Custom Diamondback "JOKER" ~~DONE, FINISHED, CONCLUDED!~~

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  1. Funkme

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    :13::rockout: great bike...
     
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  2. 1oldbikelover

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    Let your imagination run wild, Luke! Like the top bar sticker; definitely appropriate! Have fun with it!
     
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  3. kram

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    Bike turned out really nice. You've been cranking out these mini builds.
     
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  4. LukeTheJoker

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    Thanks everyone! I love these MiniVelo builds Kram!

    Luke.
     
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  5. kram

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    I still need to get my minivelo finished, just have to find the time.
     
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  6. LukeTheJoker

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    Looking forward to seeing it done Kram, yours is still the coolest MiniVelo I have ever seen!

    Today's update: Bars, Bearings and Brakes!

    Spent some time this morning on the bike, started off by switching out the original Diamondback bars which were fairly small with some bigger ones off one of my other donor BMX's, they fit better visually with the enlarged frame, while they were off I went in and cleaned the head cups and cones and fitted new bearings, then on with some nice two finger brake levers and some BulletProof grips.

    Turned out the "crunchiness" I was feeling in the cranks was not the BB bearings it was the pedals and chain, threw some new pedals on it but still need to buy a decent chain, but already much better!

    Then I moved on to the brakes, the lower Gyro cable is not here yet, so I just set it up with standard cables so I can ride it until it does arrive. I have never set up BMX "U" Brakes before, they are fiddly, but the other side of the coin is that they have awesome adjust-ability and great performance once they are set up, didn't help that I had fitted those huge 2.4" wide tires, there is very little room left!

    I have left the cables a bit long until everything is sorted and bedded in, but went for a ride and I am loving it!

    Here are the pics, bear in mind the proper rear brake cable will sit better to the frame when it arrives:

    New bars:

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    Check out the lack of clearance to the tire from the brakes on the front, the rear wheel actually has to be mounted in the back half of the dropouts and the brake pads at full extension on the brake arms to fit:

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    Luke.
     
  7. LukeTheJoker

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    Sorry about the muddy tires in the pics, it is the middle of winter here...

    Luke.
     
  8. The Renaissance Man

    The Renaissance Man __CERTIFIED DIVER__ (Open Water & Open Dumpster)

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    Muddy tires = riding. That's what it's for! :thumbsup:
     
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  9. DoubleL

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    Man that is the beef! Sweet look'n nice rid'n look gett'n ride!
     
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  10. LukeTheJoker

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    Thanks DoubleL!

    True! :thumbsup:
    I did find out that semi slick tires do not do well in mud... Nearly went over turning back into the driveway...o_O

    Luke.
     
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  11. whitefiretiger

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    Love the dirty tires. I always wonder when I see a "rider" bike with clean tires (makes me wonder if people have that much time they can clean the tires after every ride).

    You think that's fun go hit lose dirt on a curve with slicks; thought I was going to die (luckily I bailed and landed with a couple bruises but my bike was eaten by a F350 that was speeding in a residential).
     
  12. LukeTheJoker

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    Well some parts are starting to trickle in, the seat arrived today, not quite as well padded as what I hoped but still plenty comfortable enough, looks excellent, suits the bike nicely!

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    Note I don't slam my seat and make it unridable like kids seem to on BMX's these days...

    The grips I ordered for my other build came in, but they sent the wrong ones without the flange, so emailed them and hopefully they will sort that out for me...

    Still waiting on the lower Gyro cable to call this bike truly finished!

    Luke.
     
  13. dragnusa

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    That thing is just sweet. I'm sure bike companies would be scratching their heads saying why didn't we do that
     
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    :21: I hope so!

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    Bike is looking great Luke. The seat suits it well.
     
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  16. LukeTheJoker

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    Thanks Bean!

    Luke.
     
  17. Kroozerdave

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    It is a thing of beauty.
    Better looking than most bikes you see in shops here these days.:thumbsup:
     
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  18. LukeTheJoker

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    Thanks Dave!

    Just wish I had some trick skills to put on a riding video... Might have to see if I can find a kid at the skate park to ride for the video...

    Luke.
     
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  19. GuitarlCarl

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    Should be interesting to see a velo-muscle bike...
    That would be the next in the series, correct? :)

    Really, I do like this bike...

    Carl.
     
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    :21: I guess that seems logical, but Muscle bikes already come with 20" or even 16" wheels, do I make one with a 16" rear and a 12" front? o_O

    No, my bike for the Muscle bike build-off is all planned out already, has been for about 6 months... ;)

    Thanks for liking the bike Carl, it is something a bit different for ratrodbikes, but I really wanted something that brought back the memories of my high school bike and it turned out pretty good!

    Luke.
     

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