.... I think it'd be awesome to have a sub-contest for BO9, where competitiors could race their bikes to see who'd built the fastest rat....
Bicycle808.......you are my hero!I think that some of these builds look impressive, but will be very difficult to ride at all, let alone at a fast rate of speed. I think slow races are fun; 3 legged races and crab-walk relays were a blast when I was a kid. This build off has some entries that blur the line between being a bicycle and being sculpture, and despite the rule that all bikes must be rideable, many look like they'd be torture in the saddle..... I respect and understand the spirit of the buildoff; ppl are trying to build cool-looking bikes which will be judged via photographs rather than test-rides, but it'd be cool if practicality/functionality were rewarded as well.
PS- your bike does seem fast; it still has a derailer, right?
I love brainstorming on "what if..." scenarios.Love the idea but a "race" is a vague term, If you're talking about a drag race then all you need are some gears (but I think Drag King would still win). If its a twisty road course, race geometry and slick tires (like mine) should get you the win. Either way the MOST important thing in racing is weight, and all the awesome doodads whatchamacallits and doohickeys on the bonine bikes don't help at all We would need different weight and gearing categories... Which would be awesome!!
Awesome videos, KF. I especially liked the 2nd one, partly b/c you picked good tunes for it, and partly b/c you totally dropped the surrey-bus right at the beginning.B808, you should get a kick out of these.
I've had people ask me if my bike is going to be ridable. The short answer, YES! Just because I'm putting on huge fenders and a fake tank, along with lowering it 3 inches, does not make it impossible to ride. Sure, I wont be able to go 25 mph but I built this as a true beach cruiser not a race bike. As soon as it's in a ridable mock up I'll be taking this for a ride, with pix and video, just to show people how easily this bike rides.
Awesome videos, KF. I especially liked the 2nd one, partly b/c you picked good tunes for it, and partly b/c you totally dropped the surrey-bus right at the beginning.
Ps- obviously, both bikes are totally rideable. Even with inverted ramshorns, Firewing seemed to be operating at normal cruiser-speeds, which seems ideal, if you were reasonably comfortable. How's Fugsley do on the beach?
What's this?! Trash talk from the young RRB Rookie!!!Mine could win the race just sittin' still. http://www.ratrodbikes.com/forum/index.php?threads/angled-truss-model-no-112.84781/
Being "able" to ride a bike is one thing; I'm probably "able" to ride a kid's BigWheel, in some fashion. They have monthly downhill rides in Van Nuys, Ca on 16"-wheeled kids bikes.Not sure why there is this notion that some of the builds are suspect to being able to be ridden. I haven't had a chance to see every single build (made it to page three so far); however, I did not see one bike that could not be ridden.
Still, ride ten feet or 10 miles; it's about the build!Being "able" to ride a bike is one thing; I'm probably "able" to ride a kid's BigWheel, in some fashion. They have monthly downhill rides in Van Nuys, Ca on 16"-wheeled kids bikes.Any bike with moving parts is technically rideable. Some are just more comfortable/practical than others. Obviously, the RRBBO isn't about comfort and practicality, but you'll want to find some balance. If a build is too distorted to allow the rider to take a quick ride to the corner store, what's the point?
I think there should be a requirement that we gotta post pics of someone riding the bike. A lot of bikes look cool leaning on the curb or up against a wall, but the coolness factor takes a big hit when you see the uncool contortions that the rider has to go thru to actually pedal the thing....