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Old 06-21-11, 11:25 AM   #1
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My New Rat Rod Project

There's not much to say other than posting the picture. It's an old Royce Union basement find that I got for $15 (I would have paid $50...I'm an idiot). The leopard print seat is freaking AWESOME. New tubes/tires, new bearings, new chain, and some lube and that should be all I do to it. Never seen another of this model and probably never will.
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Old 06-21-11, 11:38 AM   #2
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Yeah, nice. I just love the patina on this thing and I wonder if it was actually cool back in the day...
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Old 06-21-11, 05:56 PM   #4
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Ape hanger handlbars and banana seats were quite popular in the 60's as were the shorter fenders. Looks like a good representation of that period.
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Yeah, nice. I just love the patina on this thing and I wonder if it was actually cool back in the day...
I guess if it was cool to be poor or have cheap parents, and have all the Schwinn kids laugh at you.

Actually, I was born just after the musclebike period (when BMX bikes were becoming the fad), but I was riding a musclebike styled purple girls' Ross my dad had refurbed for me. Was I cool?

One thing's for sure - they pop a mean wheelie!
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Western Auto used to sell a Huffy built Stingray knockoff that had a leopard seat kind of like that. Back in those days I really, really wanted one of those, your picture reminded me of it.
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My first bike was similar to that but was black, had tiger striped seat and the grips had tiger heads on the ends.
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There's not much to say other than posting the picture. It's an old Royce Union basement find that I got for $15 (I would have paid $50...I'm an idiot). The leopard print seat is freaking AWESOME. New tubes/tires, new bearings, new chain, and some lube and that should be all I do to it. Never seen another of this model and probably never will.

Stingray Paramount?
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I had a total frankenbike like that. Only things I paid for were the handlebars, saddle, sissy bar & tires. Yeah, it was cool, in my world...
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I picked up a Firestone like that this spring for really cheap. I,m kind of embarrassed about it but then I haven,t flipped it like I,d planned, either.
It,s kind of fun and it fits a surprising range of riders.
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That will make a cool little bike & that seat is killer but I like my Gator Skin seat I found and put on my Franken musclebike to. I like cruising around on mine during the summer. I built mine out of a 60 or 70's Columbia Play bike 3spd that I rescued from a friends kid who found it in the trash, someday I will finish it and hook up the stick shifter but it's fun to ride as is.

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I also picked this Raleigh Chopper reissue last summer but have yet to do anything with it.

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Stingray Paramount?
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