Friday, August 27, 2010

ScrapBiking is what I've been doing

So, there isn't much scrapbooking going on here at the moment because I have been ScrapBIKING with my husband! As many of you know, building bikes is something that the DH and I love to do. It all started off as his passion and somewhere along the way I grew an interest in it as well....Well, more for the design of the bike than the overall mechanics. I will leave all that mumble-jumble for the DH! This month we started on a bike that I have been thinking about for quite sometime now, and I was super excited to dig in and get my hands a little dirty. We have a bunch of parts laying around that we have took off other bikes, that we have ordered and decided that we no longer needed, or that we have picked up at the local bike meets. My idea was to take all these parts and up cycle them to create one AWESOME bike! I absolutely do not like things to get wasted :)

Here she is in the just getting started stages: Just a Rigid frame, primered gas tank bought really cheaply on eBay, and a raw seat pan.
(Don't you just love what Travis has done with my deep freezer?! He says all the paint adds character....I say "Hmm, OK dear")
For the paint job I wanted to keep! All it took was 4 cans of spray paint in 4 different colors: Light grey primer, dark grey primer, black, and red. Look at me sanding away :)
Still sanding! Don't you just love candid shots. Look a Chai tea!
Here is the tank finished! It got painted in layers and then I sanded down the layers to give it an aged distressed look. It's an acquired taste.....or so I am told. I think it rocks!

Rear fender that I just finished up. This fender was another eBay find! It's not mounted yet, but it's getting done right now - so excited!
This seat happens to be one of my favorite things on the bike. Can you believe I actually covered this myself?! I still can't believe it. It only took 4 hours....3 of which were dedicated to doing some fancy Mexican Basket weave stitch to hold it together. MY. FINGERS. WERE. RAW. for days. The Ostrich leather was bought at a local Tandy Leather store for a whopping 3 dollars!
Here she is as she sat in the yard today (before I finished sanding the fender). We still have a long way to go in building her....BUT it's been fun so far! Not to mention a wonderful project for the DH and I to spend some quality time together! Ladies, you know a man loves you when he doesn't kick you out of his garage when he asks for a torque wrench and you have no idea what he is talking about.....Or any other tool for that matter! lol Travis is doing his part as well. Like I said he is working on the mechanics, like rebuilding the motor and whatnot's :) Guy stuff!
Hopefully we will have most of her done soon. I would love to see her running within the next month. We shall see what time allows us now that Travis has returned to work!!



  1. You have been added to my hero list. THIS ROCKS!!!

  2. Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! That is sooooooooooooo cool!! LOVE IT! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  3. This is the most awesome project ever! I want a garage to do stuff like this in. LOL.

    I've missed stopping by, I'll have to get caught up with all of your wonderfulness soon. I've been AWOL! :)

    Keep up all the sweet work, doll. :)

    PS. Did you send those handmade RAK buttons from a few weeks ago out?

  4. How awesome....I am loving the way this bike is turning out. I can just picture you it!