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Posted September 12, 2012 in Community Featured, Des Moines West

There is something strange driving around the Woodland Heights neighborhood this summer. It isn’t quite a bike, it’s far from a motorcycle, yet it’s vaguely similar to a chopper.

It’s a custom-designed hodgepodge of parts masterminded by Todd Weber. Even Weber isn’t really sure what to call it.

“It’s hard to explain,” he admits.

Todd Weber designed and built the hybrid of chopper and bicycle he rides. The bike has gotten so much attention, Weber is now designing bikes to sell.

The long frame is that of a Sun bicycle, the handlebars are custom made chopper-style to fit the bicycle frame, and the front and back hubs have been added from different bikes. While the seat is a regular bike seat, Weber has added a back rest for maximum comfort.

He says the bike, though uniquely shaped, is comfortable, and with the added support of the backrest, it doesn’t bother him to ride longer distances.

The tires are 24 x 3 Kenda Flame threads, and the flame design in the treads adds a lot of character to the strange-looking bicycle. Weber says they also make for a smooth ride.

“Those big fat balloon tires really absorb everything,” he says.

Weber did most of the work himself with parts he got from a shop downtown which he frequents to find just what he’s looking for. Sometimes, for the harder-to-find pieces he needs, he searches on Craigslist. He says he’s put in a total of about 40 hours into the bike “off and on” between building and maintaining the model.

Weber also has several handmade satchels attached to the bike to carry items for longer rides.  The black leather bags came from a motorcycle swap. While something like that might be laughable on a regular bicycle, Weber’s model pulls it off perfectly.

Weber is currently working on several other bikes similar to the one he is driving.  He has gotten so much attention for his, he’s decided to start building and selling similar models. He says the chopper style is his thing, and he enjoys building the bikes.

So far, he’s put about 4,000 miles on his model around town and on some of the surrounding trails.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Weber says.

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