New ship is really taking shape now…

The three speed hub and wheel that I found on Amazon for next-to-nothing arrived a few days ago, and I’ve installed it. I was looking forward to building a wheel, but it would have cost more to build the wheel than to have it built for me — what a deal! There were a few issues with the drop-out spacing, but nothing that a properly sized nut couldn’t fix:

primary thruster

Threw the chain on, too. It’s too short, so I’ve ordered a second chain to add the missing links. I still need to replace the rear cog with a larger one. The color was the only design decision here — if this chain isn’t spaceworthy, it’ll be replaced:


I also finally installed the headset parts and fork, now that I’ve found the right components in the starship scrapyard:


And all of the springer parts fit together, no problems, the first time! Thanks McMaster-Carr, and Skunk for welding the U-bolt in place, and Threespeed for the tips on the drill press. I had to drill out the 5/16″ notches in the sway bars to accomodate a 3/8″ axle. The beehive springer retainer still needs to be clamped in place in this photo:

navi thruster

That’s about all I can do for now; still need a bolt to secure the stem. While I wait for that order to come in, I’m going to clean up this swing bike in time for Halloween:


3 Comments so far

  1. paul on October 29th, 2009

    Awesome h4ckw0r7h. It is so cool to see you making a ride. I can’t wait to see it when it’s done!

    (edit: civvie name removed)

  2. Josh on October 30th, 2009

    Way cool indeed!
    On another note, that pic from West Newton is right down the street where I grew up – my old stomping ground. I’m psyched to hear that Harris Cycle is still around

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