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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.

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Ron Menagh
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.