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    The longbike today... ready for winter.










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    Yay Clickers!
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    Yay Clickers!
    I like to think of them as stall indicators...

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    hey 65er....can you show us a pic of the replacement chain tensioner?

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    I would except that I am not using one anymore...

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    oh..my bad, I thought on an earlier post you said you'd cut it out in favor of something on the top side. Maybe I misunderstood.

    I should be posting pics of my HBXC, but mine keeps getting knocked off the work stand in favor of this seemingly endless series of other fun bike builds that came up over the last few months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    I would except that I am not using one anymore...
    mind if I ask why did you get rid of it?
    too much noise? trying to cut weight? chainslap not as big of an issues as some think?

    your project is an inspiration for a few of us out there

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    I use two Rear Derailers lol. as for the chain rubbing the frame up top I use a truely epic thing to prevent that. Ductape and a cut piece of bike tire. yet it actualy works great. I finally found a suspention bike with a rear triangle that has disc brake mount on it. I wish I found it before I built this one though... lol As you can see I have my anti drunk horns installed on my bike.

    Reason for having a pair of anti drunk horns? I travel at night on a unlit bike path and lately I've ran into drunk people. I have very visable lighting. and can stop on a dime, but they run out of nowhere. so for protection I bring you Anti Drunk Horns V2!

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    Winter mode is looking pretty sharp Sixty-Fiver!

    Mine is currently resting in the garage waiting for me to patch a rear tube. The good news is I did a bit of bartering on the last bike I sold, and walked away with a xtracycle snap deck. Get to figure out how to mount that up soon.

    I did about wreck on mine a few weeks back though. Was doing a fast pace down a downhill and narrowly recovered when the front tire tried to tweak itself sideways. Must save the going fast for the non-cargo bikes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jubal View Post
    mind if I ask why did you get rid of it?
    too much noise? trying to cut weight? chainslap not as big of an issues as some think?

    your project is an inspiration for a few of us out there
    Yep... was trying to cut back on weight... lol

    Seriously... took the upper guide off to mod it out a little and ran the bike without it and aside from a little chain rub when I am in the high low it isn't really needed.

    It's quieter, there's no chain slap, and no chain suck... my chain is set a little shorter for a little more tension (that big/big combo is a no go) but I run off the middle and low end of the cassette and middle ring 95% of the time.

    I might look at using a chain wrap as people use on recumbent bikes to protect it from the elements... we'll see.

    I find that my long bike descends like it's on rails and is very stable... I have a slacker steering angle than what the bike came with due to the lower position of the extension and that helps.

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    I find that my long bike descends like it's on rails and is very stable... I have a slacker steering angle than what the bike came with due to the lower position of the extension and that helps.
    Mine does fine, but that little "woops" going around a gradual corner was enough to make me keep a closer eye on things. My steering angle is also a wee bit slacker than the factory settings, so not sure if it was a design defect on my part or me forgetting that I wasn't on a road bike.
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    Update:

    Replaced my (cheap) chain today and although I don't have an odometer figure I have run the bike for 3000-4000 km since last May and most often with some serious loads of as much as 300 pounds when I had the trailer on.

    The bike has not caused me a moment of grief and has had no downtime save for when I was playing with new parts or experimenting with new ideas.

    A little inner tube wrapped around the seat stay eliminated that little chain rub/ rattle I was experiencing.

    New chain is KMC btw... it's as smooth as buttah.

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    I had a quiet day at my shop yesterday and got to looking at the longbike and decided to play with a few more ideas and revisit an old one.

    Added a couple of tubular braces (black pipe) that connect the respective seat stays of the donor bikes... these serve as a stop for the panniers, a place to attach bungee hooks, and seem to have stiffened things up just a little.

    Installed another lower tensioner / guide in the form of a Shimano 600 just to see what that would do... it's quiet and the little added tension makes the shifting just a little crisper... that and keeping the chain a little higher in the winter is a good thing.

    I am also in the market for a sewing machine (would like a vintage Singer cast iron model) as I would like to fabricate my own oversized sling bags from canvas.

    Weighed the bike too... with the new braces and lights mounted it is 50 pounds but you would never know that riding it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    I had a quiet day at my shop yesterday and got to looking at the longbike and decided to play with a few more ideas and revisit an old one.

    Added a couple of tubular braces (black pipe) that connect the respective seat stays of the donor bikes... these serve as a stop for the panniers, a place to attach bungee hooks, and seem to have stiffened things up just a little.

