Bicycle Liberation Front

Blaze ever brighter the flames of proletarian struggle in our homeland! The beacon of emancipation is with us!


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       • Rides
       • Timeline

Bikes
        • Choppers
        • Tallbike
        • Direct Drive
        • Others

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Bikes

While the naive observer may believe there are a lot of bikes here, it is important to note this is a small sample. The BLF has freed far more bicycles from their shackles than shown here.

 

Choppers

Bary White: Our first chopper was named after the legendary singer because "it's so smooth." This chopper is based on a pacific full suspension, hence the incredible smoothness. The front fork had to be canabalized to aid in the construction of our other chopper, but sufficient front suspension is provided through the length of the fork, effectively a gigantic leaf spring.
The Green Giant: This is our second chopper. It is based on a Huffy that is painted a color suspiciously similar to Celeste. The fork is far too long and constructed from seat and chain stays, fork lower, two handlebars, and some other tubing. Until recently the Green Giant only had a front brake. Touching that brake, even slightly, causes the front wheel to bounce up and down, but does not neccesarily slow the bike itself.

 

 

Tallbikes

Tallbike: This was build by bolting two dilapadated mountain bikes together, and then connecting the ensuing madness with a maze of chains. The result is a bicycle over five feet in height with absurdly high gearing. The fork of the Tallbike is a feat of BLF engineering, combining down and top tubes from a Huffy and a Murray to form the ultimate wheel mounting device.

Roadies Suck

Talltrike: The talltrike will never be tall. It consists of 3 Schwinn freestyle frames (guess where those came from), a Specialized welded to the front, and an orange Huffy welded on top.

Note the absurd amount of rust on the center freestyle frame.

Some ass stole the Talltrike from BLF headquarters. It was then spotted down by 20th before it disappeared forever. We pray it has not fallen into the cursed hands of EcoCycle and been melted to slag.

 

 

Direct Drive (Fixed Gear)

Armstrong: This is something called an Armstrong. It was made by the Ross Chainbike Corporation in England. The original (cottered) crank had non-standard tooth spaceing. Now it's direct drive.

It has a Dura ace sew up in front. The rear is a Suzue/Mavic sew up with 3 crow's foot lacing (my own doing). The crank is a Race Face Next with a 58T Real DH ring and a 13T cog in the back. The fork is carbon, the headset can creek, the saddle SDG, and the bar profile. In short, the crappiest part on the bike is the frame.

Direct Drive Mountain Bike (of death): No brakes, enough said...Oh wait, I forgot... The fork has no brake arch... It had to be taken off to save weight.

And, the fork is threaded...but, that's a threadless stem, with a combination threaded/threadless headset.

And, those are 24inch wheels on a 26inch fork/frame. This gives a very low center of gravity.

And, those cats smell like cats. On the ground are the Mafacs that got tossed before we knew they were worth over $250 dollars. Sitting right there, on the ground...

Bianchi: Found next to a dumpster, already direct drivified... we took off the small ring, gave it a new chain and cowhorns and sent it on its merry way. Then Ben tried to true the wheel. The result is the magic wheel, true one moment, and crapped over the next. If you don't believe me, there's a video here (2.25mb).

Fortunatly, the Bianchi has a new wheelset. It is also important to note that Bianchi sells Celeste spray paint.

Schwinn of Rustiness: Found in a landfill in Illinois, the Schwinn of rustiness spent several years as a sculpture of a fish before its inevitable direct drivification. Note the old school MTB bars, and the crappy Schwinn road fork.

The crank used to be a blob of rust. Some said it could not be done, but collin but it out with a torch and managed to get a new BB in. The seatpost is fucked though... The dropouts are rusted away, and the major structural component of the schwinn of rustiness is... rust.

 

Others

Buddha Bike: This was my sister's mountain bike when she was in first grade. This bike has made it to Belize and back. When I was in highschool, it recieved a mcuh longer seatpost, and made the 40 mile journey from Chesterfield, MO to downtown Saint Louis and back. It was christened the Buddha Bike by Graham who believed one would need to be smoking a bit of the Ganga to ride it.

Schwinn of Crapiness: It's not a cruiser frame, it's really quite heavy, and there's no cable for the internally geared hub. I gave this bike to some crazy hippy guy who walked into BLF headquarters in search of bikeness.

Freestyle: So so heavy. The redeeming feature of the freestyle is a seat from a children's bike with a colorful rocket ship. The frame was, of course, pilfered from the Schwinn dumpster.

Stardust: Stardust used to have a DHO, it was much cooler then. Freestyle bikes suck. Note the height of the seatpost. It's high. I hate freestyle...

Stardust MKII: This bike was parked in front of the engineering center for a few months. Then it disappeared. I fear the worst.
Kona: A bike for Collin's dad, built from garbage...and the umm...
The Fast Bike: It has a 1inch threadless fork which is kind of cool, and a 56 tooth big ring. It goes fast... Oh, yeah, it only has a front brake.
Collin got really mad at me because there wasn't an entire picture of the fast bike... just the ring... but the ring is really the only part that matters.