- Mar 19, 2011
“Fenix” is a different twist on the name of a mythological bird that regenerated new life from ashes. The legendary bird recycles its own life in the legends of different cultures; Egyptian, Chinese, and Greek.
The Back Story
This bike had many transformations over the months…I started out with an art deco mid-drive electric bike design with hubless wheels…unfortunately my home projects interrupted the flow…so I had to settle with a bike sans the motor and sleek design (perhaps I’ll do it next year?) Regardless, I did managed to finish the personal projects and got the bike done in time.
The finished entry:
To give this bird its new wings, I wanted a familiar Rat Rod style; unfinished, chopped and sectioned together for a low profile and wide stance. I meshed a Micargi Puma frame with 6 other donor bikes:
• Micargi – Top Bar and Down Tube
• Rollfast – Front Fork
• Monark – Ladies Tank
• Walmart Beast – Rear Stays
• Schwinn OCC chopper – Bottom bracket & drop outs
• JC Higgins – Seat Post Tube
(Caveat: for the purist I’m very cognizant of damaging and cutting up vintage bikes. Outside of the derelict JCH’s bike, no vintage bikes were destroyed in the making of this project!)
Besides the new 4.25” rear fat tire mounted on a 24x 100mm rim, the 3-speed Sturmey Archer rear hub, the Razor handlebar and the “Bobber” headlight…everything else was found; repurposed and distressed to appear its been around for many years. The aged, weathered and patina façade is all done with spray can paints!
Lastly, its all tied together with a vintage butterfly kickstand, tape wrapped handlebar grips, motorcycle levers, dual disc brakes, and a 60T chainring to give this bird its new flight.
You can view the entire build: http://www.ratrodbikes.com/forum/index.php?threads/fenix.91879/page-13