This is a swing bike, and it’s every bit
as fun as it looks. The fun part about this bike is the extra pivot near the seat tube
that lets you steer both the front and rear ends independently. The swing bike takes a little practice to
mount, but it’s surprisingly easy to ride once you get going. Just twist your body a
little and the rear wheel kicks out, almost like drifting but without losing traction.
Although the bike is a little heavy, it’s pretty easy to pedal on flat terrain. Do one
mean gangster lean around a turn and you won’t want to put this bike down. It’s really
addictive to ride. Besides the frame itself, finding replacement
parts for the swing bike is easy. The pivoting rear uses the same headset bearings as the
front. The rest of it is made up of beach cruiser parts that can be obtained anywhere.
Swing bike frames can be found on eBay, and there are even complete models available with
three piece cranks and disc brakes. If you have the space in your garage, this
is a must own bike for cruising around town or the beach. It’s like a beach cruiser
but less boring. As with most novelty bikes, the swing bike
turns heads. When someone sees this for the first time they think they’re hallucinating.
It doesn’t even look like it would be possible to ride. If you can believe it, I’ve actually seen
other swing bikes around. I’m fairly sure they’re more popular in places like California
and South Florida, as is the case with all cruiser’ish things. I’d be interested
to see how a swing bike performs in a place like Vermont though with lots of windy roads
and hills. Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll
see you next time.