Join Date: Jun 2005
Bikes: Raleigh, Rudge, James 3spds., and a cast of many
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Thanks to all for any ideas or tips.
I'm in the mockup stage, which is an impressive way of saying that I have all the parts leaned up against the fence and shimmed up with blocks of wood into the approximate position they'll need to be.
The front triangle has been cut away, and I was pleased to see that this frame is made of fairly stout tubing. Also, the rear triangle itself with 26" wheel is amazingly light.
I've found a headset in my parts box that is pretty close to fitting my custom headtube. The bearing cups are about 1/32" too small in diameter, but this is not that critical, and I'll find a way to improve the fit and have a stable headset.
The biggest obstacle right now seems to be the fork, oddly enough. I want the "Velocheeto" to be as close-coupled as possible, with headtube tight against the seattube, and the front wheel as close to the bottom bracket as possible. This is proving to be difficult with the 16" front, and the rear triangle set perfectly level for appearances' sake. A 12" front and a child's bike fork would be much easier to use. As I have the 16" front and bmx and cruiser forks, I'll have to do something creative to make it work. I'll reinstall the cranks to establish clearance needs, then whomp something up.