Any Welders For Hire in L.A.? It's Almost Time.

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  1. miked826

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    Final clearance between chainstay tubes is 7.5". :) dance1
     
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    Front half of frame is completely welded up with welds that are ugly as sin but that's a non-issue at the moment. It's one thing to weld up a bunch of straight tubes, but if they have a curve in them, then it's a whole other story aligning them on 2 axises without any type of jig. PITA!
     
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    It's not perfect, but it is straight. It looks like I haven't done squat yet. Very slow process or maybe I'm just slow? I'm guessing $500 worth of bike is shown in this pic.

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    That thing is gonna be a beast!!!
     
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    The beastliness really doesn't sink in without the forks being mounted, which I'm working on the dropouts for today. Then you really get a good idea of the wheels girth. Seat height will be between 28" to 30" with tire height at 25.5".
     
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    Seat stays are the last thing to weld to this odyssey of a bike frame. With .065 tubing throughout the bike frame weighs in at 20 lbs. Wheels and tires weigh in at 40 lbs. Forks weigh 10 lbs.
     
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    Ain't nobody gonna notice me rolling down the road on this thing. I'll look just like any other bicyclist out for a leisurely ride. I'll blend right in.

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    Man! She is looking gorgeous. Great lines.
     
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    Thanks much. I tried to keep all vertical posts at the same angle but had to sweep the headtube a little farther back. I did the best I could do for not having a bike jig or any serious cutting tools.

    Still waiting on the last 2 seat stay tubes and a tap to re-thread my 11" wide rear axle's bearing race cup. brnot
     
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    JMHO but the swept back sort of stance gives her a sort of aggressive appearance. Not "sporty" but aggressive. LOL or to be PC, "assertive"

    Is a jig all that necessary for a one of a kind build? Really am asking. If every thing is st8 and good, then all good, me thinks.

    My favorite looking store bought frame is the riverside. Really, really cheap bike from Kmart. Much more sedate then your frame but was thinking of making a jig using that frame as a templet. But liking the look of yours much more.


    Way OT but every time I see your avatar, "I'm Mr. Heatmiser. I'm Mr. Hundred and One" starts playing in my head. Now we just need some one with a Mr. Snow Miser avatar.
    (hehe, so we can race em)
     
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    Your frame looks seriously impressive. Very nice work considering that you weren't using a jig. This bike is going to be a beast.
     
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    You don't need a jig at all. You do need a laser or lasers, a protractor, a saw horse, a vise and some bubble levels. All can be had at Home Depot. You also need a lot of patience because it can be a bit nerve racking without a jig. You need to step way back from the bike frame and check it for straightness from multiple views.

    I had no drawings, no sketches, no blueprints, and very few concrete measurements at all. I knew I had 13" from the ground to the center of the bikes hubs. I also knew the overall length from front tire to rear tire edge I was going for was 84". Seat height was to be no higher than 30" and the seat tube tube and down tube angles were already predetermined by the motor mount. That's all I knew going into this.

    I said I was bringing "The Heat" on this build and nobody brings the heat quite like Heatmiser does. He's a timeless classic. LOL
     
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    I made a few mistakes but they are really only visible to me cause I know exactly where they are. It ain't easy with rudimentary tools but it can be done with a lot of patience and stubbornness.

    "Beast" seems to be the 1 word that comes to people minds. Looks like it will weigh 80 lbs. with no engine installed.

    All I know is with only 16 PSI in those tires, it will haul nearly 500 lbs. of people and machinery down the road.
     
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    Next task on my checklist are some dual seat shocks, cause I've already more than earned it.

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    That is a really serious looking seat!

    Hey, dumb thought. Stores like Staples and the like sell printable magnetic sheets that work with home and office printers. Heat Miser would look really cool adorning your tank.....

    (Heat Miser looks an awful lot like my 9th grade english teacher and has a similar manner, snork)
     
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    It is a serious seat indeed that is normally found on a chopper.

    I likes the Heat Miser (Mr. 101), but not enough to ride around with his mug stuck on my tank. LOL

    Here he is!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbfgVEk-mxQ
     
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    Added another slot to the fork dropouts to push the front wheel back a bit to get rid of the chopper-ish rake I created. It think it did the trick.

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    I'm Mr. Heat Miser, I'm Mr. 101! LOL

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    All weld seams will be blended and reinforced with Kevlar impregnated fiberglass. Cause I don't want or need any surprises. A 1/4" plate gusset will hopefully keep the head tube right where it is. I really need that tube to stay put.

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    Bike now suspended by nothing but the wheels! Sounds trivial, until you realize there is no axle made that's remotely wide enough to give 8" (200mm) of clearance between the dropouts. It simply does not exist. Neither does a 3/8" threaded rod with 26 TPI. Who's the @sshat that came up with the 26 TPI idea? I'd like to have a word with him. 24 TPI can be had anywhere but not 26. What an ordeal I had to go through because of that.

    I've now, Crossed the Rubicon. LMAO

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