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Here is an old Wards cruiser frame and wheels that I decided to give a little customization to. If you are familiar with the cool board-track racers from the early ’20s, this is made with that in mind. As a design choice, i kept the color mundane and let the shinny parts shine.
This is it in its rough form, I found a cool set of “chopper forks” that would be perfect;
After a ton of elbow grease and bearing repacking it looks like this now:
Just a chain and some detailing, we are roll’n Old School.
It is either a curse or a blessing, but when I get started with a cool project I kind of go full speed ahead.
Welcome to day two of my ‘build a fun BMX bike like I did in 1979’, cool, cheap and modified to my taste.
Yesterday I presented to you a piece of shit, cheap GT bike I found at a local secondhand shop. The grand total price of the bike was a whopping 40 bucks! Honestly, a bit much, but it was complete and had good bones. The first rule to remember when you are taking on a task like this is to make sure you really have something to work with. Now the bike is back at my shop and let the dismantling begin.
What you want to do is have a clean bench and all the tools you need. ( I also buy a bunch of baggies of different sizes just to keep the parts in order). As you can see, I went full on, this is 40 minutes into it:
Secondly, I went to my local bike shop where it is important to know people that work there. I went in smiling and asking for used and discarded BMX parts. Remember, the goal is to do this on the cheap, like a rat kid would do. So I went looking for bars, forks and a gooseneck. The boys hooked me up. Most (all) bicycle shops have a room or shed that they keep a inventory of old bikes, some they want to keep and some to cannibalize. My shop has a great selection, piles and piles of every part imaginable, sweet.
So with a bit of digging, I found the bars and a neck (plus another set of bars and some Cook Brothers forks that will make it on a later project), but the best part was the price. I got all of this for the total price of $5 dollars. I am sooo right on budget. Here is a pic;
Next thing was to get the cranks taken off the bike. I think this bike was left outside so the bottom bracket was a bit rusty and the bolts were seized, here goes another trip to the bike shop. With the frame in hand, I walk into a shop right down the road from my shop and asked if they “could help me out?” As most bike guys I know, most shops guys are decent and some are total dicks, these guys were awesome! It took some effort to get the crank off but with the help off a breaker bar, the arm came right off all for the price of $5 dollars again! That’s the good news…Bad news is, the bottom bracket is there to stay. It turns well but is locked in with a broken lockset, it’s in the bottom bracket for good. But thats ok, I can make it work and it also stops me from going to deep into restoration and keep it a fun project.
Now i’m back at the shop, I first separate the keeper parts form the junk. Here is the junk:
Then I get to work.
I grind off all the cable tabs that were for the shifters, remember, keeping it basic. I sand and prep everything for paint. Speaking of paint, I had extra primer, great automotive paint and clear coat leftover from another art project i did earlier this month, so that means no extra cost! a couple of hours of grinding and sanding, I get things primed;
It amazes me how fast things can go when you enjoy the work, it is very reminiscent of my working habits as a kid in my makeshift workshop in the basement and I only spent $10 dollars!
I wrap things up and head home and let the primer dry.
Next up is wheel restoration and or switch out.
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This is just a fun little short film I made when I was doing a project in L.A. I used the App “8mm” and my iPhone which I think is pretty great. The squirrel is a prop from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The monkey is from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. This is a good example of how I see the world.
Check it out and let me know what you think?
I will be posting more in the days coming up.
Oakland, 2013 is one of the most “tagged” cities in the USofA and seems completely unapolegitic about that fact. You might say there is a distaste for the act of vandalism but a silent appreciation of the most graphically complex, colorfully uplifting and the unspoken choice of expression of artist without a voice.
The artist Banksy has changed the game in urban art. He has sold his work for millions, people comb the streets of NY looking for his latest installment and hope to catch a glimpse of this successful vandal. He and his stencils are blatently committing a crime for which others have been prosecuted. Good for him that crafty little marketing genius.
Besides the obvious, it struck me unexpectedly, this art form creates jobs and is good or even great for America. Let’s look at the reasons why:
First, the companies that produce and sell the paint. These artist are not buying their weapon of choice wholesale. They are buying it from locked paint cages at Home Depot, Michael’s, art stores, where ever sells spray paint. That alone at 3-6 dollars a can in any business model is a win!
Next it rolls to the manufacturing of all this cans. It takes extruders to create the can, the mixing of the paints, the distribution stream, packers, unpackers, graphic designers, sales people. This median does not just materialize at the the will of the artist.
Then we roll into the civic roll of graffiti. Every town official loathes it; starts a campaign to “clean up this city”, to replace the works of the people with placards glued to the wall promoting the next big event in a civic center. To me that is just as offensive. But with that aside, think of the city worker on the graffiti abatement crews with families and hungry mouths to feed. If we rid the city of the plight of amateur art work, someone, I can guarantee, will lose their job.
So graffiti creates jobs and adds to the fiscal bottom-line in every community. In any business plan and any city, this is good.
If the cities and its elected officials were really serious in removing graffiti, they would work harder on fixing the communities and the social dynamics that fuel this vandalism , get the abandoned buildings filled and better the communities that this harmless act of expression so loudly points out.
I think most of graffiti is pretty great. Sure there is the slacker taggers that just spray on a wall like a dog pisses on a tree but there are some really amazing talents out there, wanting to be heard. Ask Banksy when you see him.
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