Ze (impostor)no inspiration bike...No more a rider!!!!

Feb 10, 2012
329
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Geneva/Switzerland.
When i started building bikes 3 years ago i started buying chinese cruisers because they were cheap and that is all i can find here.

Started disassembly that one last year with the idea of making it look like an old american bike on a budget.



Since then i totally fell in love with old american bikes and after buying my first real piece of american bike history i lost interest in those chineses ones.

So after disassembly i started working on the frame, put it in primer and never touched it again.

I understand this can disqualify me and i accept it.
Build off is a good plea to finish it. At first i intended to build a stingray but i'm still hunting for parts....

So here is what i have today




And what have already been done to it.


Changed for this



Rear dropouts and all holes filled



All tig welds were molded



Then put the worst springer i have ever bought!!!!
The picture doesn't show it well but there is no castor angle at all. Had to use it without the spring or bent it more...





So i had to bent it a little more and rounded everything



A lot better!! Have to shorten truss rods so i decided to shorten also the fork



Today I started sanding primer....
 
Jan 2, 2012
3,171
4,111
Mykonos,GREECE
Re: Ze impostor...

Americans are so lucky with there bicycles.In Greece they have some cruisers velamos or eska, but they ask crazy $$$$.And they look like cheap chinese made. I have shipped 2 from the states already for half the price...
So I get where you are coming from... :wink:
Another european in the build...Good luck...
 
Jan 2, 2012
3,171
4,111
Mykonos,GREECE
Re: Ze impostor...

LukeTheJoker said:
Completely understand the bike issue, same here for me, wanted a muscle bike, had to build it myself...

Luke.
We had muscle bikes in Oz, I remember them growing up...But I think they were expensive,not for us poor folk... :lol:
We use to take ole ones jam extra forks on the end to turn them into choppers...
 
Feb 10, 2012
329
178
Geneva/Switzerland.
Re: Ze impostor...

I was learning... Again and again. Antique american bike history is as rich and interesting as kustoms and hot rod history!! At the moment i am living and sleeping early stingrays... And again learning.
It's hard to find motivation to do this one but i will try to make it a little less ugly than it was.
Hope it will go after to make room for my next project.
 
Feb 10, 2012
329
178
Geneva/Switzerland.
Re: Ze impostor...

A little work done...

Don't have much time at the moment and not having a lot of inspiration doesn't help to find spare time...
Intended at first to paint it maroon and ivory to mimic vintage schwinns...but piece of .... it is, piece of .... it will ever be!!! :D

So changed my mind at the last moment and made this color. A brownish orange with gold effect...and i like it!! Normally a basecoat / clearcoat paint but i'have modified it to be a 2k paint. Didn't wanted the sparking effect of the clearcoat but a little less sparkle.

Started to sand rims and mask spokes...what a ...... work...masking spokes :shock: !!!





 
Feb 10, 2012
329
178
Geneva/Switzerland.
Re: Ze impostor...

Thanks guys.

Nothing outstanding, just a lazy build... :lol:

Bfelt: bike brand is Merida, one piece crank. I will use the chainwheel, this is a budget build with some spare parts found in my pile of chinese sh*t. :D



Wheels are painted, rear tire mounted, just have to fix that broken nexus7. :?

 
Feb 10, 2012
329
178
Geneva/Switzerland.
Re: Ze impostor...

Nexus has been fixed...well i hope so!!!




Black anodized chainwheel has been polished and it took hours...it's not perfect but looks good to me.







Some close up pics...just for my pleasure :D





and I have to find ideas to make the chainguard look better




Here is what it looks today.
Don't know yet which handlebar and stem style will look better, also have to find where to mount a shifter and how to make it work.



I'm open to all ideas if you have some.

Thank you.
 
Feb 10, 2012
329
178
Geneva/Switzerland.
Re: Ze impostor needs a new name...and some ideas!!

No progress but took time to rebuild the first bike i have built three years ago.
Sold it to a friend and he wanted it to be insprired by his car.

So this is what it looked like before...




And after...with his car. Bike is painted the same color and handlebar is the color of the steering Wheel. Frame has been changed for one with bigger tubes.





Still a chinese p.o.s. but i like it.

Have to find cool lights to finish it.


Now back to work on mine...definitively no inspiration on this one :|
 

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