MOONSHINER

John Lerew is the owner of Gear Head Customs located in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona. He has had years and years of fabrication behind him but is fairly knew to the custom bike scene. One thing is sure, John knows how to make an impact. When he unloaded his freshly built custom trike “Moonshiner” there was an instant crowd around his new machine that lasted for hours. There are so many cool details and designs tied into this build that it really does take a while to see all of it.

Let’s start by saying that this trike is 100% custom. The top tube flows from the head tube in a double arc that ends in a teardrop shaped seat frame. Directly below the top tube is the mid tube that runs from the head tube also in a double ark which matched the top tube minus the tube diameter (fabrication skills right there) and ends up splitting in half…yes half…to eventually end as bearing housings for the rear axle. Along this lower section is a gusset on each tube that have been welding in as a structural member and has also had a series of speed holes drilled through each of them. The lowest tube has a total of four arcs and goes from the head tube and ends at the bottom bracket assembly. Just before the bottom bracket assembly this tube also splits in half creating an open bottom bracket shell which is very cool.

John fabricated a large fork the houses the massive front wheel. With the flat top, sloping fork legs and minimum clearance between the fork and the tire the whole assembly matches the rest of the machine even though it isn’t made from round tube.

Notice the head tube and handle bar assembly. John took a series of four bearings and integrated them into two different housings. Running the steerer tube up the head tube / bearing assembly then having the handlebar clamp able to be tightened leaves a really clean look to the whole head tube assembly and yet completely rideable like a normal bike. This is just one of those design details that kept people scratching their head. They had to see it first though. It fits in to the whole look of the bike so well and with Johns fabrication skill these details were lost to people that didn’t take a long hard look at the whole thing.

Three wheels makes this a trike of course. The front wheel is a 36” front hoop is radial spoked to a standard hub. The rear hoops are 24” x 100mm. All the hoops are gold plated and built with polished spokes to the custom painted hubs.

The drivetrain consists of a custom split bottom bracket design that John fabricated to fit in the split bottom bracket shell. What is really different and seems to be the new hip thing since this spring is the mid drive chain ring. This requires a bunch of random parts, custom cut keyways and a custom machined chain ring. Through the bottom bracket is a long axle that a set of three piece cranks are bolted to. At the end of each crank arm are custom painted pedals with custom machined brass pedal blocks.

Let’s get to the pretty parts. John called upon friend Rick Houle to take a chunk of 99 year old oak barn wood and do some creative cutting and carving to create the wood insert teardrop shaped seat and the tank insert that not only fits the frames shape exactly but has the GearHead custom skull logo carved into it.  John then cut frames for both inserts which were then painted and adorned with cropper rivets and cap nuts that hold the whole thing together.

 

 

 

The handle bars, besides having the innovative hidden headset design has custom machined screw on brass grips (that match the pedal blocks), also have been fabricated to hide the brake cable that is hidden all the way to just inches in front of the rear disk brake and caliper assembly mounted to the rear axle.

The frame and most other parts where then finished and smoothed before getting paint and primer from Matt Wiggins. Matt sprayed the whole thing with five coats of candy root bear with gold flake followed by five coats of clear. Post color sanding and buffing this bike absolutely glows in the sun. Once the paint was complete the famous pin stripe guru Ron Hernandez stepped in and laid down some lines on the head tube, forks, top tube, mid tube and bottom tube.

John and Gear Head Customs ended up taking more than a handful of trophies home from the “Moonshiners” first outing. In fact, there is a rumor floating around that there were so many John had to rent a trailer to pull them all home. We may not think that is necessarily true but we can definitely see that happening.

SUNDOG

Have you ever ridden a cruiser on the beach? It is an amazing experience rolling right up next to the water’s edge where the sand is firm from being saturated by the ocean. You slowly swerve in and out of the tide as it rolls towards the white fluffy sand. Then it pushed up just a bit too far and you sink those 26” X2.125s into the deep sand and come to an instant stop. If you’re lucky the sand didn’t bury the front tire awkwardly and you ended up face first on the beach. Now you have to dismount and pull that slightly overweight custom cruiser out of the sand then roll it to the next beach entry.

