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Old 02-19-2013, 09:08 AM   #2266
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Great looking bike.

Did you ride one-way? Or, cross-country and back?

Is your tour blogged somewhere?
Thanks! It served me well, and got compliments all the time from people even while I was on tour! I did 49 US States, working in a kind of sine wave, from home in CA, to Boston, Mass, then carpooled with my bike on a rack from Boston to Reno, NV, and then rode home from there. Facebook.com/ProjectRunaway.

There is a real blog, but I didn't update it very often while I was on the road. I'm writing a book, so wait for that, ha! The hundreds of pictures on the FB page are the best part of that link. Enjoy!
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:59 AM   #2267
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If you've got some time, I'd be interested to know what technical problems you had along the way, if any, and what you did to solve or prevent them.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:40 AM   #2268
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If you've got some time, I'd be interested to know what technical problems you had along the way, if any, and what you did to solve or prevent them.
Yeah, for sure. Shoot me a PM and I'll give you my email.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:51 AM   #2269
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I'm working on polishing some of the light rust off of my Goose. Gotta make it shiny

Ame grips added, pedals and seat/tires next.


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Old 02-19-2013, 05:08 PM   #2270
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Facebook.com/ProjectRunaway.
"Liked" your page and will spend some time looking around.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:26 PM   #2271
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"Liked" your page and will spend some time looking around.
Cool, cool. I'm actually gonna make a thread about it in the "Sports" section tonight or tomo morning.
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:34 PM   #2272
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Nice Kos man! I see some Bullseyes, is that an old Goose double clamp stem?

I just can't wrap my head around guys paying ridiculous amounts of cash for 80's BMX stuff and turning it into a "show" bike.

Whatever.



Still have my original 70's JMC from back in the day. Maybe I should make a "show" bike out of it.


I knew there would be a few old school bmx'ers here. The Kos looks pretty but it's also a regular rider. I do have a couple of restored ones that don't get ridden though, but no apologies here. I have a notion that a 13lb GHP mini wouldn't fare well under my fat ass!

LOVE the JMC. All-american goodness there. I'm gonna guess 1980 long standard? Looks like original paint too.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:52 PM   #2273
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:17 PM   #2274
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That's rad.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:13 AM   #2275
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That's rad.
It woulda been my ambition to keep more of the car apparent in the build, like pressing a uni-body main triangle out of the sheet metal. But I suppose that kind of fabrication starts to fall out of a bicycle-shop's main fabrication skillset.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:43 AM   #2276
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- Eccentric hub (though I'm not sure how well that'd play with the disc brakes, and it'd be a much more expensive and only marginally more elegant solution than the tensioner).

- Setting chain length very precisely, possibly using half-link.

(I'm not actually disagreeing with you, just listing options without regard to actual practicality.)

To the OP of the bike in question: One suggestion I've heard that makes a lot of sense is to position the tensioner so that its sprocket is on the outside of the chain, pushing up, rather than inside pushing down, as you currently have it. That way the tensioner causes the chain to engage with more rather than fewer teeth on the rear sprocket, extending sprocket life.
I have my Simple Tension Seeker on the outside when I run an 18t and the inside with a 16t.

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Old 02-22-2013, 07:21 AM   #2277
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I knew there would be a few old school bmx'ers here. The Kos looks pretty but it's also a regular rider. I do have a couple of restored ones that don't get ridden though, but no apologies here. I have a notion that a 13lb GHP mini wouldn't fare well under my fat ass!

LOVE the JMC. All-american goodness there. I'm gonna guess 1980 long standard? Looks like original paint too.
Indeed, no apologies necessary man, it's your prerogative to do as you choose with your dough as well as all your bikes.

Yup, long standard with Euro BB, it's a low(er) numbered bike that is all original from the day my father and I went in on it 50/50, back in the late 70' early 80's. I'm getting too old to rememebrer.

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Old 02-22-2013, 07:51 AM   #2278
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Guess this is the best place to ask a bicycle question? Anyone know what make of tricycle would be worth getting for my 19+ year old daughter? We've looked at a few so far but there doesn't really seem to be any difference in them with the exception of the price. We had hoped to get her something with two wheels out front and at best a 3 speed sturmey-archer type gear set in the rear because she probably wouldn't be able to handle derailleur type gears.

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Old 02-22-2013, 07:56 AM   #2279
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Wait, she's 19?
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:09 AM   #2280
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Guess this is the best place to ask a bicycle question? Anyone know what make of tricycle would be worth getting for my 19+ year old daughter? ...
Since this is kind of an odd-ball question, I think some clarification is in order. Were you thinking along the lines of a recumbant trike, or a bakfiet? Or a full-on I'm reliving my youth tricycle?

Tadpole arrangements (two wheels up front) have been academically proven to be the most preferred arrangement.
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