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I'm ChoppeRon and I build Kustom bicycle choppers. My specialty seems to be taking stock frames and with little to no welding, turning them into rolling works of art. What you will find is my take on the whole form and function debate. I tend to prioritze form over function because,...well... IMAGE IS EVERYTHING! Kustom is Kool... Kool is Kustom, Cheers,ChoppeRon.

Jun 13, 2009

ChoppeRon's Bike Of The Month postponed for one month.

by Ron Menagh — last modified Jun 13, 2009 10:55 AM

Reason for a short hiatus.

I would like to extend my apologies to anyone who may be waiting with bated breath for this month's edition.

Things around here got thrown into a bit of a tailspin with the already reported passing of Darcy Lane, founder and quasi/reluctant leader of the Riff Raff cruisin' club, and my good friend. We had a incredible ride in his memory on June 4/09.

Some pics and video are posted on this site and some more can be found on Facebook: search for "in memory of Darcy Lane". I will be back next month with a 70's era custom CCM Apache that got the full blown Choppeon treatment.

Ride safe, ChoppeRon.

May 07, 2009

ChoppeRon's bike of the month: May/09

by Ron Menagh — last modified May 07, 2009 07:35 AM
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The Bruiser bike

The Bruiser at the start of a Friday night ride


The Bruiser started out as a tired old Mtn. bike that I picked up at the Cap's Langley garage sale 5 years ago, as well as a 70's era CCM out of the 2 bikes for $25.00 rack. Like a sculptor (somewhere in my little pea brain) all I saw was the end result. I saw the gooseneck in the frame and it was mine. I then walked around to the front store of Cap's and spent a small fortune on the forks and handlebars. There was a frame tube running from the top tube to a taller (than now) seat post; that was the 1st thing to go. Choppers look good with an upswept and laid back look and this rig started taking it's own path when I started playing with wheelsets and seatposts.


Cool wheels

Bruiser at night

I went with a 26"x26"wheelset comprised of chrome rims, blue nipples, and flashing blue light valve caps. A 26"x 3' wide tire adorns the front and a shouldered slick...ish tire wraps the rear. The hubs are a bit of a nonissue as plans call for a Sachs 3x7 internal/external hub for the rear (for a total of 42 gears with 2 front chainrings; 63 if I put a 3rd one one the front...hee,hee. I know a lot of them will be redundant, just goin for braggin' rights), and a nexus drum brake hub for the front wheel.


 Both of which I already have.



Bruiser left side

Front deraileur shifter


Here you can see the 3 cobra head Knobs mounted on 3 gear shifters; on the left hanldebar, an old thumb lever with a piece of tubing attached for a Rat Fink look, for the front derailleur, old school 5spd. console shifter on the top tube for trhe rear deraileur, and a Sturmey 3 spd on the right handlebar for the aforementioned future 3x7 hub.


Blue horn

Sturmey Archer 3 spd. shifterI started squirting Dupli Colour's blue anodizing paint on the horn, sissy bar and shift lever and started to call this a tribute to my 1st car's interior (referred to in last month's column). That, however was a strange name for a bike, so, since a bruise is black and it goes. 


Blue headlight

Rear tire and lights



Oh yeah , I took apart the head light and squirted it blue too, man I love the effect that paint has over chrome...mmmmm bike candy!!!


Sissy bar and dice Sissy bar pad and speakers

Nos bottle just cuz it looks cool, fuzzy dice that hung in my 1st car back in 1981, cd player (gotta keep it old school) for atmosphere, rack to hold the bag of rocket fuel ;) , and fully functional wheelie bar made from springer fork tubes. 26" banana seat and sissy bar pad from Cap's Langley, laid back seat post, chrome ducktail fender, chrome cranks and blue anodized pedals and 2 bullet tailights converted to Led lights that cast a nice blue glow on the ground behind me at night, round out this party on wheels quite niceley for now...    

Those outlaw apehangers are somethin' else!!, however the bike is quite comfortable and fun to ride.

Takin' home the hardware for 2009

Bruiser at the lake

The Bruiser took home the Best Custom Chopper trophy at Toxic Harold's Show 'n Shine/Springnationals, May 2nd/2009. My mom's bike, a '53 Schwinn Panther in the background, took home the Vintage Custom trophy as well. It will be featured in a future column.


I hope you enjoyed this month's edition, ride safe, ChoppeRon.


Mar 28, 2009

ChoppeRon's bike of the month:April/09

by Ron Menagh — last modified Mar 28, 2009 08:50 AM

Welcome to my little corner of the www. . I plan to feature kustom bicycle choppers here each month from my collection and ones that I have built. There is about 2 1/2 years worth so this could be the start of a fun ride!

Purple Haze in it's infancy.

