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Oldbiscuit

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I’m finally done with my version of a Schwinn American. I call mine “American Rat” !
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I built the frame with all used bike parts, only new parts are the mirrors and the tires.
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I wanted a long, low stretched bike, but built on the cheap and my design.
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One idea I had in my head was building my own springer fork that was workable but something different than what most have seen.
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I also wanted to use a old cast iron seat I picked up years back that I think came off of an old tricycle. My idea was to make a springer seat that was adjustable for length as well as weight. I used a cheap mountain bike rear spring shock assembly, but put on a lighter spring.
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a few more parts welded on for chain guides and my kick stand foot
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sand blasted and painted it was time to assemble
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Then the handle bars proved themselves to be to short, so I lengthened them and added the mirrors, grips, pedals, and the headlight
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and lastly I had to have my “ego” shot !
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And just to show that I have a heart, I took the Rat up to visit my 95 year young mother and let her sit on it . She was thrilled to get out and be in the photo !
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finally just to show it is rideable, a short video with my fat but on it !
 

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Cool. Front tire and back tire are likely in different zip codes when you park it.
 

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That build is RaT-iculous! And I mean that in a good way!

Cool custom work, and paint is awesome. Nicely done! One note, did you use the Upload Video tab to add your ride vid? All I have is audio, no video. You can always upload it to Youtube as well, then cut and paste the link.

RaT oN~!
 

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That build is RaT-iculous! And I mean that in a good way!

Cool custom work, and paint is awesome. Nicely done! One note, did you use the Upload Video tab to add your ride vid? All I have is audio, no video. You can always upload it to Youtube as well, then cut and paste the link.

RaT oN~!
It works for me, even using my wife’s phone and looking as a guest. Anyone else not see the video ?
 

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I don't see it on my laptop or my phone. It's happened before, what format is your video in?
 

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Got me, I took the video with my Apple 10 smart phone and just attached the video to the thread. I’m computer illiterate so I really struggle to figure this out.
 

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I can't see the video either. When skydreamer had this problem it was because he didn't use the UPLOAD VIDEO button to post the video. Attaching video files doesn't work.

Try uploading it using this button instead.

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I just deleted the video as an attached file and reloaded as uploaded video. Can you see it now ?
 

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I give up. Judge it for what you see. The more I try to edit and insert the more I screw up my thread. Looking at the other builds I realize I’m not even in the same league. You guys are major leaguers for sure. Great bunch of builds !
 

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I give up. Judge it for what you see. The more I try to edit and insert the more I screw up my thread. Looking at the other builds I realize I’m not even in the same league. You guys are major leaguers for sure. Great bunch of builds !
A video isn't a requirement anyhow
 

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