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Old 09-20-07, 10:47 AM   #1
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wheelie bike

hi everyone,
i have two identical montgomery ward (schwinn) late 70's bikes in ok shape that would make for a nice project if i mix the two together but i have a concern about the intended use...

the two bikes have 20" wheels and small frames, but i plan to make/put a taller seatpost in and weld some extra sections onto the banana seat posts and maybe reinforce them a bit to accommodate an adult rider - me. i'd like to use this for a wheelie bike to practice wheelie riding and use it for short commutes just for giggles. should be a great candidate.


the frames and forks are in great shape, so i have my pick of parts. you think this rig could handle some light duty wheelie riding with a 180lb moron (me) on it?

i also plan on mounting some kind of rear hand brake too, as they only have coasters on em now.

may chopper it too, but that would be later on.
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Old 09-20-07, 12:20 PM   #2
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that would be ALOT of work to find out it didnt work, have anything you could experiment on?
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Old 09-26-07, 08:02 AM   #3
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How tall are you? In my experience banana-seat bikes usually accomodate a person my size (5'10") without modification... just put the seat up at its highest and sit toward the rear, and the leg extension is pretty good. If you're a bit taller, your legs will be a bit more bent but if you're looking for good ergonomics for long-distance riding or powerful sprinting, a banana seat bike just isn't the thing.

With 180 pounds on em, it's possible that the rear supports for the banana seat would be too weak. You could bolt on a piece of flat metal rod (the 1 inch wide 1/4 inch thick kind home depot stores will sell) to support them. Or you could just ride carefully and hope for the best.

I have found doing wheelies tends to mess up headset cups/bearings a bit. I don't mind if my steering is a bit "notchy" though... the headset wear will prevent no-hands riding but other than that not a big deal.
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Old 09-26-07, 03:01 PM   #4
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thanks,
yeah i was planning to reinforce the banana seat rear posts anyhoo. as far as the headset and whatever, i have enough parts to replace anything that may break or notch there.

as far as the pedal reach etc, i am about the same size, so that may work out just hoisting the seat up a bit. i'll let ya know.
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I ride my stingray all over the place by raising the seat all the way up and sitting towards the rear. Get ready for a new kind of pain if you decide to ride it more than 5 miles or so, those seats are brutal.
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