This Sun trike had belonged to an uncle that passed away. He never rode it but had bought it to ride whenever he could no longer drive. Things didn’t work out that way though. We had it powder coated Black Sapphire and added composite wheels, an internal 3 speed with a coaster brake, new bars, grips, seat. pedals and basket. Jason repainted the head badge.
Edit: This trike has since been sold.
Gandy Dancer rail-trail. St Croix Falls, Wisconsin. August 2004. The maintained portion of the Gandy Dancer runs between St Croix Falls and Danbury. We stayed in Osceola a few miles south of St Croix Falls at the River Valley Inn & Suites (there is lodging in St Croix Falls and also in nearby Taylor Falls, Mn).
We started our ride in St Croix Falls at the trail head by the KFC on I-35 (you can also start at the visitors center). My parents accompanied us on this trip and shuttled our truck to Danbury.
This was a 50 mile ride with a nice smooth crushed limestone surface and no more than 10 miles between towns which I believe all had food and shopping. It rained off and on the whole ride.
Our intent was to ride the full 100 miles of the trail over 2 days but the latter half of the trail isn’t maintained and was muddy from the rain so we skipped it.
Paul Bunyan Trail – Brainerd/Baxter, Minnesota. August 2004. We hadn’t planned on riding this trail on this trip but our ride on the Gandy Dancer was cut short and we were reminded of this trail in a book at a giftshop. The first 50 miles of the Paul Bunyan trail runs from Brainerd/Baxter to Hackensack. We stayed at the Super 8 in Baxter. We caught the trail on Excelsior street just a mile or so from the hotel. My parents shuttled the truck to Hackensac. This was a 50 mile ride on paved surface. No more than 10 miles between towns with food and shopping. After the ride we were told there is another 50 miles that is mostly paved. The book had said it was not maintained. It was unusually cold for August. At the start of the ride the temp was in the lower 40s.
Newer Schwinn frame.
I modified by cutting the two cantilever tubes from the seat tube and from the down tube. Then using a ratcheting tie down strap looped around the rear drop-outs and the head tube, I cinched it which pulled the seat tube and the front half of the bike back (do this with crank in place or bottom bracket might collapse). A friend welded it back together. This lowered the bike and put the seat back farther. Since the bike was lower I had to use a crank with shorter arms. I cut off the cantilever tubes which were now extending past the down tube. I added flame tires, flame seat, flame sprocket, layback seat post & new bars and stem. I originally used a Schwinn type springer fork and later suspension forks off an old Huffy mtn bike. Painted the chainguard to match the seat and grips. The rear wheel I laced around a Bendix 2 speed kickback hub.
I eventually gave this bike to a friend.
1965 Schwinn Sting-Ray in violet. This bike was $49.95 new.
Picked this up at a garage sale. The seat sissybar and tires are not original.
Chopped and lowered Schwinn. This bike was given to a neighborhood kid.
Santa Fe Rail Trail – Santa Fe, New Mexico. June 2004. This is not a rail-to-trail but a trail that runs along side a railroad on the route of the Santa Fe Trail. This trail has a lot of ups and downs and short steep climbs. We caught this trail where it goes from pavement to dirt at the intersection of Zia Rd & St Francis in Santa Fe. This is a trailhead with parking. From what we had read this trail was supposed to take us to the town of Lamy but as far as we could tell it dead ends into highway 285 (a couple miles shy of Lamy according to the mile markers). The dirt portion of this trail is about 13 miles long. We rode out & back for a total of about 27.5 miles and a little over 4 hours. There are a lot of off shoots on this trail and on most of the ride there is trail on both sides of the tracks.
Sometime in 2004 after riding my tall bike my bike building buddy/neighbor kid wanted his own. It had to be taller of course. We built this one together for him that year. Another one he put a ton of miles on.
More photos here.
Our neighbor and friend Jason’s bikes, drawings and painting. We built the chopper and tall bike together.
The frame is a 40s or 50s? Firestone Cruiser which we had powder coated. I then added components from various other bikes and sources. Some of which are a seat from Electra bicycle Co, springer fork, Nirve Pinwheel slicks with matching handlebar grips, bow pedals, chainring by Profile Racing and a nickel plated chain. the chain guard is from a later model Firestone.
Repainted original head badge. Flower seat by Electra Bicycle Co.
Flower tread on tires. Sidewalls read “Chicks Rule”.
Edit: This bike has been broken and parted out since being stunt ridden by 2 grown men.