Building Beryl...

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  1. #1 Posted Jan 24, 2017

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    Jumping the gun, but I'll get started, frame won't be here until next month.

    My starting point is a 1951 Rollfast (balloon tire). Most of the parts will come with the frame, but I do have all summer and into fall if I need to take it.

    Beryl denotes a green gemstone, related to emerald and it's green.

    Beryl is also Mrs. Patmore's name from Downton Abbey, whom people love to hate but Jade and Emerald/Emmy didn't fit and I like the name.

    I have the frame, fork, stem, a nice and fairly shiny version of the chainring that is my avatar, fenders, seat post to come and already have a nice comfortable Troxel seat that is the same model as Tempest's, and I got that for $8 and $10 shipping! Another Saf-T-Horn will be coming as well, as I like that horn a lot and want all of my fleet equipped with them.

    When I am done Beryl will be GREEN instead of black...hence the name, and I'll get a real paint job, not a spray can one.

    In case you are wondering, I won't stop until a Schwinn DX and Shelby are mine too and in parts is probably the only way unless I find a fairly complete rust special to clean up. The DX was what I was dreaming of when Tempest showed up on eBay for all of $50 (I was happy to find her though, she started this journey for me well over nine years ago).

    Oh...and a really big hitchin' post.
     
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  2. #2 Posted Jan 25, 2017

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    It will be interesting to see the build. I also collect mineral specimens and have dabbled in jewelry making so I have to correct the beryl statement. Beryl is a mineral that comes in other colors besides green to include yellow, red, pink, olive green, blue, orange, and clear or white. Trace amounts of chromium are what give emeralds their green color. V/r Shawn
     
  3. #3 Posted Jan 25, 2017

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    Well, yes, but I've already used or had every color in that list except pink and clear with a bike before, and green bikes 2-3 times.
     
  4. #4 Posted Jan 28, 2017

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    Troxel 2.JPG Pictures!

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    I'm getting this bag from Hawthornecrazy...it's probably going on Tempest for now.

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  5. #5 Posted Feb 8, 2017

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    And Beryl is on the way!
     
  6. #6 Posted Feb 8, 2017

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    I have a red Rollfast badge on it right now. I doubt there is a green one but is it possible someone knows how to remedy that or is there a black one to trade for?
     
  7. #7 Posted Feb 15, 2017

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    It's here! I can't open it until I get back from an appointment, in a hurry.
     
  8. #8 Posted Feb 16, 2017

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    Here you go, PICTURES!

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  9. #9 Posted Feb 17, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    What do you recommend to clean up and inhibit the rust a little bit for now so I can put it together for a little while and try it out before the paint job this summer?

    Car wax is one thing I've used, don't have any right now...used Turtle Wax paste left over from when I had my last car ten years ago?

    The frame is actually maroon with white trim and the fork is black.
     
  10. #10 Posted Feb 18, 2017

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    Unless it is sitting outside there shouldn't be a problem between now and summer I wouldn't worry about it. V/r Shawn
     
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  11. #11 Posted Feb 21, 2017

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    The snow is almost gone now, except for what remains in the back yard lot of the apartments across the street (which the owner of graciously let my landlord dump there to clear our lot and that really saved my sanity)...If I had wheels and handlebars I could actually ride her after some required assembly...

    Tempest and Rosa will go outside soon, the weather.is drying up even if it gets colder on and off. The shed area is almost cleared off enough to go back in and do some rearranging. I've been yearning to ride Germaine but I can't remember the combination at the moment...it'll come back to me. Rosa has been out and about in the last week too.
     
  12. #12 Posted Feb 24, 2017

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    I may be down to wheels and a chain! On top of that I also might have the parts for the Huffy project all lined up.
     
  13. #13 Posted Feb 27, 2017

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    I decided to stay with conventional handlebars, much like Tempest's. I hope to have the bike together by summer and paint before fall, hopefully in August. Weather after that starts to hamper my efforts and in the past it has stopped some things until the end of winter. Beryl will be grey from Rustoleum rust converting and other primers, as Tempest was for a while until she was finished (in 2012).

