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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:33 pm 
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Today's delayed post, is brought to you by Mr. Magura, the closet hipster.

It's really a track bike with brakes. It's proper track wheels, a proper track frame-set (no, it had no holes for mounting brakes, those are made by me), with a roadie bar, road pedals, and road brakes.
It's like 15 years old, when Sram made their first road components, and I used this as a test rig for the Force brakes.

It's good fun, and pretty fast for short distances, like 30-40km and below.

Today I would probably have done it differently, but back then it was what the budget could pull off.
A Cannondale Capo would have been a better solution, or one of the old team track bikes.
The wheels are too heavy as well, and they don't work well in windy conditions, neither at high speed.
Tubular tires would also have been a must, I think I'm getting clincher allergy :thinking:
Dura Ace 7700 brakes would also have made their way to the build.
That's probably gonna come.....

Anyhow, it's a toy, and taking it out for a spin is a blast.

Do note the DIY content though.
Saddle (dark spots are raindrops)
Custom headset spacer
Titanium headset cap, from back when I had just perfected anodizing of titanium (everything I owned that had titanium bits, somehow got very colorful in that period):

Magura :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:27 pm 
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Magura wrote:
Anyhow, it's a toy, and taking it out for a spin is a blast.


This^
Don’t think you’ve shown anything yet from a barn, bar or basement. All ridden and enjoyed as it should be. I like the color scheme on this one. Even the green bands. It works.

Single speed simplicity keeps it clean. Thought you had a fixie at first glance.

Make sure you point out your favorite ride when you post it. That and maybe talk to me about ano. Might be a good mod for small bits on my toys. Been looking into DIY zinc plating for rusty old parts. Sounds like a useful option


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:45 pm 
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They're all toys, and toys are meant to be played with. If they're not enough fun to be played with, they gotta go.

The green tape is a form (eh, color) follows function. It's Kapton tape, as used in the electronics industry for insulation. It has the benefit that it leaves no residue, and is extremely strong. The thick version is normally green :D

I've got another fixie, made in USSR, I'll post that one some Friday.

As for anodizing titanium, create a thread and post a link, then I'll tell you everything you need to know about it.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:55 pm 
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As for the favorite ride....let me see, it's like choosing between Dita Von Teese, and Nigella Lawson.

She's great in a kitchen:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/0 ... ake-chips/

She may also be great in a kitchen, but I doubt she cooks:

https://www.facebook.com/DitaVonTeese/p ... =3&theater


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I asked for that :lol:


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They work well. Too well. That’s why the recover on the seat. No front pivot so it prys the mount off the seat. Squeaks like hell and stupid heavy. I love it lol


Maybe use a sleeve bearing of some sort on the seat post clamp to allow rotation?
Magura can probably figure out what I mean and say it better.


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I have a tiger stripe seat on another bike that has the front sprung. The two together would make a nice combo. Just hasn’t happened yet. I do get what you’re saying though and it will be easy to implement 8-)


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Picked up an old torpedo light for the fender on the pig then relocated the horn buzzer down on the fork to get the clutter off the bars. The old D cell light guts were replaced with LED maglite internals. Color and condition is a very good match

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I did find a bourbon crate but it was well out of my price range and the colors were bland. Coke crate will hang around a little longer


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That is fucking sweet............ 8-)

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norton55 wrote:
That is fucking sweet............ 8-)


TY sir
There’s nothing like a cheap, dusty box of old parts brought back to life. I really enjoy this bike


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norton55 wrote:
That is fucking sweet............ 8-)


Yep, right down to the wheelie bars and nitrous bottle hanging off the back, Love it!

Any Schwinn Orange Krates in your collection Mini. As a kid my neighbor had one and I’m not afraid to admit I was a bit jealous.


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My water bottle lol. I searched for the old NOS energy drink bottles. Found like 6 of them. I have 4 left.

No krates. I had a fastback briefly but donated it to an auction for a landfill battle in my area. I know it’s not normal but I don’t care for Schwinn muscle. Sure I love the value, beautiful chrome and styling. It’s just that they are just sofaking heavy I can’t get into them.
I did rescue a stingray junior from a dumpster last year. I’ll share it in this thread soon. Not much to see now. It does ride better than the fastback did so I expect to keep it.
You Cali guys were lucky to grow up there in the muscle era. I’m trying to play catch up


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norton55 wrote:
That is fucking sweet............ 8-)


Indeed!!!

.....Want.

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norton55 wrote:
That is fucking sweet............ 8-)


Don’t sugarcoat it, tell us how you really feel. ;)


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You know I never do that.

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Aaaaah, finally Friday!

