Recent content by AndyA

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    First Build Advice

    LAGreg: Here's the thing: $20 for the bike is a good start, but you probably don't want to pay what media blasting would cost to save a pair of Huffy rims. If the rims aren't rusted through, I would soak the nipples with your choice of rust killer and see if they'll loosen up. If they do, great...
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    Has anyone made a trike out of a Sears Flightliner/Spaceliner bike?

    Aahh, an experiment with no risk. That's logical. However, where would we be today if scientists took no risks? Just ask Victor Frankenstein or Henry Jekyll.
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    Has anyone made a trike out of a Sears Flightliner/Spaceliner bike?

    I have no personal experience, but I have to think that whatever mechanical magic is used to create a trike is applicable to that frame. I note that you plan to use oxalic acid followed by abrasive blasting. I can't think of any advantage to the oxalic acid in this case. Just blast it! Have fun!
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    New acquisition: Sun Retro 24-inch

    A new chain arrived yesterday so there was a test flight this morning. Forgot to tighten one of the brake pads but didn't end up under a truck. The newly free-wheeling hub is nice 'cause you don't need to hassle with the coaster brake every time you stop. The downside of the 26-inch fork is that...
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    Explanation needed

    I've been thinkin' about getting a flux capacitor.
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    Explanation needed

    Alternative remedial measures: Install a net to catch cyclists who can't stop in time Remove a portion of the guard rail Construct a bicycle bridge over the guard rail Paint over the bike lane Install ramps so that cyclists can jump the guard rail I'm an engineer and this sort of thing can...
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    New acquisition: Sun Retro 24-inch

    Grandson found the scooter down the basement. His dad rode a similar scooter in lime green in the 80's.
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    New acquisition: Sun Retro 24-inch

    Cap'n: You're not supposed to be looking at the background!
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    New acquisition: Sun Retro 24-inch

    "Caliper" brakes, not "caliber" brakes. Stupid auto-correct!
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    New acquisition: Sun Retro 24-inch

    Fork, stem, and HB's are now red (Krylon Satin Pimento). I'm also thinking of converting coaster brake to freewheel and adding caliber brakes fore and aft. I found an article posted online from a 1980's BMX magazine explaining how to accomplish the conversion.
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    Don't tell my 3 orthopedic surgeons I am here...

    Brother Neil: I think that you're on the right track with the 24-incher. The Safety Committee approves of the gears and solid brakes. I have several of those in-between-size bikes and they are handy cruisers (see pics below). You'll find that your Quicksilver will roll quicker if you ditch the...
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    New acquisition: Sun Retro 24-inch

    Tried a different stem/handlebar combination. Bars are higher. And I'm kinda feeling' the red on those bars. Now I'm leaning toward painting fork, stem, and and handlebars red. Also going to add a front caliper brake, for those times when stopping is not just a good idea, but necessary.
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    New acquisition: Sun Retro 24-inch

    You're right. The purple handle bars got me thinking about all those cool, purple hot rods out there. I believe that I built an AMT 1949 Mercury plastic model kit and painted it purple over half a century ago. I'm going to see if Krylon makes a satin purple rattle can. I like the satin finish...
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    New acquisition: Sun Retro 24-inch

    Update: Rummaging through the parts department turned out well. Found a 26" fork, front wheel, and tire. Just had to chop 5/8" off the steering tube. Also came up with stem and handlebars off a kiddie bike and a longer seat post. I kinda like the 26" wheel; makes the bike look a bit longer and...
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    New acquisition: Sun Retro 24-inch

    How to proceed? Generally thinking of leaving it semi-crusty. Switch front wheel to 26-inch? Switch to BMX-style stem and handlebars? Need to get saddle higher -- maybe a layback seat post? Decisions, decisions...