I'm not in favor of rat bikes!


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Eisele1

Look Ma, No Hands!
Dec 15, 2018
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Fontana, CA
Sorry! I know i'm going to raise some hackels, But I have to ask, why would you want what was a beautiful piece of americana balloon tire bike and make it into something it never was? NO OFFENSIVE! but wouldn't it be better to return it to it's original glory? and preserve it's history?

I understand it take a LOT of money to do it right, but can't you just do the minimun to preserve it until you, or someone else can restore it properly?

jim c.
My dad is in a de tomaso Pantera car club, at every big event being that they are classic,rare, and also sports/race cars, the club splits in half. Half go to the race track and the other to the "show n shine", both sides never quite under standing the other. Haha I laugh every time, but you know if we all thought and felt the exact same way about everything, Life would be pretty boring I think. HAPPY 2019!
 

Scout Evans

Look Ma, No Hands!
Mar 4, 2017
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Any old bike that is saved from scrap that isn't anywhere near original but can be fixed up to ride is fine. I don't ever endorse cutting up a good original, but many classic bare frames can easily be made into a decent rat. Most of the old stuff I got is free, so it's pretty bad off, seldomly with original paint worth saving. My 53 Schwinn, the bike I first ratted out in 1978 was so badly pitted from rust on the chain stay that I filled it in with bondo, still has many miles in it, but not as a restored Meteor. Not worth a complete restoration, but still beats anything made in China. It's had different versions over the years and the frame waits in a shed for another rebuild back in Florida.
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spoker

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 3, 2011
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Minneapolis, United States
Any old bike that is saved from scrap that isn't anywhere near original but can be fixed up to ride is fine. I don't ever endorse cutting up a good original, but many classic bare frames can easily be made into a decent rat. Most of the old stuff I got is free, so it's pretty bad off, seldomly with original paint worth saving. My 53 Schwinn, the bike I first ratted out in 1978 was so badly pitted from rust on the chain stay that I filled it in with bondo, still has many miles in it, but not as a restored Meteor. Not worth a complete restoration, but still beats anything made in China. It's had different versions over the years and the frame waits in a shed for another rebuild back in Florida.
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now theres abike where things worked,nice bike!!
 

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