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Old 08-08-2013, 08:41 PM
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what a sense of accomplishment,eh?

i know the first time i trued a wheel it was great.
i tinkered with bikes when i was young,and making my wheel run true was an obsession.
good bearings and true wheels always made for a better ride.

never did it for a long time til i got my first motor.it is nice i can clamp a dial guage to my fork and have at it.
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:59 PM
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Hardest thing to true is an egg-shaped wheel, but it is basically the exact same process.
Just place your feeler on the outside of the rim and go for it!
It's nowhere near as hard as some people think, just time consuming.
No telling how much money I've saved over the years truing my own wheels...
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:31 PM
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I'm comtemplating using this as my next build.......went and looked at one today. May just pull the trigger next month! Has a Sturmey Archer 5 speed internal shifter hub, discs, and a cool built into the handle bar basket.


http://www.schwinnbikes.com/bikes/4-one-one-1
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Old 08-08-2013, 10:07 PM
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I'm comtemplating using this as my next build.......went and looked at one today. May just pull the trigger next month! Has a Sturmey Archer 5 speed internal shifter hub, discs, and a cool built into the handle bar basket.


http://www.schwinnbikes.com/bikes/4-one-one-1
I don't know about that one since it has an aluminum frame.
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Old 08-08-2013, 10:36 PM
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took it on it's first trip to work and back, co-workers were asking me where i got it and how much...

still a bit tricky getting the darn thing to idle while it's cold and choke ON, but eh, it doesn't take long before the choke needs to be turned off.
A properly tuned engine isn't that hard to start. There is a learning curve. It use to take me probably 10 strokes. Now 2 strokes. IMHO it's all about timing.
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Old 08-08-2013, 11:56 PM
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Trueing a wheel is the one thing I wasn't sure I'd ever be able to learn how to do. Up until now I've been content paying a bike shop to do it. I have done literally everything else to my bikes, from servicing hubs and bottom brackets to changing tires and pressing in bearing cups. I just never thought I would figure out how to true a wheel. But it was kind of necessary at this point for me to learn to do it myself, because I couldn't afford to order a new hub adapter AND pay to have the wheel trued. I also can't wait till my next paycheck for one or the other, since my bike is my transportation to work. So it was either learn to do it myself or take the bus for the next two weeks. I had a little cash on hand from making tips, just in case I absolutely had to take the wheel to the bike shop after screwing it up trying to do it myself. But once I got everything set up and got started, I realized I would be able to true the rim myself. And boy, what a sense of accomplishment. Now I can literally say that there is not one thing I haven't done to my bike myself, at least mechanically speaking (I didn't weld the dang frame, lol but everything else was done with my own two hands). I feel like a master mechanic now, lol.
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Old 08-09-2013, 03:56 AM
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Made a pile of extra gaskets last night while sitting at kitchen table talking with wifey and watching the big screen..... very tedious work but better quality than the ebay replacements.

Fun Fun....







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Old 08-09-2013, 04:02 AM
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Brilliant idea you have there mapbike!

What thickness is that materiel?
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:06 AM
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Good job, mapbike. Anything you can do or learn to do yourself will definitely save you money, with the added benefit of knowing its done the way you want it done, versus paying someone and not always knowing. In the case of making gaskets, its more a sense of knowing the quality of the material you're using, and also being able to port match the gaskets better.
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Old 08-09-2013, 04:41 AM
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Good job, mapbike. Anything you can do or learn to do yourself will definitely save you money, with the added benefit of knowing its done the way you want it done, versus paying someone and not always knowing. In the case of making gaskets, its more a sense of knowing the quality of the material you're using, and also being able to port match the gaskets better.
You're 100% correct, the material I used for these gaskets is a high quality material that is resistant to oil, fuel, & water, its easy to work with because it is very fleable but it is also tough enough to stay together and form a nice seal, I sprayed the base gasket with Copper Coat and I always use the Permatex High Tack sealant on my intake gaskets.

http://secure.nhbragg.com/product/fp...terial-306875/

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