GREAT Build Off everyone. Did we ever get a final tally on how many international (non-US) builders we had this year? It's the most that I can remember in a long time.
My first build was an X-53 dug up at a junkyard back in the 70's. It was a girl's version bike but the springer caught my eye. I wished I could find a boy's version, and yours is a perfect example of what I was looking for. Congrats!First let me say congratulations to @CruJones for the big win with Rocky! Great job!
And thank you to everyone that voted for my RadRot X53!
I had much lower expectations than the 2nd place finish for my bike. Apart from cleaning the bike and replacing the wheels and tires, most of the work was not evident unless you had followed the build journal. And even if you had followed each entry, things like restoring a rusty chain or straightening a bent fork or even realigning the chain guard are not the things that seperate one bike from any other in the same way that 'Rocky' did. Yet in the end almost 50% of the voters cast one of their votes for it. So what did seperate it from the majority of others? I can't say for certain but I have my own theories.
This contest is visual. It is about artistic expression and design and bicycles are the medium. In the end when faced with deciding on how each individual devides their votes [no matter how many], it is based on the visual gratification that they discern. (By the way, the photograph also plays a big part in this.) Everyone has their own ideas about what looks pleasing but there are certain design principals that transend opinion. There are whole fields of study on things like the golden ratio and fibonocci numbers, etc. that help to explain why certain things 'feel' pleasing while other things do not.
So it is my opinion that even though I played a very small part in making my bike appealing with a couple of modern touches, and adding a couple of things that make you feel nostalgic, the real reason that it placed high in the voting total was due to the original design by a celebrated designer in the 1950s and the warmth of the faded and rusted finish that only time can produce. Therefore the second place award for the X53 actually goes to the late Viktor Schreckengost (Murray-Ohio’s chief bicycle designer) and Mother Nature. I'm just happy to be the current steward of such an iconic bike!
Crazy, but a little bit sad. We always see a nice spike in traffic around BO time and a lot of long time members might make their way back or pop their heads in the door. This year we definitely had that and then some. Just not sure how to turn the popularity of the viewing into votes23 thousand members and 200 hundred votes, crazy!
But I really liked yours, that is a rat rod to me. Board tracker was the early 10 speed of its time. You stay true to your style. You motivated me to build more with that vibeSomebody has to find more votes. There's no way I should be beating these guys. One guy's lunch was better than my thread, for Pete's sake!
More classes would bring in more builds and more interest. The back yard builders are discouraged by being grouped with those with pro shops and endless amounts of cash. There should be full blown builds and those done with limited resources. RAT ROD style, take what you got and work it over!As the news would say, 'second lowest in recorded history!'.... Bottom line, we need more not less.
Lol self deprecating humor is my thing. I like the bike better than I thought I would. I've actually been riding itBut I really liked yours, that is a rat rod to me. Board tracker was the early 10 speed of its time. You stay true to your style. You motivated me to build more with that vibe
I was just thinking the same this morning over coffee and MLB highlights from last night's games. Was there not a time or place online where a monetary limit was in place for something similar to the RRB BOs? I don't feel the need for more classes beyond a limited monetary means class though. Dean Dean's Mountain Machine cost me about $150 out of pocket, mostly using parts I have owned/ridden for at least ten years.More classes would bring in more builds and more interest.
There should be full blown builds and those done with limited resources. RAT ROD style, take what you got and work it over!
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