the "Fat Rat"

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  1. dangratsdan

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    Beware ot the Fat Rat

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    Well Im in. got a couple home projects done, and I need to build a new bike. Heres what Im starting with, most of the parts Ive had around for awhile, except for the blue band 2 speed KB, got it at the Midwest bicycle swapmeet a few weeks ago. Most of the bikes I build for me have 2 speed KBs but are the yellow and red band, this is my first blue band , except for my Stingray back in 1965.
    I believe its a Monarch frame, the fork is an unknown.
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    my trick parts are the blue band 2 speed and a 2 piece crank from a GT bmx bike.
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    heres what I got gathered for now.
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    But who knows things could change. The Fat Rat has no real direction.
  2. yoothgeye

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    Same concept as mine!
  3. udallcustombikes

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    Glad to see you're in, Dan. Looks like we are using the same frame. I can't wait to see your spin on it.
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    That's some cool parts to start with.
    I kinda like the graphics on the tube in the front.

    Good luck and have fun!
  5. aka_locojoe

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    Me too. Cool sprocket.
  6. garagegoon

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    So yer the one who snagged the blue band.... oh well.. Well.. good luck... Lookin forward to seeing what the creative mind turns out... 8)
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    The best build post start ever :lol:
    Lookin good.
  8. dangratsdan

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    Well Im back to building the Fat Rat. Ive built the wheels ,and a mockup.
    The seat post clamp on the Monark frame was a welded on clamp that somebody had tried to remove, bending it out severely. I tried to bend it back, and it broke, so got out the grinder and grind it off.
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    I thought Id bend a new seat post made of 7/8 stainless solid rod, but my cheater bars failed me. I can normallly bend 5/8 and 3/4 rod with out problem, But now Ill have to get a beefier cheater bar.
    For now Ill use another bent seat post Id previously made.
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    I tore down the 24 inch wheels and sanded, primed and painted banner red. Then I laced the old front hub back on and laced my blue band 2 speed kickback on the wheels (strange but true.. the spokes lenghts were the same for the front and back) trued them myself with reasonable success. Oh yea, this is going to be a 24 x 3 front and back bike, thats part of the Fat in Fat Rat.
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    I then did the mockup to see how things fit. Theres lots of room for the tries in the frame and fork, maybe an 1/8 on both sides. Then I set some fenders on it to see how it would look. I like the fenders, but headlight and taillight will take priority, so fenders may or may not happen for this build.
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    Looking good! The 24 x 3s look great with that frame/fenders.

    Cheers,
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  10. Jake Sensi

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    YO I PREDICT A 24X3 FRONT AND BACK SETUP WILL WIN THE BUILDOFF!! :wink: OH YEAH...MY BIKE HAS IT TOO. :mrgreen: NICE BIKE MAN. I LIKE IT. SO FROM RETRO-RAT-O TO THE FAT RAT....GET TA BUILDIN'!!
  11. kingfish254

    kingfish254 I WANT YOU to FINISH your Build Off Bike!!! Pro Member

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    Those are some sick wheels. Are you going to mount the fat rat on the front fender??
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    What tires are those, boa 3g's?
    Your build is awsome.
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    Happy to see some progress. Can't wait for more.
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    I really like it. It definentally trumPs my build haha good luck and have fun!
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    its very cool tires fit very well lookn good :mrgreen:
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    I worked on the headlight this mourning, here is what I did.
    Starting with a piece of urathane foam, I made my basic shape. the piece of plastic will be the lense.
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    I then soldiered on some pig tails on the LEDs, drilled holes in the foam for the LEDs. And soldiered the pig tails in series, these LEDs each use about 3 volts by putting them in series they will run on a 9 volt battery..Hookup the battery for a test, it worked just fine.
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    Nope they are Gaints. From the LBS.
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  17. kingfish254

    kingfish254 I WANT YOU to FINISH your Build Off Bike!!! Pro Member

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    I am really looking forward to your Rat Light!
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    I can't wait to see your light! Build is looking great!
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    The lights are wired, and tested. now to get the bike ready for their installation.
    The Fat Rats lights are not really rats but they are real rodents.
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    The tailiights are mink I think, maybe a fancy ferret. Formerly a fur collar a fancy women would wear. I got it at a garage sale.
    The headlights a raccoon skin, another garage sale find.
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    Wicked COOL!...If you don't make the cover of KICKSTAND....You just might make the cover of PETA. :lol: :lol: Absolutely over the top.

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