     
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  14. #14 Posted Feb 28, 2017

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    In case you're wondering, I was hospitalized two weeks after I posted this when my old medication tried to shut down my kidneys with creatinine(?) and it was 104, I had to walk a lot that day because I had flat tires and by nine pm I was is dire shape, falling and bruising myself and called the paramedics.

    The EMT had the nerve to ask me if I wanted an ambulance ride at that point, even though I knew how much they cost and I just cussed at him and got in. At around 4 am and after a lot of testing, x-rays, an MRI! they wrapped me in a big rug and just knocked me out...I had a bad thing for needles and didn't understand what was going on either...but I awoke in Boise, Idaho in the ICU, in a rather narrow gurney with an IV in my wrist and a patient monitor that went off when I tried to turn to sleep, which I named 'Endora' because the alarm sorta of sounded like 'DURWOOD, DURWOOD'...I finally got them to turn the alarm off once I talked to them about keeping the IV safe.

    They were less optimistic than my body... my renal functioning came back quickly, I didn't need special diets shortly afterward and I was walking the halls all day which quickly led to getting SHORTS :) I got moved to a much nicer room near the nurses' station the last week and the staff were really nice to me. I read, got videos from the movie library there and watched sports and music programs. In two weeks I was released but had to go to a smaller hospital they owned to get my new medicines and insulin started as they switched me from pills (actually a good thing). I spent a little over two more weeks there...this was during the Summer Olympics and it bugged me that people would want to watch TBS instead of hometown hero Kristin Armstrong racing for cycling gold. I remember making a few friends I've never seen again and when an epileptic woman had a seizure on the grass by the cafeteria all I could do was yell for help STAT, and thank god for my loud mouth! She was okay and I was able to stay there and keep my eyes on her so that nothing bad happened while I was not there, I was the only one with her.

    They wouldn't let me ride for at least a week after I got home. The queen bed that I almost got wedged beside with a heavy stand nearby was replaced with a twin/full and my house was cleaned up and neat (I got over that problem soon :) ) Eventually I got on Tempest again and that was a truly happy day.

    And come to think of this, I asked my mom to help me get a ticket to the Blondie/Garbage concert with opener Exene and John Doe, formerly of X on July 14th...I just realized that day is the 5th anniversary of that terrible event...all the more reason to go and celebrate.
     
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  15. #15 Posted Mar 16, 2017

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    Back to the bike! And wouldn't you know, found my tank candidate on eBay...not quite enough left to get it.

    Take a look! http://www.ebay.com/itm/192131053276

    Know the seller? summerday1520 in Erie, PA. If that's one of us I'd like to hear from them soon.


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    I'm all but handlebar grips maybe away from having all the parts, if for some reason I can't get the tires I wanted this would be easy to get at the start of the month...thing is, I am hoping for a pair of new Lightning Darts to avoid putting Chinese tires on it first thing.

    That and some bearing grease :)
     
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  16. #16 Posted Mar 16, 2017

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    Message came back, never heard of us.
     
  17. #17 Posted Mar 18, 2017

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    On the bright side, my blue rack and badge from zedsn arrived yesterday and I also got some Rusoleum Rust Reformer to clean up the rusty spots in preparation for applying primer.

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    The Rustoleum was less than $4. I've already scrubbed most of the red off the badge to apply a dark blue in it's place, and the other raised badge will be a green go match Beryl's main color.

    If any of you do this sort of stuff, I want to hear from you.
     
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  18. #18 Posted Mar 18, 2017

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    Here is a question for the Rollfast experts!

    Identify THIS DECAL on the set tube and find the image I need to get a new one made?

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  19. #19 Posted Mar 18, 2017

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    Mind you it won't end up so bold or slightly garish but this is the tank idea...gradients of green to white at the stem, echoing the notion of the darts there.

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  20. #20 Posted Mar 20, 2017

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    She is mostly covered in the rust reformer coat (it was still raining this morning and I never did get out to spray the rest of the frame)...would have had to use the boards and tarp again as well.

    I could really stand to see what that decal looked like...most of the hits for Rollfast anything go to HERE, RRB and eBay.