Polo Bike Rescue

Help Support Rat Rod Bikes:

Joined
Sep 13, 2006
Messages
1,163
Reaction score
2,950
Location
southern PA
Rating - 100%
2   0   0
So, almost two years ago, a friend messaged to say her dad was cleaning out and downsizing to sell his house. He was getting rid of a bunch of bicycles that were rotting in the garage, and what should he ask for them at the yard sale, and was I interested in any of them? I have a soft spot for Ross musclebikes, so this is the one I asked her to put aside for me:
IMG_6405.jpg

IMG_6406.jpg


I stashed it at my parents' house in NY, and then COVID hit, so it took me till this spring to finally get it home to PA.
20191227_091005.jpg


Then in June 2020, a guy in a Ross bike Facebook group (who happened to live not far from my parents in NY) posted this for $40:
Screenshot_20210725-135335_Facebook.jpg


I needed the sissy, chain guard, and seat post for sure, and could probably use the fork, crank, pedals, even the head badge. For a bike that had already been "harvested," this one had a lot of stuff I could still use. Again, COVID put a damper on the party, as I couldn't get up there to pick it up. I checked back with him this summer to see if there was any chance it was still around. Lucky me, he still had it, and I picked it up this weekend.

Last piece of the puzzle: wheels. Just so happens that the carcass of this has been sitting in my basement for years, with the correct Ross wheels still on it:
mdlwt01.jpg


Time to get to bolting things together! I had half considered waiting for the MBBO, but it'd kill me to have it sitting here that long. :D
 
Joined
Sep 13, 2006
Messages
1,163
Reaction score
2,950
Location
southern PA
Rating - 100%
2   0   0
spent the last couple of days on this one. this is where I started yesterday:
20210728_110634.jpg


Wet wadded tinfoil worked wonders here:
20210728_112340.jpg


and this is where we are now:
20210729_182930.jpg
20210729_183001.jpg
20210729_183116.jpg


It's a Polobike, not a Barracuda, and it's not a three speed, but the guard matched so well I just had to use it.
20210729_183220.jpg


Headbadge is currently held on with hot glue, but I'm open to better ideas. Screws are decorative.
20210729_183315.jpg
20210729_183350.jpg
20210729_183639.jpg


The chain guard mount is ugly. The donor bike had a hole for the mount drilled under the BB shell whereas this frame has the hole on the top of the BB shell, and I was not about to drill another hole in it. It seemed less destructive to me to drill out the rivets holding the mount to the guard and fake something together using stuff I had in the existing holes.
20210729_183744.jpg
20210729_183756.jpg


With the tiny little cranks, it is absolutely NOT a long-distance rider, but it's gonna be a great little scoot for riding around car shows or flea markets or stuff like that.
 
Last edited:
Joined
Sep 13, 2006
Messages
1,163
Reaction score
2,950
Location
southern PA
Rating - 100%
2   0   0
Having too much fun, considering these bikes are torture to ride any farther than the end of the block. But I LOVE the way they look...
20210730_081055.jpg
20210730_081141.jpg

20210730_081402.jpg
20210730_081345.jpg


The guy I bought the parts bike from had also listed a similar girls' bike in purple.
20210801_105516.jpg


When I went to pick up the orange one, he offered me the purple one for 20 bucks. Couldn't resist. So I threw some bars and wheels at it.
20210731_194122.jpg
20210731_194150.jpg
20210731_194848.jpg
20210731_194937.jpg
20210731_195205.jpg


Didn't expect to end up with a his-and-hers set, but there it is...
20210731_194814.jpg
 
Top