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Old 10-25-10, 04:32 PM   #1
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frame refit

i have a frame which is going to be converted to a front load messenger bike 20inch front tire.
most cargo bikes have 26 inch rear wheels why? i could switch it from 27"
2ed the bike had columbus special tubing where can i get a new decal water slide?
does any one think i could chop the fork and re braze it for the 20 wheel?
braze on for fork mounted light cant find any where?

crossing my fingers for any answers thanks
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Old 10-25-10, 07:18 PM   #2
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Being laid up with a broken leg had it's benefits (I guess), I think I've read every framebuilding related blog and seen every flikr page! I ain't proud, but I have this for ya
http://alexwetmore.org/?cat=339
also check out the archives under "cycle truck".
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Old 10-25-10, 09:08 PM   #3
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Chauncey, sorry you didn't have the best summer. Looks like Alex used the old fork blades, chopping them off at the top. That might not always be possible.
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bframe re do

thanks guys the cutting and brazing starts today during lunch!
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If you look at what Alex did, he used a new fork crown and steerer with the old blades. It's not wise to try to re-use too much of the fork
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LW, who has the best Blogs?
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I think Steve Garro probably wins the best blog award. The Waltworks blog is pretty good. But there are a lot of good ones out there.
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I think Steve Garro probably wins the best blog award. The Waltworks blog is pretty good. But there are a lot of good ones out there.
Steve has been a pal for years and I agree, his blog is great as a glimpse into the life of a very unique framebuilder. My other favorites are Rody's http://groovycycleworks.blogspot.com/ and Kris's http://julieracingdesig.canalblog.com/ for sheer fabrication/design brilliance and Matt's http://5metresofdevelopment.blogspot.com/ because it is so well written.
There are a lot of others, but these are my picks of the litter
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be prepared to tweak the front trail, seen a well made 20/26 front load frame shimmy like crazy, at normal riding speeds.

Band-aide fix on those was a Hydraulic steering damper.
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