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I retract my previous statement. With the front end on it doesn't look out of place at all.
MAN! That bike is awesome! :shock: Reminds me of the Bowden Spacelander:
Great work!!
I finally got the spokes in and tensioned. I still have a long ways to go. I'm still trying to design an eight speed shifter. I had always planned to mount it to the frame hub, but have now decided to try and make one that will mount on top of the frame. The reason for this is that I don't want to see the cable. I'll post pictures of the shifter build if I ever get that far.

Uncle Stretch said:
Man its really coming together. How hard was it to get all the differant lengths of spokes. Super nice build.
I get spokes shorter than 300mm from Dans Comp. They've never complained when I give 15 or more different lengths and they still only charge me .20 a spoke. The longer spokes come from Rocky Mountain High Wheel in Colorado. They cost quite a bit, but without them these bikes wouldn't happen.
are you going to clip the top of the spokes, or just let them stick out?
I've been working on the shifter this week. This was my first actual project using the new lathe and mill. The shifter will mount on top of the backbone and control the Sturmey Archer 8 speed hub. There is a ball spring plunger inside that is supposed to index each gear. I didn't quite design it properly and there wasn't enough room to make the indentions large enough to engage the ball solid. I've got a few ideas on how to make it work. I'll hopefully get it mounted tomorrow and take a few more pictures.

Started with a 3 inch diameter piece of aluminum.



Then I split the piece in half to form the base of the shifter.


These are some internal pieces I made.



I hooked the original shifter to the new shifter to get the right placement of the indentions and the cable clamp.

Here I'm making the shifter knob.


Here it is almost completed.
looks sweet, i wish i had a lathe.