choosing which bikes to feature on this site, I've tended to shy away from kustoms and lowriders. The reason is
straightforward- there is a large, existing structure of support and publication for those communities. My
central goal with these pages is to record creativity that's going on out there in small pockets in garages and
basements, whereas hobbyists with the skill to create professional-looking kustom bicycles are either
photographing their bikes for themselves or publishing pictures of them in various kustom magazines. They have
swap meets, specialized bike shops, and shows. I admire their craft so long as the bikes are made to be ridden.
However, the materials and tools involved represent somewhat of an economic high ground, and it is much more
fascinating to me what can be done for little or no money.
In a similar vein, this page is not at all about
the Rat Patrol, a prominent chopper gang of which I am a
member. While I invite everyone I photograph to our rides, the Rat Patrol doesn't need me to promote it. So I
will feature individual bikes on this site that are Rat bikes, and I always record Rat Rides, but I am in no way
speaking on behalf of the Rat Patrol. Rat Bikes are indicated by the icon.
I've heard rumors of a few other chopper
gangs out there, and there are definitely lowrider and beach cruiser clubs, so perhaps I need a section featuring
organizations as well.