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Checking off lots of little pieces today!

Upper fender mount/brake bridge.

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Lower fender mount and kickstand.

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Front drum brake arm support welded to the fork.

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Stretching the kickstand.

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She stands on her own!

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Electra spring has plenty of power to keep the extra weight stowed.

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Still plenty to do... I should actually start on the chainguard soon! Hopefully my super long brake cables will be here soon so I can get this thing stopping.


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Will there be a second chain to turn that huge chain ring?

I'm waiting on more chain to decide on chainline. The two options are double chains or running the chain in a triangle.


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The long awaited super long brake cables are here! Got to test out the stopping power of those 90mm drum brakes and experiment with cable routing.

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Confirmed my gear ratio calculations by manually putting the SA in 1st gear and taking it for a spin.

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Time to start building the shifter.

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Got a cool idea today and knew right where my parts were on the shelf.

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Broken LED trailer light trimmed down to round. Just need a mounting solution, battery, and a switch.

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9V battery should do the trick just fine!

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This makes me smile every single time I check in on the latest update. Great stuff!
 
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I've been a little distracted this week but that should end tomorrow when I get the cargo basket mounted on the mini cycletruck (16"/12") I'm making for my kids...

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The King Krate needed some chainline solutions so I cut up my very tired 2-1/4" BB hole saw and a 32t cassette cog.

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Double drive for the Sturmey Archer

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I should buy stock in KMC...

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Still need to play around with a link or 1/2 to get the chain tensions closer...

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Tomorrow I start on the shifter by cutting it out of the 1/4" aluminum plate.

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Full day in the shop tomorrow so check back to see what I get up to!


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Great progress.
You need a pic of the cycle truck under the krate. :D
 
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Busy day today! Finished the cycletruck.

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I spent the day working on the shifter. Started out with a stock looking mounting bracket.

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That all mounted up as planned.

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Next up was the actual lever. Laid it out on 1/4" aluminum. That pvc end cap will be important...

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Slotted and mounted up. I told you that pvc would be important!

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Tomorrow I'll get the cue ball mounted and run the shift cable.

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Fenders and chainguard are the last big pieces to fab up... we'll see how far I get this weekend.


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Today was more little things but the list is getting shorter! Started off with cable routing for the shifter. Wanted to run a bare cable like the old 3 speeds. I used cable guides instead of a pulley.

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Slotted the plastic cap for the cable to come through.

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Keeping all the bits for my stem lined up like they should be.

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Keeping it looking as much like a Schwinn as possible with a modern threadless stem with a classic curve.

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Made my shift knob mount today with a set screw holding the whole mess together on the back side.

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Getting really close now!!

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I love how well the shifter has turned out. Once again the scale and vibe are perfect.
 

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Im not a big muscle bike fan, but I'd own this.

I think you meant to say that you aren't a "little" muscle bike fan, because apparently you are a "big" muscle bike fan. :D
 
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Went out for a little Friday night fun with the St Paddys day crowds. Barely fits in the truck. Need to watch the overhead clearances too!

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Laid out the chainguard with 1.5" extra to fold over for the edge.

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Cutting the 36er rear fender down to the right size.

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Experimenting with fender braces. I need rod 4" longer...

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Rear fender just needs a brace!

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The remainder is perfect for the front.

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The king krate is insane, but I love the kid's cycle truck.

Thanks James! It was really fun to build and the kids like it too so that's a plus. Here's a loaded test ride video.




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Today's shop time while the kids were at school was dedicated to making the chainguard. Here's the blank shape with my profile lines laid out.

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Started by making myself a form for the step in the chainguard face.

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Here's how it sits with the top piece giving me an edge to line up with my line and also keep the top from warping.

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Straight portion went nice and smooth.

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Had to modify my tool to fit the curve when I got to the front of the guard.

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Folding down the straight portion.

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Notching the front for the bend.

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Welding everything up with my sheetmetal skills.

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Needs a few brackets but a big success today!

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Fills in the empty looking places in the bike very well! Can't wait to get paint and powdercoat done so I can add the decal!

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