CCM CHALLENGER

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I forgot all about the MMBO. Life has been busy for everyone, but this is always a welcome distraction. I was reminded by CRASH that one should always have multiple builds on the go. So, last night I started laying out parts and pieces to see what I could build. I actually just finished one of my favourite muscle bike builds to date. You might have already seen my custom 26/20 Vista Grasshopper.

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I laid out two frames last night and it got the wheels turning. Tonight I took another bike down from the rafters, a pretty ratty 'franken' CCM Charger that I pieced together with spare parts. My idea with this one is a custom built CCM CHALLENGER, a model that CCM never built but should have. I'm thinking purple candy powder, with some special touches. The original charger is a 24/20 muscle bike, but I'm upgrading this one to 24/24, for two reasons. One, I have some special tires in mind for this build, and two, the 20" fork is toast and I had the perfect donor fork from this old CCM swinger my Aunt picked up on the side of the road. Thanks Aunt April!!

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For those of you that are not familiar with CCM bikes, they are the basically to Canadians, what Schwinns are to Americans. There are quite a few different models, and CCM even partnered with an American company to sell rebadged CCMs as GTR bikes. Lots of cool history and documentation on this stuff. Anyway, the American version of the CCM Charger is called the GTR Sidewinder. Chargers were available with a 2 speed duomatic hub, a 3 speed sturmey archer hub, or a coaster. I think the CHALLENGER will be a 5 speed. Why not? I'm a big fan and collector of vintage muscle bike shifters, and I think it's the icing on the cake of a muscle bike build.
 

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Yes, another CCM build! Lots of fun memories on them, and their cousin, Supercycle.
But you keep showing me this, without telling me about it!
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Especially curious about the middle one! Is it Canadian?
The middle frame is and early ROSS tor-o-nado frame. It's pre-dates the muscle bike frames and is actually longer than the frames I've seen for other Ross tor-o-nado models. I was hoping to use this one, but my guard is still stuck in the states with all of the parts I've been buying since March. I want to get the frames to powder ASAP, so that one might be waiting for another build off.
 
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Sitting at the bottom of the threads with nothing to do until my bikes come back from paint. I thought I'd share some updates to my garage. I'm going to enjoy building my bikes in my updated space with new storage and display!! Also pulled down an old convertible supercycle banana seat bike for my daughter to try out. I bought it at a yard sale 10 years ago for $1. My nephew used it when he was little and now it's my daughters turn. She insisted I install a horn on it. Please enjoy... back soon when my frames are painted...

P.S. Will buy and trade for shifters and accessories!! :)

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Sitting at the bottom of the threads with nothing to do until my bikes come back from paint. I thought I'd share some updates to my garage. I'm going to enjoy building my bikes in my updated space with new storage and display!! Also pulled down an old convertible supercycle banana seat bike for my daughter to try out. I bought it at a yard sale 10 years ago for $1. My nephew used it when he was little and now it's my daughters turn. She insisted I install a horn on it. Please enjoy... back soon when my frames are painted...

P.S. Will buy and trade for shifters and accessories!! :)

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Amazing space!!! Museum and store front feel
 
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Diggin' the updated space and displays, J ! It would be fun to see in person sometime.
Little girl's bike looks like a hit with your daughter. That's cool.