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Old 12-16-2008, 08:48 AM   #29
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My friendly acronym decoder just informed me that CBR is Cherry Blossom Rally. That sounds fun but we will not be attending.
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:35 AM   #30
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"Crisis"???

--not to keep hijacking, but...I think the rear-rack thing has multiple factors. For one, there's a big difference between walking back there when the trailer is stationary, and having excessive weight back there while bouncing down the road at highway speeds. Some model years had notoriously weak frames...others, not so much. Some trailers have loooong rear overhangs, creating a long moment arm, others don't. Most old trailers have floor-cancer; new ones don't (yet). and so on, and so on....
Wally had brand new trailers, and a factory at his disposal to either fix or repair. The caravans were a proving gound, of sorts. they beat the crap outta those trailers, and used the information on what broke to make improvements to new models; who's to say that this wasn't one of those things that was causing problems? maybe not...
I'm thinking that there would be a huge difference between taking an old 60's GT, doing a full monty, reinforcing the frame, and then mounting a spare tire or a couple of bikes back there, and taking a 75 31-footer, not even LOOKING at the floor under the bath, or the axles, and mounting stuff back there, and driving down the Alcan highway for a few years.
For a vendor, who's advice could hold them liable, its certainly easier to just say "don't ever do it, period", than to gamble w/ all the nuances.
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Old 01-10-2009, 07:44 AM   #31
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I made a little time for myself and finished up the bike. I took a few photos outside with my Overlander just now. I'm pretty happy with the results. I hope you like it.



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Old 01-10-2009, 02:34 PM   #32
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Good looking ride Skip
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Old 01-10-2009, 07:46 PM   #33
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Skip, that turned out fantastic! I just noticed some new details.. alloy nipples with the black rims/spokes, and the ornamental work on the fork. Nice!!

Is there a coaster brake on that 3speed hub?

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Old 01-10-2009, 08:07 PM   #34
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Talking Hitch her up!

Time to update the photo Skip.

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Old 01-10-2009, 09:17 PM   #35
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darn you Blue!!! that was supposed to be a surprise!!! No one was up when I took the photos and by the time they were it was snowing.

the hub is a coaster brake, yes. thanks for noticing the finer points. It's a pretty old frame with lots of nice new parts. Kind of a restomod I guess.
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Old 07-20-2009, 02:15 PM   #36
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New addition to the fleet

So I'm looking at this chromw BMX frame I have hanging around and I say to myself "Self, you could make Boy his own Airstream bike and be the envy of our next rally." So I did.




He loves it!! We've been going riding a lot in the neighborhood. I like it better than mine!!
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Nice! Love the fat rear tire! I don't see a coaster brake, is it a fixie?
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It's a coaster brake. He's 8 and dangerous enough to himself on a bike.
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Old 09-20-2009, 04:38 PM   #39
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What a beautiful New England late summer day!!! Boy and I went for a bike ride. Before we set out we took some photos of the two Airstream bikes. This is actually the first time we've ridden them at the same time.

First he tried pulling:


Then I tried:


Then we both tried:
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