Classic & Vintage - 1949 Shelby
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11-10-07, 08:00 PM
Here is the bike I just finished as a Christmas gift for my step-mother. It is her bike from when she was a little girl.
11-10-07, 11:07 PM
Great job! I love those old bikes! :)
I want more pictures for christmas.
11-11-07, 04:36 AM
11-11-07, 09:43 AM
Here is a picture with the chain guard in place. I forgot that it had one, so I cleaned it up as best I could and put it on the bike.
11-11-07, 10:39 AM
I like that chainring. The red and white is very nice also.
11-11-07, 12:09 PM
That is close to the original colors as I could guess from looking at old pictures and after wet sanding the rust off of the paint. It is supposed to be a darker red to maroon, but it really looks more red. I should have put it over a dark primer instead of the white.
11-11-07, 02:13 PM
What a great Christmas present! I'm glad you put the chaingaurd back on, because it just completes the package perfectly. I bet it rides like a big comfy marshmallow. :D
11-11-07, 02:35 PM
I was going to ask about the chaingaurd but didnt want to come off like I was trying to down you :)
11-12-07, 04:36 PM
This is a nothing special bike, and I didn't go into any great detail. I just made it so she could ride it if she wants to. I really knew I was tired when I was putting it together, but I can't believe I forgot the chain guard. Maybe some more sleep would have been a good thing.
11-12-07, 04:52 PM
Excellent Christmas present and a good restore
Chain needs a little bit more tension btw
11-12-07, 05:17 PM
What is the deflection supposed to be?
I used 1" in my original setting, but then I took things apart again to repaint and then reassemble. I may not have put it back to the same setting. I thought I checked the deflection at 1", but since I forgot the guard, I may not have checked the deflection.
11-12-07, 05:26 PM
No need to measure deflection. Just tension it until there is no sag. It will work fine as is too, minor issue really
11-12-07, 05:41 PM
I am used to dirt bikes and motorcycles with suspension travel, so you need to have deflection. When I see the bike again, as I have already delivered it to a different location, I will move the adjusters enough to straighten it out and lock everything down again. I doubt she ever rides it, but you never know.
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