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PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 1:29 pm 
South West Deputy AEC
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Cool Mint wrote:
J i m s t e r wrote:
You could do with some brakes.


I was thinking the same thing. It's got coaster (hub) brakes but I'd like to have proper hand brakes on it.


I think you'll struggle getting brakes on it. I can't see where the front one will fit on the fork and there's currently no guides for the rear brakes sleeving. Keep it brakeless and smooth. :D

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I'm not sure where to get a tank made up, it's probably a very simple job but some engineering workshops charge and arm and a leg for any job because they charge by the hour not by the complexity of the job.

I like the idea of getting the frame resprayed in black but I expect that would cost close to £100 unless I take the bike apart myself. I can take the forks off but I'm not so confident about removing the crank.


With the filling in the top tube area to make it look like a tank, have you not got a mate who's a car / bike mechanic or shop fitter etc. Or you could make the cardboard cut out yourself, cut it out of the sheet and hire a welder.

You've got a bmx type bottom bracket on that bike. They're easy enough to take apart. You just need an adjustable spanner to undo it then the cranks will come out and a hammer and punch (or hammer and big screw driver) to knock the cups out of the frame, the same as a headset. Get you're local bike shop to put it back together if you don't fancy doing it, or buy some new 1/4" bearings and grease and press the cups back in with a vise!


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South West Deputy AEC
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Hi.

Update required please!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:21 am 
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Hi Tibo, not much to update on yet.

Between the rain and my weird landlady (how the hell does she do it? she vanishes without notice for 4 days to Morroco or maybe just down the street and then turns up at at 12:15am within 2 minutes of ... well, it's not an appropriate subject for this forum) all I've done so far is collect the bike, give it a test ride and buy a saddle. It's bigger than I expected, just about my size but I have to drop forward over the frame when I come to a stop instead of just putting my foot down - I think that's common with cruisers.

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It seems cheaply made, the struts holding the mudguards are tin and the chainguard is much the same - the one on my old Raleigh Chiltern is more solid. The bearings on the forks (or headset or whatever it's called) are probably cheap, they're some far-east asian/china make. But the frame, forks and wheels seem okay and there's not much to go wrong with a single gear bike. The seller had to fix the hub brake (he paid for it - £35) but I don't know if that was normal wear and tear or because it was a bad bike.

I'm not too happy trying to ride uphill, OMG it's hard work without low gearing! But I suppose that's par for the course with single speed cruisers.

I don't think the bike is good enough to spend much money on (the saddle I can swap to another bike later) but it does look good, in fact it looks very good so overall it was worth buying.


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