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fiataccompli 01-13-15 07:35 AM

I think i need to slap together a mock up of what I was originally thinking. every time i've started down this route, however, the bike has ended up a bit nicer than I originally intended. Guess that's a luxury problem.

grant40 12-31-21 03:14 PM

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...7f8161fb9f.jpg

repechage 12-31-21 08:22 PM

locally that handlebar set up suggests “ tweaker “

scarlson 12-31-21 08:39 PM

My Trek's a rat rod! I didn't even soak the flux off after I was done brazing. The burn marks and rust combined with what remains of the original Imron finish make for a nice patina. And in the tradition of rat rod cars (usually a rusty body but then it's got Offenhauser heads and Edelbrock carbs and Wilwood brakes), it's equipped with XTR, Stronglight, Pacenti, Busch&Muller, Brooks, and American Classic.
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...240aa60f26.jpg

grant40 12-31-21 09:50 PM

My Ross. Enjoy :)

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...844e1717c8.jpg
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...a37b69757d.jpg
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...4592dfee5c.jpg
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...a370e1632c.jpg
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...50479a6d8a.jpg
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...0362d1e2b0.jpg

grant40 12-31-21 09:54 PM

Cannondale fixie.

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...90c98d64ef.jpg
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...90eee1944f.jpg

Kabuki12 01-01-22 08:53 AM

My “Rat Rod” bike would have to be the rusty old ItalVega I built up . I mean that bike was so rusty , but I saw something there so I spent a year with steel wool and polish . I did not replace the decals but I got every bit of rust off and ,fortunately for me , the whole frame was chrome under the paint, so it actually looks cool with areas of paint feathered into the chrome underneath.
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...5367dba2d.jpeg
I changed quite a bit. It had been upgraded sometime in its past but I added to the non-originality by putting more Campy stuff on. I got rid of the sew up rims with Nuevo Tipo hubs and put the nicer Record hubs and clinchers, also put campy SR brakes but left the Universal levers…a real hodgepodge but it works. A VERY nice riding bike.$100 and all the patience I could muster!

Mr. 66 01-01-22 10:18 AM

My brother's Cannondalehttps://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...c006b20a5e.jpgMy friend's Schwinn(stationary bike)/Wizzer custom build with frame intergrated gas tank.
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...645bb98ec3.jpgAnd my former Barracuda
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...737c747646.jpg
Ride the fish, that Barracuda was one tough mofo, I built that up so many ways. I finally sold it to a dad for his son. His selling point to his boy was, we'll get you a good bike next year... lol

sykerocker 01-01-22 10:51 AM

Yep, and the group can take credit for a lot of this:

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...f327e3e82.jpeg
The BCA frame was given to me by a local friend who's into REAL antique bicycles (nothing newer than pre-WWI, heavily into 1890's), the wheels came from the barn that wasn't affected by the fire, and pretty much everything else on it was the care packages the group sent me after the fire. It's my 'baseball' bike. Rather than pay $5.00 parking at each Richmond Flying Squirrels game, I haul the bike into Lakeside (about two miles from the ballpark) and ride to the game.

​​​​​​I've been getting tempted to do a mid-drive e-bike conversion on it, just to learn about the genre. Then again, I'm having no problems with pushing pedals, so why bother?

bark_eater 01-01-22 11:33 AM

Unloved Rat Rods turn into Franken bikes pretty quick. I've felt a twinge pulling Campagnolo and Suntour Superb of off a repainted bike boom gas pipe frame. Some mechanic, a couple few owners back loved that bike.

I have a Raleigh Super Course that I've been collecting cool but rough period correct "upgrade" parts for. The plan is to build it up as gently faked rolling barn find in all its uber patinated glory.

ofajen 01-01-22 11:37 AM

Here’s the closest I have. It does have a first gen DA crank and Superbe brakes. Normally i use the wheels with Superbe hubs and Ambrosio rims but the front now has a different wheel with a Ritchey SpeedMax to help with stability on muddy trails. Most of the other parts are cheap and new.


https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...b13d06d40.jpeg


Otto

Bianchigirll 01-01-22 12:05 PM


Originally Posted by repechage (Post 22357635)
locally that handlebar set up suggests “ tweaker “

