A Nurse with a Gun

Saturday, June 23, 2007

JC Higgins Colorflow

Click to enlargeI've been having a blast riding bikes again. Regular readers may notice more bike posts, less gun posts. That's because I have been riding and building.

There is something unique about building your own bicycle or motorcycle, and then riding the crap out of it. Years ago, my first bicycle was one I built myself from trash parts other people had thrown away. Today, I again rode a bike I had built from recycled parts.

This bicycle is a JC Higgins Colorflow frame, with a Monark dual springer front fork. Click to enlarge The crankset is Schwinn, and the saddle is a Brooks B72 leather suspension. The wheels and rubber are mismatched, chrome in front, white in the rear, but who cares?. At some point, I may checker the rear wheel. I opted to not repaint the frame. I like the scratched up and rusted patina of the steel frame.

The bike rides smooth as silk, with the straight front forks being incredibly nimble. I almost put some wider rubber on, but I am glad I did not.

The finished velocipede.

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Blogger Will said...

Hey, it's another cool hobby, also involving the thrill of scavenging good stuff from the often overlooked places.
Now tell us how you're finding these frames, forks, etc, etc. It's bound to be a good story.

12:21 AM  
Blogger phlegmfatale said...

What a cool pair of photos of a very nice bike. I wouldn't have re-painted it, either-- that blue has a nicely burnished look to it. Love the handlebars, too. My opinion is that cars and bikes and things that remain pristine look like no one has ever really put them through their paces and enjoyed them. Same principle translates to people and other things.

10:58 AM  
Anonymous bailey said...

That is one bad ass bike! Do you bomb on it? You should. It rocks hard core man!

8:23 AM  
Blogger Charley said...

Hi Xavier.
Luv it!!! : )
Can you say where you got those forks?
Keep Well

12:58 AM  
Blogger Xavier said...

They are reproduction Monark forks. I think I snagged this set on ebay.

9:40 PM  

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