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    Bike Swap SS Conversion

    I went to the bike swap hoping to score a cheap cruiser and ended up walking out with an Ionic Ti frame (I've always wanted a Ti bike). I decided that this will be a Boise Ridge Cruiser with the appropriate gearing (34X21). The frame with BB and headset cost $250, other various components totalled about $150. The wheels, cranks, pedals, post and saddle were from my first SS. It will definitely have a retro look with CBR cranks, 747's, Ringle Moby Post, Flite, and an old school (non-ENO) White hub. I'm just waiting for the crown race and a steerer transfer. Should be completed next week... By the way, I've decided that this frame will have minimal stickers for that stealthy look...

    This is how she looks as I purchased her... the IRD seatpost was from my personal stash however...
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    The rear wheel

    I decided to use the Surly Singleator with zip tie... I have a bunch of Rennen Rollenlagers in stock but I'm saving those for customers... My personal bikes get the crappy stuff...
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    The completed drivetrain

    I rebuilt the pedals and put on the CBR's.... This bike might build a little bit lighter than the Dean (this bike will have real tires instead of the Kendas on the Dean)..
    Note all Ionic stickers are gone...
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    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho
    I rebuilt the pedals and put on the CBR's.... This bike might build a little bit lighter than the Dean (this bike will have real tires instead of the Kendas on the Dean)..
    Note all Ionic stickers are gone...
    Beautiful! First Ti SS I think I've seen.

    Love the cranks, too.
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    Left Seatstay

    How's the rear wheel? Is it centered between the stays?

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    Using the eyeball

    Wheel between the stays frame alignment technique, I think the frame should be OK...
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    There is a ding on the left seat stay by the drop out...

    however, but since that is relatively close to the triangulation with the left chainstay, there should be little or no damage frame alignment wise... If there are tracking issues, I'll take it to the shop and check the alignment... If it's off, and if I like the bike, I'll probably take it to Kish and have him TIG some disc tabs on the bike...
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    Nice Photo!

    Took a look at Kish's website - cool bikes -

    Looks like you can get disc tabs for 15 bucks, cheap. When are you going to start welding?

    Check out the cool disc tool from Anvil
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    Awesome...

    That's a cool disc tab mini-jig... I've switched from the Ti framebuilding class to a steel brazing class in May so unfortunately, Kish probably won't be the teacher to this young padawan welder... I want to build a nice old school fillet brazed mountain bike frame using my favorite frame as a template. I have been checking out the Anvil jigs and frame alignment tools for some time now. I hope to pick a jig and a table up over the summer. Luckily, I just got a job offer locally today to come out of retirement to pay for all this stuff. The catch 22 is that I'll have less time to devote to practicing welding and working on people's bikes, as well as riding... oh well, i have 3 or 4 weeks left to play.

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    Cruiser Bike Work

    flipnidaho - have you done much work on coaster brake's? My cruiser is in need of some hub love. I found some help on Park's website

    http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/coaster.shtml

    What do you think? Is it worth tearing into or is it better just to replace?

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    Coaster brakes...

    are pretty much bomb-proof. The most maintenance they really seem to need is to be repacked with grease (since the grease burns off rapidly with the heat involved in hub brakes)... I overhauled coaster and drum brakes at UBI but I wouldn't call myself an expert. We can give it a shot if you'd like...

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    Frame Building

    Where do you sign up for frame welding/building? Is it being taught in Boise? I think that would be totally awesome!

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    UBI (Ashland Oregon)

    It's a 2 week class...
    www.bikeschool.com
    I went to their professional bike mechanic and shop operation course and they are first rate and very hands on... awesome folks!

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    Wheel Work

    I'am available friday after 1- what would work for you?

    P.S. Check out the seat/chainstay brace, Steel made need more strength in this area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho
    I decided to use the Surly Singleator with zip tie... I have a bunch of Rennen Rollenlagers in stock but I'm saving those for customers... My personal bikes get the crappy stuff...
    Get that thing off there!!! HA!!

    JK man, have fun!

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    $250 !

    That was my Boss' bike. Lucky for you he never listens to me. I told him to ask $350.

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