Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Angus, Scotland
I had a few mixtes over time. I had a Raleigh Panache, before. I had cut the seat stays and bent them back. welded a cross tube from the seat clamp to the brake bridge. The intention was to fit a chopper type seat on a hinge at back. then a spring on top of the seat tube. But my welding wasnt too great. so never finished it.
Ive got another Panache at the junk yard. Heres it when I got it home. bag has the chain in it.
I tried various mtb forks in it. as I wanted suspension forks and smaller wheels. nothing had a long enough steerer tube. I was back at the junk yard. Found the Panaches forks.
I fitted them with the moon bars and bmx style stem from a Bart Simpson kids bike. I fitted mtb 26" wheels. those parts were from junk yard again. but tyres on wheels were 1.95. so rubbed the frame and fork. I got a pair of 1.5" tyres from ebay. they have clearance. look better too. I fitted ape bars, as moon bars rubbed my legs on steering. I fitted bmx brakes. they have enough reach. so no welding or rubbishy brackets need fitted.
Im going to make a chopper type seat. a bit of wood with foam and a leather cover. Ive got a long cushion. An old leather jacket and a big chrome stappler. but dont have a bit of wood yet.
Im thinking I could cut the seat stays at the seat cluster and bend them back as a sissy bar. I did this on my first panache and they cracked at the drop outs. could hold it somehow so the tube bends a bit above the join. If it does crack. I'll cut them off. then make a sissy bar out of stainless tube. a hand rail from a boat washed up on the shore near my house. its about 7 feet of 19mm stainless steel.
Heres the latest pic of the bike.
I'll spray it when Im happy with the way it runs.