But what if you had a trike to take to the beach? The front end would still flop around in the non-saturated sand and dig in. But what if it was a cargo trike? It wouldn’t flop around anymore but the weight would dig in making the ride extremely difficult. What if you put monster balloon tires on it, and a basket, and made it an eight-speed with dual disk brakes and an independent front suspension? Crazy talk you say? Crazy? You maybe be right.

Enter Gary Sheron of Lowlife Custom. Having graced the pages of Kustomized Bicycle Magazine several times I think we can say that he is “known” in the custom bike circles. Living in sunny Cape Canaveral, Florida Gary also spends a good amount of time at the beach riding with family and friends. Gary had built a cargo trike for a customer earlier last year and fell in love with the design. Wanting to build the ultimate cargo trike that is not only a cool custom bicycle but a beach friendly machine that can haul the beverages, towels and beach ball or even the dog “Gizmo” around was his plan. Unveiled at OBC 2016 Gary’s “Sun Dog” was a crowd please. Back home on the beach it has been a steady ride and the ultimate beach party utility vehicle.

Gary started out with massive amounts of square tube and after spending multiple hours in front of the roller he had mocked together one of the most intricately designed frames we have seen in a while. Gary has got his tubing roller dialed in as shown in the pictures below.  The dual top tube drops all the way down to the chain stays and have spacers welded between them creating a ladder effect. In fact the down tube and lower to chain stay tube all have a cool ladder assembly. The mid tube comes from the down tube before crossing each other right before the top tube and seat mounts before turning into the top tube of the chain stays before dropping into the back tire wrapping lower chain stay tube. It is like a well-designed symmetrical monkey bars.

The front end is a cargo trike styled custom endeavor. The custom handle bars are welded into the front “fork” that turns 90 degrees forward coming to a stop at the center leaf spring mount. Yes, this front end has a single leaf spring suspension where the spring runs from the top of spindle to spindle. These custom spindles are mounted to a custom A-arm that then hooks to the middle of the cargo trike front end. There was definitely long nights of geometry problems and sketches to get all of the dimension correct so this bike would steer correctly. In front of the A-arms are a set of headlight mounts for the dual headlight and a pilot grill (also known as a cow-catcher) that has grill bars welded in much resembling a 1936 Ford grill. On top of the cargo front end Gary went to town bending steel bar and welding together a large basket with a very cool sun design to make this trike more cargo hauling friendly. Gary went through the frame smoothing each weld and corner to immaculate detail. The frame was then sprayed in a simple base coat/clear coat system of bright sun orange while the basket is a standard red.

The drivetrain consists of the standard sealed bottom bracket assembly and a three piece crank driving a micro sprocket that are all in the typical location. Under the seat is a hub which is of the eight speed design. With its location high under the seat it would keep the chain out of the sand and salt water. With a front drive cog on the sprocket side and the rear drive cog on the non-drive side the second chain runs to the rear axle. Right behind the seat is also a short shift cable coming from the eight speed hub that runs to a polished shifter completed with the Sun Dog Amber Wheat beer pull shift knob.

The Sun Dog sports three 26” x 100mm polished wheels that were custom laced in a twisted orang spoke pattern by Matt’s Bicycle Shop in Florida. The rear hub is a standard single speed while the fronts have custom axles and Clarks disk brake assemblies which get equal pull from dual pull brake lever mounted just under the top tube in a very easy to reach position. Wrapping each wheel are brown Momentum Rocker 26” x 4” tires that should have the width and buoyancy to be the perfect beach tire.

It isn’t too often the Kustomized Bicycle Magazine gets to test ride the feature bikes. We were able to take it for a spin at OBC 2016 and we can say that it takes a bit of getting used to but it rides super smooth and is maybe the most comfortable bike we have been on.

