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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #3125 on: 21 March, 2024, 11:52:25 am »
Disc mount is far too proper. They come with a ring (in two halves) that clamps the sprocket to the spokes, because everything about them is a horrible bodge.

I presume in this country they're bought for fun / teenage dickery rather than useful commuting function, though there may be some part of the world where they're actual transport.

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #3126 on: 21 March, 2024, 12:04:36 pm »
This one seemed to be on student commuting duty, though of course that in no way precludes teenage dickery.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #3127 on: 23 March, 2024, 08:13:51 am »
And, of course, blatantly illegal (unless the owner has gone through a lot of hoops and got it registered as a moped with a numberplate, insurance etc).
No excuse for the police not to stop that for a look,  whereas an iffy electric bike is a bit more work to show it is illegal.

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #3128 on: 30 April, 2024, 04:14:40 pm »
A Marin road bike with upside down handlebars. The drops were "ups" rising above the stem, the brake levers had the hoods in the normal place but where upside down. Effectively the entire handlebar set up had been inverted.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #3129 on: 01 May, 2024, 09:30:26 am »
A Marin road bike with upside down handlebars. The drops were "ups" rising above the stem, the brake levers had the hoods in the normal place but where upside down. Effectively the entire handlebar set up had been inverted.

This is known as "DUI bars" in USAnia.  It being the minimal-effort means making a shed-found road bike vaguely acceptable as a means of transport when you lose your driving licence.

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #3130 on: 01 May, 2024, 11:39:16 am »
AIUI dui bars are just drops raised to a much higher angle but still the right way up. These were upside down.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #3131 on: 01 May, 2024, 12:15:56 pm »
They used to be a relatively common sight, flipped upside down. I guess nowadays the old shed-bike is more likely to be a MTB-shaped object rather than an old ten speed racer, so less common.

Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #3132 on: 01 May, 2024, 01:01:53 pm »
I'm sure I've seen both. Upside down is presumably enabled by newfangled stems with removable faceplates, as turning them over on a typical one-bolt quill stem is quite an undertaking.


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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #3133 on: 01 May, 2024, 01:19:17 pm »
Good point. It's a trend I associate with the 1970s and '80s, so flipping them over is a modern version enabled by modern tech.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #3134 on: 06 May, 2024, 08:16:16 pm »
Spookily enough I saw just the same thing last Thursday.  I think just twisted upwards rather than flipped
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #3135 on: 18 May, 2024, 01:31:21 pm »
Van Moof outside Mr Sainsbury’s House of Toothy Comestibles just now.  Big fat Sturmey rear hub with cable Stuffs emerging from it but no visible gear controls.  Do you have to use an app to change gear :demon:
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