Most of the bikes in the Rat Patrol fleet are made from recycled trash. Chicago's alleys are rich places to find used and abused bicycle parts, if you're lucky enough to beat the "scrappers": independent metal scavengers who prowl the alleys around the clock in broken down pickup trucks. Too many times we've cruised down some alley and seen a scrapper pulling out, his truck piled ten feet high with good bike frames and wheels. Sometimes even a rat can't find anything to eat in the trash.

Click on the links to see photos of some of the many bikes in the Rat Patrol fleet: