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Old 01-01-08, 01:51 PM   #1
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My-sized Musclebike

Hi all. I have an Electrabike Rockabilly that I modified and ride all over town with, but I thought I would make myself a bike like I used to when I was younger (around about 1976).

I'm a large guy 6'4" and 280lbs, so I knew I couldn't make a bike out of an old 20" Schwinn like I did back then. I decided to scrounge around for a mtn bike at the dump or on the side of the road. I found two in a dumpster, one with no front wheel, one with no wheels. I found a 16" front wheel on the side of the road. I hacked the forks off of one frame and slid them onto the other bike. I had my pull back bars that I took off my Rockabilly

Here's my first mock up.



I bud at work is going to weld the forks together for me. I need to get some longer cables for the rear derailer and rear brake. I will probably go with a banana seat and make my own sissy bar. I haven't spent a cent on it yet. I'm hoping to spend no more than $20 when done. I'll keep you posted of my progress.

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oh, I might as well post my rockabilly too.

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You'd better post pics of that freak when it's done.
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You'd better post pics of that freak when it's done.
Yup.

That front wheel is...bright.

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I will keep you posted.

The wheel is "as found", and yes, a VERY bright 1980's type green. I might sand blast it and spray clearcoat over it.

lotsa ideas in the ol' noggin.
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I had to poste my bud's rockabilly when I saw yours....



His bull dog rides in the sidecar. I dig your RV.

Also, my "sort-of" muscle bike...
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I had to poste my bud's rockabilly when I saw yours....



His bull dog rides in the sidecar. I dig your RV.

Also, my "sort-of" muscle bike...

Oh man, don't tease us like that. We need photos of the bulldog!

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His bull dog rides in the sidecar. I dig your RV.
Also, my "sort-of" muscle bike...
I've seen that sidecar set up before. another thread? That's the smaller version of my bike I think. My RV is gone. had to get rid of it. way to much work needed inside to complete. took a big loss.

That is not an "almost muscle bike" in my book. very nicely done.

oh, and I agree with East Hill. need pics of bulldog riding with your bud.
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I got impatient looking for and/or waiting to find free or cheap used parts so I bought some new ones. My budget of $20 is shot. I spent $50 on two white wall tires and a black banana seat. That's it though. not spending another cent. well, maybe paint.
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Gotta see if I've got any photos of the dog in the sidecar, I might have them.
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That is not an "almost muscle bike" in my book. very nicely done.
Thanks much for the compliment. I only called it an almost muscle bike because the 20 inch wheel is on the back instead of the front.
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Gotta see if I've got any photos of the dog in the sidecar, I might have them.
Dog? I'd like to see some construction detail photos.
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Mock up mostly done. here is a really lousy phone picture of me trying colors on the frame.

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Just clear coat it as it is in the pic and call it done.
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Just clear coat it as it is in the pic and call it done.
What, no decals?



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Decals are for posers.
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I considered leaving it as is, but I love the blue I picked. lotsa flake. A little more sanding and I'll give it a good prime coat then paint and clear. There will be a panel on the seat tube of white and red. The forks will have a white and red band where the weld is to disguise it a bit.

I have two decals in mind. One very small "ny" for the Giants. One custom with this quote: "The purpose of life is to fight maturity" which I think pretty well explains why I'm building this thing.

As you can see, I plan to keep you posted. If you don't mind.
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As you can see, I plan to keep you posted. If you don't mind.
I liked the blue as well.

We love having people keep us updated .

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"The purpose of life is to fight maturity"
Or, as I put it, "I may get older, but I refuse to grow up."
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Just a quick update because I know you're all waiting impatiently.

I've got full paint on the frame. I just want to add some red here and there. The forks are ready for a bud to weld. then I'll paint them too. I got my tires, seat, sissy bar in the mail yesterday. Painted the front wheel black.

I love the color!!

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The wheels and wide whites are ready.

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Your project is shaping up! Yeah, the colour is nice, nice.

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I hope the flames on the Dodge aren't to appease the god of fire from taking your fuel line as a sacrifice

Oh well, can't sleep on your bike in Yellowstone...the bears will wanna try jumps!
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I hope the flames on the Dodge aren't to appease the god of fire from taking your fuel line as a sacrifice

Oh well, can't sleep on your bike in Yellowstone...the bears will wanna try jumps!
I wish I lit that camper on fire!! It caused me major heartache. Glad it's gone now.
And when bears use your bike for jumps it's never the same.

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I mocked up the bike with seat wheels tires, etc. I hate the 16" wheel. gonna go scrounge for a 20". I think I hate the handle bar stem. I will use the one that was originally on the Trek. I might try to find some different handle bars. Something more muscle bike-ish and not cruiser bike-ish.

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Apehangers... it's gotta have apehangers.

And they have to be at least as high as the sissy bar.

Also, if you don't want that stem I'll take it.
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I'll second the apehangers.

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