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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

Guerilla Floatilla 2007

pictures by Xmutiny and Jennifer Brandel

The Floatilla's history includes ten years of growing popularity leading up to a juried art show in Lincoln Park with a $1 million insurance policy, then cancellation. Many such events have befallen the same fate. After a five-year rest, the Floatilla started up again in its smaller, pure incarnation: People who have made their own boats.

Unfortunately, though, Chicago Public Radio did a pre- rather than post-piece on the event, and about 30 NPR-listeners showed up to watch about eight boats.

The towable raft seemed to be the design of choice this year. Mine was a simple net of bike tubes strung between three barrels. Slow and cumbersome in the water.

Matt the Rat's "Cola-tiki" proved to be agile and fast yet again. Check out the ceiling-fan-blade paddles.

Foamy showed up with a creative one-barrel contraption. The wheels spun around on a bolt to transform from land to sea mode.

The Aqua-cat has a specially designed transportation jitney.

Some assembly required...

Thar she floats!

Lots of sailors showed up for the three hour tour:

Captains and their vessels.

Surly showed up with his bicycle fishing pole:

Biggles revealed that even sailors have a secret pretty side, one that likes sequined g-strings...

Ahoy hoy! What shall we do with a drunken sailor? Get 'em all together each year for a river invasion!

Geniune U.S. Navy sailor hats donated by the Resource Center.