The mu-43 mash-up of bikes, bags, graffiti.

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by thinkcooper, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. thinkcooper

    thinkcooper Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 29, 2011
    I like my pedal powered photo rig. Here are beauty shots taken at Bill's Wheels, a local skate shop here in Santa Cruz. The rig? a pleasingly customized Phat 29er cruiser, running on drum hubs that I laced to big alloy hoops, with French cafe bars and reverse brake levers, a plush hair spring saddle and rosewood front porteur and rear racks. Oh, and a little brass bell that goes ding ding. Tasty. :cool:

    The camera? EP3 and the Pany 20 with off body FL-36R flash through a diffuser to add a little kick.

    The bag? My custom Totally Tubular bag made from my old recycled cyclocross rubber.







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  2. ZephyrZ33

    ZephyrZ33 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 18, 2010
    Southern California
    Nice rimz!
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  3. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Great looking build and it seems extremely functional - the perfect urban assault vehicle!
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  4. Stephen Geis

    Stephen Geis Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 13, 2010
    Charlotte, NC
    VERY nice ...

    Thanks for sharing!
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  5. OdzBodkinz

    OdzBodkinz Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 11, 2011
    That's a sweet bike. Nice photos too! ;)
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  6. nueces snapper

    nueces snapper Mu-43 All-Pro

    Tubular Dude!

    Santa Cruz to the max! :smile::thumb up:

    The freaking kickstand even works either way! Too much! :biggrin:
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  7. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin .

    Oct 9, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Real Name:
    Cool looking bike, tho I guess it is not designed for climbing up hills. Definitely urban assault vehicle only. Is that some kind of drum brake on the front hub? The graffiti wall looks awesome, too.
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  8. Bokeaji

    Bokeaji Gonzo's Dad O.*

    Aug 6, 2011
    Austin, TX
    did anyone else think this was gonna be a KVG post at first? ;) hehe

    MMmm nice leather seat! i still need to get one of those
    after i get my bamboo bike that i want mebbe!
  9. thinkcooper

    thinkcooper Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 29, 2011
    It's absolutely a flatlander tank. Single speed, 2:1 with a 44 tooth up front, and a 22 tooth BMX cog in the rear. BMX crankset as well. Heavy duty, great for pub crawls, bar hopping and beach treks though. That said, I've tortured many a road bike rider on hills; not much more deflating than struggling on a steep wall only to hear a ding ding and watch me muscle past you on the left on this puppy. :biggrin:

    edit for the drum brake info: When I scored the bike it was a coaster brake rear only, no front brakes, which makes it kinda sketchy for riding around with loads. So I scoured the interwebs for a rare rear threaded drum hub to match the front drum brake hub in the picture above. The threaded rear hub can use any BMX freewheel, for gearing practicality. I hand built the wheels with stainless straight gauge spokes and brass nips. It looks sweet when polished.

    The graffiti wall is constantly updated by new artists - it's a great canvas provided by the skate shop owner.

    Here's another bike in my collection that doesn't climb very well. This one is actually for sale - not doing as many Time Trials these days. Now it's mostly long endurance road rides and dirt trail work. But this TT bike is a lot faster on the flats.


    On the other hand, this one is made for climbing, and descending, and snaking through redwoods.


    It's also good for opening beers after the ride as my buddy Hollywood discovers:
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  10. thinkcooper

    thinkcooper Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 29, 2011
    n00bie alert here... what's a KVG post?

    You gonna build your own bamboo frame or get one from one of the custom boys?
  11. thinkcooper

    thinkcooper Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 29, 2011
    Good eyes. Greenfield split leg kickstand. It folds up to the left side when not in use, then swings down and splits for better support with loads. Typical for a delivery bike.
  12. marcinski

    marcinski New to Mu-43

    Feb 15, 2012
    The cruiser doesn't do it for me but this is seriously droolworthy. Please tell us more (with pictures so we stay relevant to the forum spirit), I've never seen
    FS bike so pretty.
    Thanks for sharing,
  13. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Alright - bike porn!!!

    Nice townie! I have a Riv Belriot built up for town use - used to have a similar front rack, but I didn't use it enough to justify the weight and the geo didn't work with that much weight in front, so now just a Wald wire basket in front. Pretty in a more traditional sense with lugs and an offset head-tube, but yours has a really nice mix of old and new to it. Mine has gears too, but for where I ride it, a single woulda worked. Classic saddle. Great racks, leather tape on the handles. I assume the geometry is set for a lot of weight up front. I had one of those double legged kick stands on a touring bike once - not sure which scrap heap it ended up in. Your first photo threw me - I was wondering how the front rack was supported - looks like you must have brushed out the struts...

    That FS looks nice too - I stopped mountain biking years ago but I know FS bikes have gotten pretty good. I had an early one and it wasn't great, so I mostly stuck to hard-tails and then rode nothing but a cyclocross bike on the single track for a couple of years before i just got sick of taking the beating - trying to kill myself I think, but it was fun in a warped sort of way. Never tried a TT bike - never did any road racing of any sort (did a few mtb races in the mid-90s). That TT bike makes me hurt just looking at it. I ride a custom Spectrum roadie with more laid back geometry - used to do tons of long, medium paced road rides, a few centuries per year, the usual. Now I barely ride (I doubt I did 1000 miles last year - up until a few years ago I was doing 5-6 pretty much every year), but I'm keeping my bikes because I loved it too much to think I won't get back into it at some point. Even at a reduced level, but hopefully with enough fitness for it to still be fun. I kind of lost that last year - it sucked.

    Enjoy your bikes. That townie is a sweet ride. Who makes that saddle, btw? I thought it was an old Brooks, but I see the "Phat" logo on the side - are they making their own leather saddles now?