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General Category => On The Road => Topic started by: clarion on April 24, 2008, 06:04:56 pm

Title: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 24, 2008, 06:04:56 pm
I am a fan of the off-beat - vintage, recumbents, workbikes, and other alternatives.

If you've seen anything curious (i.e. not just another Trek hybrid in London ;D ), list it here - preferably with a photo.

NB:  This is not just a thread to discuss bling.  The old Triumph that that old woman pedals incredibly slowly across the village green every day is still Unusual and Interesting (well, it is to me|)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 24, 2008, 06:13:18 pm
First two from me (no photos I'm afraid :( ):

1.  Garratt Lane turning into Fountain Road.  I turned right into the road ahead of a bike turning left.  He passed me quite quickly, despite being an older bloke dressed in ordinary clothes.  Not a surprise, particularly - I've not been worrying any TT record holders today.  I noticed the man was riding an Airnimal - Chameleon, I think.  But it had a big rear hub, and something on top of the main tube.  It became apparent when he started to 'freewheel' - it had electric assist, which I thought was very interesting for a high-end folder.  He turned into the grounds of St Georges Hospital.

2.  Parked next to me at the Sheffield Stands east side of Tooting Broadway (OK, I didn't travel far today - what do you want - blood?).  A lichen green bike, with 531 stickers on the forks, and a mixture of Shimano components (RSX & Tiagra).  No head badge visible, and the rust was showing through the paint all over, but the conical seatstays looked pretty classy.  I'd resigned myself to not knowing what it was, when, from a distance, as the light caught it, I saw the faint remains of the lettering 'Witcomb'.  I smiled & rode away.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Jacomus on April 24, 2008, 09:52:30 pm
(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t299/jacomus-rides-Gen/Flying%20Gate/DSC00610.jpg)

(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t299/jacomus-rides-Gen/Flying%20Gate/DSC00612.jpg)

(http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t299/jacomus-rides-Gen/Flying%20Gate/DSC00611.jpg)

Seen ages ago, but by far the most unusual bike I have seen out and about.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 24, 2008, 10:14:03 pm
Love those Flying Gates (not just cause Baines was a Bradford firm).  And TJ (Trevor Jarvis) is based near my parents' house.

Really really want one.

But...

but...

but...

...that colour scheme! :o
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: border-rider on April 24, 2008, 10:18:45 pm
I dunno.  Interesting yes, but I've always felt they were just trying too hard to be interesting. 

 ;D

I'd prefer something a bit more understated meself. 

Good thread though
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 25, 2008, 09:17:36 am
(Note to self - download last Sunday's pix off camera)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on April 25, 2008, 11:19:03 am
I think this thread need a link to the XnTRICK Cycles  (http://xntrick.co.uk) website.  :o  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 25, 2008, 11:20:10 am
Oh - and now it has! :D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: chris n on April 25, 2008, 11:25:03 am
I saw a Overbury MTB in Bristol a few months ago - set up with Bullmoose bars* bars, mudguards and racks, a very upright riding position with lovely fillet brazed joints.  A bit tatty now, but obviously a nice bit of kit back in the '80s.

*I think that's the right term - a one piece bar and stem combo, made from a vertical tube in the steerer with two angled tubes as the forward extension with a wide, sweeping handlebar.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 25, 2008, 11:34:14 am
I used to want an Overbury's sooo much.  The Cross Fell was cool, but the Pioneer was amazing!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Mr Larrington on April 25, 2008, 11:36:02 am
I used to want an Overbury's sooo much.  The Cross Fell was cool, but the Pioneer was amazing!

Me too an' all.  But I could only afford a Roockhooper, so that's what I bought.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on April 25, 2008, 01:05:08 pm
I'm not sure how unusual it it, but the boyfriend is always getting compliments from random people on his vintage 3-speed Puch tourer that he commutes on. Will have to get a photo as it is currently hanging on my wall. I don't like the look of saddle and grips he's put on though, and it now has mismatched brakes because the original front one was broken in a crash.

He bought it from an old man who's wife was making him get rid of some bikes, who had kept it in lovely condition for its age. It's a bugger in the rain (chromed steel rims).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Malandro on April 25, 2008, 01:26:47 pm
The other day in Edinburgh I saw a couple on a tandem pulling one of those trailer's for kids to sit in.

Nothing unusual there you say....except the back half of the tandem was a normal upright bike while the front half was a recumbent.

I've never seen or heard of that before.  Wish I'd got a pic.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Spikey on April 25, 2008, 01:28:18 pm
A (foot powered) adult scooter with a larger front wheel (approx 20inches) and smaller back wheel.
(Seen a couple of times on the downs in Bristol)

I'm not sure if it counts as a bike, but it does have 2 wheels and is human powered, and I understand someone completed PBP on one!

Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on April 25, 2008, 01:30:08 pm
The other day in Edinburgh I saw a couple on a tandem pulling one of those trailer's for kids to sit in.

Nothing unusual there you say....except the back half of the tandem was a normal upright bike while the front half was a recumbent.

I've never seen or heard of that before.  Wish I'd got a pic.

Hase Pino - google it.  I've seen one in Hyde Park, I was chuffed, pity the riders were so unfriendly.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: jellied on April 25, 2008, 01:30:42 pm
The other day in Edinburgh I saw a couple on a tandem pulling one of those trailer's for kids to sit in.

Nothing unusual there you say....except the back half of the tandem was a normal upright bike while the front half was a recumbent.

I've never seen or heard of that before.  Wish I'd got a pic.

That will be a Hase Pino or Periscop. Amazing machines. Rode one  a few times with my 10 year old. Did the TdF and Hovis FreeWheel on it and it's perfect for Critical Mass.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on April 25, 2008, 01:43:26 pm
A (foot powered) adult scooter with a larger front wheel (approx 20inches) and smaller back wheel.

http://kickbike.com/
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Spikey on April 25, 2008, 03:05:41 pm
Hase Pino - google it.
I want one of those.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on April 25, 2008, 03:09:50 pm
Totally, me too!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 25, 2008, 03:41:53 pm
A (foot powered) adult scooter with a larger front wheel (approx 20inches) and smaller back wheel.

http://kickbike.com/

They were racing those on TdF Prologue day  ::-)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 25, 2008, 03:44:16 pm
I saw a Overbury MTB in Bristol a few months ago - set up with Bullmoose bars* bars, mudguards and racks, a very upright riding position with lovely fillet brazed joints.  A bit tatty now, but obviously a nice bit of kit back in the '80s.

*I think that's the right term - a one piece bar and stem combo, made from a vertical tube in the steerer with two angled tubes as the forward extension with a wide, sweeping handlebar.

Overbury Pioneer (http://www.retrobike.co.uk/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=25454&g2_serialNumber=4) Only pic I can find, but I find myself shaking my head at what they've done to the paintjob... :(
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsme on April 25, 2008, 06:19:34 pm
Some time back I saw a Pedersen in the Grassmarket in Edinburgh.  http://www.pedersenbicycle.dk/ (http://www.pedersenbicycle.dk/)
Whist stopping to investigate I noticed it had a loose front axle nut.  Not having anything to properly tighten said nut and considering it just may be an obscure anti theft technique I contented myself with leaving a warning note secured in the saddle support cable.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wibble on April 26, 2008, 02:23:09 pm
Not quite electric assist...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2270/2209486545_d7c7be3598.jpg)

A civilian version of the Kronan, a Swedish Army bike.  I like the way it carries babies, not bombs
(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/189/503753270_008578590e.jpg)

Want something a little lighter?
(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/221/503753212_21f6dd5a6f.jpg)

Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: rower40 on April 26, 2008, 08:14:19 pm
 :) :) :)
I'm scared to click on that last one in case I burst it!
Totally brilliant.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cunobelin on April 26, 2008, 08:28:48 pm
The other day in Edinburgh I saw a couple on a tandem pulling one of those trailer's for kids to sit in.

Nothing unusual there you say....except the back half of the tandem was a normal upright bike while the front half was a recumbent.

I've never seen or heard of that before.  Wish I'd got a pic.

It's a Hase Pino 


(http://www.pbwbikes.com/images/PINO800.JPG)


MY most unusual and one I woul love to have was tha Julianne Neuss Brompton Recumbent....

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b60/Cunobelin/Brompton/PA040031.jpg)

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b60/Cunobelin/Brompton/PA040038.jpg)

(http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b60/Cunobelin/Brompton/PA040039.jpg)

Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: rower40 on April 26, 2008, 08:42:58 pm
I've just found my n+1.  Where can I get a Recumbent conversion for my Brompton?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on April 26, 2008, 09:00:25 pm
It looks like a Juliane Neuß conversion, but I don't know where you can get one.  The last time I looked, I couldn't find an English language page which looked like you could order one through (or which gave suitable contact details).  There are a number of sites which may be more helpful, but speaking German would probably be useful!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cunobelin on April 26, 2008, 09:38:01 pm
I've just found my n+1.  Where can I get a Recumbent conversion for my Brompton?

You can't!

There ware a limited number which were home produced, and this was stopped.

The only chance is an ebay or similar find.

Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on April 27, 2008, 09:49:26 am
The other day in Edinburgh I saw a couple on a tandem pulling one of those trailer's for kids to sit in.

Nothing unusual there you say....except the back half of the tandem was a normal upright bike while the front half was a recumbent.

I've never seen or heard of that before.  Wish I'd got a pic.

Hase Pino - google it.  I've seen one in Hyde Park, I was chuffed, pity the riders were so unfriendly.

I've seen that one, was it the wife riding or the husband? The wife is American and very chatty. The husband English and not even remotely polite. The child is an obnoxious brat.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: andrew_s on April 27, 2008, 11:13:49 am
(http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t207/andrew_sw/tandem.jpg)
Double bouncy, schmidt and rohloff. Someone spent some dosh.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Gus on April 27, 2008, 11:28:26 am
Not quite electric assist...
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2270/2209486545_d7c7be3598.jpg)


That's an old Velo solex (http://www.velosolex.co.uk/).

They still sell them here  ::-)    and they are quite funny to ride  :D

G
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: donpedro on April 27, 2008, 11:41:04 am
A civilian version of the Kronan, a Swedish Army bike.  I like the way it carries babies, not bombs
(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/189/503753270_008578590e.jpg)

Wish people would stop referring to the Kronan as a incarnated military bicycle. It has borrowed some design features from the now dismantled Swedish bicycle regiment bike, that's all:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_military_bicycle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_military_bicycle)

Kronan company was started in the mid 90's to fill the void of cheep, thiefproof bikes after the flood of old military bikes dried up. The company was then sold, coincidently at the same time as the Swedish consumer board found the bike to be of such low quality it was deemed as unsafe to ride!!! The fork on the cheep Chinese steel bike cracked in the test! Sorry, can't find the test english:
http://www.gp.se/gp/jsp/Crosslink.jsp?d=251&a=207024 (http://www.gp.se/gp/jsp/Crosslink.jsp?d=251&a=207024)
http://www.gelwel.se/cyklar/radran.pdf (http://www.gelwel.se/cyklar/radran.pdf)

The same two marketwizard's have now jumped on the singlespeed bike hype, go figure! 
  ;)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on April 27, 2008, 07:14:19 pm
I've seen that one, was it the wife riding or the husband? The wife is American and very chatty. The husband English and not even remotely polite. The child is an obnoxious brat.

I think it was husband and wife, it was either 2006 or 2007 summer, I can't remember.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on April 27, 2008, 07:15:42 pm
That's an old Velo solex (http://www.velosolex.co.uk/).

They still sell them here  ::-)    and they are quite funny to ride  :D

G

We used to have one, I hated being taken places on the back of it.  I do remember the days of ethanol petrol mix, and my Dad having to use water to separate the ethanol from the petrol, else it'd dissolve the plastic tank of the solex.
Title: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Wobbly John on January 16, 2009, 02:22:12 pm
As it's a CYCLING forum, I thought it would be a good idea to have a thread to compliment the one in vroom (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=76.0).

I'll start:

Saw a Mezzo (http://www.mezzobikes.com/) today - the first time I've seen one in the wild (not at a bike show)
Being riden, it didn't look as good as the brompton. He was shifting though.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: токамак on January 16, 2009, 02:40:44 pm
I've seen one of those in Braintree, a couple of times - the same guy, from a distance and in the dark (waiting at bus stop with my Brompton folded up), but you could tell it was decent quality - I reckon me and him must be the only people to ride round Braintree on folders!
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: ed_o_brain on January 16, 2009, 02:47:19 pm
Continuing the folders theme:

Seen a few times in Sale on our commute: A white dahon folder emblazoned with the word Google in big letters.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Basil on January 16, 2009, 04:53:51 pm
My son says that he saw a bike fitted with a steering wheel in the city centre recently.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 16, 2009, 05:04:43 pm
Continuing the folders theme, I had to move this in the cloakroom this morning so I could have a pee.

(http://i138.photobucket.com/albums/q273/nuttycyclist/cycling/KIF_5638.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Wobbly John on January 16, 2009, 08:40:33 pm
I think we need to introduce an 'own bikes don't count' rule here.  :P
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 16, 2009, 11:13:16 pm
I did wonder.  But then thought I remembered that somebody had commented on an own car on the other thread.



I won't mention a bike again.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: matthew on January 22, 2009, 09:28:02 am
Tandem Child back trailer, seen this morning in Earley, Reading.

As per a standard child back trailer but had two ~5 year olds on the school run behind mum on a MTB. Added respect for mum there was a third child (18 months) on a seat on the top tube.

Matthew
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: ed_o_brain on January 28, 2009, 12:36:52 pm
A Hooger Booger Grinder mountain bike - the only other bike in the rack at work.

Green main frame with purple forks and rear triangle. Exage kit with STi shifters. Commuting tires and a rack.

Most the hits on Google seem to be for surf board with the same name.

Looks like a gnarly retro rig to me.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Tom M on January 28, 2009, 01:10:27 pm
The LBS (Fred Williams, Wolverhampton) have built a curious thing that has some kind of funny clutch hub and a really long chain that runs under the BB (hard to explain...) that allows you to pedal forwards and freewheel as usual, but if you pedal backwards, will also propel you forwards.

No real use, but interesting.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 28, 2009, 01:56:42 pm
The LBS (Fred Williams, Wolverhampton) have built a curious thing that has some kind of funny clutch hub and a really long chain that runs under the BB (hard to explain...) that allows you to pedal forwards and freewheel as usual, but if you pedal backwards, will also propel you forwards.

No real use, but interesting.

Anything like this: clicky (http://lh5.ggpht.com/_rpopNdJsytc/RtMDgiVj1SI/AAAAAAAAAR0/YuWme7Z3gRc/P1030582.JPG)?

Edited wif apparently functional url...
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Tim Hall on January 28, 2009, 01:57:48 pm
404 here
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: nuttycyclist on January 28, 2009, 02:18:39 pm
The LBS (Fred Williams, Wolverhampton) have built a curious thing that has some kind of funny clutch hub and a really long chain that runs under the BB (hard to explain...) that allows you to pedal forwards and freewheel as usual, but if you pedal backwards, will also propel you forwards.

No real use, but interesting.

Anything like this: clicky (http://lh5.ggpht.com/_rpopNdJsytc/RtMDgiVj1SI/AAAAAAAAAR0/YuWme7Z3gRc/P1030582.JPG)?

Edited wif apparently functional url...

Doesn't like hot linking.  Copy and paste jpg URL.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 28, 2009, 03:45:05 pm
Doesn't like hot linking.  Copy and paste jpg URL.

Odd.  Works for me in FF...

Anyway, http://lh5.ggpht.com/_rpopNdJsytc/RtMDgiVj1SI/AAAAAAAAAR0/YuWme7Z3gRc/P1030582.JPG

Drew Buck's mount for PDP '07.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Tom M on January 28, 2009, 03:52:00 pm
Yep, was kinda like that I think. I seem to recall that the 'other' chain guide thing was more towards the bottom bracket though.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Mr Larrington on January 28, 2009, 03:56:29 pm
Yep, was kinda like that I think. I seem to recall that the 'other' chain guide thing was more towards the bottom bracket though.

I think they're still quite common in places like China and Indiah, where the Tigers come from...
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: PhilO on January 28, 2009, 04:39:51 pm
Mr L's link still isn't working for me. I presume it shows something similar to this (http://frankb.home.sonic.net/us/gears/gears-frontside.jpg)?
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Tom M on January 28, 2009, 05:06:00 pm
That was the chap. Quite curious it was to ride too.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on February 06, 2009, 12:16:18 pm
WTF?

Riding towards Clapham Common.

Overtaken by someone on a straight barred bike.  OK, so it happens now & again. 

But hold on.

They're not pedalling!

Eh?

And that scooter I heard coming up hasn't passed me but the sound has

Really?  A petrol powered bicycle?  Wonder if it's one of those BSA Cyclemaster jobs?

Shame it was dark & I couldn't see as it toddled off into the distance.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Zipperhead on February 06, 2009, 01:17:53 pm
you can buy them new, 50 or 80cc (http://www.zoombicycles.com/eShop/vmchk/1-Bicycle-Engine-Kits/118-PK-80-JETBLACK-FREE-SHIPPING-Jet-Stealth-80cc-Bicycle-Engine-Kit.html)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Torslanda on February 22, 2009, 09:40:04 pm
On the way home last Friday evening.

A Viscount Aerospace. In 'raspberry ripple' finish, typical late 70s / early 80s 24 inch frame or bigger. Tastefully upgraded with moden wheels and tyres, aero levers.

Lusted after one of those but they had a poor, unreliable pressed-in bottom bracket so went for the Falcon instead.

J
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on February 22, 2009, 10:25:08 pm
Ah.  You remind me.  Normally I comment on classic bikes, but last week I saw a Museeuw.  One of the flax ones. 
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Mike r on February 22, 2009, 10:40:09 pm
There's a guy riding a fully faired trike recumbent (hpv) to the building I teach in. I must bring my camera tomorrow to take a picture.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Riggers on February 23, 2009, 08:28:30 am
I saw a chap on a scooter-come-bike thingy yesterday around the docks in Bristol. Normal bike wheel at the front with a Yak-bob-type wheel at the back, just scooting away. Very odd I thought. Neither one thing nor tuther.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: TheLurker on February 23, 2009, 08:36:08 am
I saw a Bickerton (Bickerton! Bickerton! Bickerton!  :) ) parked up on Broad St. in Oxford y'day lunchtime - near Morton's cafe.  Looked to be in pretty good nick too.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Wendy on February 23, 2009, 09:35:32 am
A lady on a beautifully painted blue custom Roberts yesterday.  Eternity present from her husband.  How cool is that!!
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 23, 2009, 11:49:51 am
Bickerton Californian (badge-engineered Dahon) the other w/e.  Had been on loan from Lt. Col. Larrington (retd.) to young Gavin next door, but young Gavin next door now has a proper bike (and has just returned to Singapore).
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: PeteB99 on February 23, 2009, 07:39:06 pm
On the way home last Friday evening.

A Viscount Aerospace. In 'raspberry ripple' finish, typical late 70s / early 80s 24 inch frame or bigger. Tastefully upgraded with moden wheels and tyres, aero levers.

Lusted after one of those but they had a poor, unreliable pressed-in bottom bracket so went for the Falcon instead.

J

? Mine (bought in 77) had the normal screw in cups.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: PrettyBoyTim on February 24, 2009, 05:48:51 pm
Continuing the folders theme:

Seen a few times in Sale on our commute: A white dahon folder emblazoned with the word Google in big letters.

One of the guys at work has one of them. I forget how he acquired it.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: MattH on February 26, 2009, 08:21:27 am
Saw an unusual tandem today in Lund, but didn't get a photo :(
It had small wheels (brompton sized) and a frame made of thin bars (like a moulton). The odd thing was that this was a kiddie-front, with the kid (guess about 12 years old) having Raleigh Chopper-style handlebars to steer the rig with, and his mum stoking on the back.
At least I think the kid was steering and didn't just have dummy bars - I only got a brief glimpse as they were going the other way.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 28, 2009, 03:54:26 pm
No photo, but many months ago now I saw a standard Indian "heavy roadster" from Hero or Atlas, but modified with a lever attached to the down tube to operate a handbrake on the rear wheel. That was his only brake.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: mark on March 01, 2009, 10:38:32 am
Saw an unusual tandem today in Lund, but didn't get a photo :(
It had small wheels (brompton sized) and a frame made of thin bars (like a moulton). The odd thing was that this was a kiddie-front, with the kid (guess about 12 years old) having Raleigh Chopper-style handlebars to steer the rig with, and his mum stoking on the back.
At least I think the kid was steering and didn't just have dummy bars - I only got a brief glimpse as they were going the other way.

The bicycle shop across the street from me has a few of those for rent. The stoker's handlebars are connected to the front wheel by a couple of long horizontal bars and the Chopper style handlebars are dummies.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Cunobelin on March 01, 2009, 02:34:17 pm
A lady on a beautifully painted blue custom Roberts yesterday.  Eternity present from her husband.  How cool is that!!

