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Speedbiker
human power expert

USA
3744 Posts

Posted - 07/06/2017 :  17:40:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Did you used to build choppers? Very smooth!
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ShelGame
recumbent enthusiast

USA
254 Posts

Posted - 07/07/2017 :  04:31:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Never built a chopper, but did re-build/customize a dozen old Honda fours (and maybe a couple of twins).

https://www.bikepics.com/members/roblloyd/motorcycles


Edited by - ShelGame on 07/07/2017 04:31:46
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Speedbiker
human power expert

USA
3744 Posts

Posted - 07/07/2017 :  08:53:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I knew it!
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ShelGame
recumbent enthusiast

USA
254 Posts

Posted - 07/10/2017 :  06:58:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just about all back together. Still need to put the brakes back on and re-bleed them...

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Speedbiker
human power expert

USA
3744 Posts

Posted - 07/10/2017 :  18:36:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks totally factory, or better. Don Smith seat pad? Fancy!
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Jerry
recumbent guru

USA
967 Posts

Posted - 07/10/2017 :  18:58:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice! I really love the seat! Sweet. I noticed the plastic coated weights. I have had mine since 1962, of course they are brown and red.

Edited by - Jerry on 07/10/2017 18:59:47
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ShelGame
recumbent enthusiast

USA
254 Posts

Posted - 07/10/2017 :  19:28:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Speedbiker

Looks totally factory, or better. Don Smith seat pad? Fancy!




Yep, Don Smith pad. Had him make it to match my intended color scheme. It's coming together nicely.

Still needs a motor...
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ShelGame
recumbent enthusiast

USA
254 Posts

Posted - 07/10/2017 :  19:30:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Jerry

Nice! I really love the seat! Sweet. I noticed the plastic coated weights. I have had mine since 1962, of course they are brown and red.



Thanks, Jerry. Yeah, those weights are for my core training. Which I get every time I shove them out of the ?@?#?$?@ damn way!
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Jerry
recumbent guru

USA
967 Posts

Posted - 07/11/2017 :  04:35:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Your bike really does look sweet. Talk to Thom about the motor. Or do what I did. Find the steepest hills and ride 60-65 miles 3 times a week with an extra 75-100 pounds. That will make you stronger or put you to rest! Ha. I had forgotten that I sold my olympic weight set and all the others last year. I now go to Anytime Fitness and my insurance pays for the membership. At the cost of my insurance, they should bring the damn gym to my place.

Enjoy that pretty new bike. Let me know when you plan on going to your mom's house to pick up that old Action Bent. We could meet up for a ride or drink, or both. My daughter is moving today less than 5 miles away from you mom's, to Colleyville, one block from the Colleyville High School.
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ShelGame
recumbent enthusiast

USA
254 Posts

Posted - 07/11/2017 :  07:12:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Colleyville is an upscale neighborhood now, from what I hear. It was a small quiet little farm community when I was in high school...

60 miles per week is the problem. I only seem to have time for 20-30 (if I'm lucky). Too much going on (job, kids, etc.). I don't know how other guys with jobs and families manage to train so much.
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Jerry
recumbent guru

USA
967 Posts

Posted - 07/12/2017 :  20:44:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Colleyville is getting very upscale. And Southlake is full of $30-$40 million palaces! The whole area is going crazy.

I know what you mean about having enough time. I am retired and have only ridden 20 miles since Sunday.
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ShelGame
recumbent enthusiast

USA
254 Posts

Posted - 07/29/2017 :  16:51:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
First ride today on the LWB since paint. The stiffer riser helps the steering feel, for sure. I'm felling really good on this bike. PR's like 10 segments on Strava today and really didn't feel like I was pushing. I guess I was, got a calf cramp again. Really, this bike doesn't feel as fast as it apparently is. On my C'dale MTB, I definitely feel the sensation of speed. Not so much on this bike, even though it's actually about 3mph faster on most segments.

Back to the cramp: I really feel almost too close to the pedals. But, I read that being too far can cause cramps? Maybe it's just cleat position?I have my cleats set as far back on my shoes as I can get. Are there some SPD compatible cleats that set farther back?

Then again, maybe it's all just electrolytes. My right calf was starting to feel like a cramp just walking into work the other day. And, I hadn't ridden all week until today...

