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Old 10-20-05, 10:09 AM   #76
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Swing Bike. Just picked it up from a bike swap last weekend. A friend of my had one of these when I was a kid and always wanted one.
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Old 10-21-05, 04:36 PM   #77
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What's the purpose of the spring?


Here's one that's on campus. Not mine, but pretty cool for a ghetto rig. Note the reinforcement, that's a clean job
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Old 12-19-05, 06:26 AM   #78
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Old 12-19-05, 08:09 PM   #79
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This is my Schwinn Stingray. First Edition! Yea I bought it just when they came out.

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Old 12-19-05, 08:30 PM   #80
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is that an rc10gt on the seat? or a rustler
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Old 12-20-05, 03:10 PM   #81
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It's a evader st that's my other hobby sittin on that seat
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Old 12-25-05, 07:21 AM   #82
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Swing Bike. Just picked it up from a bike swap last weekend. A friend of my had one of these when I was a kid and always wanted one.
That must be a blast to ride!
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Old 03-06-06, 05:58 PM   #83
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When me and my friend had it working, this mofo was awesome.



Handcranked, but the chains and gears got so screwed up that it needs a welder to be fixed.
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Old 03-08-06, 07:00 AM   #84
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Cool thing. Any more pics? I'd like to see how it's put together.
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Old 03-08-06, 12:46 PM   #85
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I wanna try building this badboy called Overkill next.

http://www.atomiczombie.com/gallery/...m/overkill.jpg
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Old 03-29-06, 01:56 AM   #86
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i made the seatpost and bars with steel tubing, a shop tube bender and a butane torch.
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Old 03-29-06, 04:50 PM   #87
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It looks really good. Nice work on the bars and seatpost.

How does the bike handle? It is such a rigid looking frame, and not much rake to the forks...but it looks like a good sustained-wheelie machine.

And does that seatpost remove any of the jarring when you hit a bump or pothole?

I want to make a custom rear rack that can be adapted to fit all my different bikes. The best idea I can come up with is bending up half-inch metal conduit, like you've done with the larger steel tubing. Any tips for bending?

Best of luck, and enjoy your new creation.
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Old 04-09-06, 10:47 AM   #88
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Pics of my "alt bikes"

Heya folks, I'm Johnny Payphone from Rat Patrol Chicago, and though I've built a hundred freakbikes in my day here are the ones that I consider a product of my style:

Count Chopula was my first rat bike, an evil vampire chopper that chops other bikes in the night. I keep cutting his head tube off to try and kill him but he keeps coming back in stronger forms. Originally he had batwings that flapped while you rode:



Then he got a softtail, a Snapper seat, and some motorcycle bars from my grandpa's junkyard:



Then I rode the RPUK's mountain choppers and I wanted something with a little more stability, so I cut his head off and two grew in its place. This revamp eventually became a tallchopper with a train brake:



Now he's been revamped again as he acquires more onboard electronics. I'll probably make a tallbike attachment and a sidecar attachment eventually, as I'm focusing on modular construction to build the bike for all uses.

Count Chopula is my commuter and I've easily put a thousand miles on him, including two of the St. Chino's Runs.

Pickup Styx is just deadly:



Nevertheless it's fast, nimble, and took on NYC traffic.

The grillbike has a suspended bed and is fully transformable into any "_____-bike":



Here it is in drumkit configuration. The drums are attached with seatposts and quick releases, the kick drum has one of those metalhead remote pedals:

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Old 04-18-06, 11:35 AM   #89
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Here's my homebuilt chopper:



Lots of odds and ends. The front "triangle" is from an old cantilever style bike, and the rear triangle is from a cheapo Giant mountain bike. Measured the frames, drew it to scale in AutoCad, printed a full-size template and built a jig and brazed it together.

It's got a Sachs 3-speed rear wheel with suicide brake/shift mounted in front of the seat. Long and low and a ton of fun to ride.
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Old 04-27-06, 10:39 PM   #90
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Tandem

I think this qualifies as a mutant!
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Old 04-29-06, 11:11 AM   #91
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Here a cool engine on my bike
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Old 04-29-06, 07:17 PM   #92
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Doesn't all that extra weight make it harder to ride?
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Old 05-04-06, 09:18 PM   #93
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Doesn't all that extra weight make it harder to ride?

Haven't you ever heard of a motorcycle?
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Old 05-17-06, 10:35 AM   #94
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Here's my chopper. It's some old BMX frame that I extended the wheelbase on by bolting on pieces from the rear triangle of a junky mountain bike. One day a week, my mother-in-law babysits my one-year-old, so I have to drive to her house in the morning to drop him off. I built this ride over the weekend so I could keep it locked up near her place (which is only about a ten-minute ride to work), park my car in her garage, and then tool over to the office. Yesterday was the inaugural ride and I got plenty of funny looks while cruising through downtown Boston in my work clothes. It helps that I'm 6'4", so I look especially absurd on this thing, even though it's pretty comfortable to ride. (As you can perhaps tell, the emphasis in this build was on keeping costs and attractiveness down, since the bike has to be locked outside most of the time. Most of the parts were from the garbage, but I had to buy the copper pipe, er, I mean the seat post at Home Dep-- the LBS, and the wheels, fork, and saddle came from a cheap kids' bike from Target. Total cost: $40.)



How the heck do you reach the handlebars AND the pedals simultaneously?
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My summer cruiser...



best looking bike ever!
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Old 06-11-06, 11:22 PM   #96
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How many spokes does that "summer cruiser" sport?

Oh, yeah. That bike is hot.

Here's my rainy day project built with curb found components and frame:



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Old 06-21-06, 10:37 PM   #97
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The grillbike has a suspended bed and is fully transformable into any "_____-bike":



Here it is in drumkit configuration. The drums are attached with seatposts and quick releases, the kick drum has one of those metalhead remote pedals:

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I like the chained-on chocks.
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Old 06-21-06, 10:38 PM   #98
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The grillbike has a suspended bed and is fully transformable into any "_____-bike":



Here it is in drumkit configuration. The drums are attached with seatposts and quick releases, the kick drum has one of those metalhead remote pedals:


I like the chained-on chocks.
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My last rattyfarthing, Pickup Styx, sent me teeth-first into the pavement one too many times. On a Rat Ride I broke my usual rule of not drinking more than 2 beers while riding it, which keeps the headers down to an average of 6 per ride. If you've ever wondered why noone rides these things anymore, it's because they're deadly (even outlawed in some cities).

So the brakes went out when I was headed down off the Belmont bridge and I tried to brake with my feet, and with an 18 inch wheelbase you don't have a lot of slop, and of course the handlebars trap you when you go face-down. This time I hurt my wrists so bad I couldn't ride. Neck-rat, ever brave, decided to try it out. I have a lovely memory of sitting in the bar, sucking down whiskey to dull the pain, and seeing him fly into view out the bar window and land on his chest in the street.

Swearing it off, I built this bike instead:

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I like the chained-on chocks.
Chocks are essential when you have a fire and 30 pounds of sizzling food!
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