There is a guy in Gosport who rides an original Radius Dino

(http://www.liegeradinfo.de/rad_dino.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Wendy on March 01, 2009, 06:54:18 pm

There is a guy in Gosport who rides an original Radius Dino


And that is supposed to be cool?
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Cunobelin on March 01, 2009, 07:36:30 pm
Retro - cool!
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: richie_b on March 01, 2009, 08:19:05 pm
I saw a Storck Fascenario 0.7 (http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/road/product/fascenario-07-08-24132) with a carbon chainset.  I was allowed to pick it up & it's indecently light.  It can only be made of paper or cardboard & feels like it'd snap at the sight of a pothole....
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Wendy on March 02, 2009, 04:01:08 pm
Retro - cool!


Nah, it's the original ugly stick.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: toontra on March 02, 2009, 07:02:10 pm
Saw this today in Richmond Park.  Any guesses as to what sort of bike this is?


(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3540/3322751685_1d15a5c83d_o.jpg)

Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Jurek on March 02, 2009, 07:12:38 pm
Less of a bike and more of a scooter (http://www.pawtrekker.com/viewproductbottom.asp?id=31&catsel=51) for err..... walking your dog...
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: toontra on March 02, 2009, 07:23:34 pm
Less of a bike and more of a scooter (http://www.pawtrekker.com/viewproductbottom.asp?id=31&catsel=51) for err..... walking your dog...

Quite right.  Obviously more common than I thought.  Just after I took the pic the owner came back and lashed a massive husky to the front and was pulled down the hill at a rapid rate.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Jurek on March 02, 2009, 07:29:02 pm
Something for the urban Amundsen in all of us.  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on March 02, 2009, 08:20:44 pm
I saw an interesting set up near Clapham - a Pearson Touche with a very high stack height at the front for an unusually upright position.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on March 03, 2009, 10:25:53 pm
Another interesting bike today near Clapham Common.  A Falcon framed cruiser, with fat 'phat' tyres, a 3-speed SA hub, and ape hanger bars.  Got a fair speed on too, once he was moving.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on March 04, 2009, 01:44:13 pm
I spotted an electric bike going up past my office window.

Made me realise that it's still an unusual sight, despite the big advances of the last few years.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: bikenerd on March 04, 2009, 02:25:51 pm
A carbon Fuji spotted outside the Post Office when I was collecting a parcel.
Interesting as I didn't think they were distributed in this country, apart from the track bikes.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on March 04, 2009, 02:34:53 pm
That is interesting.

As was the absurdly lo-pro fixie that just went past with bars not wide enough to fill the rider's hands.

I've seen it before.

He was wobbling then, too. ::-)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Greenbank on March 04, 2009, 02:39:36 pm
Saw this today in Richmond Park.  Any guesses as to what sort of bike this is?


(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3540/3322751685_1d15a5c83d_o.jpg)

It's a kickbike (although that's a generic term like bicycle).

One did PBP in 2003: http://www.machka.net/pbp/pbp/kickbike.jpg
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: ed_o_brain on March 04, 2009, 02:41:44 pm
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It's a kickbike (although that's a generic term like bicycle).

One did PBP in 2003: http://www.machka.net/pbp/pbp/kickbike.jpg

It's more akin to a scooter, is it not?
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Greenbank on March 04, 2009, 02:46:03 pm
I missed the subsequent posts pointing to the appropriate website (I blame hitting End instead of Page Down on the keyboard).

You're right, it's more of a scooter (two equal sized wheels) than a kickbike (large front wheel and small rear wheel).

85h03 was Alpo Kuusisto's time in the 2003 PBP.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Wendy on March 04, 2009, 05:28:42 pm
I spotted an electric bike going up past my office window.

Made me realise that it's still an unusual sight, despite the big advances of the last few years.

Quite a few come through the park when I'm working there, making gronking noises.  Maybe 1 in 200 though, so not very common!
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on March 18, 2009, 10:04:08 am
This morning, I saw a B.E.A.Uuutiful Colnago.  Late 80s, judging by the old-skool tubes and the, er, distinctive colourscheme.

Chromed lugs, metallic red/white fade paintjob.  Looks purposeful, and went like shit off a stick.*



* This last observation may have something to do with my sluggishness and the Colnago rider's fitness, speed & skill, but it was still a gorgeous bike.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Tim Hall on March 22, 2009, 06:52:14 pm
On the TC run today, this rather lovely Flying Gate:
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3615/3376154820_7b6b26ce86.jpg?v=0)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: chris n on March 22, 2009, 10:31:23 pm
Jim Hopper's Longstaff trike (not that unusual round here, admittedly) and a Kingcycle.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on March 23, 2009, 10:02:48 am
TimH, that's very cool.  Never been sure of the point of FGing the front seatpost, but it's cool nonetheless.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on March 23, 2009, 10:25:06 am
I have had a weekend of seeing interesting and unusual bikes, and have had the privilege of visiting two sheds which might make owners of SEEKRIT BUNKERS squeal with delight.

We were out with the Easst Sussex DA of the CTC, camping in the garden of some friends, with the unexpected but nice addition of Superstoker.

So - where to start?  On Saturday's ride, we saw the following bikes, inter alia:

Ephgrave
The Leader
Barry Hoban
Mercian
Hetchins (Curly)
Viscount
Cinelli
Carpenter
Moulton
etc etc

We rode to someone's house, where we saw the biggest collection of Leaders anywhere - including a USWB tandem frame that had been in store for about fifty years, and is about to be built up.

In his shed, he also had, (among others - I have no chance of recalling them all):

Couple of Raleighs
Allin
lovely kids bikes
An ordinary
A child's ordinary (built by one of the other members of the party with his dad many years ago)
Moulton F Frame
Dawes Kingpin & Raleigh Twenty ???
... I'm sure some more will come back to me, but it was a cornucopia of delights.

And some PTWs, including a Vespa and a gleaming Royal Enfield

In another shed, 'somewhere in the Home Counties', we saw:

Roberts tandem
Roberts solo
Two homebuilt lightweights
A 1950s French frame with a working Osgear
Granby
Trice
Moulton spaceframe

This shed was also fitted with a fully equipped workstand, toolboards, toilet & sink, parts washer, oxy-acetylene, wheel jig, the biggest index of nuts, bolts & spokes I have ever seen (including a box of Philips spokes!), rims & hubs hanging on the wall, and a rod holding every sort of axle nut you could possibly imagine.

Oh - and, above the row of bikes, there was another mezzanine storage area, which has been used as a sleeping platform, but now contains more stuff.

Simply heaven!

Oh - I almost forgot to mention that Sunday's ride brought out kids on a Mercian and another classic lightweight I'm ashamed to say I can't remember, a Les Rigden :o , a TJ Quick, and a small posse of others.

Classic heaven.  Shame we had to come back to the 21st Century via a long motorway drive straight after before we got home & flopped into bed.  I'm glad Butterfly isn't in work today, so she can unload the car.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Tim Hall on March 23, 2009, 01:04:12 pm
TimH, that's very cool.  Never been sure of the point of FGing the front seatpost, but it's cool nonetheless.

It is, isn't it. Chrome plate lugs round the headtube, lined with gold paint too.

It lives up your way.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on March 23, 2009, 02:33:46 pm
My way as in where I'm from, or my way as in my place of temporary exile? ;D
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Tim Hall on March 23, 2009, 05:45:46 pm
Temporary exile. You don't think I'd go as far as the Frozen North do you?
It was a SE London TC ride.

See here (http://www.tandemclub-southeastlondon.org.uk/_evnts09.htm) and scroll down to March.  Family ride April from Redhill.

Gwan, gwan, gwan.

Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on March 24, 2009, 09:20:51 am
Mmmm...maybe... ;)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on March 28, 2009, 03:32:42 pm
Some kind of Dursley Pedersen machine on the King's Road - a quick phone pic. Very tidily turned out. I should have taken a closer shot of that saddle.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v138/Chickenhawk66/DSC00007.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Tim Hall on March 28, 2009, 06:59:09 pm
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3560/3392277567_4df4117e22.jpg?v=0)

Outside the library today, a non descript utility bike with marvellous home made chain guard. It appears to be the lid of a bucket.  Just after I took the photo, the owner came along - an old guy wearing salwar (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salwar), which explained the need for the guard.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Tim Hall on March 29, 2009, 08:09:17 pm
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3659/3395397289_db25c4468d.jpg?v=0)

One of two Bates seen on the East Sussex CTC 50km run today.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on March 30, 2009, 10:03:46 am
Passing Hyde Park Corner, on Friday night, my passenger got awfully excited as she spotted an Ordinary! :D
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on April 01, 2009, 02:39:08 pm
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3659/3395397289_db25c4468d.jpg?v=0)

One of two Bates seen on the East Sussex CTC 50km run today.

Cool.  We saw a Bates implausibly among a load of BSOs on a ride near Kinver at the weekend.  I suspect one of the Bates you saw was with us on our rides the weekend before :)

And - I'm not sure how I forgot, but I don't think I mentioned it - last time I dropped into Brixton Cycles, I saw a tallbike just locked to the racks outside.  No idea whose, or why.  But I did think that locking it is less than essential for such a beast, since most Fievs are likely to hospitalise themselves within seconds of the attempt...
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on April 01, 2009, 04:54:10 pm
Just on the basis that they are a pretty new entrant to the market, and there aren't a lot around at the moment, I guess that a sighting of a Salsa Casseroll at Elephant & Castle qualifies here. 

I'm afraid it looked nothing special, and the colour scheme/graphics did it no favours (mind you, it is mainly the beige that I object to on the Kaffenback ;D ).

Hey ho.  The rider looked happy, and that's what counts for me! :)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Deano on April 04, 2009, 08:22:50 pm
Anyone need a fleet of cargo bikes?

Swedish Post Office bikes for sale outside the army surplus shop:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3594/3411408685_350b4be876.jpg)
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3394/3411408703_80ac42ecee.jpg)
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3401/3411408699_55138820d3.jpg)

£140 to you, sir or madam.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: DrMekon on April 05, 2009, 01:35:42 pm
Very tempting - whereabouts are they?
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: DrMekon on April 05, 2009, 09:55:46 pm
Saw a Cliff Shrubb frame this afternoon. Didn't know anything about him, but the bike looked lovely. Seems like Mr Shrubb is an esteemed fellow.

sgcyclery (http://www.sgcyclery.com/CLIFF%20SHRUBB.htm)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Deano on April 07, 2009, 07:48:32 am
Very tempting - whereabouts are they?

They're up here in Darlington.  I may go and see if I can have a test ride ;D
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: PhilO on April 07, 2009, 09:13:40 am
They look good... I have no use for one, but I'm sure there'll be plenty of people who would be interested.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Dutchman on April 07, 2009, 01:52:25 pm
My very unusual Litespeed with S&S Couplings was stolen on Saturday. See my post here:

London: Litespeed with S&S Couplings Stolen (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=17408.0)

Please keep an eye out for it.
I am offering a reward for return of the bike. Mobile: 07872032043
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Mike r on April 07, 2009, 08:11:58 pm
A guy rides this to work every day

(http://photos-d.ll.facebook.com/photos-ll-snc1/v2633/218/95/595096462/n595096462_2160155_3826313.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Wendy on April 07, 2009, 10:27:05 pm
A mango I think.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Mike r on April 07, 2009, 10:58:13 pm
Yeah, it says mango on the side
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Torslanda on April 07, 2009, 11:26:54 pm
Yeah, it says mango on the side

So why ain't it orange
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Wendy on April 07, 2009, 11:34:23 pm
Yeah, it says mango on the side

So why ain't it orange

JFGI.com - for images of mangos.  LOL!
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on April 22, 2009, 01:55:07 pm
A Burrows Ratcatcher at Amen Corner, Tooting.

I hardly ever see recumbents on my commutes, and I've seen three in the last week!

The others i couldn't identify for sure, but one was at Stockwell, and the other was, er....er...somewhere between Elephant & Castle & Carshalton! ;D
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on April 24, 2009, 09:32:02 am
Moulton Standard yesterday in Tooting Common.  Bit shabby & rattly, but the (female) rider seemed to be managing OK.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on April 24, 2009, 05:22:26 pm
Alpinestars MTN Xross on Borough High Street.

Not a great bike - but the only other one I've seen.  it was by far the worst bike I have ever owned (and one of only two I have ever bought new).
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Wendy on April 24, 2009, 06:38:29 pm
On youtube, a duoquest:

YouTube - Duoquest (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kc6b94NdS6s)

I want!!!
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: rower40 on April 24, 2009, 08:56:34 pm
A work colleague has just bought one of these (http://www.pashley.co.uk/products/double-scoop.html) on a bike-to-work scheme.

It's ver' nice.
[Wave Union Jack Smiley]  It has Sturmey-Archer gears, brakes and cranks, and a Brooks saddle. In fact, in the 5 mins I spent looking at it, I couldn't find anything Sh*m*n* on it at all.

She's complaining that her rear hasn't yet reached that state of Brooks Nirvana that we all aspire to.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: nuttycyclist on April 24, 2009, 11:13:20 pm
...
She's complaining that her rear hasn't yet reached that state of Brooks Nirvana that we all aspire to.


Welcome her to the club, then tell her to buy a proper saddle.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: nuttycyclist on April 24, 2009, 11:17:29 pm
On youtube, a duoquest:

YouTube - Duoquest (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kc6b94NdS6s)

I want!!!

Why do you want to queue in traffic?

Get a 2 wheeler* and flow past.




* preferably an upright so you can see over the traffic
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on May 01, 2009, 04:38:32 pm
I looked out my office window and saw a young girl riding confidently on the road.  Then I saw an adult woman on a decent hybrid riding in front.  Then I saw a man bringing up the rear on an 8Freight! :)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: tiermat on May 02, 2009, 08:37:38 am
An old Carrera steel framed road bike, looking worse for wear with upturned bars, guess the eighties are back with a vengence :)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Sigurd Mudtracker on May 02, 2009, 07:41:56 pm
In Edinburgh yesterday:
a shiny and new-looking Pashley Princess being pushed along the pavement
a Bacchetta Cafe heading west along Haymarket.  Having seen one, I think  prefer it to the Giro... and it's cheaper...
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on May 05, 2009, 09:49:13 pm
Yesterday, we were driving :-[ through Clapham, and spotted a couple in mufit on a small-wheeled tandem making decent progress up the hill.

It was a Graziella.

No.  Me neither. ;D
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: DrMekon on May 06, 2009, 12:50:23 pm
I went over to the School Run Centre to (new shop in Cambridge run by the guy who runs dutchbike.co.uk) to try out a couple of electric bakfietsen. Whilst I was there, a couple of guys from the Cambridge Cycle Campaign turned up, and one had a bakfiets.nl Biporteur:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3385/3492376530_8de9b540b5.jpg)

It was a bit shonky; didn't feel like it had been maintained much. Rode like a light Cargobike short. Didn't try it with the basket loaded up. The stand setup was a bit iffy too.

I also had a go on an Onderwater child-forward tandem, which was a great laugh, albeit a bit nervewracking compared to the cargobike I usual take my 3-year old around in. He thought he was steering, and the reduced width and lower weight, we threw it around a bit, despite my lack of trust that he would actually hold on. Forrtunately, he did, but I definitely prefer the bakfiets in traffic. I would think about getting one when he's older. Didn't get a pic, but here's what it looked like (and I wouldn't be surprised if it's the same demo bike that does the rounds at all the Azor stockists.

(http://www.velorution.biz/images/Bikes%20-%20Ronald%20Tandem%20-%20Stefano%20&%20Sebi%20small.jpg)

Obviously electric bakfietsen are pretty novel too.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3599/3492385186_7098643ece.jpg)

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3390/3491575723_d51dd6627f.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on May 06, 2009, 12:53:42 pm
That's a good idea - and you remind me that I saw a bakfiets near Stockwell last night. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on May 11, 2009, 09:06:34 pm
Ogled one of these (stationary) in Richmond Park on Sunday:

(http://www.jacksbikes.com/contents/media/specialized%20transition%20comp%202008.jpg)

A most interesting machine. I've never really understood why tri bikes are so different from road bikes; I know it is do with certain positions preserving muscle strength for the run or swim. 
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Wobbly John on May 19, 2009, 12:45:38 pm
Spotted yesterday evening heading from the Station and this morning going towards the station in my sleepy Cambridgeshire village:

A Strida (http://www.curbside.on.ca/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/strida-folding-bike.jpg)   :thumbsup: (a Mk 2 I think)

Good to see a design from the 80's still in use as intended - as a link to other forms of transport.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Mr Larrington on May 19, 2009, 12:49:35 pm
Saw two Stridas in the space of one fag break in Lambs Conduit Street last week.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on May 21, 2009, 05:00:46 pm
Carshalton's normally a zero bike zone, 'cept for us.

But this morning, I saw a shiny Bianchi Pista (not fixed, I'm sorry to say) a couple of streets from home, and a bloke on a Raleigh Chopper on London Road.  It's scary enough on a normal bike...

But that reminds me.  When I was pottering around a closed-to-motor-traffic Tooley Street last week, I saw a gold LowRider in shiny shiny condition.  Looked incredibly heavy, but that's they way they go...
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: PrettyBoyTim on May 21, 2009, 06:39:49 pm
In the last week I've seen two shaft-driven bikes on my rides to and from work.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Butterfly on May 22, 2009, 02:15:46 pm
A Strida on Bellevue road yesterday. A recumbent, maybe a Ratcatcher, on Nightingale lane near Hackbridge. A cruiser of some description (Schwinn I think) suspended on the wrong side of the railway railings by it's wheel being pushed through same, on Wandsworth Common ???.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on May 22, 2009, 02:17:28 pm
Don't you know that you should adopt bikes abandoned by railways? ;D
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Butterfly on May 22, 2009, 02:21:02 pm
Don't you know that you should adopt bikes abandoned by railways? ;D
I couldn't fit it on the pushchair, and since the fence is about 10 feet high at that point, I have no idea how they got it over there, let alone how I could lever it out and get it back!
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on May 22, 2009, 02:22:36 pm
Quitter! ;) :-*
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Moloko on May 22, 2009, 02:34:21 pm
In the last week I've seen two shaft-driven bikes on my rides to and from work.

What's the bike that won't get flak
When YACF shouts "Your chain is slack!"
SHAFT!
Ya damn right!
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on May 22, 2009, 02:35:28 pm
POTD! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 28, 2009, 12:59:12 pm
Saw two Stridas in the space of one fag break in Lambs Conduit Street last week.
A friend has just imported several here.

On Tuesday I saw something a bit like a Dursley Pedersen frame, but with "normal" saddle, outside the office. Hand-painted in light blue, no stickers or badges but Hercules stamped into the stem (Hercules make bog-standard Indian roadsters).
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Greenbank on May 28, 2009, 01:08:42 pm
I see a Strida quite often on my commute, usually on Cheyne Walk near the turn off for Lots Road.

I also saw a Dursley Pedersen-esque bike crossing over York Road from Waterloo station earlier this week, this thread just reminded me of it.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: grhm on May 28, 2009, 01:26:37 pm
Saw odd one of my way in to work this morning.

Had very long forks (reminded my of the sort in "Easy Rider") down to a front wheel with a full mudguard.

Forks were two shiny silver poles, Frame and front guard a nice metallic blue.  No rear guard - which struck me as own given the front guard was obviously part-and-parcel of the build.

(Not a great description - but it was going t'other way at a junction)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Tim Hall on May 28, 2009, 10:43:43 pm
A muni (http://www.unicycling.com/muni/) riding through Copthorne as I drove home this evening.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Butterfly on June 12, 2009, 06:18:22 pm
A wheelchair with a hand cycle attachment going up Magdalen Road from Earlsfield at some speed today. :)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: ed_o_brain on June 14, 2009, 09:08:20 am
Last weekend outside Unicorn Grocery in Manchester:
 a Bakfietsen!!!  :o


Last Thursday night outside Euston Station right opposite the Travelodge I was staying in:
 A blue Yuba Mundo
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: chris n on June 14, 2009, 11:35:35 pm
Hanging off the back of a Discovery near Cannock Chase: an early 90's Klein MTB with a pink-purple linear fade paint job. 8)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Tim Hall on June 16, 2009, 08:05:01 am
A Pedersen (and not the one I look after!), coming off Pewsey Hill, Guildford.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: chris on June 16, 2009, 11:28:41 am
In my garage a few minutes ago, the YACF bike (http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p23/chris415700/acfpics/IMG_1278.jpg). Its been there for a couple of weeks now, waiting for its first propper outing. Any volunteers?
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: rower40 on June 16, 2009, 08:35:43 pm
In the bike racks at Bristol Temple Meads station; FIVE Bromptons.

