Episode 113. Magna Fugitive! (Part 7).

Popping into the tip can be hazardous for me! But today, after snapping the chain on the Huffy Cherokee I decided that I'd just nip in, and see if they had a chain I could liberate! As it happened they had quite a few incomplete bikes, and bike frames that could donate a chain. But amoungst them was this...


Now, I don't know for sure if its the same Magna Fugitive that I dragged home from the tip in early September 2017. But back then, when I got it home it looked like this...


 Of course, me being me I fiddled with it for a month or so, and before long it was quite a different machine. Even in standard form it wasn't anywhere near as bad to ride as I thought it would be, and after a month of fettling it looked like this...


Aluminium wheels, road tyres, mudgaurds! It was a changed bike, and it was really quite nice to ride. I sold it to a guy who was pretty desparate to buy it, and when I asked him why he was so keen to get his hands on what was basically a cheap catalogue bike, he said that he had a really nice mountain bike at home that he uses to ride to work on, but he didn't like to ride it during the winter months as it gets filthy, so he was just looking for a cheap mountain bike to get him through the winter. He saw mine, and figured that it would fill the bill! As I had a similar bike at the time I let him have it even though I don't think I was really finished with it. It had some fairly nice (for that bike anyway) parts on it when I sold it, and I was quite pleased with how it was, and how well it rode.

So spotting this frame down at the tip I had to wonder if the fella had just bought the bike off me and stripped the frame? Admittedly it's taken him nearly two years but still... I mean I can't think of another reason that this frame would end up at the tip stripped. If it was how it was when I got it, I doubt that you'd strip the original parts off it for another bike? How bad would the other bike need to be before taking parrts from a Magna Fugitive was considered to be an upgrade? I don't know, my feeling is that this is the same bike I had in 2017, but I've no idea for sure. Anyway, I grabbed it, and half a dozen other partial bikes, and headed back to BelongaClint! Some of the partial bikes I grabbed for specific parts, like a Mongoose BMX frame, all I wanted from that, was the crank.


I kid you not, adding that crank to the frame nearly doubled the weight of the bike! I wanted to keep the forks et cetera of the Fugitive, but none ot the partial bikes had a stem that fitted the Magnas forks. I went right through my stash, but I couldn't find a stem that would do the job, I had nothing small enough to fit the forks. So in the end I decided to try the forks from the only partial Mountain bike that I had grabbed.


They fitted! Because they fitted, this meant that I also had a stem that fitted too. Of course it would've been too much to ask for that particular stem to have handlebars, but thats OK, I had some bars off the Mongoose BMX that would do the job! The saddle and seat post came off a childs Mountain bike frame, and although not the best, it's good enough for now! I liked how it was starting to look, and although I didn't have a pair of wheels in all the partial bikes that I had picked up, I knew I had a pair of wheels in my stash! I knew just the pair to fit...


They're steel, so once again adding a lot of weight to an already heavy bike, and they're quite rusty, but by this point I was revelling in the 'rat-look' that the bike was taking on. Best of all, they were single speed with a coaster brake! With the wheels on I just needed a chain and the bike was done! The good news was that I knew where there was a broken chain that would probably fit the bill, and it did! With the broken link, and a few other links cut from the chain it was ready to go on! Then that was it, the Magna Fugitive was once again ready to ride! No gears, no brake levers, no worries!

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