Ride a bike, share your experience and love. When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day's sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay's call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else's heart. ~Diane Ackerman

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

SH!T Bike REBORN! (Part Two)

Alas, My SH!T Bike has been Reborn!

I am really happy with the results. The powder coating is Deep Purple Candy and has a nice gloss to it. The pictures really don't do any justice for the color. I kept the original Saddle and Seat post. The stem was a pain to fit. The Montgomery Ward came with a stem diameter of 21.15 mm. This is an older American style stem no longer made. Sheldon Brown has some lying around but being the impatient person I am, I had the guys a CANIDAE Racing machine down a 22.2 mm to 21.15 mm. For the handlebars, I chose Origin 8 Tiki Bars. The wheels are an inconvenient 26" x 1 3/8". The original wheels had some surface rust on the rims and hubs. I thought about converting to 650B but I'd have to widen the front fork dropouts to accept anything larger than a 5/16 axle. I didn't want to mess with it so I ordered 26" x 1 3/8" online. The crank-set was in decent condition so I scuffed it with scotch-bright to take off the surface rust.

The chain line looks perfect. For the wheels, I went back and forth between fixed, free and coaster. In the end, I picked coaster brakes. Coaster brakes keep the bike clean are are highly functional.

The chain is a BMX style 1/2 x 1/8". It's simply and strong. Gearing is 39 x 18 and good for relaxed cruising around the town. I chose BMX 1/2" pedals and added an Electra Bell on the stem for style. The handle bar grips are also BMX.

Nick did such a great job on the Truss Bridge. I am ready to do another one. I like the way the Truss Bridge gives the bike balance and a nice vintage look.

Now its time to give the bike another name and take it on a ride to my local coffee shop!


GMR said...

The long look down the clean shiny chain. A close up of the handle bars, hmmm, hmmm. In tight to the top tube, the color, the strong lines. Right there in front of your face. Bike Love. Yep. Pure and simple. All over your garage and website. I said it. I'll say it again. Bike Love.

Nice photos. Great work. Enjoy!

Unknown said...

If you do another one put a gusset in the high point of the bottom truss .

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