My work colleagues were perplexed, with quotes like "What's the point of a folding bike if you leave it at the station?", to which all I could suggest was that if a Brommie was your only bike, and you didn't need it at the far end, then leaving it at the station would be easier on the arms than lugging it onto and off the train.

But from a security POV, I'd take mine with me, rather than leaving it somewhere public like that.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: ed_o_brain on June 16, 2009, 09:25:30 pm

A yellow Moulton outside work today!
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on June 17, 2009, 10:00:38 am
I saw a completely gold bike yesterday at Clapham Common.  Everything was gold, including spokes, tyres, saddle etc.  It wasn't that interesting otherwise...

A very nice Witcomb (albeit with yellow tyres :sick: ) was locked outside Clapham Sainsburys yesterday.

And the Southward march of fixed continues.  Last night I was in a bunch that included a Pomp, a Spesh Singlecross, an old Raleigh (with the strange tubular fork crown), and a Bob Jackson - the last two brakeless (or at least rear-brakeless.  I didn't see the front when I passed)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Adrian on June 17, 2009, 10:25:24 pm
I was passed by someone on a Lotus pursuit bike on my way home this evening, very noisy wheels
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: DrMekon on June 20, 2009, 06:58:13 pm
Was at the town and country thing at cambridge. I tried a Taga, a Zigo Leader, a Christiania Trike, an Onderwater, and a Burrows 8-frieght. Highlight was the Christiania.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on June 20, 2009, 07:05:47 pm
When I was returning to work from Millwall's ground, I saw a guy chatting with some yoof.  He was sat on a delivery trike that looked like a modern version of this one (http://buyvintage.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/02p.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: RichMoss on June 21, 2009, 10:01:23 pm
Last weekend outside Unicorn Grocery in Manchester:
 a Bakfietsen!!!  :o
Just to be pernickety, I'm sure bakfietsen is the plural, if you saw only one then it was a bakfiets. Hope you don't mind the correction.
R
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Adrian on June 21, 2009, 10:38:16 pm
I saw someone riding the L2B today on a  Kirk Precision (http://www.firstflightbikes.com/KirkPrecision.html)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Andrij on June 21, 2009, 11:41:17 pm
I saw someone riding the L2B today on a  Kirk Precision (http://www.firstflightbikes.com/KirkPrecision.html)

Did he, by chance, have a bandaged knee?
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Adrian on June 22, 2009, 07:09:42 am
I saw someone riding the L2B today on a  Kirk Precision (http://www.firstflightbikes.com/KirkPrecision.html)

Did he, by chance, have a bandaged knee?

Riding the L2B? Not a chance.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Andrij on June 22, 2009, 08:54:51 am
I saw someone riding the L2B today on a  Kirk Precision (http://www.firstflightbikes.com/KirkPrecision.html)

Did he, by chance, have a bandaged knee?

Riding the L2B? Not a chance.

He did recently raise the possibility of doing the next FNRttC on his Kirk.  I think I shall give him a nudge...
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Adrian on June 22, 2009, 07:54:20 pm

He did recently raise the possibility of doing the next FNRttC on his Kirk.  I think I shall give him a nudge...


Good idea, although I think that he is keener that someone else should ride it.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Wendy on June 26, 2009, 09:07:27 pm
A gocycle in Hyde Park, as seen on the latest Velovision cover.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Andrij on June 28, 2009, 08:44:14 pm
Yesterday outside Tesco in Becton I saw an ADAC Winora (http://www.bikeshops.de/bikeshops/BikeInfo/ModellDetail.asp?frmIDBikes=13041&frmMarke=WINORA&frmModell=ADAC+Foldingstar) folding bike.  Can't quite figure out how it folds but I plan to do some more googling.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: rower40 on July 10, 2009, 12:10:02 pm
Thread bump! (I had to look on the second page to find it :-\)

A Windcheetah, with tailbox, at speed under St Alkmunds Way bridge, Derby, next to the river.  And no, it wasn't mine.  I was in the middle of the river at the time.  (In a boat, obv.)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: mike on July 10, 2009, 12:29:14 pm
the bike wasnt that notable, but Michael Hutchison, UK TT supremo was riding it. In Jeans.  Probably going much faster than I was, lycra'd up in the opposite direction through Harston.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Wobbly John on July 10, 2009, 07:50:34 pm
A Windcheetah, with tailbox, at speed under St Alkmunds Way bridge, Derby, next to the river.  And no, it wasn't mine.  I was in the middle of the river at the time.  (In a boat, obv.)


There's likely to be a lot of strange bikes about in Derby this weekend - It's Hilldodger's Big Cycle Weekend and CycleChat get-together (http://www.cyclechat.co.uk/forums/announcement.php?f=22&a=49).
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: robbo6 on July 11, 2009, 09:22:29 pm
An old Rudge lightweight roadster, Coventry headbadge so pre-1936, with small diameter bottom bracket, hubs and headset.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Deano on July 12, 2009, 11:16:22 pm
Spotted in Freiburg im Breisgau.  I didn't have time to linger, cos it started raining, but I loved the blinging wheels  :thumbsup:

                                                  (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3435/3714662862_ab305711b1.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on July 14, 2009, 08:42:28 pm
On top of a car approaching E&C along New Kent Road, I saw a load trike made from a basic full-susser welded to a wide flat frame behind.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: her_welshness on July 23, 2009, 11:18:41 am
One cyclist, all in fluorescent yellow flew past me on his green racer on London Bridge. He had one leg. Fitter than anything on that bridge today.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: David Martin on July 23, 2009, 01:35:24 pm
Damien Hirst | The Bikes of Stages | Trek Bikes (http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/stages/hirst/)

I don't think I can add more..
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: ed_o_brain on July 23, 2009, 02:51:10 pm
Freight 8
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Paul Smith SRCC on July 23, 2009, 06:58:10 pm
Cliff still does a few frames, here he is with Louisa (not on a Cliff Shrubb)

(http://forum.ctc.org.uk/userpix/808_Cyclechat2_1.jpg)

Cliff has made some unusual frames in his time including one that broke the British speed record (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmpxJWAJbFM) was done behind a car, the frame built by  Cliff Shrubb  (http://www.sgcyclery.com/CLIFF%20SHRUBB.htm), maximum speed 110mph, gear so large that he had to be towed behind the car to get the gear going

(http://www.philvarner.com/photos/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=2578&g2_serialNumber=2)

Cliff still owns the bike as he never got paid for it, although he has not got a clue where it is, or who now has it, as he never got it back! More recently he has made a fixed (http://www.roadcyclinguk.com/news/article/mps/uan/3985) with an unusual rear end

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3503/3750048310_20ab4e041a_o.gif)


Paul_Smith (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3026/2817796028_c6b2113f3e.jpg?v=0)
www.corridori.co.uk (http://www.corridori.co.uk/gbu0-display/Home_Page.html)

Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on July 23, 2009, 08:20:54 pm
Looks very similar to the BJ Rohloff rear end.  Exactly what I want to use on the commuter project I keep bleating about and don't get closer to :-[
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: DuncanM on July 24, 2009, 08:21:50 am
It might be mundane compared to the others on this thread, but I saw a rather nice De Rosa today just outside Cirencester... :)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: PhilO on July 24, 2009, 08:41:07 am
Quote
...an unusual rear end

That's quite a common arrangement on MTBs (See Kona Explosif, Orange P7, Voodoo Wanga, etc), mainly because it's difficult (but not impossible) to use disk brakes with anything other than vertical dropouts. It makes a lot of sense for fixed+mudguards too, I'd have thought.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: her_welshness on July 27, 2009, 10:06:53 am
Saw one dude sitting on a red bike frame on top of another red bike frame with wheels (poor description) but he must have been about 12 foot in the air. I gave him the old  :thumbsup: and cried out 'Love it'. Is there a name for this sort of amazing bicycle set-up?
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on July 27, 2009, 10:08:49 am
Tallbike!

We saw one at the start of the Dunrun, but I don't think he rode it to the seaside ;)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: PhilO on July 27, 2009, 10:09:46 am
That'd be a tallbike (http://www.tallbiketourbritain.com/).

 :thumbsup:

ETA: Too slow...
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on July 27, 2009, 10:11:40 am
Less dramatic, but interesting, I saw a Villiers Velo bike frame today.  Surprisingly, it was not built into a retro tourer, but a full-on fakenger machine.

Oh - and if the rider of that machine is reading, stop at red lights, would you?  I realise that the only way you could keep up with an asthmatic fat old bloke on a tourer was to run every set from Balham to Kennington, but I think you've pissed off a record number of pedestrians who might have expected to cross the road in safety.

Still, nice frame.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on July 27, 2009, 10:12:01 am
That'd be a tallbike (http://www.tallbiketourbritain.com/).

 :thumbsup:

ETA: Too slow...

..but more helpful ;D
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Wowbagger on July 27, 2009, 10:16:10 am
A chap at Norwich Station on Friday who had a Lyons frame, beautifully restored. It looked very like a King of Mercia with a pronounced fork rake and nicely cut-out lugs.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on July 27, 2009, 10:18:16 am
Never heard of Lyons.  Not on Classic Lightweights, either*.  Interesting.  Shame you don't have a photo.



* Who could have guessed that I would have this bookmarked? ;D
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: her_welshness on July 27, 2009, 10:19:30 am
Tallbike!

We saw one at the start of the Dunrun, but I don't think he rode it to the seaside ;)

Thanks chaps! He was going around by St Pauls at a heck of a speed!
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Wowbagger on July 27, 2009, 10:20:20 am
Never heard of Lyons.  Not on Classic Lightweights, either*.  Interesting.  Shame you don't have a photo.



* Who could have guessed that I would have this bookmarked? ;D

On Googling, I think it's actually a Lyon, made in London some time. I made a comment about corner houses.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Wobbly John on July 27, 2009, 10:38:11 am
Seen in the grounds of Holkham Hall, during the Gentle Norfolk Ride (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=21732.30): a pair of Stridas.

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y252/wobblyjohn/Gentle%20Norfolk%202009/stridas.jpg)

They were being riden by a dutch couple who had a yacht - makes the toothed belt drive a sensible option. They said that the 'Streee-ders' were the best buy they had made, and loved them.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: domesticated ape on July 27, 2009, 09:08:16 pm
I saw a pristine white Strida in Waterloo station the other week, it actually looked pretty nice and I was quite surprised when I saw what it was.

Also in Waterloo, I saw a tall guy in a smart pinstripe suit and sunglasses pushing a Dursley Pedersen, he had a smart leather bag (or briefcase - can't remember which) over one shoulder, and a big-ass bike lock over the other. He looked seriously cool!
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Speshact on July 27, 2009, 09:19:29 pm
A beautiful, original (minus saddle) Vitus 979 Duralinox amongst a pile of nasty mongrel bikes on a Dr Bike held for yoof at a London estate community hall.  Beautiful. I was tempted to offer £20 for it and the lad who owned it would probably have been delighted.
 
Vitus 979 Duralinox on velospace, the place for bikes (http://velospace.org/node/9480)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Ian H on July 27, 2009, 09:27:41 pm
Someone rode the Mersey Roads on a Hotta (http://www.bikebrothers.co.uk/hotta.htm). But a black one.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Andrij on July 27, 2009, 09:29:26 pm
A beautiful, original (minus saddle) Vitus 979 Duralinox amongst a pile of nasty mongrel bikes on a Dr Bike held for yoof at a London estate community hall.  Beautiful. I was tempted to offer £20 for it and the lad who owned it would probably have been delighted.
 
Vitus 979 Duralinox on velospace, the place for bikes (http://velospace.org/node/9480)

I spotted a Vitus (don't know what model) chained up near SEESS in London.  At first my attention was caught by the bling wheels - gold hubs and aero-spokes.  Then I noticed the unique (?) rear triangle.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on July 28, 2009, 11:21:06 am
Raleigh Randonneur near Mitcham.  Several times.

OK, so I know that, interesting tourer though that is, it doesn't really qualify as unusual, but the rider certainly does.

That there london village, for all its faults, is a pretty multi-cultural place.  Yet there are a disproportionate number of white blokes on bikes.  A few black people (though mainly on BSOs IME), and a very few Asian guys - on a range of bikes from carbon fibre to old knacker to get to work.

What I don't think I've ever seen is an Asian woman on a decent bike.  And this Randonneur is ridden by a young woman who seems to know what she's doing.  I've seen her often enough to believe she's commuting daily.  Oh - and she seems to be enjoying her cycling :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Tim Hall on July 28, 2009, 10:36:37 pm
On Chiswick Mall, wot is ded posh, a v. pretty Bright Young Thing,on a Peugeot fixie, complete with courier bag containing a small dawg. Or the head of a small dawg.

She was exceedingly cool. And the bike was nicely restored.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: citoyen on July 28, 2009, 10:40:29 pm
Back-to-back upright tandem...
Would YOU have hired this bike? (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=21996.0)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Tim Hall on July 29, 2009, 10:01:04 pm
A trike, complete with wicker basket, ridden by Joe Armstrong, playing Norman Heatley in "Breaking Mould" on BBC4.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on August 06, 2009, 04:10:38 pm
Sarf Lahndan, not known for it's velocipedal diversity, seems to have grown a regular recumbent commuter on my route.  He rides an orange Challenge, though I couldn't identify which model.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Wendy on August 06, 2009, 06:44:04 pm
A tandem trike of the upwrong persuasion here in the New Forest.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: matthew on August 08, 2009, 05:11:19 pm
On the train to the FNRttC I saw an old 1940s/50 steel framed bike. Unfortunately I couldn't make out the head badge.

Specs,

Rod brakes, fully enclosed chain, Sturmy Archer 4 speed hub with built in hub dynamo. built in battery standby for the lights.

Being well used by gent from cambridge. who likes the simplicity and the anonimity of it.

Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 13, 2009, 10:39:58 am
During the opening credits of this week's Wallander, one of the bikes had its drivetrain on the left.  I watched this in slomo a Several of times, and it was definitely a leftie.

Curiously, it had switched to a conventional layout in the next shot, doubtless a victim of the same gremlin which had the Famous Detective introduce himself to a suspect as "Kurt Wallenberg" ;D
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Bledlow on August 13, 2009, 10:52:58 am
A beautiful, original (minus saddle) Vitus 979 Duralinox amongst a pile of nasty mongrel bikes on a Dr Bike held for yoof at a London estate community hall.  Beautiful. I was tempted to offer £20 for it and the lad who owned it would probably have been delighted.
 
Vitus 979 Duralinox on velospace, the place for bikes (http://velospace.org/node/9480)
Did you tell him how lovely it was?
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Bledlow on August 15, 2009, 03:12:56 pm
This -
(http://www.freshtripe.co.uk/Freshtripe/Bikes/735DDAB9-E641-48CF-8664-CC4E6B414D83_files/Pompino%201.jpg)

Locked up in Market Place, Reading, half an hour ago.


Rompy Pompy (http://www.freshtripe.co.uk/Freshtripe/Bikes/735DDAB9-E641-48CF-8664-CC4E6B414D83.html)

Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Diver300 on August 16, 2009, 10:07:12 pm
On a bike rack on the back of a car, an ordinary bicycle,







along with two safety bicycles.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Bledlow on August 16, 2009, 11:22:48 pm
Parked outside the Bell at Aldworth (Berkshire) today -

An HP Velotechnik Scorpion FX
A Trice T
An Omega Xerxes Ti


And two Enigmas.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: DrMekon on August 29, 2009, 08:30:09 pm
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2472/3867804664_5351ae707e.jpg)

Christiania Trike with my son in - the bakfiets is being serviced, and the nice man at The School Run Centre in Cambridge offered me a loan of it over the weekend. Took it to Lammas Land, where among other child carrying bikes, there was a lesser spotted blue Winther Kangaroo.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Wendy on August 29, 2009, 09:12:10 pm
A pederson in Hyde Park.  Didn't stop to take a pikcha though.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: PaulF on August 29, 2009, 09:27:20 pm
An Ordinary on Broadway
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Tom B on September 11, 2009, 08:48:14 pm
FS at LBS (Ken Foster's in Chorlton) but outside on rack for all to see, so I thought post belongs here - a 'vintage' German NSU roadster.
Like any nice, practical ladies bike (step-thru frame, single speed, north road bars, sprung saddle)
but with a roller dynamo by the BB and - never seen before, an ordinary-style 'spoon' brake that pushes down on the front tyre. I don't quite get this, ok, mechanically it couldn't be simpler but it looks ineffective and potentially heavy on tyres. How curious! I wonder if anyone will pay £199 for a bike that shares its name with an STD  :-\
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on September 21, 2009, 09:58:38 pm
Raleigh Arena

Not so interesting or unusual, but it's ridden by an old boy I see in E&C, who may have been riding it for ever.

I also saw a very smart Eclipse gent's machine in a teal blue.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on September 22, 2009, 10:50:41 am
I saw a very peculiar-looking bike in Greece but unfortunately I was sitting in a restaurant and couldn't get out in time to take a photo. It was probably nearly as long as a recumbent, but it wasn't a recumbent. The pedals seemed to be set a lot forward of the saddle so the bloke seemed to be pedalling very inefficiently with his feet in front of him and his knees up towards his chin, and the top tube was so long that the distance between the saddle and the head tube was reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally long. The handlebars weren't drops, the cyclist was sitting quite upright.

I've never seen anything like it before. It was just so much longer than it should have been.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Bledlow on September 22, 2009, 10:27:57 pm
A tricycle. Proper one, not a recumbent. Heading into town past the Gospoda (Polish pub) in Reading yesterday ca 7pm. Bloke with hi-viz top. I wasn't close enough to see more.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: ed_o_brain on September 22, 2009, 10:45:00 pm
I don't know what the bike was, a Kona MTB or something of the elk.
But it had a fixed gear conversion using a cog attached to the rotor mounting on the rear disk hub.

It was straing to see the exposed freehub body on the drive side of this bike. On the morning commute it took a few seconds for me to realise the chain was on the wrong side!! For a short while I was bamboozled by what was propelling this bike.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on September 23, 2009, 09:59:52 am
Unusual loads rather than bikes:

A couple of days ago, I saw that overtaking cars were giving a reasonable space to a cyclist they were passing.  When I got to see what was happening, I realised that it was a Fire Officer on his commute, carrying what appeared to be a large holdall-style toolbag with a solid base slung across his back.  At the bottom right hand end of this bag hung a bright yellow helmet. 

Last night, riding across Figges Marsh, I had difficulty passing a woman cyclist who had a small bookshelf slung sideways across her rack, rather wider than her bars.

This morning, I saw a rider on a disguised Spesh MTB, carrying an unusual load vertically in a rear pannier.  I've seen him a couple of times, and the load, while looking quite heavy, didn't stop him riding at a decent pace.

We stopped alongside near Kennington, so I disturbed the 'no talking' etiquette (fortunately he didn't mind) as curiosity overcame me.

It's a trombone, and he rides up to town regularly (for rehearsals? teaching? not sure).

:thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Wendy on September 23, 2009, 10:28:41 am
...so I disturbed the 'no talking' etiquette (fortunately he didn't mind) as curiosity overcame me.

No talking etiquette?  Never heard of that one before.  I love to chat to people at the lights, it's what makes a big part of the enjoyment of riding a bike.

OT, but did you ever hear the saying that etiquette is what is used to exclude people from your social group, whilst manners are used for including people?
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Wendy on September 23, 2009, 10:29:08 am
p.s. that last isn't a dig at you, Clarion!
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: mattc on September 23, 2009, 10:35:08 am
A couple of days ago, I saw that overtaking cars were giving a reasonable space to a cyclist they were passing.  When I got to see what was happening, I realised that it was a Fire Officer on his commute, carrying what appeared to be a large holdall-style toolbag with a solid base slung across his back.  At the bottom right hand end of this bag hung a bright yellow helmet
You see? They DO prevent you from being hit by cars!

Quote
It's a trombone, and he rides up to town regularly (for rehearsals? teaching? not sure).
A student friend of mine transported his tuba on his back while riding. Quite a sight.
[I don't know any other tuba players, so maybe they all cycle?]
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on September 23, 2009, 10:52:44 am
A couple of days ago, I saw that overtaking cars were giving a reasonable space to a cyclist they were passing.  When I got to see what was happening, I realised that it was a Fire Officer on his commute, carrying what appeared to be a large holdall-style toolbag with a solid base slung across his back.  At the bottom right hand end of this bag hung a bright yellow helmet
You see? They DO prevent you from being hit by cars!

I should have mentioned it was a Fireman's helmet, not a magic hat ;D

Quote
A student friend of mine transported his tuba on his back while riding. Quite a sight.
[I don't know any other tuba players, so maybe they all cycle?]

