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I've had an idea for a fast, agile cyberpunk style bike for a while now and figured this was as good of a time as any to get started on it. The starting point is this Kent hybrid flip flop frame I got last black Friday just for the wheels. Which sucks, because now I don't have wheels for this project. But that's okay, because I'm building a custom wheelset for it. It will have drum brakes front and rear, which I know isn't very cyberpunk, but they're cool

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I also have this Schwinn blade fork I was just about to throw out which fits this build perfectly, and as an added bonus the new headgear threads perfectly onto it
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Got the fork mostly cleaned up and the drum brake fitted.
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Obviously, Schwinn didn't make provisions for fitting a brake from a 20 year newer motorized scooter on their blade forks, but I took care of that. Made a small spud from some 1/2" round stock and welded it on, then I filed it down to match the brake mount
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I mounted the brake backwards because I want to hide the cable inside of a truss rod for a cleaner profile, and not because I'm an idiot and welded the spud on the wrong fork leg.
 
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Cleaning and organizing my workshop today, still waiting on parts for my wheels and I came up with a simple hack to keep my tire collection organized and ready for use. Turned my almost unused garage shelves into an upright tire and wheel storage device. Now I can stop ordering extra tires because I can't find the ones I want
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YES! My wheel building parts just arrived a minute ago. And the tires look absolutely perfect for my build, they even have a red pattern woven into the sidewall.
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But to my dismay, the tires are folding bead.
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I've never, EVER! been able to get even one half of folding bead tires mounted on a rim. So I called up Amazon to get an exchange, and apparently Jim in customer service is a fellow bike enthusiast and he suggested to just try one tire on before I go any further with the return process. So I huffed, and I puffed, and I pulled my big boy pants all the way up, gearing up for a fight for the ages! And the danged tires simply fell onto the rims! The valve stem was way more of a fight to get in the hole than anything else. The wheels are going to look amazing with stainless spokes and black nipples
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Got the front hub painted satin black tonight.

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It was looking good until I realized that the rear hub was all wrong. It's a Schwinn tandem rear hub and the freewheel was seized onto it. So I decided to hack the hub in half and widen it for a front wheel I was building. Now I'm converting it back into a normal width rear hub🤣
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Here's the method to the madness. Find two hubs of similar size and thickness, cut them to the desired width, insert a sleeve, square it up, then burn them together.
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Of course, I made things complicated by mating a drum brake and a normal flange hub together. Not to worry, I made a custom hub flange from a Huffy chainring.
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The new hub didn't quite want to play along, so I heavily beveled it at the weld seam and convinced it to play along with a sledgehammer
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Cool rims & tires!

Out of curiosity, I’m guessing you know/tested, but the drum brakes work in either direction? I woulda thought they were optimized for one direction like disks and even rim brake pads.

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Cool rims & tires!

Out of curiosity, I’m guessing you know/tested, but the drum brakes work in either direction? I woulda thought they were optimized for one direction like disks and even rim brake pads.

Watching with interest…
I have (accidentally) used a different drum brake backwards on another project. It still worked fine, and much better than rim brakes
 

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DUDE you are on a RoLL ! Those tires look cool, size? I see they are American Classic. Good look all around!

sKinNy oN ~!
 
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DUDE you are on a RoLL ! Those tires look cool, size? I see they are American Classic. Good look all around!

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Tires are 700x32, mounted on 28x1" rims. I wanted to use Thickslicks, but the 29" tires are 2" wide, and the 700 tires are only 23mm wide, which is too narrow for the look in going for
 

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Love the wheel build so far. That hub looks huge!
 
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FINALLY got back to work on the rear hub. The new flange was about 1/4" too large, so I turned it down to size with my redneck lathe
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Here's a video of the action. I controlled the hub's speed by the angle and pressure of how the grinder was held

After it was the right size, I made marks for the spoke holes and drilled them out
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Lastly, an old painters trick. Stuff your hand in a plastic bag, grab your part, and maneuver it while painting to get every inch evenly covered
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