Hey gang, I’m out the door and on the road breaking in the new bike while there’s still sun in the sky. Be gone the rest of October at least, and maybe a little into November. No store orders will ship while I’m away, but will all go out once I get back in. Thanks for the support!
Somebody wiser than me once said that when working with metal, you should always stay lubricated. I’m trying my best!
Same guy also said that store-bought shit that “kinda works” isn’t worth the space it takes. Along those lines, it was time to make a brake pedal for the shovel that fit exactly the way it needed to, but kept the “stockish” looks. Reinventing the wheel ain’t so bad.
Had this wild hair up my butt and thought it’d be cool to do floorboards on the ’66 shovel I’m building. It’s intended as a long-haul bike, so comfort is king, but how to keep it cool looking with massive boards for feet? I figured I’d start with my trusty box cutter and some unsuspecting cardboard to try to find a way.
Not too monstrous, but good enough to keep your feet on. Sorta mid, sorta forward, and kinda high. Figured I should probably take a breath and figure out the mounting before getting into metal on the board itself. Funny how things find a way to not fit if you don’t start at the beginning. So… needed a plate for the shifter, kickstand and board mounting to the frame. Broke out the trusty plasma cutter and flap discs and went to town. Buddy Josh had a good idea to cut a relief for the generator to show through and to eliminate some of the bulk.
After getting the curves sorted and mounting it up for test, it was time to get the bushing / pivot sleeve done for the shifter. Took 2 days and twice as many trips all over creation to find a handful of bronze bushings, since mine were hiding someplace around here. Then it took about 30 minutes to get this done up. Using an old shift lever I had lying around and just altering the angle of it to fit.
Weld that sleeve into the plate and off we go. Closer to figuring out how the board will mount.
Figured out the angle the board would be comfortable at with Josh holding the cardboard cutout and me sitting on the bike making odd noises. Figured the best method to mount would also be the toughest. Bend some 3/4 stock into a crazy compound-angle frame and have it all come off as one piece. Fun. I let my smarter brain cells kick in and actually tapped the ends of the bar stock prior to bending, since trying to do it after with a nutty shape like this should be is a hassle for sure. How’d I know how long to make the bar prior to bending you ask?? Well, I just bent a small piece of 3/4 and measured the growth after the bend and then multiplied that by how many bends I was going to have and chanced it. I got lucky this time!
Taps done at both ends – 7/16 up top and 3/8 at the frame end. Now time to add some heat.
After a bunch of heat, hammering and eyeballing, I wound up with this. My last bend as shown was a little too far out, so had to rebend and wound up scoring it a bit from the heat. No biggie, I’ll just fill with weld when done. Just one more bend to go. Wound up being about 3/8″ too long after everything, so cut it down and was lucky that I tapped around 1 1/2″ deep at that end. Still plenty of grab.
And, final bend done and mounted to the plate / frame.
Now I’ve got a firm base to work with and can get the board on there. Flatted the top of the stock and cleaned up my “oops” on the middle bend too. Gonna wind up welding the board directly to the frame so it’s all one component. Easy on, easy off. That’d wait for tomorrow, since it was time to go have elk and bison burgers and watch the neighbors sort out their new pigs…
Got back at it and cleaned up the cut out board and got the angles / fit right. Put a nice little kick at the back to keep your foot on too.
Fits pretty snug up against the lines of the primary, which is what I wanted. Keeps it in tighter than a stock board, but leaves plenty of foot room.
Still need to add a lip to the board to stiffen it up a bit, but got excited and went straight to mocking up pipes, since it was all coming together nicely. I’m dragging the front pipe along the left side of the bike on this build, so I figured it’d be good to make sure it all fit with the new shift / board setup anyhow. After some more heating, cutting, and pray-I’m-close angle finding, I had this.
Was able to get the pipe in nice and tight. Makes that oil bag a bit of a bitch to build, but hey! What’s a build without the challenge part? Yeah, yeah, I’ll clean up the welds later. Maybe. I’m pretty happy with the way this one’s coming along. Some neat form along with a lot of function so far. I’ll keep you posted with progress as I figure more out. Thanks for stopping in!
My good man, Wompy out in California has come up with another lifesaver. This doodad will lock the bolt heads on your rear sprocket down so you don’t have to do the “is it tight enough” dance anymore when putting on long miles. Easy as they come to put on too. Machine cut stainless, just bend to lock. Head on over to his blog and store to pick up a grip!
The response to the new site and direction has been great! I truly appreciate all the feedback you guys have been sending in (even the criticism). I’m being a lazy turd when it comes to getting more stuff up on the site, so hang in there and eventually, I’ll kick my ass into gear! Hopefully, the sun will keep warming the rock up, and I’ll be able to head out into the world again soon. Look forward to seeing ya out there!