I knew a harpist who carried hers on a trailer.  A magnificent sight! :o
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: PhilO on September 23, 2009, 11:28:52 am
Velovision has featured a chap calling himself Inner Tuba (http://www.innertuba.org.uk/) a couple of times...  :thumbsup:

I think I've recounted before the tale of a friend who cycled across Bradford at dusk with a garden fork cross-wise on his rack. Prongs to the right. He got given lots of room dispite the fork not exactly being hi-vis!  ;D

Some years ago I passed a bloke cycling past Newark Castle with a large, heavy, antique wheelbarrow carefully balanced on his handlebars.  ???
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on September 23, 2009, 02:27:04 pm
Spotted an interesting bike yesterday.  I've seen a couple of commuting bikes with drop bars & discs, and thought that was a pretty good combination.  But I think they were both hybrid conversions, or Roadrats.

The one last night was a Marin Toscana.  Checking it out on the Marin website shows a v-brake model.  But I wonder if this might be the way forward for commuters.

Historical note:  The first hybrids were such as the original Orbit Frontier, which was basically a rigid forked (there were no other types) MTB with randonneur bars.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Zipperhead on September 23, 2009, 03:05:47 pm
Spotted an interesting bike yesterday.  I've seen a couple of commuting bikes with drop bars & discs, and thought that was a pretty good combination.  But I think they were both hybrid conversions, or Roadrats.

Occasionally I meet a guy on a Pompino with a disk brake. I think that's his only brake (apart from the drivetrain)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: PaulF on September 23, 2009, 03:27:46 pm
I use my Peregrine as a commuter with discs and drops (but I'm going to lose the drops when I return to the UK)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: PhilO on September 23, 2009, 04:01:26 pm
Spotted an interesting bike yesterday.  I've seen a couple of commuting bikes with drop bars & discs, and thought that was a pretty good combination.  But I think they were both hybrid conversions, or Roadrats.

The one last night was a Marin Toscana.  Checking it out on the Marin website shows a v-brake model.  But I wonder if this might be the way forward for commuters.

Historical note:  The first hybrids were such as the original Orbit Frontier, which was basically a rigid forked (there were no other types) MTB with randonneur bars.

It's certainly the kind of thing I would be looking at for a longish urban commute. You can't beat disk brakes for low (practically zero) maintanance, reliable all-weather braking!  ;D

(Can you tell I like disk brakes?  ;) )

Unfortunately, nobody makes hydraulic ones, yet, and the only drop-bar lever compatible ones I know of are Avid BB7s. Not that that's a bad thing, given that Avids are far-and-away the best cable disks out there...
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Oaky on September 25, 2009, 09:39:45 am
Whilst locking my bike up outside the post office yesterday I saw on the adjacent stand a mountain bike sporting several "6x4" logos on the top tube.  I started wondering what they were (brand? model? etc.) until I noticed the quad chainrings  :o (and the 24-speed logo elsewhere on the frame).

I'd quite forgotten that such things once existed.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on September 28, 2009, 10:04:20 am
Rather lovely Colnago Master this morning.  I'd guess early 80s before they got into the fancy airbrushing.  It was orange, with chromed stays (not dropout) and fork.  Slightly incongruous Brooks saddle, and leather bar tape, and unfortunately it was equipped only with Centaur, but it was a lovely machine nonetheless.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: John Henry on September 28, 2009, 06:29:28 pm
Whilst locking my bike up outside the post office yesterday I saw on the adjacent stand a mountain bike sporting several "6x4" logos on the top tube.  I started wondering what they were (brand? model? etc.) until I noticed the quad chainrings  :o (and the 24-speed logo elsewhere on the frame).

I'd quite forgotten that such things once existed.

One parks in the cycle shed at work. I had to do a double-take the first time I saw it. Bizarre.

Not a particularly unusual sighting, but rather a satisfying one - an immaculate BSA roadster: SA 3-speed, rod brakes, Miss Marple basket, full chain case etc. Also in the bike sheds at work.

JH
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: DrMekon on September 29, 2009, 10:48:45 am
Spotted a Trikidoo yesterday and today, in Harston. The lass on it appears to be using the A10 briefly to get her kiddies to school. Plastered in hi-viz stickers. She seemed very happy when I said I liked it. Looks more stable than a Pashley. Celeb pic below.

(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/09/19/article-0-02B9E37A00000578-449_468x580.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on September 29, 2009, 10:49:58 am
Kewlest Skool Run 8)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: citoyen on September 29, 2009, 03:51:25 pm
Spotted a Trikidoo yesterday ... Celeb pic below.

For a moment, I thought you'd spotted HBC...

Nice trike, though. Bet the kids love it.

d.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: clarion on October 02, 2009, 12:30:50 pm
Unusual loads rather than bikes:


Another unusual load.  A young man zooming around E&C RAB with an orange bike frame shrouded in bubble wrap over his left shoulder.  Unfortunately, it took some time before the lights changed, so I didn't catch him before he turned off :(

I imagine it was a new purchase, and I hope he will be very happy with it :)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Wobbly John on October 02, 2009, 12:38:32 pm
Unusual bike for the school bike shed yesterday - a Moulton APB  :)
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Bledlow on October 04, 2009, 12:47:48 am
An Xtracycle rear end on a bike the model name of which I forget [now remembered - Caloi Team something], apparently sold by Aardvark Cycles. There was a cycling aardvark transfer on the head tube.

Locked up opposite John Lewis, in Broad Street, Reading. If only I'd had my camera!

 Xtracycle Products & Accessories | Xtracycle, Inc. (http://www.xtracycle.com/cargo-utility-bicycles.html)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: woollypigs on October 06, 2009, 12:09:08 am
I spotted this one today

(http://www.vanmoof.com/images/vanmoof_pictures.jpg)

VANMOOF bicycles - Redesign of one of the iconic backbones of Dutch culture (http://www.vanmoof.com)

Looking on their site it have solar powered light.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: alexb on October 08, 2009, 10:13:00 am
Spotted an interesting bike yesterday.  I've seen a couple of commuting bikes with drop bars & discs, and thought that was a pretty good combination.  But I think they were both hybrid conversions, or Roadrats.

The one last night was a Marin Toscana.  Checking it out on the Marin website shows a v-brake model.  But I wonder if this might be the way forward for commuters.

Historical note:  The first hybrids were such as the original Orbit Frontier, which was basically a rigid forked (there were no other types) MTB with randonneur bars.

Kona Dew Drop also has discs and drop bars, very cheap too at the moment from Wiggle.
I'm rather taken by the possibilities of hub gears, discs and a dynamo hub - a modded Alfine hubbed MTB would be a fantastic commuter.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: nicknack on October 08, 2009, 10:18:04 am
I spotted this one today
VANMOOF bicycles - Redesign of one of the iconic backbones of Dutch culture (http://www.vanmoof.com)

Looking on their site it have solar powered light.

Would that be legal here? It only has a rear coaster brake.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on October 08, 2009, 10:29:31 am
Spotted an interesting bike yesterday.  I've seen a couple of commuting bikes with drop bars & discs, and thought that was a pretty good combination.  But I think they were both hybrid conversions, or Roadrats.

The one last night was a Marin Toscana.  Checking it out on the Marin website shows a v-brake model.  But I wonder if this might be the way forward for commuters.

Historical note:  The first hybrids were such as the original Orbit Frontier, which was basically a rigid forked (there were no other types) MTB with randonneur bars.

Kona Dew Drop also has discs and drop bars, very cheap too at the moment from Wiggle.
I'm rather taken by the possibilities of hub gears, discs and a dynamo hub - a modded Alfine hubbed MTB would be a fantastic commuter.

Ah yes.  I sat next to a Dew Drop at the lights yesterday.  Quite nicely set up.

My ideal commuter would be pretty much as you describe, though I might prefer Rohloff or SRAM iMotion9 to an Alfine.

Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: PhilO on October 08, 2009, 10:44:40 am
Spotted an interesting bike yesterday.  I've seen a couple of commuting bikes with drop bars & discs, and thought that was a pretty good combination.  But I think they were both hybrid conversions, or Roadrats.

The one last night was a Marin Toscana.  Checking it out on the Marin website shows a v-brake model.  But I wonder if this might be the way forward for commuters.

Historical note:  The first hybrids were such as the original Orbit Frontier, which was basically a rigid forked (there were no other types) MTB with randonneur bars.

Kona Dew Drop also has discs and drop bars, very cheap too at the moment from Wiggle.
I'm rather taken by the possibilities of hub gears, discs and a dynamo hub - a modded Alfine hubbed MTB would be a fantastic commuter.

To-date, the nearest off-the-peg bike I've seen to that is...

*Whispers*

...the Carrera Subway 8 from Halfords. Roller-braked Nexus, rather than Disk-braked Alfine, but pretty close.  :thumbsup:

Kona Dew Drop also has discs and drop bars, very cheap too at the moment from Wiggle.
I'm rather taken by the possibilities of hub gears, discs and a dynamo hub - a modded Alfine hubbed MTB would be a fantastic commuter.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: TimO on October 08, 2009, 11:48:08 am
Kona Dew Drop also has discs and drop bars, very cheap too at the moment from Wiggle.

...but only in stupidly small sizes, which is probably good otherwise I'd be very tempted!

I'm rather taken by the possibilities of hub gears, discs and a dynamo hub - a modded Alfine hubbed MTB would be a fantastic commuter.

That's exactly my thinking, and whilst I can see where Clarion is coming as regards the hub, I think the Alfine may be an acceptable compromise as regards keeping the cost down.  My commuters end up getting rather shagged through heavy use in foul weather, spending £800+ on the hub alone is probably a bit excessive! (Actually probably £1000+ for a disc compatible one. :o)

The Carrera Subway 8 has straight handlebars, and I think I'd prefer to go back to drops for my next commuter.  I need to find someone selling a plausibly acceptable steel frame.  Singular are a possibility, although they're mostly out of stock at the moment.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: alexb on October 08, 2009, 02:08:58 pm
Kona Dew Drop also has discs and drop bars, very cheap too at the moment from Wiggle.

...but only in stupidly small sizes, which is probably good otherwise I'd be very tempted!

I'm rather taken by the possibilities of hub gears, discs and a dynamo hub - a modded Alfine hubbed MTB would be a fantastic commuter.

That's exactly my thinking, and whilst I can see where Clarion is coming as regards the hub, I think the Alfine may be an acceptable compromise as regards keeping the cost down.  My commuters end up getting rather shagged through heavy use in foul weather, spending £800+ on the hub alone is probably a bit excessive! (Actually probably £1000+ for a disc compatible one. :o)

The Carrera Subway 8 has straight handlebars, and I think I'd prefer to go back to drops for my next commuter.  I need to find someone selling a plausibly acceptable steel frame.  Singular are a possibility, although they're mostly out of stock at the moment.

The Ridgeback Nemesis looks to be pretty close to that perfect spec. It even comes with decent tyres.
Specialised do a Globe with an 8-speed hub.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Butterfly on October 13, 2009, 02:19:48 pm
This morning I saw 2 Trikidoos at different points near Clapham Common. One was escorting 2 children on bikes and had no passengers :).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: rogerzilla on October 17, 2009, 04:22:22 pm
Being pushed up Callas Hill (or Callous Hill, as iddu calls it) out of the village: a touring bike with a spare wheel* on each side of the rear rack!  The rider - or pusher - looked like an old CTC type. 


*although with no tyres or tubes fitted, so either he was delivering them somewhere or he has more spoke failures than p*nct*r*s...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on October 18, 2009, 08:26:59 pm
I spotted a very upright Mission load trike in Elephant & Castle.  Large rear low loadbed.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Oaky on October 19, 2009, 08:42:42 pm
Spotted a fairly well loaded Thorn, with a trailer (of the one-wheel, Bob Yak type) riding along Fenchurch Street at lunchtime today.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on October 19, 2009, 09:05:23 pm
I saw a classic LWB recumbent - probably a Peer Gynt - in Herne Hill near Brockwell Park.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on October 26, 2009, 10:19:40 pm
Saw a Pashley Governor at lunchtime today.

The riding position looks every bit as ungainly as I thought it would.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LaidBack on October 27, 2009, 06:26:04 pm
(http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/5818/091015160644.jpg)

Really a box with a bike attached. Oddly enough it works. Of course no use on bike paths but luckily we have roads in the city for this sort of thing ;)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Butterfly on November 01, 2009, 11:43:58 am
A tandem heading North at Tooting Bec last night at 12.45 AM :D! They looked as though they had got started early for the Sunday run. It was a little surreal, I nearly crossed the road to see what sort it was and ask where they were going, but I thought they might think I was strange :-X.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: PeteB99 on November 01, 2009, 12:31:42 pm
This last month one of these has been appearing in the bike shed at work

http://www.pashley.co.uk/products/tube-rider-pintail.html (http://www.pashley.co.uk/products/tube-rider-pintail.html)

Don't know if it's unusual enough for this thread but it's the first one I've seen.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Gus on November 01, 2009, 12:37:28 pm

I saw and tried An Itera  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastic_bicycle) yesterday, it was the most flexible and horrible bike I've ever ridden .
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 01, 2009, 12:42:21 pm
There's two of those for sale in a shop near my work.  I haven't bothered making an offer ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on November 01, 2009, 01:13:46 pm
I saw and tried An Itera  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastic_bicycle) yesterday, it was the most flexible and horrible bike I've ever ridden .

Interesting to see that they were popular in the West Indies for their relative rust proofness.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 20, 2009, 10:17:00 pm
I saw a Strida today near Borough High Street.

I say 'saw', but I heard it first.

And I say near Borough High Street, but I sincerely hope he didn't try to ride that graunchy abomination up there...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: ian on November 21, 2009, 12:21:05 pm
Marvellous family-carrying Christiania bike locked up outside the local pool. Always makes me smile, in a place where nearly everyone else rolls up and deposits their kids out of increasingly large 4x4s. It's Bromley, ffs, not the Rockies.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Zipperhead on November 26, 2009, 09:48:53 pm
I saw a lovely gold Brian Rourke today, gorgeous old campag on it. It looked like it had originally been built up that way, rather than rebuilt with old stuff.

Lovely lugs with heart shaped cutouts, but very long points on them. The only other ones I've seen like it are on my Bob Jackson.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on December 12, 2009, 09:35:35 pm
Today, King's Road - a mint Eddie Merckx, just like this, except with a black Brooks Swallow.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_SHsJMSzzWlU/SxgcED6jFHI/AAAAAAAALXM/7qGctmEc2qA/s1600/ShifterBikes_DHMerckx.jpg)

As depicted in http://markfunkyhoward.blogspot.com/2009/11/fixie-confusion.html (http://markfunkyhoward.blogspot.com/2009/11/fixie-confusion.html)

Very very nice indeed.

Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Torslanda on December 13, 2009, 12:43:57 am
Never really looked before but my LBS has a couple of Pashley tandems -  one with Maguras and flat bars - and in the corner a dusty lugged Mercian in bronze with Weinmann sidepulls and perforated levers.

Last Saturday in Chester a very purposeful and 'European' looking adult trike with electric assist and 406 wheels all round.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Steve GT on December 15, 2009, 08:12:30 am
A shaft driven bike by Danish bicycle makers Viva.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2529/4187185544_099fdef66e.jpg)

This model seems to have been a special edition. Only 120 were made and this one was a little plaque stating that it was the 115th made.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Gus on December 21, 2009, 07:27:11 pm
A shaft driven bike by Danish bicycle makers Viva.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2529/4187185544_099fdef66e.jpg)

This model seems to have been a special edition. Only 120 were made and this one was a little plaque stating that it was the 115th made.


That picture is shot at my working place  ???
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Steve GT on December 23, 2009, 02:52:39 pm
A shaft driven bike by Danish bicycle makers Viva.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2529/4187185544_099fdef66e.jpg)

This model seems to have been a special edition. Only 120 were made and this one was a little plaque stating that it was the 115th made.


That picture is shot at my working place  ???

It's the 'A' train that runs between Køge and Copenhagen.. The Pompino's bottom backet is kaput, So I had to use the train / Bus to get to work and back.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on December 23, 2009, 02:55:58 pm
It's the 'A' train... The Pompino's bottom backet is kaput, So I had to use the train / Bus to get to work and back.

You must take the A Train... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhK-zYfFsIY) ;)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on December 25, 2009, 07:32:16 pm
Yesterday, locked up in central Reading - a dark green Kona Ute.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on December 26, 2009, 02:54:18 am
Passing through Brixton yesterday Christmas Eve, I spotted a BSA locked outside the station.  Very distinctive headbadge :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: andrew_s on December 29, 2009, 12:26:11 am
Not so much an unusual bike as an unusually kitted out touring bike.
Photo taken in Lerwick, and posted on a CTC discussion on touring luggage. This prompted someone to pm me saying he'd met the same bike on its way back from Portugal

(http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t207/andrew_sw/bike_load.jpg)[/quote]
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on December 29, 2009, 11:17:12 am
Skanky!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on December 29, 2009, 11:25:40 am
I like the small leather bag (briefcase?) on the front. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: andrew_s on December 29, 2009, 05:51:31 pm
My interpretation was that it was a handbag, though apparently the rider was an elderly bloke.

Have you seen the supplementary wheels, a microscooter I think?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Zoidburg on December 29, 2009, 06:22:16 pm
I think that bike crosses the line between "touring" and "being a homeless tramp with a bike".
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Gus on December 30, 2009, 10:35:38 am

I saw another Itera yesterday this time it was the kitchen blue model  ???

That's 2 in 2 months, I thought these bikes was rare.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Sparky on January 04, 2010, 11:41:22 am
[img=http://stopreadingthisandrideabike.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/img_0724.jpg][/img] (http://stopreadingthisandrideabike.wordpress.com/2009/07/25/bmx-homage-to-the-penny-farthing/)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Butterfly on January 05, 2010, 03:25:22 pm
Yesterday I saw 2 interesting set-ups. The first was on St. John's Hill in Battersea - a pavement cyclist leaning at an odd angle - it was only as the bus I was on was alongside that I could see the sidecar arrangement with his ladders on - maybe a window cleaner? The second was a beautiful Indian Rickshaw - fully decorated - near Wimbledon Park - my charge said "what's that shiny thing?" ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Hilldodger on January 05, 2010, 04:47:10 pm
The second was a beautiful Indian Rickshaw - fully decorated - near Wimbledon Park - my charge said "what's that shiny thing?" ;D

To which I hope you said " a death trap" All the ones I've ever seen have been.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: RJ on February 04, 2010, 02:03:52 pm
A Bakfiets Cargobike  (http://www.bakfiets.nl/eng/models_cargo_bike.php)(or more likely the long version (http://www.bakfiets.nl/eng/models_cargo_bike_long.php)) in the school playground this morning, with the box fully-faired (see here (http://www.bakfiets.nl/eng/models.php)).  As another parent said to me: "Those things are great, but they're built for the Netherlands, not Edinburgh!"
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Salvatore on February 15, 2010, 08:23:26 pm
I saw this 11-wheeler 12-wheeler at a protest outside AWE Aldermaston today

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2424/4359665443_e232b313f1_m.jpg) (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2424/4359665443_8532aca05c_o.jpg)

Interesting brake blocks (and chocks).
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2719/4359676787_3d17b1f4ef_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner/4359676787/)

Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: DrMekon on February 22, 2010, 04:22:15 pm
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4379523528_b5bb985844.jpg)

DF tadpole trike, if that's the right term. I've never seen anything like it before. Spotted in Newton.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: citoyen on February 22, 2010, 04:37:35 pm
Bonkers. What's steering like on one of those things?

d.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on February 22, 2010, 04:39:26 pm
Pretty good, generally.  Someone on this forum has a partner with a nice example.  Zipperhead & Charlotte both rode it on two wheels, ISTR

Not sure where Newton is, but they are generally known as Newton trikes - ISTR some connection with Roman Road Cycles (at Llanwrda)

EDIT: Linky (http://www.roman-road.co.uk/trikes/index.htm) for custom-built Newton trike, but that looks like a conversion (http://www.roman-road.co.uk/conversions/index.htm)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: DrMekon on February 22, 2010, 05:55:43 pm
Thanks for the link.

It was Newton, just south of Cambridge.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mike on February 22, 2010, 08:18:38 pm
Lovely looking bike, that. It's ridden by a bloke called Steve who lived next door to me when he built it.  The handling is pretty good but it took some getting used to (practicing missing potholes, mainly)

He'd never owned a car and used to commute to addenbrookes 20 miles each way on it all year round, aged about 60.  I picked him up a couple of times as I drove past him on the way home.

He moved to Newton about 7 years ago because the distance and the hill up to Great Chishill was too much for him. He now drinks in the queens head, as most sensible people do at some point.

/local info.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 02, 2010, 11:02:09 am
Yesterday, I saw a shiny Schwinn Cruiser (Brooklands green & beige) at Walworth Road.  Very cool, but it looked like a heavy beast to ride.  I was glad to be on my Orbit.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: The Seldom Killer on March 02, 2010, 11:23:37 am
About five years ago when I was in Sofia, I saw an old guy riding around on a Raleigh Twenty type folding bike. The handlebars had been replaced with a leatherbound steering wheel and had the brakes and Sturmey shifter attached with union clips.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tiermat on March 03, 2010, 09:21:46 am
Last night when I went to get my bike from the stands at work, a Holdsworth Mistral in a lovely green colour, wivva Brooks!!!

