Let's talk about bikes!

So, I haven't been subbing that much these days because I have a new hobby and I love it! Some of you might know how prolific I can be at subbing, my most being 18 subs up for scoring at one time! Anyhoo, something has been eating up much of my time these days and it's my first ratrod bike build. I'm just so happy and excited about it that I wanna share it with you guys (whether you like it or not) haha! Any other ratrod builders in the house, we would love to see yours? :-)


Here she is!


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johnnyspeter

duuuuuuuuuuuuuddddddee!!!! so slick. I had a beach cruiser with white walls looked just like this. I'm a big bike rider, my pops is a ratrod man but with hotrods.

dnice25
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Awesome dude!! That's a sick bike. The more hobbies you have the happier you will be!!

DenVeegerd

Sweet!! I like the saddle, nice color. Real leather I guess? Good job looks great!!

Joe Conde
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Thanks, man! Yeah I just recently got back to riding and it reminded me how much fun it was. Must be sweet having a dad who customizes hotrods! I hope he let's you drive those :-)

EZFL
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Oh man I want to restore an old beat-up bike so bad. Haven't found anything I like yet. I've got a proper road/racing bike, but I want another one just to cruise around on and not worry too much about locking up in-front of a store.

Looks great. That piece of wood is a great addition. Any idea as to what the make/model is? I don't see any markings on the before image.

Joe Conde
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@dnice25 - Thanks bro! Yeah, it also gives me another chance to explore my creativity.

@DenVeegerd - Thank you! Yes it's real leather, it's built pretty solid and looks uncomfortable but it actually isn't. It kinda collapses under your weight just at the right spot and the huge springs assures you of a comfortable ride :-)

@EZFL - Go for it man! You can also have it checked out by the folks over at ratrodbikes.com. But believe me once you start on it, it could get addictive. I've been working on this for a month now and everyday I can't wait to get back home from work to give some tlc on this baby. I'm on the verge of pissing off my wife, haha! Sorry but I don't know the make of it. It's by some unknown Japanese company. But knowing Japanese bikes they're built tough.

krisren28
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Pimp'd!!

lifeform987
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Cool bike!

What kind of crank set is that, is it one piece crank? i have a road bike frame with similar crank tube like yours, hard to find vintage parts around here at the south.

DenVeegerd

Yes I know these seats, my father used to have one on his bike back in the Netherlands.

Morkki
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Cool! I used to browse the ratrodbikes forum a lot but never got around to actually building one and got into the fixed gear scene instead. Function over form really, what with city traffic and hills and all.

TheInfamousBaka
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Such a sweet bike! Are you going to keep doing it for yourself or do you think you'll start doing it for others? Seems like a rewarding hobby. :-)

johnnyspeter
Joe Conde said:

Thanks, man! Yeah I just recently got back to riding and it reminded me how much fun it was. Must be sweet having a dad who customizes hotrods! I hope he let's you drive those :-)

Yeah man riding a bike is like freedom at its greatest. U can go anywhere off the beating path and just ride and enjoy life. I Love it! And its good for you physically, mentally and spiritually. Yeah My old man lets me drive his hotrods,.. well most of em, hes got one or two that are his babies. lol.

ChrisDB

Gorgeous!!!!

ChrisDB
EZFL said:

can we turn this into a post your bike thread? i want to see more; i'm sure a lot of you have at least one.

My project...

biotwist
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I know how you feel. my free time is now spent delivering pizza and practing my DJing and production

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lifeform987 said:

Cool bike!

What kind of crank set is that, is it one piece crank? i have a road bike frame with similar crank tube like yours, hard to find vintage parts around here at the south.

Thanks man! It's a square-type crank. Kinda difficult to find in single speed, but easier for multi-speeds.

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Morkki said:

Cool! I used to browse the ratrodbikes forum a lot but never got around to actually building one and got into the fixed gear scene instead. Function over form really, what with city traffic and hills and all.

