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    Default nivlaC bike build

    Having been bestowed with the Nivlic ball from on high it was obvious to me that this was a clear calling to conjure up a ekiB nivlaC.
    Step one, get a discarded, unwanted but serviceable bike from Phoenix bike in Arlington. http://www.phoenixbikes.org/
    Step 2. Google up two proper spur gears and do the clickity click thing.
    Step 3. All the rest.

    While waiting for the magic brown van to arrive bearing gifts from the exotic land of "Amazon" the bike was torn down to the frame, all the unnecessary appendages cut off and the frame and fork exfoliated a bit. Needing some bearings and other bits it was time to start digging around in the metal laden pack rat middens tucked here and there in the extra space.
    Proper parts found in the metal mulch it was time to make them fit together. The scrap for the new head tube was too large for the bearings so the tube was slit open, a section removed and then reformed in to a smaller diameter tube for a proper fit. The handle bar and stem were cut away from the quill and welded to the new stem. The old quill was turned round and cut down a bit to make room for the spur gear.

    Speaking of spur gears…..Check the front Porsche, I mean porch, for Amazonian gifts. Empty, Hmmm.

    Back to the shop to clean the stuff intended for reuse and return everything to working condition. Let’s just say many cruel and demented methods were used and move on.

    Check the front porch for Amazonian gifts. Cleaned up the wheels, rebuilt the hubs and freewheel. Check the front porch for Amazonian gifts. Get ticked. Hold arms up at a now dark starless sky and lament "The God of Brown Trucks has failed me!" I think He sensed my ire as soon after an electric bolt from on high struck my cellphone with an email. A note laden arrow shot into the front door. Seems 2 days sometimes means 2 to 4 weeks. Amid the wail of mental klaxon Plan B was invoked. Found and procured 2 spur gear$ locally and got back to work.

    Welded one gear to the existing quill and the other to the new quill. Line up the bearing assembly and weld to the existing head tube. Lined everything up a bit and checked out the now working bass ackward action. Made a cover for the gears to keep fingers out so only a riders pride is at risk. While chuckling in a surprisingly evil tone even for me I took everything all back apart for paint. As this bike was to be painted up in Bikenetic colors I had to jump start the DeLorean and go back to 1986 for two rattle cans of paint. https://www.bikenetic.com/

    As often printed in the holeyest of holy books, “Chilton's”, and apropos here, "Assembly is reverse of disassembly". This proved to be all true except for the discarded bits.Click image for larger version. 

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    Phoenix Ball retrieved from Long Bridge Park...in a dress on a bike in the wind!


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    Quote Originally Posted by bentbike33 View Post
    It might be more intuitive as a fixie ridden backwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentbike33 View Post
    It might be more intuitive as a fixie ridden backwards.
    Or maybe something like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteD View Post
    A limerick I endeavored to write
    About a knight filled with fright
    To tell the tale of the ball
    Hidden for y'all
    But whole foods hid my post from the light.

    Tree near fire house trail
    On the bank of four mile run
    Nivlac Llab is hid.

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    Follow. But! Follow only if ye be knights of valour, for the entrance to this cave is guarded by a bicycle so foul, so cruel that no knight yet has fought with it and lived! Bones of full fifty men lie strewn about its lair. So, brave knights, if you do doubt your courage or your strength, come no further, for death awaits you all with nasty, big, reverse steering.



    Remember if you confront death, please leave the key at the shop.
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    I located the Llabnivlac last night, but upon realizing that its possession entailed riding an upright bike, or wedgie as they are known by my people, I returned the Llabnivlac to its resting place.

    I hear legend of a knight known as Sir Steve of O who is said to have displayed unique skills on the jousting grounds of the Open Class of Wednesday Spins and also at Haines Point. Perhaps such skills may be employed to tame Vicegrip's infernal machine?

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    So, delusions of grandeur:

    Phoenix Ball:
    10 Points - 4 for two days from find = 6 Points.
    10 points find at night.
    5 Points new ordinance
    7 Points Limerick
    10 Points Pic of Beast
    5 Points Swag
    3 points Frontier (Falls Church to Crystal City)
    = 50 Points (Note: I did not claim unofficial points as listed and unratified in the ball itself).

    Nivlac Llab:
    10 points and hidden without delay.
    5 Points new ordinance
    7 points limerick
    5 Points Swag
    10 Points Consume Swag on Site
    20 Points given by Teh Evil Vicegrip for attempting the Nivlac Ekib.
    = 57 Points

    107 points, however I had both at the same time, so my score is applied negatively, so -107 points.
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    ^+ 20 points for completing the quest. You rode the ekiB IMO .

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    The Phoenix Ball is now hiding
    In the Penrose area for finding
    The swag is completed
    And superseded


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