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What's black and blue and has a five foot wheelbase?
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Thinks I can bring this guy back with sanding and polish. Appears to have been sitting next to a boiler.
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No ordinary chain will do for me.
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Tried 100 grit sandpaper and plastic polish for a looksee. The blue is gone, however, it appears I can achieve a nice black and blue blend.
100% alcohol and mineral spirits removed paint and dirt. Acetone caused an immediate harsh reaction. Don't use on soft molded seats. Up to 2000+ grit and polish by hand should be shiny and smooth again. Keeping an eye out for seat conchos.
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Theme related tunes to wakes me up.
 
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Getting the ride stable is crucial. I believe a coaster brake is a better solution for stopping than levers.
The bike is in C2 because I can't add or make another change to C1. This project is very important to me and worthy enough to be in a build off.
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That stance looks absolutely sick! Love the colour.
I have seen a "square" fork crown before on this buildoff, I think on a picture of @Reallybigtim . It looks industrial and tough to me.

Oh by the way: a lot of crumple zone for a crash :grin:
 
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That stance looks absolutely sick! Love the colour.
I have seen a "square" fork crown before on this buildoff, I think on a picture of @Reallybigtim . It looks industrial and tough to me.

Oh by the way: a lot of crumple zone for a crash :grin:
That is a cool build! That frame and fork go together very well. Yes, I have a set of those California Chopper forks from the early 70's, but the set I have (I believe) are a set of prototypes (46" long) that were never put into production (and never chromed either). They seem to only fit a 26" bike and give a very radical stance because the steering tube and fork tubes are parallel to each other. To my surprise, they do provide an optimal 3" trail length and ride/handle amazingly well. They bounce like a springer but keep the front tire in line when turning (they don't twist). This was a very easy bike to ride once you got the hang of it.

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I am invited to a local rideout end of August to play with other fancy cycles. . . there's BBQ after.

Rather than a complicated masking job, I'm content with scuffing the original single-stage paint and go for a black fade. I added fuchsia as a 3rd color which works with black and blue in the form of thin stripes.
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I worked out the simplest polymer panels I could deal with that can be formed by heat. They start as two simple triangles. Fender wise I'm at a loss. Chrome is out for sure.

The sprocket is a simple affair. Ten speed guard bolted to a small Schwinn mag with stainless hardware.
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The bars are extended 37'' wide.
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Black plastic pedals which are most forgiving during pedal strikes which I will endure.
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The rear wheel will have to be changed for lighter weight to spool up quicker on acceleration. I have two other tires models to play with. Rim width is the same. The front tire and rim are final.
I checked the 3 speed coaster hub internals. Everything looks good, ready to install.
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I would prefer a thumb shifter because it's safer and I like the appearance of cabling. I Appreciate tidy cable work on anything. Found a 3/16'' X2'' X12'' aluminum flat bar I can cut a lever out of with a kick that bolts to a Click-Stick.
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I made this rear light assembly for another bike to fit the same seat model.
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Although, I do like the directional arrows from this common style lamp. I could do without the thin chrome. I just want the arrows.
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Thank you @Kevin B, @Captain Awesome, @Dr. Tankenstein, @Shrunken_Head_Pedaler, @MattiThundrrr, @BartRidesEternal, @Karate Chicken Industries, @JA331, @Reallybigtim and anyone else I missed for taking interest.



''My only sin is in my skin
What did I do to be so black and blue
?'' From the song Black and Blue always gets to me.
 
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I am invited to a local rideout end of August to play with other fancy cycles. . . there's BBQ after.

Rather than a complicated masking job, I'm content with scuffing the original single-stage paint and go for a black fade. I added fuchsia as a 3rd color which works with black and blue in the form of thin stripes.
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I worked out the simplest polymer panels I could deal with that can be formed by heat. They start as two simple triangles. Fender wise I'm at a loss. Chrome is out for sure.

The sprocket is a simple affair. Ten speed guard bolted to a small Schwinn mag with stainless hardware.
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The bars are extended 37'' wide.
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Black plastic pedals which are most forgiving during pedal strikes which I will endure.
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The rear wheel will have to be changed for lighter weight to spool up quicker on acceleration. I have two other tires models to play with. Rim width is the same. The front tire and rim are final.
I checked the 3 speed coaster hub internals. Everything looks good, ready to install.
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I would prefer a thumb shifter because it's safer and I like the appearance of cabling. I Appreciate tidy cable work on anything. Found a 3/16'' X2'' X12'' aluminum flat bar I can cut a lever out of with a kick that bolts to a Click-Stick.
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I made this rear light assembly for another bike to fit the same seat model.
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Although, I do like the directional arrows from this common style lamp. I could do without the thin chrome. I just want the arrows.
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Thank you @Kevin B, @Captain Awesome, @Dr. Tankenstein, @Shrunken_Head_Pedaler, @MattiThundrrr, @BartRidesEternal, @Karate Chicken Industries, @JA331, @Reallybigtim and anyone else I missed for taking interest.



''My only sin is in my skin
What did I do to be so black and blue
?'' From the song Black and Blue always gets to me.
Too sick! Looks mean and fast just sitting there.
 

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I love this bike, that’s it.
I wanted full extreme. Gobs of negative trail, pedal scraping. Shifting requires taking a hand off the bar which is a danger. The fork is out of parameter. It's not supposed to be mounted on a frame with an excessive headtube angle. It's a spring, but not a true suspension. There's mad rebound delay. I can't express how much fun these kinds of bikes are to ride and work on for me.

I didn't put the grips on all the way setting the hold further apart. It feels even more awesome wider. The bars started at 32''. I can see the entire front wheel without any obstruction. It's in another zip code🤣 It happens to be quite comfortable because I'm in reclined position sitting just behind the rear axle. It's my sorta recumbent. A PhD could make a study of it and how it operates. I can even get the bike through and around tight corridors in buildings with the wide bars because the fork causes it to fold around corners, unlike stretched bikes.
I doubt it'll go very fast level. 1st gear is set for climbing. It's crank forward so no out of the saddle, I could, but it's weird. I'll fly it down a hill in a video tho.

The build was a spontaneous move. It was either now or perhaps not this year again. We have poor weather conditions in the northeast. Not a winter rider.

@Captain Awesome, if you are, so am I🎇
 

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Were does this wild build stand?
Tick Tock to the finish line!
 

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