:roflmao:Yeah DUI bars!! It was only for the pic, so was the Beam. This wasn't even finished, and it's still unidentified, but it has turned into a good rider. I'll have to post a current pic.

bluehills3149 01-01-22 02:28 PM

Here's my old 1986 team Fuji. Rattle can paint (gold color was all I had) but Campy 10 spd gear with Shimergo setup (dura ace 9000 rear dr). Mavic open rims and dtswiss 240 hubs (but branded Coda). Calipers are TRP magnesium. Nice riding bike but looked like a junker.
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...10829e2722.jpg

grant40 01-01-22 02:33 PM

Some more.

This rusty 1980 ish Shogun mixte that has been sitting at the bike co op for 2 months with a bent fork from trying to get the stuck stem out.
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...1414a6d400.jpg


My Sears beater bike.
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...b1caa920b6.jpg



This 1985 Ross Paragon fixie, which I donated the frame back soon after the second photo was taken. That was for obvious reasons.
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...aa1ab7125d.jpg
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...ddf47e28ac.jpg


This weird thing from a Schwinn Varsity. Yes, those are 26 in wheels.
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...5b79f3d909.jpg


Here is my main ride. 1973 CCM Concorde.
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...2406ee8675.jpg


1982 Motobecane Gran Jubilee fixie. This one is mostly stripped down to just a frame set and wheels now. I'm not sure what to do with it but I'm thinking of a flat bar road bike with a 1x6 setup.
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...2976568bed.jpg

Bianchigirll 01-01-22 02:43 PM


Originally Posted by Mr. 66 (Post 22357995)
And my former Barracuda
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...737c747646.jpg
Ride the fish, that Barracuda was one tough mofo, I built that up so many ways. I finally sold it to a dad for his son. His selling point to his boy was, we'll get you a good bike next year... lol

So Dad’s going to buy him a Bianchi next year? :roflmao2:

belacqua 01-01-22 03:00 PM


Originally Posted by bluehills3149 (Post 22358270)
Here's my old 1986 team Fuji. Rattle can paint (gold color was all I had) but Campy 10 spd gear with Shimergo setup (dura ace 9000 rear dr). Mavic open rims and dtswiss 240 hubs (but branded Coda). Calipers are TRP magnesium. Nice riding bike but looked like a junker.
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...10829e2722.jpg

this is what I'm talking about

Shp4man 01-01-22 07:44 PM

Does the primer gray make it a Rat Rod? Perhaps. 1964 Schwinn Typhoon with some modifications.

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...b067df11cb.jpg

easyupbug 01-01-22 08:35 PM


Originally Posted by bluehills3149 (Post 22358270)

Outstanding, a true rat rod bicycle, perfect drive train. I know SW US rat rodders as I inherited a huge collection of '32, '33 and '34 Ford pickup parts which I have been selling off to Rat rod builders. Still have 3 cabs, a bed, wheels, etc.

scarlson 01-13-22 11:05 PM

Here are some closeups of nice "rat-rod" patina on my Trek. I rubbed it down with linseed oil thinned down with Coleman fuel.
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...591c619b31.jpg
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...a51f37d7b2.jpg
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...644238cf10.jpg
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...78894b967f.jpg
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...9ca173802d.jpg

plonz 01-14-22 05:11 AM

I have one worthy of this resurrected thread. My 1985 Peugeot PSN10 with its chalky layer of white sprayed over the original metallic beige. Gave it the sleeper package of DA7400 shifting and bronze Araya clinchers. This is my dirty pavement bike and it performs as well as the rest of my stable.

I remember picking the PSN10 up many years ago for the original Campy components. It looked like curbside junk so I asked the forum if it made sense to salvage the rest of the bike. It was divided among those who said it was too far gone and those who educated me on the fine qualities of the PSN10. Ended up selling off the Campy but sure am glad I kept the bike.

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...8dadf92584.jpg

tkamd73 01-14-22 10:34 PM

No rust, but this was an old road bike
Tim


https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...3e51a868f.jpeg

Sluggo 01-15-22 11:55 AM

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...dd98807338.jpg
Another Schwinn Sports Tourer.
Rat, yes. I don't know about rod.


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