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Simpleton - the straightforward straightbar! - Done!

Discussion in 'BUILD OFF 8 - TRADITIONAL BIKES' started by kingsting, May 6, 2013.

  1. kingsting

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    Re: Simpleton - the straightforward straightbar!

    Do it! The geometry of those old frames is so perfect it isn't funny! You feel unstoppable on one of these. Here's a picture of "Big Blue" for some inspiration. I built this one in the mid-90's to conquer the mud at the Hershey car shows. It worked so well that I've been riding this thing all over the place ever since.

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  2. kingsting

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    Re: Simpleton - the straightforward straightbar!

    I mounted the tires, got the 7 speed Nexus dialed in, and hooked up the front brake. Look! It's a bike!

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    Front brake and SR hub detail. These were great hubs that had 1/4" bearings in them. It's dated 1984 and since the overhaul, should last another 29 years...
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    The next step will be to ride it and see what does and doesn't work (and what breaks...) :roll:
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    I hate to say it but there may not be much more to this build. The bike rides awfully nice! I still have to do a pedal swap and I have another gold crank on order in case the current one doesn't work out.
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    They're never really done though and I still may add fenders or fancy lights or even do a complete paint job on it. But for now I'm just going to put some miles on it and see how things work out.

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  3. pacman270

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    Re: Simpleton - the straightforward straightbar!

    Bike looks great. I really like the crank and chain you used.
     
  4. kingfish254

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    Re: Simpleton - the straightforward straightbar!

    When it's done it's done and that bike looks done to me!!!!
    Please don't paint it. It looks perfect right now. Great bike and great parts!!
    BRAVO!!
     
  5. inshane64

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    Re: Simpleton - the straightforward straightbar!


    ^^^^ Take heed the words of the King.
     
  6. rat-a-tac

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    Re: Simpleton - the straightforward straightbar!

    good call on the clear pedals, they look awesome! great build, The paint on the trusses and forks looks really cool.
     
  7. carrotsnax

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    Re: Simpleton - the straightforward straightbar!

    Dang that's a beautiful frame!
     
  8. kingsting

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    Re: Simpleton - the straightforward straightbar!

    So I bought these hipster fixie cranks but I don't think I'll use them. The gold finish is a nice match but the Super Maxys are working out well. I may just set these aside until another project comes along.

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  9. Critter1

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    Re: Simpleton - the straightforward straightbar!

    Those are nice!
     
  10. kingfish254

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    Re: Simpleton - the straightforward straightbar!

    I think I would at least try those gold cranks on for a mockup.
     
  11. jats

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    Re: Simpleton - the straightforward straightbar!

    sweet bike! nice job King fish is right the paint is perfect!!

    Troy
     
  12. kingsting

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    The Shimano pedals are now overhauled and cleaned up. If you have fat fingers, polishing these things by hand isn't the best idea. It took forever! :wink:

    I liked the clear pedals a lot but these just look a little better with the bike. The clear ones will go on the shelf with the hipster fixie crank for now...

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  13. kingsting

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    Re: Simpleton - the straightforward straightbar!

    One of the nice things about doing an easy build and having a huge parts stash: While everyone else is slaving away on their projects, I've been riding mine! :mrgreen:

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  14. thebigorangecat

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    Re: Simpleton - the straightforward straightbar!

    That bike came together great, I'm thinking since you went a bit bmx/klunker you might hit it with a stem like this to match the cranks and seat post..........

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  15. kingsting

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    Re: Simpleton - the straightforward straightbar!

    Actually the original plan was to use a nice SR 4-bolt BMX stem but the bars are "bulged" for a single clamp gooseneck and were to fat to work with the stem.
     
  16. pkh1974

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    Looks great. I hope to build a klunker someday.
    Don't forget to post this in the finished section.
     
  17. The Renaissance Man

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    Re: Simpleton - the straightforward straightbar!

    Bragger! :mrgreen: Looks fun to ride.
     
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