Circa 1993-94 I first started messing with this bike. 16" front wheel, knobby tire, old skool chopper forks, stem extension,apehangers and Bmx grips. Sturmey 3speed, nice, fat chainguard, cotter pin cranks and a dual leg kickstand. Seat post is an old apehanger h-bar. Handmade struts and sissy bar. Ducktail banana seat and N.O.S. M/X shocks. Shouldered and ducktailed rear fender. 20"rear wheel and slick tire.Chrome rims, black nipples,radial lace (thx Grant), 36 spokes rear and FRONT! Cantilever brakes (thx Toby).

Fun to ride but something was'nt quite right, soooo...

Purple Haze in it's adolesence


Amazing what a rake job and a pair of handmade forks 'll do....... WHEEEEEEE!!

Purple Haze grows up.


Spring/Summer/98;Chromed the forks, chainguard,stem and extension,fender,struts and sissy bar. N.O.S. shifter(thx P.D.),CCM tool bag(my affinity for CCM has been referred to elsewhere on this site and will become more evident as time goes on). Put the apehangers back on after I got used to the feel of this monster with drag bars. 


Sissy bar pad is covered with leftover material from my first car(a '65 Impala) that I put a crushed velvet interior into in 1980.

'65 Impala front seat.'65 Impala rear seat.

My frame  and Harley parts


Here you can see the work that went into the rake job and the gussets that have flames painstakingly carved out in the rear edge. A Harley Davidson bar and shield head tube badge topped it off and I thought I was done... ya right ..they are never finished. Anyway it was time to krooze this buggy! I took it to one of P.D.'s low rolls back in the day... unbeknownst to me, there was a friendly contest to see who could build the wildest chopper... then I showed up...


Did somebody say WHEEEEEEELLLIEEEE??!!Purple Haze on one wheel.


That springer fork is a lot of FUN!! This rig now sports dual square headlights and a wheelie bar. Plans call for a new seat assembly system to get my rear skyward a little more. I hope y'all enjoy what I've got to offer and welcome any comments positive or negative. Cheers, ChoppeRon.

Mar 27, 2009

ChoppeRon goin' worldwide!...please stand by

by Ron Menagh — last modified Mar 27, 2009 09:01 AM

First off; thanks Bryn for all your hard work revamping THE site for Kroozin' on the Wet Coast. Looks AWESOME! (LOVE the albums feature!)

Spring is here. That means building season is winding down and riding season is CRANKIN" up! I've got a couple of new ones built. It seems I have have gone down a narrow tire path this year.

2 lightwieght bikes are finished with a third in the works. (forgot just how fast they can be!) The new school Stingray is getting a revamp: a 3 speed and a bunch of chrome...oooooohhhhh...chrooooome.

Picked up a digital camera and am hoping to start sharing images of my hack 'n slash creations wth y'all soon. It sux only being able to ride one bike at a time! See y'all in the wind!! Ride safe!


Apr 01, 2008

Sniff, sniff...I smell riding season coming

by Ron Menagh — last modified Apr 01, 2008 03:59 PM

Hi everyone! Long, stupid winter wasn't it?

I've been gettin' out with the Riff Raff in Surrey here when the weather is above zero and dry all winter, but it sure is not as often as summer time. Been busy buildin' 'n tweakin' 'n creatin' kustom krap as always.

The Schwinn Spoiler got an overhaul this winter and fattened up to seventy + pounds. Can't wait to bring that one out.

Sad news about a particular bike shop in Burnaby dear to us hardcore types. It has re-opened for an interim period  to sell the business or...? At least that is what I was told by the owner the first day he reopened. (I Don't want identitify him and shop by name in case Iam speaking out of turn) Combine that with Gunner's closing last August and with what might happen with another of my favorite bike shops in Surrey(it's future is in question as well) , and I could be losing 3 bike shops in less than a year :( . 

Any way enough doom and gloom. Spring is here!!! and I WANNA RIDE!!!  See y'all in the wind! Ride safe. ChoppeRon

Aug 20, 2007


by Ron Menagh — last modified Aug 20, 2007 12:23 PM

Choppers+good friends+good weather+time to ride=good times

ChoppeRon's secret to happiness;Choppers+good friends+good weather+time to ride=good times. I have not been able to make it out to the vancruiser rides for a while now, due to a career shift mostly,(priorities being such attention hogs) among life's other interruptions.However, I am still creating somewhat functional rolling works of art.(insert your own comments Stupid rain can't stop the wrenches turnin in my hands or the gears in my head. My I/T guru is now in house for a while, so when some spare time happens to find me, there will be a whack o' pics comin your way via this site. Three of which are of my great grandfather's shop when he was building bicycles for CCM in the 1890's. I ride every week out here in Surrey with a great gang/club/loose association of like minded individuals/murder (that last one for those that are going wha?, is what a herd of crows is called),but we call ourselves the Riff Raff for short. It is always a good time;every one is welcome but as the folks here at Vancruisers discovered earlier this summer, not every one is always on the same page at the same time. It happened to us last year. I had to ask someone to leave when he just did not fit in. It is unfortunate, but human nature is, what it is, and it takes all kinds to make this big blue orb spin on it's axis. Ask around the crowd for details if you are interested or comment below,but let's not let a few bad apples spoil the pleasure of sharing our passion through this medium. I understand the discouragement that has been felt ,but summer is slippin by us quickly here. So get on your bikes and ride!, come back home and blog about it and I will see y'all in the wind! Ride safe. ChoppeRon. P.S. You guys out in Maple Ridge (John and Kevin), Let's hear from ya! Ridge Riders or Ridge Rippers I think you were going to call yourselves...

