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How to build Lowrider bike

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Build a lowrider bike from prefabricated parts is very easy, many websites that the necessary parts to build the foundation of bikes, starting from frames, sprockets and other necessary things. With enough budget you can look at the ads on the internet or forums, had a likely look for places that you can see first hand the condition of the goods, can be bone-collectors, back alleys, and dumpsters junkyards. Building a bike itself is more challenging than buying. Your bike will be looking custom and will clearly look different with the bike manufacturer, so this could increase the attraction of people to our bikes.

  Things that you will need are parts and basic hand tools  

  1. You need to create the plan very carefully, because you’ve spent money to buy the equipment you need, and you certainly do not spend a little money for this project. “If my friend can, why can’t I? that’s what you should believe. Confidence will only produces a rich effect on the final result. Draw a bike that you will build up clearly.
  2. Finding the Frame that matches to the theme bikes, no matter how you like the frame badly, but if no suitable and fitting then that part can not be used. Precisely bike frame for kids are very nice and suitable. You can find frames in places like Thrift or junkyards.
  3. Build your front-end assembly. This includes the fork, the front wheels and steering wheel. Your bike will start to see new. Find a bicycle fork length in a larger size. The cart is an excellent source of sharp, small front wheels. Junkyards have ape hanger handlebars of motorcycles and cars old bicycle.
  4. Mount the rear wheels and chains. Looking for tires, large frame return you to the proper width. Once you mount the seat, you have a lowrider practicable.
  5. Select your peripherals. Turn the lever on the handlebars and banana seat assembly. Matching the color is beautiful. Now, compare the special touches to your bike stand out like a sissy bar, bell, lights, steering wheel chain antenna, and mud flag. Remember the rear fender, if you plan to ride in the rain.

  I hope i can provide this instruction with step-by-step picture next post, good luck. 

    Written by qtechmaria

    October 10, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Posted in How To

    Changing v-brake into discbrake

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    Cursory look is not difficult to change the brakes with v-brake model becomes a disc-brake. However, we must be cautious and prepare for everything associated with the changes. For convenience, before changing the brake system of the v-brake into the disc-brake must consider several things below :
    • Is the hub / free-hub is compatible to your bike disk-brake system? If it is, your bike is ready to be attached a disc-brake (6 Bolts / center-lock) then the disc-brake installation does not cause difficulty. However if the hub / free-hub parallax rotor can not be fitted, then you should get ready to replace its hub and free-hub. To replace it must also consider the number of holes / hole rims / wheels your bike, so it will be the same number (eg 36 h, 32 h). You must also consider the rotor to be used (center-lock or 6 Bolts). 
    • Have you prepared a new brake cable? With the change of the v-brake to disc-brake surely there must be its replacement brake cable (for disc-brake mechanical). This is because his brake cable length increases. While for his disc-brake hydraulic hose is usually made up one with his disc-brake. 
    • Is the frame / fork of his support for brakes fitted with disc-brake system? For some types of fork and a specific frames, can not use disc-brake. This is because it has no disc-brake holder, so as to frame it. Possible solutions to replace the fork and pair disc-brake adapter (one of his model: AZ adapter). 
    • Brake lever will have to adjust when using hydraulic disc-brake. When fused with the brake lever shifters will need to replace the shifter / brake lever.

    Thus a little explanation for the replacement of v-brake into disc-brake, sorry I can’t provide you the step-by-step pictures guide.

    Written by qtechmaria

    April 18, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Posted in How To, Tips

    An easy way to clean a bicycle chain

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    In my experience, cleaning the bicycle chain is less efficient, before finding a way more accurate and faster. I often used to scrub with a brush, then I rub the chain section repeatedly until the result of changes in the chain. Well now I will share this new knowledge about how to clean it by not making a mess on our hands.
    • Remove the chain (Using Chain cutter for about $3-$5). 
    • Enter into an empty bottle of mineral water, more easily find the bottle that has a lid that is slightly wider.
    • Fill kerosene in the bottle that contains the chain as high as 3-5 cm, and then close the bottle.
    • Shake the bottle for 5 minutes, you can also posing as a bartender or you’ve got their own way to sing or dance is also good.
    • Once completed, then remove the chain, will look shiny and clean.
    • Earlier in the sprocket teeth should also be cleaned.
    • The last step we clean with a cloth before we put it on a bike. 
    • Lubricate the pin after pin with chain lube lubricant finish-line

