The Chubby Pony

Goals

  • Extended Wheelbase
  • Integrated rear rack (26″)
  • Truss Fork with integrated front rack
  • Wooden deck for rear rack
  • Wooden box for front rack
  • Comfortable riding position
  • Clearance for 26×4.0 tires or 29+
  • Motorcycle style kickstand
  • Frame bag with integrated mounts
  • Behind seat tube bag
  • Tote bag panniers
  • 44mm headtube
  • Fender Mounts

Comments:

There is too much to say about this bike. It is one of the most complex and involved projects I have attempted. Lots of goals, lots of new challenges, lots of bike! The result is better than I could have imagined. It rolls better than expected on Surly Black Floyd’s and you can lean DEEP into the corners.The Pony is an extremely fun bike to ride!

My hope for this bike is to reduce my car usage. It allows me to easily carry tools around the farm, or groceries from the store. It definitely turns heads with its bright blue powdercoat, yellow rims, long wheelbase, and fat wheels. For those wondering why I went with fat wheels, the main factors were traction, stability, strength, ride quality, and cool factor.

Rack

The integrated rear rack on this bike is 26″ long by 5″ wide. It has flat stainless steel plates on the top for attachment. I curved the tubes that attach the rack to the frame. The curve is subtle, but without it I feel the bike would look very boxy/angular. The rack is extremely strong and can easily carry the weight of another adult rider.

Fork

The bike features a truss fork with an integrated rack. I’ve done this style of fork before, but made some slight changes this time. I curved the front supports for the rack to give it a nicer aesthetic. I also used stainless steel plates for the deck, making it easy to attach the box.

Woodwork

The woodwork on this bike was a new thing for me. I was fortunate to get advice from two exceptional woodworkers. I used cherry wood for its beautiful color and strength. The deck is 26″ long by 6″ wide. The back deck was pretty straightforward; it is attached by 6 bolts underneath the rack. I beveled the corners and sanded it very smooth.

The front box is 14″ wide by 8″ long by 2.5″ deep. The depth may seem shallow but it has worked great in testing; it can carry beer. I used a similar bolt method as the rear rack. Most of the pieces lock together for strength. I left the front side long because I liked the look. The back side of the box matches the angle of the truss legs.

Bags

The bags for this bike are still a work in progress. The rear totes are done, and give the bike lots of carrying capacity. Whether you are riding around the camp doing work or heading to the grocery store, the totes work great. I’m hoping to get to the rest of the bags done in the near future. These will include a frame bag, and a small bag behind the seat in the rear triangle.

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