Scraper Bikes Catch Big Ride on YouTube

Passion for colorful, customized rides spreads around globe
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2008 1:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Scraper bike fever is sweeping the globe, thanks to a music video posted on YouTube by teenage friends in Oakland, NPR reports. These tricked-out bicycles are named after big, bright, and bold old-model cars fitted with wheels so large they scrape the rims. Unable to afford a car, the “Scraper Bike King” fitted his two-wheeled ride with oversize wheels, fixed Oreo and Skittles wrappers between the spokes, and spray-painted the frame.

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The result is an eye-catching, highly customizable ride. But it wasn’t until the group of friends made a video testament to their scraper bikes that the trend began to spread. More than 3 million people have since viewed the clip, and fans from as far as Australia, Italy, and Japan have modified their bikes. And in the King’s hometown, the trend has exploded. (Read more bikes stories.)

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