10 parts for christmas
The silly season is upon us. Christmas is always a little nutty for everyone. Some of us have put our bikes away for the winter while others are in full ride mode. Whether you are riding during the season or not we all know that if you are the present giving and receiving kind it will probably be bike related. Kustomized Bicycle Magazine put together a list of ten items that you may want to ask ol’ St. Nick for or you may want to pick up for your best ridding buddy. Whether you are out for a ride or in the shop building your next masterpiece.
Al's Rapid Transit MYSTERY MACHINED Dodge A-100 Panel Van style BMX Stem. CNC machined out of 6061 billet aluminum, 53mm reach, for use with 1 1/8" fork, 7/8" handlebar, 18.8oz. Made in USA. http://www.alsrapidtransit.blogspot.com/
Chop Shop Customz heavy duty layback seat posts. Made from solid bar stock with 7/8 or 5/8 turned down for seat clamp. Each post is custom made per order so you have the choice of any angle you would like. The posts are lightly primered black for rust prevention or can be shipped in raw finish. Custom sizes and Stainless Steel can be quoted and made per request. Price depending on qty. ordered and material cost.
Peek Cycles 3E handlebars, 14" tall at center points, 10" tall at grips, 24" wide with pullback.
Thompson Classic Bicycle Components COKE BOTTLE GRIPS: Available in Black, White, Red, Honey Brown, Army Green and Brick Red (formulated to match CST Grand Tycoon brick red tires).
These are a nice modern interpretation of a classic grip. They are a little thicker, and lot softer. Sized for adult hands. Email email@example.com
Millermatic® 212 Auto-Set™ MIG Welder: Material thickness gauge #229895, 10 ft (3 m) work cable with clamp , 7 ft (2.1 m) power cord and plug, 15 ft (4.6 m), 250 amp M-25 MIG gun for .030/.035 in. wire, Argon mix regulator/flow gauge and hose, Extra contact tips, Factory-installed running gear with EZ-Change™ Low Single Cylinder Rack , .030/.035 in reversible drive rolls. http://www.millerwelds.com
RescueX Extrication Safety gloves by Schmitz: These gloves offer superior protection when compared to other extrication gloves. The combination of slash resistance, a water proof layer, and high heat resistance give your hands the protection they need in any situation. The chemical resistant layer and the carbon fiber knuckle give you the added protection that other gloves lack. http://www.schmitzmittz.com/
Ruff Cycles: All new design handle bar clamps. Aluminum, Black, Handle Bar Clamp Ø 25.4mm; Head Tube Clamp 1 1/8". http://usa.ruff-cycles.com
Lowlife Bikes Kilo frame 1 1/8" head tube will fit a 26"x100mm wheel set
Felt Cycle Circuit Tire - 719440 Vintage Race Inspired Design 26” X 2.125 Super Balloon Tires in Black http://www.feltbicycles.com/USA/2016/Parts/Cruiser/Tires-Tubes/Circuit-Tire
What is nine feet long. has fangs, and like to be ridden? No, this isn't a "your mom" joke. Though if I sit here long enough I am sure I can come up with one.
Nasser Mansour rolls in the overly warm state of Arizona and like the rest of us, has a thing for custom bikes. When it came time to build his dream machine he knew exactly what he wanted and laid out the design. Calling on Troy Atkinson of H-Bomb Bikes in nearby Queen Creek Arizonathey rolled up their sleeves and went to work. When they were done rolling and welding they came up with a nine foot long sculpture that includes an integrated seat pan and fangs (hence the name Nosferatu). Not to just roll a custom frame they kept rolling and bending steel until they also had a custom front fork, handle bars, and grips laying on the welding table. Once all the tube was glued together with fire the hours of work to grind down ever weld and smooth every joint started. With as many joints this frame has we can only conclude that it took a greater part of forever to accomplish this task.
Once smooth Nasser packed up the bare metal including a few purchased components and shipped it all down the road to Unique Powder Coating in Tempe, Arizona. They dusted on a thick coating of gloss black before sending it to the oven...or maybe just outside in the summer.
With parts in black Nasser talked Joe Nelson into the Blood red highlights and lettering that now lets the world know why this bike has fangs.
