Photography by Brad Graham

Granny’s Nightmare Chopper Bike

Chop an old ladies’ bicycle into something evil.

By Brad Graham

You know what irritates me? I drive out to the dump, pay my five bucks to get in, and the only bikes laying around are those goofy granny bikes from the late 1970s. OK — enough whining — a real chopper artist can chop any bike, even a crusty old codger cruiser.

Here’s how I hacked and welded a granny bike into something evil. Normally, I wouldn’t even bother with a bike like this because it has a lugged frame. This means that the head tube and bottom bracket are just press-fit and brazed into place, rather than welded. You ...

Get Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 11 now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.