Mark Dixon is a pretty cool guy. He has one of those laid back attitudes and look like he would have a good conversation about anything to anyone. Those types of attitudes seem to run rampant in Florida. And what is going on in Florida that most of the top builders come from there? He would probably make a good neighbor or work buddy. He would make a good friend since he owns Cuda Custom Cycles and has been putting out some of the most innovative products in the last year or two. He is kind of the builder’s builder. With top notch fabrication skills, knowledge of people and products and the ability to get parts created he has definitely made a name for Cuda Custom Cycles. We spent some time with Mark and his wonderful wife this spring. We talked bikes while the ladies made fun of us talking about bikes.

(KBM): When did your shop form and what is your background pertaining to fabrication and design?

(Mark Dixon): Cuda Custom Cycles was formed back in 2012

 

(KBM): Who originally got you into bicycles and can take credit for your hands-on interest?

(Mark Dixon): My wife initially got me started building bikes. She wanted a bike and did not like anything she saw in the stores. She told me if I could build the Beach Wagon then build her a bike. At this point I had no idea of the custom bicycle scene.

(KBM): What is your favorite bike you have built to date?

(Mark Dixon): The Joker frame that I took to OBC this year is my favorite to date.

(KBM): With the explosion of the custom bike world in the last few years where do you see this scene going?

(Mark Dixon): The custom bicycle scene here in the states seems to be endless. The custom scene on the WEST coast is pretty solid but the EAST coast is just now getting into it more.

(KBM): If someone hasn’t seen Cuda Custom Cycles bike how would you describe its style?

(Mark Dixon): A CUDA frame is styled more towards a Pro Street look with nice flowing lines that tend to complement one another.

(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?

(Mark Dixon): When we first started we first built entire bikes and sold locally to keep moving forward. Lately we been building just Frame, Forks and bars to order. Eventually we would like to offer complete roller ready for purchasing.

(KBM): What is your favorite style of bike to build: chopper, bobber, stretched cruiser?

(Mark Dixon): My favorite frame is one that is not out there, no one has seen anything like it and all the lines complement one another.

(KBM): When not in the shop building bikes what do you spend your time doing?

(Mark Dixon): When not bending or welding anything I li9ke to spend time with the Family going fishing or whatever the weather is depicting for us that day or weekend.

(KBM): What is your favorite tool in the shop and what is usually playing on the stereo?

(Mark Dixon): My favorite tool in the shop is the bender. The bender helps bring those new designs to life.

On the Radio I normally have Pandora playing. I have a station called the My Life with the Thrill Kill Cult after the group of course. The station plays allot of different groups in this same genre and its more of an upbeat to keep me energized.

(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?

(Mark Dixon): If someone wanted to get into this without any particular skills the internet, Friends and Co-workers are a great way to learn. The skills you are looking for your friends might have or your coworkers can show you. If not the internet is a University in itself.

(KBM): What is next for your shop? Upcoming projects, lines of parts?

(Mark Dixon): We have some new frames on the Drawing board and possibly a new style fork.  Start building complete rollers ready for sale or delivery. We have some customer builds already starting for OBC 2017 and besides that doing this full time would be AWESOME.

If you need square tube springer forks, round tube springer forks, parts for forks, custom bars, custom frames or a complete custom bike you might want to give Mark a call. 

You can check out Cuda Custom Cycles at https://www.facebook.com/cuda.cycles and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/cuda_custom_cycles

As the editor of Kustomized Bicycle Magazine I receive a lot of photos, emails and sometimes hate mail. I usually try to answer question that we get emailed to us personally but in cases where the same question shows up several times I try it in this article. We get a lot of email and all of us have jobs and lives outside of the magazine so this is the easiest and least time consuming path. This month’s question actually sprung up in several different emails this month.

