Trek Drift

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It started, like most projects, on the aspirations of unrealized childhood dreams. Those late summer nights in the garage, being 10 years old, knowing what I wanted to do but with absolutely no clue of what I was doing.
 
 My sad heavy steel one-speed banana seat department-store Iverson needed speeds.
My mom's 3-speed folding bike was collecting cobwebs in the corner since the day she bought it. 
It looked easy enough, I thought. 
 
Of course everything went horribly wrong.
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So several years ago I discovered Trek made an aluminum kid's cruiser.
The gauntlet was thrown down. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It took literally several years to find parts for it.  Alloy fork with a disc brake. (Trials bike sites) Alloy riser handlebars. (Recumbent sites.) Leather banana seat. (custom made from a highly-regarded shoe repair place in Manhattan.)  A titanium bottom bracket wide enough in the years before those 'fat-tire' bikes got popular. (I still had to grind down Campy cranks to clear the frame.)
I could still go farther with it. But I did what I wanted to do and it's time to start another one.
 
Until then it's a proud showpiece.
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