RRBBO13 STYLISH TRASH

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I found this wingbar frame last week at the Memory Lane Swap Meet, so the timing was perfect for entering the build-off. In my opinion, this is one of the coolest bicycle frames ever designed. I have always wanted to build one. Unfortunately, this one is has seen better days, so I thought that it would make the perfect rat. The idea will be to use almost all vintage parts with the same level of heavy patina. Just make it a cool cruiser and have fun doing it.
 

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Sweet thats definitely one of the all time coolest top ten frames .


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Thanks guys for all of the encouragement. I do feel fortunate to have the opportunity to build one of these bikes my way. This is what a rat rod bike is to me: Find a cool old original bike and make some subtle mods (using vintage parts) to enhance the original design and to exhibit the builder's particular style. The best way to describe my style is "vintage custom cruiser". And that is how I am building this bike. After the parts are gathered, I like to put a bike together and be riding it in a few hours (or beers, if you want to go by beer-time). Yesterday I gathered all of the parts I wanted for the initial mock-up. Some are from other projects, some ebay finds waiting for a home, and some are literally from the junk pile. I like to do early mock-ups (and rides) on my builds to make sure everything looks and works right together aesthetically. I do like using springer forks on almost all of my builds, so an original postwar Monark springer was the only logical choice for this frame. And they look incredible on the bike. Wide, stingray-style bars are another almost mandatory modification to all of my builds. They look like wings on this wingbar. Another mandatory change is using 26" rims instead of the stock 24" rims because all Silver Kings came with 24" wheels. I was digging through some parts bikes and found a prewar set of Monark triple-drop center wheels and they are 26". I had no idea that I owned these until yesterday. They are bent, rusty, and missing spokes.........perfect for this build. Other stuff includes a prewar seat that was recovered probably over 50 years ago with some kind of brown suede material over a jagged-rusty seatpan, a prewar stem that will be replaced by a correct Torrington stem (when it gets here), the appropriate Silver King skip-tooth chainring and cranks, and some very old, worn out pedals. Everything went together very quickly without any problems.
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I took it on a 3 mile ride and it performed perfectly. I couldn't be happier with the preliminary results. I have owned this frame for less than a week and now I am taking rides on it. Now I have over 3 months to modify or refine the design until it is just right. Any comments or ideas are certainly welcome.
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welcome. I enjoy sharing and discussing ideas.
 
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The Wingbar frame is very long, about 4 inches longer than a typical frame from that era. The added springer extends the wheelbase even further. All that length makes the larger 26" wheels still look small. I will probably try some larger size tires. It all depends on how well I can true the rear rim (with missing spokes) so the that the larger tire can clear the frame.