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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 2:05 am 
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Prometheus wrote:
So so so the right choice with the fork. I really really love this a lot. So much so that I even had a tentative look around for one myself but although I found other silver kings they didn't have the same beautiful proportions that yours has. 8)

One small point though is that the clearance looks super tight on the front, or is just the angle of the pic? Is that your final tyre choice or would you be going for a slick cruiser tyre?

Either way I can't wait to see this finished...beautiful :D

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Yes the front tire does look a bit close but that is a 2.35 Nevegal up front. The rear is a 2.1. I will be switching to cruiser tires at some point but I don't think clearance will be an issue. I found the perfect solution for the seatpost. Silver kings used an expander seatpost that works like a 1 inch quill stem. It has a wedge that expands inside the seat tube. These are hard to find and expensive. I found a 200mm 1 inch quill steerer that is basically the same thing and it cost 11 bucks.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 5:49 pm 
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This is an amazing build, I NEVER thought I'd like a pre-war bike but you're creating a work of art.

If I were wearing a hat I would doff it in your general direction. :D

Top work.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 5:49 am 
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keithb wrote:
This is an amazing build, I NEVER thought I'd like a pre-war bike but you're creating a work of art.

If I were wearing a hat I would doff it in your general direction. :D

Top work.

Thanks. I still have some choices to make, I am not sure I like the stem but I like the handlebar which is a pre-war original from an Elgin. I got almost everything mounted and sat on it for the first time.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 5:58 am 
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Nice rims......
Pretty unique build A.
Looks cool.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:41 am 
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The expanding seatpost was either too expensive or too hard to find so I made one out of an old 1 inch quill stem.
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I did not care for the big black clamp on the brake lever so I stripped and polished it.
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And I changed the handlebar:
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Next will be some red brick tires and some amber shellack for sealing the cork grips.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:49 am 
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That is dope!


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:48 am 
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looks great! how does the positioning on the bike feel?


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 6:56 pm 
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Why have I only just found this thread? :roll:

would someone please pm me with a message that reads...


"al would you get your ass over to readers mtb pre 1997 or else you will miss out on one of the best looking bikes ever"

Something like that anyway!!

Fantastic bike. 8)

al.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:24 pm 
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Rio wrote:
looks great! how does the positioning on the bike feel?

Having only gone for a glide (no chain yet) I can't really say how it will feel pedaling but the position is nice and upright, feet almost flat on the ground with hands at mid torso level. Very comfortable. The long wheelbase makes it feel stable but turning it around takes some preparation. Overall I am very pleased, it is the perfect bike for cruising the beach and around the bay.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:15 am 
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Magnificent! I had no idea anyone used aluminum in that era, great work polishing and I love how it turned out, congrats and well done!


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