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I started taking this apart and painting it a week after joining, before being told that build-offs had dates, so I stopped. Heres the original paused post.
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here she is undressed with a little makeup.
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Are those solid tires? How well do they work?
Yes, well enough for me to never consider going back to that tube nonsense. I tried riding tubes again for a day and realized my ride suffers dramatically as I slow down for every questionable pothole then push harder than I needed to resume momentum. No fear translates to faster with less work. My own tests tell me that they rarely slip, slide or skid, even when wet or taking track-style angular turns across freshly painted crosswalks. In that particular test I slid once, for a nanosecond, then they self correct with such force I was thrown upright. On the down side, less shock absorption means I'm prone to breaking parts others probably don't like steerers, stems and frames. But it should be noted that I put way too much stress on bikes that weren't meant to see this much action. (I'm in complete denial that I am not riding a MTB or BMX). And of course I shed my tool bag. This is the only tool I ever need on the road.
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So these tires basically translate to freedom, for me.
 
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Yes, well enough for me to never consider going back to that tube nonsense. I tried riding tubes again for a day and realized my ride suffers dramatically as I slow down for every questionable pothole then push harder than I needed to resume momentum. No fear translates to faster with less work. My own tests tell me that they rarely slip, slide or skid, even when wet or taking track-style angular turns across freshly painted crosswalks. In that particular test I slid once, for a nanosecond, then they self correct with such force I was thrown upright. On the down side, less shock absorption means I'm prone to breaking parts others probably don't like steerers, stems and frames.
Good to know! We have such bad prickles and thorns around here that the only bikes I can build have auto/moto tires and wheels...
 
The tires remind me of hubba bubba gum. :D
 

That's a lot of work

I remember putting on solid tires on rims when I was helping out in a wheelchair workshop.
There was usually a lot of sweating and swearing involved... :showingbiceps:

I really like the colour concept!
 
Got around to using some assorted auto sandpaper I bought. May need a buffing bit to get into the crevices. Not done with this piece yet but happy with early results. Had no idea these factory pieces could be so shiny. I'm gonna buff everything with bare metal so get your shine on! (where your rust ain't)

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I was just whining about not having found a nicer frame and rode by this beaut posing alone at a bus stop one day into the build.
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After ringing some bells I rode them both home dragging the hard, flat tires half a mile. Great fortune, terrible timing. Still, I'm excited to finally have a piece with rusty fenders and accoutrements in green, a color I'd been hunting. Don't know about thin tires on this one. May be for show.View attachment 230250
Heron, heron..View attachment 230251
..and more heron
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Funky Brooks seat spring
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And of course a three speed SA from 1974. The prospect of disassembling the hub is daunting, for me, but I'm gonna do my best to try because I'd like to keep the rusty wheels. Came with an original bag under the seat but the strap disintegrated when I tried to unbuckle it. I'm psyched. I may build this to compliment The Clash without entering it. We'll see how far my budget takes me.
If you build a new bike with it you will have to start it in the builds section keep bikes separate or you can switch frame. One bike one build
 
Progress Report: Citrus stripper is garbage, but the place don't stink. Recycling rims.
Before..
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Not quite after. Unbuffed as yet.View attachment 230492
None of the paint or powder coat stripper products in the US work anymore. All the powerful chemicals have been banned. I used to buy aircraft stripper and it didn’t matter what was on there…. It would wrinkle up and fall off in 10 minutes or less. There’s still a product out there called aircraft stripper, but it aint the same as it used to be.
 
Tired of sanding I turned to easier pursuits today. Finding gold parts is hard enough and they're usually weak but finding a seat post or stem less than 22.2 in gold is not possible. I found this stretch of tube from a stand-up light in 19mm. Turned out to be pretty good quality. I figured the darker brass tube might offset the very yellow-gold spring. Snipped the ends off the spring so as to fit over the tube but couldn't get it deep enough into the bolt cutters and chipped my teeth...
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But I've got a good spring this time! Still might need a shim of some sort because its got a lot of room.
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I'm psyched about the color.
 
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