For Old Guys Only

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  1. 2door

    2door Moderator
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    Hey, who remembers those little leather loops with a red reflector you used to see around the the front, and sometimes the rear axles on bikes...and how long has it been since you've seen one? And...just what in the heck were they for? I was once told they kept the grease from goobering up the axle and kept it shiny.
    Tom
     
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  2. D.J.

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    It was on my bike when I bought it so I left it there . It does keep the axle nice and shiny .... D.J.

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  3. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    I have one on the 59 schwinng I have.
     
  4. machiasmort

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    I don't want to get any of you crusty older flabergeezer's mad or anything, but I'd remove those things on a MB. If one got into the spokes, eeek!
     
  5. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    You know what would be worse? If someone throws a stick in your spokes when you are riding by because your a smartass!

    That was my "old guy response".rotfl
     
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    rotfl.bf..santa

    When I bought my Coke bike it had one on each wheel...........
     
  7. jacliny

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    I'm a qualified old guy! LOL and i sure do remember those leather rings and they did keep your hubs nice and clean and shiney, now im going to get and old leather belt and make a few up! Thanks for the memories!
     
  8. Ilikeabikea

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    When I was growing up the rich kids had the nice leather straps. Us poor kids used the old split rubbers out of the old pump jacks. I was one of the poor kids.............
     
  9. Large Filipino

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    Okay I'll be the first to ask. Just how does that leather thing keep your axles clean?
     
  10. TexasDav

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    It works like a buffing belt and polishes the axel. a weight like a relfector or rivet that holds it on also slows it making it spin slower then the axel. Plus it keeps the rust and grease off. I used to see shinny hubs and rusty spokes. Another thing we used to do is light sparklers in the spokes and have a light show at night.
     
  11. eDJ

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    Yeah, If you're a country boy and grow up riding dirt roads.....those axles can get pretty crusted with dirt. It may be the only thing shiney on an otherwise
    dirty bike.....but reaching in there to clean it tears up your fingers whereas you can clean the rest of the bike fairly easily.
     
  12. bbb

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    Wheel Access
    Check out the link
     
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  13. TexasDav

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    It's like fussy dice and suicide knobs, they may not be that functional but they are just as nessary. Whats an 18 wheeler with out the chrome naked lady mud flaps? hanging a bell on motorcycles, who's idea was that? :p
     
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    LOL yep and a bike bell is a must for passing pedestrians. Those 125db air horns make them jump right out in front of you.
     
  15. D.J.

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    Next you'll be making fun of my ankle clips that protect my bell-bottoms with the cuffs ...... D.J.
     
  16. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    Hey hey!!!! I'm not so old I can't come down there and throw a stick in your Mr. Fancy Pants spokes!!!!

    I bet you secretly have a bike stashed with a purple metal flake banana seat and a real high sissy bar, don't you?:crash:


    Disclaimer for those with no humour- JK!!!!!!!!
     
  17. eDJ

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    Anyone remember the bicycle used in the movie....

    "Pee Wee Herman's Big Adventure" ?

    That's the perfect bike for streamers and axle buff's.

    Now, just imagine it with an HT and all that other stuff :eek:
     

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  18. Weedylot

    Weedylot Angry Old Fart

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    We used baseball cards with clothespins clipped to the fender stays to make a motor sound, and for a deeper Harley effect we would use partially filled balloons in the same fashion. They would last a surprisingly long time.:D
     
  19. 2door

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    Wow, BBB,
    That's them! How cool is that? Had no idea anyone still made the things. Thanks.
    Tom
     
  20. machiasmort

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    Hey Weedy,

    Thats when balloons where still made in America!!! You'd be lucky to make it arround the block now a days (thats even with an extra thick condom made in Japan)! They don't make anything right anymore!
     

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