    Written by qtechmaria

    April 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Posted in How To, Tips

    Some of the reasons why we need to cycling

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    1. Cycling increases mobility of people who cannot use motor vehicles.
    2. Cycling increased confidence for those who do not have the skills to drive a car or motorcycle.
    3. Cycling can eliminate the saturation effect due to vehicle traffic.
    4. Cycling is the best vehicle for people who do not like to drive a vehicle (car or motorcycle).
    5. Many alternative routes to the destination with biking.
    6. Bicycles are the most efficient vehicle in the world.
    7. Cycling at the same time the practice of patience and intelligence.
    8. By cycling makes people more able to save.
    9. Cycling reduces stress.
    10. Bike is one of the most efficacious therapeutic methode for the spirit of life
    11. Bike is one of the fitness therapy equipment
    12. By cycling makes us more familiar in the highway
    13. Cycling can improve the quality of life
    14. Cycling can save a fitness center membership fees and sports.
    15. Regular cycling has no side effects to the body.
    16. Cycling has a positive effect on the environment
    17. Cycling can familiarize neighbors and companions
    18. Cycling can bring healthy people who have the same purpose.
    19. Bicycles free of the ticket
    20. If there is congestion on the bike path, it can still be enjoyed chatting with each other between the members of cyclists, and even made an appointment for lunch.
    21. Travel time more predictable
    22. Easy to find parking
    23. Ample parking is always free (except in foreign countries)
    24. Reducing the city land for parking cars / motorcycles.
    25. When you tired, you can still lead a bike across the sidewalk.
    26. Reducing air pollution
    27. Energy efficient, because it does not use fuel, transmission oil, Freon
    28. Reduce noise, because they have no exhaust
    29. Can break anywhere without causing congestion
    30. If a flat tire, can be handled as easily carry a spare tire
    31. Never had a bike collisions that cause death in world history
    32. Biking increase awareness among others, in the same boat
    33. Cycling can improve heart health
    34. Could reduce the excessive weight
    35. Increasing appetite for those who want fat
    36. Can increase productivity in the workplace
    37. Making their husbands come home faster and get to the house (for fear of being late on the road)
    38. Making the wife happy, because it will never be asked to help push the bike as when pushing the car if stalled.
    39. Makes you sleep more soundly without snoring
    40. Would never touch with the police because they do not require SIM (Licence Number)
    41. If you move house, the bike easily carried
    42. Bicycles can be taken when you want to picnic
    43. Able road bike in any environment; road asphalt, dirt, rocks, and even climbs up the mountain.
    44. Bicycles can also drive your child or wife with ease, not like a car or your motorcycle
    45. Bicycles can be brought into the park, or recreation center
    46. Bike makes you more cool, because it is very interesting variety of accessories.
    Whatever your bicycle, from wherever you came from, let’s together participate in improving the planet becomes more comfortable inhabited by reducing global warming by using our bicycles to go to work or to go to the near places.

    Written by qtechmaria

    March 28, 2010 at 3:34 am

    Posted in How To, Tips

    How to build a sidecar

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    How to build a sicecar
    You will need :
    A complete bike
    Extra fork and wheel
    3 feet of 1/4 x 1-1/4 – inch steel flat stock
    3 feet of 1/8 x 1-1/4 – inch steel flat stock
    10 feet of 3/4-inch EMT twin wall electrical conduit
    Two 3/4-inch conduit clamps
    A 26-inch piece of 2″ x 4″
    A Sheet of 1/2-inch plywood
    An 8=foot piece of two=by-three
    Nails, screw, nuts, bolts, etc

    This sidecar rig is a favorite of mine, It will do anything the ice cream cart three wheeler will, and
    it will outride andouthandle. Best of all, you don’t have to butcher a good bike to build it. When you get tired of it you can unbolt the sidecar and still have a solo bike.While it doesn’t require welding. It’s tricker to build because it takes some hard bending, and a lot of trial and error to get everything line up tight.But unless you must have a box in front three wheeler, give this a try first.
    Putting a sidecar on bicycle is difficult because you have to leave room for the pedals to turn, which doesn’t leave many place to attach the rig. This design is adapted from a 1919 copy of Thr Boy Mechanic and would be a real knockout hooked up to an old American clunker with spring forks and a fake gas tank. painted up it would be great advertising ffor an ecology-minded business. Start by attacking the extra fork and wheel to the bike’s back wheel with a strut. The 1919 version used an elegant truss, but a two-by-four is a lot simpler.

