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Project by ralbuck posted 08-25-2018 09:26 PM 1474 views 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I purchased a new bike with platforms in front and back. They were just flat and ugly.

I decided that the rear one longer would make it possible to be of more use. So I found a piece of pallet wood; sorry, I have no idea of the species, but, it is quite hard. and made a larger back platform.

Then I was looking around the shop, waiting for an idea for the front. I did not have any more nice larger pieces of thinner hard wood, but, did have a few plywood scraps. I used a stain then sanded it off on the front, while the rear one is left natural. They were just sprayed with a quick polyurethane coating and when semi-dry bolted back in place.

On the front basket I added screw-in eyes to the bottom for strapping a few things down if needed. I will be doing the same underneath the back—most likely added to the bolts that hold it on. The front basket was put together using bamboo skewers as nails instead of nails or screws.

I added pictures on Sept 4—of a new center display for that bike. It was suggested by Boxguy, Thanks! I take good advice and sometimes even bad advice if it is going to be enough fun!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#1 posted 08-25-2018 09:38 PM

Looks good, very innovative and custom fit to this Bike, Job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 08-25-2018 10:21 PM

Gives new meaning to the phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Re-CYCLE”.

Sorry I couldn’t resist that one. LOL

Great job. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#3 posted 08-25-2018 10:47 PM

I would so love to ride this bike up to the little gas station in my little town to get a six-pack :))) Love it!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#4 posted 08-25-2018 10:52 PM

Good job ! dont be parking it outside Mafe’s place though!

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 08-25-2018 11:02 PM

Way to go , Ralph! Necessity is the mother of invention!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 08-25-2018 11:08 PM

very inovative,buddy
now you have unique bike
make sure the gypsies are not stolen

-- bambi

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#7 posted 08-25-2018 11:22 PM

I remember those bikes with the back seat and basket. They were great for going to the store store for mom. Nice touch with a nostalgic look.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 08-26-2018 12:41 AM

Ralph. All I can say is well done for getting the bike and making it work for you. I’ve not riden a bike in years as the highway and hills here aren’t for me.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#9 posted 08-26-2018 01:47 AM

Good one Ralbuck.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 08-26-2018 02:55 AM

Nice work Ralph. Great Idea!!!!



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#11 posted 08-26-2018 04:15 AM

Nice work…You remind me on my coworker who also has some very old bike, with lot of accessories on all sides of the bike made of different materials.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 08-26-2018 04:38 AM

Ready for the open road now. Getting younger every day, or is a second childhood. I love biking too. Bikes are more user friendly now, My first bike and only bike as a kid was my brothers 28 inch bike. pedal back and forth over the steel bar. I remember some painful experiences. Most of the time the brakes didn’t work as the coaster brake would be all gummed up. I took the guts out and cleaned it up, dry now and would now lock up the back wheel. Nasty scrapes and falls going at higher speed down a steep hill. Those where the good old days.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#13 posted 08-26-2018 10:25 AM

Looks like it works OK

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#14 posted 08-26-2018 12:18 PM

Nice job rallb’... but when you put the motor in the back basket and the batteries in the front… there’ll be no room for any luggage.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#15 posted 08-26-2018 03:56 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words. This is a new bike— just a retro style. It had platforms that I merely replaced with something more usable to me.

I had bought one new about 2 years ago—mountain type and never did fit right—just a touch too big. So I sold it and bought a lower quality but better fit new one again.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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