Rustarific is what I call bike that have noticeable, but not serious rust. It means that the bike will be much cheaper and I get to spend a couple hours derusting, which is great therapy.
The problem with a bike like this is that it’s so hard to decide between restoration and customization. To bring it back to how the maker made it, or to push it forward to the height of it’s personal potential.
I think this one might be a rat rod candidate. Stabilize the rust, lube the innards and ride it as is. That way you get to ride a cool old bike that nobody will want to steal.
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