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It's finished! My Frankenbike SS(9 posts)

It's finished! My Frankenbike SSMel Erickson
Mar 14, 2003 3:29 PM
Some of you may recall my post awhile back with pictures of the powder coated frame that looked like hammered bronze. Well, here's the completed bike. I "borrowed" parts from three bikes and added a fair number of new ones. I think it turned out pretty good. What do you think?

A view of the complete bike.


A front end view. Sorry, a touch blurry.


A view of the rear.


Ain't that chainline purty? Again, sorry for the focus.
Dang!gs6769
Mar 14, 2003 4:13 PM
Cool lugs, and a box crown fork! And that crazy finish. Looks like a fun ride! Clearly you are a tall tall man.
If you want to spy meMel Erickson
Mar 14, 2003 5:25 PM
Just click on the "What's New" section. A couple of buddies and I are on the masthead (little black and white picture in upper left). That was many moons ago and I don't look much like that anymore but I'm still as tall (I'm holding the tall cool one).
That texture! There's only one seat for that bike!Humma Hah
Mar 14, 2003 4:42 PM
http://sheldonbrown.com/real-man.html
LOL!Mel Erickson
Mar 14, 2003 5:21 PM
Perfect! Think I'll ask for one for St. Pattys day.
Hey Mel, a question.Dave Hickey
Mar 15, 2003 5:05 AM
What rear hub are you using? I noticed there is plenty of room between the freewheel and the spokes. One of my single speeds is using a small flange DA track hub and the freewheel rubs the spokes. If I put a spacer on, there isn't enough thread for the freewheel.
Hey Mel, a question.Mel Erickson
Mar 15, 2003 8:26 AM
The hubs are an old set of Miche Competition. They came off of an '86 Cannondale with Matrix ISO C rims. If you look close you can see a black cover on the hub body. This covers a small hole for the injection of grease/oil for lubrication. To get a good chainline with the BMX freewheel I actually flipped the rear axle around (normal drive side on the left now) and redished the wheel. Also took some switching around of some washers/spacers. This, and a shorter BB axle gave me a very nice chainline and a smaller Q factor. Worked out rather nicely.
Love them Panasonics!!Alexx
Mar 15, 2003 2:31 PM
My "frankenbike" fixed gear is an old Panasonic touring bike with Tange 1000 tubing and a hybrid fork with cantilevers. I put bullhorn bars on it, with bar-end lever, and a rear fender. I run 32 tires, just to be contrary. The bike is seriously front-heavy, but what the heck?
Shweet Mel!look271
Mar 15, 2003 6:28 PM
Love that "industrial ball-peen hammer look"! I just finished my Frenchen-bike Frenchie fixie today. Don't have a digital camera so we'll have to wait for the pics. Virgin ride tomorrow.