The bike I had recently been playing around with is now Nova’s. A late model Huffy frame and fork with new paint, heavy duty coaster brake alloy wheel set with Duro “Rocky Wolf” tires, a Brooks B72 and some old BMX bars I had. The sprocket I used is one of my favorites and ironically is off an old Huffy muscle bike.
I hadn’t really planned to build another tall bike but I had what was left of my Woody Night bike that I wanted to play around with. I also had the front half of a Schwinn cantilever frame. A tall bike seemed like the logical thing to build.
A 18 mile shakedown ride yesterday reminded me how enjoyable riding a tall bike is. The downside (for me) is the attention they get. On yesterday’s ride I had drivers taking photos (one even followed me around to get photo or video), many comments and one request to ride it.
This is actually my 3rd tall bike build. In addition to my first tall bike I also built one with our neighbor at the time. Both builds were well over 10 years ago and I had gotten rid of my first tall bike a few years ago.
Schwinn Heavy-Duti. I bought the frame, fork and chain guard on the internet back in 2012. This bike had been through several configurations. The latest a klunker.
I found this old Roadmaster mountain bike at a dumpster. I stripped and painted it. Built it back up with parts I had, crank, sprocket, handlebars, Brooks saddle and wheelset with a 2 speed kickback.
In August I spotted 3 bikes at a rack along a trail. It appeared to me since these bikes were non-functioning and in bad shape that someone had placed them there in hopes they would be rescued. I was happy to oblige and took the Roadmaster Hurricane Ridge.
Check out the brakes…
The frame is a Western Flyer. The chainguard off of a different Western Flyer. The fork a Schwinn. Fenders and rear rack off of I don’t know what. The rear hub a bendix automatic 2 speed “kickback”. Rusty handlebars and the gooseneck has a $5 sticker on it.
This bike gets reconfigured frequently.