 “Is my bike custom enough for your magazine?”

We are Kustomized Bicycle Magazine. We deal with strictly custom bicycles (and trikes) but what does “customized” actually mean? Going strictly by the dictionary: customize, customized, customizing: transitive verb to build, fit, or alter according to individual specifications. So if you take a stock big box store bike and add a bell you are customizing a bike and therefore the bike is now a custom bike. We may not do a feature on it for the magazine but we all should agree that this bike has been customized. This is a never ending argument that has been going on since Harry Westergard pancaked his first hood (look it up). But let’s break this down a little more like the car guys do. You have a Mild Custom and a Full Custom. A Mild Custom would be any customized bike that didn’t “go under the knife”. This usually means there have been accessories added, custom paint, wheel / tire swap, removal of minor components and chopping fenders and forks. Full Custom then would be a bike that was cut, welded or even created from scratch.

Built vs Manufactured (what is a custom frame?)

Manufactured: make (something) on a large scale using machinery.

Build: construct (something, typically something large) by putting parts or material together over a period of time.

Manufactured frames are technically built. But building a one off frame isn’t on a large scale. Ruff Cycles puts out one hell of a cool frame. They are also mass produced. Jimmy Peek of Peek Cycles working to fit a customer’s measurements and specifications in his shop is building a frame.

Does any of this really matter? Not to me. I have restored 70 year old bikes back to stock show room floor specs, given bikes cool paintjobs, added some cool accessories to bling it up and spent time on the roller and behind a welding hood building the Gut Punch.

Kustomized Bicycle Magazine goes both ways <insert jokes here>. You can build up a Ruff Cycle frame with all of the coolest parts and have a wicked mild custom. You can call <insert builders name here> and have them build you exactly what you want and build it up with all the coolest parts and have a wicked full custom. Both are custom and both are welcome at Kustomized Bicycle Magazine.

It is custom if you follow the definition: to build, fit, or alter according to individual specifications. The most important word is “INDIVIDUAL”. Build what you want and do it the best of your ability.

We are Kustomized Bicycle Magazine. We deal with strictly custom bicycles (and trikes).

There will come a time in your muscle bike riding life that you will slam the lever into low gear and the audible clicking of the rear derailleur clicks as the tensioned wheels have the chain skips to a larger cog.  Suddenly the chain jumps back to the smallest cog. Frantic to keep speed you grab the shifter again and pull it into high gear but mysteriously there is no tension. The lever almost flops around in your hand. With shifting capabilities gone you slow to a crawl on the long climb and finally dismount you 50 year old steed. You pull on the lever a bit more like this will magically fix all issues. But still there is nothing. Following the cable housing down the frame and to the derailleur you find that there is only a bit of cable still pressed into the clamp the rest is nonexistent. Yes sir, you have broken a shift cable.

There is no need to worry though. It is a pretty easy fix that should only take a half hour of your life before you are rowing through the gears like a maniac.

Because there are many different model shifter this isn’t a “one fits all” instruction. Basically though, they are all the same. You may need to buy a different cable, disassemble the shifter a different way or route the cable differently but all in all it is all the same. That is a lot of Alls.

Cables: Luckily there are still a ton of vintage shift cables and cable and housing assemblies still available on the market. eBay is a pretty good place to find what you need. The important details you need to worry about

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A)      Make sure you are buying a shift cable (brake cables are a different diameter).

B)      To “button” – or lead slug on the cable is the right diameter and orientation to your existing cable.

C)      The cable length is long enough to fit you use.

D)      You purchase either a standard cable or a “fixed “cable depending on your need. “Fixed cables” have lead slugs on both ends of the cable and cannot be cut to length. One slug fits the shifter while the other fits the attachment point at the derailleur or hub (think Sturmey Archer hubs).

FOR THIS INSTRUCTION WE WILL BE USING A NON-FIXED CABLE.

 

Replacing Cables:

1.       Remove tension in the cable by shifting to the smallest cog on the rear hub.

2.       Using a cable cutter cut through the cable between the barrel adjuster and the pinch bolt on the rear derailleur.  

3.       Disassemble shifter. Depending on the shifter model this can be done in various ways but the overall mechanism is the same.

4.       Using a wrench (ours was 10mm) loosen the pinch bolt on the rear derailleur and remove the remaining piece of the old cable.

5.       If you are replacing your cable housing then remove the old housing and cut the new housing to the same length. Add ferrules to both sides.

6.       Adjust both barrel adjusters (shifter and derailleur). Tighten the barrel adjusters to the fully tightened location then back them off two complete rotations. Using the luck nut lock both the adjusters in place.

7.       Install the new cable using the front lug and place it into the shifter. Run the cable into the cable groove in the shifter arm and through the barrel adjuster on the shifter.

8.       Run the new cable though the cable housing (new or old) following the original path.

9.       Run the cable and cable housing to the cable housing adjuster on the rear derailleur. Run the cable through the adjuster and through the Push the cable housing and ferrule into the adjuster and pinch bolt on the rear derailleur.

10.   Pull the cable tight without moving the derailleur and tighten the pinch bolt.

11.   With the cable secure trim the excess off with a cable cutter (leaving 2”-3”) then put a cable crimp over then end of the cable and crimp with a pair of plyers. Bend the excess cable away from any moving parts.

12.   Reassemble the shifter assembly.

Adjusting the Rear Derailleur

No it isn’t black magic like some people think. It is actually a very simple process. There are only three adjustments on the rear derailleur to get your shifting perfect.

1.       Adjust the cable tension. With the chain on the smallest cog rotate the pedals and shift the shifter up one gear. The chain should move to the next larger cog. If it doesn’t or there is chatter between the chain and cog tighten the barrel adjuster on the rear derailleur ¼ turn and try again. Keep adjusting ¼ turn until the shift is smooth.  (Tightening the barrel adjuster moves the derailleur closer to the wheel. You are trying to line up the cage and top jokey wheel of the derailleur in line with the cog the chain should be riding with.)

2.       Upper and Lower Limit screws.  There are two limit screws on the rear derailleur.

2A. Adjust the low limit screw by shifting into the largest cog. If the chain tries to over shoot the cog and send the chain into the spokes tighten the low limit screw until it is no longer able to do so. If the chain cannot reach the largest cog loosen the low limit screw until the chain fully seats on the cog.

2B. Adjust the high limit screw by shifting into the smallest cog. If the chain tries to overshoot the cog and send the chain into the side of the hub and frame tighten the low limit screw until it is no longer able to do so. If the chain cannot reach the smallest cog loosen the low limit screw until the chain fully seats on the cog.

This may take some trial and error to finally get all three adjustments working together but once you understand what all three adjustments do you will find that setting up your new cable and adjusting the rear derailleur is very simple.

SCHWINN 5 LED SNAKELIGHT

Taste:  Fresh silicon with a side of cardboard packaging

Smell: Fresh silicon

Touch: Silicone like. They are very light without batteries and a little heavy with the 3 AAA batteries installed compared to the standard “frog” lights we have been using.

Look: A little bulky in size but an aerodynamic profile. Not a fan of the Schwinn logo in white but we can live with it.

Square tube is all the rage this season in the custom bicycle world. Frames aren’t round tube and handle bars are no longer the simple 7/8” that they have been since…..the inception of bicycles I guess. We finished up the Kustomized Bicycle Magazine build “Gut Punch” several months ago and featured it back in April of 2016. After putting quite a few miles on the new bike the one thing we noticed is that finding a headlight that would fit the 1” square tube handle bars was quite an issue. The standard style “frog” lights didn’t have enough stretch to fit around the tube and even if you could get it to lock you couldn’t rotate the light enough to actually see the road in front of you.

