November 11, 2011

Bikes I don't have

So, I need to get a bit of a catalog of bikes & trikes going here. A good place to start, I thought, would be with some machines I loved and let go. Gotta make room for more, right? MOST of these are owned by friends, a couple have been cut up and made into other stuff.

The Berserker aka The Trike of Death - Burning Man 2007 - Photo: Tristan Savatier

Pedaling back to camp - Burning Man 2007 - Photo: Tristan Savatier
Member of the Department of Spontaneous Combustion @ camp - 2007
Built originally in 2006, the Berserker was made for Burning Man. Three 4 foot storm drain sections, laced to aluminum car rims with 96 spokes EACH. About 1500 parts & 8 hours labor per wheel, this was supposed to be "flashy" over the top and laughable. My great friends, Ken Beidleman and Duane Flatmo had built similar wheels before me to use in Kinetic Sculpture Racing. Trying to be light was something I didn't need to worry about on the playa, and as Ken says "Why not?". It can carry four 10 gal (80#) propane tanks and has two manually operated fire cannons. It HAD solenoids, but batteries and inverters and playa dust are not friends. With the DSC, I was lucky enough to get to bring the Berserker to a couple Fire Art Festivals at the Crucible, back to Burning Man in 2007 with the roof seen above and then traded it away for some architecture plans.

The Berserker now lives with my friends Mo and Scott east of Sacramento. Mo's dad, Michael, has pitched in and they have made it into an amazing ride! They've been to every Burning Man since!

Mo & Michael cruising the improved Berserker - Burning Man 2008

The Tiller - a trike with a big left, rear drive... a central, right, "tiller" type steering wheel... and a front, left-ish caster (shopping cart) type wheel. The idea was, when you steer, the front wheel is forced to turn with the machine. Worked GREAT, except when slow in soft sand. Remember 2008, at Burning Man? Yeah, no good.
The Tiller (L) = Reclaimed / The Evil Eye (R) looking for a good home.
The Tiller (with Ken Beidleman giving it a test ride) ~ Reclaimed, rode well, but the frame cracked when a couple BIG friends jumped on it just right, and it wanted to turn right in soft sand... so, new version below.
With a couple new "wagon wheels" (thx for the idea Tom!) Now: "The Crusher"

The old rear side drive, seat & first drive train = recycled. No pun intended. Hop in!

The Krez - Also built in 2008, this was a custom ride for Krez. It also has a fire cannon trailer. Rides great... except when you hit the brakes hard (on the steering wheel) it turns and flips over frontwards. Especially fun with a fire cannon in tow. ah... safety third.
Mini Tiller = custom build for Krez.
As far as I know, it's still kickin' in Humboldt with it's fire cannon trailer and all! I will post more photos of this build... then I'll make THIS TEXT a link... (hint: not a link? Not posted yet)

The Tall Hack (of Death?) -
Tall Hack ~ For lack of a better name...
This thing flips over in every direction, tall, skinny and short wheel base make this one of the most dangerous bikes I've made. Kind of like a unicycle with a bunch of stuff in the way. Of course, my friend Jacob rode it like a champ after crashing into and on top of many things at Burning Man, so he bought it. NOTE: Saw blades were added later. Damn.. looking for a photo. AH! Here...
Tall Hack in all it's flat black glory.
Chain-less tall unicycle - made for my buddies kid, who can ride anything, a fun & super heavy unicycle. My pal didn't want to spring for the Chromoly, so, conduit is what it's made of.
Garrett's "Trike"

Fun with old saw blades - added a saw blade spinner.
Beautiful welds! Yes, I learned how to weld at a cake decorating factory. Good thing I'm not a welder, I just build stuff!

 The Evil Eye2 - Made in about 30 days from thin air, this machine was raced in the 2008 Kinetic Grand Championship. We won the 6:32 Award for being the first to lose an ACE because we were too slow. Hey, an award is an award. This machine is VERY similar to the Berserker, but it only had 3 foot wheels and custom rolled / built hubs, no car rims. Looking back, maybe we should have gone "Zombish" - Zombie Amish certainly would have been cooler. The Evil Eye2 was reclaimed 14 days after the race. Technically only existed in it's "finished" form for two weeks.... BUT, is about HALF of something else.. scroll down to see what...
Kris (L) and Scotty C. (R) rollin' through the Arcata bottoms.

