Keep a diary of your latest build here.
Well I've been collecting parts for a couple of months and I'm not quite done collecting, but I thought I would start a thread on my build.
As some of you know my son and I are working on his rat. He is going to help me on mine. Here are the parts:
It's an old Murray frame that I plan to throw lots of new or newish parts at. I'm attempting to make a very ridable rat racer bobber tourer skid contest winner. I don't like to name bikes and such, but I thought I needed a thread name, so that's why that is up there.
Thanks flying dingo for the frame, bikebuilder for a seat post, blink for a "string of parts", stingrayjoe for a seat, assorted dumpster finds, and lastly ebay (letitrollbikes to be specific).
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being a genetic misfit has it's benefits.
if you look closely you can see where I marked the chain stay with a Sharpie before I widened the frame. That's where the widest part of the tire needed to be. An it's where I placed a 2x3 when I squeezed the frame back together. Last night I hung the frame up from the head tube to do a better check than just eyeballing it. I hung a plumb bob from the seat tube and measured from the string to each drop out. I got lucky. the frame bent pretty equally. I adjusted it a bit. tire spins freely. If it were a old bent rim It would ever work.
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^^^ it's only a 24 x 3. I have to admit it looks way bigger than the 24 x 3 Fatty O tires on my RockaBilly Boogie.
I found my crappy phone photos that I took when the frame came out of the box.
I was trying it with a new 29er fork I picked up at Nashbar really cheap. I decided to use the Murray fork after I saw someone use 3/8" brake line for a truss. I bought some 3/8" line today.
really happy to see the bike getting attention now. it sat around my shop for a long time, nothing to do with it, i started on it, had a problem with the wheels on it, then gave up...bought other projects.
what are your plans for colors?
i planned on doing the daytona yellow with gunmetal grey or black wheels
it didnt arrive with all those scratches on the headtube did it? i dont remember doing that
I have some ideas about color. one was leave it alone. which went out the window when some of the stripper I was using on Boy's bike got on the head tube. (that should answer your question, dingo) I still might leave it as is. sand it smooth and coat it in flat poly. I might even add some "distressing" to it before the poly coat. or I'll paint it. <shrugging> Still a work in progress.
I got mine on ebay. It's a Felt Thick Brick. It looks really big. love it.
we've been busy on other things (airstream). should post a update tomorrow. he asked to work on it tonight.
Well, I've no idea what the heck I was thinking here: sanding and a real paint job are in this frame's future.
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