1935 Monark 5 BAR "Deluxe 6 Rat Racer"

Oct 22, 2009
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Mesa, Arizona
Well fellow ratters, here is my first ever submission to a RRB Build-Off. Trying to stay true to the rat theme, I have collected most of the parts from right here on the forum including the frame, forks, seat, tires, crank, pedals and grips. I also finished the bike in rust with a couple details painted and striped. I designed the badges and had Terry over at Jones & Son burn them for me. I believe I might have even designed a couple other badges for the build-off for some other builders as well. I also leather tooled the seat. The theme of the bike is "Rat Racer" and numbered it "6" in honor of the 6th annual build. Unfortunately, it really is not finished but I have run out of time as I am off to see family back in my home town in Wisconsin, and had knee surgery right at the beginning of the build which left me with less time than I would have liked so it will have to do the way it is. The only thing new on the bike are the wheels (I had ordered in January for another build) and the stem (which was modified to work on this bike) so I don't have a whole lotta money into it but I sure do have some time, a lot of sweat, and my fair share of blood. I had a blast on this bike and thank everyone here for the inspiration, the parts and the words of encouragement. This place has been a tremendous resource and I cannot put into words how much I appreciate it.












Check out the build forum: viewtopic.php?f=55&t=39727
Thanks to Robert Humanski for snapping a few photos of the bike for me!
 
Nov 18, 2007
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1,553
Massachusetts
This thing has got it ALL. It's one of several bikes entered this year, that the fabrication is so well executed, that if you didn't know where it came from, you'd "swear" it was a styling exercise by a HIGH end bicycle company....Absolutely one of my favorites.
 
Jul 22, 2009
1,499
267
Carmichael, CA
This thing flows sooooo well!! There isn't one thing on this I don't like!! It just went straight to the top of my list :D

Anyone else notice the bars got flipped during his photo shoot?? Personally, I like them turned up like in the later pics.
 

cman

Moderator
Dec 4, 2006
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837
Boise,ID
KOTA said:
This thing has got it ALL. It's one of several bikes entered this year, that the fabrication is so well executed, that if you didn't know where it came from, you'd "swear" it was a styling exercise by a HIGH end bicycle company....Absolutely one of my favorites.
I agree.... in fact I bet bike companies would be jealous to have a design like this.
 
Nov 28, 2010
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0
Virginia Beach, VA
KOTA said:
This thing has got it ALL. It's one of several bikes entered this year, that the fabrication is so well executed, that if you didn't know where it came from, you'd "swear" it was a styling exercise by a HIGH end bicycle company....Absolutely one of my favorites.
+1!

There are a select few bikes that I'm gonna have a real hard time deciding between, my vote won't be easy!