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Old 04-04-2013, 08:43 PM   #2476
Ricardo Kuhn
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Okay I'm a Bike Snob...

I work at shops for many years and I touch all kind of bikes, but my own where always super high end (XTR/HOPE/king headsets if they fit kind of high end) but now that I'm transporting my little kiddolina around I need a bike I can left lock up with out worry (the Klein Adept, still to nice for that), in any case I'm almost done building one and let me tell you cheap parts suck ass..

The frame is a old Kona with pretty decent tubing but far from super highend, rigid fork and quill stem to complete the package, perfect for the purpose.

Drivetrain consist of a old school Deore rear derailleur (nice and sturdy, in fact bulletproof), a LX front, old school XT cranks (I have plenty of this) and a really sucky LX rear hub with a sticky cassette body that works okay, but far from great, everything was taking apart, clean and re lube (how I know half the parts suck goat)


Okay still LX/XT 8speed but I don't really care much if get stolen, the grips will be safety wire for added safety of the handlebar component and as many torx bolts as I can find will be replacing the stock allen bolts on things like the V-brake mounts, etc.



Better pictures when I'm done..
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:10 AM   #2477
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Nice!
My Fargo is just about together, I can wait!
Thanks! Here is a closer picture... It's a bit of a "build" as well
(I know the seat is at an extreme angle. I've been screwing with the angle...)

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Old 04-05-2013, 06:13 AM   #2478
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:34 PM   #2479
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I'm not sure if this is the right thread for this, but last fall I rebuilt an old cruiser bike for my g/f's daughter for her birthday.

I found this old 1958 Hawthorne (Montgomery Wards) cruiser at a garage sale for $25




All the parts were there (which was one of the main reason I chose this one), so no need to search Fleabay for parts. So I began the tear down



Then I had a fellow ADVer media blast it for me


It came out great!


Then I turned my garage into a rattle can heaven and went to work on the frame and rims.



The finished frame


New saddle, grips, pedals. chain and tires







And the birthday girl with the finished product.


In the end I spent a total of $200 and 2 weekends and resurrected an old classic while making a young girl pretty happy.
Awesome! Nicely done!
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:45 PM   #2480
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First time on the road..
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:58 PM   #2481
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Nice! It's always good to have a bike that doesn't cost the same as a decent used car.

Those cranks are some of my favorites because they last for tens of thousands of miles. Not saying I haven't broken any. Bike snob is relative.
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:00 PM   #2482
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Nice! It's always good to have a bike that doesn't cost the same as a decent used car.
Actually it feel great, not to worry about it, is such a weird sensation of liberty I'm just not use to it..

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Those cranks are some of my favorites because they last for tens of thousands of miles. Not saying I haven't broken any. Bike snob is relative.
Yeap the old XT's are some of the best cranks ever made, very rigid and sturdy, only shame is the wide Q-factor, all fix by the XTR M-900 that I have on the Klein
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:36 AM   #2483
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Awesome! Nicely done!
agreed!
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:17 PM   #2484
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Above the freeway..


Salt Lake has a bunch of great bike paths (and lot of police from what you can see in the picture)
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:23 PM   #2485
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Not mine, but pretty cool!



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Old 04-10-2013, 03:43 AM   #2486
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REI had some of their bikes on sale recently. With the discount and my member's dividend, I managed to buy myself a truly fun machine.

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Old 04-10-2013, 04:52 AM   #2487
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Not mine, but pretty cool!



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Just curious -- what's the red canister for? Air suspension ?
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:22 AM   #2488
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Just curious -- what's the red canister for? Air suspension ?
Beats me, might be a tire pump?

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Old 04-10-2013, 05:25 AM   #2489
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Just curious -- what's the red canister for? Air suspension ?
CO2 soda charger?
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Old 04-10-2013, 05:25 AM   #2490
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Probably CO2 for the seltzer water.
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