From the land of Prince and Purple People Eaters, comes a mixed berry basket of parts, new and old. Berries are plentiful up here in the northland, berries of all sizes, flavors and colors. So shall be: RaTsberry Buffet. It's originally a Sears Spyder 5 speed, 24" wheeled, muscle bike. But the past 25 yrs in the lean-to farm shed has taken the luster out of this lanky speed demon. Here's what the bike looked like back in the '60s.... I excavated this back in August from a guy who shared the bike with siblings and cousins back in the day. It had been rode hard and put up wet. And you know what happens to steel when it gets wet; it turns to rust. Here's the first photo of it as I loaded it on that very wet day a month or so ago. A lot of the bike is still there, but the wheels are both toast, taco-ed beyond repair, the rear gear cluster is frozen in time, the seat is badly dented from possibly it's last 'crash' along with a lifted cantilever tube near the shifter box. I'll know more as I disassemble the bike. But for now, this is it because guess what? It's raining in the BACK40 today again! Oh well, the grass is still green (not 'white') and next week's forecast looks warmer than average and sunny. Perfect for my first step in getting this build underway, which is paint. My window up here is very tight, like less than a couple weeks, before we get regular (read: daily) temps too cold to even contemplate painting a frame. Hopefully I will get it stripped down and evaluate the other parts in the week ahead, where rain is called for in 4 of the next 5 days. Here's one indoor shot of the bike snuggled in a corner of the BACK40, huddling against the cold.