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Old 11-20-13, 11:54 AM   #26
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Old 11-20-13, 04:25 PM   #27
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So, this mini-velo frame is really tempting, especially as there isn't much minivelo choice in the UK.

But if you bought it, how would you build it up ?

I have one or two ideas, but don't want to be limited by my own imagination, or lack of expertise, so suggestions, general and specific, much welcome.
funny...i just ordered a 2 speed wheel from them last week.... not here yet... but they answer question pretty fast.
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Yeah, it is tiny: 18" ST & TT is 457mm! At 6', I wouldn't even bother.
Just for comparo,my Hooligans' ETT's are about 570,and my Schwinn's is about 510. At 6' the Hooligans are ok for me,but the Respect would need a bullhorn or drops for me to even consider it.

No idea how the Schwinn fits,since I've yet to make it ride-able. This thread makes me want to hunt down the guy who sold it to me and give him a solid junk-punch. Bike was NOS until the guy skimped on the packing job;now I'm still trying to find a replacement for the bent fork.
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This thread makes me want to hunt down the guy who sold it to me and give him a solid junk-punch.


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Old 11-20-13, 06:26 PM   #30
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It's a Schwinn minivelo?
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It's an F1 BMX racer. There was a BMX race series held in parking lots with bikes with gears and brakes,but it never took off. For all intents and purposes,it's what we call a mini velo today.

This was what it originally looked like:


This is what it looked like when I got it:


And another look at the fork:


The seatpost rattled around and scratched the bike,which annoyed me,but the fork getting bent really hacked me off. Problem is,I need a 1" threaded fork that's drilled for a brake and curved. Straight blade BMX forks are everywhere,but the only fork I've found so far is this. I'd have to switch to a canti or V brake to use it,and it's HiTen,while the stock is cromo,so it would be a step down. If the idiot had packed it properly,I would've just swapped the tires and brake pads and would be running around town on it,but with the trouble I've had finding a nice fork,it's turned into a project sitting in the corner.
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...with the trouble I've had finding a nice fork,it's turned into a project sitting in the corner.
bummer. if you recently bought this on ebay, i was allmmmooossst going to outbid you.

well, let's get it sorted. what's the length of the fork head tube? diameter is 1 inch or 1 1/8 inch? i'm sure we can get this machine rolling in short order.
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/20-Inch-CR-MO-Mountain-Bike-Forks-1-Threaded-/111193261610

http://www.ebay.com/itm/20-Replaceme...-/380773668163




plus many many more:

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^^^Those first two are basically what I found(except 2nd is cromo). I'd rather keep the stock brake and not go with a canti,or have empty posts on the fork. Also,as I said,I need a curved fork,most BMX forks are straight. I'm 6' and don't need to tighten the steering on this.
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^^^Those first two are basically what I found(except 2nd is cromo). I'd rather keep the stock brake and not go with a canti,or have empty posts on the fork. Also,as I said,I need a curved fork,most BMX forks are straight. I'm 6' and don't need to tighten the steering on this.
just trying to help. good luck.
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F1 BMX, huh? Sounds vaguely familiar, but if I knew of it at one time, it's long gone from my memory. Very interesting, especially this:



That's a huge chainring!
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F1 BMX, huh? Sounds vaguely familiar, but if I knew of it at one time, it's long gone from my memory. Very interesting, especially this:



That's a huge chainring!

There was one on the bay for the longest time .. wanted big money for it.. here's ANOTHER..
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Yep, it is small. But maybe small can be beautiful ???? There are certainly big folks having fun with these on the youtube clips I posted. It is, maybe, something of a paradigm shift ? One size fits all might work in an urban bike, and especially as kerbs/curbs, drains and the like have historically been a problem with small wheels with longer wheelbases. I am gonna give it a try anyway, and its priced to take a risk..
don't worry, it's going to be fun. there will be a lot you can do with it for sure.
400mm seatpost - 110mm stem - bullhorn bars - bar end brake levers.


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F1 BMX, huh? Sounds vaguely familiar, but if I knew of it at one time, it's long gone from my memory.



That downhill bike would suck in a crosswind. I remember bombing down Embassy Row when I had just the front wheel covered on my polo bike.
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That downhill bike would suck in a crosswind. I remember bombing down Embassy Row when I had just the front wheel covered on my polo bike.
so, what do you plan to do? leave the schwinn sitting in a corner? i suppose you could order a fork from bike friday...
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don't worry, it's going to be fun. there will be a lot you can do with it for sure.
400mm seatpost - 110mm stem - bullhorn bars - bar end brake levers.

That is badass. Love it!
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so, what do you plan to do? leave the schwinn sitting in a corner?
It's back-burnered for now. I've got it on CL;if it sells by spring,great,if not,I'll check around at some of the local co-ops to see what I can find.

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i suppose you could order a fork from bike friday...
For prolly the cost of the bike. I'm not looking to put any real money into this project.
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Yeah baby yeah !!!

Is this a respect frame ? There's gonna be a close match of this on the streets of Manchester soon - do you fancy sharing what any of the components are ? Those pedals look interesting ....

cheers for the inspiration

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Looks like a Photoshop fantasy to me...
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Yeah baby yeah !!!

Is this a respect frame ? There's gonna be a close match of this on the streets of Manchester soon - do you fancy sharing what any of the components are ? Those pedals look interesting ....

cheers for the inspiration

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yes, that's the respect frame. in the original post, i only mentioned the dimensions of the parts i imagine i would need as all of those components are available from several different manufacturers. Uno or Kalloy make inexpensive good quality seatposts and stems. bullhorns are also widely available. inexpensive bar-end brake levers are made by tektro and cane creek.


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Looks like a Photoshop fantasy to me...
obviously quick and dirty photoshop, but not a fantasy as all the bits exist and will fit the existing frame. "ideation" would be a better descriptor.
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Hey dynaryder!


Check it out... for that Schwinn you've got in the corner... there's a vintage CURVED Tange BMX TX-500B Cro-Mo fork on Ebay right now!
(NOT my auction, but just giving you a heads up.)

Ebay auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tange-500b-Forks-/321259138392

More info on old school Tange BMX race forks here: http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=13600

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Hmmm...maybe. I'm going to e-mail the seller and see if it can be drilled for a brake.
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