I'm not in favor of rat bikes!


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Saving Tempest

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Feb 6, 2012
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We’re allowed our own interpretation of a rat bike..?..I thought it could only be one way..
The thing is that mazdaflyer has actually influenced more than one bike around HERE, they inspired my Rollfast Rosa, and are an innovative designer. Oldfart36 is another influence to me, there are quite a few of you I look to for some cues.

Your idea of RAT is someone else's teacher.
 

mazdaflyer

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 16, 2010
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Mid-West
The thing is that mazdaflyer has actually influenced more than one bike around HERE, they inspired my Rollfast Rosa, and are an innovative designer. Oldfart36 is another influence to me, there are quite a few of you I look to for some cues.

Your idea of RAT is someone else's teacher.
I appreciate the props...here’s another one.
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The frame came from Oldfart.
 

mazdaflyer

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 16, 2010
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Mid-West
If you were to take the chainguard off the blue frame / yellow wheeled bike. Would that now be considered a Klunker?
I suppose you could call it that...all in the eyes of the beholder. Survivor bikes, restored bikes, retro mods, rat bikes, customs, klunkers, even some of the new stuff, they’re all cool.
 

the tinker

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 4, 2014
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Planet Mongo
I was checking out the Harley Davidson forum where they are having the same discussion about ratbikes...they claim you cannot build a rat bike...they ‘evolve’ over time..
These rats are evolving in my basement:
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Both of the below bikes will be something? They sure won't be anything close to original. They are on the stand right now, I just need the time to get to them.
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This green Ranger sports Hawthorne graphics and will have a bobbed rear fender.
The Colson below started off when I seen a pair of badly dented green fenders at a swap. I knew right then and there, before I had even purchased them , that I was going to build a custom around those original green fenders.
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A house was being re-piped and had a pile of galvanized pipe out on the curb. I seen an old valve wheel on a water valve and said to myself,"Gee that would make a swell base for a reflector for the green bike, so I took it and now it's on the back of bike.
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Dig that "Jiffy" motor-bike kickstand!

I was at a flea market and seen this hood ornament.....knew where I would put it before I bought it.
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Folks can argue until the sun comes up tomorrow, but I don't care, to me it's all about having fun.....and it's good fun.

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49autocycledeluxe

Wore out three sets of tires already!
May 29, 2017
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if you want to have some fun, sign up for the Jalopy Journal "traditional Hot Rod" site, name yourself Rat Rod Joe or some other rat rod name and start a post about your cool rat rod just like all the other ones you see on the Jalopy Journal. saying RAT ROD on the jalopy Journal is the equivalent of someone calling your mom the C word. they can't seem to define it, but will flip out when you say it..

I used to be a regular over there. now I am irregular over here.
 

Sven

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 24, 2017
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Mechanicsville, MD, United States
if you want to have some fun, sign up for the Jalopy Journal "traditional Hot Rod" site, name yourself Rat Rod Joe or some other rat rod name and start a post about your cool rat rod just like all the other ones you see on the Jalopy Journal. saying RAT ROD on the jalopy Journal is the equivalent of someone calling your mom the C word. they can't seem to define it, but will flip out when you say it..


When did the "R" word become so offensive?

BTW...I have a a question , just curious. Is this the longest running thread on the CABE ? Today marks 6 years, 8 monthes and 18 days ( 2452 total days )
 
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49autocycledeluxe

Wore out three sets of tires already!
May 29, 2017
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SKPC

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 2, 2018
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I've rubbed out a few in the past with a 22cal birdshot-ammo rifle that were problematic.
 
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sue12

Look Ma, No Hands!
Aug 7, 2016
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i have them all from original paint bikes too old repaints too frankenbikes, I buy franken bikes because you get a really good parts pile going for restores at a cheap price. I rescue all kinds of bikes from dumps and barns and fields but they have too have been a quality bike too start with. Lately it was an early fisher mtn from Dunsmuir ca dump and a Lotus Prestige road bike from san rafeal dump. I purchased a Shelby shock ease frame and fork from a friend that already had been stripped and primered. Does this mean these orphans do not have value? Certainly not! It is fine if you only want too do TOC to thirties beauties. They are not the only ones with value or quality and that leaves the rest of the harder too obtain gold too find for the rest of us. It takes skill time and money too take the longer trail BUT that is when every bike you have has a story too go with it!! The rule for rats is it can look like heck but has too work!! good luck!
 

the tinker

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 4, 2014
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Planet Mongo
2,483 days, that's about 7 years .
i love rat bikes or whatever you wish to call them. These bike frames hanging up are all future rats.
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I have everything to put them together. Most will have springer forks on them. Hanging up is a 30's Schwinn, 30's Colson,and two 50's J.C. Higgins and a Columbia. I have three more future rats in the basement. Another Colson and a Roadmaster
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The Evans-Colson will become a Rat too.
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Something to look forward to on those cold winter days.
 

A.S.BOLTNUT

I live for the CABE
Jan 12, 2016
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Corning Ca.
The thing is that mazdaflyer has actually influenced more than one bike around HERE, they inspired my Rollfast Rosa, and are an innovative designer. Oldfart36 is another influence to me, there are quite a few of you I look to for some cues.

Your idea of RAT is someone else's teacher.

They I'm sure probably got ther influence from RatRodbikes.com , I can remember when they joined the forum , you should check it out !
 

mazdaflyer

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 16, 2010
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603
Mid-West
They I'm sure probably got ther influence from RatRodbikes.com , I can remember when they joined the forum , you should check it out !
My influence actually came first from the ICT Coasters Bicycle Club Art of the Bicycle Show and Midwest Bike Fest, then the CABE and RatRodBikes.Com.
A wealth of information at both web forums.
 

Sven

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 24, 2017
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Mechanicsville, MD, United States
They I'm sure probably got ther influence from RatRodbikes.com , I can remember when they joined the forum , you should check it out !
Just checked out Ratrodbikes.com. A lot of way out custom built to "rat" bikes as well. Very cool site.
2491 days - 6 years / 9 months / 26 days
 
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