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Rat Rod Bicycle

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woogie

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Figures I would see if anyone here has made anything like this.

I was planning on mounting my motor to it, but found it was more fun to pedal than anything.

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She is close to 7' long and not an inch of the ground there at the front. She is a great lazy rider and smooth as a baby's butt as well. Really cool to see people looking at scratching their heads when they see the bike.

So what do you guys have?
 

wrmiller

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I'm not into making bicycles, but I've seen some similar rides back when I lived in the Santa Ana CA (world's largest barrio). Those guys could put together some interesting rides. Oh, and nice ride! :D
 

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Unorthodox bikes are a hoot to ride particularly if you enjoy being the centre of attention.:laughing:
I dont ride as much as I used to, too much pain these days. That being said we were only saying the other day that we should make an effort and have a ride.
 

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That's alot of trail. Easy to follow a line. Not much good for criterium racing, and maneuvering in a pack of racers :). But, I was an LSD climber, never a sprinter, so I never cared to much about tight geometry, or high bottom brackets. That was well before STI, still have my padded wool shorts somewhere.
I'm interested in the pedal - seat geometry, looks almost like recumbent positioning.
How does she sit for longer rides?

Daryl
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savarin

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That's alot of trail. Easy to follow a line. Not much good for criterium racing, and maneuvering in a pack of racers :).
But thats the point, if you are into pack racing or criterium racing you wouldnt want something like this.
The only real downside of a lot of trail is wheel flop, they steer ok just takes a bit of getting used to and virtually impossible to ride hands off.
Still damn good fun though.
 

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Yah it is kind of funny to ride the first time. There will be no " hands free" riding with the wobbly front end. It is actually a pleasure to ride, my legs are not stretched to long. Before I put the small ape hangers on it you really had to learn forward to grab the bars. With my bad back it was a real pain, so had to switch it to these. I live a little over two miles from my work, and riding her is no problem.

All done the bike cost me around $40 to build. We have a spring clean up week here in town and I grabbed a few bikes for parts. The steel I got from my shop and about a weekend or two of welding and she was done.
 
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