Classic & Vintage - Not Quite a Classic but my version of a Truss Bridge
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01-22-11, 08:59 PM
So I've always wanted a old Truss Bridge Bike but originals are hard to find and ANT's version was too much money for me.
I decided to work with a welder friend and make one!
A few things. This bike started out as a Montgomery Ward Open Road. The Stem Broke off and it was an old 21.15 mm. I ended up having a 22.2 machined down. Wheels are 26 x 1 3/8. I went in and out about making 650B but front drops are for a 5/16 axle.
I don't think I'd do this again with this type of frame but it was a learning experience. Thank you Sheldon Brown RIP!
More Pics Here ONE (http://bicyclefriends.blogspot.com/2011/01/sht-bike-reborn-part-one.html), TWO (http://bicyclefriends.blogspot.com/2011/01/sht-bike-reborn-part-two.html), THREE (http://bicyclefriends.blogspot.com/2011/01/sht-bike-reborn-part-three.html)
01-22-11, 09:12 PM
Very pretty. Nice work.
01-22-11, 10:33 PM
I have a soft spot for Iver Johnsons 'cause that was my very first bike, and your bike is sort of Iver-Johnson-esque !
Very very nice !
Nice, indeed. for a really cheap post-bike-boom frame, it has very slack geometry.
It aids the vintage look quite a bit. I bet it's comfortable. What sort of fork are you running?
01-22-11, 11:07 PM
Impressive. It's a "smiley" bike.........makes you smile just seeing it. Well done.
Love the color.
01-22-11, 11:43 PM
Really nice. Simple and elegant. I have a thing for skinny tires and coaster brakes. I should think about that.
Pretty damn cool.
Has it affected the ride? I'm assuming it's a bit hard to say with all the new bits.
01-23-11, 06:16 AM
Great job and an excellent write up on your blog.
Very attractive bike - love the color! And the truss bridge adds a great stylistic touch, I think. How's the ride quality? And have you decided to rebadge it at all?
01-23-11, 07:10 AM
Way to think outside the box, That's brilliant!
01-23-11, 08:10 AM
The handling is very slack and cornering can be a bit slow. But, hey it is a smiley, feel good, I just love to bike, bike. This does make me smile and brings me back to why I ride. I ride because it calms my soul (We'll see how I feel about this statement today, in two hours when I am deep into my CX race!)
I would like to put a design on the Head and down tube but not sure.
I still want to go Fixed but not 100% yet. This was done on a budget.
Thanks, I'm also toying with the idea of a rack on it.
01-23-11, 08:56 AM
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01-23-11, 11:12 AM
When I saw your bike, I immediately thought of this bike. They guy took a vintage mountain bike frame and totally increased the cool-factor.
01-23-11, 11:38 AM
very cool, very much worth your efforts
01-23-11, 12:54 PM
that looks awesome, and doesn't need a thing else. if you want a rack put it on another project. the saddle is completely heinous, and fits somehow with the scope of things....
01-23-11, 03:48 PM
Great job! Love the frame mod and the bars. Even the powdercoat.
If there was a way to shift the saddle to mount it with the post at the extreme rear it would fit the look even better. Or even moreso with an early-looking springs 'n' hairpins kind of saddle.
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