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    Photos of funky junk

    The Ground Rounder, a perennial favorite at Barbie Camp.


    With its simple but effective tensioner, the drivetrain is a 33x32x18:


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    Busted Vulture

    I got a little hamfisted. Dammit! I hardly ever do that anymore.



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    World's coolest suspension stem

    Bought this for $20 at my fav LBS:




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    Temporary Vulture replacement

    My '92 CoMotion, converted to 36x20. I'll use her 'til the Vulture is repaired.


    That's a genuine Boone 202mm Twist crank, circa 1994.
    Here's a genuine Avid Arch Supreme:


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    Rotisserie chain cleaner






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    Now don't you have all the cool toys! Pretty cool! Sorry about that Vulture... going to do anything specail to her while she's back being repaired?

    FF
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    what cranks are those on your co-motion? sachs? boone?

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    Those Boone twist cranks are the sh!t! I must have them. Time to scour ebay.

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    great stuff Sparty

    The tensioner ring looks like it's a genius move, I can't believe that works. The idea is almost too simple. I guess you don't need my 32 afterall... not sure if I'd want you to put it on that Motiv thing anyhow!
    Now the chain cleaner... was that your idea, or did yourself and the Shig come up with that idea? You are a genius. What do you have at the bottom of the chain in the plastic pan to hold the chain down? Anything at all, or is just the weight of the chain enough? And the Co-Mo, boy... she's a beaut! I'd be a proud man to own her.
    -Damien

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    [Rotisserie chain cleaner
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    Classic! Too bad I just threw my rotisserie motor away...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Freddy
    Now don't you have all the cool toys! Pretty cool! Sorry about that Vulture... going to do anything specail to her while she's back being repaired?

    FF
    Fortunately, replacing a pinch bolt is a simple repair. The only thing I'd consider changing is opening up the chainstays (which are 15.75" short) to accept a bigger rear tire. Right now I can run a 2.3". I'd love it if there were a way to wedge a 2.5" in there.

    But I don't even care all that much. I've owned the Vulture for two destructively satisfying years now -- I love that bike. I've logged thousands of miles on her, raced the Cream Puff on her, run a 5" suspension fork as well as rigid, tried her "semi" (29" front wheel -- love it) and just plain fell in love with singlespeeding because of how perfectly this bike rides. I don't wanna alter her personality nor do I see any upgrades worth making.

    However, some of her minor dings are rusting a little. I'm considering a new paint scheme. No, she won't become pink!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus


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    That is very clever. But isnt it a pain to remove the toothbrushes every night to brush your teef? ha!

    that is cool. i would do something like that if i lived somewhere where i had to clean my chain frequently. that park tool chain cleaner thingy i have doesnt work on singlespeeds!
    Only boring people get bored.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSconny
    Now the chain cleaner... was that your idea, or did yourself and the Shig come up with that idea? You are a genius. What do you have at the bottom of the chain in the plastic pan to hold the chain down? Anything at all, or is just the weight of the chain enough? And the Co-Mo, boy... she's a beaut! I'd be a proud man to own her.
    -Damien
    I developed the rotisserie chain cleaner about 12 years ago on my own (shiggy is jealous). Power links make it very easy to use. If I put an old chain on that thing for a couple hours, it comes off looking brand new. Of course chain stretch is critical in deciding whether or not to keep a chain, so I can't just keep making them look clean forever.

    Gravity keeps the chain down. There is a rigid plastic screen about 3/4" above the bottom of the plastic pan that the chain's own weight causes it to fold back and forth upon before the cog pulls it across the screen and back up to the brushes. Grit settles through the screen into the bottom of the plastic pan. Distance from the cog to the screen/pan can be changed for SS vs. gearie chains by inserting a wooden shelf under the plastic pan above the floor of the wooden box (see shelf holders in photo). I use a mix of solvent and synthetic motor oil in the plastic pan.

    Thanks for the CoMo compliment. She was my original custom long-crank frame (built in '92), and I still love her. The head angle is a little steep (72 degrees if I remember correctly) but once I get reacquainted with the quickness it's not too bad. The bike almost does my thinking for me.

    I called Wade this morning and he's offered to repair my Vulture this week if I can get it to him. I may take Friday off and drive over to Bend. He said he could fix it in the morning and we could ride in the afternoon. Bingo!

    It was good to bump into you and the Hammer Boyz on MRT last weekend, my friend. Let's go riding one of these days. You could wait for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus

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    DAMN! That's exactly what I've been scheming to build. You done and beat me to it, nice job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    I got a little hamfisted. Dammit! I hardly ever do that anymore.
    I said *check* your EBB... not wreck it!

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