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Old 11-28-12, 08:17 AM   #1026
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Newest build for fun & I'm building a few more.

Drift Trike, made from a 80's 24" frame with a 20" fork installed.

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Old 12-11-12, 10:57 AM   #1027
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Here are some pics of my rat trike.

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- Jesse James West Coast Choppers frame, tank, fork and seat (purchased on Ebay for $40!)
- Sun Miami trike rear end rattle-can sprayed flat black
- Dyna Fireball Flametread 24" Slicks for rear tires
- Schwinn 26" Cruiser whitewall up front
- Sturmey Archer drum brake up front
- random ape hangers from my basement
- Old wooden soda crate for storage
- Random VW emblems temporarily taped on (I was at a VW car show that day)
- "NOS tank" (NOS energy drink bottle, shaped like a NOS nitrous oxide tank.... again, I was at a car show)
- Weight ....I think it might weigh around 750 pounds. At least that's what it feels like.



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Old 12-26-12, 10:01 AM   #1028
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Hello everyone,

Here are some picture of a bamboo bike that my Dad has built. Thought this would be the best place to share. Enjoy.











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Old 12-31-12, 09:50 AM   #1029
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Hello everyone,

Here are some picture of a bamboo bike that my Dad has built. Thought this would be the best place to share. Enjoy.



That is very ingenious but I would wonder about the saddle. The wooden pegs might be supportive but I would care for a covering over them as getting entangled in the springs and such might be painful or damage your clothing.

An excellent first post, and welcome to Bike Forums!
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Old 01-11-13, 03:32 PM   #1030
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I'm not sure whether this qualifies as an alt.bike, but I have not yet seen another bicycle with a frame bag and fenders made from laminated plastic bags:



Also, detachable mudflaps for really sh*tty weather:



The laminated plastic looks hideous, but it is quite resilient and it stays flexible even in low temperatures (-20 degrees Celsius).

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Old 01-11-13, 04:54 PM   #1031
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are you saying you used plastic bags like you would fiberglass cloth or paper with paper mache?
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Old 01-11-13, 05:13 PM   #1032
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Like fiberglass cloth. I followed these instructions to laminate sheets of plastic:
http://www.toolgirl.com/toolgirl/201...ampshades.html

Then I made molds/casts (see pics below) and melted the sheets over them (sorry if my explanation is not accurate - as you can see, english is not my first language).




The frame bag has a zipper in its left side: plastic laminate is easy to sew, and one can iron the seams to make them waterproof and more durable.
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Old 01-13-13, 10:48 AM   #1033
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your english was plenty clear enough. that's an idea to save. thanks.
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Old 01-18-13, 09:44 AM   #1034
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Hello everyone,

Here are some picture of a bamboo bike that my Dad has built. Thought this would be the best place to share. Enjoy.
Awesome bamboo bike. I love the seat, looks like it might actually be comfy. But I do agree with Rollfast: needs a cloth cover of some sort. Perhaps made of hemp, in keeping with the theme of the bike?

Here is my entry: a recumbent trike and a rickshaw, chopped and welded together to make a quad cycle taxi. I actually use it in Copenhagen, Denmark most of the year for making some extra pocket money when not at my regular job teaching website development.

Link to the full album showing some of the construction details: https://picasaweb.google.com/1031243.../2012CycleTaxi

A few teaser shots from the album:


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Old 01-18-13, 11:40 PM   #1035
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My home-built cargo trike (modeled after the Organic Engines SUV), patiently waiting for me to finish my rainy outdoor gig.

Its construction is detailed at my trike page, and the ongoing fun on my blog.
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Old 01-18-13, 11:44 PM   #1036
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My custom chopper bike, built here in Ottawa by mad bike designer Mike Watson.

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Old 01-21-13, 02:52 AM   #1037
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[QUOTE=digitalmouse;15170709]Awesome bamboo bike. I love the seat, looks like it might actually be comfy. But I do agree with Rollfast: needs a cloth cover of some sort. Perhaps made of hemp, in keeping with the theme of the bike?

Here is my entry: a recumbent trike and a rickshaw, chopped and welded together to make a quad cycle taxi. I actually use it in Copenhagen, Denmark most of the year for making some extra pocket money when not at my regular job teaching website development.

Link to the full album showing some of the construction details: https://picasaweb.google.com/1031243.../2012CycleTaxi

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Kinda like a wicked T-bucket rod! Apparently easy to convert too. Great idea!
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Old 01-23-13, 01:12 AM   #1038
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WOW,It's a truly ingenious ingenious invention. like it
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Old 01-28-13, 04:07 AM   #1039
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Kinda like a wicked T-bucket rod! Apparently easy to convert too. Great idea!
Thanks! It looks more like the following now:


Had to "chop the top" because it acts like a drag chute. Not good when I'm carrying 200 kgs of passengers trying to cross the canal bridge in Copenhagen into the wind.

And yes, I was completely lucky that the bottom bracket of the rickshaw was within millimeters of the rear swing-arm of the trike. It was just a matter of removing the rear wheel from the trike, hacking off the driver section of the rickshaw, lining it up and welding it togehter. Took him 15-20 minutes to weld them together, and took me about an hour to hack the pieces apart, then re-attach all the important bits, like brakes and chain. Oh, and I was able to reuse the friction brake from the rickshaw - the handle pops up between my legs.

This spring I'll make a lower and lighter passenger seat. Kinda going for a 'ratrod' or 1930's look with aluminum and coraplast panels to give weather protection for me and the passengers. Something in this direction I think, but can pop the top for nice weather:

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Old 02-19-13, 04:45 AM   #1040
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Just found this thread, I'll post some pics of my "project bike" in a bit...Off to find the camera...
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Old 02-19-13, 09:31 AM   #1041
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Old 02-20-13, 07:13 PM   #1042
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Totally stock. Does it still count?

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Old 03-08-13, 09:08 PM   #1043
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Old 03-11-13, 10:35 AM   #1044
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Love that bike!
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Old 03-13-13, 09:05 AM   #1045
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When I first joined the Forum, one of my first questions here in "Alt Bikes" was pertaining to the "ethics" of customizing a stock, but deteriorated, Sears three speed bike. I wanted something that had the cool look (to me) of a fixie, but easier on my aged body than a real fixie.

You all gave the "go-ahead" to the hacksaw, recondition and repaint; so I thought I'd check back in here to show the results. Rides well, I think looks good, and I'm proud of it!

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Old 03-18-13, 03:15 AM   #1046
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Excellent job, Joe!
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Old 03-25-13, 03:59 PM   #1047
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Here is a sneek peek at our patroitic bike for the summer
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Old 03-26-13, 02:30 PM   #1048
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^ Parade material, for sure!
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Old 04-22-13, 06:20 AM   #1049
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Does this La´ti qualify? Most people don't notice that there's something unusual about it.





Nope, this isn't homebuilt. In fact they made at least a few dozen of them. This is one of the few examples that ended up outside of France.

It's not just a show bike either. This particular one is a high-mileage example in need of a full restoration.
I'm hoping to ride it one more summer and restore it next winter, but I'm not sure if the chain will last that long.

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Old 04-29-13, 03:17 AM   #1050
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(Wrinkles brow Spock-like)

Fascinating Captain...either a highly advanced being created this or it may be the brazen creation of a madman!

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