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    Hello everyone,
    My name is Al I used to ride BMX. Ever since I had my accident and got rid of my bike i've been wanting to ride again. However since im growing older I can either get a BMX bike to ride or get another bike to commute. My friend found this Huffy in the dump and gave it to me. I posted it on the Hybrid section because I want to make it kind of like a BMX but add disk brakes. I'm also thinking of adding mountain forks with full suspension. I should've taken pictures with my camera instead of my phone but this is it so far. I'll Be Posting updates as I go along with it.
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    Since I dont do bmx myself, I suggest you build it up to be a good looking utlity bike - why not make it a bit performance or touring style? great colour!
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    Ugh, this is going to be a long thread perhaps. If the frame geometry is not made for suspension forks, I doubt somewhat that you can add suspension forks, though I may be wrong if it's a 700c bike.

    The frame also needs braze-ons for disk brakes and the hubs need to be made for disk brakes.

    That being said, if you wanted V-brakes for larger tires and you want to keep the drop bars, you'd need V-brakes made for road brake levers or brifters as they say. Some people are satisfied with Shimano 2200 or 2300 road brifters but others say they prefer Microshift. Although you may not be able to get Microshift brifters in 8 speed at this point, not sure.

    For this kind of project, I suspect the biggest tires you can put on may be 700x42 tires. But, you may want to check if you have 27 inch wheels. Some older bikes have them which makes it a bit harder to find tires for them. Also, to save money I'd go ahead with a flatbars (or riser bars with a slight rise if you will), V-brake levers and rapidfire shifters.

    Now, if you want to go off-road with this, you may want to consider a 44T-32-22 crankset or 42T-34-24. Let me figure out some stuff and I'll edit the post as I go along.

    EDIT: Okay, here's a bunch of parts, if you have the time to read this, haha
    handlebars: Origin8 pro-pulsion $19.80
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=431636
    grips: Sunlite pale blue grips $3.99
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=509356
    shifters: Shimano Alivio 8 speed $39.52
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ducts_id=30158
    (You could go cheaper than this or go with the Microshift 8 speed at
    huskybicycles.com)
    brake levers:
    brakes:
    Origin8 brake set $27.22
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=431359
    (Actually, I'd rather choose individually the Shimano Deore brake lever
    set then both brakes)
    bottom bracket
    (I'm too lazy right now to look for the bottom bracket for this. haha)
    wheels: either this Alex R450 wheelset with Shimano 2200 hubs $119.97
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=441819
    or maybe something more expensive like Mavic/Tiagra wheelset $157.49
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=600348
    (for pre-built wheels, you may want to loosen the nipples and ask a bike
    shop to re-tension the spokes with the correct tension although your current
    wheels could always get re-greased at a bike shop)
    tires: Continental Tour Ride 700x42 $26.96
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=600024
    (you can go cheaper, just an example)
    crankset: Shimano Alivio 42/32/22 170mm 8 speed with chainguard Octalink $39.98
    (you can always go cheaper by going with a Tourney, etc.)
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ducts_id=20838
    cassette: Sram PG-850 8 speed 11-32T $23.00
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...oducts_id=5032
    (again, you can go cheaper and go Shimano but this is an example)
    chain: KMC X8 $14.99
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...oducts_id=2443
    (again, you can go cheaper and go Shimano but this is an example)
    rear derailleur: Shimano Alivio 8 speed $31.84
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ducts_id=20818
    (not sure if your bike already has a derailleur hanger but in any case,
    you can go cheaper by going with the Shimano Acera)
    front derailleur
    (I'm too lazy to look for an 8 speed front derailleur right now, besides,
    I don't know the size of your frame, it looks like maybe 28.6mm)

    OK, so I didn't put the bottom bracket, front derailleur and pedals but you get the idea. With the cheaper wheels, that's over $374 but some would argue the more expensive wheels would be much more worth it. I'm assuming your frame would take a 130mm rear wheel but if it's older, it may be 126mm.

    ANOTHER EDIT: I almost forgot, you could also choose Falcon friction shifters and go cheaper on the derailleur if that's the case like Acera rear derailleur and Altus front derailleur. And if you can't use V-brakes, you may not be able to put on 42mm tires. Oh well, congratulations you're screwed. Just kidding but maybe a flatbar conversion may still be cheap enough. You might be able to use 700x35 tires and if you get cheap V-brake levers to go with your brakes, you might be alright or maybe V-brakes that go with V-brake levers. (The cable pull is different for V-brake and cantilever.) You could always try to re-grease and re-adjust everything and you'd still have an OK bike, especially if you replace the cable housings and cables.
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    He can't use v brakes because there are no canti studs.
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    Your goal and reality are far apart.
    To create what you want is going to cost a fortune in parts and welding costs etc. I think you'd be better off picking up an MTB frame cheap from somewhere, and starting the build. With the MTB frame you'll have many more options whilst building.

