Friday, February 03, 2006

Rat Patrol bike gang

If you like Mutant Bikes check out rat patrol out of Chicago.

Sad news: they had a death in the family.

Isai Medina 1955-2006 R.I.P.

Isai was well-known in Chicago for his elaborate home-made choppers featuring dozens of blinkie lights, as well as stereos and sirens. While many cyclists knew him, not many knew him well.
Occasionally Isai joined us on rat rides through the alleys, like this time in March 2005. But mostly he rode his choppers around town, to his work as an engineer, or to Navy Pier, where the security guards gave him special permission to bring the bike inside. He was a reserved man but these extravagant bikes were his passion. If you'd ask about his bike, you catch a gleam in his eyes, he loved showing off his handiwork.

Isai was killed by a drunk driver while riding his chopper home from work just before midnight Jan 4, 2006. We will miss his smile and good nature.

also check out: chicago freak bike

rat patrol makes it to the bikeblog mutant bike gang listings. Welcome.


Blogger Jym said...

=v= They did a ghostbike chopper for him at Critical Mass, but some Chicago cops thought that was too much for them and made a handful of arrests. Appalling.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw this fascinating documentary about this tall bikes,the Rat Patrol was mentioned in the film. I live in L.A. I saw one tall bike in 2007 in the subway hard not to noticed. I'm sorry to hear the passing of this man. I would like to see a Rat Patrol chapter in L.A. Ride tall!

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