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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2925 on: December 18, 2020, 05:41:40 pm »
Back in the summer, on my way to the Co-op, I went past a garage where a bloke was fettling a 1950s tandem. Italian, I think. Sort of cruiser style. Had a chat with the owner. Today I saw him (and it) again. It's almost finished, but he needs to recover the saddle, which he's trying to do himself. The rails are okay but needs new leather. It sounds like a job that's actually less simple than you'd think.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2926 on: December 22, 2020, 12:54:37 pm »
An E-fat-trike, or fat E-trike, or something. Jorvik Odin. It looked brand new.



Looks identical to Electric Bike Technologies Electric Fat Tire Trike (youtube link) apart from the name and the wattage.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2927 on: December 24, 2020, 06:53:35 pm »
just been looking up thread at the Meteorworks bike. What a lovely looking machine. Quite taken by the mudguards. Does anyone know what make they are? I landed on these threads on a root through boards that I don't usually look at. Surprised what you find when there's not a lot on your usual pages. Thanks.

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« Reply #2928 on: December 24, 2020, 07:54:01 pm »

Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2929 on: December 25, 2020, 05:44:22 pm »
Thank you Nikki, I am sorely tempted for a new bike early next year.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2930 on: February 28, 2021, 08:52:32 pm »
Among the huge numbers of bikes on the Bristol-Bath Railway Path today – I've never seen it anywhere near so busy – was a family group of dad on a 90s mtb, little girl on a Frog or something similar, and boy on a trail-gator thing – seat, pedals, back wheel, no front wheel, hitches on to back of dad's bike – but this one was recumbent! First I've seen.
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Kim

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2931 on: February 28, 2021, 09:46:31 pm »
Among the huge numbers of bikes on the Bristol-Bath Railway Path today – I've never seen it anywhere near so busy – was a family group of dad on a 90s mtb, little girl on a Frog or something similar, and boy on a trail-gator thing – seat, pedals, back wheel, no front wheel, hitches on to back of dad's bike – but this one was recumbent! First I've seen.

Cool.  Closest thing I've come across is the Hase Trets which is a child-sized delta trike that can have the front wheel replaced with a hitch to make it a trailer, erm, bike.  (Does that make the usual kind a trailer-unicycle?)
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2932 on: February 28, 2021, 10:24:08 pm »
Had a look. Possibly that was it but I think it looked a bit more homemade. To my shame, I didn't even notice the number of rear wheels.  :facepalm: The path was so busy and I guess I was just happy at going for a bike ride... Boy was pedalling but didn't look as if he was really putting out any power.

Anyway, Hase do make some cool stuff.
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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2933 on: February 28, 2021, 10:28:23 pm »
https://www.kinetics-online.co.uk/framebuilding/attachment/recumbent-trailerbike/

There are a few homemade and rare small-run recumbent trailerbikes.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2934 on: March 01, 2021, 07:16:28 am »
Was it the WeeHoo Igo? https://www.weehoo.co.uk/

I've seen a couple of them in use.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2935 on: March 01, 2021, 08:22:10 am »
Among the huge numbers of bikes on the Bristol-Bath Railway Path today – I've never seen it anywhere near so busy – was a family group of dad on a 90s mtb, little girl on a Frog or something similar, and boy on a trail-gator thing – seat, pedals, back wheel, no front wheel, hitches on to back of dad's bike – but this one was recumbent! First I've seen.

Cool.  Closest thing I've come across is the Hase Trets which is a child-sized delta trike that can have the front wheel replaced with a hitch to make it a trailer, erm, bike.  (Does that make the usual kind a trailer-unicycle?)

I've come across the term 'Dicycle' to differentiate a vehicle with two wheels side-by-side from a bicycle with wheels front and rear.  Abbreviating in the normal way would create all sorts of confusion, I fear.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2936 on: March 01, 2021, 09:49:44 am »
Was it the WeeHoo Igo? https://www.weehoo.co.uk/

I've seen a couple of them in use.
Don't think it was that, and the kid looked a bit bigger than those. Good suggestion though!

Among the huge numbers of bikes on the Bristol-Bath Railway Path today – I've never seen it anywhere near so busy – was a family group of dad on a 90s mtb, little girl on a Frog or something similar, and boy on a trail-gator thing – seat, pedals, back wheel, no front wheel, hitches on to back of dad's bike – but this one was recumbent! First I've seen.

Cool.  Closest thing I've come across is the Hase Trets which is a child-sized delta trike that can have the front wheel replaced with a hitch to make it a trailer, erm, bike.  (Does that make the usual kind a trailer-unicycle?)

