It’s been awhile since we’ve been showing progress with our bicycle build (that’s because of the travelling this last 2 months) but we definitely had to kick it up a notch with some welding and fab expertise. We enlisted the help of hometown hero, Stefan Barbu of ASP (Advanced Street Performance) in Kent, WA to do the fab work. We’ve marked all the sections and showed Stefan where to make the changes; time for him to go to work and do what he does best. Import cars is what he likes racing, but he’s someone I only trust in the fabrication world. More in depth story about Stefan and ASP this week. Stay tuned. Looking good Stefan.
One of many projects. Yep. That’s a k20 beast in that DC2. Follow us. Let’s go!
Part two of the tear down starts off with the bottom bracket and did we find something pretty interesting.
Time to go play Oregon Trail: the live version.
Now that we have the bicycle bare and ready, it’s time to build some wheels. Stay tuned for another post this week. The build it definitely on its way. Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Cycling action! FACK!
The other night, we (Al-Michael, Terry and I) went to Hello Bicycle to begin the build process. Over the next couple of days, we’ll be documenting the build of this “smasher” worthy bicycle. This being my brother’s first time dealing with a build, we decided that it’s necessary for “cred” purposes that he put in the wrench time. Namsayin. Ladies don’t faint at the muscle poses and positions that Al-Michael is displaying.
The tear-down. Now it might seem pretty simple and straight forward, but if you’ dont know what you’re doing you can spend alot of time picking your butt and scratching your head. Sam is the head technican at Hello Bicycle and Al-Michael is we’ll gonna be putting the work.
The process is pretty straight forward. We want to be able to get to the frame in bare-naked, “look-ma” no parts, form. First up we unloosen the nuts both front and rear wheels. Ladies, there’s muscle involved in these photos, so please, don’t faint.
After the rear wheel has been removed from the chain and the rear fork, time to move forward towars the front.
Removing the two bolts that hold the wheel to the front fork is simple. On to the next and that is the chain. Not alot of people know about removing chains, but there are two types of chains; a solid-link chain and one with beginning and end links. The chain that is on the single-speed is a solid link chain and will require a special tool to press the rod out of the link holes.
Now that the chain has been removed, time for the sprocket / crankset to be removed. This also requires a special tool. Tool in hand, Al-Michael is going to get down and dirtay! When we start to put the bike together, we’ll go into an in-depth explaination of the tools used and how to fit, tightening and tune the bike to insure quality fitment and secure each part in its proper places.
Now with the crankset off, next up is the bottom bracket, but will save that explaination for tomorrow. Stay tuned! Namsayin! It’s going!