Ruzter Tales

August 24, 2010

The Bike du Solei (Cargo Bike)

Filed under: Projects — Ruzter @ 2:54 am

It’s not what you can buy, it’s what you can build


I have amalgamated the pictures related to the construction of my cargo bike in one blog post for those interested in its construction.  Since picture are worth 1000 words, I won’t put too much text, but include as many pics as I have. The name evolved as we originally called it the circus bike after the kid’s car seat were added, then it became the Bike du Solei
from the famous Cirque du Solei.


The platforms for the boys’ car seats are the ends of futon couch. The last of the construction pics shows a super easy and fast way to attach the car seat with a ratchet tie down. The bike is amazingly stable. I took a guess and made the rear steering arm a bit longer that the front one attached to the forks. It is perfect and makes the bike easy to maneuver in the garage as the front wheel can be turned nearly 90 degrees.

The main difference in design from similar “front cargo bikes” is that instead of extending the head tube for the steering, I simply made a brace from angle iron and then extended a tube attached to the original front fork, down through the frame that rides on a UHMW bushing (high density plastic similar to nylon).

Here are all the construction pics… They maybe a tad out of order, so scroll through to see what you want. Click any pic to enlarge it.

June 21, 2010

The Circus bike (formally known as the cargo bike)

Filed under: Projects — Ruzter @ 1:50 am

We took the “circus bike” out on it’s maiden voyage today!

Jack thought putting a seat on the front would be a good idea. Mom, not so much…

The steering linkage complete

The platforms attached

Seats for the boys secured!

Enter the guinea pigs!

Ready for launch.

Now just a few odds and ends and some paint.

June 13, 2010

Cargo Bike Part Deux

Filed under: Projects — Ruzter @ 3:59 am

A late breaking addition I did after supper. You wouldn’t want those cut off forks going to waste! This is the front steering arm.

Cargo Bike (Tina’s Fault)

Filed under: Projects — Ruzter @ 12:51 am

Last night Tina asked how the cargo bike was coming. I hadn’t started. The rest is officially her fault 🙂

Here is the progress so far. I am a bit tired to comment on all the pics, but I think they are somewhat self explanatory. Now just the steering link to finish!

Click any pic to see it larger.

June 7, 2010

Power Wheels Battery Upgrade

Filed under: Kids, Projects — Ruzter @ 12:21 am

The batteries in the boy’s electric jeep died over winter… what’s a dad to do…

Looks like a good substitute to me!

It may take a little shoe-horning though…

Enter the sawz-all!

Better…

Sawz-all part deux

Now we are talking!

A brace for fun, really didn’t need it…

Some wiring adjustments

and some custom battery clamps!

And the hood is finally closed! (mostly)

May 1, 2010

New Bikes

Filed under: Projects — Ruzter @ 11:37 pm

I am a sucker for some cheap bikes to cut up into new creations, today was no exception:

$2 and 28 inch wheels

$5, just begging to be cut up

Free, (though I gave him $10 as a token) this is the pièce de résistance. SOOOOOOO many possibilities and the boys love riding it. It did come with a yellow seat, temporarily removed in this pic so it is easier for the boys to ride. Kirsten is so tolerant.

January 24, 2010

First Kirchen Cabinet has been installed

Filed under: Projects — Ruzter @ 12:46 am

We put in the first new kitchen cabinet to see how it would look. Can you tell which ones? 🙂

There are still handles and a bottom valence to put on.

August 12, 2009

Chopper Pedals and Wire Wrapping

Filed under: Projects — Ruzter @ 2:23 am

I decided to switch the plastic pedals on the chopper bike for some metal ones I had. This led to an interesting discovery.

Here is the metal pedal

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And if you take off the outside piece to clean it up, you are left with this. Now THAT is a chopper pedal!

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I wanted to dress up (hide my crappy welds) where the fork was attached. I used an old technique I came up with years ago after I saw how sword grips were covered.

You take some wire, twist it with a drill, and then wrap it around the fork. The tricky part here is that the curve makes the inside tighter than the outside, but it still does the job.

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In this case I painted the wire to match. This also looks great if you use silver or gold coloured hobby wire. I had some sterling silver wire that would have looked awesome, but these 2 wraps took over 60 feet of wire.

August 3, 2009

An Almost Good Idea

Filed under: Kids, Projects — Ruzter @ 1:52 am

Eric started riding the 2 wheeler (with training wheels) so naturally there is conflict between the boys. We have plenty of bike but no extra training wheels (yet).

In an effort to appease the children, I built this:

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The problem is geometry, specifically when turning. The back bike leans to the point of tipping over… Back to the drawing board!

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July 19, 2009

Tricking Out the Chopper

Filed under: Projects — Ruzter @ 12:57 am

I re-routed the brake cable on the chopper bike today

Before:

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After:

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I repeat, I AM NOT taking this bike seriously, that is was is making it fun! I sure get a lot of looks and compliments when I go for a spin though! I really do want to paint it now!

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