Originally Posted by FitRider 921
Can you give us some more information and specs about this bike? It looks nothing like a bike I have ever seen.
The bike in the picture? or the Redline?
I'll tell you more about both.
I unwrapped the Redline, and I discovered that I have two rear wheels. The wheel on the rear triangle is a one speed freewheel, but the other is a Sturmey-Archer three speed. The bar stem is missing. One of the tires was slashed, and the shift lever for the 3 speed is missing, but it came with Sturmey Archer instructions, in Chinese. I want my $40 back.
My Daughter's bike (Type 9):
I was in Engineering school,1986, and I wanted to start my own business firm. It was my intent to build a streamlined bicycle and an electric motorcycle, with interchangable parts. I came up with this all-weather bike/velomobile, made of kevlar aramid fiber (Type 6):
Type 5 shared the same front fairing as the Type 6. I wanted to build a ladies version of the bike, or an electric moped, with a step thru frame. I was getting bored in the Engineering school because I wanted to work hands-on with jet fighter planes. So I talked to a Navy recruiter and got into the Navy's Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC). I earned an Airframers Liscence, which entitles me to build , fly and teach flight instruction on aircraft (as long as it's a cropduster, strange as it may seem).
I was first sent to a Naval Air Station, which is the Navy Version of an Air Force Base, when you're not on a Carrier.
The Navy gives recruits every third day off, it's known as "Liberty". So I rode about 65 miles off base every third day.
I met my 6th Cousin,Mellisa, who's related to my biological Father (who I never met). She took the Type 5 for a test ride:
Mellisa asked me to adopt her. So I agreed. Then I went out to sea for six months.
And I took these pictures:
Here's a picture of Type 5 when it was in camoflage. I used this bike in Shore Patrol duty, which is the Navy version of Military Police. I was able to catch a Cuban who was attempting to enter this country illegally, and hold him to be picked up by an inflatable Zodiac boat, which then took him to a Destroyer two miles off shore, which took him back to Cuba.( On account of the bike being Amphibious, or able to float.) I was informed that "Experimental Weapons" are prohibited from being used in combat by the Geneva Convention, so I couldn't do that anymore.
Anyway, I returned after the First Gulf War was over, and I asked Mellisa to come up with a design for a Ladies Bicycle. She teamed up with her friend Patricia, and first they designed the Type 7, which is just a sleek, streamlined fiberglass bicycle basket:
The number designation "type 8" was unavailable, because I intended to mount a hemispherical fairing on a road bike , and paint it so it looks like an eight ball. Mellisa designed the Type 9 to look like a Kenworth truck, because she had spent May thru September 1991, travelling with her Uncle in his Kenworth truck. She even had a chance to drive the rig on I-70 for a while. She said the spoiler on the roof of the truck works great, and increases the top speed of the KW to 117 MPH. So I was handed her design, and she told me to only build one two-wheeler with this front end. She said I should use the design in the future on a four wheel vehicle and it can be a quad, or a quarter scale Kenworth, or an Electric Garden Tractor.
Type 7 was codeveloped with Type 9, so the girls told me to call it "seven of nine" . The name Seven of Nine is based on a cardboard box in the back of a Kenworth truck. A year later, a character appeared on "Star Trek Voyager" who had the name "Seven of Nine", so I stopped calling it that.
Type 9 can carry a twelve pack of my favorite beverage home from the local store:
And in 1999 the bike appeared in BikeRodnKustom.com
So that's the story. Sorry if there was a war in the middle of it.