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The Shadow is my second build off project and you will find the build here http://ratrodbikes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=20566 . Anything goes build off lead me on a run with a grinder in one hand and a welder in another. I had collected some curved pipe from the landfill and I thought it would make a great tall bike but it was not on my list to do this year. I had a busy year with a few bikes including five swingbikes but I managed to squeeze this off as my last build of the year.

Some parts with a plan.
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The problems I ran into were chain management. I used a bottom bracket from a French made road bike, using the smaller chain ring along with a Raleigh chain ring of the same size. This chain needed a tensioner that I made from a freewheel of a BMX bike. I cut the rear hub and ground the back flat. I then
removed the pawls and put it back together. Then making a mount out of a MTB stem, I welded on a washer with a stud so I could bolt it to the idler.

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The plan from the begining had a cargo area. I finished the floor with bamboo stair treads that I had taken from work. All parts were either left over from other projects or taken from old bikes. The only thing that I bought new were the cruiser tires and a few nuts and bolts.

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I have a video that you will find on You Tube that I promised Larry but I can remember which one so it's to both of you. http://www.youtube.com/user/GraylockVideos#p/a/u/0/swJOgBYCOWA

Yes it does ride.

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Wow...if I wasnt scared of heights......very thought out design Gray...and the paint and lower carriage area just icing on the cake. I think if you drove by me on the street I would probably break my neck turning around so fast to get another look. Excellent excellent bike.
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That is the best "FREAKIN" bike made! PERIOD!......I never thought I'd be saying this. Please, please, I WANNA try it!.....I'll understand if ya won't let me, so I've already gone done cellar and sat "scrunched" up next to my Coleman cooler. I'm pretty sure I can fit on the bottom, while you ride..........I can hold the bike while you get on and off. Sorta like the tag along mechanic of yesteryear racing. There are a lot of very cool bikes in this BO, but I love this bike....and you got my vote..............LARRY
 
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:shock: ...wow ..nice job .watch out for low wires and treelimbs :lol: at least the dogs cant bite you up ther :lol: does it have a chainguard i wouldnt want my pant leg to get cought in that chain thats along ways down :idea: nice job.....
 
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Dang GL!!!! nice build! easily my favorite tall bike :mrgreen:

you could throw a chain guard on upside-down and sit two small kids in the cargo rack (playing jacks & sippin' juice boxes) :wink:

i'm interested on knowing how to get way up there and get going before any tip overs :lol:
 
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Using my 5 year old grandson's favorite exspression, OOOH MAANNNN!
 

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