View Full Version : Calling the Germans on this forum [ in fact anyone who can help ? ]

09-03-2013, 04:50 PM
Hi all

Can anyone tell me where I can find some more details on this bike ?http:// (http://<a href=&quot;http://postimg.org/image/dcpyxt45l/full/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>http://s20.postimg.org/op2kflcul/side_view_3.jpg</a> <a href=&quot;http://postimage.org/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>imag</a>)http://s20.postimg.org/op2kflcul/side_view_3.jpg (http://postimg.org/image/dcpyxt45l/full/) imag (http://postimage.org/)

It was called the Army Stretch by Matthias Berg from Keil and appeared in the magazine Crank.

I have a friend who would like me to build him one however the pictures are small and taken at odd angles in the magazine making it difficult to see how it was constructed ?

regards Paul

09-04-2013, 01:13 AM
Drawn a complete blank on this one!
The bike in the picture appears to be of mixed heritage! The rims are modern ally, and there is a quick change front axle fitted. Peddles and cranks look newer than they should--would have expected cotter pins. The rest looks older.
Any more history on this beastie, as it does not show up in any search I have done ---but I did learn a lot more about bikes in the military!
Steve G,

09-04-2013, 02:19 AM
I would tend to agree with TickTock,
it seems to be a custom made bike using a mixture of old, & new components, and there may not be as much recorded data available about the build or the builder


09-04-2013, 04:19 AM
Hi there

Yes it is custom build using parts from 3 or 4 frames , it gets name from being a loose copy of a 1943 Harley-Davidson WLA.

There is a large number of German custom bike clubs and they create some stunning machines however it seems hard to find any web sites showing off their bikes ?

regards Paul

09-04-2013, 05:57 AM
That does confirm my initial thoughts, and explain the lack of information.
A loose copy of a loose copy would not be too hard, even though there is a bit of mystery in the front end--the rest is pretty straight forward, unless you want an exact copy!
Steve G

09-04-2013, 08:16 AM
As a possible suggestion, using say SKETCH-UP and importing the jpeg, you could scale the dimensions off of the wheels which look like 26" MTB tires?
The hardest part I see is locating a seat as pictured?
Looking at where the front forks connect to the steering head-tube, it appears to have say a spring for suspension dampening?

09-04-2013, 10:53 AM
Why are you looking for Germans though? That is an American Army paint job...

09-04-2013, 11:58 AM
the main frame is very close to Recycled Recumbents Mach 2. that could be a place to start.

09-05-2013, 07:58 AM
I swear I had seen a build on this bike while surfing the net, but searched yesterday and can't find it again. I was searching for ammo can panniers on bikes and think that's when I bumped into a hacker bike site that a guy was showing his progress. Sorry I can't remember the site.
Good Luck.

09-05-2013, 05:02 PM
Hi all

thanks for your suggestions and yes I can work from the picture and reverse engineer it , however it is always easier when you can see some ' before paint ' pictures and identify the parts and there origin ?

I noticed there are a lot of Europeans are on RatRodbikes site yet there is a very strong bike hacking culture in Holland and Germany , certainly more than in the UK , so I would have though they had their own websites covering that sort of thing ?

regards Paul

02-19-2014, 09:51 AM
Hi Paul,

quit a late answer, but I'm not that often around here (a real shame).

I know that bike. You find the story here:

Regards from Germany

Michael (mick)

02-19-2014, 10:59 AM

Thanks , very useful , now just need to finish my python trike and wooden FWD LWB :surprised: