Muscle Spasm keeps evolving

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This bike has been a journey of it's own.
I bought this Columbia Twosome tandem 17 or 18 yrs ago and had fun with it when my kids were little. We even had a trike kit on it for a while. Then up into the rafters it went.
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Years go by and I build a Huffy Daisy and a few years later I turned that bike into Harlequin T. Not quite a burrito but close. I kept eyeballing the Columbia, I almost built it first but the Daisy had lines that I couldn't resist. Although I did a few drawings.
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The chain and rod drive steering I used on Harlequin just wouldn't work smoothly on Muscle Spasm because the head tube and the seat tube weren't parallel. But I kept working on it, I even ran it in a Muscle Bike buildoff with the chain and rod steering.
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It was crazy. The springer worked against it too, twisting when the bike turned too sharp. Grrr! But I kept on it, fabbed a shifter down low using a grip shift mechanism. There's plenty of examples of those here at ratrodbikes. But soon after the buildoff was over I pulled the steering column off. Early versions had the tall apes that are available. They're flimsy if you're thinking of trying them. Lots of folks use em' but this is a big bike, 6'5" axle to axle, and it needed some decent bars with reach. I didn't really want tiller style bars so I modded what I had used before. I spliced them big o' butterfly bars together a couple three Muscle Bike build offs ago for Cyclodelic, another bike I dismantled later...
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Notice I've been tweaking the frame all along. When I straightened the bottom bar out it raised the whole thing up a bit and I'm okay with that. I can roll over speed bumps and curbs when I'm out cruising with no problem.
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It's a WIP I call it Muscle Spasm.

Carl.
 
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Yeah I cut the frame up too....
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This last pic is one of my few DNF's. Check out those eccentric laced rims I laced. I even considered rear steering. I was building a clown bike and even called it Harlequin. Bent the seat post cruising it on those bouncing rims... The rims currently reside on an old walmart full suspension mountain bike.

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Today I started on the post apocalyptic detailing. Removable punji sticks ala' mad max. I'm thinking steel skulls, feathers and red uplighting. I've also got a steampunk style cellphone holder in the works.

Oh! Check out the second version of shifter handle... twisted wrench.

Carl.

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