I stood drooling at it for a good mins :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 03, 2010, 09:35:23 am
So there's another cyclist about :thumbsup:

This morning, in Clapham, I saw an unusually big cruiser bike (second one this week - are they newly fashionable or summat).  This was a real tank.  I thought it might be a Pugsley, but, getting closer (as i rapidly did), I could see it wasn't the quality of a Surly frame.  Big fat tyres, though - must have been scooter wheels on that thing.  Rider seemed happy, so all is good :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 05, 2010, 02:21:27 pm
In Southwark I saw a couple of advertising Broxes.  They were parked near the Island Cafe last Friday, but this week, I saw one of the riders.  My, he didn't look happy :-\
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Martin109 on March 06, 2010, 12:46:20 pm
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4379523528_b5bb985844.jpg)

DF tadpole trike, if that's the right term. I've never seen anything like it before. Spotted in Newton.

Strangely, that's probably a Newton trike!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 06, 2010, 12:48:07 pm
I saw yet another cruiser.  This one was an Electra, and it was so curly the tubes seem to have got lost on the way from one joint to another.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: dave r on March 06, 2010, 08:50:22 pm
Over at Shenton yesterday in Whitemore's antiques and tea room this was languishing round the back out side one of the units with a £35 price tag on it

User Media - TinyPic - Free Image Hosting, Photo Sharing & Video Hosting (http://tinypic.com/usermedia.php?uo=2099HrFb%2Fqtzt%2BEFCuOQLYh4l5k2TGxc)

looks in need of a little TLC.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 06, 2010, 09:01:43 pm
Terrible things, but interesting.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: dave r on March 06, 2010, 09:17:17 pm
Terrible things, but interesting.

I must admit to knowing nothing about them, it looked like restoring it might make an interesting project for someone with the time to do it.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on March 06, 2010, 09:23:25 pm
I suspect the big problem with doing work on an Itera would be getting the spares, since a lot of it is incompatible with other bike bits.

According to the Wikipedia entry, someone has actually bought up the IP to use in the design of a recycled/recyclable bike, but since that was slated for 2009-2010, and I've heard nothing about this (has anyone?) I wouldn't be surprised if nothing ever happens.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 06, 2010, 09:33:03 pm
You could buy the two Iteras at Re:Cycling in Elephant & Castle for spares ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on March 08, 2010, 02:40:35 pm
A brand new Moulton in the bike store at work.  It didn't look like the components were massively expensive, but it did have a Nitto seat post and Brooks saddle.

(http://jakal.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/NewMoutlonBikeStore_Thumb480.jpg)

It just seemed curiously apposite, since this morning I watched an episode of Country Tracks (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=30337.0) with fairly extensive coverage of Alex Moulton and his bikes.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: jezhiggins on March 08, 2010, 02:48:56 pm
Rode with the kids to school today (and broke a spoke :facepalm:), but was massively cheered up seeing a little lad unicycling his way across the playground and into the bike shed.  What a star.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: CrinklyLion on March 08, 2010, 09:54:55 pm
Whereas I got to school and played an entertaining round of bike jenga in the sheds to try and help all the late kids fit their bikes in.  A really shocking number of the bikes I moved where just plain unsafe.  I think a word in the head's ear might be due... bit less emphasis on helmets, bit more on brakes.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on March 08, 2010, 10:09:05 pm
When I was at school, the local plod would periodically check the bikes in the bike sheds, and since in that era we didn't seem to lock our bikes to anything (just a lock around the rear wheel and frame), they'd then remove all the unsafe ones, and require whoever they belonged to, to come and pick them up.

Presumably they then explained to them what was unsafe, and told them to walk home.  Mine never got taken away, so I'm not sure exactly what happened!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: ed_o_brain on March 11, 2010, 12:49:25 pm
(http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p96/edd_o_brain/IMG00033.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 11, 2010, 01:08:50 pm
Chain's a bit slack.

With a derailleur?! :o
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: ed_o_brain on March 11, 2010, 05:23:39 pm
Chain's a bit slack.

With a derailleur?! :o

I know.

It's a Raleigh Dyna Tech, bonded construction!
The lady owner said it didn't ride very well.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on March 11, 2010, 05:45:51 pm
As I recall the DynaTechs had a tendency to come apart when the glued joints failed.  I can't imagine that there are that many still in use for that reason.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Oaky on March 14, 2010, 07:11:28 pm
Saw a Mercian today at the park in Witham.  Was quite pleased that I identified it across the park, on the basis of frame geometry and the dark blue colour.

Not unusual in itself, but the stem was pretty odd.  it seemed to be 50mm or less.  I also believe ti was angled down about 45 degrees.  From the distance it almost looked like there was no stem at all and the bars were lashed directly to the steerer. ???  I didn't get a close enough look, but I assume it was a quill-type stem.

I've never seen the like of it before.  Are they more common than I imagine?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Zoidburg on March 14, 2010, 07:20:27 pm
Chain's a bit slack.

With a derailleur?! :o

I know.

It's a Raleigh Dyna Tech, bonded construction!
The lady owner said it didn't ride very well.
A lot of late 80s early 90s MTBs rode like dogs.

The huge top tube length, coupled with a lot of trail and a huge stem.

They turn like oil tankers, they do make OK tourers though.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: recumbentpanda on March 14, 2010, 07:29:59 pm
You could buy the two Iteras at Re:Cycling in Elephant & Castle for spares ;D

All this loose talk of buying and restoring Iteras is dangerous dalliance with the
 :demon: Forces of Evil :demon:. I had to ride one once. The front wheel takes a full three seconds to respond to any movement of the handlebars while the torque works its way down the steerer. The wheels rims flatten between the spoke ends and give you a weird out of phase vibro-massage. One poor soul actually rode a jogle on one: he said the brake-blocks caught fire on long downhills. If you are ever tempted by an Itera, get a friend to lock you to a sheffield rack until the fit passes . . .

The recumbent panda
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on March 16, 2010, 10:58:12 pm
There was a Dawes tandem locked to the bike racks when I was at my evening class tonight. I've been going to that class for nearly 2 years and I've never seen the tandem before. I wonder who it belongs to.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: MattH on March 25, 2010, 08:01:16 am
Saw a Calfee (http://www.calfeedesign.com/bamboo.htm) locked to a bike rack in Sainsburys somewhere on the south coast (I'd popped in for water on a 260K DIY)
(http://haigh.org/bamboo/bamboo-1.jpg)
Bamboo frame, with full Dura-Ace (including wheels), Brooks saddle and bar tape.
(http://haigh.org/bamboo/bamboo-2.jpg)
The tubes are connected using resin soaked hemp
(http://haigh.org/bamboo/bamboo-3.jpg)
The dropouts are metal, not wood.

The owner (Keith?), who'd just been out on a club run, said that it rode better than his carbon or steel bikes, soaking up the vibrations nicely, but being light and responsive. It cost him close to £4000.
I lust that bike!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tiermat on March 25, 2010, 08:05:59 am
MattH, that is a thing of beauty!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: fred the great on March 25, 2010, 08:26:29 am
Saw a Royal 12 speed parked outside our Clinic. A road bike with no grips or bar tape and an imitation Brooks saddle.

I'm guessing it has come from China though generally it was in good condition. 12 speed suggests a very old bike to me.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Deano on March 25, 2010, 08:40:33 pm
Spotted an offroad tandem outside a bike hire place in Keswick on Saturday.  Had we not been halfway through a 300km audax, I might have been tempted to ask if it was for hire...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: oncemore on March 25, 2010, 08:50:04 pm
And when feeling a bit down just hold a flame under the "resin soaked hemp" and breathe in.

But yes it's very nice!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: DrMekon on March 26, 2010, 10:07:12 pm
Had a nosey round the cycle shed.

Very old Brooks fitted to a new Dawes (and an Add a bike next to it)
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4058/4465073705_17b0f307d0.jpg)

A badly resprayed Woodrup
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4017/4465073783_cacec38ff3.jpg)

A plastic Brooks fitted to a old Indian bike - not one I've seen in their Heritage Collection.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2778/4465073889_de42320680.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 31, 2010, 10:05:36 pm
Last night, there was a woman on a cool Hetchins in Wallington. :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Torslanda on April 01, 2010, 04:31:27 pm
Last night, there was a woman on a cool Hetchins in Wallington. :)

Charlotte doesn't usually get lost, does she?  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on April 04, 2010, 07:51:31 am
Saw a Google bike yesterday at work!!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on April 05, 2010, 01:30:11 pm
A few days ago, a bloke on an immaculate but impractical fixie in the bus lane on Kings Road, Reading. The (bare metal) bars were so narrow he could barely fit his hands on them, & he looked a bit wobbly.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: asterix on April 06, 2010, 08:50:26 pm
On Saturday I was on t'bus from Dublin airport into Dublin when I say this very strange contraption proceeding into the city centre.  The rider was obviously highly skilled and dealt with the traffic with complete confidence.  Having arrived in the city we saw him several times after that.

On the frame it said that it was a 'Sideways bike' and from the wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sideways_bike), the rider we saw was also its inventor.  The version we saw was the small wheeled one. Sadly I wasn't able to take a picture.

Quote
The sideways bike is different in many ways from a conventional diamond-framed bicycle. The rider controls direction by steering with both front and back handlebars. This means that the bicycle can maneuver manoeuvre effectively in congested conditions, weaving in and out of cars and performing tight turns. It also means that the rider can move the bike sideways, as the name suggests, such that the movement is perpendicular to the direction in which the frame points. Although this is possible, it is very difficult, as it is necessary for the rider to have extremely good balance and coordination.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on April 06, 2010, 08:51:18 pm
I've met the chap, and had a go on his bike.  It was fun!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Clandy on April 06, 2010, 09:53:06 pm
Here's his Youtube channel:


      YouTube
            - Kanal von sidewaysbike
    (http://www.youtube.com/user/sidewaysbike?blend=2&ob=1)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on April 07, 2010, 07:57:40 am
I've met the chap, and had a go on his bike.  It was fun!

Me too. He had a go on the Wobblebike (http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~talizmar/xntrick/wobblebike.htm) too.

...and while I'm here: Spotted this morning: a commuter on a Sinclair A-bike (http://www.abikecentral.com/). I wonder how he coped with the hill down to the station?  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: her_welshness on April 07, 2010, 11:40:00 am
I saw one chap in his army trousers cycling his 'Mad Max' labelled bike (on the A202 this morning). It had black spikey bits sticking out from all sides of the frame, with what looked like 3 plasticated boxes that had been glued together and which acted as his panniers, and painted in red and black scrawls. Myself and other cyclists were all  :o Anybody else spotted him before?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 07, 2010, 04:27:16 pm
Not normally many bikes around near work, so I was surprised to see four within 50m of work this lunchtime.

'Champion' 5-speed with cottered chainset, and frame lugs like plumbing joints.
Raleigh Pioneer
'Oklahoma' 'Dutch' bike with vast sweeping bars and a double top tube
Blue 70s sports bike alongside the Oklahoma.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 09, 2010, 03:47:35 pm
They're all still there.  Perhaps related to the community arts project in one of the shop units.

The Oklahoma is actually an Azor, on closer inspection, and has a Fortnum & Mason hamper as a front basket.

What I thought was a Pioneer was actually a Raleigh Mirage in that unusual pale green & white colourscheme

There's a 70s? brown Raleigh roadster of some kind there as well today.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: andrew_s on April 19, 2010, 07:01:48 pm
An occupant of the bike lockup at work, with the most eccentric bar end positioning.
(the other side is the same)
(http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t207/andrew_sw/bar_end.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on April 19, 2010, 07:03:18 pm
That's a bit weird, it must make it difficult and/or uncomfortable to use the shifter. :-\

(...and more worryingly, the same could be said of the brake lever).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: woollypigs on April 19, 2010, 07:07:26 pm
So it wasn't my eyes playing up when I saw it. Honestly there can only be one person doing this. So please do tell me that this was in London you found this.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: spesh on April 19, 2010, 07:25:06 pm
Chain's a bit slack.

With a derailleur?! :o

It can happen with sticking freehub pawls - freewheel or backpedal slightly, and the jockey wheel cage gets pulled forwards, resulting in slackness.

Alternatively, the jockey wheel cage spring is FUBAR, but my money's on the former problem. Those DynaTechs were around some 18 years ago, if not longer, and it looks like nothing's been replaced on the one pictured above.

Never seen a yellow one before - I always thought the ones with blue lugs and rear triangle looked the nicest.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ian H on April 19, 2010, 08:13:32 pm
A well-used Stan Pike in Dorchester during the Dorset Coast last week. He was a West Dorset frame builder who died young.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 19, 2010, 09:17:17 pm
Sutton CC have a lovely Stan Pike track bike that Superstoker rode to good effect.  It's kept at Herne Hill, but I'd never heard of him before.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ian H on April 19, 2010, 11:30:45 pm
Sutton CC have a lovely Stan Pike track bike that Superstoker rode to good effect.  It's kept at Herne Hill, but I'd never heard of him before.

He worked from a lock-up in Crewkerne. As I recall he was in his 40s when he died. Son took over, but hated it and shut up shop.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: andrew_s on April 20, 2010, 12:52:15 am
So it wasn't my eyes playing up when I saw it. Honestly there can only be one person doing this. So please do tell me that this was in London you found this.
It is in Gloucester. A dark green Claud Butler.
I'd be surprised if it had travelled to London, so there must be two.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Marco Stefano on April 20, 2010, 01:06:37 pm
What looked like a real old ordinary (i.e. not a mock-up) on top of a disused garage or motor factors on the main road south out of March, Cambs. I think it needs rescuing. I'd post a picture if I could, but I can't...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on April 20, 2010, 02:45:22 pm
What looked like a real old ordinary (i.e. not a mock-up) on top of a disused garage or motor factors on the main road south out of March, Cambs. I think it needs rescuing. I'd post a picture if I could, but I can't...

I'll have to ride over there tomorrow and investigate.  :)

I think there used to be one that hung over a cycle shop in March as a shop sign, but i'm pretty sure it was just a mock-up.

March does have a strong VCC so I expect the bike you saw is already known about.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on April 20, 2010, 09:26:22 pm
A Strida. Central Reading, shortly after 7 pm.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 21, 2010, 09:57:34 am
Saw a LWB recumbent on Monday.  Looked like a Peer Gynt.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Torslanda on April 21, 2010, 02:20:45 pm
Today, at CenterParcs, a Kona Cinder Cone of uncertain heritage, probably mid90s, locked to an Orange G2(?) a bike I've never heard of and, yesterday, two Bromptons of which #1 son asked if they were 'as good as our folders'  :o

Never mind, he's only 9, he's got a lot to learn . . .
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Sigurd Mudtracker on April 21, 2010, 09:55:37 pm
At the weekend saw a youff riding a 36" Ordinary of the modern variety.  He wasn't making much progress with his 36" fixed wheel, and I did wonder if a Schlumpf unicycle gear would improve matters.  I know that there used to be "dwarf" ordinaries with two chain drives each side to increase the gearing of a small front wheel.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Torslanda on April 21, 2010, 10:20:48 pm
Spotted another one today, Schwinn Cruiser in powder blue, springer forks and coaster brake. Ideal for CenterParcs really.

Also a badass chopper bike, like a beach cruiser but stretched and lowered. 96 (count 'em!) spoke wheels with steel rims, almost a recumbent feet forward pedalling position, huge chrome pullback bars, sprung saddle and springer forks. Chrome and black. Useless but cool.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ian H on April 23, 2010, 10:37:00 am
An elderly (30s, 40s?) Singer Amsterdam locked outside a West London Tescos last night. It was still there this morning. Full chaincase, single-speed, a traditional roadster in slightly rusty condition.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 23, 2010, 11:05:58 am
A Pacific Reach, seen in York. Quite fancied one, until the uk retailers told me the suspension isn't that durable.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Sigurd Mudtracker on April 24, 2010, 08:53:05 pm
A Pacific Reach, seen in York. Quite fancied one, until the uk retailers told me the suspension isn't that durable.

I'll cross that off my wish list, then!

(especially as the trailing link suspension on my Moulton is still going fine after 20 years)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on April 25, 2010, 07:45:31 pm
A few interesting bike spotted today including an 1888 Columbia Ordinary, an 1898 Alpha Bantam and a 1910 fixed wheel trike.  It helps when you are taking part in the Veteran-Cycle Club's Memorial Ride.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: woollypigs on April 25, 2010, 08:04:19 pm
A Hungaria bicycle called Pannoia looked like it was around 25 years old. Never heard of them before.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: pdm on April 25, 2010, 09:41:21 pm
I saw a very unusual recumbent Delta Trike on the Baslow road going out of Sheffield this afternoon.
Really wide (about 1.5m) rear wheels spacing with a huge rear netted area for load carrying.
Not seen anything similar before!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 26, 2010, 11:49:21 am
Our bikes shared trainspace with a shiny stainless Moulton Pylon (http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/road/product/twin-pylon-8878) yesterday.

Brooks saddle and leather bar tape on bullhorns.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Aidan on April 26, 2010, 11:58:37 am
Our bikes shared trainspace with a shiny stainless Moulton Pylon (http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/road/product/twin-pylon-8878) yesterday.

Brooks saddle and leather bar tape on bullhorns.

Sounds quite lovely :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 26, 2010, 12:46:48 pm
I saw a very unusual recumbent Delta Trike on the Baslow road going out of Sheffield this afternoon.
Really wide (about 1.5m) rear wheels spacing with a huge rear netted area for load carrying.
Not seen anything similar before!

They are made in Sheffield. Last saw one at the northern green gathering.

Very interesting design, but I'd hate to corner at speed with a load.

http://trikes4transport.co.uk/pictures.htm (http://trikes4transport.co.uk/pictures.htm)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: pdm on April 26, 2010, 01:09:03 pm
Yup... This was the trike in question!

(http://trikes4transport.co.uk/images/recycle/DSCF0012.JPG)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Karla on April 26, 2010, 10:52:27 pm
So that's from the bike recycling place in Heeley?  Last time I went there, it was a up a steep hill from the A61.  I bet they have fun riding up there with a trikeload  :demon:

In other news, did the well-used recumbent trike I saw parked in Langwith College at York University belong to anybody here?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Clandy on April 28, 2010, 07:19:06 am
Briefly glimpsed riding on Southend seafront. Poor quality grab from low res video footage:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/Minitar1/ClipartEtc/unusualbike2.jpg)

I think it was one of these (http://www.ridelow.co.uk/20-chrome-classic-lowrider-bike-p-49.html?zenid=512108a6dfdbcd737b5c4796124742fb).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Tim on April 28, 2010, 09:43:54 am
Saw a hand trike powering along near Headley this morning with a rather large flag flying behind it (George's cross). Don't know whether it was someone rehabbing at Headley Court, but the thought did cross my mind.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 05, 2010, 10:37:13 am
Forgot to mention it before, but I saw a tallbike on Union Street in Southwark on Friday evening, heading towards Borough.  Unfortunately, he went through a red light as there was nowhere to lean to stop.  The woman cyclist near (with?) him was giggling a lot.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 05, 2010, 10:40:25 am
Oh, and last night, I saw an unusual arrangement.  There was a chap on a Giant with two large panniers up front and nothing at the rear.  Not even a rack.

I used to ride with just front panniers when I had a babyseat on the rear rack, though I'd remove the seat & use the rack for commuting.  To carry all your luggage up front for no apparent reason other than personal preference is a bit unusual.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: citoyen on May 05, 2010, 11:11:19 am
Briefly glimpsed riding on Southend seafront. Poor quality grab from low res video footage:

I think it was one of these (http://www.ridelow.co.uk/20-chrome-classic-lowrider-bike-p-49.html?zenid=512108a6dfdbcd737b5c4796124742fb).

