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  1. excubitor

    Comment by 'excubitor' in media 'Saddle-spring.JPG'

    It took the standard part of the spring or one of those two pieced bikes I had laying around. It came out of necessity because otherwise the bike would have been hard framed. Instead of the wheels, I dampened the saddle...
  2. SIDE-CARGO

    SIDE-CARGO

    I had an old bike and an old cart.... Easy practical project.
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    SIDECARGO1.JPG

    the MTBike on a stand and the cart besides it. Notice how the cart had a central wheel, while the alignment of the wheel needed to be in line with the back wheel of the bike... I of course discovered it during the building process...
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    SIDECARGO2.JPG

    quick tack weld to keep everything in position.
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    SIDECARGO3.JPG

    back wheel repositioning, aligned with the backwheel of the bike.
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    SIDECARGO4.JPG

    fast method: cut a square pipe piece and weld it on the cart.
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    SIDECARGO5.JPG

    the wheel bolt is still accessible, in order to be able to dismount and change the tire.
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    SIDECARGO6.JPG

    a reinforcement for the sidecar wheel was needed.
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    SIDECARGO7.JPG

    Voilà! A freshly painted bike always looks better! Notice: from the steering column not one but two curved pipes are welded to the cart frame. Same goes for the back: the bike frame is welded with 2 curved pipes to the cart frame.
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    SIDECARGO8.JPG

    Load test: I could load a person of about 85kg with no problems. Particularly if the weight sits mainly on the line of the two back wheels!
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    SIDECARGO9.JPG

    After installing the painted wooden panels... ready to load materials in the plant nursery!
  12. Dark Emerald & Honey Leather Chopper

    Dark Emerald & Honey Leather Chopper

    A chopper I built off a simple MTB. Lots of custom made parts, with the standard ones left in place where they made sense. In particular the fork was (back then) a tricky part to build from scratch. Swiss Army leather bags and a matching saddle complete this 3.2m chopper.
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    Early-mockup.JPG

    The saddle solution was later changed.
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    Saddle-spring.JPG

    The saddle is dampened by a standard system, but with a Piaggio Ciao saddle's spring.
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    front_early.JPG

    First ideas on how to fix the steering to the fork. The upper frame tube was lodged on a piece of the existing to keep the alignment.
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    gears-setup.JPG

    a solution I came up with to deal with the gears. Being a quite heavy bike, I definitely wanted gears to move it easily. Gear levers are from a racing bike. The pins that hold the "tie rods" are screwed in a threaded hole in the upper tube frame.
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    saddle_break.JPG

    early solutions for brake and saddle spring. I later mounted a U brake and at some point I might switch to a disc brake to avoid braking my neck (I don't have any brake on the front fork!)
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    alignment.JPG

    This was a difficult thing: the alignment of the back section and the new fork, separated by the new, extended frame pipes. I used 2 long T-profiles to align the frame to the back wheel, hoping it would be precise enough. It luckily was.
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    bag-holder.JPG

    I always wanted to put bags on. Stylish leather bags. Therefore I needed something to fill the frame and to hold them up. An aluminium plate cut to shape and some pins welded on the frame made it.
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    DE&HLC_1.JPG

    Finished! Rides good but you might need some strength to steer, particularly at low speed.
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