We searched every kind of light available trying to find something that would fit and not damage the paint, throw out enough light to make them worth the cost and be easily removable for those times when they are not needed and you wanted to show off your cool ride. We must have tried over a dozen lights with no luck.

“One night HardCore Chris showed up for a ride with the Schwinn 5 LED Snakelight set on his cruiser. We were chatting and Chris was told he was riding lead because I didn’t have a headlight. He took his headlight off and handed it me and dang me if it didn’t fit. We rushed to the store the next day and picked up a set. Let it be known that we are not Schwinn fanboys. Schwinn is just a name these days. (I am not even a fan of Krates or Stingrays, there were much better looking muscle bikes).” - Aaron

NOTE: The Schwinn 5 LED Snake Light pack comes with both a red and white light. All testing was done with the white light. We run a red light on our packs and don’t need one on the back of our bikes while we ride.

Review

The lights take 3 AAA batteries a piece. The batteries do not come with the light and it took us a few minutes to install a new set. You have to remove the light assembly from the silicone housing. It is a very simple process once you figure it out.

They fit on a 1” square tube and a 1 ½” square tube. They are tight enough and with the silicone housing they do not slip or bounce in the handle bars. Overall the fit and finish was very good.

We tested the light out at night. Positioned correctly, the five LEDs have enough illumination to be able to see the road very well for 30 feet. We had one of our crew stop and see how far we could ride before they felt the light was no longer bright enough to give visibility to be safe. We decided it is good for at least three city blocks. Of course they aren’t going to be as bright as a lithium $100.00 light but function is also very good. The light has a solid mode and a blinking strobe mode.

Reliability is always a huge factor. We made sure the silicone housing was tight around the light assembly as designed. We then sprayed all around the light lens with a spray bottle filled with water.  There was no issue after soaking the light five times. Finally, just for giggles, I dropped the light into a bucket of water then pulled it out after three seconds. The light held up fine and still worked as it should. Having to dry the light off I held it by the end of the silicone housing and flung it around for a minute. It was wet and slipped out of my hand and flew across the shop hitting the wall then the ground. The light still was working. We say that it is pretty reliable.

Price is an issue for something the wee only need to ride. Sure we don’t bat an eye at dropping $400.00 for a powder coat job but dropping coin on a light isn’t fun. We then looked in two local big box stores and found that the two light package (one red and one white) was $14.99 in one store and $17.99 in the other. We searched both Amazon and EBay and found the prices to be the same not including shipping. We say the price point is more than reasonable for something that has gotten through testing this far.

Battery life is also important. AAA batteries aren’t expensive but if we have to replace six a week it will become expensive over time. We put new batteries in the light and turned it on the standard non-strobe mode. I left the light in the shop shining at the shop window.  I checked it throughout the day and after nine hours it was still bright. The next day I did the same thing and it was still bright after another nine hours. On the third day I noticed the light was starting to get dimmer. By the end of the third day (27 hours in total) we felt that the batteries should be replaced. Maybe investing in rechargeable AAA batteries would be a viable option.

Pros:

·         Easy install that fits square tube

·         Bright enough for both safety and seeing the road

·         Reliable

·         Price 14.99-17.99 for both Red and White lights

·         Battery life was good

 

Cons:

·         None

 

SKYLOCK

NEW PRODUCT:    SKYLOCK

Skylock, Velo Lavs made a huge Indiegogo campaign when it first was released by taking its first batch goal of $50k in less than a day. They are now up and running and are selling their product to the public.

Don’t know what Skylock is? Skylock is an intelligent bike lock system that has been donned “The Smartest Bike Lock Ever”.  That is quite the boisterous claim.

 

 

It is a U-lock that you can:

·         Open automatically from your smart phone through a Bluetooth link like keyless entry on a car. There is no need for a key. If your phone battery does run out while your bike is locked, you can unlock it by keying in your personal code on the touch interface outer panel.

