My First Build

I've been watching my younger brother tool around on his motorized bike for a couple years. My wife and son had visit to grandma's in San Diego coming up so I figured it would be a good time to give it a go. I'm a big guy (6'4", 285lbs) so this isn't the right toy to try to set a speed record on, but I figured I could put together a fun cruiser for pretty cheap.

I had an original budget of $300... but after carefully considering the potential safety issues of the bike, I decided on upgrading to a hub-sprocket setup vs the rag joint and I was none-too-thrilled with the stock tensioner (even the 4-bolt version). I had images of the damn thing falling in to my spokes running through my head and decided an arch-type tensioner was in order.

As for the bike itself... I knew I wanted to go "all new". I managed to pick up a Kent "Sea Change" (where in the heck they came up with that name is beyond me) at the local Wally World on clearance for ... get this ... $74.50. I'd gone in to pick up a Huffy Cranbrook for $169.00... yeah... my mind was changed.

One thing I didn't like about both the Cranbrook and this Sea Change was the "coaster brake" only. I figured the coaster brake isn't that big of a deal so much as the lack of a front brake is. So I decided to pick up a set of handbrakes... next upgrade will be a single pull two-brake setup... hitting that front brake AND the clutch level is a little... tricky.

In any case... I've only put about 3-4 miles on her thus far... still breaking it in.

Here is a shot of the result... total outlay... approximately $375.00 plus perhaps $10.00 worth of over-inflated priced bolts...nuts...washers... at the local Tru-Value Hardware.

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My Flip Phone is gonna be useless by the end of this year. I'm forced to upgrade
I had to do that a couple years ago now...I successfully turned my "smart phone" into a stupid phone by disabling everything, including google and google play which the phone complains about anytime I reboot it saying things won't work correctly without them...lol...lol...It sends and receives phone calls just fine, nothing else will work is all and "thats the way uh huh, uh huh, I lke it"...lol.



There was also this little ditty today from the inventor of the worlds first cell phone...lol.

 

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Not very thrilled with the squarish analog speedometer offering that you can find on ebay/amazon, etc... it's not very accurate... at all... I decided to pick up an inexpensive digital offering...

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...we'll see how it goes.
 

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Welp... that was crap.

Crappy mount + the fact the sensor wouldn't pick up the magnet unless it was RIGHT ON IT (3CM my backside) = this one goes back and I am getting a Cateye.
 

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Welp... that was crap.

Crappy mount + the fact the sensor wouldn't pick up the magnet unless it was RIGHT ON IT (3CM my backside) = this one goes back and I am getting a Cateye.
If it's toooo good of a deal, then it's not.
 

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It also just re-affirms my opinion on "wireless" in general. I decided to go with the old wired version... at least I know the signal is making it to where it is supposed to go.

Once I get my digital speedo up that "very suspect" analog speedo goes away (maybe my kid will want it?)

I am on the fence with the new seat I purchased. It was an "oversized" seat that managed to be smaller than the stock Kent seat it replaced. That said, it IS more comfortable than the Kent... but really... I'm sort of a big guy and really could use a little more ... area ... in my seat.

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Oh, and I pulled off the stock Kent handlebars (my god are they so bad) and dropped some semi-straight bars I had in the garage on. I feel much less cramped now... it was a very worthy change IMHO.

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