I'm not in favor of rat bikes!

Discussion in 'Custom Bicycles' started by baronvoncatania, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. #161 Posted Jun 19, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Cleveland Welding and Colson Light Custom Rats Before, After and In-between.
    '48 Hawthorne Before.JPG '48 Hawthorne Rat R 1.jpg '48 Rat After.JPG '42 R Before.jpg IMG_4565.JPG IMG_4588.JPG
     
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  2. #162 Posted Jun 19, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    Nice job Dave. These "patina'd" bikes are great. Pick up a bare bones frame or rusty bucket and build a rider out of it.don't have to worry about it falling over. What we should do is go to Indiana , stop by Vince's place and steal his primo bikes and make "rats" out of themo_O
    That Colson is my favorite.
     
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  3. #163 Posted Jun 19, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    Hey, Are those the fender braces that were hanging in my garage?:)
     
  4. #164 Posted Jun 19, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    They most certainly are. Did I do OK? Funny thing about that Colson. When I picked it up, I told the seller that I'd send him photos when I completed the bike. Well, after about two years the bike finally got completed. I called him and asked if he'd still like to see some photos. He did, so I sent them. I never did hear a word back. I don't think these were quite the results he was expecting to see.
     
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  5. #165 Posted Jun 19, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Love that bike RJ, but I don't see a "Rat" I see a 1st gen MTB style, when I think "Rat" I see in my minds eye something that is basically unridable with just silly things affixed to it?


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  6. #166 Posted Jun 19, 2017

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    You are always welcome but the Portland Pinhead......well maybe not so much.
     
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  7. #167 Posted Jun 20, 2017

    On Training Wheels

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    Rat bike is not a lazy custom build. I see it as preservation of patina. They are only new once. Like us they age over time. To see the checked paint. The fading of finish and tarnishing of metal is a badge of honer. Anyone with money can restore a bike to new. But it takes true time and use to make a Rat. I love both the restored and the preserved bike.
     
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  8. #168 Posted Jun 20, 2017

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    Which bike did you polish and wax the spokes on ?
     
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    Another project started today.... Picked up this frame on Sat. at a swap for 40 bucks. Nice &straight, but rusty , old straight-bar frame.
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    Looked like an old Ranger.Took some "Goof-Off and removed the frame darts that had been painted over original darts. IMG_2152.JPG
    There was a faint outlione of a round Ranger badge and some original "Ranger brown" paint still left. IMG_2156 (1).JPG Removed the paint and 90 years of rust.& Found a 36 Ranger chrome fork in the basement..... IMG_2157.JPG IMG_2159.JPG Shot a coat of red primer on it. This will be the start of a nice "Bomber."....no fenders,no restoration, just a rider.
     
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  10. #170 Posted Jun 20, 2017

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Another one under two wheels, that's what I like to see! You staying ruddy brown or something else in satin?


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  11. #171 Posted Jun 20, 2017

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    I don't know, decisions,decisions...... I'm thinking right now of dark maroon with ivory "One Shot" original type frame darts.
    Flat bottom spring saddle, some drop center rims and vintage balloon tires. A bobbed rear fender would look nice too.
    I just got an early 50's Buick hood ornament, also have the top rear chrome fender bezel off a 53 Olds 88 . Would like to work one of those into a bike somehow. Whatever, it will be fun:)
     
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  12. #172 Posted Jun 21, 2017

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    no lake pipes ??
     
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  13. #173 Posted Jun 22, 2017

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    You mean these?
    005.jpg I don't have this bike anymore. The new owner didn't like the pipes.......but I still have them.....hmmmmm, that gives me a idea. Thanks for reminding me about these pipes Vince:)
     
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  14. #174 Posted Jun 28, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    LOL! These are not the droids you're looking for,...
     
  15. #175 Posted Jul 3, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Rat Bikes Are Fun

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  16. #176 Posted Jul 6, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    How's about a girls CWC with the dress cut off and replaced with a pair of pants. And a beehive springer. And a cheap seat. Still a work in progress.

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