·         For use with Appel iOS 6.1 or greater; Android 4.0.3 or greater.

·         Antenna will stay connected with Bluetooth signal and will stay connected up to 200 meters.

·         Built with a steel housing with a durable rubber cover. Uses compound elliptical curve to keep lock bar from being cut.

·         Comes in Midnight Blue and Charcoal Grey

·         5.7” W x 7.8” H (outer) 4.5”W x 5.4”H (inner); 2.48 Lbs

·         LED status indicators

·         The adjustable 3-axis accelerometer will send you a notification if someone is messing with your ride while it is locked. 

·         Is solar powered so you may never have to recharge it. You can recharge your lock via USB, though a charged battery will reportedly last 30 days in complete darkness. Will not lock is battery level of lock is so low that it may not reopen.

·         Through your smartphone you can create a friends account so others can unlock and use your bike.

·         Has a crash alert with a 3-axis accelerometer that will message your Skylock app if you are involved in a wreck that can also contact help.

You can visit Skylocks website at www.skylock.cc

change up your ride

Themed Rides

Photos: Sct Bur

Themed Rides….It puts a nasty taste in many rider’s mouths.  My own personal experiences with themed rides have been less than desirable. I would rather spin the bear claw pedals on my old BMX repeatedly into my left shin at full strength for an hour than ride in a group of half wasted people dressed up as farm animals that can barely ride a bike only to go three blocks before the next bar stop (yes, I have actually attended such an event…once).

But regular rides get old. After three or four years of riding with the same group around the same town it starts to wear on you. You find yourself not going on rides because you don’t like certain bars, you don’t like one of the food stops or you’re not in the mood for that climb on that particular night (among many other reasons).

Adding a theme to your ride doesn’t mean having adults dress up in stupid costumes and drunkenly ride around like idiots but it can add a little spice to your riding life.

CHANGE THINGS UP, It will leave you and your group HAPPY.

We decided our ride needed a little something new so we scheduled a ride on a different day than normal, at a different time than normal and asked for everyone to ride muscle bikes. Yes, those banana seat, ape hangers and sissy bars. Several of our group already owned and restored / customized muscle bikes, several more had them but they had sat in the corner for years and were never ridden, some used this ride as an excuse to search out and purchase a muscle bike, and some just borrowed one from those who had an extra.

CH-CH-CH-CH-CH-Changes:

·         Instead of a Thursday night when everyone is rushed to get through the ride and get home so they can get to work the next morning we decided to meet on a Saturday afternoon. Because it was in the afternoon and on a weekend, people that can’t normally make the ride were able to show up.

·         We hit a restaurant that we normally don’t go to because it is busy when we ride during the week and would waste too much ride time.

·         Having a bunch of muscle bikes parked in a row at the initial meeting spot or one of the rest spots has non-riders stopping and checking out the bikes. They either want to know what happening or talk bikes. We were able to give people that didn’t know about the normal ride information thus boosting new riders.

·         Muscle Bikes: because muscle bikes are pretty rad.

·         Riding a different bike than you normally ride creates a different riding experience than the same old ride you do. Even the same route has a different look and feel behind a different set of bars.

·         We scheduled the ride earlier in the day and was able to adjust the timing to hit certain parts of the ride when we wanted to do it. Example: There is a great 3 mile run down a greenbelt that is twisty with little hills, tunnels, poor visibility and a river on one side. Doing it in the dark by headlight is awesome so we adjusted the time so we would be able to do that after dark and when there was no traffic on the path.

·         Muscle Bikes: because muscle bikes are pretty rad.

·         With a ride on a different day and on a different schedule you can spend more time so you are enjoying the ride more than rushing through it.

·         When riding a different bike you have a tendency to act differently. In this case, riding a muscle bike had many grown men acting like 12 year olds.

·         Muscle Bikes: because muscle bikes are pretty rad.

Try it, add a little theme to your ride and make a few changes. Everyone that participates will have a great time.