Thanks Kingfish! You read my mind on the M for Murray idea!Great ideas going on with this one. Love the car trims (especially the upside down VW (which looks like an M for Murray))
Epic headlight mount!In preparation for a VW car show in Catoosa that happened on June 4th, I quickly tied my Shoestring together to show to a friend of mine who was going to be there. I hadn't been to a local VW show in at least 6 years that I can recall, and I hadn't been to this specific show before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I figured there might be about 50 cars there at most, given how few VWs I see at the local cruise-in here in Tulsa. Turns out there were around 200, but that's not the crazy part; the crazy part was that there were dozens of vintage bicycles in attendance! So many bikes, in fact, that they had their own tent, and there were even more than what's in the photo below! They even had a few events for all the bike riders; a bicycle parade, a slow bicycle drag race, a regular bicycle drag race, and some kind of paperboy game. I participated in all but the last one on my 2021 MBBO entry, The Prowler, since Shoestring wasn't rideable yet. I had a blast getting to ride one of my bikes with a group of like-minded people so close to home, and it was cool getting to show my bikes and see what everyone else was riding. I practically came for a VW show, but stayed for all the bikes! It was a blast, and I'm definitely coming back again next year! I might have to start a separate thread for all the cars and bicycles I saw that day.
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Before the show, I wanted to try a little trick I had in mind for Shoestring. I wanted to add some shoelace streamers to the handlebar grips, so I pulled a pair of shoelaces off my previous pair of shoes to try it out. While I'm not a fan of the color or the relative newness of them, I like the end result. I'll want to use some laces off an older, dirtier pair of shoes, but for a rough mockup, I think this was a step in the right direction.
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On to the most recent developments. Just earlier this Tuesday, I took the frame to another friend of mine to straighten out the bends in the rear dropouts. I don't have any photos of that currently, but I do have photos of one other thing we worked on: the spoon! It's now bent to the right angles to mount the headlight correctly, and it's already mounted to the fork!
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That's all the progress that's happened in the past few weeks, so what's next? Well, I'd like to focus on making Shoestring rideable first, which thankfully shouldn't take much to accomplish. After that's out of the way, I'll work on the tank insert and headlight. Once that's done, (or while I'm cooling off indoors,) I'll finish the stickers for covering up the rough spots on the bike. I'll try not to put off updating the thread as long as I did this time, so hopefully I'll have more to share soon.
I can see where you're going with this, but the whole idea with using this spoon for a headlight mount is to make do with what parts and pieces I already have. Plus, this headlight's really more of a decor piece. I doubt it'll be good enough to use at night. I still want it to light up, but I don't expect it to be completely practical. I could try using some star washers/lock washers to help tighten things down, though. It's just mocked up for now. The headlight shouldn't be too heavy, since it'll be mostly made of aluminum and plastic, but the 2 AAA batteries might affect that. I can worry about that down the road. Thanks for the advice, though.This is a cool idea but a small single spoon will be too flimsy IMO.
Your headlight will bounce as you ride down the road. Also it will want to turn, and so you might bend up the tail of it and screw it the back of the forks or stick it in somehow that it does not twist and unscrew the single attachment screw.
An old Hungarian engineer taught me that a single screw is not an attachment. You need two screws or something more than just one. A heavy duty star washer might be enough depending on how the surfaces come together when you make the attachment.
I think bending it would be a better idea. It might not need the second screw if you get it nice and tight.
A really heavy duty chef’s spoon or serving spoon would be thicker but harder to work with as well.
If you can find two identical or nearly identical spoons (or crazy thought even a spoon and a fork) you could gang them together as the top and bottom cords of a special truss.
like this: (edit… I see I drew this upside down from your spoon. It works either way.)
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Geez I don’t know how anybody could read my writing. I can’t even read it.
Here we have two identical or nearly identical spoons, attached together with screws and spacers. The spacers could be a little hex nuts or washers or anything substantial that will not crush under pressure. The little rings inside a bicycle chain will work
The spacers can be different sizes and different lengths and the spoons do not have to be parallel throughout the whole length. The idea is to keep it smooth.
This makes it into sort of a funny truss that has no diagonal webs. It was invented by an engineer named Art Vierendeel a hundred years ago.
His idea was that structures needed to be seen and they needed to be aesthetically pleasing.
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I never thought of the soup can idea for the outside of the headlight... I like that idea!What you could add is a short bit of fence post if you can snag one. Otherwise I would suggest a bit of whatever soup can could be made to fit.
If you really wanna be ratty you could just cut a strip of thin sheet metal and roll it into a tube. Put some sheet metal screws in it. If it has attractive printing on the outside, so much the better.
Of course all this stuff adds weight to the lamp.