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  1. Xavier

    Single Speed Road Bikes

    I did. I just got tired of the brass strips I was using for reflector brackets. The Armstrong needed something more.
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    Single Speed Road Bikes

    Yes, the reflector bracket is an old silver spoon. I liked the contrast between the rough bike and the refined spoon. The cork grips are marginally more comfortable than the Hunt-Wilde rubber type grips. They are nothing to brag about, just a different style. For comfort I would go with leather...
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    Single Speed Road Bikes

    It's a cottered crank off a Rudge three speed. The hand represents the red hand of the Irish Gaels of Ulster.
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    Single Speed Road Bikes

    Here are some of the little touches that we all enjoy................
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    Single Speed Road Bikes

    The Road Bike has quite a few advantages. It's light, and the narrow tires roll very easily. The riding position can be aggressive with drop bars, or upright with North road type bars. A Road Bike's problem is it's complicated. I can see the allure of a fixie's simplicity, but frankly, my...
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    Brian's bike

    Very Cool!
  7. Xavier

    Raleigh Grand Prix Single Speed

    It's 63 cm. Fits me like a glove. I like the tall narrow profile of it.....Makes it look a lot more vintage than it really is. I thought about flipping the handlebars, but it's nice to ride upright too. Here's a rear view.
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    Raleigh Grand Prix Single Speed

    This Raleigh Single Speed evolved from a Grand Prix raod bike. While not a rat per se, it began with only a frame and front fork. I found a 27 inch Raleigh high flange front rim on ebay, and I purchased another 27 inch low flange front rim. Then I laced a new Strumey-Archer coaster brake into...
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    1961 columbia firebolt

    I was hoping this thread would reappear! I recently finished off a Columbia Firebolt frame I found.
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    I just swapped out parts between the new and old seat until it clamped tight. The post has a cinch nut that clamps the two sides of the frame together right behind the seat tube. Tires are some old Chen Sings that came on another bike.
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    Sometimes you never know where a project might lead you. This old Elgin frame started out on a journey to become a Boardtracker. With the playful addition of a skirted rear fender draping the rear wheel like a cape, and two mountain bike handlebar extensions placed on the old handlebars like...
  12. Xavier

    Riding with a dog Here's a blog piece I wrote on training your dog to ride a bike. She's grown up now......
  13. Xavier

    Old Elgin

    I put some wheels and a chainwheel on this old Elgin today. I'm not sure which direction it will take me.........But it rides OK.
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    Hmmmmmmm It does look familiar!
  15. Xavier

    how many bikes do you have?

    Mine: Raleigh Passage Lucky 13 JC Higgins Colorflow Raleigh PUB Her's: Electra Townie 3s Blue Cruiser Little Bit's: Raleigh MTB Diamond frame Rat bike Bone pile: Elgin straight bar being built
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    Wow! Just WOW!
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    Riding with a dog

    Ilsa is a black German Shepherd. Her's another pic.......
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    Mountain Rat!

    Sharp as a razor!
  19. Xavier

    Riding with a dog

    I was going to add this to the photo contest, but I see it's closed......The bike is Lucky 13, the dog is Ilsa.
  20. Xavier

    military bike of a red kind

    That came out nice! I used the same frame on Lucky 13. It's hard to go wrong when your frame is that cool to start with!