Saturday, March 10, 2012
brake, STAY....stay.....good boy
This has been a long time coming. Ever since the bike was built last June actually. When Chris picked up the frame from the powder coater and said...."wait, shit, I forgot to weld the brake stay tab on first....we'll just do it before Born Free and repaint that small section of the frame, no worries". Now, I was in no condition or position to complain. He had dropped off the frame for 24 hour turn around at the powder coater so that the day I flew in Carlsbad it would be ready for the final build.
Well, 9 months later and a summer, fall and half a winter of riding with a front brake only, and I've finally gotten around to it. My logic has been that downshifting was my rear brake and my front brake was "the one that mattered anyway."
Clean/Remove paint, weld, grind, shorten some linkage piece from an old set of sportster forward controls, mount, look, heat rod, bend to a fun shape, paint, remount, done.
Now all I need to do is get a brake line from VW Paradise to the right length and call it a day. Time to measure that out. Maybe Kim and I will swap. He gets the line and sends it to me with his 1000 mile boots and I'll cover the resoling...?