A quick break on the way to Dead-Man's - With a few clever ideas from Kris, we DID pedal the whole first day, we just got to Eureka late. Also, big props to our awesome pit crew Trevor, pushing his mountain bike in this photo.

Water is fun on a trike. Thanks for the pontoon loaners Ken!

The Duck Flambé - A machine built on a dare. Well, almost. If you do stuff like this, you will understand that you never expect anyone to take you seriously and actually want to pay you what you're worth to make something cool. But someone did. Bart said the grown-up version of "I double dog dare you" = "Sounds good, how much do you want to get started?" 2008 was a good year for building bikes. And so, with a ton of help from Ken Beidleman, the Evil Eye2 was turned into a 4-seater with new 4 foot wheels, WITH car rims, and a fire cannon that shoots out of the top of it's head. It also steers from the rear seats, like a barnstormer, and has suicide doors.

The Duck Flambé was a present for Bart's dad, Frank. They truck it out to Burning Man every year (3 so far) and it lives the rest of the year at his winery in Los Gatos, CA. Apparently it's a big deal in the Christmas and Thanksgiving parades there too! A ton of build photos HERE if you want to see more.

I used the #13 a lot in the original build, strangely, it kept going and we ended up with a coffin shaped frame if you look straight down on it. Cool & creepy!

Burning Man 2008 - Bart (L), Frank (back), Henry (front) - Photo: Nathan Berry

Burning Man 2009 - Henry (far L), Frank (driving, in back), Bart (on door) - Photo: unknown
The "Die Neunzehn" - Made from 19 other bikes... in a day. This was raffled off at a fund raiser / party at the DSC in Oakland. The guy who won it became a member soon after, so that worked out okay.

Pre-Paint = sweet

Flat black is the new Pink

My awesome wife, Acacia, zooming around the hood to prove it's ride-able.

And a little paint pen to add "sparkle" - it came with the rest of the flat black, and a couple spare parts.

That's it for now. I'll add more when I sell / barter / or give away some more!

Ride dangerously and never look back - Scotty C.

Berserker, Crusher, Die Neunzehn, Duck Flambe, Duck Flambé, Evil Eye2, Krez, Saw Blade, Storm drain wheels, Storm-drain wheels, Tall Hack, Tiller, Unicycle

October 23, 2011

Mutant 57 project COMPLETE!

By complete, I mean, I don't own ANY of the 8 bikes. So, where'd they go? Here's the breakdown... in the order they left me... pleasant travels...

Cool Hack 57 - Won in the raffle - Lives in San Diego with Eric
Colt 57 - Bought - Lives in San Diego ALSO with Eric
Ugly One Night Stand (45) - Sold to Burning Man Ranger - Lives in San Diego
57 Magnum - Gifted to Anthony (Pablo's little brother) at Burning Man,
bike now lives in LA

PeeWee 57 - Lost to Whiskey Drome @ Great Handcar Regatta
I said (holding bike over my head): If you can ride this around the drome twice, you can keep it! - They did.
Buckshot 57 - I removed the side wheel and made it a regular tall bike. Worked Great.
Gifted to Alan Conrad - he NEEDED this bike. Lives in San Diego.
Tan-Dumb 57 - Donated to an auction to raise money for Shrine.
He was in a nasty car crash, and unlike Congress, he didn't have health insurance.
Baggage Handler 57 - Also donated to the Shrine auction. He could still use your help.
This bike hauled 10 bags / 2 blocks of ice with room left over. Bye friend!

Baggage Handler 57 detail - seemed appropriate for the cause.... wishing Shrine a speedy recovery!

August 13, 2011

Last machines & RAFFLE results!

So, first I'm gonna bore you with a little story about a bike I made last night. Then I'll tell you about the raffle. Just to get one more bike in the mix, I thought the UGLY bike was close to a ride-able bike. But, I was wrong. Here it is before I did anything.
UGLY bike. The heaviest bike I've EVER felt too.
The usual check found all the bearings loose but rolling. I cut all the cables, then rebuilt the rear wheel and crank bearings. Beat the handlebars out with a mini-sledge and realized the forks weight about 20 lbs... really! Filled with lead I think! Decided to toss those in the trash and also the 5 lb right crank and steel chain rings. Left crank was aluminum... a keeper. Off to a good start.

