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Old 01-30-04, 09:02 AM   #1
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anybody out there?

Hello, hello...anybody there?
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Old 01-30-04, 10:17 AM   #2
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Apparently not.

[Okay, I just recently got my sticky fingers on an EasyRacers EZ1, but I don't have anything worth posting about yet.]
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Old 01-30-04, 09:03 PM   #3
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Yes, I visit several times a week but am not a chatter. Maybe I'll post some pictures in a couple weeks when I get my Baron. Still riding my Lynx for now.
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Old 01-31-04, 10:54 AM   #4
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Pictures of homebuilt

Here are some pictures of a bent I built a few years ago. I currently ride a similar design. Comments?
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Old 01-31-04, 10:56 AM   #5
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OK here they are...I hope
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Old 01-31-04, 01:25 PM   #6
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Yes, I visit several times a week but am not a chatter. Maybe I'll post some pictures in a couple weeks when I get my Baron. Still riding my Lynx for now.

Are you getting Don Smiths baron? or are you somebody else. I know Don just sold one to a guy in California.
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Old 02-18-04, 03:26 AM   #7
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Do you have any pics of other bents you have built?
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Old 02-18-04, 10:26 PM   #8
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Are you getting Don Smiths baron? or are you somebody else. I know Don just sold one to a guy in California.
That's me, Chris! Just started assembly recently. Unraveling Don's meticulous wrap-and-pack job was a project in itself - he must have been an ancient Egyptian mummy preparer in some previous life. He's given some great tips and advice to me, though, which will add to my enjoyment once I start riding the Baron. I look forward to tapping into the accumulated experience of all you lowracer guys there in Michigan (Tri-County?)

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Do you have any pics of other bents you have built?
These are pictures of the bike I ride now. I built it in 1999 and have put several thousand kilometers on it.
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Old 02-19-04, 05:57 PM   #10
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These are pictures of the bike I ride now. I built it in 1999 and have put several thousand kilometers on it.
I'm having a brain cramp...lets try that again.
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Old 02-20-04, 01:40 PM   #11
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Hey Canuck1...
Nice Job, What is the frame material?
Do you plan to build any more bents?

I have so far built 2 SWB's and now I'm building a compact lowracer.
It's just as much fun building them as riding them.

The pic is of Bent #1, this was just after it was completed and before a number of alterations. It is now sitting in my garage waiting for the chop... I'm going to downsize it a bit so my 11yo daughter can ride it.

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Old 02-24-04, 09:55 PM   #12
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Hey Canuck1...
Nice Job, What is the frame material?
Do you plan to build any more bents?

I have so far built 2 SWB's and now I'm building a compact lowracer.
It's just as much fun building them as riding them.

The pic is of Bent #1, this was just after it was completed and before a number of alterations. It is now sitting in my garage waiting for the chop... I'm going to downsize it a bit so my 11yo daughter can ride it.

That is a great looking bike NuTz...actually our bikes are pretty similar; monotube, SWB, sort of raised USS with bar end shifters.

I was thinking about a low-racer for real speed but lately I have been looking at the Bachetta style...still aero but way higher. They are supposed to be very fast and you are sitting up nice and high. A little tricky in the stop and go though I think.

I might be just looking for an excuse to build something.
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Old 02-24-04, 10:04 PM   #13
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Hey Canuck1...
Nice Job, What is the frame material?
Do you plan to build any more bents?

I have so far built 2 SWB's and now I'm building a compact lowracer.
It's just as much fun building them as riding them.

The pic is of Bent #1, this was just after it was completed and before a number of alterations. It is now sitting in my garage waiting for the chop... I'm going to downsize it a bit so my 11yo daughter can ride it.

Sorry, I forgot to answer any of your questions. The frame is made of 2" 6061-T6 thin wall aluminum tubing. I chose aluminum because it is light, cheap, readily available in my area. Also it is very easy to work with. I cut it with a carbide wood blade in my table saw. The only really expensive part is getting it TIG welded together. This frame cost me about $300 to have welded.

This is the second really usable bent I have built and this one was built in 1999 so really I don't build them any more.
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