I've seen rat bikes both in person and in pics. I like to look at them like a lot of people do. I wouldn't have a rat bike but hey, to each their own. After looking at one on another thread, I got to thinking of just how did the whole "rat bike" thing start. Was it a bike owner making a social statement of "hey, I am not preoccupied with the looks of my bike, I am more interested in rideing"? or was just a lazy homeless guy with a bike he rode the country on and strapped everything he owned on it? Any one know the history/origins/or reason why today some people do it?