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Old 05-01-2009, 06:57 PM   #10531
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Perfect weather, so I got a ride in after work.

22 miles along the river trail.


And the river,
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Old 05-01-2009, 08:11 PM   #10532
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Nice picture. I wish I had a place like that to ride. With the rain lately, it has just been rollers. I guess I could take a picture of the basement wall with a DVD playing. :grn
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Old 05-01-2009, 08:12 PM   #10533
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Originally Posted by Gummee!
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It is back up again tonight. Not sure how long it was down. I was waiting for BOBO to post up about my paint drying comment.
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Old 05-01-2009, 08:57 PM   #10534
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Nice picture. I wish I had a place like that to ride. With the rain lately, it has just been rollers. I guess I could take a picture of the basement wall with a DVD playing. :grn
I gave away my roller when I left Colorado.

This river parallels the busiest freeway in Southern California. But there are points where it feels like a million miles from here. But, it's flat, and about 200 feet above sea level. I miss being able to ride from 6,000 feet to 14,000 feet.

OK, Friday old age kicking in.
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Old 05-02-2009, 04:40 AM   #10535
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Friedquads down again.

Any reason why the smilies work and then don't here. I used to type them in, and now I click on them and they still don't work. :-) I guess I will go back to the old emoticons from the 80's
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Old 05-02-2009, 02:51 PM   #10536
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I built up this today, skiptooth FTW!
Not sure what the frame was from, probably a Columbia or Hawthorne. Needs a seat, but I'll mostly just ride it to the bar, anyway.

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Old 05-02-2009, 03:23 PM   #10537
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I built up this today, skiptooth FTW!
Not sure what the frame was from, probably a Columbia or Hawthorne. Needs a seat, but I'll mostly just ride it to the bar, anyway.
We always called skip teeth those 'inch-pinch', although I believe that was a misnomer of 'inch-pitch'... I had a couple inch-pinch bikes when I was a student in Marin, circa early 70s. That does look like a columbia. i briefly had a Schwinn Spitfire, and later had a piece-of-junk Higgins 'pinch cruiser. God save you if it has a New Dimensions coaster brake. obviously, those aren't the original forks, which is a good thing from a riding perspective, as the OEM forks on those bikes wobbled something fierce.
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Old 05-02-2009, 04:10 PM   #10538
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We always called skip teeth those 'inch-pinch', although I believe that was a misnomer of 'inch-pitch'... I had a couple inch-pinch bikes when I was a student in Marin, circa early 70s. That does look like a columbia. i briefly had a Schwinn Spitfire, and later had a piece-of-junk Higgins 'pinch cruiser. God save you if it has a New Dimensions coaster brake. obviously, those aren't the original forks, which is a good thing from a riding perspective, as the OEM forks on those bikes wobbled something fierce.

I've got all the original stuff from the bike (fenders, fork, bars & stem, etc), but I've got a couple other nicer complete Schwinns and Columbias, etc. so I wasn't too worried about keeping this one intact. I can always put it back together if someone wants it in "original" condition.
One of the blessings of owning a bike shop, I guess.

And, I think the official name for that style chain is "inch gauge", as the points of the cogs are an inch apart. Modern chains are 1/2".

And, it is a JC Higgins rear hub. I'm going to lace up a 2 speed kickback for it, one of these days.
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Old 05-02-2009, 04:26 PM   #10539
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I built up this today, skiptooth FTW!
Not sure what the frame was from, probably a Columbia or Hawthorne. Needs a seat, but I'll mostly just ride it to the bar, anyway.
... that is cool in my book
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Old 05-02-2009, 04:29 PM   #10540
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I've got all the original stuff from the bike (fenders, fork, bars & stem, etc), but I've got a couple other nicer complete Schwinns and Columbias, etc. .....
btw, Specialized Hemisphere 26x1.9" make -awesome- tires for this sort of cruiser.

Here's a pair mounted on my somewhat newer tech cruiser (late 70s, built with a unknown frame, early redline forks, random old school BMX parts, suntour gt deraileur and 5-speed freewheel, and a sturmey archer drum brake rear hub)

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Old 05-02-2009, 05:01 PM   #10541
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btw, Specialized Hemisphere 26x1.9" make -awesome- tires for this sort of cruiser.

Here's a pair mounted on my somewhat newer tech cruiser (late 70s, built with a unknown frame, early redline forks, random old school BMX parts, suntour gt deraileur and 5-speed freewheel, and a sturmey archer drum brake rear hub)

That's a good looking bike.

It's funny, those are the tires I took off of it to make it a "mountain cruiser".

I'm moving towards a clunker style, just need to find a few more little bits.
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Old 05-02-2009, 05:50 PM   #10542
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That's a good looking bike.

It's funny, those are the tires I took off of it to make it a "mountain cruiser".

I'm moving towards a clunker style, just need to find a few more little bits.
what I like about my cruiser is its only about 30 lbs, vs 60+ for those old inch-pinch beasts :)

its geared with a 44 tooth front and a 14-34 tooth SunTour rear, so its pretty good for hill climbing, and can still haul butt downhill and with a tailwind. I kinda wish I could put a 7 speed on it instead of the 5 speed, but the axle won't clear it, I'd need a different hub.


edit: whoa, just hit your Clunker link. muahaahahaha. I lived in Marin from 1970 til 75, and was doing that downhill thing on Mt Tam with clunkers before those guys. we didn't have no knobbies, just funky old fatties....
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Old 05-02-2009, 08:12 PM   #10543
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Finally finished collecting parts and building up my Klein Quantum- I think the frame is from 92. I like the idea of having a bike made in washington state, hopefully it rides nice too.

I just stuck an older specialized triple crank on the funky pressed in BB spindle. If the I end up riding it much, I may have to go with the phil wood outboard BB system for this bike.

Pics to come soon.
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Old 05-02-2009, 08:21 PM   #10544
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I built up this today, skiptooth FTW!
Not sure what the frame was from, probably a Columbia or Hawthorne. Needs a seat, but I'll mostly just ride it to the bar, anyway.

Oh Hell Yeah!
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Old 05-02-2009, 10:25 PM   #10545
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I have never ridden a more comfortable, easy to ride bike in my life! It probably wouldn't go up or down mountains or win any Tour De France's but, It'll cruise along the bike trails in and around Anchorage all day long. 3 speeds in the rear hub, a lever brake up front and a coaster brake out back! Ahhhh, childhood! Only this one weighs in at about half what the 3 speed of my youth did.
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