- Jan 15, 2016
The Schwinn Krates always seemed like the definition of a muscle bike to me. Probably because Schwinns were the only muscle bikes I was aware of back in the day. Never had one but I still remember the first one I saw, a brand new Cotton Picker owned by the older kid down the block.
I've had a rough sketch of this kicking around for a while. I thought of it as kind of a combination of a Krate/Lemon Peeler with some motorcycle super-bike front fairing lines thrown in. The "Nanner Puddin" collaboration, http://www.ratrodbikes.com/forum/in...t-ride-video-first-savannah-ride-pics.102723/, between @kingfish254 and @pvwacko brought the design back to the front of my mind. Especially their use of a 24" / 20" wheel combination.
Trying a cantilevered seat again. More confident in the initial design this time around but we'll see if it needs modification later. I'm also planning on using a relatively narrow rear rim and hub with a wide 24" x 3" tire. I've got a few ideas on making that work but not sure of the chain line. Plan a test mock-up of that first before completely committing. The front fork is going to be a challenge too. Can't wait to get started!