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ah, thanks. But I've already got a few of those. I tryed em out, but I didn't like they way they looked on this bike.
hey man, you should enter your bike and have a beer! My bike should be proof that anybody could enter this buildoff. Im a complete ameture compared to most of the guys here, but I somehow still show a bike. Thanks for the comments too man, im still thinking about how to run those cables, I definately will give your idea a try.
and im glad you approve Firewalker, I think your uhpolstery work is top notch! Thanks for checking out my stuff, you guys are all great. Gotta keep the scene alive! keep those rat bikes coming!
I think im gonna donate a prize for this buildoff too.
well, Im back from the dead once again.
I have been working on/riding this bike a lot lately, I just havn't had the time to post my progress. But i documented the last few changes on this thing:
I was at a truckstop a while back and i came across this sweet little light. It is red, with a chrome base and visor. I removed the guts of the light and rewired a bright red led light. I got a battery pack for 2 dcell batteries, and a push button switch.
There were small holes on the lower part of the frame that allowed me to shove the wires through.
I ran the wires for the light from the left rear dropout up to the crank, then up the seat tube to the bottom of the seat. The little green line in the picture shows where it went.
I stapled the battery pack to the bottom of the seat with some left over materials from the seat build. Then I drilled a hole in the seat frame to mount the button.
The shape of the seat frame provided a perfect spot for the button. The light works and looks great, the led is very bright too.
I re-fliped the handle bars on the bike. This is much to the benefit of how the bike rides. The boardtrack style orientation that they were in before just wasn't realistic for this frame. So I flipped them back for the functionality of the bike, and I actually like this look better for the bike. I think it ads to the hot rod look of the bike.
heres a peek.
for now atleast, there were a couple of things that I was planning on doing. I ran out of time and money on this one, and I barely had enough time to take some finished pictures. But im happy with it, it rides pretty nice, and I think it looks cool. I really like the tires that the LBS hooked me up with, I think they are kenda tires. The two things I wish I had done were to get a set of truss rods and a cool bullet headlight to put on this bike. Maybe I will be able to do that later.
I forgot to mention something earlier, so I need to thank Hooch for getting me some parts for this bike. I got the crank, chainring, and all the awesome chrome schwinn hardware from him a couple of months ago. They worked out great man, thanks.
Also, thanks Steve, a.k.a. ratrod, for this great site. Im really glad it is around, especially because of the people that are a part of it. Good luck in the future guys.
I noticed a few people listed all the components that they used for their bike, so I thought I should do the same
the Straight 7 special consists of>
-frame, fork, neck, seat post and clamp: all from a schwinn speedster of some sort made in '77 that I got for free.
-rims, front hub, and seat: taken from a mountain bike that was at the dump.
-brake lever, handlebar, and grips: left over from a 60's schwinn breeze that I made for my lady
-all hardware and the crank set: got them from Hooch. I dont remember how much he charged, but it was very cheap a well worth it.
-pedals: swapped them from sears women's bike from the 70's.
-rear tail light: bought it from a truck stop for about 5 bucks.
-Kenda tires, and spokes: LBS re-spoked the wheels for me, and the tires in stock.
-rear hub, derailer, and thumb shifter: ebay find for $30
-seat cover: fabricated myself with $5 worth of fabric
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