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Create your own mutant bike

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I try not to make a habit of posting the same pictures over again, but I like this shot and it has been a while since I originally used it. Anyway, if you live around NYC and you are interested in Frankenbikes (and who isn’t a little bit interested) check out the Mutant Bicycle Mechanics class at 3rd Ward in Brooklyn. You can get information about the program on the website, but here is the official description from Rob, the education Coordinator at 3rd Ward:

Mutant Bicycle Mechanics
Instructors: Carlos Valpeoz & David Messinio
Location: Metal Shop
Tuesdays May 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26 7-10pm
Last Day to Register: May 16
Members $360 / Non-Members $450

$40 materials fee due May 16 (This covers basic materials; students will be encouraged to bring in scrap parts as their projects progress. No registration cancellations after this date)

This course will introduce students to an entirely new aspect of bicycle culture. The focus is to allow the students to fully understand the mechanics of a bicycle while allowing them to build their own mutant bike out of raw steel and recycled bicycle parts (i.e. tall bikes, tricycles, chopper bikes, tandem bikes, bike carriages, etc.)

Students will be persuaded to conceptualize at home, bring in their ideas, rationalize, and create whatever is feasible in class. With the aide of introductory machining and welding processes, students will be able to use their imagination and response to raw and pre-existing material to create a form of transportation that is aesthetically sound and entirely functional. A 6 day shop pass will be included in the price of the class so that student can work on their own during the term of the class. This course is an introduction to mechanics of bicycle components, bicycle maintenance, welding and light bicycle fabrication. People with any or no experience in these areas are encouraged to attend this class.”

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  1. Fritz May 9, 2007 at 6:55 pm -  Reply

    In the Bay Area we have CYCLECIDE. Yumm.

  2. James May 10, 2007 at 11:05 am -  Reply

    Cool blog. Thanks for the link Fritz.

  3. James May 25, 2007 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Radio Freddy, I hadn’t checked out that site in a while.

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