Firewing II - BO8 Bike Mods- St Pats Trade, yes I am Trading Firewing!!

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  1. kingfish254

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    I am very proud of getting 2nd Place in BO8 with Firewing and I love the sleekness of the bike with the low upside down ramshorns and such.
    The bike is fun to ride, but the riding position isn't ideal for my beer gut. It tends to get in the way of leaning over far enough.
    So, in preparation for the Savannah Bicycle Campaign's Midnight Garden Ride at the end of this month. I am going to make some simple changes.
    It's mostly just a bar change, but I feel it will change the feel of the build enough that I am dubbing this Firewing II.

    The bars that I plan to use will be very appropriate for the 1953 Columbia. I am going to use these cross brace repops.
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    Also DBubbleGuy sent me this wicked 1949 Tom Thumb Bike Radio that is converted to use any mp3 player. It's a great color match to the bike and fits the era as well.
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    That's all for now. Stay tuned.
     
  2. Re: Firewing II - Changes to my Build Off 8 Bike

    Maybe keep the ramhorn bars and get a longer stem?
     
  3. kingfish254

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    Re: Firewing II - Changes to my Build Off 8 Bike

    I may play around with that idea, but the radio wouldn't look good with that setup. I can always switch back and forth on the styles. Firewing II by day, Firewing by night.
     
  4. Glen

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    Re: Firewing II - Changes to my Build Off 8 Bike

    Love those new bars... reckon they will look great on Firewing. Can't wait to see it 8)

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    Re: Firewing II - Changes to my Build Off 8 Bike

    Thanks Glen, I am pretty sure that these were the bars that came with some of the Columbia repros.

    Hope to get time to do the bar swap tomorrow. Spent too much time at Home Depot tonight figuring out what I needed to make the handlebar radio mounts.

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    Re: Firewing II - Build Off 8 Bike Mods - 8/22 Bars

    Swapped out the bars tonight and took Firewing II out for a ride. PERFECT riding position for the seat and my beer gut was very pleased.

    WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK OF THE NEW BARS?
    I know it's not as "custom", but I welcome positive and negative feedback.

    Here are my crappy cell phone photos.

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  7. Re: Firewing II - Build Off 8 Bike Mods - 8/22 Bars

    Looks nice but I still like the ram horn bars. Maybe try them right side up like RaTornado?
     
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    Re: Firewing II - Build Off 8 Bike Mods - 8/22 Bars

    got anymore pictures? :lol:
     
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    Re: Firewing II - Build Off 8 Bike Mods - 8/22 Bars

    Not yet, but you know that there will be more to come. :D
     
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    Re: Firewing II - Build Off 8 Bike Mods - 8/22 Bars

    I meant to give that a shot before I tried the cross bars. I'll take a look at them again.
     
  11. Re: Firewing II - Build Off 8 Bike Mods - 8/22 Bars

    I was gonna say that'd give a nice little cradle for the radio to sit in and I know mine is just perfect height to be comfortable.
     
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    Re: Firewing II - Build Off 8 Bike Mods - 8/22 Bars

    I like the way these are looking though. We'll see.
     
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    Re: Firewing II - Build Off 8 Bike Mods - 8/22 Bars

    Those do look very cool King!

    Luke.
     
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    Re: Firewing II - Build Off 8 Bike Mods - 8/22 Bars

    Yep... they look spot on to me. 8)
     
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    Re: Firewing II - Build Off 8 Bike Mods - 8/22 Bars

    I like them better than the rams horns 8)
     
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    Re: Firewing II - Build Off 8 Bike Mods - 8/22 Bars

    I like them better. I would probably tilt them down a scosche
     
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    Like SCHWINNRAY69 and ifitsfreeitsforme, I prefer them too and also reckon tilting them is the way to go. You do soo many great photos that are sooo tempting to play with, that I once again could not contain myself :roll: ...

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    The front of the bars match the fork angle and the grip part of the bars match the seat angle 8)
     
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    Re: Firewing II - Build Off 8 Bike Mods - 8/22 Bars

    Thanks Luke

    Thanks Glen

    Thanks SR69, It is definitely a more traditional look.
     
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    Re: Firewing II - Build Off 8 Bike Mods - 8/22 Bars

    Thanks Ian and Glen, I've never had this style of bars before and assumed that horizontal was the norm based on other photos.
    Thanks for the photo edit Glen. I'll give that a shot. I am thinking that I may not go that angled with them, but I think you guys are onto something.
    I appreciate the input.
     
  20. junknutz1975

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    Re: Firewing II - Build Off 8 Bike Mods - 8/22 Bars

    I really like the new bars :shock:
    For me , the rams horns hid too much of the beautiful springer fork.

    Looks sick! love the radio

    TOO COOL!!

    8)
     

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