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Thanks guys! I love getting comments and compliments. Cool to see there are quite a bunch of you that like my bike and the things I did to it. I agree it IS kind of an oddball and I tried my best to make it look cool in a style that would fit the bike best, imho. The part that it rides like a dream I got for free :-)
And your right about the photography. My bike certainly benefits from that. I just think it's really important to be able to show off all of the hard work that's been done in the best way possible. I got really lucky with the weather. It set's off the aluminum so well. And the flashbulp decided it was on my side this time, for a change... ;-)
And the presentation... Well, that's kinda my territory. I'm a fineartist/illustrator/graphic designer by trade so I feel that I HAVE to make an effort on that. But I didn't over do it, right? Besides, I see a lot of you guys putting some thought into your photographs. That really is a good thing :-)
A lot of great bikes have been completed. Much diversity. I can't make up my mind yet... But there are still quite a few to be expected this week...
Looking forward to that.
Those fenders really fit that bike, visible and clean if you look straight at them, but almost invisible when you look at the whole bike. You've really done a good and precise job with all your fabrication! Hat off and bow! I like it!
"Dä ä aldri kört!"
Wow, what a transformation. Everything you did turned this from a bike you'd never notice to one that you have to take a second look at. I also like how it's so much more aggressive looking. Your photography is like everyone else said, "Top Notch!"
This bike is so cool
checking on your build everyday was cool thanks for such thorough build posts
your fabrication is top notch as is your photography skills
enjoy your bike ride the wheels off!
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A lot of neat details here, super documentation, I think a lot of eyes have been opened to new avenues.
it's all about the bikes, man. viewtopic.php?f=6&t=50053
I was going to update my sig line, but I'm not seein' anything worth plagiarizing right now.
Yep... Well, at the time I found this frame in my parents shed, I started to discover more mixtes right here on RRB.COM so I figured it would be accepted. It has interesting lines, to say the least so I just saw lots of possibilities. But the one thing that made me choose this one over the Batavus I picked for my Cartboardtracker was that it had such nice aluminum parts, and I really wanted to see what I could build from aluminum. The only 'new' parts are the aloy strips, front tire, outer brakeline, break lever, and the front tire. In other words: 'cheap build'!
Yep... Hard to imagine that this thing would've end up on the local scrap pile...
Yep. I think it's important to have the wheels centered as good as possible. Makes all the difference. And let me tell you, that was probably the hardest part of the job with the ever changing rack and mounting points. The front was the biggest problem. Because of the light set-up changed from time to time I ended up making three frontfenders... I believe one ended up on my Cartboardtracker (but I took it of because it didn't look right for what I was after) and the other I just cut up and used it for other brackets.
Yep... I'm proud to say the fitted fenders are very precise. I'm a bit scared for that first peble that'll end up between the front fender and my tire...
Thanks man. Hard to believe though with so many great bikes that DO fit the term 'ratrod'... So I certainly appreciate that!
Yep... The transformation. It REALLY turned into a bike you have difficulty to catagorise. It wasn't intended to but I'm proud of that. AND lucky. Just enough of the things I came up with seems to work pretty well! (remember I wanted to make a woodie out of this thing..?) People DO take notice when they see this bike at the traffic lights. They're really checking it out. Even the nicer lookin' girls... ;-) Oh, and at the city's guarded bicycle parking the surveillance-guy said I had to pay extra because this was an antique bike... I love guys with corney jokes...
Yep... Agressiveness is achieved by that downwards/forwards arrow-look.
Yep... I like to show and tell :-) And that in the best way possible. I like to see how others fabricate things and how they work out their ideas. It's just fun to turn on your computer and be amazed by what other builders have come up with that day. I had luck with the photography I shot LOTS of pics and just picked out the very best. I just made shure the bike was the important subject in the picture and that there was nothing behind the bike to obscure the details which I find very hard to photograph. Riding it has been the most rewarding part of this build.
Yep... Thank YOU for showing interest.
Yep... Same to you my friend.
Yep... Thanks, but it's my pleasure really. I like to show and tell because I too enjoy thorough documentation by all of the RRB' members. Didn't think of it really, but it would be awesome if I'd inspire just one other RRBuilder here... However, I did wonder why so few (or should I say no-one?) have used aluminum as their main 'fabrication' material...
I am really impressed with your metal-working ability, but beyond that, the vision to build all of the cool little details all over your bike. There were things I had never seen before on a bike, and I like it. You definitely have something quite unique there. And I like your graphic treatment as well. That diagram is great, we should all do those for our builds...
Hey! These posts are unlocked again... Time to thank some people :-)
Thanks man. I find it strange though that I don't see much aluminum used on bicycles... It's such a light, easy, and versatile material to work with and getting great results very quick. The only 'problem' is, it doesn't rust... ;-)
Thanks Lonewolf. I really appreciate that.
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