|UGLY bike. The heaviest bike I've EVER felt too.|
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!|
|A short list to do in the morning!|
|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...|
|...one 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!