Desert Rat - ified Columbia...Back in the BACK40 Again! video pg3

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  1. Falstaff

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    I've been eyeballing a Columbia, might have to find a fork like that.
     
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    I got super lucky with this fork. Went to buy a cruiser frame on a CL ad. The fork on it was bent, and it had a set of 24" wheels with it, so I almost walked away. Then I thought, what the heck, and asked the guy if he had another fork that he would sell with the bike to replace the bent one.
    He came out of a dirty, dank, dark, dingy shed with this gem in his hands. I swallowed my glee and calmly asked if we could pull the original to see if it the steer tube / head tube was a fit.
    He said sure, and about 5 minutes later the deal was sealed. That frame became Foregone Conclusion, my MBBO #5 build. Now the fork has found a home.

    Haven't seen many of these out there, but the hunt is a big part of the fun, right?
     
  3. G-Matt

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    Now that's the best forking story I've herd in a while . Sounds to good to be true wink wink....


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  4. OddJob

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    Totally true. Sent pics to @kingfish254 the day I picked it up and he nearly choked on his lunch! Especially when he heard the price I paid for the bike, and the 'free' fork!
     
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    Coming along nice brother!
     
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  6. OddJob

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    Time to get off page 2!

    Rat-ification process underway on the wheels for Desert Rat.
    Front one has been lightly sanded, then a light coat of Rusto gray primer, followed by a dusting of multi-color texture Rusto.

    Just picked up the matching rear wheel from RRB member and local cruiser shop owner (which is just a short 3 mi ride from me) @Scotty Bravo. That's still in chromed steel mode. Not for long.....:nerd:
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    I've been busy work and all, and missed the first couple weeks in wbo. Glad I got a few minutes today to peruse thru some of the builds!

    Really liking this build. Great work so far OJ. That fork is to die for.

    Are you keeping the wheels a textured white? Or overlaying them with some rustification? Kinda liking the thought of white with the rust...
     
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  8. OddJob

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    Hey, thanks for the props. The gray primer kind of gives the wheels a dull, faded, aluminum look. I have added some light textured rust so far. The rest of the bike is pretty 'rust-ified', so I'm going to add a bit more to the rims, but not go overboard.

    Haha! Who am I kidding?? I ALWAYS go overboard when it comes to rust! :21:
     
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    After I held the rims up to the bike, I knew they needed more color.
    Set up the Park stand, clamped the old orig fork from Mesa, insert wheel, spin and spray...nice even distribution.
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    Desert Rat-isfied! Really happy how this is turning out. Having some issues with tge chain guard, the dog leg crank has a really tight Q factor for a one piece. Might go without, that monster chain ring looks good showing all it's teeth....
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    Rode the Desert Rat into work today. Yeah, that's right; work. Building bikes and working the floor at Arizona Wholesale Bikes, my local shop in next door Gilbert. About 8 miles round trip. That 52 x 18 gear moves along pretty good on the flat canal trail I use for my commute. She's a ratty rider for sure! Fun to watch the customers eyeball it among all the shiny, bright colored cruisers in the store.
     
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    Favorite antique mart down the street. Saw this in the same booth, coincidence? I think not @Falstaff my beer-named thespian...
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    And this little guy...
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    Looking good OJ. Sounds like you've got it going on out west. Nice ride to work at a bike shop. Like the spin 'n' spray patina technique.
     
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    On the beer sign, $149. On the wooden wheels, looked like vintage 20" matching pair, $295.
    The pictures taken with my phone, priceless.
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    The patina turned out well. I think I'm done with the Rat - ified Columbia. The chain guard I have isn't working, and I kind of like that big ring showing off. Rolls real well around 12 mph, less than that and it's work.

    The job will be just a couple times a week to build bikes, or emergency status when a bike is pre-sold but not built yet. Nice thing is, I can be there in 15 mins or so by bike.
     
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    Having a camera handy all the time is great!
     
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    Brother and sis-in-law in town. Didn't work on bikes at all this week, but I rode Desert Rat with the crew into downtown Gilbert for a sunny, fireside gathering yesterday.
    The bike rides great!
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    Got a message from my old stomping grounds, took in this bike from a 'new bike' customer this week. Gonna bring it inside and save it for me. @The Renaissance Man .... looks like a good candidate for tank conversion, no?

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