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Old 07-30-05, 10:30 AM   #1
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Alt Bike Ideas

Post your ideas for alt bikes. Here's some of mine...


Adult Size Raleigh Chopper Replica

Pickup truck bike - small narrow bed over extended rear tire, similar to Xtracycle

Reverse Chopper - large front tire, small rear tire

Unchopper - hack a production chopper into a diamond frame

Halloween Bike - build a bike out of an open coffin, dress like the undead
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Old 07-31-05, 01:04 PM   #2
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Recument cargo trike!

taxi bike where the driver rides ABOVE the passengers.

reverse pedal bike, where you have to pedal backwards to go forwards.

full suspension x=mart bike with offset hubs (hubs moved closer to one point on the rim) with coaster brake or fixed gear. Make sure the wheels are different sizes, too.

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Old 07-31-05, 01:07 PM   #3
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a 3 wheel chopper
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Old 08-02-05, 12:44 PM   #4
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I love the reverse chopper idea. Maybe a 26" in front, a 20" rear, a smoothly curved frame with a stub seatpost rather than full tube, and long pullback handlebars.

Also a velocino. Big back wheel, minimal frame and tiny front wheel. Very compact and cool.
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Old 08-02-05, 12:51 PM   #5
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a recumbant tadpole trike with rear wheel steering.
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Old 08-02-05, 01:20 PM   #6
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we kinda made a reverse chopper. is this what you were thinkin of?
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Old 08-02-05, 05:53 PM   #7
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That is a cool little thing! How's the ride?
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Old 08-03-05, 10:39 AM   #8
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Old 08-03-05, 12:30 PM   #9
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but u have to sorta get used to it because sometimes it will tip on you and by the way thats pink felt on the frame
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Old 08-05-05, 04:39 AM   #10
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I'm building an adult size Schwinn Krate, or as near as I can get, since double loop cruiser frames are like rocking horse crap in the UK! I've got a Mountain bike frame, that came from the top for 5, so I get 15 speeds (plenty of hills where I ride!). Then I got a set of triple tree downhill forks, which I might lengthen, but maybe not, since Krates had short forks. A 20" front wheel, with a whitewall tyre, ridiculous 25" ape hangers (which I love), a banana seat and a 36" sissy bar. I'm gonna build it up next week. I think I'll call it the Elephant Krate!

Also, to get the front wheel, I bought a childs mountain bike, 5 speed. Since I'm removing the suspension fork and front wheel from the doner frame, I thought I'd retrofit them to the kids bike, making a reverse chopper of sorts. Everything else standard on that for now. I made my son a BMX with forks stretched by 12", and an old Raleigh chopper seat, so he can have the reverser as well, for something more easily rideable!
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Old 08-05-05, 12:23 PM   #12
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How about a left-handed bike ?
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yeah exactly like that. did oyu make that? if so how did you make a long enough axel for both tires to sit on
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a recumbant tadpole trike with rear wheel steering.

schitt! i was gonna say an adult size big wheel. that's what i want
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Recument cargo trike!
Lots of construction details on this site.

http://drumbent.com/trike.html
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yeah exactly like that. did oyu make that? if so how did you make a long enough axel for both tires to sit on

I used the rear unit from a Schwinn Town & Country Trike. It will bolt on most any frame provided you have the clearance at the chain & seat stays on the dropouts for the hub carrier. I cut off the 24" hoops and laced on some 20's.

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Another idea is to make a bike where the pedals are on the front tire. I am currently in the process of creating one of those but i cant get the pedals to spin the wheel. Anyone have any advice on how to do that?
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Another idea is to make a bike where the pedals are on the front tire. I am currently in the process of creating one of those but i cant get the pedals to spin the wheel. Anyone have any advice on how to do that?

Find a unicycle and pirate the wheel and pedals from it.
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Find a unicycle and pirate the wheel and pedals from it.
Good!
Or maybe weld a one-piece crank into a hub from a wheelchair or something? I'm guessing a regular bike hub would be too small in dia. to hold the crank.
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Another idea is to make a bike where the pedals are on the front tire. I am currently in the process of creating one of those but i cant get the pedals to spin the wheel. Anyone have any advice on how to do that?
...or take a front disc hub and bolt a cog to it.

Or build a wider fork. (Maybe out of a rear triangle?!)



Edit: Sorry just now realized you asked about a different case. Unicycle hubs is the way to go I guess...
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