This year’s RRB Winter Build Off was a blast! Lots of great bikes built and the vibe is always laid back, creative and helpful. Tom Wilson, one of several of our resident custom builders cranked out something pretty stellar this go around. His entry, “Extended Cruise” pushed the limits when it came to taking something trashed and pretty mundane and turning it into an experiment in engineering and style.
Tom started off with a roached out Schwinn Traveler as the base for his build. He used the frame, handlebar stem, fork and headset. Most of the other parts came from a couple Schwinn Varsities that he parted out to build an over-sized and over-weight quadbike about ten years ago. The build included a custom springer fork and some trick shifting design.
It’s always fun to watch where Tom goes with these builds. One might think that it’s just a case of hacking frames apart and randomly welding tubes together, but Tom takes his building seriously and plans things out very well. As a matter of fact, I’m not sure in 11 years of running RRB that I’ve seen anyone take design and documentation to this level…
I could sit here and try to explain all of the trial and error that went on with the build and show you the ideas that Tom had along the way, but you’re probably better of clicking here to see the entire build thread. I’ll be honset, some of it….especially the discussion on how to set up the derailleurs made my brain hurt a little.
For the sake of time and space I’ll use the rest of the post to show you finished pics and a ride video…nice work Tom!