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A little late but still timely

January we headed out to Geneva IL

Xc204, Oldgreaser and myself and kids got a nice winter ride in.

Downtown Geneva IL
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Downtown St Charles
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Down by the river
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February was way cool! Weather was good !
We met at the Burger Bar. Then headed over to Cycle Smithy's in Lincoln Park.
Mark the owner was nice enough to give us a tour of his cool vintage bike collection.



islnder102's truck ready to be unloaded
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islnder102, xc204, ratina.& Erica Ready to get this thing started...
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Ratina's Muscle bikes
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Inside CYCLE SMITHY getting a tour from owner Mark
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XC204 trying to figure out if he can get a set of wheels with modern wood rims home on the train :lol:

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One for you BMX guys
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1880's Bike
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More random pics this place is just darn cool!


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In front of CYCLE SMITHY
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If you are ever in Chicago check this place out! http://www.cyclesmithy.com/ :mrgreen:

March The rains came!


What it looked like when my two sons and I left the house :roll:

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with high temps in the 40's and hard rain forecast for the whole day NO surprise that we where the only ones to show
After the boys and I had lunch the rain stopped and we got a GREAT ride in!

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Dark sky stayed to the north
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A video of Taber my 10 year old son on my Monark :shock: :shock: LOOK OUT!


April.... Just Highridah,Maggie and Oldgreaser and my kids
We met at Twisted Spoke and rode over to Humboldt park

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Highridah's new cruiser
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Ran into Highridah's friend Chopper Carl @ West Town Bikes
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Just a Chicago Cruiser out for a ride
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Found a bunch of Chicago Cruiser guys hanging out on Humboldt Park
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They have some super clean killer bikes!

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Hanging out by the Puerto Rican Flag
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Garret was a little tried after riding the Murray chopper 8 miles
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Boys hang out well I load up the Van before heading out to Ann Arbor for the Show

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MAY.... WAS A BLAST!
We did are first Ride in Indiana At MarkM's house



Hanging out in front of Marks house....
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Mark was not kidding FREE STUFF! for everyone! just some of my goodies :wink: :mrgreen:
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oldgreaser (Rik)Trying out The Indiana Blackout.......It has been said before Uncle Stretch is a genius!!
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Mark cruising the Blackout LOVE THE SMILE .....Hope things are good for you man!!!!!

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XC204's (Gary) just finished Street Skinny Typhoon .... with foot brake and really cool shifter with line lock
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Lets Ride! Mark and Lisa oldgreaser's Wife
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oldgreaser and his son Johnny ready to ride
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XC204 cruising
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we rode in a lite rain no big deal still a great time!

Johnny on one of Marks cool Trikes
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Me trying to ride the clown bike
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If I could just get a lay back seat post :roll:
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Lets Eat!!!!
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Mark cooked us up some awesome BBQ over a wood fire!
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Marks neighbor quiet little fella :shock: :shock: :roll: :roll: :mrgreen:
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A mock up of the Trike for Islndr102
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More info here....
http://www.ratrodbikes.com/forum/viewto ... 18#p389718

Lisa's Very cool BFGoodrich bike
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Mark and johnny
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The cool sign Mark had made last year
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Finally after more then a year of doing these rides we got a group photo!
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Left to Right xc204,Oldgreaser Johnny, markM , skipton,


I came with only one bike......Thanks Mark!
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From the drivers seat looking back
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June.....
xc204, Oldgreaser , Myself and my two boys met at the Revolution Bar and then rode back down to Humboldt park for the most eclectic car show ever!!!


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My two boys hanging out at Revolution Brewery
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Gary (XC204) and Garret showing of there RRB shirts

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Let's Ride!

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Now some bikes .....the Chicago Cruisers had all of there bikes at the show
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Check out the slide show of cool cars... everything under the sun was at this show!

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July
Tour De Fat in Chicago Myself and my wife Lisa and the kids Plus Oldgreaser and his son johnny made the ride!


Me with a bad attempt of taking pics well riding :roll:
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Took pics of these two cool Rat Rods..... Turned out to be RRB Member Moto66's bikes!! :D Great to meet you today!
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Johnny
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Member Monstar was there with his cool bike missed him that day :( . But he did find a cool pic of me riding Bluex :wink:

MonStar said:
Hey guys!

I was out there too! It was a great day for beer, bikes and music. I will post pictures later today. I did find this one of you Skip on flickr that someone from timeout chicago posted. I was near the front of the parade with my ride.

