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When I’m working on my bikes, I have to switch from one too to another and often times I’ll have to set those tools down. The problem I have is that I didn’t have a place to set them down and because of my lack of attention, I’ll forget where I placed them. So I came up with this simple idea. I found this TV Tray/Table from the Goodwill for $5.
I keep it next to me when I’m wrenching on bikes. I had even thought about drilling some holes on it so I can insert my allen wrenches, screw drivers and other tools. Another idea I had was to install small hanging hooks on the end of the table so I can hang my pedal wrench or cone wrenches. I figured this was one way to help me keep somewhat organize. But based on that photo above, I may need more help…Oh by the way, this table it totally 29er and 650b compatible.
I wanted to give you an update on the Wolf Tooth Components chain ring. As you can see I went with a 32t chain ring in hopes that this will be enough for climbing and for speed.
As far as climbing goes, it’s a bit tougher since I don’t have a granny gear to go on. I haven’t had to walk up a hill and I’m expecting to get more accustomed to it and get stronger at the same time. But one of my favorite things so far with the Wolf Tooth is that it hasn’t dropped yet. Yes it’s absolutely true. I’ve taken it through some technical terrain where it was pretty bumpy all the way down. Just to mix things up, I’d pedal and shift at the same time to see if I can get the chain to jump off the ring. To my surprise, it hasn’t fallen off. I’ve had close to 80 miles on this chain ring and in all those miles, it continues to stay put. I’ll post a final review after I put in a few hundred more miles on it.
So why did I chose the moniker for this build? Well duh…Bon Jovi is a Rockstar and so is this Titus. Makes perfect sense to me!
RockShox Monarch RT3 with 100mm of travel.
I like this nice little detail, a stainless steel chain suck shield protects the Full Carbon Construction rear swing arm. Yes you read it right, FULL CARBON in the rear!
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe this is the FRS rear suspension linkage being used on Bon Jovi.
Check out these sexy chain and seat stays…bent and contoured for more clearance and all that fancy, dirty talk.
Here’s another nice detail. An On-One Smoothie tapered headset with a reducer race.
Behold what I can do in 20 minutes! Pressed the headset, installed the fork, wheels, stem and bars. I mated it with a Marzocchi 44 TST2-29. It’s got MAAAAD travel, hovering around 140mm, ya that’s like 5.5″ in American measurements. By the way those sticky tires are CST Dusters. They are wrapped around the Shimano MT55 29 wheels in white. But one thing I’m sure you all are already complaining about…”It would look better if that fork was white.” You know my response to that? “I wish I was taller…” But the thing is Capt. Obvious, one little detail you didn’t notice is this. the fork matches the rear shock’s color…of how I like my coffee and my men, BLACK.
In the next few days as parts start to roll in, I’m hoping to get the brakes situated. I went budget conscience and stuck with a new set of Elixir 1…ya I know there are better brakes out there, but since I’m paying for this project and you’re not, we’re sticking with the Elixir 1′s.
One last little detail. Wolf Tooth Components sent us this fancy chain ring. That’s right Fart Faces, we’re going 1x! 1×9? 1×10? 1×1? Who knows! As we move forward with the build, we’ll keep you updated on the happenings.
On the latest update we had for the tandem project, NickD over at DiBlasi Engineering finished up some of the welding that needed to be done.
The first order of business was to install and weld on the cross bar that goes between the captain and stoker seat tubes. This helps to reinforce the structure and to provide some rigidity so it won’t flex…or at least I think that’s what it’s supposed to do. I forgot exactly how NickD explained it all.
In this photo, NickD had to cut the welds he made on the top tubes to make sure the cross bar would fit properly. See that keg in the background. For fun, he’ll lift it over his head…ya something about working out so he can be strong when he works out.
Tada! Pretty nice eh?!
Here’s the front triangle with the cross bar installed and all the welds completed.
We still have a few more steps to complete. One of them would have to be installing cable/brake mounts throughout the frame. We actually only need 3 of those total. Once those are done, we’ll have it powder coated.
If you recall I showed you how I dipped Burt Reynolds.
Burt has been Smurf’d
For this How To/DIY, I took the left over Plast Dip Blaze that I had from Burt and used it on my helmet.
First thing you need to do is remove the outer shell from the inner foam. Then make sure you clean up the helmet surface with rubbing alcohol. Oh and don’t forget to remove stickers and what not.
With this particular helmet, there were screens on the vents. It prevents debris and bugs from going in. I removed those too and taped up the openings. You’ll notice that I also taped down the straps so they won’t get sprayed.
Now you’re ready for your first coat. You can buy Plasti Dip from your local Home Depot for about $5.98 per can.
This is what the helmet looks like after one coat.
After 4 coats…
From another angle.
Once it all dried up, I reassembled the helmet, I left out the screen because I wanted more air flow. To put it back all together, I just used a hot glue gun and it’s ready to roll.
I’m sure you’ve all heard of Plasti-Dip. It’s that rubber coating that you can dip your tools into so you’ll get a rubberized surface. If you have pair of pliers that have a rubber handle, that stuff is like Plasti-Dip. However, what I did was use the spray can version of it.I’ve been watching Youtube Videos on how people use Plasti-Dip (dip) on various car, wheel, motorcycle and anything that people want dipped. My first experience with it was my motorcycle.
