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Old 08-01-17, 11:32 PM
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Bikes 2017 and a build log for my Quadangle.

I figured I would put this here, given it's what I am up to. I usually post logs about computers and sound gear but I figured it was something to read for you if you are bored or fancy reading about something else

I have two bikes on the go atm. One is nearly built (and I will start riding it once it is) and the other is going to take a while.

First up is my Mike Buff PK Ripper.



It's nearly there. Just waiting on the carbon post so I can get into riding position and crank everything tight/adjust the brakes etc.



OK so that is pretty much done now. I want to start riding again this year. Don't think I would do anything mental like I used to, just riding from point to point and improving my general fitness. I feel I can tackle this now after being smoke free for three years (and noticing a massive difference in getting out of breath etc).

The thing is as much as I love this bike it's not what I really wanted.

In 1998 I was big into riding BMX (street and stunts mostly) and was starting to feel like I didn't want to be injured any more. So I built one of these.



And spent around two grand on it. If you know BMX then all I really need to say is USA made F&F, Fusion 3 PC USA made, Fusion chain ring USA made, Peregrine Super Pro 48 sealed and so on. It was the elite of BMX.

Mine was all red so looked like this one.



Only problem is that they are rare and very expensive. You won't get much change from £600 buying a used frame and it is just that, a used frame complete with scratches and so on. They are also 6061 Alu so dent and gouge easily.

OK so how do I basically get my bike back without going broke?

During the mid 2000s SE Racing took the Quadangle back to its freestyle roots (Reynolds CRO MO) but kept the frame style that I fell in love with. It's a long bike with a deck adequate for a rider my height (5'10). They called it the Quadangle Pro.



The price was expensive at first but then SE went bankrupt again (they have been in and out of business like a mole pops in and out of the ground!) so they were sold off cheap. Now SE are back again but they do not sell them (typical).

So what I wanted to do was basically get hold of a frame and forks from SoCal where they are made and then take it in my own direction. The first quest was finding the mid 90s graphics I liked.



That was about the best I could do. I then took them into Photoshop.



Drew in the missing part as you can see and then started drawing outlines I could lay with texture and colours later.





Then put in the dots. I did this manually, one at a time. There were over a thousand. Took about three hours.





OK so I stuck out a feeler on a BMX forum I frequent and one of the guys came through with the missing graphic. I then redrew that. Note, there is some silver missing from the SE RACING part I will add that in next time I edit them. Good thing I didn't send them off to the printers like that



OK, so basically graphics got. I am not going to put the 6061 alu decal on the frame that would be a bit daft. I will probably make my own custom sticker with my name on it or something to go on the seat tube.

OK so here are more parts for the bike.



Notably wheels, tyres, handlebars (ignore the colour that is coming off) and so on. I then needed a stem.



Stem cap.



Brakes.



Cables, linings and outers (red)



Seat post.



Brake nipples.



OK so pause for a bit. I was all set to do it in red, then I saw this and fell in love instantly.



So I mocked up and decided on Yellow frame, red fork and accessories (bars etc).







I have decided on the last one. I am going to do the handlebars red also (powder coated same as the frame and forks) and I think that will pop like crazy. I am using the colour palette from a very old bike from the early 80s.



I then ordered a crank.



Chain disc (Profile copy)



Grips and bar ends.





And axle adapters as the frame is 14mm.



This is the bike I bought here out in Cali last week



It should be here soon

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Old 09-01-17, 11:39 AM
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Looking good so far mate!
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Old 09-01-17, 12:46 PM
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That's gonna pop big time.
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That's gonna pop big time.
Yeah it will lol. I was thinking of putting a yellow tyre on the back and red on the front lol.
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Old 10-01-17, 09:29 PM
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Seat post finally got. Had a bit of a nightmare because there is a bolt you can not get to easily. I would imagine that is because it is designed for one of those MTB seats with the middle missing? gawd knows. I had to cut down a allen key with my Dremel.



But yeah, PK is nearly done. Need to adjust the back wheel slightly and then air up the tyres and adjust the brakes.

Hopefully should get it out over the next few days
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OK so stuff is now arriving so I got a few photos in the flesh

First up the seat I am using.





And the post.



Grips and ends.



The crank and disc came too, and thankfully it had a disk adapter



14mm axle adapters.



Some stopping power.



And the cables came too



I've decided on a name too. "The Banana Split". Not from the TV show (even though I loved it, one banana two bananas etc) but from the dessert. In the UK I go to a local fish and chip restaurant and always order a banana split for my pudding. I don't have chocolate sauce though I have it with strawberry sauce, which kinda reminds me of the colours I am using on the bike.
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Seat looks nice but doesnt look very comfortable if your ass takes a knock from a steep drop.
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haha yeah I will probably drop it a bit. This isn't a freestyle bike though man it's a race bike, hence the lightweight components and 6061 alu. It's the one I am hoping to get fit on, though it is looking like I have arthritis so even that could be severely limited.

Getting old sucks man.
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The Quadangle is on its way !

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haha yeah I will probably drop it a bit. This isn't a freestyle bike though man it's a race bike, hence the lightweight components and 6061 alu. It's the one I am hoping to get fit on, though it is looking like I have arthritis so even that could be severely limited.

Getting old sucks man.
Might be time to leave the BMXs to the kids and get yourself mountain bike.
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