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Old 01-19-18, 07:44 AM
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I've got a few things sitting around for Texas winter, though my skill level is way below most posters' level.

I'm hoping to restore and customize this rusty BMX fat bike. I'm thinking bright red paint job, ape hangers, and a layback seatpost. Currently, it's been stripped and primered. I need to repair the chainstay before painting, though.

Not sure what all I want to do with the Schwinn Meridian trike. Different bars, an umbrella holder, some paint? I just took off the original basket, which I might plasti-dip. I don't like the fenders at all, but not sure whether to lose them or paint them. If I lose them, I can fit some slightly wider tires on the back. Eventually, I'll convert it to multispeed (when budget allows).


EDIT - also have a golf bag caddy that I plan to convert to a travois style trailer.
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I stripped and painted the BMX fat bike, got the seatpost, and set it aside. Lack of brake options is frustrating, so I'm looking for one of those 20" kid's fat bikes to steal a wheel from (I've got a disc brake adapter that I will weld to the frame). Plan B is v-brakes for the front only but I haven't had luck sourcing one big enough. If it falls back to plan B, I will have to fabricate a noodle.

Schwinn Meridian went bye-bye; couldn't handle the lack of gears for the hills around here. Found an old beat-up Torker and straightened/rebuilt it so it's rideable. Still to do: strut-mounted front basket, remove the ugly stickers. Possibly may replace the front fork with a disc-ready suspension fork I was given, though not sure what the geometry will be like.

The golf caddy is still sitting there, but I did put together a trailer frame I'd had sitting around for 3 years. Still need to bolt on the front toolbox for some covered storage and I may plywood the side rails.

Also restored this Mongoose Beast, which may be why I lost interest in the little fat bike.

And I needed some way to carry the trike since I no longer have a pickup. A heavy bread rack bolted to my cargo carrier did the trick.
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Old 01-19-18, 10:44 PM
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Nice progress everyone! Keep on building...and riding if you don't mind the cold so much.

I've done a little work on my cruiser while also restoring my Fuji Touring 3 to selling condition and then sold it. I also bought an 80's Peugeot 12 speed I just put a little TLC into and I'm gonna sell it in the next week or so. (No pics on this computer but I'll try to add them later if anyone wants)

The cruiser so far has new Thickslick tires, I rebuilt the front hub, repacked the headset, and am currently repacking the 1 piece crank. I want it to look like sh*t but ride smooth as I Can't Believe It's Not Butter™

I have some pictures of that progress but they won't upload for some reason, I'll try again when I get some more progress done but just gotta find some new lock nuts for the front, maybeeeeee repack the Bendix 1 speed coaster hub but I probably won't open that can of worms, and I need to find new pedals and a fitting saddle.
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Old 01-22-18, 09:37 AM
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scored two sets of not quite ordinary wheels. one new project started already.


a local walmart donated two bikes to the co-op with damaged frames so the co-op sold the wheels on their own. a set of fat bike wheels and a set of 29x3 wheels. since they know me they let me pick through the other parts they took off the bikes, but I just took the fat bike frame (and now kicking myself. hoping the other frame will still be there next week. I can use the front end I think).


started the beginnings of a fat stretch the day I got them. the 29x3's will have to wait for inspiration.
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scored two sets of not quite ordinary wheels. one new project started already.


a local walmart donated two bikes to the co-op with damaged frames so the co-op sold the wheels on their own. a set of fat bike wheels and a set of 29x3 wheels. since they know me they let me pick through the other parts they took off the bikes, but I just took the fat bike frame (and now kicking myself. hoping the other frame will still be there next week. I can use the front end I think).


started the beginnings of a fat stretch the day I got them. the 29x3's will have to wait for inspiration.
Awesome find. I can think of lots of inspiration for those 29x3s.
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Looks like the old Specialized Cross Trail may need to make a resurgence. Maybe turn it into a beach cruiser?
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1974 Raysport Turismo w/DIY RustOleum paint job:





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DQ, that is a very clean Ray sport, nice job.

Are the front lugs chrome, and is that original paint ?


My winter project has been posted as "The Viking" rides."
That bike has some sentimental value for a friend and customer whose brother road it for years
before he passed.

I am sure he will be glad when he sees it fixed and riding again.

It will also do a fine job of replacing the Specilized flat bar road bike i had, that melted in last years fire.

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DQ, that is a very clean Ray sport, nice job.

Are the front lugs chrome, and is that original paint ?


My winter project has been posted as "The Viking" rides."
That bike has some sentimental value for a friend and customer whose brother road it for years
before he passed.

I am sure he will be glad when he sees it fixed and riding again.

It will also do a fine job of replacing the Specilized flat bar road bike i had, that melted in last years fire.

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This is what I started with:



The entire 531 frame is chromed, but only the front lugs and "stockings" are polished. I soda-blasted the frameset and painted it in my garage with RustOleum 2x sage green and creme over a base coat of etch primer.

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I find the overall look to be well done. Better than new. My description would be "Quality with a Subtle Flash"

i have wondered about how the "lugs and stockings" chrome was done for a while.
Makes sense now, and i had guessed that is what it took.

Also asked because considering finishing the old Viking that way. Different color, but chrome or silver lugs.
It's old enough to have Nervex lugs, but not old enough to be really valuable.

The cost of chroming the frame set might be a lot more than the worth of the finished bike though.
By settling for a solid dark paint, and gold pinstriping around the lugs, I will be able to complete the work
here at home for a few dollars.

thanks for your reply. bkentr
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