Today's Friday posting, is by many considered controversial, especially here in Europe.
Yours truly don't give a rats ass, as at the time it was made, it was for all the right reasons. Today there's a bad tendency to judge everything and everyone, in the clear light of the rear view mirror, and wash hands in the same process.

It was created based on that 5 firemen, went on a charity ride from NYC to LA, as a response to the 9/11 attack, and Cannondale sponsored custom made bikes for this purpose.
They released a limited series of those bikes afterwards, like 1000 pieces world wide, and well, there you have my entry of this Friday.

Cannondale bars and stems, are generally invented by the devil in anger, so they got replaced with Ritchey WCS parts.
The groupset is undergoing upgrade to 9sp Shimano DuraAce triple, as I manage to dig up the parts.
Shimano 105 is not offensively poor by any standard, but I like that all my road bikes to have reasonably interchangeable parts. All things DuraAce 9sp!
The Mavic quick releases are on the other hand pretty hard to love, especially if you're used to the quality of DuraAce, or the older CrampAndNoGo QR's.
The wheels are another set of my favorites, Sprinergy REV-X, Superstiff, Tubular. Faster wheels are hard to find.
Cannondale CAAD5 frames :dance: Very hard to beat, even today.

Well, now that I dug it out from the pile, it's time to take it out for a spin.

Magura :mrgreen:


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You know I never do that.


Oh by all means don’t change. :laughing-rolling: Fucking had me rolling.


Magura, nice collection of rare birds. I like this last addition.


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Ooh I really like this one. Love the Sunoco Javelin/ Rebel machine vibe. Very cool!


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To google those two cars, was rather educative. Thanks!

The bike is a blast to ride. Every time I ride it, I think "hmm, why is it I don't ride this bike more often?".
The obvious answer is, that I think that when I ride most of my bikes, and with 5 or 6 rides a week, it takes a while before the same bike gets out again.

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Magura wrote:
The bike is a blast to ride. Every time I ride it, I think "hmm, why is it I don't ride this bike more often?".
The obvious answer is, that I think that when I ride most of my bikes, and with 5 or 6 rides a week, it takes a while before the same bike gets out again


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Spot on! Every bike I ride is my favorite!

And thanks for always showing the shiny aluminum bits up close. I seriously have a thing for them. I need to find some roadie bling for a build. Just oozes performance


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Magura helped me decide what bike to post.

1976 Bicentennial year Allentown PA US of A built Ross Apollo 3 speed. Built when console shifters became a thing of the past. This bike should have been sporting R/W/B paint. The brown paint gives it the appeal of an AMC Gremlin lol

Ross was one of the better bike builders my opinion. This one isn’t without fault but is unique in style and construction. Sturdy wheels, great brakes, cast stem, shimmy 3 speed drive, crank mounted chain guard, Cafe racer style seat and box section frame.

Check out the frame attachment to the head tube. Flattened and formed of single spans from the dropout, around the head tube then all the way back again. Pretty cool.
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As you might guess that unique frame is a bit of a noodle at the head tube. The old console shifter models had a plate welded on the top tubes for shifter attachment that might have stiffened it up some. Still it rides quite well for a fairly heavy short wheelbase bike and the look is killer.

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It’s my go to banana bike for stuffing in the truck to ride other areas. In part because it doesn’t have a tall sissy but also because it gets around well

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Found the bike set out on the curb with a bunch of other bikes, asked the guy how much and he said $50. I turned to walk back to my truck and the mrs had $50 hanging out the window. She knew it would follow me home


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That's a very interesting construction.
Indeed it would have been pretty ace in red, white, and blue.
I am a bit surprised why he didn't add a couple of gussets to the head tube, that would have made for a pretty decent increase in stiffness, perhaps with a cross bar somewhere in the middle, between the head tube and the BB.

Your last photo, fits the bike rather well. Nice catch.

Next week we'll have to go all in on the red, white, and blue theme!

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I have nothing in RWB but if I do repaint the Ross that could change


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Great idea, RWB paint the Ross, and post it next week.

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I’ll get my crayons


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Did you run out of crayons?

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In gather mode. I found a few things to enhance the herd. I’ll try to share this week.


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Sweet score MT. I kind of like the console shifting on banana bikes. After all they were created with the muscle car era in mind.


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The shifter deal and slicks came from the muscle cars. The seat and bars grew from motorcycles with paperboy influence.

This site is kinda clunky but filled with facts regarding the rise of the muscle / custom bike. All pages have license plate icons at the bottom for article by year but the links only work on the first page. Some great history that may surprise you biggest shocker being Huffy as the first to market banana bikes with Schwinn following close behind. Schwinn had the market but Huffy was first.

https://web.archive.org/web/20150201031 ... ory58.html


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Thanks for the walk down memory lane. Loved the prices on the parts. 8-)

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