Freak Bikes: 'This kitchen is actually a big tricycle'

Freak Bikes: 'This kitchen is actually a big tricycle'

EUGENE, Ore. - Eugene is one of the country's most bicycle-friendly cities, with miles and miles of paved and gravel trails and initiatives designed to make it easier for everyone to get from point A to point B on two wheels.

But some folks in town are giving bicycles a whole new meaning.
"The first time I saw a freak bike, I just fell in love and instantly wanted to build my own," said Cameron Morris, 1010 Cycles.

Like the Radio Trike, a party on wheels wherever Morris rolls.

"When we're out having a good time, I always try to pick music everyone can relate to," he said. "Nobody's going to have a good time at a party with music people don't like."

Morris said his fascination with freak bikes started as a child in Bellingham, Wash.

"I was taken aback, caught off guard," he said. "It made me smile and made me want to build my own, build something different."

So he started building and building, and everywhere his custom wheels roll, heads turn.

"Catches people off guard and puts a smile on their face and makes it that much more fun."

Bikes like Morris' are more fun with fashion over function.
For Phranque McCracken, it's fashion and function. He's a chef on wheels, inventor of the colorful "crepe cyclette" food car.

"This kitchen is actually a big tricycle," McCracken said, "and it's all built out of used bicycles that were donated to the project."

Any kind of bike can haul the crepe cyclette, but McCracken's speciality is tall bikes that position the rider high above the sidewalk.

"Well, I get the weather a little sooner than most people, so I can tell you what it's like about a half a second, so that's important," he said.

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