after 5 hours, two trips to Lowe's, one trip to The Home Depot, and one more trip to the local bike shop....
I GIVE THE FUDGE UP
I CAN'T BUILD MY FUDGING BIKE BY MYSELF
i'm taking both bikes to the local bike shop tmrw and i'm going to pay them to make everything work right.
when i built it:
-the front wheel WOULDN'T turn when i turned the handlebars
-the front fender was bumping into the frame
-the seat kept tilting forward
-just, the bike was ruining my life