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HELP me tiki-fy my new bicycle
MoaiMarcus
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Joined: Apr 19, 2009
Posts: 4
Posted: 2009-12-22 9:22 pm   Permalink

I need help from my fellow Tiki friends. I purchased a new Electra Townie Bike, but I need to find someone who can do an amazing job adding some tiki themed painted pinstriping to my new ride. I live in Los Angeles.

Thanks,


 
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ron-tiki
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Joined: Feb 24, 2007
Posts: 383
From: los angeles
Posted: 2009-12-23 05:39 am   Permalink

cycle art in vista....these guys really know how to paint bikes!!!

 
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TIKI-RAY
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Joined: May 18, 2003
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From: Alta Loma, California
Posted: 2009-12-23 07:56 am   Permalink

Heres mine I did last year .









Go on ebay and start searching for accessories for the main features for your bike , then start thinking of how you want to paint it . I did all the tapa pinstriping myself . The cool thing about tapa is that it is supposed to be a little imperfect . Have fun on your project , Ray



 
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talo ka
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Joined: Jul 26, 2007
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From: tampa, fla
Posted: 2009-12-23 08:09 am   Permalink

wow...thats nice. good luck on yours now.


 
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tikiyaki
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Joined: May 18, 2004
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From: The Exotic Port of REDONDO BEACH, CA
Posted: 2009-12-23 09:14 am   Permalink

Dayyyaammm Ray, that's sweet !

 
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MoaiMarcus
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Joined: Apr 19, 2009
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Posted: 2009-12-23 10:20 am   Permalink

That is one AWWWEEESOOOOOOOOOOOME BIKE!!!

 
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Murph
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Joined: Jul 11, 2006
Posts: 719
From: SoCal
Posted: 2009-12-23 11:01 am   Permalink

Love that bike Ray!
but when you gonna learn to ride a two wheel?


 
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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2009-12-24 4:58 pm   Permalink

WOW!!! Fabulous Ray...everything is just right...great details. You otta start a business.
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TikiTie
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Joined: May 24, 2012
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From: 'bonedale, CO
Posted: 2012-06-06 12:09 pm   Permalink

That is a great job on your trike! I was just about to post some work that I did on my wife's trike under "other crafts", but I feel like maybe it should go here instead. Hopefully other cyclists will post their TikiBikes here, either stock bikes with cool add-ons or totally unique creations.

 
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TikiTie
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Joined: May 24, 2012
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From: 'bonedale, CO
Posted: 2012-06-06 12:35 pm   Permalink

So here is a picture of my wife's current summer cruiser. It is just a Nirve Lahaina with a Nantucket Basket (in the front) and a set of Electra Panniers (in the back). the other goodies are an original brass taxi horn, removable lantern (from the 60s or 70s), and a coconut drink holder. The latter being absolutely critical for the monthly Carbondale Full Moon Cruiser Ride that happens 12 times a year up here in the mountains.


Anyway, for winter riding to work, we bought a beat up tricycle from the senior housing near our home for $100. We tossed out the old (trek) frame, cleaned of the rear conversion kit, and bought a much better looking 1960s Raleigh from our local bike shop (The Gear Exchange in Glenwood Springs). The guys repaired the 7-speed hub, put in new brake lines, shifter lines, and found us a 700x35c front wheel and tire that they just had laying around. The bike worked, but just looked like a bolted together Frankenbike. We gave our friend the rear 2 wheels and new (40 year old) frame to weld together. In doing so, he lengthened the bike by about 18". Also got some custom ironwork on the sides to make it a bit more unique.



Skip to a year later. The bike was cool, but totally un-themed. During one of the rides, we tossed a few tiki torches (haphazardly) on the back...and a theme started to develop.





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TikiTie
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Joined: May 24, 2012
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From: 'bonedale, CO
Posted: 2012-06-06 1:05 pm   Permalink

So with 3 pieces of bamboo that we bought at Target (we're STILL waiting for Oceanic Arts to open a location up here in the Rockies) I got to work.

I started using a Dremel to split the bamboo. It was only later that I learned that a sturdy knife and mallet works a lot better! The Dremel did come in handy when making the angle cuts, though.



After gluing the pieces together, I made some some brackets with scrap metal.


Split some more bamboo and glued it together around the frame tubes, using bungee cords to apply tension as it dried.


Here is the TikiTrike so far. It has the torches on temporarily for the Full Moon Cruiser Ride.


Definitely a work in progress, but I think it is a nice start. I was going to make a cargo bed out of Bamboo Laminate Flooring, but I like the bamboo slat design that TIKI-RAY has a lot more. If our bike looks half as cool as his when we're all said and done, I'll call it a victory!


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TikiTie
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Joined: May 24, 2012
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From: 'bonedale, CO
Posted: 2012-06-07 06:43 am   Permalink

I think that we'll stick with the vintage crankarm/pedal set that we have now. I will probably make (or buy) a set of wood grips.

We will be doing a set of bamboo drag bars on our next project, which is a rusty stock OCC Schwinn Stingray.


 
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christiki295
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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
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From: LA-2547 mls east Hawaii &5500 Easter Is
Posted: 2012-06-07 07:40 am   Permalink

These are excellent ideas.

 
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AceExplorer
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Joined: Apr 03, 2008
Posts: 989
From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2012-06-07 08:32 am   Permalink

Very interesting, those are nice and simple wooden handles. It looks like there is plenty of room for embellishment with tiki/tapa patterns. I'm looking forward to seeing more photos. Wish I had the time (and the space) to do that kind of work. I already have too many hobbies, interests, and commitments - they cut into my drinking time! heh...

 
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forgotten tikiman
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Joined: Aug 18, 2011
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From: Forgotten Tiki Room. Pismo Beach, CA
Posted: 2012-06-07 1:21 pm   Permalink

That is such a cool bike Ray. Tiki Tony has a cool one too. Dont know if hes done with it yet. But it looks like its going to be pretty rad.
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