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I am not referring to the high dollar custom machines that framebuilders create. I am talking about bikes that are modified by their owners to make them unique. It is fun to see what people do with their bikes. Pictured above is a bike, most likely owned by a messenger, that I saw in Manhattan. I doubt that the designers of the Trispoke wheel ever pictured their product on a bike like this. One thing is for sure, this bike won’t get lost in a crowd. For that reason, I liked it enough to stop and take a picture.
Another type of customization is a little more extreme. These bikes were also in New York during the last bicycle film festival. They may look a little hard to ride, but they definitely have some appeal. How can you not want to at least try to ride one of these mutant choppers when you see them? A lot of creative thought goes into homemade designs like this. I, for one, love to see it.


  1. Tim Jackson- Masi Guy November 10, 2005 at 12:19 pm -  Reply

    I agree. I love Franken-bikes. There is a great blend of art and beast in these machines.

  2. bikefridaywalter November 11, 2005 at 3:11 am -  Reply

    why does it do this to me? ugh! it’s by atomic zombie.

  3. James November 11, 2005 at 8:27 am -  Reply

    I have a copy of the Atomic Zombie book, so one of these days I will probably make a mutant bike out of some of the bikes I find in the trash (my son likes the idea of making a chopper). If I remember correctly, the author welds everything with a cheap stick welder. Aside from that, you just need an angle grinder, a hack saw, and a few basic hand tools.

  4. Customator January 31, 2009 at 6:53 pm -  Reply

    hey, Just wanted to say something a bit starnge with my bike.
    i have a 20″ wheel on the back and a 16″wheel on the front!! very retro.

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