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.
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