And now, Ladies and Germs, for your wide-eyed amusement, allow me to present -- direct from Clearlake Mechaniacal Laboratorium -- The Worldâ€™s Slowest Bicycle!
The sprocket on the crank has 14 teeth, and the one on the wheel has 50. (That works out to about 7 Gear Inches, for you old-school bike technicians.) The bike is perfectly rideable -- at a snailâ€™s pace. The big sprocket on the crank is a dummy. The shift levers and cables are still on the handlebar, connected to nothing.
The bike is a plain Wally-World model, and the rear drop-outs happen to be horizontal for chain adjustment. Maybe Iâ€™ll hang a derailer there as camouflage anyway -- as on the front. It would also help to match the colors of the rear cogs, and I'm thinking about a big chain guard to go with the dummy front sprocket.
No derailers were harmed in the creation of this device. Both existing derailers had already been boogered beyond repair by persons unknown. The bike can easily be returned to normal service.
Iâ€™ll call it Bait Bike number 1.
The self-activating coaster-brake wheel turned out be for a 27â€