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Tom Spollen's Tiki Bike, part 2

We developed a logo based on Tiki. Tiki is the nasty-assed God of Recumbents.

Close-up of Tiki, our new logo. Thinking of Hawaii (outside temperature 34 degrees F, wind 35 mph).

Finished bikes on display in our lobby. We needed more space in the shop.

Here we are starting to put the parts back on the bike. Tiki logo appears. Mountain bike grips from another bike give a custom look.

The finished look: 7/8" aluminum stays are supporting the seat back. These are set into plywood blocks to distribute the load. Idlers are from McMaster-Carr via UPS. Three different scraps of chain are linked together.

Foam pieces for cushioning are recycled from our streamliner project. Gripshifts are $5 brand new, courtesy of the Englishtown flea market. Rear cassette is 6-speed. Stem riser is a seat post from an exercise bike.

Rear view: 7/8" aluminum tubing used for back support. 27 1/4" wheel. 6-speed 13-28 cassette.

Side view: original kick stand from mixte, still needs an idler wheel under seat side, pull brake on rear, V-brake up front.
Almost finished: a few bugs left in drive train, alloy handlebar on order. First test rides successful; bike handled well.

Tom & Chris Spollen
Staten Island, NY
December 2003

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