Built from three chopped up 90’s mountain bikes, this custom bicycle features a telescoping frame design that allows for height adjustment range of 10 inches, as well as dis-assembly for transport and easy sync chain tension adjustment.
The steering system is a budget-minded design based off of the beautiful Frances Cycles Smallhaul. Utilizing a welded sandwich of five over-sized steel washers (and a bit of ingenuity), the steering system pushes and pulls opposing cables from the handlebars to move the front wheel. The lack of direct link between the bars and fork/front wheel offers a dampened feel that is still confidently solid.
In order to link the top crankset to the rear wheel, over 330 links of chain were used.
With a Shimano Nexus-7 hub and roller brake in the rear, it almost makes a good commuter bike–almost. The bottom gear spider was made from an old Shimano RSX crank arm. For stability climbing the hills of Pittsburgh, the rear triangle was extended 5 in. while kicking the frame back for additional few degrees of rake in the front.
This bikes maiden ride was on the Bike MS: Escape to the Lake ride; a 150 mile ride through the hills of Western Pennsylvania, through North-East Ohio to Lake Erie to help raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
(Riding this bike clipless is scary.)