I hear ya man! Initially I was also considering a fixie, but I thought I couldn't go too crazy with the customization, so I went the ratrod direction :-)

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TheInfamousBaka said:

Such a sweet bike! Are you going to keep doing it for yourself or do you think you'll start doing it for others? Seems like a rewarding hobby. :-)

Hi Tiff! If somebody would ask me to build a bike for them I think I would, It's so much fun and I love sharing my art. :-)

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38 Sunsets said:

outstanding bike! awesome! does it ride as it looks?

Yes actually it does. By having it's seat as low as it is (I chopped part of the frame) it's great for cruising and the 26" tires makes me zoom past traffic. I just have to get a laid back seat post for it because sometimes the bars kinda hit my knees, but it's still very manageable :-)

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johnnysPeter said:
Joe Conde said:

Thanks, man! Yeah I just recently got back to riding and it reminded me how much fun it was. Must be sweet having a dad who customizes hotrods! I hope he let's you drive those :-)

Yeah man riding a bike is like freedom at its greatest. U can go anywhere off the beating path and just ride and enjoy life. I Love it! And its good for you physically, mentally and spiritually. Yeah My old man lets me drive his hotrods,.. well most of em, hes got one or two that are his babies. lol.

Haha, that's awesome and I know the feeling. Every time my god daughter takes this baby for a spin I always have to check for scratches or wipe it down, haha! I may have to build her own bike :-)

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EZFL said:

can we turn this into a post your bike thread? i want to see more; i'm sure a lot of you have at least one.

By all means, it would be great to see what others are riding as well. This was actually my first ratrod, the other bike I restored was a lady's city bike for my wife, nothing fancy. I just stripped, repainted and got some parts for it. I use it when I go to the grocery :-)

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ChrisDB said:
EZFL said:

can we turn this into a post your bike thread? i want to see more; i'm sure a lot of you have at least one.

My project...

Chris, I couldn't see the pic you posted. I think there's an error on the link. Thanks also! :-)

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lazysundave said:

Wow, that's a really nice job! I made a fixie out of an old track frame a couple of years ago, and it soon became my favorite bike. Then somebody stole it on new year's day, which was not how I was hoping to start the year... But I think you've just inspired me to build another another bike!

Oh man, sorry to hear that. I must be that sweet that somebody stole it. I say, build on brother!

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biotwist said:

I know how you feel. my free time is now spent delivering pizza and practing my DJing and production

It's always awesome being able to channel our creativity through other stuff! More power to you bro! :-)

opifan64
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I built up my 1980s Bianchi from the frame. It was a fun project finding parts on eBay and bike forums. I was happy to score a water bottle from the same era.

Ryder
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i actually just learned how to ride a bike...

step 1: fall down step 2: shake yo' hips step 3: wobbly hips Step 4: bike

ChrisDB
opifan64 said:

I built up my 1980s Bianchi from the frame. It was a fun project finding parts on eBay and bike forums. I was happy to score a water bottle from the same era.

Hey Eric! I was sooo drooling over your bike when I saw it in your Made vid!!

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opifan64 said:

I built up my 1980s Bianchi from the frame. It was a fun project finding parts on eBay and bike forums. I was happy to score a water bottle from the same era.

Have always loved that color.

Joe Conde
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opifan64 said:

I built up my 1980s Bianchi from the frame. It was a fun project finding parts on eBay and bike forums. I was happy to score a water bottle from the same era.

Whoa, now that's a beauty! Good job! I agree that the fun part is the adventure of finding just the right pieces for your project and seeing the outcome after all your hard work. :-)

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Ryder said:

i actually just learned how to ride a bike...

step 1: fall down step 2: shake yo' hips step 3: wobbly hips Step 4: bike

Haha! Yeah it's all in the hips!

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radiomode said:

you replaced it to single gear?

Hi Budi, it was already a single gear when I got it. It just had the bigger plate that mimicked a multi :-)

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