Ok, I decided to jump in with both feet on this. This is not only my first time entering a build off...It's my first time attempting to build at all. I figure Rat-rodding is for me because I have virtually NO budget...but I have a bike....well three bikes actually...kinda. I have decided that my criteria for this bike is this... 1. I has to look cool! 2. When finished, It still has to be my daily rider...which means... 3. It's gotta have multiple gears and... 4. It has to be comfortable 5. I want it to make people ask questions about what kind of bike it is and how old it is and stuff As a bonus, I would like a bouncy front end...if possible. So, I'll be starting with what I was told when I bought it last year was a stock 1981 Schwinn Cruiser 5. I found it on CraigsList in my hometown of Independence, Missouri and got it for $40.00. I love the frame, hate the forks (What were they THINKING?!)...hate all the messy cables...I have an idea of what I want it to look like and that's about it. I'm thinking RatRace...OH...Why "The Groundhog"? I just have a thing about groundhogs...and that's it. I don't have much to work with or even know what I'm doing really but HERE GOES!