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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

Zig Anime

Zig Anime is a French clown troupe that I wanted to feature because they've clearly put a lot of effort into coming up with new and wacky bikes. In addition to the usual clown's compliment of swing bikes, eccentric buckin' bronco bikes, runt bikes, tallbikes, three-wheeled unicycles, and the token flip bike, they've come up with some really stupid designs. And I mean that as the highest compliment:

A swing bike that pivots instead! Dammit I was gonna invent that!

They do the act where they take off and replace the front wheel while riding. The bike comes apart and goes back together in different ways, and they juggle the pieces.

I like this one- an accordion bike.

This is a classic act that goes back to pennyfarthing times. His ordinary falls apart while he rides it, then he rides the pieces as a "ghost chopper".

Hardy har, a giraffe unicycle that walks on two legs.

This triple-high can have frames added or removed as part of the act. He sort of builds the bike as he goes.

This pushme-pullyou is controlled by whoever's weight is on the ground. It can go either direction.

It's kind of hard to tell here, but this is a tallbike you propel by humping up and down. You can see a video of it (and all of their bikes) on their website.

The crown jewel of their collection: A tallchopper with a big spring inside that becomes a lead sled when you bounce on it.

Click here to see videos of their show, where they demonstrate each bike.