You know you have a problem with bicycles when...



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I've had my eye on I think a similar set of ebay/amazon panniers and wondered how good they were.
Yea, I wouldn't really reccomend them for anything other than looks....I'm hoping to find a set of used ones somewhere, maybe other leather ones, or even a set of theold school paper boy panniers.


Funny enough, was just browsing the vintage CCM forum, learned that some Higgins bikes were made by CCM.
Hm, I wonder if mine was then...I've seen my frame dressed up as a CCM Galaxie.
 
Nov 24, 2019
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Oh boy, I've got a whole stash of random parts and pieces specifically for this kind of thing! You know how they say that when the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail? Well, when I'm designing or building custom bikes, everything starts to look like a piece to a bicycle.

- Chain link fence post toppers to repurpose as headlight and taillight buckets.
- Old car brightwork for bike tank trim (chrome/stainless trim strips, car horn buttons, badges and emblems, etc.)
- G-scale model train tracks for art deco trim
- 1950s/1960s bullet taillight lenses from classic cars, for custom bicycle taillights
- An old rake head to turn into a phony set of fuel lines/spark plug wires for that dummy engine idea I had (and still plan to use) for my 1950 Hawthorne, Dumpster Diamond.
- Wood scraps (acquired all for free from FB Marketplace/Craigslist) for custom tanks and other custom wood pieces. I got a whole pallet full of that...
- LED light strips designed for... I guess cars... but I would love to use them to make my own pedal-powered TRON light cycle!
- Some vintage glass plates that I thought could make some snazzy headlight lenses
- A bunch of other bits and pieces I can't remember right now.

Remind me to shoot some pictures of this stuff later! I think you guys would get a kick and more than a few ideas out of my collection of non-bicycle bicycle parts!
 
Nov 24, 2019
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As sort-of promised, here are some pictures of most of my collection of non-bicycle bicycle parts. Hopefully, seeing some of what I've got might give you folks some ideas for your bike projects!
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By the way, would anyone happen to know what these teardrop shapes are? I pulled them off a '48-'54 Chevy truck hood at a salvage yard, but I doubt they're factory.
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I remembered these 3 little glass plates I got for free at a garage "sale" earlier this year, and I'm thinking about using the green one as a cool psychedelic headlight lens for my MBBO trike Poison Apple.
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Now to tickle your imagination; how would YOU use these pieces on a bicycle build? I'd be happy to share my plans for them if you'd like, but I want to know what you'd do with them too.
 
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