Ol’ Rusty By Custom Motorcycle Builder Steve Brew Garn

Is it a new trend for some? I already know of a few custom motorcycle builders who are devoting some time designing and building one-off bicycles. Is it because as teenagers it’s the way they learn their welding skills? A little bit more time on their hands because business has slowed down? The request of some bicycle manufacturers acknowledging  the fresh ideas and craftsmanship that they can bring to them?

Whatever the reason(s), I feature “Ol Rusty”, a bicycle built by Chopper Custom Builder Steve Garn, a.k.a. Brew, a member of the Limpnickie Lot Collective, who is probably the only one in the motorcycle industry who has a background in BMX bikes. Coming from him, no surprise it’s a rigid recycling old parts: Reworked Excell 1991 tubes, a 1965 Bendix Internal 2-speed kick back hub with coaster brake, a 1970 Zeus World front hub, a Brew hand made True Bullhorn handlebar/stem combo with 12 gauge bar plugs, etc. Frame didn’t rust with time but is a “rust brown” powdercoating treatment. It was recently exhibited at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. Very cool and Ol’ Rusty is for sale. Now look at Brew’s motorcycles and frames. Brew Bikes LLC.

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4 Responses to “Ol’ Rusty By Custom Motorcycle Builder Steve Brew Garn”


  1. 1 Chief Waldo Mar 29th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I wouldn’t say it a new trend. Brew bikes were pretty popular in BMX racing a few years back.

  2. 2 FHP Scott Mar 30th, 2010 at 7:33 am

    simple and cool….

  3. 3 live2rideaglide Mar 30th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    way cool steve does great work nothing like his flat out flatty Harley. does great powder coating. keep it up glide

  4. 4 Steve 'brewdude' Garn Mar 31st, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Thanks for the kind remarks. BREW has built close to 100,000 bicycle frames. We have National Championship wins in track (velo) and a World Championship in Triathlon. We specialize in Road , track and MTB frames and now teach frame building for bicycle classes. We also built for some of the big USA road teams in the early 90’s such as American Airlines and Minolta. From 2000-2004 over 50% of the frames at the X-Games were contracted to BREW for other companies such as DK, Kink, Metal, T-1, Schwinn and several others and several medal winners. We also do prototyping, testing and design for tubing companies. We did dabble a short time in BMX and our factory team finshed 4th in the nation.
    So as you can see when I opened my first motorcycle shop in 1974 I aslo started building bicycle frames that same year.

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