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Freakbikes, choppers, funnybikes, clownbikes, kustoms, tallbikes, swingbikes, lead sleds, chunkbikes, trashbikes, mutant bikes, tallbike jousting, cargo bikes, tallchoppers, and frankenbikes. This is a record of human-powered creativity in Chicago.


-'52 freakin'-
-vintage p-cola freakin-
-zany bikes of redmoon ii-
-zig anime-
-australia freakin'-
-rat patrol russia-
-vintage freakbikes ii-
-skunk's cloudbuster-
-bikes of burning man 07-
-pedal-powered crane-
-rat patrol belgium-
-jet rides-
-fat boy's bikes-
-vintage freakbikes-
-Steinlauf family 1920's-1960s-
-afghanistan tallbikin'-
-india tallbikin'-
-spain freakin'-
-not hard enough-
-porno squad-
-green machine-
-rolling bonfire-
-the human television network-
-zany bikes of redmoon-
-fatback bomber-
-two-wheeled tank-
-precious cargo-
-ghana's national tallbike-
-twang bang-
-trampoline trailer-
-san fran freakin'-
-wooden packrat-
-the loserbago-
-foley freakin'-
-n'awlins freakin'-
-schwinn cycle truck-
-the bike formerly known as the white elephant-
-trashbike 1-
-UV chopper 2-
-gateway drug-
-lee's bent 1-
-trout lake freakin-
-UV chopper 1-
-pipe bomb-
-unicyclin bear-
-a work in progress-
-the chopper-

-pride 07-
-death of a tallbike-
-st ratrick's day 07-
-guerilla floatilla 07-
-st. ratrick's 07-
-bike kill IV-
-hootenanny 06-
-ratification 06-
-5th annual st chino's run-
-sweethearts build day-
-madison art bike parade 06-
-slaughterama 06-
-guerilla flotilla 06-
-st ratrick's day 06-
-the buurn, maaaaan 05-
-rat rides 2005-
-black label bike kill iii-
-pedal pushers-
-ratification 05-
-Guerilla Flotilla 2005-
-St. Ratrick's Day 2005-
-2nd Annual St. Chino's Run-
-rats on the mass-
-gimp haulin'-
-rat patrol vs. human television network-
-monkey tag ride-
-stockyards ride-
-build day 112004-
-magic bean ride-
-puke ride-
-ratification 04-
-rat rides 2004-
-rat race 04-
-clunker classic III-
-ghana freakin'-
-st. ratrick's day 03-
-the stingray kids-
-may day 2003-
-the scallywags come to chicago critical mass-
-a rat retreat to the redneck riviera-
-a visit from the BLBC-
-rat rides 2003-
-rat rides 2002-

-can't you read?-
-rat trikes-
-scratch-made arc welder-



Email and Submissions: johnny@rat-patrol.org

Rat Trikes

Okay, so these aren't HPVs. But they ain't in Chicago, neither. Upon my visit to the Rat Patrol UK in Ross-on-Wye, I noticed a curious concentration of three-wheelers, perhaps related to the fact that Morgans are made just up the road.

While most were nice custom jobs, these two stood out as being particularly ratty.

The first is ratty because RPUK member Tallmartin found it in the trash. He'd bought a garage for 200 quid with the caveat that he clean out all the garbage in there. And look what was among the garbage! This is a Rialto trike from the 80s. It's classified as a motorized tricycle even though it can go 65 mph for hours on end and is essentially a car. 850ccs, 4-cyclinder rear-wheel drive and a plastic body... we figured the only way to change that front tire would be to roll it up on its side, which one person can easily do.

We spent the day zipping around the orchard, spinning out on the slick grass, and trying to get it up on two wheels, which is particularly easy. The presence of a passenger greatly effects the handling of this plastic, lightweight, highly entertaining hunk of trash.

Folks in England tend to have very nice cars, and I suspect that the presence of many ratty-ass motorcycles is a backlash to that. This one is ratty simply because it's made from a VW Bug and scrap iron.

If you look, you can see how the chassis of the VW has been chopped and rewelded at an angle, then a headtube's been welded onto that. The highway pegs are just steel bar, and the seats and floor are all gussied up from angle iron.

Suicide shifter!