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    My Newest Single Speed (Grocery getting content)

    Just finished welding it up last night in time to pack the rear basket with blankets, chairs, and a cooler full of smoked cheeses, meats, bread, and beer and head down to the local velodrome to watch a night of track racing . While not as nimble in the turns as my trusty Vulture, the straight line stability is amazing. Even with a front wheel that is not quite true. So far, the rear coaster brake has coped pretty well, and the front brake is mostly there to do some slight speed modulation since it is pretty ineffective. The gearing is a little low for the flats, but it is a handful on the uphills with the ape hangers and the weight of the rear basket. Once down at the track in the beer garden, we threw an empty keg in the back just to see if it would fit. Low and behold it fits just fine. A full Keg though, might throw off the balance just a little bit. I'll have to come up with some kind of keg retention system for Barbie Camp this fall. And then probably a much stronger kickstand.
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    If you take that thing to...........

    BC put some seat backs on it and give fire-side tours, ya just might make a couple of bucks. Or hauling empty beer kegs. I read your other post about your trip, I'm sooooooooo jealious. You got to go to Japan for lunch!!!!!! ;op
    Anyway, that's a cool Franken bike for sure.

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    Oh man that is sweet. Think how it would look loaded down with beer. I think my welding skills have progressed far enough to attempt a franken bike for BC this fall.
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    Puts mine to shame

    That thing will haul groceries for an army and it's ugly and unique enough that you don't need to lock it up at the store. My old PUSS grocery getter was like that but would not carry nearly as much. Nice Job!
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    Lets see how many frankenbikes we can gather for BC

    Quote Originally Posted by gpsser
    Oh man that is sweet. Think how it would look loaded down with beer. I think my welding skills have progressed far enough to attempt a franken bike for BC this fall.
    Can't wait to see what you come up with!
    I will try to paint this one up to make it prettier. I am working on a vietnemese-style cyclo pedicab and just picked up two 36hole wheel chair hubs for sidecar use. Perhaps we can have a freak bike race in the fall.
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    LOL--I can see it now:

    The Barbie Camp Semi-Annual Rider's Cup Franken Bike Race (or BCSARCFBR). It's starts at the porta-potty, then goes over the creek bridge, back over and then 3 laps around the fire then the finish line which is under the Wall-o-Porn. I can see Red-Haze going backwards on his fixxy, that one bike with the 26" front tire and 16" back tire, and what ever else anyone brings. Too funny.

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    that thing ROCKS!
    cargobay empty: tough to wheelie. cargo bay full: wheelie machine!

    DO NOT PAINT IT. at least i wouldnt paint it.

    please post a pic of the pedicab whenever you finish it.
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    I'm curious

    Why didn't you cut off the front half of the head tube from the rear frame and wrap it around the seat tube of the front frame? It seems like it would've been a tad stronger, no?

    Cool in any case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tractor
    The Barbie Camp Semi-Annual Rider's Cup Franken Bike Race (or BCSARCFBR). It's starts at the porta-potty, then goes over the creek bridge, back over and then 3 laps around the fire then the finish line which is under the Wall-o-Porn. I can see Red-Haze going backwards on his fixxy, that one bike with the 26" front tire and 16" back tire, and what ever else anyone brings. Too funny.

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    Add a compulsory beer-per-lap and I think it'll be perfect

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    The best part of the evening...

    Highlight of the evening was when Kenny "Cash Register" Williams, local Cat 1 track badass, took the bike for a spin around the velodrome. The paraphrased verdict was "Hey, it rides pretty good - for a piece of $#*%" Ah, good times.

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    The next one might have more engineering in it

    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    Why didn't you cut off the front half of the head tube from the rear frame and wrap it around the seat tube of the front frame? It seems like it would've been a tad stronger, no?

    Cool in any case.
    Now that you mention it, that would have been the way to go. The next bike I'll try that. As it is now, I sectioned about 90 degrees out of the head tube of the rear bike and welded two long vertical beads. It seeemed the easiest way at the time to weld it and keep it all in alignment (with my home made jig made out of plywood and 1x2s to keep the BBs in line). I am thinking now about making the boom tube on the bottom considerably bigger to deal with increased loads of people and beer. It is only 1/2" square tubing. I think I have a piece of 1"Sq laying around somewhere to beef that up some. Or I might just call this Mk. I and work on scavenging a few more frames and building up another one.
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    I can see your line-up in Walmart.......

    "The 16" Beer/Grocery getter, MKIII" (the disk brake version). Complete with a fork put on backwards, Clown horn and the bar-end tassles.

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    Well, speaking of upgrades...

    I laced up a sturmey archer 3 speed hub to a 20" wheel last night to put on this thing to let me climb hills. Tiniest spokes I have ever used at 183mm. Now I do not know if I'll put it on this one or keep it for Mk.II.
    At least on this one I will be putting a better front wheel on it to increase the braking efficiency. I probably have a nice purple one scavenged off a girl's bike to use to further the multi-color motif.
    And I just finished weaving the sides of the back basket in jute so I do not have to worry about things falling out anymore. I wanted to make it wicker, but the local craft store had no raw wicker weaving materials. I guess I will have to make another one now, disc brakes, wicker back basket, improved welding, perhaps a tap and CO2 tank permanently mounted?
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    Must not

    Must not fall to peer pressure, MUST NOT!

    ok, now i really have to rebuild the fixie AND make a franken bike...hmmmmm


    wish me luck, job interview tomorrow
    bob

    Quote Originally Posted by The Tractor
    The Barbie Camp Semi-Annual Rider's Cup Franken Bike Race (or BCSARCFBR). It's starts at the porta-potty, then goes over the creek bridge, back over and then 3 laps around the fire then the finish line which is under the Wall-o-Porn. I can see Red-Haze going backwards on his fixxy, that one bike with the 26" front tire and 16" back tire, and what ever else anyone brings. Too funny.

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    I'll be there in spirit(s)......

    Wish I could go this year. Bummer. Anyway, I look forward to a FULL and detailed post BC write-up from someone that goes!!!
    Next year I will finish my Franken Bike, it's in the planning stages right now (and it has Gene Spice already pulling his hair out).

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    Nice...........That thing is awesome.

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    ga-rooooveyyyy!

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    Sweeet!

    Dude, that is one awesome Frankenbike! So far I hope to make it to BC (new baby, so no guarantees) and get a test ride. Closest thing I have to a frankenbike is my KM with 3-speed internal gear hub and shaved semislick tires, but I'll bring it anyway.
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    wicked-awsome dude!!!

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