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Old 04-15-2016, 03:18 PM
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i changed the clutch pads on my motor, hopefully these ones are better and grab harder.
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Old 04-15-2016, 03:32 PM
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today I moved mine out of the way so I could get the battery charger out of the garage, 'cause my car was dead.
So you are learning car "CPR" I presume using the car defibrillator.
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Old 04-15-2016, 07:24 PM
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today I moved mine out of the way so I could get the battery charger out of the garage, 'cause my car was dead.
These are my favorite ones, because I can see it in my head.... "Fricking thing, *OUCH* What is that? Since when do we have a ...!" of course a always picture the garage to be as cluttered as my head lol!
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Old 04-15-2016, 07:54 PM
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Of all the rotten luck! I go out for a brief ride after fixing up my rear wheel, got my bike all warmed up and purring, and the throttle cable snaps. It's not a difficult fix, I know. I'm just bummed because it's another few bucks and it means I don't get to ride for a while.
So, anyone got a preferred place to get good throttle cables for a China Girl? I think I'm gonna shop around a bit. First stop: Dax.
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Old 04-15-2016, 08:05 PM
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DAX!!!! Shipping is a little nuts for small parts, they're reliable, and that counts for more in my book. Might check the bicycle repair section of your local ace hardware or wally world, the Bell replacement cable kits for multi geared bikes might help. I don't have my spares handy, but at least one end of one cable has an end identical to the China Girl's, where it attaches to the carb slide. Worth checking, could eliminate all the wait and shipping...
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Old 04-19-2016, 11:39 PM
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I am trying to make my ride safe with the lights etc. needed. I have a diode headlight coming and have mounted bags to contain a motorcycle battery to run stuff They have rear diodes for turn signals. I had a pair of little diode front signals and am trying to make a mount. So far I used a 5/8" O.D. copper tube 12" long with copper caps on the ends drilled to contain the nuts. The wires exit through an oblong 1/4" wide X 3/8" long slot in the middle and wires will be protected with shrink tubing where they exit. I will make a plate to anchor with the handlebar clamp and mount the tube with 2 U-bolts. I have a little turn switch coming that is supposed to contain a flasher but at less tan $2.00 I am skeptical. I already have one that is supposed to have a horn and light button as well but as yet have not figured out the wiring. Maybe the light switch is bi-stable and I need to push harder. At any rate, if I use it, I will need a flasher unit. I can rig a TI NE556 dual timing chip from RS with resistors and capacitors to determine the on and off times. The output doesn't care if they are diodes or filaments. A pair of crappy mirrors are also on the way. I may install a micro-switch over the slack run of the peddle chain to run the brake light.
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Old 04-20-2016, 12:14 AM
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Stock muffler guts fell out. I salvaged the cap, put in some large guage stainless steel pot scrubber and is only a tiny bit louder than stock with deeper tone.

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Old 04-20-2016, 04:07 AM
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I actually rode Tanglebones today! Gods do I need to jet down, now that I'm running my 56t rear sprocket, there's not enough load on the motor for my previous tuneing, which was already rich just a tad. Going to try to source the micro drills I need locally, but may have to order them.

May have also gone overboard on my gear reduction, but it do climb good. Really good...
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Old 04-20-2016, 11:09 AM
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Track Fodder, I took that whole sentace as a pun, not sure if that was the intent lol.

Allen Wrench, I was thinking of something else entirely, as such, your bike's name is far more inspired than I had hoped. Tempus is an excellent name for such a bike, as much for the definition as because you like it.

This afternoon, I fiddled with my derailur a bit, I really need to get a new pedal chain and do away with the derailur entirely. Gotta take the 56t over to the boss's place and use his bench grinder to dress the teeth. Didn't really look at it till today, and when I noticed the flat sides of the teeth hadn't been beveled. I checked the Dax website before I called, glad I didn't bother Duane, says in their online kit install instructions, that you'll have to bevel them yourself. Not like I mind, any labor savings on their end is money savings on mine, not that I approve of cutting corners, just some corners don't need to be there to begin with.

Trying to decide on paint color, I'm quite partial to green, but I've heard it's a bad idea as most color blind people can't see green and blues very well. Not sure how much I believe that or care, but I sure won't be using red that's fer sure! Blue, green and black are just about all that appeals to me, I'm leaning towards black or blue, as my '63 Shwinn American is already green, and will get fresh paint before hitting the road. Speaking of the "Troll", I got the crank freed up! The Bendix coaster break is cleaned up awaiting reassembly. Finally got the front fender off, had to cut the gooseneck bolt and use vicegrips on the remnant, but its out and the fender is off. The Breakfree CLP worked wonders on the crank, but the fender bolt was to far gone, even after a month of daily "drip soaking", oh well.

Hey blue! Hope it's warming up over there. Always love your homebrew mods, keep em coming. Got to agree with your point on tires, I'm only going to get so many miles out of a set, so why pay so much more? I run the cheap Kevlar Bells, as even Kendas are $45+ each around here, heck, my bells cost $53 for the pair or somethin like that. Keep it shiny side up, and be safe!
Did you ever notice how easily you can pick out yellow cars in a lot? That is why I paint my stuff yellow. No excuse for not seeing me.
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Old 04-23-2016, 09:39 PM
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No. No yellow. Nice car though bud, but not my color.

My friend Scott called me up to come help him with his bike, which wouldn't start. After a simple clutch adjustment to his China Girl, he was off and running again. Scott has been really frustrated and stressed lately, so he just overlooked something simple.

We took the bikes around the neighborhood, playing cat and mouse. He's running a 44t to my 56t, so it was fun. I had him on the hills easily, but he sure walked away on the flats. I figure if I go back to a 44t he'll never have a chance. We're hoping to get out again tomorrow, if the wind calms down.
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