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    Thanks guys. I still have parts from my BMX bikes so I'm going to try to integrate those in. I definitely don't want a fixed gear many cousins of mine have them and I'm not to fond of them, Nice bikes though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hybridbkrdr View Post
    Ugh, this is going to be a long thread perhaps. If the frame geometry is not made for suspension forks, I doubt somewhat that you can add suspension forks, though I may be wrong if it's a 700c bike.

    The frame also needs braze-ons for disk brakes and the hubs need to be made for disk brakes.

    That being said, if you wanted V-brakes for larger tires and you want to keep the drop bars, you'd need V-brakes made for road brake levers or brifters as they say. Some people are satisfied with Shimano 2200 or 2300 road brifters but others say they prefer Microshift. Although you may not be able to get Microshift brifters in 8 speed at this point, not sure.

    For this kind of project, I suspect the biggest tires you can put on may be 700x42 tires. But, you may want to check if you have 27 inch wheels. Some older bikes have them which makes it a bit harder to find tires for them. Also, to save money I'd go ahead with a flatbars (or riser bars with a slight rise if you will), V-brake levers and rapidfire shifters.

    Now, if you want to go off-road with this, you may want to consider a 44T-32-22 crankset or 42T-34-24. Let me figure out some stuff and I'll edit the post as I go along.

    EDIT: Okay, here's a bunch of parts, if you have the time to read this, haha
    handlebars: Origin8 pro-pulsion $19.80
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=431636
    grips: Sunlite pale blue grips $3.99
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=509356
    shifters: Shimano Alivio 8 speed $39.52
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ducts_id=30158
    (You could go cheaper than this or go with the Microshift 8 speed at
    huskybicycles.com)
    brake levers:
    brakes:
    Origin8 brake set $27.22
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=431359
    (Actually, I'd rather choose individually the Shimano Deore brake lever
    set then both brakes)
    bottom bracket
    (I'm too lazy right now to look for the bottom bracket for this. haha)
    wheels: either this Alex R450 wheelset with Shimano 2200 hubs $119.97
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=441819
    or maybe something more expensive like Mavic/Tiagra wheelset $157.49
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=600348
    (for pre-built wheels, you may want to loosen the nipples and ask a bike
    shop to re-tension the spokes with the correct tension although your current
    wheels could always get re-greased at a bike shop)
    tires: Continental Tour Ride 700x42 $26.96
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=600024
    (you can go cheaper, just an example)
    crankset: Shimano Alivio 42/32/22 170mm 8 speed with chainguard Octalink $39.98
    (you can always go cheaper by going with a Tourney, etc.)
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ducts_id=20838
    cassette: Sram PG-850 8 speed 11-32T $23.00
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...oducts_id=5032
    (again, you can go cheaper and go Shimano but this is an example)
    chain: KMC X8 $14.99
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...oducts_id=2443
    (again, you can go cheaper and go Shimano but this is an example)
    rear derailleur: Shimano Alivio 8 speed $31.84
    http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ducts_id=20818
    (not sure if your bike already has a derailleur hanger but in any case,
    you can go cheaper by going with the Shimano Acera)
    front derailleur
    (I'm too lazy to look for an 8 speed front derailleur right now, besides,
    I don't know the size of your frame, it looks like maybe 28.6mm)

    OK, so I didn't put the bottom bracket, front derailleur and pedals but you get the idea. With the cheaper wheels, that's over $374 but some would argue the more expensive wheels would be much more worth it. I'm assuming your frame would take a 130mm rear wheel but if it's older, it may be 126mm.

    ANOTHER EDIT: I almost forgot, you could also choose Falcon friction shifters and go cheaper on the derailleur if that's the case like Acera rear derailleur and Altus front derailleur. And if you can't use V-brakes, you may not be able to put on 42mm tires. Oh well, congratulations you're screwed. Just kidding but maybe a flatbar conversion may still be cheap enough. You might be able to use 700x35 tires and if you get cheap V-brake levers to go with your brakes, you might be alright or maybe V-brakes that go with V-brake levers. (The cable pull is different for V-brake and cantilever.) You could always try to re-grease and re-adjust everything and you'd still have an OK bike, especially if you replace the cable housings and cables.
    Thanks! will check these out for sure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by javal View Post
    Since I dont do bmx myself, I suggest you build it up to be a good looking utlity bike - why not make it a bit performance or touring style? great colour!
    I'm actually going to paint it haha but yes I do like the colour. When I sand it down I'll get the paint number and I'll post it if I don't forget. I'm going to use rattle can instead of taking it to the body shop just because I don't want to use expensive paint on something I'll most likely scratch the heck out of.

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    After Paint Chiper

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    Fantastic, keep it up!!!!

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    If nothing else, it will be interesting to see what you come up with. As others have pointed out, without expensive mods to the frame, discs or V-brakes are out. Also remember that, being a Huffy, the frame is probably made of cheaper high tensile tubing, so it may not be able to take the kind of use you plan to put it to. I only remind you of that to keep it in mind as you spend on parts. Good luck on it.
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