Assembly time started with the ever popular Cane Creek headset to hook the custom frame to fork. Polished Origin8 140mm three piece cranks, black bear claw pedals and a long threaded bottom bracket run the drive train while three chrome Origin8 half link chains were tied together to run the back wheel.
Rolling stock consists of 80mm hoops wrapped in Boa-G 26X3.45 triple tread rubber.
How beautiful is the custom bike? Beautiful enough to be the 2015 Triple Award Winner which included the Donald Bell Most Beautiful Custom Bike Award, the Hooligans pick, and The Others pick. All of this is proof that this bike has teeth and will bite.
I am a sucker for the bobber style. Stocky, low, and a little dangerous. Anything with the bobber style looks like a boxer in the 30’s. Elbows to waist while taking a few gut punches right before lashing out a bunch of whoop ass. They may not have the polished aluminum collection nor the super new bling but seem to bring back the core of a bike. Nothing extra, stripped down, and fast. What a true hotrod is. I thought for a long time that I was the only one that had ever took rake out of a head tube instead of adding it but I was wrong. There are several bobber styled bikes out there that really hit it home.
The bobber style isn’t just an American style. This particular European bike really hits the spot. Named “Resurrection” you can see why it catches the eye as a bare bones and angry machine. Built by Rustcycle in France it has a homemade frame that is slung super low. The whole stance of the bike reminds you of a hockey mask clad serial killer dragging a rusty axe behind him while searching for new prey. The 26” bent springer front end nearly has the front tire in front of the bike instead of under it. The blacked out springer is tied in directly to the a set of homemade high rise bars mounted upside down and sprayed with flat black as well.
The flat black wheel set is an 80mm / 100mm X24” combination. Mismatched tires set off the bobber look with the rear 3.45 3G Drag Slick and the front tractor styled 3.00 ribbed Basman.
Creature comfort is a Solex seat with the hide and pad ripped from the skeletal structure. It rests on a crossbar welded into the frame.
Drivetrain consists of the standard fair done in flat black. Note the super short crank arm to keep the pedal drag to a minimum.
It is great to see the bobber style showing examples around the world.
Having a chick on the side is never good….or is it.
When Brian Wells decided to have a chick on the side he knew the right way to do it.
Brian started his build with a Firebikes G Slide frame gracefully shaped and welded by none other than Sam McKay (see the September featured builder). The frame in all of its gracefulness had a spider web theme welded in for added bling. To fit the wide wheels a Macargi wide triple tree fork was added to the front and topped with the ever cool and also spider web machined Coffin Stem also from Firebikes. To keep the Side Chic steering in the right direction Brian added Sunlite Dyno cruiser bars with billet grips slid on to the ends.
Brian filled the bottom bracket shell with a three piece bottom bracket crank set outfitted with even more spider webs in the flavor of a custom Profile chain ring milled with the spider web design. The ends of the crank arms have black Rock Brothers pedals. The rear of the drive train is made up by the always great Shimano Nexus 3 speed rear hub. Hooking the front and rear together are two KMC chains linked together to fit the stretched frame.
To shift through the Shimano internal cogs is a Project 346 jockey shift that was custom mounted by Danny Skaggs at Konegay Fabrication.
Rolling stock consists of 100mm hoops with black spokes built by Alex Schlink at the Freeride Bike Co. is Mesa Arizona. Wrapped around the wide wheels are pinner white walled Schwalbe Big Apple 26 x 2.35 rubber.
With the mechanicals all in order it was time to put color on this machine. Brian went to Steven Davis as District 7 Powdercoat in Mesa, Arizona who then sprayed the Illusion Malbec over Super Chrome Base all over the frame, chain ring, fork legs, and handle bars.
Jerry Miller at Dipstik Hydrographics in Apache Junction, Arizona did the one off hydro dipping of the hoops, triple trees, crank arms, wheel stand, and grips in a beautiful blonde burl wood.
Once complete Jamie Wim Trevino cut loose with his brushes for an outstanding pin stripe job the contrasts the pain job allowing both the powder coat and striping to pop.
When not on the move the Side Chic stand tall with the help of the custom wheel stand custom built by Greg Suydam from Sun City West, Arizona.