I wanted to change up the way it looks, and what better way to do that than the color. I went with the matte black. I bought 2 cans from Home Depot for $5.97 each.Below are my side covers and tank.
Here’s how they turned out.
knowing that it was easy to use and the dip was readily available, I decided to try it on Burt Reynolds. Stripped down the bike to it’s frame. Gave it a good washing by using soapy water and some degreaser.
As I started working, I noticed that there was a texture starting to develop with the dip. Not satisfied with it, I decided to rip off the 4 coats that I just did and start over. Look, it really does just peel off!
By the way, I didn’t bother removing the headset cups and bottom bracket cups. I made sure to spray directly on them because the dip easily peels right off once you’re done.
After 5 coats, that’s 1.5 cans of Dip, I got this.
Remember the bottom bracket cups? Well all I had to do was cut around them with a sharp knife and peel. I did the same for the headset.
Here’s the finished product. Not bad eh. I’m not entirely convinced if I like the way this color covers. You can still see the REDLINE logo underneath. Not that I don’t like REDLINE, love those guys, but the black dip covered up everything on my motorcycle.
Here’s a closer look of the frame.
My Chris King headset nice and clean, no dip residue.
I’ll be riding this weekend to see how well it holds up. By the way this stuff gets EVERYWHERE! But the good thing is, its easy to clean up.
One thing to keep in mind when working with dip. Do it where there is very little wind. Also, I learned that you have to hit the spray nozzle before you spray the frame. If you point the nozzle to the frame, then hit it, you’ll get globs. So remember, hit nozzle, spray, then pass over the frame. You can find basic colors of Plasti-Dip at your local Home Depot for $5.97. I happen to get lucky with the Blue Blaze color, they normally don’t stock that. Plasti-Dip offers a variety of colors and you can order them online, but be prepared to pay as much as $10 a can plus shipping.
You may have seen the most recent project we’ve been working on, if you haven’t then you’re in luck. This is a photo-rich article that will show you some of the stuff we did over the Labor Day holiday. So I called up some fellas to see if they’d be interested in hanging out. The Moe and Dial Tone were happy to do so. Actually what happened was the three of us were supposed to check out a motorcycle dealer, but we found out they were closed. So I figured, we’ll go and put the sidecar together instead.
I loaded up the Limo with this “Steel is REAL” sidecar and headed over to a neighboring city to buy a 20″ BMX front wheel for it. We met this guy who had a shop-like set up in his garage. I paid the man $10 for a new BMX front wheel and we were out.
As we were driving, The Moe said he was dehydrated and needed fluids in his body STAT! So we stopped off at a Messican Food place for lunch. Notice how happy The Moe looks, yep he’s fully hydrated. That look he has on his face is of him saying a quick prayer thanking the Lord for sustenance he provided that day.
After lunch we headed back to the World HQ of MtnBikeRiders.com to mate an old GT Dyno BMX bike that DialTone donated for the project. We found that due to the down tube of the bike, the sidecar mount wasn’t going to work. But we tried it just in case it would. Those sexy pair of legs belong to DialTone.
The Moe and I went for a test ride.
This was our celebratory pose in completing the mount job. The Moe enjoying a Cohiba while I puffed on a Dolce Vita. This was short lived because the set up flexed way too much. So that mean we couldn’t use the Dyno as a donor bike.
We were about to go back to the workshop to see if we can try a different bike. The Moe was a bit buzzed and tried to see if he can be his own designated driver, but he just kept going around in circles.
After about another hour or so we came back out with this. I mounted a Manhattan Hot Rod to the sidecar. Fit was perfect!
In this photo you can see how it mounts to the bike.
I actually have a backrest the the sidecar, but it broke during shipping. So I’ll have to fix that first. Another idea I did have was to get orange vinyl and redo the sidecar upholstery. The project is far from complete, there’s still so much to do to it. But for now it’s totally ride-able and I may add that it’s a blast!
If your 29er gets a flat and all you have a is a 26″ tube go ahead and use it! Check this out.
The trick is to hold down one side of your wheel while you work in the tire onto the rim. Make sure the tube is deflated while you’re doing this, it makes it easier to mount. After you have it mounted, you’re ready to air it up and get back on the trail. I own a handful of 26er and 29er bikes, and all I buy are 26″ tubes because they’ll work for both.
Here’s a couple of stinky helmets that haven’t been washed in a long time. I’m sure you’ve got one or two of them that smell like feet.
All you need to do to get rid of the funk is get a bucket, some dish soap and a bit of vinegar.
Mix the soap and about 1/4 cup of white vinegar in a bucket and fill it up with water. Then take your helmet and slosh it around. On my skater helmet I removed the padding and made sure I scrubbed those well. I also would scrub the straps with hands/fingers making sure I get rid of that muck and mire made out of sweat and dirt.
Once you’re done scrubbing it, rinse it thoroughly. You’d be surprised on how well the vinegar and soap removes that funky smell. Let it air dry and voila! You’ve got a great smelling helmet!