From Fists and Steel to Jungle Bicycle Part 2

I initially set out to make a café racer style bicycle, using among other things the Joe Lewis Detroit fist as my inspiration. After spending quite a bit of time in my friend’s shop trying to perfect my welding skills, I bailed on this idea. I did not feel confident enough welding the thin walled…
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From Fists and Steel to Jungle Bicycle Part 1

Introduction The project has left me with a beautiful bamboo jungle bicycle I will ride into my next guerrilla warfare endeavor. The following will explain my process and eventually in good time I’ll reveal what it all means. To quickly recap: disappointed in my welding skills I switched from making a steel cafe racer bicycle to…
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Cafe Bicycle Update 4/6

I have finalized my modified design for straight bamboo tubing and completed the switch to bamboo as my material. After hours of research on the various ways bamboo can be used for a bike frame I felt comfortable that I could execute a design I would be satisfied with that will meet my intentions for the project.…
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Progress

My bicycling chariot progress has taken a few steps forward and back lately. I have finalized the design, geometry, aesthetic, and components. However, I have been practicing my welds for a couple weeks and unfortunately it has been difficult to not blow through tubing using MIG and the wall thickness I desire. This has caused…
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Top 5 Constraints

The most critical constraints in creating my Fistcycle project are as follows: Creating a design that looks how I want but is also rideable. Designing a bicycle frame from scratch has been difficult. Extending or changing the shape of a tube or two from a current design is simple, but a larger deviation from the…
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Turning Old Bicycle Parts into a Clock

I have always wanted to make artwork, useful or not, out of old or broken parts from bikes. I’m not quite sure why but I really like the look of rotors, cassettes, hubs, wheels and cranks; probably more than complete bikes or beautiful frames. There seems to be so much effort put into their design (although…
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WPA Posters

http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b48847 Art to spread awareness for syphilis? During the depression in the 1930’s, jobs were hard to come by for most everybody in the United Sates. Artists especially felt the squeeze as Americans worried more about putting food on the table than supporting the arts. As part of the New Deal, the Works Progress Administration (WPA)…
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