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Thursday, December 1, 2011
"Kool Thing" frame project nears closure

With less than a week to go, Big Dave Harrison's Kickstarter project to fund a new machine shop and a limited run of "Kool Thing" BMX frames is nearing closure, and Harrison is still accepting donations through his Kickstarter page. The response so far, according to Dave, has been overwhelming. Currently, the project has raised $6,929.00, but he is still just short of his $8,000.00 goal.

According to Harrison, "The last few weeks have been really exciting with a lot of movement forward on this project. I have gotten a ton a emails and phone calls from people who are very excited to see this come to reality. I have looked at a few work spaces around town and am looking at some more this week. We still have a lot of time so let's make this happen, and thanks to everyone who has helped out in any way with this project."

Big Dave (left) and the Leif Valin-designed Pedal Driven Cycles logo (right).

The project, which kicked off one month ago, began with the simple idea for Harrison to fund his own machine shop in the Providence, R.I. area. Formerly the head welder at FBM, Harrison yearned to return to building BMX frames, and so he turned to Kickstarter to raise the necessary funds for a machine shop and tubing.

Harrison plans on creating a limited run of BMX frames under the "Kool Thing" name, a throwback to a Sonic Youth song from the early '90s. The Kool Thing project will create 50 frames that are unique in a number of ways. It is Dave's first bike created under the Pedal Driven Cycles name, and he is still accepting donations to get his project off the ground. "Any amount of money is accepted," says Dave, adding that donations from next week's Taco Tuesday fundraiser at Binghamton's infamous Belmar will also be added.

In case you didn't already know, Dave Harrison is one of the original welders from FBM's upstate NY machine shop, and in his time with FBM, he hand built a number of now legendary frame designs, including Sean Arata's Capone, Aaron Ross' Stairmaster frame and several runs of Terrible One's Barcode frame. The "Kool Thing" project is Dave's first attempt at doing his own thing, and it would be great if he could make it happen.

Check the video above, and then head over to Dave's Kickstarter page and help him get "Kool Thing" frames and Pedal Drive Cycles off the ground.