Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Alt Bike Culture Chopped, dropped, stretched, lifted, and otherwise cut up and put back together. The art and science of choppers, cruisers, lowriders and the vast world of mutant bicycles.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-30-07, 10:42 PM   #1
ACD
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Rockland, ME
Bikes: Jetter 12 speed, Specialized Cross Roads, Schwinn Tandem, 60' Columbia Special Middle weight, Astra Folder
Posts: 67
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My friend's bike... The Salamander

My friend has made some "improvements" his flaming rat. He has named it Salamander. It is built from an old Schwinn Tandem This was it in it's last form:



Here's the improved Flaming Rat:


I took the Prison Bike over and showed it to him.
The Convict and the Salamander took to each other immediately.



It's plumbing:


Me riding it:


And what it does.....
DISCLAIMER<<<>>> DO NOT FREAKIN TRY THIS!! THIS IS STUPID AND DARWINIAN> THIS MEANS YOU!!! WE ARE TALKING MAJOR "HOLD MY BEER AND WATCH THIS" ACTION I HAVE VIDEO AS WELL BUT WILL NOT POST IT BECAUSE IT IS TOO SCARY AND THE GUILTY WILL BE PROSECUTED























ACD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-07, 05:04 PM   #2
East Hill
Lanky Lass
 
East Hill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Take a deep breath, and ask--What would Sheldon do?
Bikes: Nishiki Nut! International, Pro, Olympic 12, Sport mixte, and others too numerous to mention.
Posts: 21,514
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Oh LORD!

Is this a commute bike? I can see where it could be really handy.

Nice use of original meaning of the word 'salamander', too!

East Hill
__________________
___________________________________________________
TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...
East Hill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-07, 05:40 PM   #3
mastershake916
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Nor~Cal
Bikes:
Posts: 1,691
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Oh I like that bike! even before the fire.
mastershake916 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-07, 10:36 PM   #4
randya
Senior Member
 
randya's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: in bed with your mom
Bikes: who cares?
Posts: 13,689
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by East Hill View Post
Nice use of original meaning of the word 'salamander', too!
I'm curious about this. the well drillers I used to work with in Texas called the diesel heater they used in cold weather a salamander, but I've never been able to track this usage down. What can you tell me about it?
randya is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-07, 10:44 PM   #5
ACD
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Rockland, ME
Bikes: Jetter 12 speed, Specialized Cross Roads, Schwinn Tandem, 60' Columbia Special Middle weight, Astra Folder
Posts: 67
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
A salamander heater is a jet engine looking device on wheels usually. It most commonly burns K1 Kerosene and has an electric blower. It must be use out side or in huge spaces as it it obviously not a vented system. (Think CO Poisoning) It sounds remotely like a jet engine when operating and throws out huge BTU's depending on the size of the unit. Here in the North East they can be found on most construction sites providing heat to structures under construction 250,000 BTU is a common size. They come as small as 50,000 BTU and I have seen 500,000 BTU units on big jobs. Cost varies but a 250,000 BTU unit is a round $400 new (I think)
ACD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-07, 11:47 PM   #6
fuzzbox
Your imaginary friend.
 
fuzzbox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Wandering aimlessly.
Bikes: A sweet Quamen ATL custom, GT Mach 2
Posts: 2,210
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Where can I buy one?
__________________

Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.
fuzzbox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-07, 03:07 AM   #7
Wheelchairman
Bendigo Youth Racing
 
Wheelchairman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia.
Bikes:
Posts: 264
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
That's nuts ! Does the "plumbing" and it's effect act to propel the bike forward? Or are the flames simply to burn stuff with? Either way it's brillant
Wheelchairman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-07, 06:40 AM   #8
East Hill
Lanky Lass
 
East Hill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Take a deep breath, and ask--What would Sheldon do?
Bikes: Nishiki Nut! International, Pro, Olympic 12, Sport mixte, and others too numerous to mention.
Posts: 21,514
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by randya View Post
I'm curious about this. the well drillers I used to work with in Texas called the diesel heater they used in cold weather a salamander, but I've never been able to track this usage down. What can you tell me about it?
The word 'salamander' is apparently derived from Persian words meaning 'fire within'. It's thought that this is a reference to the belief that salamanders (which live in damp places, and are frequently found underneath, or in, hollow logs) were either immune to fire, or were spontaneously created from the flames of those logs as they were burned.

Some feel that the 'fire' could be in reference to the often brilliantly gaudy colouring of members of the salamander family, and others think that the 'fire' could be in reference to the bitter poison in the skin of most, if not all, salamanders.

The diesel heater 'salamander' is itself a reference to the animals.

Here in the Pacific Northwest you may possibly have seen this, the most brilliantly coloured of our salamanders:

http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseu...ogy/pvehic.htm

but the most common species we see is this one, the rough-skinned newt:

http://www.northwestherps.com/granulosa.html

At any rate, an apt name for a cool bike .

East Hill
__________________
___________________________________________________
TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...

Last edited by East Hill; 11-01-07 at 07:49 AM.
East Hill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-07, 07:20 AM   #9
chevy42083
steel lover
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Houston
Bikes: Bianchi Alloro, Miyata 710, Fuji Espree Fixie convert
Posts: 1,317
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by East Hill View Post
At any rate, an apt name for a HOT bike .

East Hill
Fixed it for you

that bike is SWEET.

Yeah, I've seen the salamander heaters here in Houston... used them to heat a huge indoor Remote Control offroad track and pits... very nice
chevy42083 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-07, 08:59 AM   #10
Gurgus
is as Gurgus does.
 
Gurgus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Otisburg
Bikes: A whole bunch o' bikes.
Posts: 910
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Here I thought it was in reference to Fehrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The firetrucks were called Salamanders.
Gurgus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-07, 10:47 AM   #11
wll
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 155
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Could you imagine cruz"n down the road and the guy in back of you is ticked off 'cause you are going to slow - and you give him a blast !!!!

A few of those and most folks would stay clear of you I think !


wll
wll is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-07, 03:48 PM   #12
StephenH
Uber Goober
 
StephenH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dallas area, Texas
Bikes:
Posts: 11,250
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
But, can you direct it to the side?
StephenH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-07, 05:17 PM   #13
ACD
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Rockland, ME
Bikes: Jetter 12 speed, Specialized Cross Roads, Schwinn Tandem, 60' Columbia Special Middle weight, Astra Folder
Posts: 67
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If you bent the tubes you could...



Very short clip with no giveaway images of people or places. Yes that's me laughing crazily like Mutley from the old cartoon.


ACD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-07, 05:54 PM   #14
UrbanJeff
Publisher - Urban Velo
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Pittsburgh
Bikes: Eight is enough
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
All I can think to say is "rad".
UrbanJeff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-07, 05:58 PM   #15
bac
Senior Member
 
bac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Pennsylvania
Bikes: Too many to list!
Posts: 7,481
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by East Hill View Post
Is this a commute bike? I can see where it could be really handy.
Nice one, EH!

... Brad
bac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-07, 06:00 PM   #16
bac
Senior Member
 
bac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Pennsylvania
Bikes: Too many to list!
Posts: 7,481
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ACD View Post
Very short clip with no giveaway images of people or places. Yes that's me laughing crazily like Mutley from the old cartoon.
Your Mutley laugh makes the vid. Nicely done!

... Brad
bac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-07, 03:57 PM   #17
photoassign
velotaffer
 
photoassign's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: vintage cellar
Bikes:
Posts: 117
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
could sure use the salamander having to commute in the dark and whatnot. talk about establishing visibility.
photoassign is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-07, 07:44 PM   #18
East Hill
Lanky Lass
 
East Hill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Take a deep breath, and ask--What would Sheldon do?
Bikes: Nishiki Nut! International, Pro, Olympic 12, Sport mixte, and others too numerous to mention.
Posts: 21,514
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by photoassign View Post
could sure use the salamander having to commute in the dark and whatnot. talk about establishing visibility.

You know, this could be a breakthrough for commuter bikes .

ACD, any idea how long that tank of propane lasts under normal [your definition of normal may not be the same as mine] commute conditions?

