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The End of Rat Patrol in Canberra?

By Limp Jimmy - 6 August 2009 29

[First filed: August 05, 2009 @ 15:02]

Rat Patrol Oz

There is a rumour that the Rat Patrol have nowhere to host their workshop. I can confirm the rumour is true.

Our current hosts at the Rat Pad have to move out, and all Rat Treasures need to be moved to a new space. Can you help?

The Rat Pad — no more Rat Patrol workshop in Canberra? Let's hope not...

IS THIS THE END OF RAT PATROL OZ??

Without freakbike building, there is no Patrol. No communal workshop = no freakbike building. Unless we can find a new host location (or some good storage space), we have no workshop and no headquarters — the thought of which makes this Rat a very Sad Pandah indeed. This effects not just the Rat Patrol, but the fabric of the Canberra community.

Rat Patrol Oz is the Antipodean arm of the Rat Patrol (which has it’s origins dating back to the 19th century), and by all reports is the most happily benevolent strain of Rat on the globe. We don’t burn cars, we get kids to wear helmets. We don’t start fights, we stop ’em. We are a leaderless and wholly inclusive community-oriented non-political group who make bicycles from waste steel, which we call Functional Art (or FART). We laugh a lot and proliferate positive interactions and messages. We specialise in making dreams come true and using dangerous power tools while drinking beer. We do good stuff. Beer is good.

Can you host the RPOz workshop? Maybe you know someone who could?

We do stuff with our community.

RP workshop hosting brings many rewards and is central to the work of the Patrol. But if nobody can host, we will be forced to take our treasures to the tip where they will become rusty, un-used, un-wanted… wasted. What a great shame that would be… let’s hope we find a host in time. Please help, please ask around. Contact the Patrol by emailing oddbod AT cyberone DOT com DOT au.

If nobody can help with hosting, there will be no communal space for anyone to create FArt while drinking beer and using dangerous power tools at the same time. Tragedy.

Yours in bike bits and dreams, Limp Jimmy.

Sometimes we go boating on the world's first tall amphibious couchbike...

Rat Patrol hold inclusive Events... sometimes we joust each other in the head.

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29 Responses to
The End of Rat Patrol in Canberra?
Kramer 6:25 pm 05 Aug 09

It’s only 7 m by 9 m and completely empty. Don’t know if that’s what you’re after …

Although it is going to be full of mountain bikes pretty soon.

Special G 6:11 pm 05 Aug 09

Didn’t Kramer just build a huge shed in his backyard.

cranky 5:33 pm 05 Aug 09

‘I think in future silence will be sufficient to express the negative.’

Oh that this applied to posts regarding motoring/dragway enthusiasts.

taco 5:29 pm 05 Aug 09

While I don’t particularly care for the Rats, I admire their ingenuity even if I think the bikes look ridiculous.

Good luck finding a home

p1 5:26 pm 05 Aug 09

Perhaps Rat Patrol could tender for the ex Revolve/Aussie Junk business.

Big shed and all the free bikes you can eat….

magella 5:24 pm 05 Aug 09

What about the Recyclery (formerly bike co-op) at ANU?

Clown Killer 5:22 pm 05 Aug 09

You can’t do anything about growing old – but you sure as hell can decide whether or not you want to grow up.

The Rat Patrol’s not my cup of tea but I love the fact that they do what they do. I hope that somthing can be arranged.

Loose Brown 4:53 pm 05 Aug 09

Surely the ACT Govt could spring for a workshop of some kind in the CBD from the public arts fund?!?

Loose Brown 4:46 pm 05 Aug 09

Insert witty comment here!

PBO 4:40 pm 05 Aug 09

luther_bendross said :

No I will not help you. I have seen numerous Rat Patrol participants cut off traffic, ride through red lights and meddle with other pedestrian traffic. If you want support, behave like adults, or at least show you’ve got the ability to become adults one day.

Dude chill…. Do you shit yourself if the seat is left up? Rat Patrol is made up of people who are primarily adults. How old must you be to tell them to grow up? If i had the space i would gladly help these folk out as they are a breath of fresh air in this town we call our home.

Hang on, You don’t know how to ride a bike do you?

Limp Jimmy 4:30 pm 05 Aug 09

Yes yes, thankyou luther — this sounds like some very constructive, grown-up and positive advice.

I feel sure you would have selflessly given your support if we behaved like adults… as I’m confident you are a thoughtful dynamic generous person, who does a lot of stuff for others (and has never broken a rule). Thanks again for your wise and open-minded contribution.

johnboy 4:30 pm 05 Aug 09

I think in future silence will be sufficient to express the negative.

Jim Jones 4:27 pm 05 Aug 09

Sounds pretty boring to be an ‘adult’. What do you do, sit around all day trying not to have any fun?

AG Canberra 4:22 pm 05 Aug 09

Cheer up Luther – never done anything wrong in your life? Never had a bit of fun? Never crossed in front of a car when you shouldn’t have? Geez man take a chill pill…

luther_bendross 3:59 pm 05 Aug 09

No I will not help you. I have seen numerous Rat Patrol participants cut off traffic, ride through red lights and meddle with other pedestrian traffic. If you want support, behave like adults, or at least show you’ve got the ability to become adults one day.

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