As this thread started I called it (A very mild "Alt Bike" in process. $5.50 Fun!) and after a few replies I realized we all have something homemade that falls into the Alt Bike class but isn't way out there. Just a simple combination of elements that seemed to come together into something where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. These bikes are not showy and might not be a bulletproof daily rider but we are drawn to ride them as Flying Merkel put it when we donít feel like riding. These are bikes that are nothing special but then again they are special to us and we would find it very hard getting rid of them. So if others have such a bike let us see them. I have posted two of mine so far.
Last summer I was at two different garage sales and at one I found a crappy Wally World Beach cruiser that some kid had been doing jumps with and the rear wheel was folded in half fenders falling off and totally junk. Asking price $5 offered price 50 cents and the mother took my offer. A week later another sale a new Schwinn Mesa-Runner. Rear derailleur was folded over on itself chain kinked, bars pointing one way front tire another. I asked what happened and wife said husband was going to get in shape and crashed in the first mile he rode and broke his arm. Asking price $10 offer $5 accepted. Put a old coaster brake wheel I had laying around on the cruiser striped everything else off to the bones and started riding it around and what a fun bike with the balloon tires for short neighborhood rides. The Mesa I replaced the RD with a donor RD and got everything back to working Rode it a bit and stuck it in the barn, was just another Mtn bike to give away or have as a loaner. This spring a neighbor kid came down and didnít have a bike and I asked him if he wanted a bike as he told me his bike was trashed. I offered him the Mesa and he saw the 50 cent cruiser and fell in love. So I gave him the Wally world special much to my despair as I had grown to like riding it around the block after work. He shows back up a week later and my 50 cent bike was toast. At least 20 broken spokes and the condemning injury was the one piece crank was snapped off. He was hinting he needed a bike and did I want this one back. What he got was a boot in the pants. I tossed it in the junk pile and walking away the light came on as to a 21 speed fat tire cruiser. About 20 minutes later this bike was born. My new neighborhood bike and I always make it a point to ride slow past this kids house.
A really fun bike to ride I might even get a paper route now, ha!
Not sure what else I might add to it any suggestions?