East Hill
__________________
___________________________________________________
TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...
East Hill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-07, 08:10 PM   #19
photoassign
velotaffer
 
photoassign's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: vintage cellar
Bikes:
Posts: 117
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
well, damn if my earlier post wasn't foreshadowing. took a "nice" flight over the bars after running into a car door so thoughtfully opened right in front of me not an hour ago on my way home. currently residing inside various ice packs surrounding my elbow, knee and shoulder. it hurts.
photoassign is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-07, 08:18 PM   #20
East Hill
Lanky Lass
 
East Hill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Take a deep breath, and ask--What would Sheldon do?
Bikes: Nishiki Nut! International, Pro, Olympic 12, Sport mixte, and others too numerous to mention.
Posts: 21,514
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by photoassign View Post
well, damn if my earlier post wasn't foreshadowing. took a "nice" flight over the bars after running into a car door so thoughtfully opened right in front of me not an hour ago on my way home. currently residing inside various ice packs surrounding my elbow, knee and shoulder. it hurts.

Bad news .

Perhaps the Salamander should have optional FRONT discharge units as well.

Any damage other than road rash and bruises?

East Hill
__________________
___________________________________________________
TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...
East Hill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-07, 08:31 PM   #21
photoassign
velotaffer
 
photoassign's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: vintage cellar
Bikes:
Posts: 117
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Front units would be of no use, as it was a last second deal, though i like your train of thought. x-rays tomorrow and i just don't have the energy to examine the horse, i walked it home and put it away. the driver was very nice though, offered to call an ambulance or give me a ride, but i was too dazed to deal with it. be careful out there, folks.
photoassign is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-07, 08:48 PM   #22
East Hill
Lanky Lass
 
East Hill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Take a deep breath, and ask--What would Sheldon do?
Bikes: Nishiki Nut! International, Pro, Olympic 12, Sport mixte, and others too numerous to mention.
Posts: 21,514
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Oooh, I'm guessing you got all the contact info, it sounds as if there's going to be at least a few medical bills to be paid.

Let us know how it turns out.

East Hill
__________________
___________________________________________________
TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...
East Hill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-07, 10:54 PM   #23
ACD
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Rockland, ME
Bikes: Jetter 12 speed, Specialized Cross Roads, Schwinn Tandem, 60' Columbia Special Middle weight, Astra Folder
Posts: 67
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sorry about your accident. Glad you were able to still motivate on some level. Get looked over real good. East hill the propane lasts a long time as it only fuels the pilot lights. The main event however is not exactly efficient. I would guess 30 seconds of burn to the gallon. That assumes someone had the cohones to hold the valve open that long. I posted this for amusement only. Please don't try to duplicate. We are professional idiots.
ACD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-07, 11:27 PM   #24
East Hill
Lanky Lass
 
East Hill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Take a deep breath, and ask--What would Sheldon do?
Bikes: Nishiki Nut! International, Pro, Olympic 12, Sport mixte, and others too numerous to mention.
Posts: 21,514
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
^^^
I will not duplicate! I've done enough other crazy things in life .

East Hill
__________________
___________________________________________________
TRY EMPATHY & HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART, PERHAPS I'LL SEE YOU ON THE ROAD...
East Hill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-07, 01:39 PM   #25
Severian
META
 
Severian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Madison, WI
Bikes: Gary Fisher Aquila (retired), Specialized Allez Sport (in parts), Cannondale R500, HP Velotechnic Street Machine, Dented Blue Fixed Gear (retired), Seven Tsunami SSFG, Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Hardtail (alloy version)
Posts: 945
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
ooooh.... niiice bike!

and...

Alternate use for the term Salamander:

Wolf Range Co. Broiler, Salamander, Nat Gas, 36":
Stainless steel front. Side and top finished in black epoxy powder coat paint. Six 11,000 BTU/hr. bar type burners, 66,000 BTU/hr. total input. Infinite heat control valve. Pilot ignition system. Twelve stainless steel radiants provide uniform heat. Chrome plated trigger grip control handle provides positive positioning of the broiling carriage. Heavy duty nickel plated broiling grid measures 27-1/2"w x 13"d. Removable full width spillage pan. 3.4" top gas connection and gas pressure regulator.
Severian is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:58 PM.