Girly Man Muscle [Muscle Bike Build-off]

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Aug 23, 2013
Hi this is the start of my build history for the Build challenge...

I'll post beginning point pics soon...

[Muscle Bike Build-off]
Re: Girly Man Muscle

CRASH said:
I'd put [Muscle Bike Build-off] in brackets so we can track all the build threads.
Absolutely, need that in brackets in your title so everyone can keep track of who is entered and what they are up to!
Welcome to the build-off, looking forward to seeing your build! :wink:


EDIT!Never-mind, RatRod set up a thread group for the build-off so it is no longer necessary! :wink:

Aug 23, 2013
Hi - I was able to finish up my build over one weekend sorry - I didn't have to do the cutting/welding that many are doing, and I'm jealous, but that's how the parts stacked up I guess

1. This is starting point - a huffy beach cruiser that did already have some slight mods w/ the handlebar/grips/koozie cup holder add, but stock other than that...

2. Here are the new parts going on - new blue steel rims, apehangers (was originally going to put on 25" rise but settled on dynos later for ease of ride for little lady), springer fork, banana seat, suspension sissy bar

3. Old wheels now off, and put on cruiser handlebars temporarily just so frame can stand up...

4. 5. 6. Showing state of frame and paint - some dents/chips on chainguard - I was able to get the most of dent out with some tappety tap...

7. Originally I wanted to incorporate blue paint and go thematic on the rims blue, but it just wasn't quite right so I ended up repainting later...

8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Installed a new springer front fork.. I had to grind out the lock washer to remove the little tab on it, because the springer didn't have the same groove channel in the stem.

15. 16. 17. 18. 19. Here is where this build gets innovative. Feel free to use this method to improve your banana seats comfort. In detail I document how to use the high density foam from the foam kids / gym mat to create a super padded 'nanner. Wifey rode 2 hours on it w/ few complaints (I say few because she is Colombian and it's in her blood to be a fussy pants ;)

20. suspension sissy bar is used and had some rust on it - took the rust off with foil and then clear coated it to protect... removal of old seat and installation of banana seat and sissy bar...

25. assembled, but with a different sissy bar, because at first I couldn't get the suspension sissy bar to work right (curve in frame making it hard to bolt on to the rear axle but got it right later)

26. 27. 28. 29. Decided on silver paint for some reason, and used a gradient fade technique to fade it back into the OEM purple/magenta paint. Close-ups of the springer fork as well....

30. 31. After stepping back for a couple hours and re-assessing, was able to get the suspension sissy to seat correctly, and here is the finished bike. Ended up using Dyno style apehangers instead of the 25" rise monsters, because it's a daily rider for previously mentioned wifey or some other lucky lady in S. FL, and I wanted it to be a little more easy to ride for them. Rather than cutting the extra thread on the stem, I wrapped it heavily with blue electrical tape that matches the rims...

So the end result is a Muscle Bike with Girly Power. Strong enough for a man, but made for a women... :) It was fun documenting the process, and I hope everyone will take note on how to upgrade the padding on the banana seat....
May 23, 2009
Augusta, KS
Sweet! That sissy bar is killer. Where'd you find that? I've never seen a suspension one like that.
I think you should add your foil rust removing technique and banana seat padding mod to the How To section. That's good stuff.
ifitsfreeitsforme said:
I think you should add your foil rust removing technique and banana seat padding mod to the How To section. That's good stuff.
X2! Nice work on that fat banana! Going to try something like that on mine now!

May 14, 2013
Boise, ID
like the look of it good job :D