How nice is this?
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Mate of mine Mark Thurston (and custom tool maker for the shoppe) has built this beautiful cruiser for his missis to pootle around the VW shows they frequent. Parts have been sourced from a variety of places like Ridelow in Manchester, the internet and crucially some retired old 20″ wheeled shoppers from the 70′s – doing his bit for the environment there!
The wheels are a 72 hole radial spoke pattern, they were a 36 hole rim and hub but Mark being Mark he made himself a jig and drilled a few extra holes. Also on the back wheel you can see a retro fit cable disc brake with the cable housing running through the frame – this means no lugs anywhere on the frame – a nice touch.
Check out the pin striping on the mudguards with the chrome centre. All the cream pinstripes were done by hand!
The good news is that he’s got another one called the ‘Shopper Chopper’ and hopefully I’ll have some photo’s of that soon.
Thursday, September 30th, 2010