From Brian: Special thanks to Brian Morris and Ashleigh Wilson Morris at Freeride Bike Co. for all the help and support for this bike build. Awesome shop and great friends. Jerry Miller at Dipstik Hydrographics you did an amazing job. Huge shout out to my bike club Savages B.C.,my beautiful girl Kelli Melton, and my 3 boys thanks for putting up with me during the inpatient times of this build. I have to also thank Ray Daugherty for getting me into this bike life. Huge supporter and amazing friend.
Chop Shop Customz Chad Morgan
Do you ever meet someone that is just an all-around good guy, friends to all, is always in for anything, and always with the positive attitude? It is pretty rare indeed. When Kustomized Bicycle Magazine first met up with Chad Morgan of Chop Shop Customz we realized he was one of those guys. With family members in tow he was all about them and custom bikes. He is always with a handshake and great attitude. He would probably give you the shirt off his back while changing a flat tire for you. When it comes to bikes he knows what is cool. Whether restoring a sixty year old classic or building the next super cool custom chopper he definitely knows his way around a machine shop or a bike stand. Take a step inside Chop Shop Customz for the inside scoop.
(KBM): When did your shop form and what is your background pertaining to fabrication and design?
(Chad Morgan): Began working in a machine shop early 1993. Same shop I am in to this day. I have always loved the hands on manual type machining and fabrication but spent most of my career in the shop programming and setting up CNC lathes and mills. Thru the 90s and most of the early 2000s I was very focused on my day job and worked long hours and most weekends. Never seemed to have time for anything else.
In the late 2000s time began to free up for a small hobby. In 2010 the hobby grew and became what is now Chop Shop Customz.
(KBM): Who originally got you into bicycles and can take credit for your hands-on interest?
(Chad Morgan): My hands on interest formed in the early 80s swapping parts out on skateboards and bicycles. It wasn't really one person that drove the interest rather my group of friends just doing what we thought was fun.
Fast forward to the present and the list of people that influence me daily would require an entire write up of its own. My love and interest grow every day as I watch what these guys build.
(KBM): What is your favorite bike you have built to date?
(Chad Morgan): Given the fact that I am currently working on my first full custom frame I would surely have to say that this one will be the most rewarding and fun project to date. Being invited into the Low Life bikes custom build challenge for 2016 OBC is pushing me way outside of my element and I love it.
(KBM): With the explosion of the custom bike world in the last few years where do you see this scene going?
(Chad Morgan): I see some really cool things happening. The scene is growing every day. It is becoming a bit more normal to see stretch cruisers and custom bikes rolling down the streets in Midwest USA far from the beaches and sunshine states. Shows, rides and gatherings are beginning to pop up all over the country and things can only get better from here. The people in this bike thing have proven to be very honest and true. It still amazes me the bonds that custom bikes create.
(KBM): If someone hasn’t seen Chop Shop Customz bike how would you describe its style?
(Chad Morgan): Clean and simple. I like to keep everything low key with a focus on ride comfort and quality components. Every build up or restoration takes on its own personality.
(KBM): Is your shop a one stop shop? Do you build custom bikes that are ready to ride or a series of pieces that can be purchased together?
(Chad Morgan): We have done countless ready to roll builds and restorations. We work with each customer to give them whatever it is they are looking for in parts or a bad ass bike. From custom fabricated in house parts to the hard to find restoration parts. We do whatever we can to bring together our customers vision.
(KBM): What is your favorite style of bike to build: chopper, bobber, stretched cruiser?
(Chad Morgan): I myself am partial to the low stretched out builds. There is just something about the "lazy boy" feel of an 8 foot cruiser gliding down the trail. I will add though that I love them all and fall in love with different build styles every time I go to a show or see what other builders come up with. It’s a crazy addiction!
(KBM): When not in the shop building bikes what do you spend your time doing?
(Chad Morgan): If I am not working my day job I am in the shop working on something bike related.
(KBM): What is your favorite tool in the shop and what is usually playing on the stereo?
(Chad Morgan): Currently my tube bender is the most fun. As the newest addition it has been getting a lot of attention. That would be closely followed by the trusty angle grinder. Love to throw sparks!
As for music, I am a trash can of musical taste. Some nights you may be disgusted by the roaring Gwar tunes bellowing out of the speakers and other nights you could bob your head to some Action Bronson tunes. Last night was all about Amos Lee and some 60s soul tunes.
(KBM): If a person hasn’t had access to the settings, tools, and skills like welding, fabrication, paint, etc. What is a good first step to take in learning what it takes to build a project bike?
