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Late entry but here we go! I have been inspired to build a very unusual style of custom bike. I usually only build rusty rat bikes, but I think I have a great idea for a custom build. I will be using an Orange Krate frame with a modified Schwinn-style springer. Plus many other vintage parts. There are many ideas for this bike stemming from many different cultures and genres. And I will be using one of my favorite color combinations: Orange and cream. Stay tuned!
 
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Love it! How about....

"Dreamcycle" .....play off this:
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Just your basic Orange Krate frame but it still shines brightly! I went over to a buddies house (which is literally a vintage bicycle junkyard) looking for some Schwinn springer parts to modify. He also had 2 frames sitting there..........an Apple and an Orange Krate frame........so cheap that I couldn't refuse. The Krate bikes were a classic and innovative design that came with dragster-looking parts.........BUT DIDN'T REALLY LOOK LIKE DRAGSTERS . So, I thought........let's make one actually look like a dragster (or a drag bike). I didn't originally intend on this build being a Krate, but then I had another idea. One of my favorite color combinations is bright orange with cream/white trim and accents. So,
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I will try to make a very simple build using many vintage Schwinn parts and a few non-Schwinn parts where necessary. There will be some fabrication involved but nothing major. I have already thought about this project for a few weeks, so this should be a quick and easy build. I believe that I have all of the parts needed to do a mock-up in the next few days. Against my better judgement, I will be REMOVING RUST from some of the parts for this build. There will be so much shiny that I will have to wear sunglasses during this whole build!
 
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Here are the wheels and tires for the build. Original 50's cream Schwinn S-2 rims front and rear. An old Uniroyal Fastrak slick rear tire. And an old, fat front tire with a narrow saw-tooth tread. Mounted them a few days ago to make sure that they would hold air.
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Tall and wide ape hanger bars are mostly mandatory on all of my builds. How am I going to make a low drag bike with tall handlebars??? Some of you already know. Stay tuned!
 
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The hardest part of this build will be to make the springer look and function while taking it to its extreme edge of functional design. So far, all I have is a pile of junk springer parts. I hope this is possible. This will make or break this build.
 
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Took a few hours of tweaking but the springer parts are all dysfunctionally assembled and somehow dialed-in. Here's a sneak peek at the rolling assembly. Obviously, it rolls up-side-down too! Everything tucked in between the tires! Just like an old 70's digger drag bike. So far, so good!
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Took a few hours of tweaking but the springer parts are dysfunctionally assembled and somehow dialed-in. Here's a sneak peek at the rolling assembly. Obviously, it rolls up-side-down too! Everything tucked in between the tires! Just like an old 70's digger drag bike. So far, so good!View attachment 97148


I've been running a build like this through my mind since it came up in the other thread
 
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I've been running a build like this through my mind since it came up in the other thread
Me too! You cannot imagine how many versions I have come up with in my head. I kept looking through all my 20" frames. But when I saw this frame at my friends house, I knew it was perfect for this build. All things considered..........this bike is basically going to be just a Sting Ray with a dropped seat and a highly modified Schwinn-style springer fork. But with only those few dramatic changes, and an eye catching color combo, I believe that it will make for a very cool custom. Simple but effective.
 
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Here is a quick mock-up to take some measurements:
Max Heigths:
Tires: 20"
Seat: 19.5" (flat area)
Ducktail sissy bar: 26"
headlight: 21"
Grips: 22"

Notice in the first picture how much clearance there is for that big front tire from the spring bolt...........less than 1/16"! When I shorten the sissy bar, I am going to set the seat at about 1/16" off of the rear tire also. Does it look like a dragster yet???
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Totally dig it! I will need to figure out how to make a fork low like that one to my lowrider project :D
 
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