Edited by - ShelGame on 07/29/2017 16:53:33
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ShelGame
recumbent enthusiast

USA
254 Posts

Posted - 07/29/2017 :  19:40:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Also ordered a 53t for the big sprocket. I'm spinning out the 48 on downhills...
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ShelGame
recumbent enthusiast

USA
254 Posts

Posted - 10/08/2017 :  19:40:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thinking about how to trim weight form this bike over the winter. It weighs in at 32.7 lbs right now, painted and ready to ride.

1st up: the steering stem and handlebars. I think I can trim a half pound probably from the stem itself just by going to a curved riser.

Then, maybe, a carbon seat instead of glass.
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Jerry
recumbent guru

USA
967 Posts

Posted - 10/12/2017 :  08:42:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I found it a lot easier for me to lose 5-10 pounds off my old body than 1 pound off the bike. A carbon seat would be better than a fiberglass one though.

I finally bought a house in North Richland Hills, only five miles from my daughter's house in Colleyville. It also isn't very far from your mothers house, about 6 miles.
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ShelGame
recumbent enthusiast

USA
254 Posts

Posted - 10/19/2017 :  12:32:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh, my body definitely needs to drop another 20lbs (at least). But, I can't help wanting to make the bike lighter, too.

I also think I'll try to mono-kote the rear rim.
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Speedbiker
human power expert

USA
3744 Posts

Posted - 10/19/2017 :  23:00:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
When I was the first bent to finish(followed closely by Mowett and Jacobs) my bike weighed 38 pounds. Sure, I wish it'd been lighter, but I beat about 600 lighter bikes!
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ShelGame
recumbent enthusiast

USA
254 Posts

Posted - 10/29/2017 :  18:15:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Had another thought today while staring at the bike...

Right now, the seat is at 25deg, and canít really go any lower - with the 700c wheel. If I go to a 559, I calculate I should be able to get the seat angle down another 10 deg. Iím not sure it will really go that low, but I think it certainly will go to 18 or 20.

So, does the more reclined position outweigh the loss in rolling resistance of the slightly smaller tire? My guess is yes.

Edited by - ShelGame on 10/29/2017 18:16:30
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Johnsfwdbent
recumbent enthusiast

USA
116 Posts

Posted - 10/29/2017 :  20:17:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Depending on your wheel base you might gain 1 1/2 degrees changing to a 559 rear tire thatís what I gained on my MBBLR.
But that would give you room to rotate your seat back 3 degrees or more depending on where the tire would rub the seat.
I say go for it, you will notice better aerodynamics.

John
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ShelGame
recumbent enthusiast

USA
254 Posts

Posted - 11/04/2017 :  18:46:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
OK, currently, the lowest I can get the seat with the 700c on there is 26.5deg. If I go with a 571 wheel, basically I can lower the seat 1". But, that only gets me 1.5deg lower; down to ~25deg. Now, 1" lower is of course going to be better. But, is it better enough to justify the wheel change? I'm not so sure.

I couldn't find any decent tires in the 559 size, that's why I was looking at 571. 559 would get me only another 1/4" lower.

I really need to lower the top of the seat 2.5" to get down to 20deg. Not sure I can get there with this bike.


Edited by - ShelGame on 11/04/2017 18:47:55
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warren
human power expert

USA
6087 Posts

Posted - 11/04/2017 :  23:00:09  Show Profile  Visit warren's Homepage  Reply with Quote
How about 26Ē wheels? They have a very large selection...
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ShelGame
recumbent enthusiast

USA
254 Posts

Posted - 11/05/2017 :  08:11:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by warren

How about 26Ē wheels? They have a very large selection...



Large selection, yes. But, generally not in road type tires or rims. Itís hard to find rims narrower than 20mm. Actually, 20mm would probably be OK. But then finding tires seems difficult. There appears to be more available tire-wise in the 650c (571) size.
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Speedbiker
human power expert

USA
3744 Posts

Posted - 11/05/2017 :  10:47:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How about leaving that sweet bike as a tourer and building a race bike? You know you can!
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ShelGame
recumbent enthusiast

USA
254 Posts

Posted - 11/05/2017 :  18:17:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Speedbiker

How about leaving that sweet bike as a tourer and building a race bike? You know you can!



You might be onto something there, Thom...
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carolina
recumbent guru

USA
566 Posts

Posted - 11/06/2017 :  09:09:28  Show Profile  Visit carolina's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yea shelgame, build a low race bike like sb said. This build is incredible, look what you know. Class A+. Maybe two 20Ē wheels racer.
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Edited by - carolina on 11/06/2017 09:14:32
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