(Chad Morgan): Get in there and get them hands dirty. Do not restrict yourself to a "style" and let the parts form their own personality. Not too many guys start out with $1000 wheel sets and one off frames due to the expense of it all. That's ok. Build within your means and build something that you like to ride. If you see a builder’s style that you like, ask him some questions. I have met very few builders that wouldn't share with you any help they could lend.
(KBM): What is next for your shop? Upcoming projects, lines of parts?
(Chad Morgan): The Chop Shop simply plans to continue evolving and growing. It’s all about the fun and the hands on creating.
We are currently dedicated to this OBC build off bike for the next couple months so most new projects are on hold. However, next up in the shop are a few frames for family and close friends and a frame for my partner to build up for OBC 2016.
Chad Morgan, Chop Shop Customz
You can track down Chop Shop Customz on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ChopShopCustomBicycles/
goCruisergo has been setting the standard in both one-off and small run custom bicycle parts and complete builds for several years now. Todd and Stacy’s springer fork is not new but has had very limited runs to date so we thought the word should be spread. We were able to contact Stacy at goCrusiergo and ask a few questions about their springer fork.
(KBM)- Where did the goCruisergo springer fork design come from?
(Stacy GCG)- A few years back, soon after we started all of this, we noticed that there weren’t too many folks (or not that they knew of) making hand-made custom bicycle forks. Mainly modified triple trees or a few variations of replica monarchs were available. A light bulb went off and we decided to go for it. Todd was inspired both by the typical vintage Schwinn Springer and the Jesse Rooke motorcycle front end. He came up with our own spin on it, bringing this look into the custom bicycle scene.
(KBM)- These forks don’t have a production line and seem to be pretty rare. How often is a run fabricated and how can someone get a hold of one?
(Stacy GCG)- Occasionally, we offer very limited runs of these, but currently we are just about sold out on the recent run we’re offering for pre-order.
(KBM)- How are these made? Are the parts farmed out then assembled by goCruisergo or is it all in house.
(Stacy GCG)- Our forks are constructed using hand-made methods, all made by Todd along with my assistance. The components are manual machined and TIG welded together on a jig. The aluminum end caps are a neat design that Todd created. They can easily be removed for custom finish or left bare for a more raw look. However, they remain secure and in place while riding. We also include a coil over shock and pivots on sealed ball bearings.
(KBM)- What size does the goCruisergo Springer Fork accommodate?
(Stacy GCG)- As a standard, they are set up with for 1-1/8” thread less, will accept a 24” or 26” wheel up to 100MM rim width; 110MM hub nut-to-nut.
(KBM)- Where can people order your springer fork?
(Stacy GCG)- (248) 720-8514 or the store at http://gocruisergo.bigcartel.com/product/gcg-springer-forks. We’d like to thank everyone in the custom bicycle community for your continued patronage and support.
Did you know that goCruisergo also builds custom frames and handle bars? More on that in the near future.
Electric Cruiser Bicycles?
By Jaimes Lewis Moran
It is a sub-genre of electric bicycles (descended from 1950's beach cruisers) which are mainly Custom and emulates vintage 1920-50's lightweight motorcycle styles.
After about three years worth of research I basically created a non-profit Facebook page, community, database and design resource for awareness and appreciation of this subject: And to date, it ‘is’ the only one of its kind on this Custom sub-genre...
Think of it as a central “Who's – Who” info point for this particular custom movement.
(Above – Vintage Electric Bikes, model 'E-Tracker') http://vintageelectricbikes.com/
I created the aforementioned social media page (Electric Cruiser Bicycles @ Facebook) because I had loads of information about them, and to be honest it felt like a waste keeping it to myself: no one else was focusing/preaching about this sub-genre, so I ended up making it my mission to endorse the issue because I'm so passionate about it.
I felt that this custom movement needed an extra platform, one which could showcase something Different from the standard E-bikes people often see today.
(Above – Power-Bikes model 'Honeymoon') https://www.facebook.com/Power-Bikesde-1423066484633411/timeline/
E-bikes inherently look like standard bicycles, but these ones look like vintage lightweight motorcycles(even down to their V-twin engine/faux battery tank housings) which is a pretty amazing concept to be honest 'E-bikes that look like early motorcycles: think ‘BSA bantams' or the first ‘Harley Davidson's
They also go faster than your standard E-bike too, (at 20-40mph) they cost about the same as a decent stock one at around £1000-£5000.