One of those will be appearing in next week's issue of the silly magazine I work for. I could post a pic here but it would be somewhat NSFW...  ::-)

d.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Pingu on May 12, 2010, 04:02:34 pm
Saw what appeared to be a Land Rover branded Moulton on my commute this morning. It looked like this (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2177/2286503027_8be83c2aca.jpg).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Clandy on May 12, 2010, 04:04:58 pm
Looks like an old APB. Front suspension needs an adjust, those chrome links at the wheel hub should be parallel with the ground with the rider's weight on the bike.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Regulator on May 13, 2010, 10:42:58 am
GoCycle #528 is parked outside our offices  :thumbsup:

However the owner has locked it, using a feeble cable lock, in the most unsecure manner.  I'm almost tempted to nick it to teach them a lesson*...  :demon: ;D








*And possibly have a go as well...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on May 13, 2010, 12:21:34 pm
Gocycle - I saw one ride through Ely last week - looked nippy but noisy.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: PaulF on May 13, 2010, 12:24:27 pm
Saw a 'tall bike' in Kingston this morning - need to be good at trackstanding to ride one of those in traffic (or have great anticipation)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: hubner on May 13, 2010, 06:15:54 pm
Pink Roberts tandem in Hyde Park at the Tour de France prologue in London:

(http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o181/fixerr/Robertstandem.jpg)

Cinelli steel stem:
(http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o181/fixerr/Robertstandemheadtube.jpg)

Curved and double seat tube:
(http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o181/fixerr/Robertstandemtwinseattubes.jpg)

Track ends, Mavic Mod3 rims and Mavic hubs:
(http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o181/fixerr/Robertstandemtrackends.jpg)

Stronglight cranks, early Shimano Dura Ace brakes:
(http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o181/fixerr/RobertstandemtwinseattubesDura-Aceb.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on May 17, 2010, 01:01:14 pm
A Newton tricycle in Broad Street, Reading on Saturday. Rather like this, but dark green -

(http://www.roman-road.co.uk/C21_side.jpg)

I wish I'd had my camera.

There was a Christiania cargo trike (low-loader front) last week, with a trailer-style child compartment on the platform.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on May 17, 2010, 03:09:01 pm
Yesterday, 3 lads on unicycles riding along the pavement.  :D

When they got to the traffic lights, they all grabbed the pole with one hand and did a couple of laps of it 'roundabout stylee' while waiting for the pedestrian crossing lights.  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 17, 2010, 03:33:16 pm
On Saturday, I saw a chap riding a hybrid with a small lass on a trailerbike in Quorn.  It made me :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Clandy on May 17, 2010, 05:52:51 pm
I see this vintage (note the rod operated brakes) Raleigh with some interesting modifications quite regularly:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/Minitar1/Dg/Raleigh.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 18, 2010, 12:37:36 pm
Yesterday, I saw a chap on a hybrid near Kennington.  He had short handlebars, with, it seemed, one brake attached.  But he also had half a riser bar attached to them, pointing forwards and up.  It had a grip and one brake lever.  Some kind of bodged homebrew tri-bar? ???
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 18, 2010, 12:39:48 pm
Not sure if I mentioned this before, but we spotted another interesting handlebar arrangement on the cyclepaths near Lufbra. 

He had drop bars with tri extensions on.  But, underneath the extensions, there seemed to be a short straight bar with ergonomic grips each end.  Couldn't see how it was attached.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: MattH on May 18, 2010, 12:55:39 pm
How long was the bar under the tribars? Could it have been one of these (http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/product.asp?pf_id=11040) accessory bars that replaces a headset spacer?

(http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/images/products/11040thorn_l.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Marco Stefano on May 18, 2010, 01:20:15 pm
Gocycle - I saw one ride through Ely last week - looked nippy but noisy.
A colleague reports that they are based in Shearline Engineering in Ely - Shearline were making so many components for them that they decided to move in. If Shearline's usual quality is applied, they will be made out of good bits.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 18, 2010, 08:40:30 pm
How long was the bar under the tribars? Could it have been one of these (http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/product.asp?pf_id=11040) accessory bars that replaces a headset spacer?

(http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/images/products/11040thorn_l.jpg)


Probably was.  Good call.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Regulator on May 19, 2010, 11:26:46 am
Gocycle - I saw one ride through Ely last week - looked nippy but noisy.
A colleague reports that they are based in Shearline Engineering in Ely - Shearline were making so many components for them that they decided to move in. If Shearline's usual quality is applied, they will be made out of good bits.


Hmm.... possible Reggie Ride.  Cambridge to Ely, visit to the GoCycle workshop and back to Cambridge.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 21, 2010, 04:13:52 pm
Saw an empty trailerbike this morning.  After the school run, no doubt. :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Oaky on May 21, 2010, 04:37:26 pm
Saw a fixed (or could be singlespeed - it was stationary when I saw it) bike stopped at a red light on High Holborn earlier.  It looked like it was made entirely out of rust.  (I think this was a deliberate effect). 
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: CrinklyLion on May 22, 2010, 12:53:14 am
Eldest cub went for tea at a friend's house tonight.  I went to collect him a bit after 8 on my way home from work (after a somewhat unnecessarily circuitous route :) ) and, after having stopped for a bit of a gossip, was just in the process of manoeuvring my bike (with fairly full panniers) backwards out of the narrow front path at his friend's house.

"Mum, look!"
"Not right now, I'm trying to do this..."
"No but Mum, look!"
"In a min..."
"But Mum, it's a UNICYCLE!"

It was indeed the largest unicycle I have ever seen, whizzing past the parked cars on the road and going at some considerable speed.

My boy knows what he's can get away interrupting his mother for. 
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 22, 2010, 11:02:30 am
I saw a Windcheetah near Elephant & Castle (quite close to the University)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 22, 2010, 10:02:01 pm
Not an unusual bike, as such, but TGL spotted a couple of blokes cycling past Mellows Park carrying kitchen sinks.  No, I don't mean that they had a lot of luggage.  They really did have large stainless steel sink units under their arms.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: rogerzilla on May 22, 2010, 10:05:58 pm
On the CTC run today, a Thorn something equipped with a Rohloff, a SON, big tyres, a SpaceGrip to fit even more crap on the handlebars (GPS, two computers, lights, mapholder) and panniers.  Its gravitational field was pulling small animals out of the hedges as we passed.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 02, 2010, 09:15:28 am
Page 3?  Don't we see many interesting or unusual bikes, then? :(

Yesterday, I saw a nice maroon Moulton.  Not sure what it was -  a spaceframe of some kind.

Today, I spotted a fastish chap (well, as fast as me ;D ) on a beige Bianchi flat-barred singlespeed, wearing a retro h*lm*t like the one Wobblyjohn's got.

I also saw a very tasty Ellis Briggs fixed.  The frame was red, with chromed forks and rear triangle.  Lovely.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on June 02, 2010, 12:36:58 pm

Today, I spotted a fastish chap (well, as fast as me ;D ) on a beige Bianchi flat-barred singlespeed, wearing a retro h*lm*t like the two Wobblyjohn's got.

Like this one?

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y252/wobblyjohn/helmet1.jpg)

Must have been a bit warm if he was riding fastish.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 02, 2010, 01:17:54 pm
Just exactly like that.  'Cept it was brown.  Made him look like a half-sucked malteser.

And apologies for underestimating your helmet.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: MattH on June 02, 2010, 01:47:51 pm
This is a rather nice bike.

(http://haigh.org/tout.jpg)

Tout Terrain frame with integrated rack (not sure how well the paint will stand up to panniers though).
Rohloff gears, Magura hydraulic brakes, SON front hub, B17 saddle.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 02, 2010, 02:05:35 pm
Lunchtime at the Island cafe.  Usual couriers on fixed with dinky bars.  But there was a smart Holdsworth in 531c double locked at the rear (front wheel presumably taken away).  It had a Shimano 600 groupset (the three rectangles edition), with Campag band-on levers.  Oh - and there was no mech hanger, so the derailleur was in the dropout, which I didn't think was still current with that version of 600, but I must be wrong.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: fruitcake on June 02, 2010, 02:13:31 pm
Chain's a bit slack
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: woollypigs on June 02, 2010, 04:06:36 pm
This is a rather nice bike.
(http://haigh.org/tout.jpg)
Agree with you, though it is rather sad to see such a good bicycle only locked with a cable lock, it will go walkies very soon.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: MattH on June 02, 2010, 04:07:59 pm
Agree with you, though it is rather sad to see such a good bicycle only locked with a cable lock, it will go walkies very soon.

I agree, which is why I didn't say where it is!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 02, 2010, 08:57:13 pm
Saw another Moulton.  This time in Clapham.

And a Rockhopper.  Not so interesting in itself, but the woman riding it kept pace with me from Oval up to Clapham Common, and even pulled away before turning off.  And I wasn't slow tonight.  Respect. 
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on June 03, 2010, 07:29:54 am
I saw a bright red Dursley Pederson last night, unusual enough, but usually when I see them (and there are a few around) they're being ridden by people dressed in tweed at a relaxed pace. This one was being caned by a guy wearing an AG2R lycra top, lycra shorts and proper cycling shoes, still sitting up and "begging" as per the riding position. It looked very odd.

www.pedersen-bike.dk (http://www.pedersen-bike.dk/pedersenbikes.htm)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tiermat on June 03, 2010, 08:38:30 pm
A Colnago Master Olympic whilst sat enjoying a pint of Badger @ The Black Horse at Iver Heath
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: woollypigs on June 03, 2010, 08:48:05 pm
Ok of the target I know but today I saw a German motorcycle with side car from WWII with one diver and the side car loaded up with camping gear :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on June 03, 2010, 09:14:59 pm
A diver eh? Did he have one of those big brass helmets on?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: woollypigs on June 03, 2010, 09:23:22 pm
A diver eh? Did he have one of those big brass helmets on?
Doh :)

No but it had one of the old German helmets though.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Deano on June 03, 2010, 10:59:44 pm
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4049/4667570722_151acfc694_b.jpg)

Spotted outside GLG Cycles in Thornaby.  I didn't have chance to speak to the owner, so I'm not sure if it's a converted GT frame, or completely handbuilt.  The fittings for the front rack are welded on, and all the welds look similar, so I wondered if it was wholly self-built.  He looked mad enough to have done it all himself :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tiermat on June 04, 2010, 06:39:30 am
I would say hand built, the triangle at the top of the seat tube seems too big for a GT, and the seat tube angle is way out!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: DrMekon on June 04, 2010, 06:56:33 am
Not a GT (wrog dropouts, lugs, etc), but it does look like oe of the cheap Trple Triagle copies you get it £89 MTB car spares shops.

I am off to DTEK today, so am expecting to see lots of interesting ad uusual bikes.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Clandy on June 04, 2010, 08:04:40 am
Glimpsed briefly in passing on Southend seafront yesterday:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/Minitar1/Dg/unusualbike2.jpg)

Looking at the picture what I find interesting is the front crank doesn't appear to be linked to the drive train.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: DrMekon on June 04, 2010, 09:04:52 am
It's an Onderwater family tandem. I think the front cranks are connected (I tried one a while back), I guess via shaft drive. They are made by Azor, and dutchbike.co.uk bring them over. Great fun, but not cheap.

 | Fietsenmakerij Onderwater |  (http://www.onderwaterfiets.nl/)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 04, 2010, 09:47:33 am
ISTR it is a shaft drive to keep chains away from the kid.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 04, 2010, 10:26:53 pm
This evening, I rode with a young Japanese lad who was on a cyclo-cross bike called a Bruno.  Looked nice, being a gold colour with cream tyres, and, interestingly, had dt levers on the top tube.

I've never heard of Bruno, but there was a small Swiss flag on the back of the top tube, with a signature that looked like Bruno...something.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: corshamjim on June 04, 2010, 10:40:57 pm
Always interested to see different bike designs I eventually found it on page 4 of a google search .. http://brunobike.jp/collection.html  .  As a Moulton fan, those 20" bikes look strangely familiar yet weird.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 04, 2010, 10:43:27 pm
This one (http://brunobike.jp/700c_tour.html) Anyone know how much 77700Yen is?  I'm guessing not cheap.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on June 04, 2010, 10:52:53 pm
This one (http://brunobike.jp/700c_tour.html) Anyone know how much 77700Yen is?  I'm guessing not cheap.

As ever, Google (Calculator) (http://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&source=hp&q=77700+yen+in+gbp&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&fp=823a29e425d505ae) is your friend.

A touch under £600.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: corshamjim on June 04, 2010, 10:53:15 pm
This one (http://brunobike.jp/700c_tour.html) Anyone know how much 77700Yen is?  I'm guessing not cheap.

Depends if £584 is what you would call cheap.  77,700 yen seems like a very lucky price though!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on June 04, 2010, 10:55:03 pm
Some of their small wheeled bikes look a little odd.  I wonder how well they ride?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 04, 2010, 10:58:00 pm
That's rather cheaper than I expected for a pretty bike. 

Small wheeled bikes are very popular in Japan & HK apparently, partly for riding on pavements :-\

I couldn't find a non-Japanese version of the website to read. :(
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 05, 2010, 03:02:34 pm
Not an unusual bike in itself, but an unusual sight to see a Cervelo in India. First went past the rider, having presumably finished a ride, putting it on top of a suv just outside ond of the big parks in the centre of Bangalore. Then said suv, with Cervelo and another bike on top - I think it was a Trek - came past the auto I was in.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on June 06, 2010, 08:33:24 am

Small wheeled bikes are very popular in Japan & HK apparently, partly for riding on pavements :-\


Legal in Japan, as in some other parts of the world.  No need for :-\
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: ian on June 06, 2010, 01:09:45 pm

Small wheeled bikes are very popular in Japan & HK apparently, partly for riding on pavements :-\


Legal in Japan, as in some other parts of the world.  No need for :-\

It's a very common Japanese thing for a mother to load approximately eighty-two children on a bike and wobble down a crowded pavement. Oddly, whilst this behaviour in the UK would undoubtedly be indistinguishable from at attempt at pedestrian genocide, it seems to proceed without casualty or the gnashing of teeth. With a small degree of commonsense, cycles and pedestrians mix fine.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: DrMekon on June 06, 2010, 04:43:16 pm
Saw a HPV grasshopper being sat on at a trailhead in Barton by a european lad, accompanied by some chaps on tourers from Cambridge Cycling Club. It' looked like they'd been riding bridalpaths.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: citoyen on June 07, 2010, 12:08:56 am
Saw a not very unusual bike yesterday, a bog-standard BMX, but with a rather unusual rider - a chap who from his less than pristine appearance I would surmise was a gentleman of no fixed abode, and probably in his 60s.

d.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 07, 2010, 09:02:08 am
Saw a good few bikes yesterday, including a Raleigh Chopper being ridden with the Pollards Hill Cyclists

This morning, I spent a lot of time in the company of a chap on a Colnago Arte.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on June 07, 2010, 09:40:51 am
Yesterday afternoon, walking down Coldharbour Lane, I was passed by a genuine lowrider bike.  Tiny kid on a tourer frame that had been lowered and lengthened (by a good 18 inches or so), sprayed gold all over and decked out with chains and bling.  Wish I'd had a camera.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mike on June 07, 2010, 08:47:27 pm
went past a tandem moped today, I think it was one of these:
http://motorbike-search-engine.co.uk/classic-bikes-2/eysink-renata-tandem-moped.JPG

it'd broken down :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 07, 2010, 09:00:13 pm
I saw an interesting electric bike Friday evening and this morning near Mitcham.  It was branded as an 'Alien'.  I thought they were limited to 15mph, but this one was doing upward of 30kph, which by my reckoning is a bit over.  Somewhat galling to find myself struggling to keep up with an old bloke on a rathr 'sturdy' bike ;D

Still, it looked rather better than a lot of older electric bikes, such as the Powabyke we saw on the Wandle Trail yesterday.

Bizarrely, after seeing a Colnago this morning, I saw another this evening - an orange/chrome Master.  Shame the rider was less cautious than this morning's, and ran a red light.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ham on June 07, 2010, 11:18:08 pm
went past a tandem moped today, I think it was one of these:
http://motorbike-search-engine.co.uk/classic-bikes-2/eysink-renata-tandem-moped.JPG

it'd broken down :)

Not today, but ....http://londondailyphoto.blogspot.com/2008/10/stretch-limo-nette.html (http://londondailyphoto.blogspot.com/2008/10/stretch-limo-nette.html)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: greenmeansgo on June 08, 2010, 09:54:17 am
I saw this in Berlin a few years ago and just stumbled across the photo again. I wonder how fast this would be with 4 people pedalling...
(http://i667.photobucket.com/albums/vv40/notwhatucallanatural/Bike%20stuff/DSCN0064.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 10, 2010, 04:16:03 pm
Last night, I spotted a lovely deep red Carlton at Clapham Common.

And this morning, an unusual bike with red tubes and unusual cast lugs.  I think it was an Alan.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tonycollinet on June 11, 2010, 06:03:58 pm
And from the 72 tooth chainwheel thread,....... (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=33781.msg643499#msg643499)

A double bouncing folder. Wivva big chainring.

(http://www.collinet.plus.com/photos/birdy1.jpg)

(http://www.collinet.plus.com/photos/birdy2.jpg)

Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 12, 2010, 08:16:14 pm
We saw a Dahon Mu on the train.  It was folded, and had drop handlebars! :o
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: hatler on June 16, 2010, 10:34:42 am
No photo, but I saw what looked like an MTB version of a Kirk Precision this morning.

The frame was certainly a casting and it had 'magnesium' in decals on it.

Was I imagining this ?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 16, 2010, 10:40:22 am
You may have been imagining it, but Kirk did make an MTB.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on June 16, 2010, 11:02:35 am
No photo, but I saw what looked like an MTB version of a Kirk Precision this morning.

The frame was certainly a casting and it had 'magnesium' in decals on it.

Was I imagining this ?

Kirk Magnesium on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/10954782@N00/432510568)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: hatler on June 16, 2010, 11:04:02 am
That's the fella !

Thank you.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: RJ on June 16, 2010, 12:55:51 pm
A triplet, heading up Argyle Place as I was heading down with the empty tagalong rattling and bouncing behind me.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Adrian on June 16, 2010, 06:44:23 pm
That's the fella !

Thank you.

Still doesn't mean you didn't imagine it though.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: hatler on June 16, 2010, 07:12:12 pm
That's the fella !

Thank you.

Still doesn't mean you didn't imagine it though.

 ;D

I don't think my imagination is that creative.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Mr Larrington on June 17, 2010, 11:48:49 am
Unbadged fixer outside The Lamb last night.  Looked like the frame was bamboo with the joints made by wrapping kit and kaboodle in carbon, but may just have been a poncey paint job.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ham on June 17, 2010, 01:39:27 pm
Unbadged fixer outside The Lamb last night.  Looked like the frame was bamboo with the joints made by wrapping kit and kaboodle in carbon, but may just have been a poncey paint job.

Or one of these http://bamboobikestudio.com/ (http://bamboobikestudio.com/)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on June 18, 2010, 10:13:18 am
Scalped Overtook on the way to work this morning, a Giant Clip folding bike (http://www.fudgescyclestore.com/index.php?p=57837).

Not seen one before. I got stopped at the traffic lights, and it just caught up as they changed so got a second cahance for a quick look for a name on it as I wasn't sure what it was.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 18, 2010, 10:19:16 am
I was overtaken by a Strida today :-[
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 19, 2010, 01:22:46 am
A non-descript bike in itself - didn't even see quite what it was - but with a number plate afixed to the rear rack, with the word DEAF on it.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Pippa on June 19, 2010, 09:35:06 am
There was a bike in the racks at work yesterday that had two top tubes, one below the other. It was a diamond frame and the tube underneath the "main" top tube was narrower with a slight curve. It wasn't a modern bike. I did take a closer look and made a note of the name that was embossed on the frame, but promptly forgot it  :facepalm:

Any ideas?  ???
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ham on June 19, 2010, 01:00:34 pm
There was a bike in the racks at work yesterday that had two top tubes, one below the other. It was a diamond frame and the tube underneath the "main" top tube was narrower with a slight curve. It wasn't a modern bike. I did take a closer look and made a note of the name that was embossed on the frame, but promptly forgot it  :facepalm:

Any ideas?  ???

I may be imaging it, but  I thought there was a German make (whose name escapes me) that makes a feature of the dual top tube.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on June 19, 2010, 10:27:05 pm
Scalped Overtook on the way to work this morning, a Giant Clip folding bike (http://www.fudgescyclestore.com/index.php?p=57837).

Not seen one before. I got stopped at the traffic lights, and it just caught up as they changed so got a second cahance for a quick look for a name on it as I wasn't sure what it was.

I had a long chat with the owner of one one morning. He loved it. It looked great fun actually.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: gordon taylor on June 20, 2010, 04:36:20 pm
On this morning's Bike Week ride:

(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c22/gordon1314/IMG_0690-1.jpg)

The guy who was riding it wasn't sure what it was - other than it is called  C4 Joker and is Italian; he'd had it for years. Record brakes, Dura Ace drivetrain.

Any ideas?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Gus on June 20, 2010, 04:41:45 pm
It's a Joker from C4 carbon, an italian company
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: NickM on June 21, 2010, 06:05:04 pm
On this morning's Bike Week ride:

(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c22/gordon1314/IMG_0690-1.jpg)

The guy who was riding it wasn't sure what it was - other than it is called  C4 Joker and is Italian; he'd had it for years. Record brakes, Dura Ace drivetrain.

Any ideas?

