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Whether you are just curious about how to add your own components to your bike, or if you are a pro-builder, this group is for people that can't help but tinker, tweak and upgrade their bicycles! Share photos, tips, and techniques here!

Location: Chicago, IL
Members: 81
Latest Activity: Apr 17, 2016

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Bike Builds 25 Replies

Post your Bike Builds HereYou can link to existing posts if you have put a build somewhere.If not, please post pics and describe the build.Continue

Started by Lee Diamond. Last reply by Clark Lasswell Sep 12, 2012.

Bike Building Mondays 15 Replies

These will now be posted in the calendar but are usually the first and third monday of the month from 9:30 until Midnightish.  This is a social bike building worshop.  We build bikes.  We argue about…Continue

Tags: drunken, social, builds

Started by Lee Diamond. Last reply by Far'arned Retrogrumpalunkus #63 Mar 26, 2011.

Does anyone need shop space to build or storefront space to sell? 1 Reply

I am looking for other builders to work out of our shop, we have some limited tools steel chop saw, grinder, pipe bender, no jigs. I am borrowing Todd A.'s mig welder. and am slowly collecting more…Continue

Started by Josh Catrambone. Last reply by Jeff Markus Mar 13, 2011.

Ask a question 22 Replies

This is the ideal place to ask a question when you get stuck, opinions on gear, techniques, and how to's.

Started by Lee Diamond. Last reply by Barry Mar 23, 2010.

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Comment by Joe Willis on April 8, 2012 at 12:23pm
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Comment by Jeff Markus on March 13, 2011 at 10:26pm

So I feel like a piker, just sorta a rebuild not a real build (a Sears build). Took a Schwinn Prelude frame my brother had aquired from a MO shop many years ago and he had fixed a bad braze at the seat tube but it was still a 27" with friction (ball detent actually) shifters.

I pulled the old stuff swapped in Shimano (hey I can hear yer hissing from here) RST brake lever shifters and some old brake calipers I had laying around. Bought some newly laced 700C rims on the RST hubs and made it all work.

I left the heat bubbled paint and worn suede seat with an old rear rack as urban camoflage. Since the frame was actually a tad small for my 6foot frame I stretched the riders compartment with a MTB stem with some rise and length to make it fit me for street riding when I want to go as fast as my fat ass can go (OK, OK, OK so that's not all that fast but I can drop buses in medium traffic across the north side). The ugliest pink/purple original paint and burnt paint on that steel frame sorta keeps mine from being the target if I do lock it somewhere (not common but with only a couple hundred invested in the whole bike, I think the wheels were the biggest ticket item, and next time I'll just relace 'em myself). The rest of my 'stable' is stuff I bought new when I was better off so it's nice to have urban grade transport at times.


The Chicagoan (it's the handle I use on a couple of international sites I frequent so it sticks)

Comment by Lee Diamond on March 9, 2010 at 7:59am
Yep. Not showing. For sure. Definitely. Not there.

How's DC?
Comment by Bikefreeek on March 5, 2010 at 9:42am
Not sure why the links aren't showing?
Comment by Bikefreeek on March 5, 2010 at 9:41am
Here's a couple more that I've done recently

The Handsome Hybrid conversion

Super Burrito!

And here's another try at some of the ones that had bad links before...

Hortence, Mia's Schwinn 3speed conversion

The yellow canti'd cargo bike
Comment by Tank-Ridin' Ryan on January 30, 2010 at 8:13pm
Alex, I love the Stupid Trick Cycle and the 12" wheel tandem. Well done sir!
Comment by Primitive Don on January 30, 2010 at 2:10pm
Very cool Alex! Great utilitarian features with the fenders and racks.
Comment by Bikefreeek on January 30, 2010 at 1:28pm
Here's some of the bikes that I've built in the last few years. These are all bikes that I built with a personal interest over strictly for sale.

My everyday Work Horse

My SS/Fixie Conversion, the Hipster Bandwagon

Yellow Canti'd Cargo Bike, 20" wheels

The Junkumbent

Schwinn Hipster Whip

Light Work Horse on rare Nabash 26" wheel frame w/ 3 speed internal 7 speed external cassette hub

My Gunnar CrossHairs "Stripey" covered in red/white reflective tape

The Junkwagon converted cargo bike

Tiny 12" wheel tandem

The Hipster Horse/Ghetto Pony - 26" wheel fixed gear conversion. The cog is bolted onto the disc brake mount instead of thread on w/ lockring

Nishiki "road style" Mixte made for 26" wheels

The Stupid Trick Cycle, a neighborhood favorite!

The HipStar - IRO SS/Fixed

Lauren's StumpJumper Mountain Tour Bike

Rust Bike w/ oven racks

Junior - 24" wheel fixed conversion

RC Nishiki - Richard Cunningham deigned Nishiki Mountain Bike built as a light tourer

Mia's Schwinn "Hortence" with wine box on back

Francis - a Mt. Fuji w/ new canti bosses to fit 26"x1 3/8" (ISO 590) wheels

Prudence - 3 speed basket bike

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