An introduction...it's never "done", is it?
Hello all! My "real" name is Jim Hough. I am from Valparaiso, IN and have been building my bike since last August. I am building a circa 1913 inspired motorized bike using a cruiser frame, Grubee Skyhawk II kit and Honda GXH50 engine. The bike is currrently in a state of disassembly, but is almost ready for paint. Some the details I have done to make it my own are the following:
- fabricated fiberglass cover for tank to mimic the angular tank on an early Excelsior board track bike.
- fabricated a front (simulated) leaf spring to mimic an Indian front leaf. I say it is simulated because while it is certainy real steel, the leaf spring itself is non-functional and the front fork spring action is provided by a standard "beehive" spring (though it is tightened down far enough that there is little travel).
- I have fabricated a seat mount so that the front horn of the seat is just over the tube and the back of the seat is supported by struts to the wheel stays.
- I am using a shorter crank, standard width, but much shorter arms- to provide leg room because the seat is low (I am 6'3")- however, I am using a smaller front sprocket to regain the mechanical advantage lost- I only pedal to start from a stop on this bike.
- I am using Husky 11ga spoked 26 x 2.125 wheels and all white tires.
- I have used an old railroad lantern to fabricate a headlight that also houses a speedometer- the speedometer face is custom.
- I fabricated handlebars from pipe that go straight acroos and turn down rather that down and back like regular handlebars upside down.
Attached is a picture, but the picture was before the tank cover, crank, wheels and tires, leaf spring and new handlebars. Also, the seat is now lower and the struts on it have been simplified.
Hopefully I will have new pics in corporating the changes above (still without paint) some time this week.
I'm glad to be here and look forward to learning more.
Last edited by HoughMade; 04-15-2008 at 11:25 AM.