Bike too cool?
Nothing says 90′s nerd like barends on your commuter. Climb like John Tomac or get aero in your skinsuit.
So after a quick nerdabouthenet I found these bad boys on ebay with bonus integrated tool kit nerdpoints.
Stashmodathon! I thought.
Having already modded my keys and tools into one I wondered what else I could fit in there.
Take that shit apart.
The built in tyre levers are quite good so I got rid of everything else and found some useful stuff to cram in there like glue and patch’s and quick-links and how about a tire boot? Sure why not.
While your at it you might as well grind down your security skewer keys to fit in there too.
Lets hope no thieving bastards are reading this!
Job done! now where’s my helmet mirror?
But wait ! I still have the problem of no spare tube…. and no oversized seattube/steerer/stem to stash it in on this old steel frame.
So this calls for some old school ghetto style stashing.
In the baggy it goes
This ones called the mule.
This ones called border patrol
But in the end I went for the classic up ya bum.
I cant take credit for this one, I was just thinking one morning how annoying keys are and how they dont fit very well together on a keyring, so a quick google later and I found this cool hack mod on instructionables.
I just so happened to be useing one of the crankbros multi tools aswell and thought I should try combine as many of the tools and keys INTO ONE!
Take everything apart.
Cut up your keys (you might wanna go get spares cut first). I had to drill out the holes a bit bigger to 6mm and file the kryptonite plastic bits flatter.
Put it all back together. This is the tricky bit, deciding what tools to keep and working out the best order to get them all to fit together snug. Took me hours of taking it apart and putting it back together and added little washers here and there but the result is TIGHT!
Ends up no bigger and fits in your pocket better minus some redundant tools.
So there isn’t a bike I’ve had recently that I haven’t added town bars and a front rack to.
New parts are… Cheap XLC ergo town bars.
Sram X5 shifter.
Stripped TF 1″ fork.
14bike co barends.
CNCed tecktro levers (nicer and cheaper than pauls?).
Rotor cranks and suntour ring.
Handlebar mount beer cozie from Mannies Lowrider shop in Venice Beach.
Mods on this build are lowrider mount front light and rear mudguard light cable run through heatshrink down the gear cable and up the mudguard stay. Fiddly!
Just made a few handmade SBC tshirts for the arrival of our great grandiose bike-o-nerd-for-life, El presidente, the ruler supreme, the fearless, the brave, the held-high-in-esteem, Mark Skull.
This is my L&S Creations cruiser. These frames and parts are being reproduced by Boss BMX founder Carlo Lucia to the exact specs from back in the day. Carlo started out making frames for Patterson and Panda before going on to start Boss. After Boss folded, Carlo set up L&S Creations.
People either seem to love or hate the paint, which is cool. Rather than trying to buy a patina, I was going for something I’d seen at the Old School BMXhibition I put on a few years back. Andy White had picked up this rad Titan BMX with this crazy textured paint job just like the mini in the pic below. Hutch also did a run of frames in the same colour/finish which they called Futuristic Black. They were super rare and freaky looking.
I just really liked the texture of the paint, which Josca aptly described as looking like it had been pulled out of a tar pit. I reckon it has a kind of 80s sci-fi feel, like Bladerunner meets Robocop. Tim at Procoat knew exactly what I was after and nailed it first time.
T.Whites Bikes sorted me out with all the profile bits, including an awesome looking set of blood red mini hubs.
Tim White, the choice dude that he is, gave me a brand new set of Jive Tentacle grips complete with Jive nuts. Rad!
The rest of the bits were mid-school parts that I had picked up from here and there, including a new Odyssey Svelte saddle, chrome GT layback seat post (Adventure Cycles find), Odyssey Pozi-stop seatpost clamp and an Odyssey pitbull brake.
So this post about the dirt tracker might be the most insane and over thought of all time but I guess when you obsessive over thing this happens.
The bike has been done at hopehickman this week with Grant wiring the bike for me. This kind of shit takes time and hopefully should see it next week, but good things take time.
Color has been my next plan and this is the nerd shit right here. Below is what she looks like right now.
And below is an artist impression on how it will look,
For the exact color and gold graphic will hopefully be something like this Norton
And the logo below
The Kustom category has changed to Kustom Korner and is now a menu bar item as well so we can have all sweet modzzz in one place.
If you post a mod make sure you tick Kustom Korner in the category menu.
I am almost there in the seat shaping department. Today when the boss was out I had the small grinding wheel and sandpaper at work getting the required look.
This is the before photo
And the after photo.
Sorry for the shit photos, but you get the idea.
It’s been some time since the last Dirt Tracker post and I have been pretty busy setting up the new shop. The weather in the AK has been on point the last couple weeks and after quite a few good days riding my other motorbike I am feeling the juice again on the tracker.
As you might rember the seat section was to big for the frame so I needed to slim it down.
You might remember Tom from this previous post “http://www.skullbikeclub.com/news/?p=2753” after a couple phone calls I was around in his shed watching the wizard at work.
Like any Dirt Tracker mod, a diagram is key
Tom getting into the action with the Jig saw. I was surprised at how well the fiberglass cut.
This is what my $180 seat looks like cut in half.
If your working on the bike you need some liquid to keep you sanity at bay. If not you might make some good decisions.
And this is the stitching back together stage, what you don’t see here is the smell. I drove home from Toms and felt pretty all right.
This is stage one of two for the seat, keep an eye out for the second part.
DIY has always been a kiwi thing. now combine that with a bit of balls out and shanty town-ness you end up with good ol’ tom making a frankenstein gt pulse.
And AFTER-AFTER pictures
we let you decide on the whole thing.
it’s super mega rad in flesh. don’t worry we re-dish that wheel and bleed the brake to function a little
Monday always get off to a great start when you receive a package from Christchurch.
Does it get more custom? don’t think so players. Check the packaging.
This is the drawing I emailed Chris and the finished mount fit like a glove. Somehow I measured it correctly.
An underside photo shows the detail Chris laser cut into the mount. And also the close fit of the headlight. All looooking PRO.
This was a new addition from Chopper Paul, a nice new headlight. Not to big not to small,
The rear light also got mounted but the mount is pretty lame and will be hidden by the seat so it’s all good.
The Tracker needed some nice old school BMX grips with a more motorbike feel. I had this set of Toadstool grips on an old set of bars and were in great condition. Classic.
What you see in this photo is a couple tricked out bits combined to make a tricked out cockpit, BMX legend and all round champ Mr Paul Beadle made up some extra smooth riser mounts. He also machined the cap of the fork compression bolt for the race look. We do however still need to countersink the stem bolts.
The drum brake bar has also been installed and like all the Boss’s laser cut gems looks FUCKING DOPE.
another perfect fit.
And this is how she’s looking as of today 18/10/2011
Thanks to all the help this week from the gang, including Paul, Chopper Paul and Chris, you guys rule.
so after listening to tim constantly going at it with the drills at the shop i started wondering what the whole dealio all about.
randomly i had to re-use one of my old chainguide i had in the basement as i had to use my current one on the ‘new’ yeti.
being into weight saving and all i started drilling the heck of this all piece of crap below.
here are the results after a few beers and cutting oil later.
chainring was already drilled. renthal rocks
Some sweet modz on stratons new ride, repair kit and sawn off tire levers in a oversized nitto stem.