20 of the freakiest custom bikes on the road
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THESE BIKES ARE much more than just two wheels, two pedals, and a chain.
Coffin cargo bike
Built by Gabriel Amadeus, a Portland-area designer extraordinaire and fun-enthusiast. When not riding bikes or organizing bike events you can find him building and welding every sort of bike imaginable. And some that arenât.Photographer: ichad
Steer with your hips
"This is Sailor Neale, with another of his crazy creations. This particular bike is jointed in the middle, just behind the handlebars. It folds fully in half if you don't pay attention. You steer by using your hips to swivel the central joint, and then using the handlebars to simultaneously steer the front wheel." Photographer: doviende
The Reverse Cowgirl
Built by Mark Veno. "It was displayed at PDX Airport when they had the Oregon Handmade Bicycle Exhibit. I was the only non-professional builder exhibiting."
The Ross Island Explorer
The Ross Island Explorer, a fully amphibious human-powered tallbike-paddleboat.Photographer: megulon5, member of C.H.U.N.K.
Burrito-recumbent, complete with suspension and sound system / Builder: DocPhotographer: Mark Veno
For when you really don't want to worry about getting a flat. Photographer: RJL20
Modern meets vintage
"A rock n' roll/punk kid rode this to the Coffee Bean in Playa Vista the other day. Love that it has an old-fashioned horn on the handlebars."Photographer: pink_fish13
Alan Sikiric's Mutandem: "Only from the fields of muck and hazardous grime known as the Jerz could something so horrifying arise!"
An art bike
The very definition of an art bike. Photographer: anarchosyn
Tall bikes galore!
One of the craziest tall bikes out there, and pannier-ready to boot!Photographer: doviende
A burrito built by Mark Veno: "When I moved to Portland I was inspired by the existing bike culture and built my first tallbike. I try to make my freakbikes as usable as "real" bikes. Soon I'll be moving to San Diego to spread the freakbike love to SoCal."
The mystery chopper rider
"No idea about who this is riding the chopper, just happened to snap it on Wells Street. I think he is part of the Chicago Critical Mass group."Photographer: swanksalot
Not quite training wheels...Photographer: BruceTurner
Rat Patrol Bike
Five bucks to anyone who can categorize this bike, being paraded by a member of Rat Patrol.Photographer: JOE M500
The Six Wheelie
When two wheels just aren't enough, you need the Six Wheelie. Photographer: bilbord99
There are choppers, and then there are these. Photographer: tandemracer
Not exactly a freak bike, but there is something freaky about these kids and their penny farthings. Photographer: Mild Mannered Photographer
Builder: Sailor Neale of the East Vancouver PedalPlay metal studio.Photographer: Foxtongue