The Bishop - (Felt Surf City to Cafe Racer)

Discussion in 'BUILD OFF 7 FINISHED BIKES' started by justride, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. justride

    justride

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    Well, this was a lot more work than I thought it was going to be when I started, but it was a lot of fun, and I learned so much by watching what others were doing. I'm looking forward to this next year, for sure.

    The Bishop starte life as a Felt Surf City that I picked up on sale a few years back. Being from Norcal, and living an hour and change from Santa Cruz, it was awkward to have a bike that celebrated Huntington Beach as "Surf City", so stripping this badboy down was an easy decision. But, when you have a big aluminum tank, like this frame does, the only thought I had was "Cafe Racer".

    Sourcing parts was a pain at times, because I started late, but eventually they all came in and The Bishop came together.

    Without further adieu, here she is.

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    Polishing the tank was a bear - lots of sanding, buffing and patience. On any given evening, I could be found out in the garage or in the back yard, polishing The Bishop. One Saturday, I spent so much time polishing The Bishop that I could barely hold a golf club the next day. I used an electric drill with a series of buffing pads and buffing compounds to get the right look.

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    The headlight and tail light have both gone through the LED retrofit process. The headlight is a cheap plastic part that I found on eBay, but it worked out perfectly with the side mounts. The triple tree forks were chrome and polished aluminum, but I wanted some black to contrast up there, so I painted the crowns a flat black to match the frame. The tires are the 24x3 Thick Bricks, mounted to some cheap Weinmann rims.

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    I took the idea for the double stems from Bean and his epic Bareknuckle Brawler - its a perfect Cafe Racer look. The speedo is functional, and completes the look of the cockpit.

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    This is a Cafe Racer bike, so the banana seat was a must. I made the sissy bars out of some steel tubing and some springs I got at the hardware store. I stiffened them up with a brace, that is also serving as a mount for my rear light. I re-laced the 24" rim to a Nexus hub, and threw a Shifty ....... on the chain stay.


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    I have took her to the Shiny Side Up show in San Jose, and she got a lot of looks there - surprisingly, not a lot of cafe racer style bikes at the show, and none with a polished tank.

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    I also took her out on a little barcycle ride to a local tap room that was pouring my friend's beer (Altamont Beer Works), and lots of people were talking about it in the parking lot. The cup holder is a must for any barcycling ride.

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    This was a lot of fun to build, and I am already plotting and scheming about a bike to enter next year. In the mean time, I will have a lot of good times with The Bishop, I know that.

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  2. Skipton

    Skipton Come out and ride with The Chicago TailDraggers!

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    One BAD looking bike!

    GREAT JOB! :mrgreen:
     
  3. Funkme

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  4. dogdart

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    This definitely has the LOOK 8) should be a vote getter for sure
     
  5. justride

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    Thanks guys, she was a lot of fun to pull together. I almost re-laced those wheels with some black Felts that I picked up at a bike show, but figured she was as done as she was going to get, and I can always save those for next year... ;)
     
  6. raggedjim

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    Great looking bike, you gotta love hardware stores!

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  7. kingfish254

    kingfish254 CHECK OUT MY SALE THREAD FOR COOL STUFF! Pro Member

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    Fun build to follow!
    The polish work is insane!
    Wicked stance!!!
    BRAVO !!!!!!
    congRATs!
     
  8. MazdaFlyer

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    Nice bike all around, I like the way the Felts ride. Nice seat suspension also.
     
  9. leoblast1

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    Siiick bike! You did a good job flipping it to a cafe racer! What kind of banana seat is that??



     

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