A special project, a prewar Rollfast…

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Eddie_Boy

Finally riding a big boys bike
One last thing we did together yesterday. “It’s time to grease up the headset and bottom bracket bearings and races,” I told her. Opening up a brand new can of Mobil 1 full synthetic grease replacing the one I had for many years before I ran out, we started on the headset parts.

Once we were done with that, I had removed my gloves since they were tearing. Then I went ahead and started to grease up the larger open bearing cases for the bottom bracket. She saw I wasn’t using any gloves and she wanted to do the same. I don’t blame her; I like to feel stuff in my hands so gloves aren’t my favorite thing, but I use them because my wife says so. Plus the gloves we got for my granddaughter are a little big and she doesn’t like them, a little hard to do the small stuff. But I told her that you have to use them; your mom would be upset with me otherwise, plus we don’t want any of that grease on your skin. She begged, but I stood firm. You know kids, they like to feel things and seeing that Mobil 1 grease in pretty dark pink, what kid wouldn’t want to.

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This was hard for her. She doesn't like these gloves.

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"I want to do it," she insisted. So I had to remove the top race so she can do it from the start.

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As you can see, my granddaughter isn’t wearing any shoes or slippers. I know…it’s not good. She had her slippers on earlier, but while we were greasing up the bottom bracket bearings she was right beside me. I didn’t even say anything when she came out, but all she said was, “I don’t want anything on my feet.” That’s all she had to say, so yeah, bare foot while installing the crankset.

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Something doesn't look right here....anyone?
 

Eddie_Boy

Finally riding a big boys bike
To answer my previous post here, this is what happened.

That night when we put the crankset on the bike, I didn't realize what we had done earlier that afternoon. I then realized that we setup the crankset on the wrong side. Oh well, it happens. I went ahead and corrected it the next day. Maybe I should have waited and corrected with her.

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Eddie_Boy

Finally riding a big boys bike
After I got Bluey months ago, I was browsing eBay. I happen to see some parts from a prewar Rollfast that Bicyclebones was selling, but from a 24” bike. I see these trusses. Then I thought, how cool would it be to have trusses on ours. Different forks of course, but same top truss bracket. I said to myself, “I think this will work.” So I bought it. After several months hanging on our fence, a few hours after work, my friend and I finished it up last night. It worked just as I pictured. Because of the different fork design, wasn’t able to use the truss plate, but that’s okay. Maybe down the road, we can fabricate one later. But in the meantime, I’m very happy how it came out. Patina matches the bike and looks similar to Levi, which was the goal. And it looks like it was original to the bike. I’m digging it.

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You can see the trusses hanging on the fence. Picture taken in June when I got this '36 La Salle

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Mock up of the trusses with brackets from a 24" Rollfast bike

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Discussing with a couple of friends, we went with option 2. Rather than cutting down to size and then welding the rods back together, we decided to bend and thread the rods.

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Simulating the same bend and radius as Levi.

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measure twice, cut once...

17d threading the trusses.jpg

5/16 NF 24 thread. This process was a workout.

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Ready for test fit

17g test fit.jpg

Success. Looks awesome.

Next up...a drop stand for this little girl.
 
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tacochris

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
After I got Bluey months ago, I was browsing eBay. I happen to see some parts from a prewar Rollfast that Bicyclebones was selling, but from a 24” bike. I see these trusses. Then I thought, how cool would it be to have trusses on ours. Different forks of course, but same top truss bracket. I said to myself, “I think this will work.” So I bought it. After several months hanging on our fence, a few hours after work, my friend and I finished it up last night. It worked just as I pictured. Because of the different fork design, wasn’t able to use the truss plate, but that’s okay. Maybe down the road, we can fabricate one later. But in the meantime, I’m very happy how it came out. Patina matches the bike and looks similar to Levi, which was the goal. And it looks like it was original to the bike. I’m digging it.

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You can see the trusses hanging on the fence. Picture taken in June when I got this '36 La Salle

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Mock up of the trusses with brackets from a 24" Rollfast bike

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Discussing with a couple of friends, we went with option 2. Rather than cutting down to size and then welding the rods back together, we decided to bend and thread the rods.

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Simulating the same bend and radius as Levi.

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measure twice, cut once...

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5/16 NF 24 thread. This process was a workout.

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Ready for test fit

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Success. Looks awesome.

Next up...a drop stand for this little girl.
Those came out awesome!!
 

Eddie_Boy

Finally riding a big boys bike
After @JAF/CO meet, it was time to get back on Bluey. Again trying to get her done before today’s COBOA ride here in Folsom.

Did most of the drop stand Friday afternoon which was a big deal for me having a drop stand on a 20" bike. Mostly the finishing touches yesterday, making sure Bluey was in good riding condition for my granddaughter. But here’s what I did on the drop stand.

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This rusty stand is narrower than most, which was a perfect stand to modify for this little 20" bike

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Removing the rust

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Mock up of the stand from a 26" to a 20" bike

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Cut to size after measuring several times

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after shaping, final result. This stand's profile too matches Levi's which is cool.
 

Eddie_Boy

Finally riding a big boys bike
I had to do it. Didn't have the brute strength to get the front wheel on being that's this very stout front fork was for a 20". Even with some help we were able, but it was such a chore. What happens if we need to change out the tube? So I decided to create new drop outs for Bluey. I'm sure I'm not the only one.

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First time on the stand.
 

Eddie_Boy

Finally riding a big boys bike
Was going to use the original pedals, but I found these in June at the neighborhood Union City bike and car swap meet.

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Pretty cool original pedals

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I happen to find these pedals back in June during the neighborhood car and bike swap meet in Union City. They are the exact pedals as on Levi. Pretty cool.
 
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