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56 Vette

Wore out three sets of tires already!
This is about my 12th year going to the Memory Lane spring swap. The anticipation leading up to the swap is everything anyone else has said is true! I didn't bring a lot to sell, just projects that never took off, and some parts left over. After setting up Wednesday, I took a stroll around, said hi to many friends and see what's out there. On the way back to my spot I saw a sad, oxidized, rusty, flat tire, missing seat Lemon peeler sitting at Brian's "Top Hat" spot. I walked away back to my spot, and after about 15 minutes, I walked back and bought it, it was about a 1/3 of the price of the going rate of Krates, and I can't justify the price these things are going for. I then started looking for a seat, after not finding one I happened to go past Steve "light weight, mountain bike" asked if he had a lemon peeler seat, and he said actually I do, dumb luck, but we made a deal for a beautiful seat. Thursday morning after setting up, I put the lemon on the stand and started tearing it apart to clean, derust, polish and make presentable again. Once the front wheel was cleaned, regreased, polished and a new tube put in, I cleaned the rust off the springer. The frame was next, a quick clean and then a polish and wax of the paint and chain guard. The front fender was pretty beat, so I looked around the swap for a replacement, I'll be damned my dad spotted a double dimple 69 only front fender in near perfect condition. Friday came and I brought my 8 year old son with me, he loves the swaps and as expected he wanted to cruise around the swap looking for deals! He found a mint OCC chopper the Bicycle Museum of America brought and with some advice from Dad he made a deal all by himself and was the proud new owner! Back at our spot I continued working on the Lemon peeler, getting the front end put on with fresh grease, cleaned the rear rim, installed a new repo rear slick, cleaned and installed the sissy bar, and once together I showed him how to adjust the derailleur. The seat came next, adjusted the brakes, and it was time to get it off the stand. The whole time I working on the bike, Jaxson found every puddle from the previous night's rain on his new OCC chopper. There were also a few times I rode around with him, and he even conned a few other guys to ride a lap around with him, they were super cool to my boy and I appreciate it! So now that the peeler is done, I put on some correct yellow glitter flag valve caps and topped it off with a old stingray checkered flag mirror I came across a while back. After a quick ride to shake it down, I realized my 200 pound butt don't agree with the sissy bar shocks. I lowered the seat, pulled the bars a little bit, and Jax was about pissing his pants with excitement to ride the Lemon. Well that was it, at that moment I lost my bike and he became the proud new rider of a neat old 69 Lemon Peeler! I bet he rode it around for almost 2 hours, and with me following him on my red 5 speed stingray, I couldn't have had a bigger smile on face! Of the guys who were left at the swap, he got so many thumbs up, and a few of the guys have said they never saw a kid riding a Krate! Watching Jax ride that bike reminds me of the ads for the Krates in the old magazines. Sorry so long, but just wanted to tell my swap story, and what these stupid old bikes mean to me and son. Also, to anyone thinking of attending spring Memory Lane just do it, you won't regret it, a couple days of like minded people sharing a passion, friendship, and love of bicycles!

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I loved that you had him make the deal himself. My space was right next to where the museum was unloading, and I saw the whole thing. And I watched as he rolled it past my spot with a big smile on his face.
 
THAT BOY WAS EVERYWHERE!!!!!
We felt like ten minutes didn't pass without seeing him Burn rubber across gravel making every head turn and smile seeing the passion in his youth we all had and hold today, vicariously vibing through his youthful energy and excited skids and speed laps.

What an awesome, lucky and FAST rebuild! Absolutely Awesome to see you folks.
I was pushing the Super with the Cowboy hat on 😄

Robin
 
This is about my 12th year going to the Memory Lane spring swap. The anticipation leading up to the swap is everything anyone else has said is true! I didn't bring a lot to sell, just projects that never took off, and some parts left over. After setting up Wednesday, I took a stroll around, said hi to many friends and see what's out there. On the way back to my spot I saw a sad, oxidized, rusty, flat tire, missing seat Lemon peeler sitting at Brian's "Top Hat" spot. I walked away back to my spot, and after about 15 minutes, I walked back and bought it, it was about a 1/3 of the price of the going rate of Krates, and I can't justify the price these things are going for. I then started looking for a seat, after not finding one I happened to go past Steve "light weight, mountain bike" asked if he had a lemon peeler seat, and he said actually I do, dumb luck, but we made a deal for a beautiful seat. Thursday morning after setting up, I put the lemon on the stand and started tearing it apart to clean, derust, polish and make presentable again. Once the front wheel was cleaned, regreased, polished and a new tube put in, I cleaned the rust off the springer. The frame was next, a quick clean and then a polish and wax of the paint and chain guard. The front fender was pretty beat, so I looked around the swap for a replacement, I'll be damned my dad spotted a double dimple 69 only front fender in near perfect condition. Friday came and I brought my 8 year old son with me, he loves the swaps and as expected he wanted to cruise around the swap looking for deals! He found a mint OCC chopper the Bicycle Museum of America brought and with some advice from Dad he made a deal all by himself and was the proud new owner! Back at our spot I continued working on the Lemon peeler, getting the front end put on with fresh grease, cleaned the rear rim, installed a new repo rear slick, cleaned and installed the sissy bar, and once together I showed him how to adjust the derailleur. The seat came next, adjusted the brakes, and it was time to get it off the stand. The whole time I working on the bike, Jaxson found every puddle from the previous night's rain on his new OCC chopper. There were also a few times I rode around with him, and he even conned a few other guys to ride a lap around with him, they were super cool to my boy and I appreciate it! So now that the peeler is done, I put on some correct yellow glitter flag valve caps and topped it off with a old stingray checkered flag mirror I came across a while back. After a quick ride to shake it down, I realized my 200 pound butt don't agree with the sissy bar shocks. I lowered the seat, pulled the bars a little bit, and Jax was about pissing his pants with excitement to ride the Lemon. Well that was it, at that moment I lost my bike and he became the proud new rider of a neat old 69 Lemon Peeler! I bet he rode it around for almost 2 hours, and with me following him on my red 5 speed stingray, I couldn't have had a bigger smile on face! Of the guys who were left at the swap, he got so many thumbs up, and a few of the guys have said they never saw a kid riding a Krate! Watching Jax ride that bike reminds me of the ads for the Krates in the old magazines. Sorry so long, but just wanted to tell my swap story, and what these stupid old bikes mean to me and son. Also, to anyone thinking of attending spring Memory Lane just do it, you won't regret it, a couple days of like minded people sharing a passion, friendship, and love of bicycles!

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Really COOOOL bikes and was glad to see Jax having a good time on his new Occ Stingray chopper bike. I almost bought a mint black one with an extra seat for a $100, but passed as I have 5 of these bikes already and have little to no space for another one. RideOn. Mark.
 
He now has a reflector for it. I found one up at Monroe for him since they couldn't attend. Definitely a sweet ride.
Thanks so much Greg, appreciate you picking up a reflector and Corvette diecast for my, err, Jaxson's Lemon Peeler! Also Thanks for being a great friend and swap meet neighbor! It was truly a great couple of days at the swap! Thanks also to everyone who has commented, it takes a community to help each other out, and light the fire in the young ones. I've definitely seen this at the swaps and right here on the CABE!

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