But in many cases they are built by hand with quality craftsmanship to your specifications, colours and add-on’s, which I believe justifies their costs (Unlike most high-end E-bike counterparts).
There are quite a few examples of these E-bikes on the page, which helps people who want to see what designs currently exist (this might stop people repeating the same idea too…)
It’s almost like I’m Chronicling the history of vintage E-bikes!
But to be specific there are over eighty individual photo albums dedicated to one-off builds, companies and older/historic lost Veteran E-bike examples.
*veteran era of E-bikes - 1990-2005 (they weren’t really good at taking decent sized photos then, probably due to average everyday camera restrictions) lead-acid batteries, cheap inefficient motors, not many good ones out there. (But on the plus side, there were some subtle style influences)
(Above – Juicer Electric Motorbicycles, model '48v Ranger') http://www.juicer.bike/
Currently, we are in what I've classed as the 'vintage era of E-bikes - 2005-2020, but come 2020* hopefully we will be entering the classic era of E-bikes, and that's when things start bulking up. (Better batteries designed for E-bikes with more amp hours, plus plenty more efficient motor developments).
The companies which have been building Custom Electric Cruiser Bikes will hopefully have gained a few more years of experienced business and knowledge, which might then be used for Electric Motorcycles. (I speculate, and openly hope they do)
Or maybe they would look to increasing their market reach and eventually start exporting products to other countries or communities and eventually arrive here in the UK.
*which coincidentally will be when electric motorcycles are meant to hit mainstream use (again, something which many people have speculated, prophesised and dreaded…)
(Above – Oto Cycles model 'raceR') http://otocycles.com/
My aims for this social media page/community are hopefully to reach one thousand page likes, then publish the first ever picturesque guide to the electric cruiser bicycle culture. Maybe one day eventually building my own electric Cafe Racer based on the Norton Dominator/model 50.
Although I don’t actually own one of these Custom E-bikes maybe someday I will… (*Cough-cough, wink-wink, nudge-nudge – What I want for Christmas is?)
The three models I personally would love to have are:
• Juicer Electric Motor Bicycles – 48v Ranger
• Oto Cycles – Race R (500w upgraded version)
• Vintage Electric Bikes – E-tracker
All Photo’s submitted with kind approved permission from the respective companies/builders
From the Editor
The November issue of Kustomized Bicycle Magazine was the sixth issue. Half a year worth of custom bikes seems to be such a small number when placed against the timeline of life but it is a milestone for us. Building each issue is such a commitment that each release is another mountain peaked to place our flag.
Kustomized Bicycle Magazine started out as a whim really. I was a custom bike kid always swapping out parts on muscle bikes and upgrading BMX bikes. I moved to muscle cars and hotrods for about twenty years before returning to the simplicity of bicycles. I always say that I get to do all the fun fabrication that I have done for so many years without the parts I didn’t like such as building motors and transmissions. Building quite a few bikes in the last ten years I had surfed the interwebs waiting for a magazine of custom bikes to show up on the net or better yet, on paper. There were a few Facebook pages proclaiming to be a magazine that I had watched for quite a long time but nothing ever came of them. I was put in touch with someone starting a magazine that needed someone to cover a show that I happened to be going to. I volunteered, covered the show, and even managed to set up some photo shoots with some of the best bikes and builders in the country. With the show over and all the electronic files sent I once again was patiently waiting for something to hit the market. After three months with no one asking for articles or even copies of the Permission of Photography forms I realized this may not pan out. Luckily I have ridden in this rodeo a few times and had all the permission forms in my name. I complained to my wife and a few close friends who don’t mind my random outbursts and the consensus I got from all involved was “Why wait for someone else to do it?” I thought about it for a few days and worked out on paper what I thought a modern magazine should be and how I could put it together with little family financial burden. With that done I started calling some of my custom bike friends for either their input or just having them listen to me begging for help. A week later www.kustomizedmagazine.com was purchased and all the appropriate paperwork sent in triplicate to register / own everything. On May 24, 2015 I hit the publish button for issue one.