Jul 17, 2007

Gone ridin'

by Ron Menagh — last modified Jul 17, 2007 08:05 AM

BOMBOLIWA!!! Apparently that means celebrate,and that's what I'm doin'. Celebratin' summer by goin ridin'. See ya in the wind! Ride safe. ChoppeRon

Jul 03, 2007

Work? Noooo!!! I'm not done ridin' yet!

by Ron Menagh — last modified Jul 03, 2007 08:11 AM

Heh, heh! Wow what a weekend ! Way cool!; as all summer weekends should be. It actually started on Wed, with the the standard Riff Raff crew, took Thurs. off; and out Fri., night with George.(the weather was too iffy to make the call for the Fri., night lights ride) Sat., was spent at the drags and got back in time to hook up with Darcy, and cruised to Rick and Karen's digs to hang for the eve. (way fun guys! thx again!) SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!!!! (race day for those too young to remember that phrase) Tour De Freak'in Yaletown!!!!! Huge props to whoever put that EXPIERIENCE together in the amount of time that I heard that it took:))!!! George and I were personally in on it from start to finish! (as were others)10 hours of VANCRUISIN!!!! PROPS to ALL of you  that I saw ( incl. Kendal who was there for about two seconds on her way by the other way) Then Mon., unfolded as smoooothly as a holiday Mon., should. A phone call from Darcy, and I'm out the door with a bike in hand again! ( Ya ,I know ,tough to take, right?) Anyway, 8 hr.s later, I'm writin' this, dreading that damned (evil) alarm clock!! AKA the 5:00 am reality check. See y'all next weekend!!! Ride safe! ChoppeRon

May 29, 2007

Rippin' with the Riff Raff

by Ron Menagh — last modified May 29, 2007 12:11 PM

I don't know if this is gonna work, but here goes.(BRYN?!!) Just got home (11:00 Sat night). Perfect day. As far I am concerned,anyway. All day at the drags. WAY coool!(Hey Manhole, Ididn't see YOU or the T- shirts! Get off the mountain and back to work!:) ) I get back in town just in time to get 4 Riff Raff ruffians off their keisters to go rip it up in S town. The plan was to drop by the Tree Rock Brew Pub,(very cruiser friendly pub w/ awesome food) on 152 St., but the U.F.C. championship scrap was on deck, so no room for 3 ft. wide ape hangers on the patio.(don't need no stinkin lawsuits, thx) So off in search of liquid sustenance elsewhere. Wound up at ........ lake for a while. Ripped over to ...... ........ lake for another bit. Ripped it back to H/Q neighborhood where George and I headed west, while Darcy and Pasquale went home. We hit the 148 St., power line parking lot for refreshment as the last rays of the day disappeared. Said goodnight to G., and decided it was still to early to go home; so I went and quaffed one on the plaza in front of the Surrey Central Brew pub(Right in front of security no less. Just proves that if you can be discreet, and not an idiot you're gonna be cool:)) I considered scoring the last 3 ..... to the kids that asked me to boot, but thought better of it. Besides, it gave me sump'n to drink while I wrote this rabble. Ride safe, ChoppeRon

A Monday evening in May/07

by Ron Menagh — last modified May 29, 2007 12:08 PM

K. I think I might have this figgered out now . maybe . Hmmm, what's this button do?AAAAAHHHHH!;) Tink, Tink, is thing workin'? Another day, one more ride with the Riff Raff. Always a BLAST!!! Got onto the patio tonight and consumed mass quantities of sustenance. Mike and Grease came out. The new guy thought he was the General Lee and tried to launch the Switchblade over a cube van with it's ramp down off the deck. It didn't quite work out though , all he managed to do was to piss off the two guys packin' furniture. (but funny as hell to watch him do it) Ride safe ,ChoppeRon. 

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I'm ChoppeRon and I build Kustom bicycle choppers. My specialty seems to be taking stock frames and with little to no welding, turning them into rolling works of art. What you will find is my take on the whole form and function debate. I tend to prioritze form over function because,...well... IMAGE IS EVERYTHING! Kustom is Kool... Kool is Kustom, Cheers,ChoppeRon.