My custom bed bike build

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DonChristie

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Nov 4, 2009
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Waxhaw, N. Carolina
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Amazed and fascinated by the Bed Bike, I now focused on it. Based on a thread here I was able to figure out who the original builder was and 2 of them were made. Joseph Steinlauf was a bicycle pioneer of sorts back in the 30s. His old bed broke one day while in it and thats when the idea was hatched! He had 3 brothers and tons of family in the Chicago area. At first, I thought of tracking down surviving family members via facebook/linkedin to see if this bike was still around. No luck. Thats when I decided that in order to have a Bed Bike, I need to build it!

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DonChristie

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Nov 4, 2009
3,578
Waxhaw, N. Carolina
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So now I was on the hunt for a similar style headboard to use as a frame. Low and behold, a headboard and matching footboard show up on craigslist for $20! Mine! Unbelievable how heavy these pieces are. Im guessing 65 lbs and 40 lbs! The footboard was the smaller of the Two so thats the start. I can scab parts off of the other for fabrication.

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DonChristie

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Nov 4, 2009
3,578
Waxhaw, N. Carolina
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So after after a few days of thinking and a handfull of hours chopping, heres the bottom end taking shape! (Disclaimer: I have no idea what I am doing so if someone sees or thinks of something, speak up)! The horizontal grey pipe will be replaced with a similar piece from the headboard.

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DonChristie

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Nov 4, 2009
3,578
Waxhaw, N. Carolina
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Tonite I had some time to work and think about the bed bike build! I cut a hole for the top headtube and thought, what the hell am I doing? I mean, this is kind of a crazy build! Nonetheless, I paid no attention to common sense! Heres the hole for the top headset and it I laid it out to get a feel for the general design. Im thinking to use the curved bars of the Huffman as vertical supports to match the curve in the frame. Im also thinking a planetary type sprocket in the back bottom bracket frame half rolling on the chain.

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