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Yeah, I know it's not a traditional "Rat" since it's not old and crusty. But it's following the rat tradition of mixing parts and creating something new and different.
My aim is to create something that the Black Phantom would have evolved into if Schwinn had kept producing them. The Z06 Corvette is a far cry from a 1953 Vette, but at the end of the day, they're both Corvettes. This bike is an attempt to create the ZO6 of Black Phantoms. If that makes any frickin sense.
I've got another build going simultaneously that's based on a 1949 DX frame. It's more of the traditional "Rat", nice and crusty. And I might switch over to that bike for the final submission. I like where the "Phantom Menace" is heading, so I'm gonna keep going with it for now.
$20 will get you a set from any decent motorcycle parts store.
that being said, a $20 isn't as nice as the ones above. (lower quality welds, and ya better check to make sure there straight.)
that old ones a cool ride. the 70lbs just makes it harder to steal.
Dude, you just keep doin' what you're doin' and leave the definitions to those on the sidelines! Creativity and artistry are what make the "outside the box" world o' RAT.
Love your previous work and excited to see where the Phantom Menace ends up.
A BLAST from the past!
Right on! Thanks!
It's always in the last place you look!
I took the frame and fork to a bike shop that specializes in mountain bikes, and they dug through the parts bin to find sealed bearings for it. I had to shorten the tube about an inch. Usually the gooseneck clamps to the top of the head tube. But since I used the clip-on style bars, I just put a cap on the top of the head tube. Nothing on this build was easy... or cheap.
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