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Old 01-17-06, 05:28 PM   #1
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Ugly frankenbike porn! WARNING: Extreme DIY!

Here's some new shots of my home built commuter. I took these at my dad's house the other day.

It's an 18-spd sort-of hybrid with MTB gearing on MTB rear hub, roadie front hub, and alloy rims. Indexed rear with gripshifter, friction front with old thumbshifter. Canti brake adaptor home made by cutting off the U with canti bosses from the fork of a wrecked x-mart special. The front v-brake broke, so I put on a U-brake for the time being. Long armed caliper on the rear. Koolstop brake pads, of course.
Geeklights are a pair of modified flashlights with 20 watt (total) MR halogens, powered by NIMH AA packs. The green things on the valve stems are tireflies LED blinkies.
It's hard to tell from these shots, but the cheap rack has been modified and reinforced to add struts made from alloy bar stock. The panniers are actually denim and nylon backpacks I found on sale, attached to the rack, stays and struts with lots of heavy duty zipties. Reflectors and reflective tape mounted on the bags, and I'm thinking of a way to attach blinkies securely.
Origionally much too short kickstand was modified with alum tube stock to extend it.
The ride on this stiff old cro-mo frame can get harsh on just slightly rough streets, so I put an oldschool springloaded saddle on it. A bit wide for my rear, but it sure beats a bruised tookus.
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Old 01-17-06, 05:31 PM   #2
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How do you stop from sliding off a seat at that angle ?

But it looks awesome, i love frankenbikes
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Every bike is beautiful, in it's own way.
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Jesus H Tapdancing Christ. That's just brutal. You won't need a lock for it...
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How do you stop from sliding off a seat at that angle ?

But it looks awesome, i love frankenbikes
The seat angle isn't as bad as my poor camramanship makes it look. It's actually parralel to the ground, the upward swoop on the rear of the saddle aside.
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Jesus H Tapdancing Christ. That's just brutal.
Heh! Maybe, but you should see her go. She's quick off the line, and can zip through turns. Cutting hard turns at cruising speed is getting to be old hat. Putting most of the weight over the rear axle and having plenty of positive rake might have a lot to do with it. Plus being only 28 pounds unloaded on 70 PSI semislick tires.
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I've lost two bikes to crowbar armed crackheads. They're leaving this one alone so far, but I'm not taking chances. I don't like the idea of walking home.
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Old 01-17-06, 08:27 PM   #6
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Anyone can buy a good looking bike. Not everyone can build one out of chickenwire and snot. Good job OP! I like my bikes to look like they have a story behind them.
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Nice work! So ugly it's beautiful.

Now why didn't my frankenbike post get so much attention? *sniff!* My frankenbike is purty, too!
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I once built a franken bike out of a bunch of parts I had laying around. Used an old three speed, original back tire, rebuilt front (some wide mountain bike tire, had to replace the axle with something from another tire), brakes cobbled together from a bunch of brakes, had a stick shift, electricians tape for the handlebar grips... It was a monstrosity all right. I never did get around to adjusting it so it fit me... so it never was a good ride. But hey, it was built from the junk I just happened to have lying about and I was kind of proud of it. (although it now it more or less disassembled because I have taken parts from it as I have needed them... oh well).

Anyway, back to your bike, I don't think it looks half bad. And if it rides great, then you definitely have something to be proud of. Good work.
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Thanx, guys.
I lucked out on finding the grips, otherwise I'de be reaching for the electrical tape, too, or regular bar tape. And it's true, grolby built up a sweet frankebike, too.
So here's a shout out to all the other junkbox geniuses on BF. Rool!
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Here's some new shots of my home built commuter.
--- CONGRATS on your DIY work. Ride proud.
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2wheeledsoul, that's a great commuter. Love the headlight and pannier ideas! Excellent use of available parts.

Building bikes for practical use is a great challenge. Also, I think ALL commuterbikes evolve into frankenbikes if you keep at it long enough.

Grolby, your Rampar 6 speed is innovative enough to be a frankenbike, but it isn't ugly enough. That bike looks great to me: "New" commuter finished (Frankenbike pics!)
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It's brilliant! It very much looks like it means business. The only thing that could make it more perfect is if you were to get some reflecto-tape and barber-pole the seatstays and fork!
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Thanks muchly for the kudos, folks.
I managed to firmly attach blinkies to the panniers, and modify a barend mount mirror as a helmet mount. Now I just need to get some reflecto tape to go crazy with. I'm even thinking of a way to use cheapo battery powered bike lights as 'driving lights' mounted low on the forks; good for highlighting potholes and small animals, maybe.
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Mounting lights on the forks... clever! I doubt I would have thought of that. Or if you get really carried away, you could have several sets of lights on each side of the forks (some on the bottom, mid range and top). And then you could build fancy electric circuits and have switches for blinkers, tail lights, windshield wipers... (And I'm just getting plain carried away with trying to impose my frankenbike fantasys on you...) Yeah, anyway.
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Grolby, your Rampar 6 speed is innovative enough to be a frankenbike, but it isn't ugly enough. That bike looks great to me: "New" commuter finished (Frankenbike pics!)
Why, thank you! But you only say that because you can't see all the rust and flaking paint . It's pretty disgusting in real life. But hey, I'll take a compliment when it comes my way!
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What, the volvo in the pic? That's my uncle's car, it's been parked there forever. It's got 50 pounds of dust on it already.
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That was a joke. I don't think those commercials played in the US. Oh well.
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this has just inspired me to make a frankenbike out of the spoare parts i have...hopefuly i wont have to buy much, cause ive got lots of wrecked bikes in my room...its like a bike graveyard/workshop..bikes hanging off the walls....its sad...but ill put them to use finally. muahahahaha

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