Sand Dragster bicycle jauntily in a dune in the wilderness on a beach covered island in the Atlantic Ocean bMHR

Sand Dragster bicycle, jauntily in a dune in the wilderness on a beach covered island in the Atlantic Ocean bMHR

Sand Dragster bicycle – Beach Cruiser
by Brian Miller
A class of riding improved through
rigorous testing at the beach.
“>Sand Dragster bicycle powers through a curve in deep sand. bMHR

Sand Dragster bicycle powers through a curve in deep sand. bMHR

With some friends and people I didn’t know, I had rented a island beach house for the summer. I wanted more than just the everyday beach frolic, drugs, and sex; so I started a project. Since I needed transportation on the car-free island, I got to work smuggling bike pieces across on the ferry.

“>Sand Dragster bicycle drivetrain with Phil Wood chainring spider, and internal gear 7 speed hub with coaster brake. bMHR

Sand Dragster bicycle drivetrain with Phil Wood chainring spider, and internal gear 7 speed hub with coaster brake. bMHR

“>Sand Dragster bicycle powers through a curve in deep sand. bMHR

Sand Dragster Beach Cruiser bicycle powers through a curve in deep sand. bMHR

“>Sand Dragster bicycle acceleration power in deep sand provided by flip flops. bMHR

Sand Dragster bicycle acceleration power in deep sand provided by flip flops. bMHR

Hey, I gotta pay homage to the classic, but I am smarter than a fanatic, I need multiple speeds. The coaster brake, seat, and bars do have advantages. I spoked up an internal geared 7 speed hub with the widest rim I could get – Araya RM-25.

“>photo of Sand Dragster bicycle on the sand roadway going to the next faraway town on the island. bMHR

Sand Dragster bicycle on the sand roadway going to the next faraway town on the island. bMHR

Please forgive the radical angle of the saddle in some pictures. A muscular friend, slightly overweight, test riding this, hit a bump hard and slipped the seat down. And I didn’t happen to have a wrench on the day I had film in my camera.

“>Sand Dragster bicycle power in sand. bMHR

Beach cruising Sand Dragster bicycle power in sand. bMHR

“>Sand Dragster bicycle top by bMHR

Sand Dragster bicycle on the board walk of the immersive nature island. bMHR

That thin cable lock is all that is necessary on an island like this. Bike theft is usually by a tired or drunk walker just for convenience. It is rarely permanent; it is difficult to get bikes off or on to the island. The little cable prevents to most common stealing, plus no one carries a bolt cutter when they are wearing flip flops and swim trunks.

“>Sand Dragster bicycle in-action-with-towel by bMHR

Sand Dragster bicycle at mid-island spot on trail thru wilderness. In-action-with-towel. bMHR

“>Sand Dragster bicycle profile bMHR photo

Sand Dragster bicycle profile, showing upright water bottle holder - good for beer. bMHR

Much tire research was performed. Several designs were tested. Of course wide tire floatation is necessary. Beyond that, one of the biggest problems I discovered was the tendency for sand to be picked up on the side faces of the upward rotating knobbies. The added weight contributed to the drag and would slow the tire. The best drive tire design turns out to be one with more ramp-sided knobbies, sloped in the direction of power. The front tire needs to be smooth; the side ribs of the Moby Bite reduce drag and improve cornering. This bike rides well through medium-deep sand. Upright bottle cage for beer.

Sand Dragster bicycle in a dune under the sharp sun alone in the uninhabited wilderness of the island. bMHR

Sand Dragster bicycle in a dune under the sharp sunshine, alone in the uninhabited wilderness of the island. bMHR

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