The main goal of Urbana Maker John Rubins of Frankenbikes is to use old bikes to make new ones, but John doesn’t just make new bikes, he makes bikes the likes of which you may have never seen before! He has breathed life into long-John cargo bikes, tall bikes, woodgas powered bikes, tilting trikes, and he’s got a couple of top-secret projects in the laboratory waiting for just the right bolt of lightning so that they can live again! Again, I tell you, mwah ha ha ha ha!

John is also on the steering committee of The Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign, which is a wonderful Maker resource in town that should probably be your first stop if John’s creations at the Heartland Maker Fest this year inspire you to make your own!