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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.
    "Engineering! It's like math, but louder."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marrock View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by thatismytruck View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Gurgus View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Gurgus View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by thatismytruck View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Gurgus View Post
    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.
    "Engineering! It's like math, but louder."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marrock View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by thatismytruck View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by thisismytruck
    "The purpose of life is to fight maturity"
    Or, as I put it, "I may get older, but I refuse to grow up."
    "Engineering! It's like math, but louder."

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollfast View Post
    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.

    update:
    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.
    "Engineering! It's like math, but louder."

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    I'll second the apehangers.

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