Running a steering wheel?

Discussion in 'BIKE TALK' started by ParkRNDL, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. ParkRNDL

    ParkRNDL

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    Hey, so I was looking at a post by @GuitarlCarl where he mentions "Harlequin T" and it got me thinking: is there a relatively easy way to mount up an automotive type steering wheel on a bike? Sure, I know Huffy and some others made a few that way, but an original isn't in the budget. I also know it's not real comfortable or practical, but there is an undeniable cool factor involved.

    Also, I happen to have this:
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    Yes, that says $2, and the antique store vendor had a 40% off sale going on, so I ended up paying literally pocket change for it. Based on my extensive research (and by extensive I mean less than 5 minutes on Google), this is from a late 1970s Pontiac Firebird or Trans Am. I don't know if it would be easier for me to find the right hub for it and somehow attach that to a stem/steering column, or to make my own hub plate.

    So what are your experiences with steering wheels on bikes? What do you use for a stem? Does it work better with a conventional steering wheel that doesn't have a separate hub? Any other ideas/observations/words of wisdom/predictions that I will end up in the hospital if I try this?
     
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  2. rrtbike

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    If you build it....we will watch! o_O
     
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  3. LukeTheJoker

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    Cut the clamp area off a stem and weld on a big washer that is drilled to suit the bolt holes on the wheel?
     
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