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    What are you listening to?

    Because Amanda Palmer and Berthold Brecht and Kurt Weill are one heck of a combo: And also because Amanda Palmer knows some amazing people:
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    Airship

    I think #1 and #5 would be absolutely, almost ridiculously awesome...:inlove:
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    VW Bus Bike

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!:heart::inlove::heart::inlove::heart::heart::heart: (every dog within a ten-mile radius begins to bark) :20:
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    Who here has pin striped?

    I have never dared to pinstripe with my clumsy flippers-but idiots like me are who auto parts dealers make decals for... :angelic:
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    Donkey Bike

    I could have sworn that one of our Members here made one of these: https://ratrodbikes.com/forum/index.php?threads/balloon-donkey-bike.107679/ :inlove:
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    Vintage Adult 20" DeSoto Trike Lowrider

    If you want to stick to Jazz-why not Mood Indigo? :nerd:
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    Vintage Adult 20" DeSoto Trike Lowrider

    SQEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! :inlove:
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    I’m new, I’m new, I don’t know what to do.

    Calipers are about to be your very best friend johnsmith! :grin: You don't need a lot of fancy tools or knowledge to get started either! If you have a Friendly Local Bike Shop nearby, just carry the parts in question in the store and see what they recommend for tools and replacement parts-as...
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    Vintage Adult 20" DeSoto Trike Lowrider

    I would definitely go for the banana seat and stays-with a bent seat post to lean it back a few more inches- add padding to the back support stays and you would be in an almost semi-recumbent position, lower but with leg room...and without welding or any body mods on your first build! Stick...
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    less and less

    Re: NC bike laws- As far as I can determine, NC DOT regs on electric bikes are the same as the federal ones (20 MPH un-pedaled max speed, 750 watt maximum), but if the small towns on the island pass local ordinances it won't matter. NC DOT regs on gas-powered(50cc and under) bikes are...
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    What are you listening to?

    Been on a huge Nightwish kick for a while now: And lately i've been listening to a lady named Mary Spender-accomplished fingerpicker and voice like a warm cotton blanket:
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    What have you been riding lately?

    A Mid 1970's Musashi with a sticker reading 'Shabondama'...whatever the heck that means. :21: It's a Japanese commuter that was purchased in Oahu by a serviceman and has seen more countries than I ever will. The seller refused more than $10 for it, just told me to 'enjoy it while I can still...
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    less and less

    I can only speak for myself of course: I have never been a huge builder of bikes-I don't have the funds for even this relatively inexpensive hobby. The only Build-off I have ever participated in was due to the charity of a local Bike shop who let me raid his dumpster. I do fix up the ones my...
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    The Simplicity of it All

    Good point. The single speed bicycle is probably the best, simplest and most energy efficient vehicle invented to date, a perfect compromise between carbon-fiber electric assist Uberbike and the Draisine... Unfortunately I have to have to add two minor complexities to make it perfect for me-a...
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    Rusted chain salvage.

    I just scrub off loose rust with a wire brush and then let them soak in a combination of used motor oil and old transmission fluid-they come out supple and smooth, with a plum-colored patina. I live near the coast-NO chain stays shiny here, so I just want them working...
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    RatRodRower

    What a wonderful machine for Winter! Is there a place that you can wet-sand, stain and clear-coat the wooden portions? After all that work, it wouldn't do to not put the artist's finishing touch on it...
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    The true value of this hobby...

    Well, I have very limited funds for any hobby, and I recycle a lot of that into my hand-made guitars, ukuleles and mandolins-it pays for itself and makes a small but noticeable profit, so i'm happy. I don't get that with bikes, not in the Newport NC area-either everybody goes to Wallyworld...
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    1960's Öglaend Strada

    I love the look-but maybe round them off just a little, or at least recess them as far away from your ankles as possible? I might be a bit paranoid, but I can just envision stuck pants cuffs and ankle scrapes...
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    Guitar Players: Show us yours!

    Your Electronics skills must be light years ahead of mine (I just mastered the "tape the Contact Mike in Place method" last year) :grin: But I can't wait to see the finished product! -and since you are "no purist" have you considered grabbing a wood chisel, some tone wood and a neck shim and...
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    Guitar Players: Show us yours!

    The Warclub Uke-made from a re-carved and expanded Tennis racket (steamed laminated ash) Doorskin (mahogany Laminate) soundboard and Cigar Box (cedar) back, Laminated oak/poplar headstock via Mortise-and-tenon, Aquila strings, a modified Banjo bridge and Zither pegs. Louder and richer tone than...
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