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I was frustrated at first by the stock frame aspect of the Build Off, as I NEVER leave my frames alone. The stretching, the flipping, the bed frame, I'm always doing something.
But I've actually started looking forward to this build now, as a chance to flex my creativity within that restriction.
Here's the base, some unremarkable Schwinn frame that I picked up at some point, and a rat trap springer that I bought from Fuzzyktu last year.
I'll be using some parts from this Exerciser that I got for free from a neighbor, including the 65 tooth chainring.
As to the name Hood Rat, this refers not to my neighborhood, but to the fact that what you don't see is the many many car and motorcycle parts that will be going on this bike.
Good luck, everyone! I'm glad to be on board for the ride.
Last edited by deven_science on Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:40 pm, edited 6 times in total.
"many many car and motorcycle parts"? Sounds like yours will be some serious competition...
To restore or not to restore?, that is the question...eh, it's a rat, leave it!!
My RRBO#7 Entry - 1952 24" Monark Deluxe: ~~"Smokin' In The Boyz Room"~~
Made a laid back seat post out of half of a crank from an exercise bike (not the Exerciser pictured above), and a seat post cut in half.
In place, with my seat for the build:
Then I made myself a set of bars from scratch. I used 7/8" bar at the stem, but 1" for the rest of it. I needed 1", because I'm going to be using motorcycle grips that I picked up at a swap meet.
Starting to take some shape:
I'm thinking I'll paint them. My color scheme right now is to paint the frame metallic black, and all other parts and pieces will be flat brown primer.
Thanks for all the comments on the bars, guys. I'm proud of them. They're not perfect, as the tubing kinked a bit when rolling it that tight, but they don't have to be perfect when they're homemade.
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