    How to build a sicecar How to build a sicecar

    Two struts made of 3/4-inch EMT thinwall electrical conduit pipe (get it from an electrical supply shop or large hardware store-it’s cheap) run between the bike frame and the sidecar fork, and are attached with clamps bent from 1.8 x 1-1/4-inch steel. Make the clamps first, and bolt them loosely in place. Then, after checking that the sidecar wheel is lined up right, measure and cut the conduit to fit.

    How to build a sicecar How to build a sicecar

    The sidecar body is made of 1/2-inch plywood nailed or screwed to two-by-threes. The front of the box must be angled to match the front dtrut. Thr middle strut has to pass through both side of the box, so when you’ve got the plywood pieces all cut, assemble the body loosely, minus the two sides, and put it in place on the bike. Carefully measure where the middle strut goes, and cut or drill holes in the sides to match.

    How to build a sicecarHow to build a sicecar

    Once the body is finished remove the middle strut and fit the body to the frame, then refit the midle strut before fastening the body inplace. The front of the body is bolted to the front strut with two 3/4-inch conduit clamps (get these where you get the conduit) and the back is screwed down to the two-by-four axle strut.

    How to build a sicecar

    Use brackets bent from 1/8 x 1-1/4-inch steel to fasten the middle strut to the body where it runs through it. Dont forget these, because they stiffen up the rig considerably.

    That finishes it, although some paint would look good on sidecar. You’ll probably have to do some fiddling with the gear ratio to get the rig to pedal easily.

    Riding the Sidecar RigRiding a sidecar rig is different, to say the least. Steering a regular bicycle is done almost completely with your body. you dont really use the handlebars much, and as often as not tey’re turn in the opposite direction of the turn (try it if you dont believe me!). There’s no such subtlety in steering a sidecar rig. The bars are turned-hard-in the direction you want to go-which is very spooky, because it goes against everything you’ve ever learned about riding a bike. When the rig corners it doesn;t lean, although you can lift the sidecar wheel if you try. if it’s cornered too fast it drifts (skids) or flips-just like a motorcycle sidecar! To make it even more confusing it’s asymmetrical-the two sides are completely different-so it will behave different depending on which way you’re turning. All this makes riding it very strange at first, and fun!

    How to build a sicecarHow to build a sicecar


    Troubleshooting – The sidecar whell may not stay in alignment if the clamps on the for stem are not a good fit. the surest fix is to have the clamps welded to the stem so it can’t twist. If welding isn;t available drill through the clamps into the stem with 1/8-inch drill and use a self-tapping metal screw to pin the stem in position. Be sure it’s lined up right first.

    The more rigid a rig like this is the beter it will work. If it flexes too much try running another conduit strut from the clamp on the seat stay to the two-by-four axle strut, and fasten it with a 1-1/2-inch #10 screw. This can be a short one attached to the strut next to the box and be attaceh at the far end.

    Written by qtechmaria

    November 28, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Posted in How To

    Lubricant Oil – Treatment for your bike

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    This oil used to give the parts metal treatment on the bike, it also helps the part metal long life. The lubricating is decreasing the friction of metals. If you let it be, then your part will arise hot on its area and the worst section it will be broken, so that’s why you need to tend that warnings to avoid damage, and the lubricant is also tend of stains.

    Lubricant OilBuy Good Quality Lubricant – The Lubricant oil can be had in several bikes store so you may pick up you use to. One thing you may pay attention, you must get the lubricant that has a good mark and tested product. The oils must water-proof to avoid the water mix with oil, the oil doesn’t make the dust cling, the oil has long lubricating, when you come to the store just look into the can, seek the label “waterproof lubricant”.

