The "Art Deco Racer" CCM Flyte project.....

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37ccmflyte

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 6, 2011
302
It started with a kiss. No. No it really didn't. It started when I bought this frame and fork set a few years ago.... a frame and fork looking for a new life.
I life as my Art Deco CCM Flyte racer as it turned out. And when I say "racer" I mean a total poser that just looks like a period racer....

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37ccmflyte

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 6, 2011
302
I started looking obsessively (is there any other way???) at old race bikes on the net looking for ideas I liked and I could build into the bike..... saving pictures, making plans.... some more sensible than others. But what the hell, I never let "being sensible" get in my way before so why start now ha???? :) So curved cranks became a part of the plan....
 

37ccmflyte

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 6, 2011
302
It's all UTTER snake oil... but I will make some anyway!! The only two things they so are, one, look cool as hell, and two, add weight!! :)
 
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37ccmflyte

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 6, 2011
302
I wanted the cranks to be the same length so I bought one extra crank. And cut it and used it to be the bottom of one and the top of the other..... hence only one weld.
They are tapered also which was a small issue.
So I went about making a bending and welding jig....

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37ccmflyte

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 6, 2011
302
So the bike is still a work in progress.... the frame and fork are now primed ready for top coat.
Here are some pictures of it mocked up to see how it would look.... it will get wooden rims, nickel plate on all the bright work (yes I know they were chrome) and a few smaller changes, but that's the basic layout! Seat is an older Brooks narrow. White tyres and grips.

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37ccmflyte

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 6, 2011
302
One thing I would like to do is have a new custom chain wheel made in a same style as the CCM item but bigger to look more like a racer.... and in 3/32 size.
I am not sure what ratio to go to... as I would like it to be still rideable on flat ground. But in reality I will not use it much at all.
The factory gearing is 50/17 (2.94) I was thinking 60 or 63 to 18.... (3.33 and 3.5)
Thoughts??
 

1motime

I live for the CABE
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I think it is a great project! The design really flows. Obviously you have a vision and fab skills to make it real. Take a break and look at it. Answers about details will come when they are ready
 

37ccmflyte

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 6, 2011
302
Thanks for the comments. I welcome ideas to make it better!!
One thing I want to do it is to get the handlebars lower. They are about in the middle of the front frame tube at the moment and most race bikes have them at the level where the tube meets the fork.
Complicate THAT with these 1930's BSA curved handle bar stems I found last night and went "WOW! the race bike has gotta have something like that" now I have to try and make a stem from scratch that maybe has more curve over and down to the bars to get the height I want and a thin clamp attaching it to the top of the fork. Suits the curve theme of the bike, at the end of the day it's all a bit of fun! :)

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Andrew Gorman

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 15, 2008
3,015
Pasadena (Hastings Ranch), United States
The Lauterwasser bars are sharp period correct- I really like a pair I have on a 1938 Raleigh Gazelle. SOMA makes repros in aluminum and steel. The limp dick stem is going to be hard to find- the lauterwassers were made to give you a lot of reach with the short stem that worked in the late 1930's.
 

37ccmflyte

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 6, 2011
302
The Lauterwasser bars are sharp period correct- I really like a pair I have on a 1938 Raleigh Gazelle. SOMA makes repros in aluminum and steel. The limp dick stem is going to be hard to find- the lauterwassers were made to give you a lot of reach with the short stem that worked in the late 1930's.
They are great bars I have always liked the look of those. I could only find them in aluminium on ebay just now and I would want steel for this project.
I would not have to find a stem I would make one from scratch as the design I want is not around, but the more drop on the bars the less drop I would need on the stem... so I see where you are going with that.... thanks! :)
 
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