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.
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.