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Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by fall_down_stand_up, Nov 11, 2009.
yo..it doesnt say what the rims are made of. Thats weird?? Let me know if you know
those wheels are a cheap china rim with bad chrome, shimano coaster brake, front KT hub, 12 gauge spokes...
for the money, they're great wheels. and they're 10 times better than the cranbrook wheels with their tiny little spokes...
What does the gauge on spokes have to do with. The higher the gauge the stronger??
the smaller the number, the thicker the spoke. 12 gauge spokes are way fatter than 14 gauge, hence, they're stronger. i've seen 15 and 16 gauge on cheap bikes, too. those are tiny.
here's everything you need to know about spokes and wheels:
Sheldon Brown's Bicycle Glossary G
Building Bicycle Wheels by Sheldon Brown
Ok,Ok,this is what I have to do to build the 64 spaceliner....
1. heavyduty back rim 45 dollors
2.get the rust off frame(priceless)Give me ideas
3.2 new tires 30.00
4.2 new tubes 22.00(would buy anyways with a cranbrook)
5.new seat 25.00
6.seat post (dont know)
7.Fenders 35.00(will buy those even with a cranbrook)
8.swinger fork 45.00(will not drive it without it)
9.chain 6.00 or so
What about handle bars. That would make one sweet ride.
first make sure that the motor's gonna fit with that funky frame. (you probably already have, i'm just saying...) and make sure there's no cracks, or other problem areas.
the best prices i found on all the parts you need are at bikepartsusa.com.
they've got the best prices on shipping, too.
rear wheel, $40.46: Wheel Master 26x2.125, Rear, B/O, C/B, H/D, Chrome Steel Wheel | BikepartsUSA (chrome kinda sucks, but the shimano coaster brake is great.)
seat, $16.38: Pyramid Cruiser Saddle With Springs Black | BikepartsUSA (these are awesome. high quality, cheap, and super comfy.)
(and no, i don't work for them, i just buy a lot of stuff from them.)
the rest of the stuff you can look up for yourself. dunno about the springer fork. i mean, i like 'em, they just don't seem to work with the added weight and the pounding the bike takes. most people end up tightening the spring down so much it ends up being just for looks.
but whatevs, my opinion is, if the motor fits in that frame, do it. better to have something different, than to follow the crowd. and despite the age of that frame, it's still (probably) better than a walmart huffy.
also, money permitting, you can find the original rear rack, tank, chaingaurd, etc. for that bike on ebay or craigs. they're always popping up.
Believe it or not 7up will get the rust off that frame and don't forget that you'll be buying the heavy duty rear wheel for the Cranbrook too.
The Cranbrook is good for getting something on the road quick but I vote for spending the money on building up the Spaceliner.
Now thats what I call a deal on heavyduty rims....If I build the spaceliner I will order a chrome springer fork for the front,even if it just ends up for looks....