BMX Cruiser: About
This one of my first
I had previous welding experience, just little things would come up every once in awhile that needed fixing.
I had a BMX bike I rode around just about everyday. But my BMX days were over, I needed something a little
more practical to get around town with. I figured making a BMX cruiser would be the perfect project.
I had a friend with a bike that I liked. I got some basic measurements from that bike, then changed them a little
to make mine a little unique. I bought some metal, then I set off to start building...
The Construction Of...
- I started by cutting the pipe to length.
- I layed them out on the ground and notched out the ends to fit each other.
- The bearings that press into the bottom bracket have to fit just right. If the bottom bracket is too big, the bearings won't
stay in. If it is too small the bearings won't move freely. I was unable to find a piece of pipe the right size so I cut
the bottom bracket out of a junkyard bike.
- After those pieces were at a length I liked and fit each other. I welded them up,
and grinded them to a smoother finish.
- Next was getting the top stay/bottom stay made and attached to the frame.
- I drew out the drop-outs on thick construction paper, cut it out, then traced the shape onto sheet metal which was then
cut out using an oxy-acetelyne cutting torch.
- Once cut-out and smoothed, the drop-outs were added onto the chain and top stays.
Once the welds are cleaned up, add a couple layers of primer, followed by some layers of paint, put on
the parts, inflate tires, adjust brakes...
... and before you know it, there is a complete bike..