My Collection of Things With Wheels To Be Used Outdoors

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Jun 16, 2021
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Diamondback Edgewood Hybrid. Upgraded with better brakes, an 8-speed internal geared hub (Shimano Alfine), and a TSDZ2 electric mid-drive. The electric conversion is powered with EGO Power battery packs I already had for our mower, snow blower, and string trimmer. I found a 3d print for an adapter mount and then installed the wiring and terminal ends necessary.

On the rear rack, I installed a metal plate with cushioned clamps to absorb vibrations, and then bolted on an adapter for Milwaukee Packout storage options (designed by UnbeatenPathDesigns). In the near future I'll be adding a similar setup for a front rack, to take wider things like their storage crate option.

This is my all-purpose rider; great for errands, last-mile drives from the mechanic to work if I'm dropping the car off, or for hitting the bike trail. Haven't tested out it's maximum range limits yet.


OLD model Dahon Boardwalk single-speed folding bike. Super lightweight, and in incredible shape for what was a sidewalk salvage (tag sale leftover). V Brake in front, coaster brake in back. Great range of adjustment for the seat-post, and one of the comfiest bike seats I've encountered.

I'm right at the upper limit of Dahon's recommended weight limit for any of their 20" steel folding frames, so this is purely for joy-riding. Just me and the barest essentials. I've actually been very happy bringing it to work with me, as I'm at the furthest back end of our building, and do occasionally have to go up front.


Shrinks down wonderfully.

Kickbike City G3 (not pictured, front fender and basket). Found this abandoned on the side of the highway in Queens. By the look of it, I think it had bounced out of the bed of a pickup or something. Had to do a bit of tuning up to get everything facing the right direction, but the frame and rims were still true.

The front fork and overall frame geometry are suitable for using this with my GeoOrbital electric wheel, but that nearly doubles the original 20lb weight, so the handling becomes VERY different.

In the stock configuration, it's a very pleasant and carefree cruiser bike alternative. My partner compares riding it to being more like the balance and cadence of horseback riding than cycling. However, for being advertised as a 'city' scooter, it was CLEARLY designed by Europeans, who have lovely infrastructure-supported cycle lanes. Just taking this thing around Central Park, or our neighborhood sidewalks, in Schenectady, leads to the frame bottoming out semi-regularly.

Swapping the fork and wheels for a slightly more aggressive configuration to raise the profile isn't out of the question, but the low-riding stance is meant to keep knee strain at a minimum.


Felt MP Cruiser. An absolute beauty. A former boss knew I was into bikes and had been ordered to free up garage space.

3 speed internal gear hub, coaster brake. An utter steel beast of a frame, and a beautifully streamlined design overall.

I've replaced the rear rack with one a bit more robust, as I've got plans to mount a pair of Harley Davidson touring saddlebags (hard case) there, once I've repainted them to match. Not sure if I want to match the frame color, or go with a faux-leather earthtone. Stock rack seen here.


"Circus bike" I was given by a coworker's friend who was getting rid of it. I have apparently become a repository for Weird Bikes. 20/12" wheelset. Anyone recognize the manufacturer's mark?


The Punk Penny My passion project that started last year when quarantine started.

Scrap metal, and parts taken from abandoned/discarded cruiser bikes, bmx, and old style kick scooters.

Originally just a simple black frame to support the use of the GeoOrbital, I decided I wanted to put a proper front end on this mini penny farthing frame. From there, it was all but inevitable that I'd start pursuing A Look. 29er front wheel, 12" rear. Need to elevate the handlebars so I can actually ride this with a reasonable posture.

End goal will be to motorize the rear wheel to add some POWER. Probably going to use a Golden Motors unit with an internal controller to avoid mounting it on the tube.


Drift trike - originally a Razor DXT that I acquired from a bike shop getting rid of it, and I've been implementing multiple upgrades. The front fork and hub are the Sturmey Archer / JR Drift Trikes "Game Changer", a high-speed hub meant to support freewheel engagement at ~20mph speeds. This allows for more assertive handling when already going downhill at speed, rather than just ghost-pedaling with no resistance or grip. MTB handlebars and hand grips.

Rear wheels are modified Razor DXT stock - the factory bearings have been removed. After that, the axle holes were bored wider, steel cylinders were inserted, and high-grade ceramic bearings were mounted inside the cylinders.

The rear frame has been extended and reinforced for two reasons:
Present - since the trike can't effectively be pedal-started on flat ground with the speed hub, this is a platform for one foot to get a running start with
Future - mounting space for a pair of electric skateboard motors, battery, and controller.


Huffy Green Machine. Behind the chintzy plastic paneling, the frame is steel, so it should stand up to being cut and re-welded. Need to bring it up to adult size.


Pacific Assault Scooter, referred to as a 'chariot' scooter by some. I'm going to replace the front fork with suspension and a more rugged tire with an electric hub motor, and install casters instead of the existing fixed wheels.
Going to need to get very cautiously creative with battery pack placement, to keep the weight distribution where I want it, and avoiding becoming too top-heavy.


Mountain boards, in electric and acoustic options.


Huffy West Coast Choppers Cruiser. Completely disassembled in preparation for cutting and stretching the frame. After that, I'll repaint and reassemble. Dummy tank and chain guard have already gotten a fresh coat of paint.


Cardiff Skate S1's. They're shoes. That you can skate with.

Felt Monster Energy Cruiser frame, with chain guard and kickstand. Absolutely gorgeous, even if it's just going to be a piece of wall art for the indefinite future. Managed to get the saddle as well, which is a recolor of the one on Felt's Guapo cruiser. Ain't she a beauty?

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Well, you certainly have an interesting range of projects there, I would not know where to start! I look forward to seeing progress :)

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