introducing the bairdco prototype cruiser.
for awhile now, i've been having some secret dealings with an American bike company, to bring their bikes into the motorized world.
This is a company that's been around for 40+ years, but is relatively unknown. Most of their bikes are used in industrial applications, and they're the guys other companies have gone to to build their retro, reproduction, commemorative bikes.
i've owned 2 of their bikes in the past, one of them my brother has, and the other one is a "unisex" industrial bike, with a reinforced step-thru frame, and i've pedaled that thing all over for at least ten years now, but both were made in the early 70's.
the frames are indestructable, the welds are heavy duty, and their frames and forks carry a 10 year warranty against defects in workmanship, which goes with the bike, not the owner.
The frame and fork i have is one of their regular models, and it's one of the cruisers i've been pedaling around the beach this year, as i worked up a plan to motorize it. i'm in frequent contact with the company, and have been offering my input to come up with a new design for an awesome looking, safe and reliable bolt-on build.
this bike should be done in the next few weeks, using as many new, american made parts as possible, and where it's impossible, to use quality parts from reputable manufactures.
my goal is to offer a turn-key bike for under $1000. i'm hoping to offer them as complete bikes, DIY kits you can put together yourself, and as parts, too. that means if you just want a frame to replace yours or base a build around, you can get it.
as for this bike, i'm going to build a copper in-frame tank for it, but i'm working on getting an aluminum tank built for them in the future, as well as weld-on or bolt-on custom motor mounts, and many other special touches.
it's a slow process, mostly hindered by finances, but soon it should be rolling along at full speed.
stay tuned to this thread for the build-up progression...