Swim Bike must being getting close, everyone wants a new bike for the big day! Amanda came to Max and Alexis’ backyard to build her first smalltall. Bikes were chopped, bikes were welded, drop tests were performed and fun was had. In the end there was a bouncing baby small tall to ride around in the moonlit alley. Hooray bikes.
Max finally turned his very first dumpstered bike into a smalltall. Introducing the Bum Bucker.
Hiya!! Bike Camping! Saturday, August 16th - Sunday the 17th. Ride to the secret Rat Patrol apocalyptic refuge in the woods. You should know by now that, no matter what type of apocalyptic event, one of the first things that you should do is get out of major cities. Not by car. Grid-lock. That’s right, your bike. Meet your friends at a predetermined point and go from there. This outpost we call Vom Mountain for reasons you might know already or will know soon. So, grab your survival gear and beer. Bring something to put in the collective vegan stew/soup/chili for dinner. There will be a big pot and a frying pan. Don’t forget to bring your lunch for the ride up there, breakfast for Sunday before we ride out and home, water and containers for said water, and whatever you want/need for a night under the stars. Choose wisely- you have to haul it with your leg strength. Meet up at the trail head at noon. Its just past the Superdawg on Devon and Milwaukee. Be prepared to ride 25 miles on whatever bike you have- your choice. There will be campfire stories, swimming, fun, ridiculousness, and possibly a snipe hunt. Be prepared.
What do you do when your club’s garage build space is torn down? Wait till your neighbor leaves for work, toss a few extension cords over your back porch to their parking slab and get to work.
Some Rats got naked and rode in the World Naked Bike Ride
Max learned the hard way about Chicago potholes.
Max sprained his ankle in a tallbike v. pothole accident recently. Here’s a funny picture of how dumb he looks trying to get around.
What do you do when you’re tallbike is no longer ridable? Put it out to pasture and grow beans up it.
Since you’ll be all jazzed on bikes from Tour de Fat why not join us Sunday for a good ol’ fashion Rat ride. Meet at Belmont & Damon at 8:30. bikes and fun and bikes and fun.
Max visited the department of fleet management with Alexis and Cris to have a little build day working on chopper trikes and trailers. Max built this little number for hauling bikes and other dumpstered goods. In this instance its hauling a tiny shopping cart. How cute is that? Real cute. It’s real heavy and loud, just like some good music. Although, come to think of it, loud and heavy aren’t really characteristics of a good trailer… so it’s not a very good trailer by those standards. Oh well…
Max & Alexis went to Detroit to visit Reg Meg and meet up with some Los Angelopes for the 4th of July. The Angelopes hosted the shortest ride ever, one block from the meeting spot to the crow. After the ride, everyone spent the night lighting off fireworks in the middle of the road and shaking their butts around Gon Kirin, Doyle’s gigantic dragon. The ride never continued but much fun was had and much shit was blown up.
Find out where the fun is sign up for the Rat Signal. Text “ratride” to 844-83” You’ll get text messages about rides, build days, rat lucks, planning meetings and not much else. We don’t want to send you a bunch of garbage we just want you to come dig in the garbage. If you hate it or us you can always opt out by texting “stop”
Everyone is welcome to come to everything all the time
Everyone’s who doesn’t own a coat’s favorite Rat Patrol event Swim Swim Bike Bike Swim Swim Bike Bike Swim Swim Bike Bike.
This year we are having an Alley Rat Friday night. Whats that you ask? its like an alley cat, only fun. Meet up at 7:00pm at the Logan Monument. at 7:30 teams of 3 will be drawn randomly. You’ll have till 11pm to get to all 5 alley bars we’ll have set up around the northwest side. Each bar will have a special drink, $5 will cover your tab for the whole ride, if you don’t have $5 or don’t want to drink you’re still welcome to participate. Between bars you’ll scavenge the alley for items with point values. If you make it all 5 bars you’ll get the secret password to the after party were points will be tallied and prizes will be bestowed.
Saturday will be the classic swim bike ride starting out with a pot-luck cook at 1933 N. Humboldt Blvd followed by biking, then swimming , then biking, then swimming, then biking, then swimming , then biking, then eating some snacks, then waiting 30 minutes, then swimming, forever and maybe some brunch.
You’ll need a legit swim suit for one spot and put your cell phone in a plastic bag.