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I'm testing a theory. The theory is if I start a thread here in the B.O., I might actually fix up the bmx bike I bought last night.

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Having difficulty deciding ‘tween new black knobbies or tan sidewalls. It had tan when new.


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Tear down tonight.

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I’m unemployed so I have to do this as inexpensively as possible. So I’m going to trim the one pedal to look like other.

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The rear wheel is the real problem. It was probably run over. It’s potato chipped. I disassembled it. Did my best to make rim flat (it’s not). So now I have to decide wether to re-lace it, or replace it.

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That’s it for now.


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Ya Matti, a friend says he has a wheel that I gave him years ago. The hoop might be useable. And he knows how to build wheels. Win win. Perhaps. Meantime I’ll work on rest of bike.


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How’s everybody? Well, I hope.

I stole away to the garage for a half hour tonight.

Polished less than perfect FEMCO rear rim. Pitted but super shiny.

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In an attempt to save some patina I taped off factory decals and touched up black paint.

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I painted the bars flat black

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Found some parts I might use. NOS Sugino crank, and an s-bend seatpost with crappy chrome.

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Gum wall 20x1.75 tires on order at LBS.

That’s it for now. Having fun.


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Couldn’t use Sugino crank. Harumpf. The threads are different. I’ve never encountered a one piece crank with different threads. I thought they were standard. These are courser. After about six threads it was off by a half.

Anyway, repacked the original crank, removed most of the rust from the chain, polished front wheel and serviced hub.

That’s it for tonight. Sorry no pictures. Boring.

Next time I’ll either assemble front end or service Suntour rear hub.


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Serviced coaster hub. Began re-lacing hoop. I’ve never built a wheel.

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If I get it assembled correctly, I’ll have a bud true it. I don’t have a truing stand.


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Little more assembly while waiting for parts to be delivered. Seat, pedals grips.

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I had a rear wheel and tires on order for this. Looks like both eBay sellers are deadbeats :-{

luckily eBay protects buyers, and I got refunded. So now I'm going to try salvaging rear wheel again, and source tires somewhere else.
 
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I had a rear wheel and tires on order for this. Looks like both eBay sellers are deadbeats :-{

luckily eBay protects buyers, and I got refunded. So now I'm going to try salvaging rear wheel again, and source tires somewhere else.
I'm seeing if a parts guy I know on the FB muscle bike groups is a member of RRB. If so, I'll link him here. I think he does a lot of BMX as well.
 
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my wheel-building master friend fixed my rear wheel today. It's not perfect, but it's rideable. Now I'm just waiting on tires and I can post final pictures.
 

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