Here we are six issues later and the November 2015 issue had 3,562 page views within the first week of its release. I have had to bring on writers and an art editor as the influx of submissions grew. Not only are my North American friends reading but we get mail from as far as Eastern Europe and South America. Thank you Google Translator.
What is up for the next six months? OBC in Las Vegas 2016 and finishing the Kustomized Bicycle Magazine bike that so many articles have been written about would be great. Hitting 5,000 page views is the current goal for the magazine. So help spread the word by telling a friend or simply reposting one of Kustomized Bicycle Magazines posts and as the magazine grows, content and features grow with it.
Special thanks to my wife, my best friend at work, Joe at Lowtide Customs who helped talk me into this mess and the rest involved in the last six issues. Before long we will be at a full year with hopefully twice as many readers.
Bigger is sometimes better. My 24 X 80mm wheels have seen better days. Many, many miles, numerous curb checks, and emergency tire swaps with rusty flat screwdrivers have taken the toll. I had Gary Silva at 3G send me a pair of 80mm X 26" hoops that I built up with an Origin8 front hub and a Shimano Nexus three speed rear. When looking for some rubber I knew I wanted something that looks good, can be mounted to look low profile, won’t break the bank, and is in stock (insert bad thoughts about Felt and the lack of Thick Bricks on the market). Remembering Chad Morgan’s bike that KBM had done a photo shoot with last year I searched the net for a set of 26” Thick Slicks. I already knew they had the look I wanted but had no experience with them. I ordered a set of Freedom’s ThickSlick Deluxe tires and impatiently waited for the big brown truck to show up.
There are two models of Freedom’s ThickSlicks known as the Sport and Deluxe. Both are 2.0” wide and weigh within 40 grams of each other. But Freedom says the Deluxe has a little added protection within the tires carcass. Riding on some not so nice landscape I opted for the Deluxe model for a little peace of mind.
When the box showed up I immediately tore it open like a 4 year old on Christmas morning. My first thoughts were “Damn, these look cool” and “these weigh much less than the Thick Bricks I have been running for years”. The treadless design is a different look and feel than the normal cruiser tire. Freedom lists the Slick design as having twice the protection of a standard rubber casing tire. You can really feel the difference in thickness from the typical contact patch area to the sidewall.
Getting the tires mounted on an 80mm wheel was simple. The ThickSlick bead was easy to pop over the hoop with no tools and slid into the wheel’s bead lock profile simply by greasing up the tires bead and slowly inflating the tube in 5 PSI increments. The wire bead locked in with a healthy snap and I mounted the assembly on to my daily custom ride.
The first ride proved that the ThickSlicks were a very different tire than what I am use to. After a few pressure changes I decided on a good 35 PSI and headed out on an epic ride with friends. Being mid-summer the roads were hot. The tires being a slick design had plenty of traction. Even though I ride a heavy bobber style bike it hasn’t stopped me from throwing it into hard pedal scraping corners where traction has been the issue on other tires. They performed flawlessly. With more of a contact patch there is a little more rolling resistance that is noticeable but could be dealt with by running a little higher air pressure. Being a softer durometer compound than other tires I did notice that these tires picked up rocks from the road and every now and then I could feel one hit me in the back or hear them hit my backpack. I also noticed that people stop and look at the tires where ever the bike is parked. The slick design is something you don’t see outside of the custom bike world except for the fixie guys (Freedom makes them to fit 700cc as well).
Several rides later (75-100 miles) I pulled the tires from the hoops and visually inspected the bead area as well as the rest of the tire noticing no issues. There were no abrasions, punctures, or areas of delamination. On top of that they still look pretty darn cool on a wide wheel.
So yes, I like these tires. I like them a lot. I like them so much I sold off my spare set of Felt Thick bricks I had stashed in the shop. I like them so very much that I ordered a set for the Kustomized Bicycle Magazine custom bike rolling 29 X 80mm wheels.
· Easy mounting
· Lighter than other comparable “cool” tires (650g)
· Price: Sport $29.99 Deluxe $32.99
· Looks awesome
· Takes a bit to find the right PSI for minimal rolling resistance but a maintaining a good contact patch.
· Constantly checking the tire pressure and for punctures since running a slick looks so different that it messes with your mind a little.
· People touch the tires while I am inside the local taco joint trying to eat my tacos.