Linda M. (Florida, USA) and her husband bought this AXL for their 12 year old son in the mid 1990’s. They decided to restore it as a Christmas present for their 11 year old grandson.
The frame was stripped and powder coated. The seat was commercially redone.
WRFF Trike Mod (Not a halfbike)
Sep 27, 2021 by SkateS BikeS ModS and More
commented to tell me of his new seatless skate bike as well as a few other new designs. Thanks
Amazing compact and seatless skate bike. Made by using a WRFF Trike Frame.
Longboard Trucks and folding Razor e300 handlebar attached. Handlebars were cut off on one side and rotated for a proper steering/handling system. Original WRFF handlebars and stem, seat, wheels and wheel components as well as miscellaneous parts were removed. Micro Pedalflow back wheel added in place of original bike wheel.
Parts of the original front side wheel arms were cut off but not completely removed…yet. Also I left the hollow steering section on the front for adding or mounting additional things such as a flag or umbrella or other silly or useful additions, which I hope to show in a future update video.
Otherwise, the entire front third of the frame could be cut off to save several pounds of weight and make it even more compact.
I tried using a caster wheel in the front center like I did with my seated skate bike but I kept it slightly off the ground so it only prevented one from falling forward in case the bike tipped forward. It rattled and made too much noise so I removed it but may try a static non-caster wheel that is slightly above the ground so it performs the same safety duty but otherwise is unused in normal operation.
My phone app shows me reaching up to around 16 mph when pedaling at full speed on flat smooth ground. If it was geared slightly higher, it may be possible to hit up to 20 mph briefly.
It is also possible to coast hands free using one’s legs pressed against the vertical handlebar. I hope to modify a second handlebar that could even allow complete hands free use by steering solely with one’s legs even while pedaling but it would be more complex, tricky to implement, and add extra bulk and weight. Just some more food for thought…
In Aug 2019, Eric Alley of Walnut California contacted me about an old skatebike he bought and wanted to restore. For months we emailed back and forth with questions and answers. One of his biggest challenges was his bike was missing the under-seat brake handle. I sent many measurements and detailed photos. Eric bought a similar handle and a friend made a bracket to hold it on. Eric used the same skate truck as I did also replacing the stock bushing with a hard downhill one.
This week Eric sent me the finished picture and to put it mildly I was blown away. I took my restoration pretty far but Eric went the whole nine yards. This is by far the best skate bike restoration I have ever seen.
On YouTube Futon Express who has some interesting videos of him riding unusual bikes, has two videos of him riding a Minson. The focus of the video is the skatebike so you get to see the steering and peddling in action. He describes the Minson as “Hands-free tilting recumbent tadpole trike.”
Notice the unusual placement of the brake handle on the seat down tube.
Nov 17, 2019 SkateS BikeS ModS and More
Minson Skate Bike – Hands and Feet Free Coasting and Tight Turning
Hollywood Hogan May 10, 2020
Hello World, in this video I´d like to introduce to you my selfdeveloped and selfmade CFRP carbon fiber Skatebike X!
It´s my reinvertion of the 80th Skatebike with the latest design and build standards including selfmade carbon fiber frame, selfmade carbon fiber parts and high quality components.
Have fun watching the video about my Skatebike X and share if you like!
Today I rode the rebuilt skate bike for the first time. The new hard bushings worked well. The seat needs to be a bit higher but was extended as far as it could go. Also I would like to try a longer seat to help with control.