This bike gets reconfigured frequently.
After my Daughter recently took home a bike her boyfriend expressed interest in one and of course I was more than happy to throw something together for him too.
I started with this frame which was from a late model Schwinn that I got through a productivity rewards program at my former employer several years ago. I had used most of the parts on other projects.
The paint had been damaged in shipping so I crudely removed most of the finish and the decals and shot it with primer to give it a rat-rod look. I scrounged up some new and old parts that I had on hand built it up.
I had taken the wheels and tires off of the Ratrodbikes.com build-off bike to use on the Heavy-Duti. I replaced them with a orange wheel set I had and a pair of fat tires. I also faux patina”d a rear fender to match and put it on. Removed the wooden rack box and replaced the seat with a Brooks.
And Uncle Touchy”s Backroads Bomber, my entry in the RatrodBikes.com 7th annual bicycle build off, tied for 31st place out of 106 bikes and 95 places. Congratulations to all who participated and finished.
The 7th annual RatrodBikes.com Bicycle Build-Off is coming to and end. Several of us local members got together today to show and ride our finished entries in the build-off. It was a nice ride and enjoyable day with temperatures in the 90s instead of the 100s it has been lately. It was great to see all the cool bikes and my bicycling buddies.
First picture is as the bike is now.
I originally built this bike for the 7th annual RatrodBikes.com bicycle Build-off. It was named after a late Great-Uncle who was a life-long Kansas farmer and was inspired by the farm truck that sits along our local rail-to-trail. It’s a Monark frame with a variety of other parts. I used several paints and primer to get the patina and rusty look. The rear wheel I laced around a Sturmey Archer 2 speed Duomatic Kick Shift.
Playing around today and pulled this frame and fork down from the attic and built it up once again. The “tank plate” was originally on the bike I built 7 years ago for the RatrodBikes.com build-off #1. It was a Tornado. I had to trim the plate some to fit the straight-bar.
Above is the inspiration for the bike I”m building for the RatrodBikes.com Bicycle Build-off. This old Chevy farm truck was used and parked on our local rail-to-trail. It was recently vandalized with all the glass being broken out.
Below some progress pics. I also laced up the rear wheel to a new 2 speed hub.
The Prince Albert can stashed under the seat a nod to my late Great-Uncle Touchy a Kansas farmer. Though I”m thinking I may need a different seat. As much as I like the Brooks it”s just not fitting for this theme.
I decided to build a bike for the 7th annual Ratrodbikes.com Bicycle Build Off. The last time I participated in the build-off was 7 years ago when I built the Chalkboard Bike.
I”m kind of late throwing my hat in the ring as the build off has been going on for a month or two already and ends early August.
I decided to build this Monark frame up differently. I have a theme I”m going for which I”ll share later. Here it is tore down and in primer.