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    The Zebra

    Converted from an old Zebrakenko 10 speed bought from some lady for $35 as a fully functioning bike. Felt like taking some pictures today. Enjoy.
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    Since finishing the conversion, I've made a few changes. Chop and flop, grinded and sanded the larger chainring off, put on a rear blinker since I ride at night a lot, new front brake lever and cable, and a b17 a few days ago. The handkerchief is a function over form thing to prevent scratches when I lock up, but it matches the bar tape almost perfectly so I don't mind it.
    Last edited by Redline927; 08-16-08 at 01:24 PM.

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    Looks like you got good quality paint for $35. Get some clips n straps STAT! I like that Bontrager tape, I put some on a few days ago and it's comfy. Eventually you might want real bullhorns or pursuit bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peabodypride View Post
    Looks like you got good quality paint for $35. Get some clips n straps STAT! I like that Bontrager tape, I put some on a few days ago and it's comfy. Eventually you might want real bullhorns or pursuit bars.
    No, I painted it myself. That was part of the conversion.

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    Looks like an awesome bike! What is the name of that color?

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    Wow, very nice.

    Personally would have gone with the black Brooks, but looks good with the Honey.

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    cut and grinded larger chainring off? explain? on mine i used the stock chainring which had chainring bolts holding the smaller inner ring on, the larger ring press fitted to the arm.

    bike looks sweet! i have a buddy with a bike just like it. i just finished my conversion too, half the fun is doing the buildup.
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    Nice!

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    oh my goodness this is CUTE!!!!
    do you have a velospace account? I'd love to friend this bike.
    nice work!

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    Thats a real nice bike. So clean and simple. Real nice job

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    very nice job at painting that too

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    not bad

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    ^^^^Look at the last sentence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hockdub View Post
    cut and grinded larger chainring off? explain? on mine i used the stock chainring which had chainring bolts holding the smaller inner ring on, the larger ring press fitted to the arm.

    bike looks sweet! i have a buddy with a bike just like it. i just finished my conversion too, half the fun is doing the buildup.
    I don't have a close up of mine, but this is borrowed from ionspeedmaster, it's the same thing.


    Thanks for all the compliments people

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    oh! i was thinking about doing that with mine as well. i had not seen it done but knew it would work the same, i just did not want to cut my chainring off incase i decided to go back to the larger size. doesnt look to bad though, maybe on down the road i can change.
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    BUMP. Made a lot of changes. Now with 100% more foot retention as well. Yeah, I know, you're not supposed to shoot in the middle of the day. I was bored.

    New bar tape.





    Got rid of the bandana (but kept a little piece of it) Homemade TT protector.


    brake- completely taken apart, cleaned, and polished. See picture #2 at the top of the thread to see how it used to be.






    brand new chain. cranks, chainring, and cog cleaned and polished.


    seat post cleaned, wetsanded and polished. Playin with the 10-22 glass



    amber shellac + yellow cloth = Brooks Honey perfect match.


    more wide angle.


    I'll keep the thread updated if I decide to make anymore changes, but I am extremely happy with how the bike is now.
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    nevermind.
    Last edited by sneaky viking; 08-16-08 at 02:31 PM. Reason: photoshop

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    Dude do you live in Vancouver? cause I think I saw this bike in front of a coffee shop on main and 24th I think, except it had road drops instead of chop and flops

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redline927 View Post
    I don't have a close up of mine, but this is borrowed from ionspeedmaster, it's the same thing.


    Thanks for all the compliments people
    I dont understand what you did...cant you just take the bolts out and remove the extra chainwheel?

    bike looks good - good job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bionnaki View Post
    I dont understand what you did...cant you just take the bolts out and remove the extra chainwheel?

    bike looks good - good job.
    I believe the implication is that he ground off the residual stub where the outer chainring would have been mounted. Gives it a bit of a cleaner look
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    a lot of old cranks had the outer chainring attached, non-removable. if you wanted to remove the outer chainring on such a contraption, you'd have to grind it off. thats why a lot of people simply use the outer chainring and take off the small one. the owner of this bike decided to use the small one and grind off the outer one.

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    gotcha

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    lookin gewd.

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    Thank you.

    Yeah, I didn't want to run 52/16 or whatever the outer chainring was. So I'm running 40/16 right now which is working out fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ModernDivo View Post
    Dude do you live in Vancouver? cause I think I saw this bike in front of a coffee shop on main and 24th I think, except it had road drops instead of chop and flops
    No, I live in New Jersey.

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    are those wheels the bikeisland/ebay $99/$120 wheelset that comes on the Hour? If so how are they? i have always seen those and been curious.

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