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 Post subject: Spooky Bandwagon
PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 7:07 pm 
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Got this awesome frame off Mark(letmetalktomark) a little while ago now with the sole intention of building up a nice bike for the girlfriend, something she deserves to call her own.


She's done an awful lot for me all the years i've known her (and it's been a few i tell ya) plus we do a lot of stuff together with kite landboarding and riding being some of them.. You could say she's my rock! Keeps me in relative sanity!
It's about time she had something cool to ride plus i know it'd be fully appreciated more than just as a bike. She kinda understands the whole old school thing too which makes it easier building another bike and having various parts lying around the place :)

the lucky girl in question.
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Was itching to build something again having not long completed the trailstar so when this was on offer i couldn't resist, plus it will be perfect for what's in store albeit with some battles along the way.

The frame dates from 1999/2000 which is further enhanced having the original purchase receipt showing the previous owner had bought it in Dirt & Dreams, London in 2000.
Handbuilt in New York by the infamous Frank the Welder it's a lovely piece of work. It's in a very clean condition not having a hard life thrown at it with just a few minor chips and pealing decals, nothing to worry about. It will be left as is frame wise,....well for the immediate time being as the decals will be replicated at a later stage for when they decide to fall off, but it all adds to the lightly used feel. The paint's tough as nails i may add so not even worth messing with!

The girlfriend's leaving it up to me to decide what to do although when asked she just pointed at the Trailstar saying "i'd quite like it like that!" so there will be some similarities namely some nice polished silver components where needed. One major decision is that it's going to be 1x9 speed which will make it easier going.

There are a couple of parts on the way soon, some silver Azonic Black Diamond rims from Giles(corduroyboy) who also dug me out a Hope 22mm adaptor for the rear caliper! score! I can't say how much help that tiny part will be as i honestly thought i'd be looking for the best part of forever for one wanting to run discs instead if v's. V's would have sufficed though but now there's no going back with the disc only rims... He who dares n all that! ;)

There are a few other parts i have so far namely some new Raceface North Shore cranks and a NYC Freeride Hoe stem which both appealed.
The stem is beautifully made and will compliment the frame nicely. There's a nice little bit of recent history surrounding the NYC Freeride company too i found while doing some research, plus the fact it was made in Brooklyn not a million miles away from where the frame was built adds a small something.

The suspension/fork capabilities are being taken care of in the form of '98 Marzocchi Z1 Bam's. Again found these with a stroke of luck and a BIN one night browsing though ebay They're in great condition and will be perfect for the frame in question adding an indistinguishable splash of colour too.


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Probably thinking of going for silver riser bars when i find some in the 31.8 needed; a Chubby would be perfect. The seatpost will be silver also, although i do have a black one that can be used but reckon there's more than enough black on it as it stands.
A silver headset and binder will follow suit together with silver or black 32h hubs in whichever Hope flavour.
As for gearing, well that can rattle about in the back of my mind for now but initial thoughts are for modern sram, probably X9 for peace of mind and funtionality.
Keeping my eyes open for a suitable 110 pcd chainring in black but not sure what size would be best. Have my eyes on some nicely machined old school bmx style ones which could fit the bill so we'll see.

The brakes are still going to be the tough part having the now defunkt 22m frame mounting.
I've been on the case to Mickey @ Spooky who is hopefully going to send me some measurements for the spooky specific frame mount so that i can get one machined...so fingers crossed! but shall keep on at him for it. I know he's a busy guy especially when he's ripping the sh*t out of his Metalhead! His words not mine :D
Tom(S8-Tom) kindly came up trumps with a Hope C2 #1 half caliper which is going to be needed, so i shall have a better idea what's what once that arrives. Still looking for a silver version in the meantime if there's one out there. Managed to get a front C2 complete with Pro lever ready to go so i'm halfway to nowhere just about!



some googled pics of the pita Spooky mount and Hope C2 adaptor to show set up>
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...and so the fun goes on! updates will follow in time

Any thoughts or ideas are gratefully appreciated :)



Wayne


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 Post subject: VWs!
PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 7:31 pm 
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Nice frame . . .

but hey - a fellow VW driver maybe? got any pics of your Beetle?!


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 Post subject: Re: VWs!
PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 7:59 pm 
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callookuk wrote:
Nice frame . . .

but hey - a fellow VW driver maybe? got any pics of your Beetle?!


;)


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Steve


..there are some on here somewhere but here you go! ;) It's been in a state of hibernation for some years. Every year we talk about getting it back out on the road but then we also keep talking about new rims and dropping the front more!..... well i do anyway :)
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 8:03 pm 
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First off, are you in North London? I see a Beetle like that a lot often round my place.

Have you thought of gold coloured bars? I have gold/champagne Azonics on my M2 that go really well with the gold bit on my Z2s.


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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 8:23 pm 
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Emoco wrote:
First off, are you in North London? I see a Beetle like that a lot often round my place.

Have you thought of gold coloured bars? I have gold/champagne Azonics on my M2 that go really well with the gold bit on my Z2s.


No, East.. but doubt it's this one unless it sneaks out when we aren't looking, plus the battery's flat. They're certainly a rare sight on the roads now.

Gold bars may work but wanted to limit the amount of colour anywhere else tbh, would probably need shimming if they're not oversize too. Definately have some Azonics in mind though. Shall see what crops up.
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 Post subject: Nice!
PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 10:52 pm 
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Nice bug fella!

Here's mine - not as chilled or as comfy as yours! sorry to hijack your thread ;)

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:)

Had any Vintage VW/Retrobike meets?!?


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 Post subject: Re: Nice!
PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 12:55 am 
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callookuk wrote:
Nice bug fella!

Here's mine - not as chilled or as comfy as yours! sorry to hijack your thread ;)

Had any Vintage VW/Retrobike meets?!?


Hijack away! I could sit and stare at that thing all day long, it's exactly how i'd want a bug to be. I do like resto cal but my first love is the proper old school cal look like that. Nicely understated but packs a punch!
What year is it? Thought it was a '66 at first but on closer inspection the body doesn't correspond to that year unless i'm wrong.

8)

Haven't been to any VW shows/meets for ages now apart from the volksworld show. Used to do Bug Jam, Stonor Park and Detling mainly so want to try and get along to more *checks calendar. Just trying to get back into it after being out of the loop for some years so need to find the impetus to finaly drag the bug out of the garage again. Miss it more now thinking about it :(

Haven't done any retrobike meets either but i'd be up for one if there was anything going on this way.. I think a VW/Retrobike meet combining the two would draw a nice crowd! :)


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 Post subject: VWs!
PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 9:09 am 
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Cheers fella, a lot of blood sweat and tears went into the bloody thing ;)

It is indeed a '66, but is an Australian import, they apparently used earlier parts for longer, hence smaller windows, sloping wings etc :)


I too have fallen out with the scene a bit, too many drunken chavs at Bug Jam now, just not for me, prefer shows like European Bug in, all about the racing and vintage performance. Bit of an effort though!

Drove over in 2008 and raced - awesome, but scared the crap out of me incase I bust anything - how would I get back LOL.

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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 11:18 am 
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Thats cool! it explains the smaller windows, trust the good old aussie's to mix it up hey! :)

Same here regarding bug jam and the like, just wasn't the same feel as it was back in the early days... I think the whole scene kinda sold out and the cool friendly vibe went along with it. Maybe it's just me growing older lol.
Would have loved a go at racing, could think of nothing more exhilarating than bombing down the quarter with all that power under the engine lid. Doubt 34 hamster power would be up to much! ;)


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looking forward to seeing this one 8) some nice kit already :D


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