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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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    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Royce Union View Post
    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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    Weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Royce Union View Post
    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.
    I have spoken.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Angelo View Post
    Stingray Paramount?
    I saw that ad
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