I've come across the term 'Dicycle' to differentiate a vehicle with two wheels side-by-side from a bicycle with wheels front and rear.  Abbreviating in the normal way would create all sorts of confusion, I fear.
Double-track two-wheeler would describe it ; but dicycle is neater!
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2937 on: March 13, 2021, 10:57:21 pm »
Passing in the opposite direction, a flam orangey-red Bob Jackson; pretty though it was, the unusual bit was that the frame must have been at least 27" - I didn't think they made such oversized ones.

Mr Larrington

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2938 on: March 13, 2021, 11:06:29 pm »
(Tries to remember the brand of the red 29” frame that used to dangle from a gallows outside Covent Garden Cycles when Norman Hiller ran it; fails)
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« Reply #2939 on: March 14, 2021, 10:31:24 pm »
I think Dave Yates made a 31" road frame; presumably at this point you're having to get custom-drawn tubing...

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2940 on: March 15, 2021, 12:32:45 am »
You could buy plain-gauge 531 in gert big long lengths back in the Olden Days - the main chassis tubes of the pedal car we built over the winter of 1982-3 must have been at least 2 metres long.  Butted would have been a different matter.
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MsG

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2941 on: March 27, 2021, 10:38:33 pm »
Seen this time last year, an odd specimen wedged in a tree, out in Fenland.




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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2942 on: April 03, 2021, 06:03:06 pm »
Not quite a bike ... A single wheel 'Segway' trundling down a lane near W Ashling.  Looked rather strange when approaching from behind, I was expecting it to be some kind of e-scooter.  The rider's road sense let something to be desired, when he turned R at a T junction onto the RH side of the road I was ready to take evasive action if he veered to the left as I passed.

Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2943 on: April 06, 2021, 07:09:49 pm »
Seen in Slough this morning. Based in Langley apparently  :)
52 inch wheel  :thumbsup:

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2944 on: April 06, 2021, 07:17:57 pm »
Was it the WeeHoo Igo? https://www.weehoo.co.uk/

I've seen a couple of them in use.
Don't think it was that, and the kid looked a bit bigger than those. Good suggestion though!

Among the huge numbers of bikes on the Bristol-Bath Railway Path today – I've never seen it anywhere near so busy – was a family group of dad on a 90s mtb, little girl on a Frog or something similar, and boy on a trail-gator thing – seat, pedals, back wheel, no front wheel, hitches on to back of dad's bike – but this one was recumbent! First I've seen.

Cool.  Closest thing I've come across is the Hase Trets which is a child-sized delta trike that can have the front wheel replaced with a hitch to make it a trailer, erm, bike.  (Does that make the usual kind a trailer-unicycle?)

I've come across the term 'Dicycle' to differentiate a vehicle with two wheels side-by-side from a bicycle with wheels front and rear.  Abbreviating in the normal way would create all sorts of confusion, I fear.
Double-track two-wheeler would describe it ; but dicycle is neater!
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2945 on: April 06, 2021, 08:02:37 pm »
You could buy plain-gauge 531 in gert big long lengths back in the Olden Days - the main chassis tubes of the pedal car we built over the winter of 1982-3 must have been at least 2 metres long.  Butted would have been a different matter.

Columbus Aelle was available (and probably still is) in standard 6m lengths. I am not sure what range of sizes. Standard cromoly (25Cr4?) is available in all sorts of sizes in similar lengths, or was until quite recently. Light aircraft builders use it apparently (but when I was looking all the sources were in Germany or RPC).
531 was much favoured by custom motorcycle frame builders. It's worth remembering that bicycles aren't the only things built from nice steel!

Nelson Longflap

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2946 on: April 29, 2021, 04:40:13 pm »
A friend of mine has acquired a pre-war French bike very similar to the one in the photo with the French woman on board; in particular the chainguard is styled like a bird's wing (see photo), and the style of the frame looks identical. Otherwise my friend's bike has been painted black all over with no indication of the make (see second photo below). An interesting detail is that it still has the tag that during WWII French people were required by the occupying nazi forces to attach to their bikes with name and address details (I imagine that after the war most people got rid of these!). Your challenge, should you wish to accept it, is to ID the make of this bike:



 
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2947 on: April 30, 2021, 05:50:05 pm »
Apologies to those who couldn't see the photos in the first version of my previous post ... it certainly wasn't my intention to suck you into the google domain.  I've used a different hosting service for the images which seems to work well enough.

Sorry there are no more clues ... French; chainguard shaped like a bird's wing; 700B tyres (if it had tyres).

Any ideas?
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2948 on: April 30, 2021, 09:37:36 pm »
Hirondelle?

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2949 on: May 01, 2021, 09:47:18 am »
Thanks Poacher.

Hirondelle was my first thought as well. Their fancy chainguards were about the same size, but embossed with a swallow's head over the chainring with the tail forming the actual guard over the chain.

I haven't ruled them out, but can't find a chainguard like that in their old posters and online images (although my searching may be sub-optimal ...).
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