Video: Building a Wild 'Gravity Bike' from Scrap

Dec 9, 2021 at 13:18
by Alicia Leggett  

bigquotesPaul Firbank aka The Rag and Bone Man is a man of many (mad) DIY skills. His ability to convert scrap metal to works of art originates from a life-long desire to design & weld bike frames. This being said he had never constructed a single one before being approached with a challenge to build a unique gravity bike from anything he can get his hands on. A bed frame, a broken bike, a fighter jet cone and a killer paint job by Max Paternoster later, he ended up with something truly fast and different.

From restoration, fabrication, precision welding and custom builds, Paul Firbank is the master Rag & Bone man. Follow him and his creative builds here.
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26 Comments

  • 17 0
 (showing my age)...totally remember the BMX Action in the late 80's covering this "GPV's". basically upside down BMX frames, fairing here or there, RIM brakes with maybe the exception of a few Sturmey Archer drum brakes, NO suspension all screaming down some random LA area canyon. Madness!
  • 4 0
 I likely still have that tattered issue in a box somewhere haha! My buddy got a Haro Pursuit the following year, we would take turns flying down any hill we could find... Good times
  • 16 2
 Give this man a metal
  • 9 8
 Or a medal even
  • 11 1
 @freestyIAM: i bed that you didn't get the joke
  • 3 0
 @mi-bike: true, I didn't bed that joke
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike: that wan't intended i never noticed that haha
  • 6 1
 Looks a little sketchy, but I love seeing what creative things people like this can come up with. Way to go Paul!
  • 4 1
 It is so refreshing to see a bit of poetry in this world of numbers and exactness. I like his awkward non-perfect approach. It's completely priceless. This film made my day. Thanks.
  • 6 1
 What a solid why not project!! Congradulation rad man.
  • 14 10
 Thanks pinkbike I hate it
  • 4 0
 Wait, it doesnt need to be a 29er to be fast?
  • 3 0
 I've been doing this (GPV) since the 80's..old stuff coming back around.
  • 2 0
 Reminds me of a couple of the over the top creations that would show up for zoobomb
  • 1 1
 That’s not a bike. It’s not human powered. Why is it here?

All trolling aside, pretty dang sweet. Top notch garage engineering. Kudos!
  • 6 5
 didnt look fast at all lol
  • 2 0
 Agreed. Maybe 35 40ish tops.
  • 2 0
 True, but still very cool.
  • 1 0
 @CanaanSD: I mean welding and fabrication are super fun, and the thing he created is super clean an executed well according to the design....but the design is not up to snuff for really pushing the limits of what is possible speed wise. It's cool in terms of execution of a design. I am sure its fun and was a blast to create. He did well with that. But it's pretty weak in terms of understanding the requirements of a design to enable stability and control at speed over 40mph. It turned just as stable as a circa 1920s Indian motorcycle without a motor. No more, no less. I personally think a lot more could have been achieved design wise.
  • 1 1
 Love the creativity. Not sure what looked recycled besides the wheels maybe. Cool though
  • 1 1
 Getting me stoked for the crested butte chainless
  • 1 0
 next level strider bike!
  • 1 1
 He admits it’s janky, which it is, and does it for fun, I respect that
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