    Part that need to be oiled
    Lubricant Oil for lowrider bikesClean all the parts that will be oiled form dust or something cling on the area one by one. Why? Because it can help the metal smooth without dust and junk. Now you are free to oiled the parts, and remember the main treatment that you are to do it regularly.

    Written by qtechmaria

    November 14, 2009 at 8:17 am

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    How to Photographing Your Bike

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    Hi guys do you know how to get a professional photo of our bikes? Lately I’m figuring how to take pictures with a great result, I just thought that it’s a hard to done and also need more money to do job. Perhaps you are the one to try this on your own garage. No need to rent a professional photographer to done your job, you just need couple things and manuals. But you still need money to buy couple things like camera, tripod, a wide white backdrop, flash lighting and other things, even I still got a problem to have the pair of flash-light here. You’d better check the guidance.

    How to Photographing Your Bikehttp://www.raydobbins.com/photosetup.htm

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    October 15, 2009 at 1:18 pm

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    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#5

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    I thought I had foam but then I realized that the stuff I had, had gotten hard in the can. So earlier today, I ordered some more from Fiberglass Supply (.com). I have to say that those guys are just awesome. He said it would go out tomorrow. Then I asked if there was any way he could get it to me by this weekend and he said he would make sure it went out today. I get great service from them every time I call. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

    I also just ordered some of these Rare Earth magnets. I plan to use them to hold the finished tank halves together. These have 10lbs of pull (20lbs magnet to magnet). I think that should be enough but I will have to do some testing.

    Finally, I got two of these lights. I plan to remove the mounting brackets and will have to figure out some way of mounting them on either side of the forks. Should look kewl.

    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#5
    A little more progress. Magnets glued on with CA. These will just hold the tank halves together on the bike while I am shaping them.

    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#5
    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#5
    A little more progress. I spent some time thinking about what look I wanted. I thought about making it curvy like by straight bar Schwinn tank. I finally decided to go with the flat, boxy old school look. I have little more work to do before I glass it. I think I am going to square off the ends. I’m not liking the curves.

    Cardboard darn to keep the foam from going everywhere. That is a plastic grocery bag inside just to keep it from sticking.

    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#5
    About six times as much foam as I needed.

    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#5
    The cuts are just to stress relieve the foam because the pressure of the foam expanding had warped the plates slightly.

    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#5
    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#5
    I decided I didn’t like it looking so square, so I decided to chamfer the edges down. I’m liking this a lot more. This 2lb foam is very easy to shape. I took the majority of it off with a Sure-Form, then finished it with a sanding block.

    Just about ready to glass me thinks.

    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#5
    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#5
    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#5

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    October 11, 2009 at 1:50 pm

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    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#4

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    Now to layup the second half. I like to “roll” the cabosil into the corners so I don’t trap bubbles.

    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#4
    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#4
    A few layers of cloth and its Miller time.

    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#4
    The next morning I popped the halves loose and cleaned up the frame. I used a jigsaw to saw off the outer edge to get rid of the clay.

    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#4
    Here is the little alignement thingie.

    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#4
    Next I clamped the two halves together and sanded them to the same shape on my beltsander.

    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#4
    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#4
    Some fine tuning.

    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#4
    Also need to make sure there will be enough room for the headbadge.

    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#4
    And that’s it for the inner plates! Next thing to do will be to pour some AB foam on them so I can shape the tank halves.

    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#4

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    October 11, 2009 at 1:29 pm

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    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#3

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    More sheet wax.

    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#3
    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#3
    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#3

    After I got the first half done, I realized that I would need some alignment pins in order to sand the two halves to the same shape after I remove them from the frame. I usually use those little stick-on rubber cabinet door bumbers but since it is too late for that now, I just made a couple of indentations with the tip of a drill. When I layup the other half, it will fill in the hole and make some little alignment features.
    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#3

    To build the clay darn I just roll out a long worm of clay and then flatten it by rolling a spray can over like a rolling pin. Then I slice it down the middle with a razor blade to get a straight edge.

    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#3

    Clay darn on. Now for a few coats of PVA.

    Building a Fiberglass Tank Part#3

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    October 11, 2009 at 12:59 pm

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