For the Love of Bikes: A bike built for a keg

Justin McIntosh, Columbus Alive

My dream bike happens to be a single-speed mountain bike. For Ray George, chairman of Yay Bikes!, one of his happened to be a keg bike.

George had seen variations of keg bikes in Portland via the internet and knew he had to have one.

"Everybody loves it," he said. "They always want beer, though. Usually for events, unless we really need beer, we fill it with water and pressurize it and spray it or refill water bottles."

The bike was cobbled together by George's friend, Joe Pipia, with pieces of BMX and mountain bikes and an IKEA bed frame. It takes two people to power and, fully loaded, weighs around 660 pounds.

For Brian Jackson, 40, of Olde Towne East, the definition of his dream bike is always expanding to include others. Between him and his girlfriend, they own about 10.

"I wanted some cool and interesting bikes, but I didn't want to go to the bike shops and lay down the money," he said.

Jackson said the process of scouring the internet, flea markets and bike shops is addictive. Once one bike is built, plans for the next are laid.

The definition of a dream bike for some DIYers, then, is one that's rapidly changing.