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I've been contemplating what to do with the wheels for quite a while. Decided to put them off until now. But they are finally hanging and painted.
this is the first I have looked at this build and I must say, I am impressed. The field of competition is getting really deep and coming up with great ideas. Its anyones game for the win and voting will be hard. Im just happy being a part of the build. Keep up the good work and you will be high on the list.
wow bring.doom, that's quite a compliment. Much thanks! I'm also happy just to be a part of this. Watching all of these old (and not so old) bikes turn into incredible creations is really fascinating, and a ton of fun!
I'm not too sure about this paint scheme for the wheels. I guess I'll have to wait to mount them to really get a feel for how I like 'em. But either way I'm not going to paint them again, so I guess I'm stuck
yes, mount em and judge again.
I don't see any problems in the looks-departement. They turned out great. I also thought of painting the inside of the rim only and leaving the sides unpainted because of the rim-brakes(?). I noticed yours are not painted edge to edge fully. Makes it unique. If it works for your bike... Mount and see fo yourself. (and show us : - )
Thanks to socal_jack for the input on the spike selection on the pedals. Although I really liked the 'less is more' approach with only 5 spikes, I really wanted a truly nasty look with ALL of the spikes. socal_jacks suggestion gave me the best of both worlds.
Thanks for the comments on the hubs and wheels. I knew I really liked the aluminum/black contrast when I first saw the cranks assembled on the bike
So I was hoping for the same clean look and nice contrast by painting the wheels. The rear hub has these machined grooves on it that were perfect for masking off and painting every other one. I was able to do something similar with the front hub as well. The cranks are made by CQP (Cook's Quality Products) and I bought them when I was a kid from my neighbor, Mr. Cook;) They'd been sitting in my garage forever, I'm glad I didn't junk 'em. I stole the chainwheel from my commuter bike. Originally I thought I would have to buy a new BMX sprocket for this, but once I had that thing mounted I knew I couldn't find a better looking spider/ring/paint combo.
I like the spike placement. You just upped the ante, those Cook cranks are cool. The older stuff is worth $$$
Double Nickle- " All I'm planing on doing is building a awesome bike for me to ride...."
Cool! That bar/stem thing you did is just awesome, and the pedals look...medieval!
"Dä ä aldri kört!"
hahahaha medieval is a great description! Thank you Galtbacken...I feel like I should ride it wielding a shield and a big spiked club
I do have a couple more tricks up my sleeve. I think I may be able to post some more tonight after work, if I ever get out of here grrrrr Hopefully I can get the last thing done in time to take the finished bike out on the town for some cool pictures...
bike looks awesome...would never want to ride with you in a group though :-p
haha I can imagine accidentally popping tires and gouging shins. Especially after a few drinks on the boardwalk! Maybe I should have my friends wear shin guards when we go riding?
okay, so I feel like a total lame-o ...I just remembered that the due date for this build-off isn't until August 2nd. For some reason I kept thinking June 2nd, and I was busting my butt trying to get this thing finished last week while I was on vacation. Now I'm totally relieved, I can relax and enjoy my upcoming weekend
For my grips, I stole this idea from my brother - check his bike out here viewtopic.php?f=6&t=16090 - but added my own little twist to it. It turned out pretty crappy so I scrapped it and completely remade them (I'll post the nice ones next)
Starting with some old chain and wrapping it into the shape of a grip - wrap a little bit and weld on the inside, wrap a little bit, weld, etc. etc.
When I had a full grip wrapped up and welded, I then welded it to the end of the handlebar
It just didn't turn out very clean looking. Not very symmetrical, etc.
The whole reason I really wanted them like this was for a cool 'see-thru' aspect...hard to make it visible on camera:
Unhappy with the outcome, I rode the one-grip-wonder down to my local bike shop and picked up some nice shiny chain.
I told the guys at the shop about this AWESOME website and the cool build-off that's going on so hopefully we have some new members
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