Colson Flyer Project

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Rustafari

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 4, 2013
211
SoCal
Hey Cabers,
I bought this bike about six years ago but didn't have room in my garage for another bike at the time, so I put it up in the loft. I finally pulled it down yesterday and opened the box to see what I've got! :D I also have a set of rims that I may end up using. Not sure on those yet. I have a few sets of hubs but since this bike has a bunch of rechromed parts, I may look around to see if I can find some that have a nicer finish. What hubs would be correct for this bike? Would it be ND?

The restoration had already been started. I don't mind the color but it's already got a few nicks so I will be repainting everything.

I do need a few parts:
* Bolt for seat clamp
* Pedals
* Fenders/Light
* Tank
* Rack
* Drop stand
* Chain

Are stencils available for this bike? I'm guessing the scheme should be like this one:

https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/1939-colson-flyer.108651/

Thanks!
Rusty
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ThegoodThebad&Therusty

I live for the CABE
Feb 18, 2012
1,514
In exile
You are aware to aquire all the missing parts you need on your list is going to cost upwards of $900.00+ right ? And that doesn't include what you might need regarding the wheels and tires, hubs, chain, saddle, seat post, grips and complete bottom bracket setup (bearings, cups, nuts & washers) I don't see in the photos and you didn't mention.
 
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Rustafari

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 4, 2013
211
SoCal
You are aware to aquire all the missing parts you need on your list is going to cost upwards of $900.00+ right ? And that doesn't include what you might need regarding the wheels and tires, hubs, chain, saddle, seat post, grips and complete bottom bracket setup (bearings, cups, nuts & washers) I don't see in the photos and you didn't mention.
Well, I figure it will be an ongoing project. Might take some time to get all of the parts. Just posting up now to get started. I do have the hardware for the bottom bracket. I just didn't include it in the pic (greasy plastic bag full of bearings and stuff). lol I also have a saddle that I can use.
 

Greeced lightning

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 26, 2018
105
61
Rhodes, Greece
You have a very nice start already. From the ones that I’be seen, l believe New Departures are the call. If you’re patient, you can probably get a lot of what you need reasonably, the tank however would be your big ticket item. Good luck & enjoy it.
 

Rustafari

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 4, 2013
211
SoCal
About to start building a set of wheels for this bike. I bought these rims from bicyclebones about 6 years ago. They've been up in the loft and had some surface corrosion. A few minutes with some chrome polish cleaned them right up! I also got a real nice, nearly NOS Morrow hub from KevinBikes here on the CABE. Big thanks to both Dan and Kevin!

So my question:
Would I use different length spokes for the front and rear? The circle on the Morrow hub looks like about 2.220". I have a ND-W for the front and it looks like the circle is about 1.440". Circumference of the rim is 67-5/8".

I've seen some spoke length calculators out there but if any of you experts happen to know off the top of your head what length(s) to use with these hubs that could save me some time. lol

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Balloonoob

I live for the CABE
Jan 24, 2019
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About to start building a set of wheels for this bike. I bought these rims from bicyclebones about 6 years ago. They've been up in the loft and had some surface corrosion. A few minutes with some chrome polish cleaned them right up! I also got a real nice, nearly NOS Morrow hub from KevinBikes here on the CABE. Big thanks to both Dan and Kevin!

So my question:
Would I use different length spokes for the front and rear? The circle on the Morrow hub looks like about 2.220". I have a ND-W for the front and it looks like the circle is about 1.440". Circumference of the rim is 67-5/8".

I've seen some spoke length calculators out there but if any of you experts happen to know off the top of your head what length(s) to use with these hubs that could save me some time. lol

Rim01.jpg

Rim02.jpg


MorrowHub - 1.jpg
This looks like such a great Colson project. You ever get the wheels built?
 
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