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  1. Bicycle808

    Vintage Hawthorne Rat Rod Klunker

    Brooks is optional, but the one it´s got on there now has got to go!
  2. Bicycle808

    Vintage Hawthorne Rat Rod Klunker

    Welcome to RRB, @Sirrey ! Your bike is rad. Well, yeah.... that, plus some knobbies, and a trail-ready gear ratio, sure. :grin:
  3. Bicycle808

    Nishiki banana seat 3 speed

    Nishiki was just a brand name for imported bikes distributed by West Coast Cycle in the US. Most of the early bikes were made by Kawamura, and later bikes were made by Giant-- but other firms provided bikes for WCC as well. If yours has a ¨Made in Japan¨ sticker on it and the first letter in...
  4. Bicycle808

    Saddle suggestion?

    AFAIK, Gyes makes the saddles for Cardiff and Velo-Orange. I agree, the leather is harder than Brooks, and it definitely has the weird fabric-ky stuff on the underside. I guess the pros are, it´s more weatherproof than Brooks and they don´t have the same break-in period. The cons are, they...
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    Saddle suggestion?

    Get a Brooks; pick your flavor. Knock-offs by Gyes are half-decent, too. This might be a good time to ask yourself, ¨do i really need springs?¨ B/c, for me personally, I much prefer the unsprung saddles. Where do y´all get Lepper saddles from? Every time i see them offered online, they´re...
  6. Bicycle808

    Help with Tire Choices.............. Klunker Style

    Dang, the Kenda Smoke/Dart knockoffs really came up in price. I´m pretty sure i got mine for less thn $15/each a few years back. Like, $12 and some chance... Good tires but, like so many tires these days, they come in noticeably narrower than the 2.1¨ on the label....
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    Help with Tire Choices.............. Klunker Style

    Kenda makes $12/each knock offs of the Smoke/Dart combo. Same year pattern, budget casing. Seen smaller than I remember the originals. .Pana was offering them again a few years back (not sure if they still do), but they were pretty dang pricey, as I recall... But that was definitely a classic...
  8. Bicycle808

    Fabricating girder forks - help sourcing tapered tube?

    Easiest move would be to look at round tapered fork blades. Chain and seat stays might work, but they will tend to be smaller diameter and thinner walled than fork blades. I think stronger is better for bike forks whatever the design is, and for a new welder, thicker walls will be more...
  9. Bicycle808

    SOLD 1984 LW Star Cruiser 26" BMX Strandie Klunker [[ PARTING OUT ]]

    If´n you´re parting it, I´d be interested in forks/stem/bars/crank/front sprocket.....
  10. Bicycle808

    Anyone interested in custom S&M Cruiser Bars?

    I sent Arnold an email, saying i´d be into buying chromed SAC bars... and also mentioned that if they did a run in gloss or matte black, i´d buy one of those, too.. Just puttin´ that out there...
  11. Bicycle808

    Anyone interested in custom S&M Cruiser Bars?

    Yeah, but there´s 2 different S&M ¨Husky¨ Bars... Of course, i just hunted down the thread with your blue Schwinn, and it seems like you got the 4 speed bar on that bike.... but, looking again, is it possible that they´re just the Husky High MX bar without the crossbar? It just seems...
  12. Bicycle808

    Anyone interested in custom S&M Cruiser Bars?

    I´d be down for those, in chrome, for $60.... They look to be their ¨Husky 4 Speed MX¨ bar, without the crossbar?
  13. Bicycle808

    Best gearing for 26" single speed

    The lower gears give better breaking, particularly of it is achieved with a big rear sprocket, as opposed to a small front. Better leverage. I built a 700c wheel for a Schwinn Super Sport with like a 15t rear sprocket... Breaking is underwhelming. I might swap it out for a bigger one, but I...
  14. Bicycle808

    Multi speed hub for worksman wheel?

    Here´s a screenshot of the Worksman pricelist; I´ve highlighted the relevant part number for easy reference.
  15. Bicycle808

    Multi speed hub for worksman wheel?

    Item # 401 on the Worksman pricelist is just a Nexus hub with the drilling big enough to accommodate 11g/.120¨ spokes. Typically, Nexus 3 hubs ship with everything except for the shifter and the bell crank; with Worksman, though, things might get weird on ya, so you might want to call and make...
  16. Bicycle808

    Multi speed hub for worksman wheel?

    Only on RRB do we look on running a singlespeed as ¨wussing out!¨ :D
  17. Bicycle808

    Multi speed hub for worksman wheel?

    https://www.worksmancycles.com/media/pricelists2012/2013%20Factory%20Direct%20parts%20price%20list.PDF Item number 401. You´re quite welcome. :grin:
  18. Bicycle808

    Best gearing for 26" single speed

    Yeah, sure, different strokes fit different folks but I ride with some old timers and I don't think any of'm are pushing lot than 58" on the street. I know some tried roadies who take on the scenery on the big ring, pushing gears closer to 100" one more. Of course, there are factors other than...