A 3-Star Delusion

Discussion in 'BUILD OFF 8 FINISHED TRADITIONAL BIKES' started by expjawa, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. expjawa

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    Well, I'm calling this one done. I suppose that there are a few very minor things that I want to do yet, but nothing that impacts what it looks like in pictures. Here are some starter photos, taken with my phone. I'll take some much better ones on the weekend, but I want to get the ball rolling while I still can...

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    Full build thread: http://www.ratrodbikes.com/forum/viewto ... &sk=t&sd=a
     
  2. yoothgeye

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    That bike is HOT!
     
  3. expjawa

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    Thanks! Here are the basics, which it didn't occur to me to put in the lead post.
    Basic frame/bike: Columbia 3-Star Deluxe
    Tank & Chain Guard: stock
    Fork: Schwinn flat blade balloon tire
    Headset: Murray Meteorflite
    Truss rods: Murray Meteorflite
    Sprocket: Schwinn Stingray 46T
    Wheels: 3G 57mm; 26" front, 24" rear
    Tires: Felt Circuit Racer 26x2.125 (front), Felt Berm Master 24x3 (rear)
    Drive: Single speed, 22T
    Brakes: Coaster
    Handlebars: Nashbar mustache
    Grips: Newbaum cotton tape, burgundy (amber shellac), '72 Raleigh end plugs
    Stem: Origin8 polished 1" threaded, 25.4mm clamp
    Saddle: Mesinger springer
    Accessories: Stewart-Warner reverse sweep speedometer, Crane brass clock bell
    Lighting: Stewart Spotlight model 139-C, adapted for 1156 LED, Big Beam 164 rear beacon w/ LED
    Skirt Guards: JC Higgins
    Other Bodywork: custom by Jawa
    Windscreen: custom by Jawa
     
  4. kingfish254

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    Congrats! One of my faves this year.
     
  5. pkh1974

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    Cool bike. The red rims look great. Nice fat tires too!
     
  6. expjawa

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    Thanks guys! Those fat, low pressure tires certainly give a cushy ride - I kept looking back to see if the rear had gone flat! The Berm Master tread pattern is also pretty loud, like an off-road truck tire. Between that and the speedo whir, I doubt I really need the bell...
     
  7. Funkme

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    Wonderful bike,love the whole concept...
     
  8. expjawa

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    Thanks!

    I brought the bike with me to work today, here are a couple shots sitting in the machine shop:
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    I took these literally as I was just walking by. I'll see if I can get better ones later on.
     
  9. tanksalot

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    I really like the back fin set up very cool .. :D
     
  10. texasbigjon

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    very creative build! 8) love the wheel/tire combo.
     
  11. expjawa

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    Thanks guys. A lot of folks comment on the big tires or the fin/light. I brought the bike (and my '38 Colson) out to a local cruise night yesterday. The bikes drew a fair amount of attention, relatively speaking.

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  12. MazdaFlyer

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    Good looking bike. Seems like it was holding it's own with big boys at your cruise night. Nicely done!
     
  13. expjawa

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    Thanks. There were certainly a lot of people looking at it all evening and taking pictures. Well, maybe they were more interested in the Colson, I don't know. When I rode it out at dusk and flipped on the lights, people seemed surprised that they worked. I heard "hey, look at that" in the crowd nearby...
     

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