Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Many of us enjoy our bikes and would like a more "custom" feel to them without spending the big bucks. The rat rod bicycle is a prime example of this. Following in the footsteps of the automotive craze of rat rods, that are primarely build to run and then for looks when money permits, these bikes are an inexpensive way to get into the kustom lifestyle, no welding required. The field is not limited to vintage cruisers, but anything that is rat looking with a personnal touch from it's owner. The more you make yourself, the better. Paint jobs are often of the rattle can variety and rust is considered a color. Mind you, some bikes have pretty intense paint jobs, but it is not a requirement.

The rat rod bike crowd is very friendly and open as well. The people over at the rat rod bike forum are very friendly and share information freely. Inspiration is abondant as well with members showing off their rides in the bike gallery. This type of bike is right up my alley. I have even entered in the rat rod bike build off. Everyone can afford entering the rat rod bike scene. Sometimes all it takes is a ride to the local city dump or curbside during garbage day. What's cool about custom bikes is that they don't require plates, insurance, driver's license and you can afford a fleet of them!

At the top you have a few prime example of what a rat rod bike is. All of them started as heeps of junk and were made to look cool by their respective owners. Come and join us at the rat rod bike website, join the forum and enter the bike build off. Check my entry while you are there( It's the Fire Truck bike). Here are the links:

montreal freakbikes
chopperbicycle.net(those guys are in another galaxy for kustoms, check them out too)

Til next time, ride safe and Godspeed.


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