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4x4 trailer pulling utility bike of death: AKA a heavliy modified 1985 Schwinn Mirada

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1985 21" Schwinn Mirada. Made by Giant in Taiwan for Schwinn, with the lovely detail of the rear canti stop/rack mount.

SR MTS-100 Stem, Specialized X-3 risers.

Original Lugged fork that is huge and brutal, steel NJS Tange levin headset, which is currently dead due to wheelies.

Sturmey-Archer X-FDD Dynamo Drum 36 hole hub laced four cross to Sun Rhyno lite with DT Competition 2.0/1.8 spokes. Schwalbe Fat Frank 26x2.35 all brown tire.

Shimano HF08 48 hole tandem hub laced five cross to Sun Rhyno lite with DT Revolution 2.0/1.5/1.8 Spokes. Schwalbe Fat Frank 26x2.35 all brown tire.

181mm Cook Brothers Racing RSR crankarms. Shimano 'Deer Head' Deore XT bottom bracket with 137mm spindle.

Brooks B-66 with a hacked up Breezer seat sandwich on it to fit a Cyclone 26.4 two bolt seat post, with Breeze and Angell HITE-RITE attatched, Suntour quick release.

Shimano XTR SPD or Odyssey Triple Trap. Sram PC-991 hollow pin chain. These chains are wimpy, avoid them if you are mean to bikes.

XTR 9 speed pod shifting an XTR 1st generation rapid rise mid cage rear derailer with rollamajig. Upside down Suntour 'Power Ratchet' thumb shifter shifting an 8-speed era LX front derailer.

Cantilevers are the last generation of XTR cantis with gran compe straddles. Front drum is the sturmey, rear is an Arai tandem job. Levers are double cable jammers from QBP, and work awesome.

Mountain Tamer Quad up front makes the rings 16-26-36-46, 11-26 Sram 9 speed DH cassette.

Fat Tires at low pressure. Photo credits go to Jonathan Maus of

Four Chainrings, Four brakes, and 40 pounds. It's a damn 4x4. This bike is a rolling exercise in "I wonder if I could...", and should was not part of the equation. I fully realize that you can make 10 louder, but I like going to 11.

Redundant braking systems are easy to switch as to which lever pulls which brake, and easy to adjust on the fly since I didn't skimp on barrel adjusters. Around town I have the levers set up to pull both fronts and both rears respectively, but if the bike is loaded with stuff or I'm pulling a trailer I can switch to one lever pulling both drums to avoid overheating the rims. This is the smoothest, most progressive braking bike I have ever ridden, and beats discs hands down for modulation while roughly equaling their power, but they do weigh tons more.

The Quadruple chainring setup does not work as well as the brakes, but it does work, you have to finesse the shift into the 16 tooth ring. I aim to improve the functionality by getting a more modern crankset that was designed to use a narrower BB spindle, I have my eye on the Profile racing MTB or the TA Carmina because they come in 185mm arms with a 110/74 spider. The Mountain Tamer Quad is a cool product, and I've heard rumor that campy made a production quad crank, but have never seen one.

Coming soon for this bike will be some wood fenders and an equally brutal and overbuilt trailer guessed it, more brakes, of the self actuating variety.

Keep riding and prepare yourself for the fixed gear apocalypse!

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I'd love to see the trailer if you've got some pics


Looking at this bike brings

Looking at this bike brings to mind the idiom of how great minds think alike.


Talk about character. Bike's definitely got character.

you should probably add some

you should probably add some disk brakes, just for good measure. awesome bike.


this bike deserves more friends.

I nominate you to be the new

I nominate you to be the new Sheldon Brown. Amazing stuff.

Holy Cow

Those quad brakes are SO AWESOME

for real

that thing is a beast!

for real

that thing is a beast!



Kick stand

It's good to see someone is man enough to put a kickstand on a bike without whining about the extra weight. Ride on.

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