My custom bed bike build

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DonChristie

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
I have never made a custom bike before, but here I am headed down that path! I was thinking I wanted a tall bike to goof around on. You know, where one attached a bike frame atop another and sits up high? So while doing research, I stumbled across this pic! I knew then my tall bike design had changed!

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DonChristie

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
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
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
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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