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Re: Need the Wisdom of the Disorganization

Postby Bigshankhank » Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:56 am

Jaeger wrote:I have a new handlebar on the way for Lilah that's fairly similar -- Trask V-Line. Hoping it'll help un-fuck my shoulders (along with the new saddle). :D

--Jaeger


Yeah, the bars that were on it weren't bad per se, but they put my hands above my shoulders and would cause my hands to tingle after a short while. Plus someone had narrowed them and the weld in the center looked like shit.
These new bars are a bit lower and narrower still, and a short ride around my neighborhood leads me to believe they are a good upgrade.
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Re: Need the Wisdom of the Disorganization

Postby Bigshankhank » Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:22 pm

Onward and upward with the front brake project. As noted previously, I finally sourced a matching fork slider and caliper, and ordered caliper and master cylinder rebuild kits plus new fork seals. First order of business however was to remove the fender mounts since a proper bobber doesn't need them. I gotta say I bought a mini portable band saw and it has proven to be super useful. That plus a set of 40 grit and 80 grit sanding discs on my angle grinder made short work of this.
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Chucked it up in a vice, and yes I know I should never clamp the vice down on the tube, but as it so happens the tube is badly bent (this came from a bike salvage place on eBay) and I don't need it anyway, so I'm good.

The non-brake side fender mount was easy.
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The brake side fender mount is a little trickier, as the caliper mount "extends" up to the fender lug so it'll need a little shaping.
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Both fender lugs removed, and feeling lighter already.
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Now for the really delicate part, grinding the remains down smooth without over-grinding and damaging the slider itself. I started with a 40 grit wheel which cut the aluminum waaaay faster than I expected so I changed to the 80 grit but that was way too slow, so I put the 40 back on and had to ease up on the pressure and be super gentle.
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After the heavy sanding was done, I put the 80 grit wheel back on and smoothed it all down. Behold, the finished product!
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I could probably smooth this down even further with some hand sanding with higher and higher grit paper, but I am not trying to make a show bike, so I'll roughen up the aluminum/remove any clear coat and give it a coat of flat black and then install post haste. I wouldn't even bother with changing the seal in the other leg but the seals came in pairs and I couldn't sleep at night knowing I had a new seal and fluid in one fork and not both. All told this was probably an hour's worth of work, and I am happy with how it came out.
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Re: Need the Wisdom of the Disorganization

Postby red » Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:01 pm

Nice! Definitely leave it rough, adds to the overall theme.
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Re: Need the Wisdom of the Disorganization

Postby Bigshankhank » Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:44 am

Final product on the shaved fork leg, all that’s left is to install it. I went ahead and rebuilt the caliper, next up is the master cylinder, add a disc rotor and some braided lines.
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