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Published August 23, 2010, 10:06 AM

Moorhead man turns heads with his Freak Bikes

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - A local man is turning ordinary bikes into something you'd see in a Doctor Seuss book. You've likely seen his unusual work around town.

If you give Ryan McConnell a couple old bikes, a blow torch and an afternoon to work, he'll whip up one of these tall bikes.

"I hack them apart and weld them back together again, so they don't have to be nice or anything just made out of steel."

McConnel calls them freak bikes. He's been making them for about 6 years now.

"I like to make them and give them away. Everybody tries to buy them from me, but I've never sold one. I don't let people buy them from me."

He says it's a hobby, nothing like work, and like an enthusiast would, McConnell constantly has his eyes peeled for the next frame to build on.

"I get them all for free. People give them to me because they know I do this or clean up week is always good to score a whole bunch."

This one he calls pinky came from clean up week. He kept the banana seat, but notice the chopper style handle bars. Those came from the bottom frame of a shopping cart.

"The crazier bike you make it, I don't know, that's just what I've been going for lately."

Whatever the color, size or style of the bike, it's hard to miss McConnell cruising by. For his regular job, McConnell repairs musical instruments at Christian Eggert Violins. As a part of Bike Art Week, there is a "Freak Bike" ride tonight from 6 to 8.