Behind the Eight Ball (Name Change)

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Well once again I am going to throw my hat in the ring, maybe I will finish for once.
The frame is a black Schwinn, year unknown, found by the railroad tracks with only a bent fork.
Since then, it has been a fixed gear cruiser;
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A 6 speed XtraCycle cargo bike;
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A homemade fixed gear cargo bike, yes that is a ironing board;
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And the latest incarnation was a Klunker using the parts off a coworker's mountain bike;
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I want to bring the bike back to it's urban warrior, fixed gear roots.
I would also like a front disc brake, because I like torturing myself.
I was planing on using a disc brake wheel I have until I realized that it uses a four bolt brake disc, crap! :x
Plan B, use the front mag wheel from my Xtracycle. I want the strength in the rear of the cargo bike, the front can be used here, and it takes 6 bolt disc brakes! :p
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Looks interesting, but the wheel won't turn.... :x
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OK, interference with the bolt heads, I can find a new fork in my stash.
Otherwise, 48/16 ratio, high pressure armored street tires, this looks like it will roll through walls!
Just what I like.
 
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New fork, 9 inch disc brake! :shock:
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Now I just need to figure out how to make that brake work.......
 
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Look at what came in the mail Tuesday!
Did a quick lunch run home to see how it looks.
On the stand;
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and on the ground.
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Maybe US Choppers should sponsor this build....
 
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Great to see a bike go through so many incarnations. Digging the parts setup.
 
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nice fixie! :D like the wheel setup.
 
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They said it couldn't be done!
They said it shouldn't be done!
I'll show them, I'll show them all, Bwah Ha Ha!!!

Ahem, excuse me.
My attempt to use a 1 1/8th inch steer tube suspension fork in a cruiser frame meant for a 1 inch steer tube fork.
Drive side;
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Brake side;
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3/4 view;
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After all that work, I need to see if I want to keep it.
Looks good though...
 
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Thanks.
I have seen them on ebay from Taiwan as well.
They weren't originally orange, but red. By the time I got them, they had faded to orange.
 
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moleman said:
New fork, 9 inch disc brake! :shock:
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Now I just need to figure out how to make that brake work.......

Oh My...

Where in the world did you find a 9" brake disc? That thing looks massive on there. The largest brake discs that I have been able to find are 203mm (8") and with a 70lb wheel on my bike I need the largest diameter possible.

But in other news. Your bike looks really cool so far, I can't wait to see how it turns out when it's done.
 
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Where in the world did you find a 9" brake disc? That thing looks massive on there. The largest brake discs that I have been able to find are 203mm (8") and with a 70lb wheel on my bike I need the largest diameter possible.

I found it on EEEEEEEE-BAAAAYYYY!!

Ahem, it's a Hayes disc brake, and it came with an adapter to extend an eight inch caliper mount juuuusst a little bit farther.
I was the only bidder, and it looks like I will have to fab up a custom brake mount so I can use it.
Like I said, I like torturing myself...sigh.
 
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deorman said:
bighit said:
...it does look cool on your bike.

Hey, that's a benefit! :mrgreen:

Lol!

I guess I'll just have to continue to keep an eye out on eBay because that is where I have been looking anyway.

Oh and maybe for a normal (relatively speaking of course) bike it wouldn't make much of a difference but I'm sure for my bike there would still be noticeable between an 8 and 9 inch discs though.
 
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Sorry about the wait, can't work on bikes all the time, unfortunately.
Well I test rode the suspension fork, and it made a fine bike awful. Oh well, back to the drawing board.
I don't have the fab chops, or time, that others have, but I do have friends that do!
The guys at Shorty Fatz (http://shortyfatz.com/) welded up a disc brake tab on the old fork.
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After dinner I slapped it all together, sorry for the low light cell phone pics.
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I like it!
I can do stoppies and skid the front wheel easy!
Hmmm, what details next?
 
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Rode the tank to work. Aside from some tuning, no problems. I think I need a lower gear, and I think this bike is asking to do power slides, so a coaster brake may be in order.
Anyway, I took some better cell phone pics.
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Brake side;
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