- Apr 30, 2015
Hello, I've been watching this event from a distance for a few years now but I thought I'd toss my hat in the ring for the 10th running of the build off. I'm mostly a collector of antique bikes but I can't really afford the great bikes and I find myself dissatisfied with the offerings anyway. No matter how cool the bike is I find that there's always elements that I like an don't like or wish I could change about all the bikes that were built in the balloon tire hay day. So rather than wish I could find the coolest bike ever made, I figured I should just build it myself. Two of my favorite bikes are the 35-37 bluebird and the Huffman streamline frames from the same time period. I'm also a big fan of the sculptural construction of the prewar Murray built bikes and the 36 Colson Commander is inspiring as well. I did a full size drawing this weekend that blends my favorite elements of these bikes. Its a pretty daunting undertaking given my limited resources for tools but I think with enough determination I can pull it off. I have aspirations of building custom everything (tank, springer, rack, chain guard and yes even a horizontal spring seat) but I work full time and this event is over in a few months so if I can get the frame done and fitted with off the shelf parts I'll be happy. Here's a picture of my frame drawing and some tubing that I've managed to bend up with the tubing bender and a tubing roller I have access to. I've wanted to build something like this for years now so I hope this year I can make it happen.