Ah, I saw two of those on the L2B ride yesterday. The two chaps on them seemed to be motoring along quite nicely. I intended to ask them about the bikes but couldn't keep up.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Hilldodger on June 22, 2010, 10:11:27 am
A Renault bike in Walthamstow on sunday. It was actually a decent looking bike for a car manufacturer but obviously just a badged far east made thing.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on June 22, 2010, 11:49:26 pm
Well, not a bike.  But one doesn't expect to see someone on a unicycle in East Ham at 23:00.  Or any time of the day/night, TBH.  And it wasn't an Aldi/Lidl one, either.
 
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on June 23, 2010, 11:44:17 am
'fashion fixie' in holgate.

deeper than a deep thing rims.

Handlebars cut down so they were narrower than the rider's shoulders . . .

It didhave a brake.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Pippa on June 23, 2010, 08:40:29 pm
A dreamslide (http://www.dreamslide.com/SITE/ENG/index.html) in the racks at work today. Does that qualify as a bike  ???
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Butterfly on June 23, 2010, 08:46:39 pm
A tandem coming up Burntwood Lane in Wandsworth today. It loooked fairly elderly with a mixte style back. The stoker was wearing a pretty dress and had a huge grin 8).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: oncemore on June 23, 2010, 08:57:05 pm
A dreamslide (http://www.dreamslide.com/SITE/ENG/index.html) in the racks at work today. Does that qualify as a bike  ???

For 1250 euros....one would think they could afford a saddle...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Jurek on June 23, 2010, 09:13:43 pm
A dreamslide (http://www.dreamslide.com/SITE/ENG/index.html) in the racks at work today. Does that qualify as a bike  ???

Well, looking at the vids of it 'in action'.... the pedals do go round and round - not the pumpy-pumpy action we thought it might be.
Looks like plenty of upper body workout too, whilst you get from A to B.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: MattH on June 24, 2010, 10:51:48 am
A tandem coming up Burntwood Lane in Wandsworth today. It loooked fairly elderly with a mixte style back. The stoker was wearing a pretty dress and had a huge grin 8).

There is something truly excellent about seeing ladies in pretty dresses enjoying a bike ride. It just screams "happy, laidback, sunny, warm days are here!", and brings a smile to my face  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 24, 2010, 11:06:58 am
A tandem coming up Burntwood Lane in Wandsworth today. It loooked fairly elderly with a mixte style back. The stoker was wearing a pretty dress and had a huge grin 8).

There is something truly excellent about seeing ladies in pretty dresses enjoying a bike ride. It just screams "happy, laidback, sunny, warm days are here!", and brings a smile to my face  :thumbsup:

Oh yes.  Absolutely.  And I should know, as I share many bike rides with the most elegantly dressed woman on the road! :-*

Mind you, she didn't say that the stoker on the tandem she saw was a woman, just that they were wearing a pretty dress and were grinning.  It could have been Grayson Perry on the way back from picking up yet another award.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 25, 2010, 10:12:06 am
I saw a Nihola (http://nihola.info/en/nihola+bikes/) with two kids in it this morning in Newington. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on June 25, 2010, 11:02:50 am
I see plenty of these in the Park, I didn't think to mention them.  Also a Pederson on Tuesday, the rider was very pleased I recognised it.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Gus on June 25, 2010, 12:06:14 pm
Plenty of Nihola in this part of the world, but I saw a couple of Bullits (http://www.larryvsharry.com/english/) today.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 25, 2010, 12:15:49 pm
Don't see many in Southwark.  And, if it hadn't had the name across the front, I wouldn't have known what it was.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Exit Stage Left on June 27, 2010, 09:22:45 pm
It should be possible to guess who rides a bike like this as a general purpose hack.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4117/4739256441_310db55b76.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Torslanda on June 27, 2010, 09:29:29 pm
It should be possible to guess who rides a bike like this as a general purpose hack.


Graeme Obree? Chris Boardman? Gethin Butler?

Am I being too literal??
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on June 27, 2010, 09:37:29 pm
Don't know but it is an unusual gathering of bits! I didn't know Enigma (I'm guessing that's what it is?) made a cyclocross or V-brake frame.

That front guard though  :hand:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Exit Stage Left on June 27, 2010, 09:45:01 pm
It should be possible to guess who rides a bike like this as a general purpose hack.


Graeme Obree? Chris Boardman? Gethin Butler?

Am I being too literal??

A rider of that calibre certainly, and one who was very much associated with Mike Burrows in the mid 90s.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 27, 2010, 09:59:38 pm
Pegg!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Exit Stage Left on June 27, 2010, 10:23:17 pm
This guy made a comeback last year and did over 300 miles in a 12 hour.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: redshift on June 27, 2010, 10:44:17 pm
It should be possible to guess who rides a bike like this as a general purpose hack.


Graeme Obree? Chris Boardman? Gethin Butler?

Am I being too literal??

A rider of that calibre certainly, and one who was very much associated with Mike Burrows in the mid 90s.

Wilko?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Exit Stage Left on June 28, 2010, 12:01:41 am
It should be possible to guess who rides a bike like this as a general purpose hack.


Graeme Obree? Chris Boardman? Gethin Butler?

Am I being too literal??

A rider of that calibre certainly, and one who was very much associated with Mike Burrows in the mid 90s.

Wilko?


That's the man, I saw him at the National Road Race just outside Barley earlier, that's the Barley that gives its name to the Carradice bag, incidentally, I'm just editing up some footage, including an interview with him.
It shows the truth of the advice that your training bike should have the same position as your race or indeed Audax bike.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on June 28, 2010, 01:12:06 am
A couple across the road from me have several bikes but the one that always catches my eye is this lovely vintage Schwinn with the eye-catching tires:

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4134/4739973991_622abc3986_b.jpg)

Apologies for the resolution: crap old phone camera.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Exit Stage Left on June 28, 2010, 12:56:51 pm
I hadn't appreciated that Andy Wilkinson rode the same bike as above to win last year's 12 Hour National Championship at a record breaking 302 and a bit miles, he did have different wheels and took off the mudguards and rack and carried only one bottle. Versatile bike that.

(http://cdn.mos.bikeradar.com/images/news/2009/08/17/1250505596370-1wrdd49831hqe-798-75.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on June 28, 2010, 02:57:21 pm
You guys know that LeeW rode just over 300km in six hours recently, 187 miles?  Didn't even make 1st place with that, either.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on June 28, 2010, 03:03:21 pm
Those v brakes . .

They perfectly cover the top of the forks. Prob more aero than any dual-pivot.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Exit Stage Left on June 28, 2010, 03:12:02 pm
You guys know that LeeW rode just over 300km in six hours recently, 187 miles?  Didn't even make 1st place with that, either.

Wilko's 20 year old End to End record on a Windcheetah still stands, versatile rider on a versatile bike. I reckon he did well to set a new competition record at 45.
The official site of the Windcheetah HPV, the world's most advanced recumbent tricycle (http://www.windcheetah.co.uk/record.htm)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 01, 2010, 11:24:08 pm
Saw a Kona Ute in Southwark.  Saw a cargobike a couple of days ago in Balham.  I think that may have been a Yuba Mundo.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on July 02, 2010, 08:46:09 am
A few days ago on the commute home I thought I saw yet another fakenger - bling purple front wheel.  Then I noticed gears... and no pedals!  It was some type of 'step' bike.  The guy riding it could certainly get it up to a good speed (he was keeping up with me) but he cycled like a prat.
 
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 04, 2010, 09:33:28 pm
First tine out on my Carlton in ages, and we spotted this parked up against a pub in the town:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/P1000811.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/P1000812.jpg)

It's a Carlton of a similar vintage to mine or a bit earlier (late 70s, I'd guess) with the distinctive wrapround seatstay and slightly fancier lugs than mine.  It bears a Brooks which appeared to have been laced at some time.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on July 05, 2010, 08:20:28 am
some sort of Cannondale with a mono fork.

A Dawes Elite. Didn't even know there was such a thing.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Adrian on July 05, 2010, 08:28:47 am

It's a Carlton of a similar vintage to mine or a bit earlier (late 70s, I'd guess) with the distinctive wrapround seatstay and slightly fancier lugs than mine. 


That looks like an early 70's Carlton Corsa to me. My one was orange in colour rather than the purple.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 05, 2010, 09:17:20 am
Could be early 70s.  My Carlton is one of the last (and we think a Corsa), and, though there are similarities, you can see a deeper fork curve in the purple one.  Remarkably similar to the one that got me back into cycling back in the 80s.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: citoyen on July 06, 2010, 11:34:14 am
For Clarion: this was parked outside the office this morning - a Carlton Corsair...

(http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k170/smutchin/315e3ee9.jpg)

Its owner even likes his brakes in the same funny position as you (though unlike you he has them the right way round ;) ).

Might still be there if you want to pop over and ogle.  ;D

d.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 06, 2010, 11:52:12 am
His bars are even higher than mine! :o

I have to have the tops flat and the hoods as a continuation, which doesn't work so well with my current levers, but they are Carlton branded hoods, so how could I change them? ;)

Good spot, Smudgers :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: NickM on July 06, 2010, 12:11:35 pm
Speaking of Carltons, I noticed a rather sad example on Ken High St. The fork has had a nasty knock.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4077/4767023761_c58d4d5929_z.jpg)

I can't help but think it might have been a result of this...

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4123/4767662146_15e88ca0ec_z.jpg)

I find brake levers work much more effectively when they are connected to the brakes.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 06, 2010, 12:13:52 pm
I find brake levers work much more effectively when they are connected to the brakes.

Can't see your pics, but that's a Top Tip! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: NickM on July 06, 2010, 12:56:29 pm
Fixed it.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: citoyen on July 06, 2010, 01:13:50 pm
Invisible mudguards. Nice!  ;D

d.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 06, 2010, 02:46:46 pm
I'm not much of an expert, but I don't think the forks are meant to be that shape.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on July 06, 2010, 02:59:12 pm
I'm not much of an expert, but I don't think the forks are meant to be that shape.

Rebadge it as a Bates (http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/builders/bates3.html) & get it on ebay.  ;)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 06, 2010, 03:01:11 pm
I did think that too ;)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: ian on July 06, 2010, 06:57:52 pm
I think I can probably just about see why the front brake is disconnected. That's forethought for you.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: robbo6 on July 06, 2010, 07:43:55 pm
... It bears a Brooks which appeared to have been laced at some time.

Probabably a B5, like the B17 but low-quality leather, so they came pre-punched for tying.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: greenmeansgo on July 07, 2010, 09:44:14 am
A red Trice 20" wheels, rear Avid disc, front Sturmey Archer hubs, M+, big front reflector, little Knog-style LEDs on the back, computer left on the bike, mirror....locked up on the University Of Manchester campus this morning - anyone on here?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: fruitcake on July 08, 2010, 06:39:13 pm
Just stumbled upon a picture of this tadpole trike with a child seat at the front.  Looks like fun for rider and passenger.

Zigo Leader Carrier Biycle System (http://www.myzigo.com/)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Gus on July 09, 2010, 12:12:28 pm
There was a bike in the racks at work yesterday that had two top tubes, one below the other. It was a diamond frame and the tube underneath the "main" top tube was narrower with a slight curve. It wasn't a modern bike. I did take a closer look and made a note of the name that was embossed on the frame, but promptly forgot it  :facepalm:

Any ideas?  ???

I may be imaging it, but  I thought there was a German make (whose name escapes me) that makes a feature of the dual top tube.




This have being bugging me some time, because I knew what manufactur it was, but I couldn't remember the name.
But suddenly I remembered it was most likely a Corratec Superbow (http://www.corratec.de/en/bikes2010/mtb/superbow/overview.html) :D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on July 09, 2010, 12:22:52 pm
There's a bike with a double top-tube regularly locked up near Brixton tube.  Remembering this post in this thread, I took a pic.  And here it is:

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4099/4776573623_db6a86c134.jpg)

Frame too faded and repainted to show a make.  Sticker on the fender said Eastman but that doesn't have to mean anything.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: DrMekon on July 09, 2010, 12:28:27 pm
Just stumbled upon a picture of this tadpole trike with a child seat at the front.  Looks like fun for rider and passenger.

Zigo Leader Carrier Biycle System (http://www.myzigo.com/)

They aren't bad. They do handle better than a Christiania, or rather the one-seater I tried did. The attach/detach thing looked like a pain in the arse, and likely to get messy if you actually use the bike. I see them around a fair bit in Cambridge, and I've never seen one in pram mode. IMO, unless the waterproof thing was vital, spending £20 on a buggydrager seems a more sensible prospect. If you do want waterproofness, the Christiania, or the Bakfiets.nl Cargotrike seemed significantly more hardy. The Zigo looks like a trailer turned into a trike - and likely to weather poorly in comparison with a dedicated trike.

My missus' mummybike with a Steco Buggy Mee (the thing holding the buggy up)
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3357/4609033827_396744fc42.jpg)

There's a bakfiets in Cambridge with one of these on the back that I sometime see. Whenever I do, the rider is caning it.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Clandy on July 10, 2010, 08:41:47 pm
Saw an interesting 'bent trike on the seafront today:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/Minitar1/ClipartEtc/benttrikejpg.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on July 11, 2010, 10:34:35 pm
Cycling home on Friday, as I went south down Bina Gardens, I met a mature gent on a Pederson coming the other way.  First time I've ever seen one up close.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on July 12, 2010, 09:40:56 pm
I cycled in behind an odd bike today.  The guy on it looked like a Courier (or reasonably plausibly dressed Fakenger).  Initially I thought it was fixed, because it lacked a rear brake, but then he freewheeled.

The wheels were white plastic five spoked things, and this I think was the reason for no rear brake.  The rear wheel wobbled rather horribly side to side (not unusual with plastic wheels), and it would have been hard to have fitted a brake which didn't rub.  The frame looked recently painted, but only seemed to have fittings for a caliper brake, which made me think it was possibly not of a recent vintage.

It had quite big tyres, which was unusual, and wouldn't have helped fitting a caliper brake, although there seemed to be one on the front wheel.  The tyres didn't seem to slow him down, he was doing 20mph+ along Queenstown Road, and at his cadence, it must have been geared 70"-ish, certainly not the lower gearing that Singlespeeds tend to be set to compared to most Fixedwheels.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 12, 2010, 10:14:13 pm
There's a bike with a double top-tube regularly locked up near Brixton tube.  Remembering this post in this thread, I took a pic.  And here it is:

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4099/4776573623_db6a86c134.jpg)

Frame too faded and repainted to show a make.  Sticker on the fender said Eastman but that doesn't have to mean anything.
That frame looks like bikes I've seen in India. The make would be something like Atlas or Safari, and it would be marketed as a super-strong model suitable for carrying heavy loads.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 12, 2010, 10:16:43 pm
Saturday morning, a middle-aged woman on a red trike that had clearly been homemade from a kid's bike by adding a rear axle and additional wheel, along with two vertical "beams" for some reason I couldn't work out. Use was made of the space between the wheels for a supermarket shopping basket.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Oaky on July 13, 2010, 11:52:48 am
Unusual bike at the lights at Holborn/Chancery Lane (or possibly Grays Inn Road) this morning.

A Raleigh, I think, with delta brakes and an odd frame arrangement with a horizontal top tube, standard rear triangle, but the downtube joined the seat tube quite high up.

It had a decal saying "Paris" in what looked to be quite a 70s or 80s font on the downtube, but doing a quick search for "Raleigh" and "paris" seems to only bring up step though frames.

It was running as a fixed, and looked in excellent nick.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: cyclone on July 13, 2010, 11:56:17 am

A Raleigh, I think, with delta brakes and an odd frame arrangement with a horizontal top tube, standard rear triangle, but the downtube joined the seat tube quite high up.

It had a decal saying "Paris" in what looked to be quite a 70s or 80s font on the downtube, but doing a quick search for "Raleigh" and "paris" seems to only bring up step though frames.

Paris were an independent maker, brand and stle of bike re-born at Condor - dont know how to clicky the link. definately on their website tho... If it was original then well 8)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on July 13, 2010, 12:05:49 pm
Look for Paris Galibier, the stated intent was that the repositioned down tube acted as a torque tube.  Traditionally the seat tube lug cracked.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Hilldodger on July 13, 2010, 12:47:58 pm
We've just had a brand new Greenspeed tandem trike delivered.

£7000 worth :o
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Oaky on July 13, 2010, 04:16:51 pm
Aha - thanks cyclone and LWaB.

That is indeed what it was.  Dont' know if it was a Condor-reborn one or not, but that's definitely the beastie!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 14, 2010, 09:42:17 am
Look for Paris Galibier, the stated intent was that the repositioned down tube acted as a torque tube.  Traditionally the seat tube lug cracked.

Paris Galibier, the frame which redefined the term "bottom bracket flex".  Yes, I know "Stopper" Clarke used to go very well on one, but imagine how well he'd have gone were he not diverting a significant portion of his energy into bending a steel tube :-\
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: citoyen on July 16, 2010, 02:56:47 pm
Just had to pop up to Condor, and as I was pootling up the Grays Inn Road, I was passed by a pair of Gocycles (http://www.gocycle.com/).

(http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k170/smutchin/b4476c39.jpg)

Turned out they were going into Condor too, so I got a better look at them. I know they've been much discussed on the forum already, and I have nothing new to add, but I thought they looked quite nice. And they seem to be pretty zippy too.

d.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Adrian on July 17, 2010, 06:22:16 pm
Don't they belong in  thread for mopeds?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Clandy on July 17, 2010, 06:29:46 pm
Don't they belong in  thread for mopeds?

+1


A couple of moped riders nearly had me off recently:


      YouTube
            - WTH?
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=697jEsat_zw)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on July 17, 2010, 07:26:30 pm
Don't they belong in  thread for mopeds?

Err no.  They are most definitely bicycles.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: citoyen on July 17, 2010, 07:46:30 pm
If they're welcome in Condor, that's good enough for me.

d.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: corshamjim on July 17, 2010, 07:55:05 pm
Today I saw a cycles maximus loaded up with bicycles on the K&A Canal towpath, and near Dundas Aqueduct a Circe Helios tandem (in tandem lot workbike config).  As a rider of a Pashley Paramount myself I was also pleased to see a Pashley Poppy in Pink.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: PaulF on July 18, 2010, 04:44:19 am
A Ti 69er - no sniggering  at the back.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: jezhiggins on July 18, 2010, 03:53:24 pm
Heading home past Edgbaston Cricket ground, yesterday, passed a recumbent heading the other way, possibly an Optima of some sort.  I was on my newly eBayed tandem with my 6 year old son stoking.  The recumbent rider and I exchanged not-normal-bike-owners glances (a relative of the man-pushing-pram nod).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on July 18, 2010, 03:59:09 pm
Heading home past Edgbaston Cricket ground, yesterday, passed a recumbent heading the other way, possibly an Optima of some sort.  I was on my newly eBayed tandem with my 6 year son stoking.  The recumbent rider and I exchanged not-normal-bike-owners glances (a relative of the man-pushing-pram nod).

Ah, this one's eligible for the Forumite spotting (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=5506.msg672257#msg672257) thread :)

That was me on a HPV Streetmachine.   :thumbsup:

(I also have a tandem, but it's still a work in progress)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: jezhiggins on July 18, 2010, 11:52:25 pm
That was me on a HPV Streetmachine.   :thumbsup:

And it looked awesomely cool.  I'm currently trying to wear down my wife by gentle attrition - so perhaps in another year or two, I'll be able to join you :)


Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 21, 2010, 11:00:01 pm
I saw a very pink Dave Yates in Upper Tooting today.  It's very unusual to see anything other than BSOs parked up there.

Which reminds me.  Yesterday morning, I saw a woman on a very pink Pearson Velo Rose, and dressed in pink Pearson kit.  I hoped she was going my way, because I very rarely see fast cyclists in our area.  But she never appeared, so she must have been heading south.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Zipperhead on July 22, 2010, 02:12:28 pm
I saw a Condor built Paris Galibier heading over Westminster Bridge on Tuesday evening.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Greenbank on July 22, 2010, 02:14:21 pm
I saw a Condor built Paris Galibier heading over Westminster Bridge on Tuesday evening.

With frame flex under power causing it to straddle both lanes?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Zipperhead on July 22, 2010, 03:43:42 pm
It was travelling at 90 degrees to me, so I wouldn't have noticed any variation of less than two three lanes.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 23, 2010, 09:50:44 am
I saw a chap on a singlespeed Enigma this morning.  He was fast.

Which reminds me.  A couple of days ago, near Stockwell, I saw a Ti Seven with S&S couplings.  He wasn't so fast ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: jezhiggins on July 24, 2010, 09:04:48 pm
A chap on a recumbent weaving his way through Canal Basin in Birmingham.  The bike looked like a Chopper that had been stretched.  My lad Harry did not, I'm afraid, consider it cool.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 25, 2010, 09:37:05 am
At Pearsons yesterday there was a Raleigh Chiltern which had had a rear extension welded on to take a massive trailer.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 26, 2010, 04:49:27 pm
Not frightfully unusual, nor (to most people) interesting, but I saw the first example of a Ridgeback Solo in the wild (other than mine, of course) on Saturday, lying on the grass in London Fields, not far from the yacf gathering point.  No rider in evidence, sadly. :(
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: fred the great on July 27, 2010, 04:36:57 pm
Today, I saw a Unomo or was it Umono Ladies shopping bike complete with basket? at a local Buddhist Temple.

