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Old 05-09-22, 03:48 PM
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Hippy Bike?

I’m going to make biking more simple and fun so the neglected single speed is going to get some love. So in y’alls opinion does this qualify as a hippy bike? An entry level hippy bike? not a hippy bike? What can I do to make it more hippy? I souped it up with aftermarket parts as I do all Motobecanes but whatever. Campground bike you know cruise to the entrance to pay for your site stuff like that.


Gravity bike same as Motobecane

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Old 05-09-22, 04:08 PM
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I don't see the bong...
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Ok must have bong yes I can see that.
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
I don't see the bong...
If it were a Klein or Cannondale, the downtube could be modified to suit. In my sewup days, I carried a 2nd metal Velox patch kit. Hub cone epoxied to the lid, holes punched into the ends. Screwed a bowl onto the cone and presto, a carburator.

That bike needs painted spokes. At least 5 colors. No black anodizing. (But black spray paint would be OK.)
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Peter Max inspired psychedelic paint job! The current orange will make a good base.


If you can find 700x50 Gravelkings in purple, that would be groovy:
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...just do a Google image search for Burning Man Bicycle. I can't link it here, because half the people are nekkid.
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Cool, love the suggestions like color tires. A built in bong and multi color spokes. Going through my expansive parts bins looking for stuff but mostly replacement parts lol. This bike with the parts I have in stock will roll for decades so it has to be unique so to speak. Being a hard rock, metal head some band stickers might make their way on the frame. Look closely I have some massive screws to secure the back wheel ya know keep it aligned with the chain basic bike mechanic stuff. The wheels are tubeless compatible but I’m old school tubes guy. But having tires basically flat proof is intriguing because rear wheel flat fixing on this bike would be is a PITA. I’m a competent bike mechanic not pro level but close in other words I can mechanic bikes. Love the old school cartridge bottom bracket no need for the torque wrenches put the BB in the frame crank down the pedal arms and keep rolling. Basic disc brakes I forget the brand but so called low level but I will say this brake better than any XTR rim brake system. Can’t beat disc brakes especially with wheel rim life. My tool case has the disc bending tool in case you at the trail and your brake disc out of true bad lol. Settle many irate bikers with horrible discs in about 10 minutes fixing the disc then adjusting the brake so no squeaking brake rub and happy campers. Offered monetary funds well Hell No you on the road and trail is reward enough. Had a case retro V brakes and back then V brakes were all the rage basically fancy cantilevers and these are a PITA to dial in my V brakes were always marginal but at time I rode kamikaze style lol. Around 1998 I was cruising some good climbs and yes Texas ain’t all flat. I had all necessary repair items to help out a broken down biker. Just a flat the chap had informed me I have everything thing to get you going down the road. The ******bag declined assistance not realizing the phone is 7 miles away. 5,000 dollar bike via 1998 and I’m cruising a Cannondale . R 700. Cruised back home then cruised truck to local store while ******bag was straggling in. Whining like a ****** as I informed him I was there to assist but you said no I’ve got it lol. He was ok he said he was unfamiliar with the area and was actually a cool guy just having a bad day.
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And handlebar STREAMERS!!!! They make really groovy trails when you take a trip and never leave the ranch!

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I don't see the bong...
Bongs in a garage are a bad idea.
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Bongs in a garage are a bad idea.
Que?
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Que?
Concrete and glass = no Bueno


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DonkeyShow There is a Rule about bike pictures; you must show them chain side first. See the OP's picture, Yeah, I know he didn't think about the placement of his pedals, but he's still kinda new to the forums.

Nice bike and interesting sculptures.
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Im bad at petals bro

better?

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Much better. I've got short, stumpy legs, too. I'd need a little longer stem to be comfortable, but I could ride that bike. Pretty nice paint condition too.
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Much better. I've got short, stumpy legs, too. I'd need a little longer stem to be comfortable, but I could ride that bike. Pretty nice paint condition too.
Thanks.
Was wondering does it count as an ebike if the bong is electric?
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Originally Posted by DonkeyShow View Post
Concrete and glass = no Bueno

...this is why the bamboo bong was invented.

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Doesn't it have to be tie-dye? (Isn't it a good excuse to make it tie-dye?)
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Tie dye would be cool.

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Closest bike shop is over 50 miles so learning to work on bicycles was a necessity. If you seriously ride. I take my bike to a shop for new cables since I don’t have cable stretchers and the multiple sizes can drive you nuts. Truing wheels drives me berserk but eventually they get tru as possible. Sometimes it is better to let a seasoned pro do some repairs. 85% I do myself.
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I'd say you need to step up your hippy bike game to a whole new level. What you have there screams normal; ain't nobody going to look twice when you're riding that, unless you're nekked. So have a couple three beers, take a look at the creations below, contemplate the universe for a while, then go out in the garage and start hacking and welding.

Snake BIke I, back when I was working for the engine company.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/SMsHDGb7fguMNYjH7
I set up a slalom course at the company picnic; it was the most popular event.

Grill Trike. Featured in parades and community grill events.
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Sofa Bike 1, inspired when I was laid off from Cummins. Used in parades and general mayhem.
Sofa Bike

and Sofa Bike 2 aka Love Bike. This ended up at Burning Man.
Love Bike

and Snake Bike II. Moving to Texas was a mistake, but I did have some good times there.
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Not shown: various tallbikes, virtually unridable chopper.
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Sofa Bike has potential lol.
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Sofa Bike has potential lol.
I was thinking about sofa bike concepts for a long time, really struggling with complicated chain routing for a rear wheel drive design. It was a mess.

Then I was at the bike co-op one night after being rif'd, contemplating things, and the word "chariot" came to mind. A stroke of genius, a rare moment of full mental clarity where I saw the universe from beginning to end. Instead of the rear wheels being driven, they just go along for the ride. FWD, baby. Fellow volunteer Don and I pulled a broken kiddie bike out of the pile, studied it for a moment, then went at it with a hacksaw. After ten minutes the basic design had materialized, and not long later our brains returned to their normal state of mush. Nonetheless, we had enough completed we were able to finish the job.

Sofa bike II was really just a replica, essentially made from muscle memory without an ounce of new inspiration. I mean sure we made it out of a loveseat rather than a full sofa, but it was like the II of any great thing, just an meaningless blob intended to recreate former glory.

One small glimmer did come out of Sofa Bike II. At the company car show, I rode it down a slight incline toward the main show, applied the brake, and witnessed by dozens, I executed what was almost certainly the world's only soft-bike front wheel stand.

At this point I feel like Einstein in search of the Unified Field Theory, spending my remaining years seeking inspiration for The Next Big Thing.
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