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BUILD THREAD - here

Super Elliot bicycles were made in Adelaide, South Australia from the 1920s to the 1970s. This example is from 1974, near the end of that run. Elliot Bros is still trading as a multi-brand shop in the city.

But I’d been interested in acquiring a trike for some time and when this example showed up cheap on Marketplace, the day Build-off 19 opened, well, I took it as an omen and drove 45 minutes south of Brisbane to pick it up.

It was in worse condition than any of the other bikes I’ve restored, but seemed a worthy build-off challenge. So I started stripping down, soaking the heavily rusted components in metal rescue and preparing it for paint straight away.

The goal with this one was to try and use as much of the stock of bicycle parts that I have accumulated over time as possible. I had a lot of the build already sitting on my shelves.

I bought spray.bike paint, decals, a taller stem and a new crank set. Pretty much everything else on the bike now was in stock from other builds or take-offs – or repaired.

Originally, I had intended to make it a 3-wheel sport machine. Like a bike that had been converted to flat bar single speed city bike – but with three wheels. And I got some way down that path.

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But when I fitted the leather ‘trunk’ I had a change of plan and decided it would be better kept as a traditional build – but made to suit a 6’4” rider – and that’s what I have now. M bars and all.

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I’ve started using it for my regular 25km Sunday ride to the dog treats stall at the local markets and it’s great fun - and still the scariest thing I’ve ever ridden. But I’m much faster on it now than those first tentative runs.

The 3-speed gears work well with the vintage Cyclo derailleur, and it covers distance surprisingly well. And with good comfort.

It’s a nice addition to the fleet.

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A few B & As.

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I appreciate the help and encouragement from the members here – you know who you are. :)

Cheers
Dave.

LATE FINAL EXTRA.
I just dropped some 13" apes on it, to see ... and now wonder why I didn't do it before.
Rides so much nicer. Doesn't climb as well, but the trike 'push the bars' action and overall comfort is much improved.
I'm going to change the top/front page pic too.

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Just saw the vid post, nicely done! That derailleur set up is really cool, first time I've seen that type of 3 speed cog and drivetrain.

The bike is so sleek now, it doesn't really fit the image that 'adult trike' conjures up when you hear those words!
 
Just saw the vid post, nicely done! That derailleur set up is really cool, first time I've seen that type of 3 speed cog and drivetrain.

No, you just have not noticed ;) My image to the left is my 3 speed hub from one of my Romets.
 
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