I found some 26" forks that would fit the frame, and a 20" front wheel & fork. I decided this would be a chopper-ish bike. Pulled an old pair of taller bars from the pile and luckily old-school goose-neck fit into new-school forks. So far so good!

Used clipped cables to make this an "adjustable" one speed. Locking the front and rear deraileur in what seems like the best gear for a Burning Man environment. This also get's rid of a bunch of junk on the bikes, and you don't need to shift on the playa, I swear. 

I assembled everything I could including reworking the back brake. New pads, lube everything so the brake arms actually move. Blue taped some stuff not to paint. Here is a photo of everything together that I could do in the middle of the night. Grinding and welding would have to wait until morning. I know, looks about the same, but it is actually a quality ride now, way cooler bars and LIGHTER!

Ready for the rattle can paint shop. Just need to weld on the forks!
I made a list, that's what I do, just a couple things to do for all the bikes to be done by 3:00.
A short list to do in the morning!
Got up, drank some coffee, ground everything with the garage door closed to NOT piss of the neighbors at 8:00am. Welded the fork and had it ready for paint by 8:30. Sweet.
Done, going to paint it before I even ride it.
Yep, pretty much painted everything. Always weird painting tires.
Such a bad one-night-stand, it gave out the wrong number, 45 instead of 57.
Dual "drink" holders on bars... drink holder on the frame too. Suspension still intact.

The UGLY One-night-stand 45 bike rides like a dream. Hardly any of the normal "chopper flop" in the front end and it's set up pretty comfortable as is... This will be a fun ride for anyone who just wants a cooler bike.

BIKE TWO - wrapped up in the morning & painted!

The side-by-side tall bike didn't work out, so I made the "Buckshot 57" aka the Tippy Tiller by adding a small wheel to the side. The other tall bike ended up being the "Colt 57" aka Tombstone - probably the best tall bike I've ever made. Originally I added a golf cart wheel that failed, I had to step it up to a kids wheel. Here are the last photos I took before paint. I think this is the most dangerous bike of the pack. Hard to turn left and does unpredictable things on uneven surfaces.AND, the handle bars are just plain ugly.

All done, ready for paint.

Doesn't touch when riding, can stop and lean on it when riding.


The big winner was Eric aka "Latte" he brought me about 10 bikes so I wasn't that surprised when his name was pulled. He grabbed the Cool Hack 57 and went for the double dare by buying the "Colt 57" aka Tombstone - tall bike. Yes, all the tall bikes were named after guns. Ask me why if you really care. TLee was close in the statistics of winning with 5 bikes given, but ended up being happy just getting a flat fixed.

No one crashed or bleed or had to go get fake teeth so I'm calling it a success. If anyone is interested in BUYING any of the bikes left (six as of this writing) let me know and we can work something out. Any of the bikes left when I leave for Burning Man will be coming out... find me on the playa, who knows, maybe I'll gift you one!

BIG THANKS to everyone who gave bikes. It was a fun project and I hope more people will end up with some of these bikes for whatever bike fun they are into!

August 9, 2011

End of the Cycle - Wrapping it up..

As Stan Ridgway says: "The best laid plans, often go astray" and so it is with the LAST machine. Trying to make a "Sociable Tandem" TALL bike, I realized too late that it's just too much chopping to think they're gonna even be close to the same, let alone identical. HA! Tape on the floor has nothing on a real jig. And starting with two identical bikes may have helped, but I didn't do that either.

So, sorry to those who have to pick a bike from afar, the last bike(s) may not be done 'til the night before... but there will be a tall bike, probably one with training wheels too. And with no further delay, here's the last mishap, er, Mutant Bike Build of the 57 series!

Chopped up frame, figuring out filler.

The "guide" that was supposed to make 2 bikes pretty close. Fail.
The fancy stuff to make it work with just a longer chain.
Fancy fork welds!
Bars + 2 half bars = tall bars.

Tall bars + 2 drink holders = awesome.

Done and rides. Still no brakes..
SECOND tall bike. chopped and ready for filler...
Second frame "floating" on the bike stand - going much faster than the 1st!

This is where the magic happens.

And this is where the magic stops. The bikes were not even close, won't work for side by side steering. Damn.
These Golf Bag wheels will soon become Tall bike "training wheels" so at least you can stop and pose. 
This is my garage, right now. Can you count how many bikes trikes are in this photo? Ha!