Hello and Welcome,
I have made a few decisions regarding the Free-Spirit. For starters I
will be using the handlebars I took-off the Thrasher. Also the grips I
originally purchased for the Thrasher will be used. They are a perfect
match. And here is the big one. I have decided to take the wheels and
tires off the red white and blue fixed gear bike. I will be painting the
rims black and re installing the red tires. I am thinking this will
look great "if I don`t screw it up".
Rust Oleum Glossy Black paint on the handlebars is curing, so far about 24 hours. I should be
able to install them tomorrow (3 16 12) about this time.
spokes and lightly sanded the rim mostly to get traces of
rubber off the rim`s side wall (breaking surface). But also to give the
paint something to stick to. Then I wiped off the dust using a paper
red bicycle rims with
black tires. So I thought I would do try something different.
handlebar grips are a good match but would need to be cut. I really do not
like to cut new grips. I might have to do some more digging. #%&@!
Tech 9 Crankset off the Schwinn fixed gear bike.
The crank off the Thrasher is garbage. It is warped beyond anything I
want to attempt to straighten. So I`m taking the crank, pedals and
wheel-set off the Schwinn. I will use some of the other take-offs on the
lugged Cycle Pro frame I just cleaned up. Which by way I will be
starting to work on real soon.
lugged frame to turn up. Or waited for the weather to warm up and
re-painted the whole frame. I will use the handlebars on the "Cycle Pro"
frame and most likely the saddle too. I`ll hang on to the frame until I
decide what to do with it.
ODI grips are going to look fantastic.
spoke nipples at the base.
Removing the tape after painting is by far the hardest part of the
fixed cog (rear) off the crank
using an artificial wood yard stick. (I just gave-away a really good
square a few days ago) It is near perfect. When I did this with the
crank off the Thrasher it was real close on one side of the crank at say
12:00 and about 5/16 inch off at 6:00 . I removed the bash guard and
chain before squaring off the crank. And on the "Tech 9" crank I was
careful to square off the flat part of the crank face. The "Tech 9" is
not perfectly flat either. But it is within a couple of millimeters
between 12:00 and 6:00 and should not be a problem.
Heat Gun to warm up the stickers / adhesive for
removal. Be careful when using a heat gun not to over heat the frame as
you can cook the paint. Keep the heat gun moving and try after a little
bit to peel off the stickers. And be careful where you set the gun down,
the tip gets very hot.
brake lever on. I will
not slide the lever on all the way until I have the grip. Then I will
know exactly where to stop. I had a piece of debris in the lever clamp
or on the bar which marred the paint when I slid the brake lever collar
onto the bars. The scrapes will be under the grip, so it is not a
problem. I just wish I had checked the lever clamp first.
side pull caliper brake off the front of the Thrasher.
I am probably going to order a micro adjust seat post. I was able to
find a 25.8 diameter post, but only in black. And if I remember
correctly, one of the other two bikes I built with this almost exact
frame I had to purchase a black post as well. So now I wait for the
red/black lock-on grips and the red/black saddle to arrive. I think the
saddle is coming from the other side of the planet. So I might have to
use a substitute saddle for a while.
Road Bikes. (I am sure at
least one of the other frames was labeled Taiwan) The other two have
long since gone to their new homes.
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