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Old 12-11-17, 11:06 PM
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Do franken-bikes get discussed here ?

Hi I'm pretty new here, and had mostly joined to get some info on a beloved bike I was given as a teenager which was stolen from me, and possibly stick around for any info on things like why I can never get brakes on used / junker bikes working.
Im not necessarily a bike enthusiasts, I just have my grandfathers beach cruiser ( nothing special just a 90's huffy ) with Wald dual bike basket on the back which I ride around my small town to check mail...ect.

Anyways I looked and didn't find anything about this so I thought I'd ask.
How does this bike community feel about ridiculous purposeless franken-bikes cobbled together out of junk ? Do you guys only discuss serious bicycles ?
I just put something together just for fun and I wasn't sure if you guys would be unhappy to see something like this when it seems like most here are serious and don't care about such junk.
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Old 12-12-17, 12:46 AM
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We don't really have a 'Frankenbike' forum, but they do come up. Depending on the age, or non-functionality, they show up in the C&V forum, or Mechanics. Beach Cruiser's too.

Someone here said that"'Bikes are like Erector sets for adults" It's true, it is fun to see what you can make with the parts you have on hand.
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Old 12-12-17, 04:50 AM
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You might want to try the Hybrid section!
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Old 12-12-17, 05:18 AM
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You are likely looking for the 'Alt Bike Culture' subforum. Commuting, winter, and Utility Cycling subforums also have plenty of people putting bikes together mostly out of spare parts, Utility has lots of building.

Poke around, you might get interested in something you didn't know about.
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Old 12-12-17, 05:42 AM
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Plenty of members here "cobble" bikes together. Sometimes out of spare or found parts. Post yours in one of the appropriate sub-forums, there will be interest. See/post in the Mechanics forum for brake repair issues.
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Originally Posted by Ironfish653 View Post
Someone here said that"'Bikes are like Erector sets for adults" It's true, it is fun to see what you can make with the parts you have on hand.
That would be me. Wish we did have a Frankenbike forum. I've thrown together quite a few and they usually get posted here because they don't really fit anywhere else. My last "creation" turned out to be one of the nicest riding bikes I own.

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Old 12-12-17, 05:56 AM
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Any discussion of Franken should be in the P&R forum.
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Old 12-12-17, 05:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Hickory n steel View Post
How does this bike community feel about ridiculous purposeless franken-bikes cobbled together out of junk ?
Love it, want to see it!

Buying good quality brake pads help.
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Old 12-12-17, 07:03 AM
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C&V Challenge(s)

The C&V fellows hold semi-annual challenges to locate, cobble together, ride and document a low-cost entry. The current one is $69 dollars, 69 days, ridden for 69 miles. The challenge is underway. It's surprising how creative the contestants can be, finding discarded bikes, using trash-bin parts and making something functional. So, why not?
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Old 12-12-17, 11:45 AM
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I think we should avoid talking about Al Franken's bikes until after the dust settles.
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Old 12-12-17, 12:50 PM
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Well I said this bike is ridiculous, but it's probably waaaay more ridiculous than any of you guys expected.
This is not a mode of transportation, nor is it good for anything other than goofing around on and I'm not sure I should actually call it a bike.
If anyone knows what a monkey bike is, I had two at different times as a kid and was inspired to make an adult sized version of one .

I don't have 10 posts yet, but if anyone could tell me the utmost appropriate subforum to post a picture of it in I'll do that if anyone wants to see it.

Just be warned that this thing has wheels, handlebars, pedals, and a seat, but that doesn't automatically make it a real bike does it ?
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Old 12-12-17, 12:53 PM
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Old 12-12-17, 01:01 PM
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Do people see the Search function at the top of the page?
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of course we do, let's see the beast
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Old 12-12-17, 01:09 PM
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You don't need a lot of posts to attach photos.

Just go to the advanced editor and click on the paper clip (attachments) icon. It should be pretty self explanatory.

As far as subforums:

The Classic & Vintage subforum has two competing schools of thought, from making everything "original", to using the vintage frames as platforms for modern builds, or low cost builds.

Alt Bike Culture might be more in line with your more customized build.

Of course, there are other relevant forums, depending on your goals such as commuting and utility cycling.
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Old 12-12-17, 01:11 PM
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Any discussion of Franken should be in the P&R forum.
I think it's o.k. to discuss AL Franken-bikes here. See what I did there?
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Do people see the Search function at the top of the page?
Yep... best to be ignored.

Google is your friend.

You can Google a site using simple commands:

Put "Search Criteria site:https://www.bikeforums.net/" into the search box.
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Old 12-12-17, 01:50 PM
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It still doesn't allow me to post a picture until I have at least 10 posts, so I'll just wait till then.
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I went and checked out alt bike culture and it seems like the perfect place to post my little junk " bike ".
The only problem is that everything people build there is in a totally different league than my project, I don't think anyone else has done something like this at least.
I'll go ahead and post it there when I have 10 posts which I think I'm only 3 away from right now.
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It still doesn't allow me to post a picture until I have at least 10 posts, so I'll just wait till then.
You've got 9. You can't think of anything else to post?
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Old 12-12-17, 03:49 PM
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In 1976 my wife and I had a lot of kids and not much money. I was given a Schwinn Twinn coaster brake bike that had been left in the weather to rust. Thought that, if I could get a pair of wheels for it, my wife and I could ride it together. The very first person who I asked had a bunch of parts (2 wheels, 2 saddles, 2 cranks, rear derailleur, handlebar and handgrips) that had been taken off of a 5-speed Schwinn Twinn Sport. He sold me everything for $30.00. I almost didn't buy it because it was all the money that I had at the time. I had to cold set the rear triangle but I was able to assemble it all together to build a rideable tandem for less than $70.00.

My wife and I rode that bike together for 8 years and thousands of miles. It wasn't as fancy as the bikes that our bicycling friends rode, but it was all that we could afford at the time and we were out riding and we were having fun together. On a hilly 100 mile ride with an overnight, Susan Notreangelo of RAAM fame sought us out to encourage us.

Eventually we acquired an unneeded car which we sold and used the money to buy our first Santana tandem but I still have a warm place in my heart for anybody who rides a frankenbike. Now I want to see yours.
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Here is my frankenbike contribution to the recumbent world. The rear triangle and down tube were from a 1979 Ace Hardware road bike, the top tube and boom from an old Huffy or Murray - I forget which. The seat was replaced from one of my lowracers becuase it had a few cracks in it. The handlebars were hand-bent aluminum and the fork was a dumpster donation from the local bike shop. All the other parts came from my parts bin.
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keep an eye on C&V, i'm building a Peugot with FSA carbon ISIS cranks maybe running a 1x9 with an indexed shimano bar and and campy veloce deraileur.... probably posting a thread soon. it will be my "beater/sleeper thats actually nicer than any of my other bikes..."
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I dig Frankenbikes they can be cool. One of my co-workers at his old shop had a bike that had old school front and rear suspension and a Girvin flexstem and had mounted baskets and such and used it for coffee and beer runs. I wish I could truly explain it here but I cannot remember the entire set up.

My hybrid is a franken-bike of sorts because it is cobbled together with various different parts but the over all package isn't so weird.
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