Terence Ralston


Terry Ralston




CCM Echo Finish: A bush wacking overland bicycle; my first Jeep in bicycle form.


I will preface this update with a thank you. Not only did it force me to start this build it actually got me excited to return to cycling. No matter what happens this project will continue on my instagram (the.terry.rally). 

My Initial Plan

When brainstorming for the submission I didn’t have a plan until I realized the colour was almost identical to my first Jeep. So the plan for the bike became clear: a bushwacking build. 

My original checklist included:

  • Refurbish original paint
  • New handlebar with LED light bar
  • Dynamo
  • DIY luggage racks
  • DIY fenders

My budget dependent goals:

  • Drivetrain upgrade
  • Tires and wheels

Crazy stretch goals:

  • DIY front linkage suspension
  • Ebike conversion

The Build Starts

I stripped the frame and fork of parts and peeled all the decals off using a heat gun leaving the headtube badge in place. I repaired two small areas of rust, with the worst being under the seat clamp, then using the patented Spindatt method I washed and polished the frame and fork. Which left everything feeling like glass.

Next I inspected the bottom bracket and headset being relieved they were still in good condition. These were then degreased and set aside. At this time I made my first order from amazon for carbon flat bars, aluminum stem, quill adapter, seat clamp and pedals. While waiting for their arrival I dug around in my parts bin and found an old SunTour XC Comp MD crankset and LED light bar that was left over from an old motorcycle project. I spent two nights staying up late to polish the crank arms and I am very pleased with the results.

I have temporarily assembled the bike as a single speed for measuring and test fitting of parts and prototypes.

What I am currently working on:

I have prototyped the rear fender and in the immediate future I will be building a set of handguards to protect from all the overgrown trails around here. I also have started on a set of metal decals for the downtube instead of vinyl cut ones. A front luggage rack design has been finalized but will not be built until I redo the cad models for the four bar linkage suspension fork I want to build (my student software license expired). 

The Final Build

I was most worried from the beginning about actually having a rideable bike, as parts availability in my area is almost non-existent. The bike will still be as much of a bushwacking overlander as I can make it; big tires, low gearing and luggage capacity. My to-do list may still be growing as I have an old government forestry bag that I am imagining building a trailer for using the old 26 inch wheels.

But as it stands the to-do list is:

  • Linkage suspension fork 
  • Biggest 26 inch tires I can fit
  • New 26 inch rims with a freehub
  • 3x10 speed with lowest gear being a 50:20
  • Auxiliary chain tensioner
  • Handguards
  • Fenders
  • Front and rear racks

The plan to show off this build originally was to attempt climbing a hill in the river valley where I rode dirtbikes when I was young. I returned to the location for the first time in a decade to grab a photo for this update but a farmer has built a fence up the middle of the hill.