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My swingbikes & a link to a survey to see if they should...

Discussion in 'BUILDS' started by bikebuilder, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. bikebuilder

    bikebuilder

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    Okay, so I like swingbikes...

    I built a 16 for my kids in about an hour to see if they could ride it. It worked pretty good so I spent a little time to build a better one. I was curious to see how well it would sell. It went on ebay for more than twice what I hoped to get,so I started another one that will be even better. I am just not sure if I want to sell it when I'm done or keep it for the kids. Here are the pics so far.

    1 hour test bike.
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    This is the one I put on ebay. It had over 30 people watching it.
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    Here is the new on so far. I have a 20"springer and some other parts on the way from Fast Eddie.
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  2. CCR

    CCR Mouth-Breather Moderator

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    Re: 16" SWINGBIKE

    who doesnt like swingbikes !!!

    nice goin on the $$$ too !!! looks like ya got a good thing going :D
     
  3. bikebuilder

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    Re: 16" SWINGBIKE

    Okay, I got the springer today and I'm not sure if I like it or not. I kind-of like the idea of having it more like the originals. What do you guys think?

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  4. bicycleguy

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    Re: 16" SWINGBIKE

    I think it looks better with the springer, but it would look good either way.
     
  5. stretch

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    Re: 16" SWINGBIKE

    i vote no springer, it just puts too much on the bike. the other fork is much simpler, and looks like an original SB.
     
  6. blink

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    Re: 16" SWINGBIKE

    i vote these things are awesome either way!
     
  7. kram

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    Re: 16" SWINGBIKE

    I think it looks good either way. If you want it to look more like the original then go with the standard fork. If you want it to match your orange krate then go with the springer. I don't think you can go wrong.
     
  8. bring.doom

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    Re: 16" SWINGBIKE

    I vote you give me the springer, lol.
     
  9. bikebuilder

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    Re: 16" SWINGBIKE

    I made some progress on the swingbikes finally. I still need to make a new seat cover for the 16"er. The red one is a 20"er and will be apple krate style. I have a '68 style seat.

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  10. bikebuilder

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    Re: 16" SWINGBIKE and another 20" bike

    Here is the red one ready to box up and sell.
    It just needs cables and grease. It could use a new slick. I have too many bikes. I will have a hard time letting this one go. Maybe if I don't ride it I wont become as attached. It will probably go up on ebay in a week or so.
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  11. FOUND OBJECTS

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    Re: 16" SWINGBIKE and a new 20" swinger

    Keep it up! Your skills are "paying" off! Verrrrrry Cool! :p
     
  12. karfer67

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    Re: 16" SWINGBIKE and a new 20" swinger

    the red one is awsome what did it go for?
     
  13. bikebuilder

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    Re: 16" SWINGBIKE and a new 20" swinger

    Thanks!

    We will see soon if it actualy "pays off". I have a couple more thing to do before I put it up on ebay. The yellow one only had about about $50 into it. The red one has more $ into it than original swingbikes are going for. I just hope the five speed part helps. If not, I will make space for it.
     
  14. FOUND OBJECTS

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    Re: 16" SWINGBIKE and a new 20" swinger

    Keep us posted when you do! You should build on commision...
     
  15. bikebuilder

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    Re: 16" SWINGBIKE and a new 20" swinger

    Here is another one in the works. I found some really cool black fabric at walmart I want to use for the seat cover. Paint isn't perfect, I was hesitant to use black on a swingbike. It isn't flashy enough, but I think it looks okay.

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  16. deorman

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    Re: 16" SWINGBIKE and a new 20" swinger

    I'm not much into the swing thing, but you clearly live up to your screen name.
     
  17. reverendrally

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    Re: 16" SWINGBIKE and a new 20" swinger

    i've never heard of these before. when did they come out? they look very cool. what are they like to ride?
     
  18. bikebuilder

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    Re: 16" SWINGBIKE and a new 20" swinger

    They originally came out in the '70's. They were made for a couple of years. Then in 2003, 250 more were made. I am having tubing bent and building these. I am almost done though. I hear that they might be produced commercialy again in the next couple of years.

    They are a blast to ride. I am going to make a new video soon with these nicer bikes and some of the originals. Here is our first video with home made recycled scrap metal swingbikes for those who haven't seen it. This was befor I knew I could have tubing bent locally. The red bike used to be part trampoline part VW, part air compressor.... The orange ome my brother made with left over roll cage tubing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5P70XtI4zQ
     
  19. ifitsfreeitsforme

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    Re: 16" SWINGBIKE and a new 20" swinger

    great thread. you do great work.
     
  20. bikebuilder

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    Re: 16" SWINGBIKE and a new 20" swinger

    To ifitsfreeitsforme, Thanks! I appreciate that.

    To everyone else, Thanks for the comments too.

    To FOUND OBJECTS, It didn't meet the reserve. I wasn't sure it would. I had more into the parts than some original swingbikes sell for. It makes it kind-of tough to beat. I will try a local swap meet on Saturday. Then if it still hasn't sold for at least enough to cover a little more than parts, I will sell it at cost to someone who emailed me earlier about it, and it will go to a good cause.

    I still plan to finish building the black one. But then I will try to quit for a while. My garage is filling up. :D
     

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