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The ubiquitous glamour shot. Hopefully my city finally paid it's electric bill and has the park lights on tonight so I can get a good night pic
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Coming home from the bike ride, I just happened across a yard sale and very nearly passed it up because it looked like it was nothing but nick nacks and baby clothing. I'm so freaking glad I stopped. Tucked back in the corner of their garage was this Park Tools stand with a "Make offer" tag. Well, I hate to admit it, but I gave the guy an absolute spit ball offer, fully expecting him to slap me for the insult, but he didn't even hesitate when he said SOLD!
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And even more to my surprise, it even holds my fat ....... of a bike without flinching. There's very minimal wear on the stand, which I'm still gobsmacked that it's in my driveway
 
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So... I mocked up this fender on my 80mm rim and tire and it was tight, but I figured there was still enough room to fit with the 100mm rim. I was wrong. So I thought I'd I have to order a set of fat tire duck tail fenders, which I know are rare as hens teeth.
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Then I was looking around my yard and noticed this Schwinn Air Dyne I scored earlier has a fender on the fan shroud🤔
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I popped that bad boy off there, slapped it on the tire and hot dam, it almost fits perfectly.
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It's a titch too wide and a smidge smaller diameter than the wheel, but hopefully when I massage it to be a bit narrower, it'll stretch out and hug the tire better
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In case anyone else has a JC Higgins color flow, or just a Delta Superlite without glass and a bezel, a Rayovac LED camp flashlight will screw directly on without any modifications and hold super tight
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And the battery from that camp light tucks nicely into the tank, with enough room for a switch to be mounted in the hole on the tank
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Well, poop. Scratch the exerciser fender. I sent her a little too hard man and folded it in half. On the plus side, I went back and spent a little more time massaging on that black fender. Turned the mounting bolts around, deleted the part where it narrows for the chain stay, and got the feeler gauge out. Shock of all shockers, the tire now turns without rubbing the fender!
 
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Just snagged this ladies Rollfast with a Springer fork. I was able to get the stem out without any trouble, but the headset stuff is giving me fits. It's soaking in the sun with PB Blaster right now. Hopefully it'll loosen up, and I'm even more hopeful that my wide front wheel will fit in there🤞🤞
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The green doesn't match, but at least it is green
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If I can't get the headset loose, I'll just cut it off and weld a new steering tube in place. IF I can get it loose, and IF my wheel fits, AND IF the steer tube is too long, I'll just make a spacer to take up the slack.
 
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That springer is fantastic, I don't think I've seen one like that before, really like how the crown on the second fork mimics the triplane on the main one.
That springer is fantastic, I don't think I've seen one like that before, really like how the crown on the second fork mimics the triplane on the main one.
The fork was 90% of the reason I bought the bike. I've been (very slowly) working on a Springer fork collection to cover most types of spring forks. I'll likely never own a Huffy Dial-A-Ride or an original Girder fork because I won't spend much more than $50 on anything
 
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May I please see pictures of your springer collection?
I'm missing the knee action Schwinn Springer and I think one other one, but this is what I have on hand today.
Not sure of the name of this style
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JC Higgins beehive Springer
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Monark double spring
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Rat trap Springer. It's missing the strut, rockers, and some shoulder bolts. I will make this one usable soon
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Not sure of the name of this style either. It's very similar to the Columbia Springer (first green one)
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I even got ambitious one day and started designing my own, using nothing but parts on hand
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I don't know how, but I was able to turn almost every single nut and bolt on the Springer and take it apart.
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The one nut under the spring cap is still fighting me, but I WILL emerge victorious.

On the plus side, my fat rims will fit in the fork. The downside is, the tire won't. I'll try it with the Thickslicks I have and see if it won't just squeeze in there.
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Surprisingly, the fender still has plenty of clearance for this wheel/tire combo. I'll try to take off the horrible sparkly shamrock rattle can paint
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