Sports have them. You can E-mail them through their websites and get pricing. Dyno should still have them, but that's not quite as simple. Nirve's is called Fatass, and 3G's is called Hoggy-G. Good luck.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   tires posted by mike on 5/22/2003 at 12:21:20 AM
I'm waiting for 3 inch slicks in 700C size, 30.5 inch diameter
wheels would be nice!

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   tires posted by TomD on 6/24/2003 at 8:41:05 PM
Be careful with this! I learned the hard way. Long story short: Tire size measurements (in inches) are a measure of the OUTER DIAMETER. This means (theoretically, not practically!) that you could have a wheel that measures 8" and fit it with a tire with a 16" sidewall and call the thing a 24" wheelset...

SO: A 24x3 slick is not necessarily going to fit a wheel that is sized as a 24". I have a 1968 CCM Charger which is a 3-speed chopper with that (20/24) wheel configuration. The original tire was thin walled. The wheel was about an inch and 5/8ths too large to fit the fat tire. Don't force it! You'll destroy your rim or tire or both. Eventually I got the 24x3 slick to fit on a 1960's 24" cruiser wheel. I used a 24x2.7" downhill tube. I don't even want to talk about the chain stays.
The tire still isn't mounted on anything, but it sure looks awesome sitting there...
Anyways, these tires should fit 24" cruiser wheels. They MAY fit on newer 24" mountain bike wheels, I'm not sure. The measurement seems close.

by the way, the new tire measurements -- 700c etc -- are still a mystery to me.

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   tires posted by TomD on 6/24/2003 at 8:44:22 PM
The above was for Bob, not Mike, in case there was any confusion

MISC:   BR&K? posted by: Devon on 5/16/2003 at 2:31:17 PM
Jim! We gonna be seeing the new issue of BR&K soon? I going though withdrawal here.



   RE:MISC:   BR&K? posted by AviationMetalSmith on 5/16/2003 at 3:05:07 PM
Monthly Bandwidth limit reached is what I got. I thought that wasn't going to happen anymore.

By the way, I just picked up a set of hub shiners with red reflectors. Does anyone else have hub shiners? Hub shiners are leather straps with reflectors that go around the hub. Gravity keeps the reflector down so it faces rear. the constant rubbing is what shines your hubs.

   RE:MISC:   BR&K? posted by metlhed on 5/18/2003 at 2:00:17 PM
yeah i had hub shiners. when i bought my jc higgins it had hub shiners on it. they were just a couple of old leather straps, no reflectors though. i wish i couls buy a pair for my columbia though...anybody know where i can buy hub shiners?

   RE:RE:MISC:   BR&K? posted by Stacey on 5/19/2003 at 12:01:06 AM
Real simple... Make 'em!

The local flea market has got to have someone who sells leather scraps, if not check with a cobler (shoe repair guy) and ask him where you can get some. On yer way home stop at the Pep Boys and get a couple of those license plate screw/reflector jobbies. You should even be able to get them in a variety of colors. The rest is prety straight forward. :-))

   RE:RE:RE:MISC:   BR&K? posted by AviationMetalSmith on 5/19/2003 at 2:02:45 PM
I should've mentioned... The hub shiners I got were NOS (New Old Stock) and are no longer manufactured, so yeah, you have to make your own.

   RE:MISC:   BR&K? posted by JimW. on 5/20/2003 at 6:47:07 AM
I was waiting for the photograph of our 1902 California replica motorbike, being finished by Rif Addams which was slated to be the cover subject. Unfortunately, the photo didn't get shot before he took off, and I'm now involved with finishing another project before I'll have time to put the issue up. It should be up next week.

So, whaddaya want, a refund?

   RE:RE:MISC: BR&K? posted by edgarecks on 5/20/2003 at 4:35:17 PM
Yeah, double my money back! Seriously, the quality is worth the wait. Keep up the great work.

   RE:RE:MISC:   BR&K? posted by Devon on 5/20/2003 at 5:22:26 PM
Cool Jim! Be sure and post a notice over at Kustom cruisers if you could.
Look forward to it.


FOR SALE:   need to sell posted by: rickey on 5/15/2003 at 8:54:36 PM
cannondale mtb with girvin front end 250.00 + S&H 20.00 SHIP ANYWHERE IN U.S.can send photo's both have new tires & tubes 334-756-7561

AGE / VALUE:   lowrider custom bondo frames for sale.and custom choppers posted by: jesse james on 5/14/2003 at 11:52:17 AM
email for pics and prices.some lowrider frames are starting at 130 dollars.

WANTED:   No Such Luck posted by: AviationMetalSmith on 5/12/2003 at 9:11:23 PM
Well as you know I built a Fiberglass Ladie's Bicycle. Most manufacturers build ladies bicycles in addition to their mens bikes. What about custom builders? I hired Mellisa Manning of Jacksonville Florida to design a ladies bicycle.
Most of my expenses were incurred before I met her. Her design saved lots of money.
Can I get reimbursed by a federal grant money for my expences? No I can't. I was on the phone today seeing if I can secure some funds, but it ain't gonna happen. Apparently Title IX of the Physical Education Ammendments of 1972 is not a fund. It's just a law that says existing funds must be divided equally between boys and girls sports.
Add to that the fact that it only covers existing sports and not a new cycling team and you can't get any money from them.
So much for public funding.
Back to the subject of who's gonna pay. $900.00 of the $40,000.00 I spent came back when I sold the bike. I guess I have to take the loss. 'Cause i would need trucking distribution and advertizing to sell enough bikes the recoup the loss. And that would cost more money.
Anyone else have a small business story they would like to share?

   RE:WANTED:   No Such Luck posted by AviationMetalSmith on 5/16/2003 at 8:41:24 PM
Closer examination of the fiberglass seat on the 21 speed lowrider showed a crack due to shear forces and crushing due to compression.
I called on Dr. Hacksaw to perform an emergency amputation.
Besides Shear and compression, there was also damage from tension (elongation), melting of the styrofoam core due to solvents. And the threads stripped on the axle nut.
I should never have cheated on my girlfriends design.
I should never have cheated on my girlfiend period.

AGE / VALUE:   custom chopper posted by: jesse james on 5/7/2003 at 4:06:31 AM
I had just finally finished this bike and was wondering if it I liked by chopper lovers. tell me what you think.email for a pic.

AGE / VALUE:   custom chopper posted by: jesse james on 5/7/2003 at 4:06:31 AM
I had just finally finished this bike and was wondering if it I liked by chopper lovers. tell me what you think.email for a pic.