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  1. #1
    Master of the Face Plant
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    Feb 2004

    A new very old bike for the wife

    A long time ago I decided to build a clunker based on a bike I saw built by one of the pioneers of Mountain Biking Alan Bonds. I took an old 1936 Mercury frame and built it with semi-modern parts. I have been riding it now for about 5 years. I lowered the seat on it and let my wife ride and she just kept raving about how comfortable it was and how easy it is to ride so when I saw another frame similar to it I had to buy it. Here is a photo of how it started with the first bike in the back. This frame is a 1936 Elgin and it is almost identical.

    First I had to cold set the frame to take a 135mm hub and check the frame alignment.

    Then I trimmed the dropouts and tapped a hole so I could thread a derailler.

    Then i gathered up and polished some parts.

    Then there was the paint. Hers is the blue one, the other is for my son.

    Then I made up some custom headbadges, acid etched copper with a picture of her dog, affectionately known as Fat Dog.

    After that I just had to build the wheels, make a custom seatpost, make the truss rods etc. In the end it took 4 months, now I am just waiting on the chrome cable guides so I can ditch the zip ties. It is a heavy bike but my wife only does bike paths. The seat is up high for me for test riding.
    ^^^Best Bike Shop of MTBR 2008^^^

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    Dec 2009
    Very cool project Sweet ride & hubby!

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    Nov 2008
    That is an absolutely amazing looking bike! Your wife's a lucky gal!

  4. #4
    internet axe murderer
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    Dec 2003
    All the time you put into it really makes it a special bike, not to mention the vintage and how great it looks now. Kudos to you!


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    Jul 2007
    Wow! That looks great!

  6. #6
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    Jul 2009
    Wow! That's beautiful. Your wife and son are pretty lucky.

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  7. #7
    Serenity now!
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    Jul 2010
    I love the color! That is a very special gift. Nice work!

  8. #8
    9 lives
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    Oct 2008
    1936 frame! Wow! Great restoration work! I like the retro look
    F*ck Cancer

    Eat your veggies

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    Aug 2012
    your wife is so lucky.

  10. #10
    Mountain Starfish
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    Nov 2012
    Wow, that's really cool!

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