My bike just before the Tour De Fat
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Found Skip on flickr

Tour De Fat Rider by drew*in*chicago, on Flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shookiemookie/5948046827/

Just a few more....
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Garret, My wife Lisa
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At the start

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August Ride was prefect!!!! Great turn out And great weather!!
Rode down the lake front Could not have been a nicer day!


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September I Chickened Out the rain all morning scared me! :oops:
Oldgreaser was the only one to show up for a lake front ride!

oldgreaser said:
Ah Skipton, my friend: you need not admit defeat,
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I was there, and a little misty rain didn't dampen my spirit,
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Headed South to Lincoln park, then west to Broadway and made a stop at Cycle Smithy, Catch the crew soon for an October Ride,

October event I also missed! :oops: :(
But there was a good RatRodBikes turn out at the FOX VALLEY BIKETOBERFEST...

XC204 said:
Had fun at the show / swap meet glad to meet some fellow ratrodders Brian /Tailwinds and wife Awesome best of show bike , Scott Brownsey and friend with 2 Bad to the bone Ratrod bikes. Chef from the Chicago Cruisers and company. Ben /Ratina and dad. Earl / Teabeats Thanks to Main St Bikes and DJ Rudy K for putting on the show.

Brians Best in Show.

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cool trike
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Blue chopper with sound system a winner a dad and his 2 kids with their 3 choppers
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dads chopper
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A beauty J.C. Higgins also a winner And Scotts bike a winner also
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some smucks bikes. And the green stingray thingy a winner also,
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November.... We met in my neighborhood
Oldgreaser (Rik)and his wife Lisa and XC204 (Gary) and my kids got one last ride in!

Rode down to Clark and Montrose to meet Gary .. Parked at the 7-11 was Adam from Pedal To The People.
Really nice guy with a cool setup! http://pedaltothepeople.com/
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Taber with his game face on :wink:
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Pile of parts some has locked up for later...
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Nothing like a strong north east wind to suck the heat right out of you.
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xc204's really cool bike!
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Rode down to Clark and Montrose to meet Gary .. Park at the 7-11 was Adam from Pedal To The People.
Really nice guy with a cool setup! http://pedaltothepeople.com/
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Taber with his game face on :wink:
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Pile of parts some has locked up for later...
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Nothing like a strong north east wind to suck the heat right out of you.
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xc204's really cool bike!
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THANKS TO EVERYONE! WHO CAME OUT FOR A RIDE IN 2011

HOPE YOU ALL CAN MAKE IT OUT FOR A FEW RIDES IN 2012!

WE NOW HAVE A REAL NAME FOR 2012!

THE CHICAGO TAILDRAGGERS ........http://www.ratrodbikes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=50821

Thanks For Looking!
 
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Thanks for the pics. So many beautiful colorful bikes. I needed a shot of color this time of year. 8) Gary
 
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i wish more rides like that happened here. we just have the two mayors rides on memorial and labor day, and then it's still mostly road and mountain bikes.

like seeing the hutch fairing bike too. i have one without the fairing. can't find it most times, and can't afford it when one pops up.
 
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Thanx for the nice pics! Looks like everybody had lots of fun. So keep up the spirit in 2012.
Btw,are these Nutcase helmets comfortable to wear? 'Cause I like the way they look. 8)
 
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thansk for sharing all the rides and shows look like tons of fun... my aunt live to the left of the P.R. flag off of Sanfransico st right across from Humbolt park.. great year of riding indeed.
 
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Thanks for all the great pictures! Great scheduling and photography job on them.
Going to try real hard to get down there for one of them this year.
 

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Thanks for the postive comments guys!!!!! :D






wimpy said:
Thanx for the nice pics! Looks like everybody had lots of fun. So keep up the spirit in 2012.
Btw,are these Nutcase helmets comfortable to wear? 'Cause I like the way they look. 8)

The helmets are Pryme brand... http://www.amazon.com/Pryme-V2-BMX-Skat ... B003F2GGRQ

I do rally like them they are comfortable to wear. and about half the price of a Nutcase helmet.

MplsCoaster said:
Thanks for all the great pictures! Great scheduling and photography job on them.
Going to try real hard to get down there for one of them this year.

That would be AWESOME!! :mrgreen:
 

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oldgreaser said:
NIce job on the year in 2011 year in Reveiw Photo album, Skipton! I had forgotten how much cool stuff we did, This year should be even better.

Thanks!

I had also forgot all the cool rides we did. Thanks for coming out for so many!

Really looking forward to 2012's rides! :mrgreen:
 

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