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Craigslist find: Chinese "pick-up truck" bicycle

Old 06-15-12, 05:49 AM
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Craigslist find: Chinese "pick-up truck" bicycle

Tripped across this on my local Craigslist, what's described as a Chinese work bike. It would probably be a PITA resto project, but if you could pull it off, that'd be one impressive utility bike!

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Old 06-15-12, 06:33 AM
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That is a (potentially) good looking bike. I bet it is an effective utility bike. All rusted out, though?
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Old 06-15-12, 06:54 AM
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Originally Posted by PJCB View Post
That is a (potentially) good looking bike. I bet it is an effective utility bike. All rusted out, though?
Yeah, the rust is the major reason I figured it would be a pain-in-the-ass restoration project, because probably a lot of the parts would not be salvageable and need replaced, and who knows about availability of parts?

If I had some basic machine shop stuff and a TIG welder, I would definitely consider it, because then I could make or mod the parts needed, but lacking that, it's more of a project than I'm willing to take on.

I'd like to have it for my company, for promo purposes. I think it would be cool to put my logo on it and load it with some wine boxes and take it out for festivals and parades.
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
Yeah, the rust is the major reason I figured it would be a pain-in-the-ass restoration project, because probably a lot of the parts would not be salvageable and need replaced, and who knows about availability of parts?

If I had some basic machine shop stuff and a TIG welder, I would definitely consider it, because then I could make or mod the parts needed, but lacking that, it's more of a project than I'm willing to take on.

I'd like to have it for my company, for promo purposes. I think it would be cool to put my logo on it and load it with some wine boxes and take it out for festivals and parades.
Yeah, that would be my problem too. No access to equipment, but the temptation is great, haha. Your company sounds BA! I'd say definitely go for the workhorse bike to tote around your goods, I'd buy some
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Originally Posted by PJCB View Post
I'd say definitely go for the workhorse bike to tote around your goods, I'd buy some
You'd buy some because of the cool trike, or because it's wine! Hahaha!

I'm actually thinking to buy a Bullitt cargo bike. I like going fast.
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You'd buy some because of the cool trike, or because it's wine! Hahaha!

I'm actually thinking to buy a Bullitt cargo bike. I like going fast.
Personally I'd buy whatever it was because it came on a BA trike/truck/bike. But I think my girlfriend would definitely appreciate the wine!
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Interesting handlebar. What were they asking for it?
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Interesting handlebar. What were they asking for it?
I would bet the high part of the bar is for when the operator is standing up to deal with heavy loads.
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Someone can bluff out those scratches.lol
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Originally Posted by MKIV987 View Post
Interesting handlebar. What were they asking for it?
No price listed, just a request for offers. It's out by Grand Rapids, MI. Here's the listing: http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/bik/3077865575.html
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i love/want it.
'cept the seat. that dude could do some damage if'n you hit a hard bump and came down wrong.
agreed that it would be a great advertising medium.
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Looks more like a bear trap than a seat!
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Aa we speak (or write) I am treating a car trailers frame (got the trailer for free) for rust. You find plenty films on Youtube. I use a bigger trailer lined with a tarp as a tub, and use 24 volt from two batterys to remowe rust. Add some washingsoda to the water and watch the rust disappear.
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Even if the bike isn't salvageable, its design could be used as a template for building a new bike just like it.
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That'll buff right out.
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For the right price it would be excellent yard art.
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If the regular bicycle portion is sound or easily/cheaply revived don't be put off by holes in the cargo box. There isn't anything presented there that isn't a cheap and fairly easy welding job. It looks like it's all square tubing and flat sheet metal. I'd be most concerned with the rear axle arrangement and if it could be fixed should there be problems.
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