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Old 12-09-08, 09:08 PM   #1
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Winter projects for Hackers

I know there have to be some other hackers out there with winter projects. what's in the works?

my recumbent project is stalled. I'm unhappy with the seat, and I need wheels.
my chopper is functional, but I have a 3-speed coaster-brake I want to lace into a 24" rim to replace the 26" single-speed coaster

my tallbike project is stalled awaiting map-gas
my 3-wheel littlebike is done as far as I'm concerned. I want to ride it in a parade or something.


I have a sofabike idea, but really want to finish something else first.

mostly I need inspiration. a better torch would be nice. what else is going on?
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Old 12-10-08, 02:36 PM   #2
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i really wanted to take one of those newfangled schwinn stingray choppers and turn it into an atomic zombie's hammerhead snobike but i am missing the forks to mine and it has a really long downtube and i cant find one to match it
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From an old unicycle, with a forged hub, I am building a 700c unicycle.
Its waiting to be welded together but I am still pondering my options on that.

I have to fix both my tallbikes, for one a new rear rim.

I will be fixing stuff on the flip bike which is needing some finicky reconstruction.

Only the tall bikes get ridden in winter here in chicago so I'm prioritizing that.
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yea tall bike had a catastrophic failure, gotta reweld it, also wanting to make a giant side by side tall bike out of my kids bikes in my bike pile, and some other plans on the works, need to put a heater in my garage hard to get up and do **** when it's cold out in the garage
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I'm working on the "work bike" (see classic and vintage post) at the moment.

On the littlebike, I'd suggest high rise handlebars to get the grips closer to you, and then paint the thing a non-kid color so the origin wasn't as obvious.
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my project for this winter is to paint, new parts, and install underglows and a soundsystem w/ subs into my lowrider tricycle.
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I'm working on the "work bike" (see classic and vintage post) at the moment.

On the littlebike, I'd suggest high rise handlebars to get the grips closer to you, and then paint the thing a non-kid color so the origin wasn't as obvious.
I could see that on another project. But this one is supposed to look like two garage-sale kiddie bikes hammered together.

I really need a better torch. Right now I'm working with a map-gas/oxygen torch that uses the disposable hardware-store tanks. I'd like to switch to oxy-acetylene but I havn't gotten over the initial purchase price yet.
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I am rebuilding an old Raleigh "Ltd" (restoration).
I've decide to replace the steel rims with alum (waiting for those to come in): The front wheel was a mess anyway; but the original rear hub is in great shape (And it makes that nice old-school "rattlesnake" sound when it is free-wheeling: Schweeeeeeet!).
Frame is stripped; Going to repaint it myself in true "rat rod" style.
I do want to repaint with the original deep maroon; and then pinstripe gold around the lug-edges. -Love lugged frames!
The Raleigh logo-plate just needed a little polishing: Re-rivet it on once paint is done.
The sweet thing is that the original Suntour running gear is in excellent shape (oooooo SHINY): I have rebuilt both derailleurs, and the brake calipers.
Going to replace the original chain with a nice silver one.
Even the "pie plate" still has it's shiny goodness: I would normally take a plastic pie-plate off of a bike; but this one is thin steel and I want to keep as much chrome on as possible. ;+)
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my project for this winter is to paint, new parts, and install underglows and a soundsystem w/ subs into my lowrider tricycle.
You know that certain colors aren't allowed by NHTSA and state highway agencies, same as they ticket semi drivers for. Other places don't allow the lights under the vehicle. Still, can you trailer a Radio Flyer with hydraulics and make it hop?
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Old 12-12-08, 07:34 PM   #10
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I know there have to be some other hackers out there with winter projects. what's in the works?


my 3-wheel littlebike is done as far as I'm concerned. I want to ride it in a parade or something.


I have a sofabike idea, but really want to finish something else first.

mostly I need inspiration. a better torch would be nice. what else is going on?
That really beats the little Model T's the Shriners have. MAKE A FLEET!
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Old 12-13-08, 07:55 AM   #11
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I was planning to help my buddy build his highly modified Atomic Zombie Loderunner recumbent trike, but my job has been moved, demanding too much commute time to spare much for projects.

If I can somehow make room, I'll try to finish the velocino I started a couple of years ago.
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Old 12-13-08, 05:24 PM   #12
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SPEAKING OF WINTER...

Snow has finally reached the Treasure Valley and not just a few hills. It took until December 12 to get any and now the roads are almost CLEAR in Ontario without snowplows.

Maybe the book I was planning on How To Thaw A Frozen Caveman will have to wait.
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Old 12-14-08, 12:25 AM   #13
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i'm planning on building a trailer using crutches as a frame. i'm still in the developmental phases of this. I realize I need a drill.

I have almost every other bike tool, but power tools? Nope. I'd like to get a drill, dremel, and a brazer. when I get the money. i'm so f'n poor these days.

and my other project is my recumbent project. i only have a rough draft of what it'll be:

pardon the red chainline going through the frame. i busted a wrist and drew this up on photoshop a week after my accident.

that's it.

*pardon the crappy resolution, as my camera phone sux0rz*
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Old 12-14-08, 05:44 PM   #14
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You've got the right idea. I did one similar, my seat was on the sloping bar that goes back to the seat post and my BB was a little farther forward. Am now reworking the chain line cause it was wearing on the front fork.
Keep up the good work.
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Here's my first project - sitting uncompleted for about a year now. Primarily I need a rear wheel and front brakes. A better front fork to support a brake would be good.

The keen observer will not the front deraileur hanger tube points the wrong way. uh... I meant to do that. I should finish this so I can toss it and move on.
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You have got the right idea,,,again similar to mine...if you turn that "hanger" up and put the wheels on you may like it more than you think... Routing the chain may take an idler or two. And of course some padding on the seat.
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Just to keep busy this winter, started to put a bunch of old (left over) parts together. Pics show a front wheel, from a 26in road bike, on the REAR (for size). Just purchased a coaster brake rim, (not shown). If I like the bike, when it's done, I'll more then likely buy a multi speed internal hub wheel. First pic shows what the "bent" fork did to change the attitude of the bike. Second pic shows some of the parts I plan on using: Fork from a panasonic road bike. Seat from an old Monarch. Bars from a Sears Spyder. Rear carrier from an old Flight Liner. Seat post, yet to be fabricated. Front fork supports, yet to be fabricated. Crank, from a discarded BMX bike..................Will post pics of finished bike (February?)



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Just to keep busy this winter, started to put a bunch of old (left over) parts together. Pics show a front wheel, from a 26in road bike, on the REAR (for size). Just purchased a coaster brake rim, (not shown). If I like the bike, when it's done, I'll more then likely buy a multi speed internal hub wheel. First pic shows what the "bent" fork did to change the attitude of the bike. Second pic shows some of the parts I plan on using: Fork from a panasonic road bike. Seat from an old Monarch. Bars from a Sears Spyder. Rear carrier from an old Flight Liner. Seat post, yet to be fabricated. Front fork supports, yet to be fabricated. Crank, from a discarded BMX bike..................Will post pics of finished bike (February?)



Did you have to run short cranks to get ground clearance at the bottom of the pedal stroke? It looks very close to hitting the ground.
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Using a shorter crank. CLOSE, but there's still a few inches!

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This was my project for the winter of '02-'03. The one me riding at the Abita Springs Bike Festival in '03 was the proof of concept bike and the other is the finished product. It rode really well.

It was not an original idea. I don't remember for sure but I think I was inspired by a gentleman in New Zealand.
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I plan on replacing a bad tube. Does that count? Not enough? OK, I'm also considering changing the bar; shifters & levers ... happy now?

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