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I am a long time admirer of RRB, but have never posted much. I flip bikes as a hobby and have been saving up various parts and frames for rat build ideas that I have. It's finally time for me to build one, so here goes nothing.
I went over to my bicycle stockpile at my dad's and pulled out various bikes and parts to brainstorm.
I decided to start with a grungy 1978 Schwinn Typhoon. I will share my mock ups later, but I am playing off of an idea of incorporating a skateboard into the seat.
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cool idea. I can't wait to see where this build goes.
I'm gonna to use most of it's original parts and try to keep it simple..
I consider this Typhoon my first true rat build, but I did flip a Madwagon cruiser last year after I added some rat touches to it (Paid $5 for the bike and sold it for $160).
I stripped all of the parts off of the frame and had to give it a ligtht bleach cleaning because it had alayer of algae on it from our humid summers here in Savannah.
Here is my algae bike
It cleaned up okay. I think I am going to keep the original paint, but am still not sure. It should clean and polish up a little better, but it would definitely be rat if I didn't paint it. Opinions?
Below are some of the parts that I have salvaged from my stockpile.
AMF Skyrider crank with cool as h*** stars
Skateboard that I plan to use (mocked up on a newer model Schwinn)
Here are some shots of the de-algaed frame mocked up with a rack from a 70s Raleigh ladies 3 speed, the skateboard, the Skyrider crank and chainguard, and a tank from ebay. That's enough for now. Time to go have beer.
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I love the used and abused look of the the scratched up board art. I might just clear coat it.
I am thinking about drilling and notching the skateboard so that it is mounted under the rack with the rack legs going through it.
There are a few ideas I have around how to work the seat. Nothing decided on that until I pull out the different seats I have.
Picked some springer forks from a friends broken Trek cruiser.
Mounted some trick bike handlebars with the bottom bar out in front of the bike.
Mounted another handlebar stem to the bottom bar. This or another stem will end up being the mount for my light.
It turns out this handlebar springer combo makes the perfect beer coozie holder. GO RAMBLIN WRECK!
I had a yard sale Huffy 24" cruiser sitting around, so I snagged the short wheels from it. I like the low slung look this will give it. I just won't be able to lean into any curves while pedalling.
I am digging the Skyrider chainguard. I think I might just clear coat it. I will definitely be painting the star chain ring though.
Next I need to pull out my seats and see what fits well with my idea of incorporatind it into the board. I am thinking that the seatpost will attach to the board like a banana seat and then mount the seat onto the board. Maybe even mount just the padding and vinyl from the seat to the board. We'll see what shakes out.
Here is the rolling chassis with and without the skateboard. I forgot to mock up the tank into this set of photos.
I am still not sure with the original paint on this one. I am leaning towards a repaint. Please give me our feedback. The restorer in me wants to keep the old paint, but I don't know.
b double e double r u n beerrun! all we need is a 10 and a 5 and a car and a key and a sober driver.... sorry, i cant read your post without thinking of that song. a cool build, i like it.
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You are probably right. I have success doing that in the past. Very light polishing compound helps, but you have to be careful not to rub too much out.
LOL, I had never heard that song before, but it is now stuck in my head too.
As part of my Re-Cycle Bikes for Beer program, the other day I paid $15 for an old Royce Union (Monkey Ward) road bike. I stripped of all of it's parts and just sold the frame for $60. Guess I need to take the profits and make a B double E double R U N.
The fake beer (MGD64) that was in the earlier photo was really bugging me, so here is a photo with a Left Hand Milk Stout. I also popped the tank in.
I went ahead and mocked up a few seats as well as some silver 24" fenders. The fenders look fine, but not ratty enough. These are a couple of the seats I am thinking of.
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