    Installed another lower tensioner / guide in the form of a Shimano 600 just to see what that would do... it's quiet and the little added tension makes the shifting just a little crisper... that and keeping the chain a little higher in the winter is a good thing.

    I am also in the market for a sewing machine (would like a vintage Singer cast iron model) as I would like to fabricate my own oversized sling bags from canvas.

    Weighed the bike too... with the new braces and lights mounted it is 50 pounds but you would never know that riding it.
    This is one of the koolest threads I've seen in a long time...and your build is one of the nicest I've ever seen! Sweet

    Methinks since I can no longer afford an Xtracycle,I orta look through all that "junk bike pile" (as the wifey calls it ),and look deeper into this. Any advice for someone who's not the most mechanically inclined?
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    The compliments are nice but I owe everything to folks like roughrider (and many others) who planted this seed in my head with things like this...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    Added a couple of tubular braces (black pipe) that connect the respective seat stays of the donor bikes... these serve as a stop for the panniers, a place to attach bungee hooks, and seem to have stiffened things up just a little.
    you ARE going to post pics... right? =)

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    OK....I was inspired and made some major headway on my project....here are some pics...














    sorry if that's too many pics...i figured if y'all are like me, you might want to see some details to compare with your own ideas/project.

    The report (just finished it today) is that it rides nice, feels solid, etc. Can't do a wheelie, but "stop-e's" are easy...lol

    I put racks on it after I brought it back in the house and I'm wondering if they're going to ride too high...well, higher than I'd prefer for a heavy load....comparing to the other projects here, these look like they ride a few inches higher than they need to...and, so the bike would be a bit less stable, right?


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    fiat - Nice job... and a nice colour match too.

    What is that bar stock made of ?

    I suspect it is aluminium and if it is, would advise replacing that with a steel brace.

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    Y'know, I thought the same thing and even fitted a steel bar...but then I started thinking that if that section is loaded in compression then why not aluminum. Advice noted though...keeping a close eye + steel already fabbed and ready if needed.

    And, no, I wasn't trying to shave off a few grams in the build

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    We are gonna have to have a weigh in... mine curbs out at 50 pounds.

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    This is my latest endeavor. I've reached the top load capacity of my 1975 Schwinn and need to pack more stuff so I have built this. The bike is pretty well finished except for some details. The rack is going to be a whole other project that I don't have all the materials for yet.

    This bike was inspired by a young man (roughrider504) from New Orleans in January 2008 and I was impressed but did not think I needed a cargo bike. When I found out he was 16 at that time I was really impressed.



    I have only been able to ride it for about 30 minutes in between rain squalls but it seems to ride very well. After thirty minutes I was as comfortable as I am on my Schwinn that has been tweaked to suit me so perfectly that I have seen no need for me to have another bike. That is until I ran out of room.

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    A weigh in? I think mine takes the cake on that. I have no clue how much it weights but it's a pain to lift off the ground and takes alot to get it going a good speed but once going its a great ride.

    It also has snow stuck allover it.

    Also Fiata the racks you used on the back, make sure they are steel not alloy, I took a sharp turn with a heavy load and both racks ripped off the bike lol. However I have safety bike chains holding the racks. I thought in advance!
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    nice build oldfool. the ladies frame allows a nice easy step through.
    I especially like the handlebars

    whats your plan for the rack?

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    Our first real snowfall came a little over a week ago... the bike has been sailing through it all with flying colours.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jubal View Post
    nice build oldfool. the ladies frame allows a nice easy step through.
    I especially like the handlebars

    whats your plan for the rack?
    Ladies frames are the only thing I build or ride now. We called them girls bikes when I was a kid and since there were no small bikes in them days all small kids learned to ride on one. I find that now most of the time I need the step through. I never cared for the nut-buster bar anyway.

    Originally I was going to build a rack from x ⅛ 316 stainless bar stock but finding the materials here has become a problem. Now the plan is something like Sixty Fiver has done. Updates to follow.

    The handle bars came from my 1975 Schwinn Suburban. A girls bike but the best bike I have ever ridden. I fits me. When I dutchified it the stock bars did not come back far enough so I replaced them with something that did. They really work well here.

    I'm still getting used to riding this one and it has already dumped me once but the blood doesn't show on the red paint. I made the first store run on it yesterday with a makeshift basket, my black knickers and new red knee socks. Traffic gave me a wide berth. I guess I was just too weird looking to squash.
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