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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

Black Label Bike Kill III

Pictures cannot convey the chaos that was Bike Kill. Undoubtedly the most fun I've ever had at a bike club event. I'm surprised they got away with it. I'm surprised it didn't turn into a riot.

I didn't take a single picture all day. I was too caught up in the bedlam. So I've selected a few photos that hint at what went down. There are hundreds available elsewhere. Click on each photo to go to the website of the photographer.

There were lots of crazy bikes to try out...

Steamroller bike, demolition derby bikes, buckin' broncos... plus whatever anybody brought along. Too many to feature here.

Each event took place under a barrage of barrels, tires, mattresses, and less pleasant flying debris. People fall down, bikes break, folks get hurt... good times!

Six-pack attack: Duct-tape together a six-pack of tallboy "Night Flight". You can only drink while riding.

Foot down: Last person to put a foot down wins.

Two-wheel orgy: Whoever makes it to the end of the block with the most riders wins. Check out my freemount w/passenger.

Chariot races: More brutal than in Roman days.

Chickenfight: I wasn't quite clear on how this worked. Come to think of it, every event was sort of like a battle royale.

Dirty Mattress: A mountain of filthy mattresses from New York City's streets are covered in rotten fruit and refuse. The challenge is simple: Make it over. The stakes are high, though...

(people did worse, but trust me, you don't wanna see the pictures)

Tallbike jousting: The Main Event

Monkey Rat challenged Mz. Gump and took one for the team.

Then they brought out a car for us to kill...

That's Jake, the BLBC president, calmly smoking a ciggie in the midst of the pandemonium.

I've never seen Rob so happy.

Then they brought out the hammer bike...

Then there were sweet jumps.

I'll never forget the sight of Spidey jumping that car on a chopper... or Brandie doing it on a swingbike. Heck, there's a lot of stuff from that day I'll never forget. Let it be said that noone knows how to party like the Black Label Bike Club.

Check out more pictures at these fine websites:

Everyday Live- by far the best pictures. Look here first.

Antlered Girl

Dignity Chopshop 1

Dignity Chopshop 2

Bike Kill tag at Flickr

Dirty Jersey Choppers

Dirty Jersey's movie