|After still not having this bike registered in the beginning
of 2019, very embarassing, and having lost motivation as the new
rules just made it look so000 ugly, I decided a change of plans
was needed. Long story short, it is now finally registered with
1975 "eigenbouw" papers and I can finally build it the
way I want it! So after making a quick mockup I stripped it!
|In the meantime I used the CAD model of the bike to try out
some different styles, I like the lines of the bike but cannot
seem to decide on the color yet. Oh well, let's just make it run
first and worry about the color later, it has taken long enough
|I came up with the idea to run the (minimal) wiring through
the frame and around the neck, so that the wires would exit as
close to the headlight as possible. Also I made the new neck in
one piece with built in bearing cups and hidden fork stops, and
finally I added an access hatch so that I can get to the wiring
if necessary without remmoving the forks. The hatch is 3d printed
in a mixture of stainless steel and bronze, chemically blackened
and the high areas sanded and polished. RFHH stands for Ride Free
Harry Handgraaf, Harry was the original owner of this project
but has passed away, so I will finish it.
|Aad bolted a big steel plate to the welding table and tack welded
the frame to that. We fabricated a sturdy clamp fixture to get
the exact position of the old neck, and then after some cutting
and grinding put the new neck in using the same fixture.
|The new neck is open where it is attached to the top tube of
the frame to make it easier to get the wires throuh. Next job
will be to get rid of the fixed rear axle and add some rear chain
adjustment, parts are already being machined!