The name had faded a little but a couple of stickers proclaimed it was made in Japan.

Quite a nice basic bike as far as I could see.

The lady had bought it 2nd hand and didn't know it's history.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Hilldodger on July 27, 2010, 04:54:59 pm
At the Bath SkyRide on Sunday a chap turned up on a very original 1971 Dawes Galaxy - one of the very first to be made. I did drool a likkle bit :-[
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 27, 2010, 04:59:34 pm
I haz a 1971 Galaxy. ;)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 28, 2010, 09:23:14 am
I saw a Tokyobike on the achingly hip Walworth Road.

I thought it had two chainrings, but the outer is milled to be just a guard.  Something like 8-spd derailleur.  The frame was reasonably neat, with low shot-in seatstays, but the green colour just looked like a cheap powdercoat job.  Minimal graphics.

The 650 wheels didn't look so bad.  Barely noticeable, in fact.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Hilldodger on July 28, 2010, 10:13:44 am
I haz a 1971 Galaxy. ;)

You forgot to add "that is just your size and I really need to sell it to you" ;) :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 28, 2010, 10:23:45 am
It may be for sale by & by if I can get my Orbit straight for touring ;)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Hilldodger on July 28, 2010, 04:09:40 pm
S'oright, then ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 28, 2010, 04:33:39 pm
You've got first refusal booked ;)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Gus on July 30, 2010, 05:51:40 pm
I saw a "Mercian Professional" today at work.
I spotted the bike as a drove in to the platform, doing around 70 km/h in my little train.
The owner didn't get off until the end off the line, so I stopped him and asked about it. (only 2'nd Mercian I've seen in Dk)


Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 30, 2010, 08:06:56 pm
Cool. I saw a rider with a smart green Mercian this morning in Balham.  He had a Carradice rackbag, and looked like an audaxer. I wondered if he might be a member, but I was wearing my yacf jersey, and there was no recognition, so probably not.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 30, 2010, 08:56:25 pm
Ah.  Last night in Balham, I saw a chap on a Kona Ute with two young lads sat astride the rear rack seat, clutching drawings and other stuff.  I pulled alongside and commented on how cool it was, and the rider smiled, but one of the passengers started telling me about how they'd had four kids on the rack once.  Both lads were immensely pleased that I was interested in their transport.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: CrinklyLion on July 30, 2010, 11:00:23 pm
I saw a very very very pretty Mercian yesterday.  I don't often covet other people's bikes, mainly because most other people's bikes are much too big for me to contemplate as anything other than eye candy, but this one was teeny weeny and would probably have fitted.


Pretty.....
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: hubner on July 31, 2010, 04:46:41 pm
I saw a bloke riding a penny farthing in Central London yesterday at about 10pm, under the South Bank Centre. I think he was going into a car park or something under the Hayward Gallery/Purcell Room.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: SteveC on July 31, 2010, 06:31:15 pm
Overtook a unicycle going down one of the main roads in Yeovil yesterday evening.
Unfortunately I was in the car so no chance for a chat.  The cars were all giving him a very wide berth as they passed!
He must have been doing about 15mph.  Legs going like mad!

S
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TheLurker on August 02, 2010, 07:45:35 am
A tandem recumbent in Fairford on Friday last.
Towing a bob yak or similar.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on August 02, 2010, 01:28:32 pm
I saw a very very very pretty Mercian yesterday.  I don't often covet other people's bikes, mainly because most other people's bikes are much too big for me to contemplate as anything other than eye candy, but this one was teeny weeny and would probably have fitted.


Pretty.....

Pale blue with a girl riding it?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: CrinklyLion on August 02, 2010, 01:35:16 pm
I saw a very very very pretty Mercian yesterday.  I don't often covet other people's bikes, mainly because most other people's bikes are much too big for me to contemplate as anything other than eye candy, but this one was teeny weeny and would probably have fitted.


Pretty.....

Pale blue with a girl riding it?

T'was indeed blue, and I did wonder if it might well be a bike that you knew....  If it is, its (delightful) owner knows that I am very jealous of her bike!  It's so rare that I see one that might fit me :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on August 02, 2010, 01:39:19 pm
That would be my daughter, then.

Her mum got the bike for her from the cycle show. Unfortunately, the top tube has a nasty dent in it. The bike will last for a year or two more, but that's it.

I've not ridden the bike, but have towed it a few miles around York. Handles beautifully, so stable and light to steer, a real testimony to the value of Mercians.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 02, 2010, 08:39:23 pm
This
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4114/4853785580_fac6a88275_b.jpg)

Mrs Cudzo bought it about 4 years ago from the roof of a passing car - literally! - but it's been stored in the barn (whose doors you can see behind the bike now) for the last 3 years at least. That's why it's so dirty! The frame is in two separate halves, left and right, which have no direct contact with each other. The places where they join, such as BB shell and head tube, they are connected by plastic tubes. There's a lot of flex in that BB! The wheels are for tubeless tyres, and their solid plastic spokes rather cancel out the supposed comfort of the frame. Unfortunately the rear tubeless tyre disintegrated and I've had to replace it with what was to hand - a tubed tyre can be fitted - which is far too wide.

In another couple of days it should be fine, though.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on August 02, 2010, 09:15:27 pm
This
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4114/4853785580_fac6a88275_s.jpg)

Mrs Cudzo bought it about 4 years ago from the roof of a passing car - literally! - but it's been stored in the barn (whose doors you can see behind the bike now) for the last 3 years at least. That's why it's so dirty! The frame is in two separate halves, left and right, which have no direct contact with each other. The places where they join, such as BB shell and head tube, they are connected by plastic tubes. There's a lot of flex in that BB! The wheels are for tubeless tyres, and their solid plastic spokes rather cancel out the supposed comfort of the frame. Unfortunately the rear tubeless tyre disintegrated and I've had to replace it with what was to hand - a tubed tyre can be fitted - which is far too wide.

In another couple of days it should be fine, though.

A larger image size (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4114/4853785580_fac6a88275_b.jpg) makes things a lot clearer.  That is one strange looking bike!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 02, 2010, 10:07:45 pm
I know the original image was a bit small, but I couldn't work out how to make it bigger. How did you do it?

It is a wierd bike. It's missing a few bits and pieces - there was a wire basket at the front, which is still in the barn, and there used to be a small plastic box on the back, but I don't know what happened to that. I'm sure it also ought to have a chain guard and a prop stand, but they're missing too. Some of the parts are marked "W. Germany" so it must be pre-1990.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on August 02, 2010, 11:08:21 pm
I know the original image was a bit small, but I couldn't work out how to make it bigger. How did you do it?

With flickr it depends on the last part of the name, before the ".jpg" bit.  If it's _s (as your image was) then it's a "small square" 75x75 pixels, if it's _t then you get a "thumbnail" which is 100 pixel in it's longest dimension.  _m means 240 pixels on it's longest side, nothing means 500 pixels on it's longest side, _b means 1024 pixels on the longest size, and _o is the original image.

_b and _o aren't always available, so you may have to use a smaller option.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 02, 2010, 11:22:09 pm
Thanks, that's useful to know. I've edited the original link appropriately.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cunobelin on August 03, 2010, 10:36:33 pm
Good day today!

First of all a "Duet" near Cosham....and then a Pedersen in Fareham


What really made it for me was the guy swapped a ride on the Pedersen for a ride on my Catrike

Bad news - I haven't got a Pedersen, but it was a close call as I really liked it and he is selling it!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on August 05, 2010, 09:00:35 am
Last night near Tooley Street I saw a Bianchi with bullhorns and incredibly bulky integrated flat bar levers crammed together near the stem.  I couldn't see if the gears were 'MTB' or 'road', but it seemed to have a triple up front.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Oaky on August 05, 2010, 09:43:14 am
Overtook what I assume to be a white Strida the other morning on London Wall.  I'd only ever seen them in orange before/
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 05, 2010, 10:20:24 am
There's a firm in China that makes "imitation Stridas" (they're actually a little bit smaller and have some detail design changes) in pink, quite likely they also do white.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on August 06, 2010, 07:07:09 am
Well, I'm out in Portland right now and saw an Il Pompino earlier today, that's a bike that has travelled!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 06, 2010, 09:27:02 am
Well, I'm out in Portland right now and saw an Il Pompino earlier today, that's a bike that has travelled!

Someone turned up to spectate at Battle Mountain with a Pomp last year - quite possibly the same person!  He was impressed when I told him I knew the bloke who owns the only Ti Pompino in captivity 8)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: citoyen on August 08, 2010, 06:48:53 pm
A pair of knitted bikes...

(http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k170/smutchin/01a4efb4.jpg)

In Whitstable yesterday. One had a label on it with the words "I heart knitstable"

d.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: rogerzilla on August 08, 2010, 06:56:29 pm
Near Newbury: Dad taking son for a ride.  Son on cheapo MTB.  Dad on TT bike WITH pointy helmet AND actually using the tri-bars.

Bastard!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on August 08, 2010, 09:22:46 pm
I rode today with a wonderful lady who was riding her Les Rigden.

When we were stopped in Hadlow, we saw a group of riders go past, which included a Raleigh with rod brakes and a Pedersen! :thumbsup:

Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on August 09, 2010, 09:43:14 am
Wheelchair-sidecar bicycle.

At a friend's wedding. The groom was the pilot, and the bride the passenger.

Didn't get a picture, but I'm sure some will turn up; I'll post one then.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: spesh on August 12, 2010, 11:38:10 pm
A tricycle-mounted hotdog stall. CMOT Dibbler (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discworld_characters#Cut-Me-Own-Throat_Dibbler) has indeed moved with the times. ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ham on August 17, 2010, 07:19:12 pm
Georgia was not a good place for bikes, because of the state of the roads and the state of the drivers, this one stood out.

(http://lh3.ggpht.com/__5EyI8Ck-Lw/TGp-QnOCkRI/AAAAAAAAVHQ/uVJoO50MGfo/s640/S0303384.jpg)

Now this may not look much, after all it is only a single speed/fixie, albeit russian (Name reads "Aist" in English" but.....

I saw this in Georgia, in Shatili, a village at the @rsehole of beyond, at the end of a track that took 4 hours to drive about 50K in a 4x4. There is no through road. It is cut off 7 months of the year (a bulldozer had to clear the way through a 4 meter snowdrift on the way). One way up to these houses is along a 20% gradient, the other a 40%.

Hardcore or what?

(Please note, no slack in the chain)

This is the view of the houses http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/oUgh3zV4Cm4CFWQog2OW8g?feat=directlink (http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/oUgh3zV4Cm4CFWQog2OW8g?feat=directlink) and this is part of the reason for going, a cluste of houses that have stood virtually unchanged for 1,300 years http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/B83PfvqJhYDefXIuiL_-eg?feat=directlink (http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/lh/photo/B83PfvqJhYDefXIuiL_-eg?feat=directlink)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 17, 2010, 07:39:34 pm
Amazing. The houses, not the bike. Though I dare say the rider is pretty impressive.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ham on September 05, 2010, 10:15:56 pm
Possibly the VERY best bike at the London Skyride

Yes, they were pulling.

(http://lh6.ggpht.com/__5EyI8Ck-Lw/TIQE0TiUleI/AAAAAAAAZAA/ekgW0xGCdPI/s640/S0054814.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: spesh on September 05, 2010, 10:23:09 pm
LA GAZZETTA DELLA BICI: ONLY in Portsmouth, The Cervelo Tricycle....... (http://www.lagazzettadellabici.com/2010/04/only-in-portsmouth-cervelo-tricycle.html)

Strictly speaking, it's not in Portsmouth - the only trikes you'll see in the south coast's equivalent of Mos Eisley are the illegitimate children of VW Beetles and custom chopper front ends.

I've actually seen this example of velocipedal wrongness parked outside Barreg Cycles in Fishbourne, and that's practically in Chichester...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: DrMekon on September 05, 2010, 10:25:35 pm
Can't find a link to the bikes, but saw a Landscape tandem outside the Botanic Gardens in Cambridge yesterday with drop bars, 700c wheels, skinny tyres, and discs the size of dinner plates. Immense. There were loads of tandems about, so I wonder if there was a tandem club event on.
Title: Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
Post by: Arch on September 09, 2010, 01:35:38 pm
Spotted a Trikidoo yesterday and today, in Harston. The lass on it appears to be using the A10 briefly to get her kiddies to school. Plastered in hi-viz stickers. She seemed very happy when I said I liked it. Looks more stable than a Pashley. Celeb pic below.

(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/09/19/article-0-02B9E37A00000578-449_468x580.jpg)

Well, I read through this thread last night, and I'd never heard of these, and lo and behold, I think I saw my first one of these on my way into work this morning!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on September 09, 2010, 01:37:46 pm
I saw a Christiania-style kid-carrying trike near Kennington yesterday.  In convoy with another child on a bike.  Blocked the cycle lane rather, but in a good cause. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: corshamjim on September 09, 2010, 01:55:21 pm
I saw a Trikidoo in Corsham this morning too.  :)   I've seen it around once or twice before.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 09, 2010, 02:19:26 pm
Yesterday in a bike shop in Lublin, a old, lugged steel, road frame which was noteable simply for having an old-style, cyrillic and most-likely Soviet name, МИНСК in some bold black-edged white "3D-effect" font. Wasn't able to ask anything about it because as soon as I'd noticed it, it was carried out by a woman who'd brought it in for something or other.
Title: Mercian???
Post by: Andrij on September 11, 2010, 07:40:46 pm
(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_0XrMevmAjTc/TIvMWOrZ2sI/AAAAAAAAA6o/f_7qLVDfQgc/s720/IMG_0073.JPG)
Spotted around the corner from Leadenhall Market a few months ago.  (Yes, I'm quite behind in sorting out my photographs.)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: rogerzilla on September 11, 2010, 07:46:04 pm
Possibly a respray when they couldn't be bothered to source the full transfer set.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: StuAff on September 11, 2010, 07:53:56 pm
LA GAZZETTA DELLA BICI: ONLY in Portsmouth, The Cervelo Tricycle....... (http://www.lagazzettadellabici.com/2010/04/only-in-portsmouth-cervelo-tricycle.html)

Strictly speaking, it's not in Portsmouth - the only trikes you'll see in the south coast's equivalent of Mos Eisley are the illegitimate children of VW Beetles and custom chopper front ends.

I've actually seen this example of velocipedal wrongness parked outside Barreg Cycles in Fishbourne, and that's practically in Chichester...

As a resident of Pompey, I'd have to agree....

I go past Barreg fairly often, never seen that particular abomination.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Oaky on September 13, 2010, 01:32:44 pm
Slightly OT (the bikes aren't unusual), I just saw two Boris bikes being wheeled up the pavement on Kingsway by a pair of young ladies wearing tutus.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on September 13, 2010, 02:35:01 pm
Saw a Bullit cargo bike in Ken Gardens yesterday, the owner was using it to carry his two dogs around.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on September 13, 2010, 09:12:29 pm
For a second time, I saw someone riding a lowrider in Mitcham.  I think they must be commuting on it. 

Last week, I saw a guy (quite a small chap) wearing building/rigging clothes riding a Chopper which had had it's apehangers replaced by some BMX bars.  A very unusual position.  And quite speedy, too.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on September 14, 2010, 10:01:52 pm
I was passed by a Banana!

A Raleigh-Banana team replica (probably one of the 501 ones)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: border-rider on September 15, 2010, 07:08:10 pm
Freddie Grub with SA 4-speed hub (calm down, 'zilla ;) )

Outside the pub (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=10.msg721547#msg721547) today

(http://www.bosphorus.f2s.com/4speed_grubb.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on September 15, 2010, 09:05:35 pm
Sweet!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: longers on September 17, 2010, 02:00:52 pm
I saw a BMX with a derailleur on being pushed up the hill in Stalybridge today. By the time I'd decided I was interested enough to go and see how it was set up I decided I wasn't interested enough to ride back up the hill.

I recognised the lad with it so will keep an eye out in future
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on September 17, 2010, 05:11:35 pm
There's a kid I've seen two or three times now who rides a low rider converted with an electric drive. I have to say he looks very cool and the bike is pretty zippy.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Mr Larrington on September 18, 2010, 09:03:35 pm
There's a chap here with a Pompino.  Not unusual in BRITAIN, but I suspect something of a rarity in USAnia
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on September 20, 2010, 10:37:42 am
Saw one of our patients riding up to the surgery on a ?Mission trike.  As I watched, she pulled straight out of the Give Way and across the crossroads.  Showing no sign whatsoever of the hybrid rider on the main road, who did manage to manoeuvre round her...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on September 20, 2010, 08:47:53 pm
I saw a Pedersen at Stockwell on the way home.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: RJ on September 20, 2010, 09:16:11 pm
An odd-but-stable-looking contraption doing a Trail-gator job of towing a laden child's bike, but looking like it was made out of a couple of half-BOB-Yaks - turning out of Chambers St onto South Bridge, northbound just after 5pm today ...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Adrian on September 20, 2010, 10:05:09 pm
I saw a Pedersen at Stockwell on the way home.

Was it black and did it have wooden mudguards?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: geoff on September 20, 2010, 11:03:09 pm
Kangaroobike (http://www.kangaroobike.com/) outside Oriental Studies in Oxford today. Very like the one in the piccy
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 20, 2010, 11:10:01 pm
I love that. It's... family transport!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: DrMekon on September 20, 2010, 11:12:31 pm
An odd-but-stable-looking contraption doing a Trail-gator job of towing a laden child's bike, but looking like it was made out of a couple of half-BOB-Yaks - turning out of Chambers St onto South Bridge, northbound just after 5pm today ...

That sounds like a Follow-Me "tandem". I asked velorution to supply me one, but after 3 phonecalls, I gave up and bought a trail-gator instead.

They are meant to be very good, but a couple of mates have "got by" with trail-gators, and they are less than 1/4 of the price.

FollowMe (http://www.followme-tandem.com/english/index.htm)

I've ridden the Kangaroo bike. It was the first of many family thingies that we tried before ending up with what we have. The cabin is lovely for the kids, but it's the tippiest of all the trikes I've tried (Christiania / Zigo / Taga / Bakfiets.nl Cargotrike), and has a bit of  mind of it's own on cambered roads. When I say a bit, I mean I had to come to a complete stop because I thought I'd end up in the river. I do see one or two being used in anger, but mostly I see them pootling around the centre of Cambridge. They are the second most popular weird kiddy carrying bike here. You are pretty much guaranteed to see a couple in the town centre on any Saturday.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 21, 2010, 12:13:24 am
They are the second most popular weird kiddy carrying bike here. You are pretty much guaranteed to see a couple in the town centre on any Saturday.

I guess Cambridge must be full of weird kiddies.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mark on September 21, 2010, 01:20:21 am
In Boulder, CO a few days ago, a fully faired recumbent, the fairing covered the rider's entire face and torso. The rider was climbing a fairly stiff grade in strong sunlight and 81 deg F/27 deg C temperatures, which couldn't have been too comfortable.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on September 21, 2010, 09:08:19 am
I saw a Pedersen at Stockwell on the way home.

Was it black

Yes

Quote
and did it have wooden mudguards?

Didn't see.  I was at the lights going the other way.  The chap riding it was well turned out, though, with a hat on.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Adrian on September 21, 2010, 08:08:13 pm
I saw a Pedersen at Stockwell on the way home.

Was it black

Yes

Quote
and did it have wooden mudguards?

Didn't see.  I was at the lights going the other way.  The chap riding it was well turned out, though, with a hat on.

The rider sounds like the same bloke. If you could take a closer look next time.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on September 21, 2010, 08:13:06 pm
4/10 Must try harder ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on September 21, 2010, 09:21:42 pm
2 Bakfiets - one at the Cavendish Physics labs, one on Jesus Green - though not that unusual - it was Cambridge.  ::-)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on September 22, 2010, 09:45:20 am
A several of Ti bikes on my commute this morning.

I regularly see a chap riding v quickly on a Litespeed Pisgah MTB.  Didn't see that this morning, but I did see a Litespeed Blade, another unidentified Litespeed and a Van Nicholas, which I think was an Amazon.
Title: Needs some TLC
Post by: Andrij on October 02, 2010, 09:24:02 pm
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_0XrMevmAjTc/TKeUe2FY8hI/AAAAAAAAA7c/7qDQLfNOP4E/s720/IMG_0271.JPG)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Gus on October 03, 2010, 12:58:28 pm

I saw a Waw velomobile (http://www.waw-mobil.de/index.html) today, it came flying down the road.
It makes sense that it had the lights on in the middle of the day, my guess was it was going at +50 km/h on a flat road.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on October 03, 2010, 09:34:24 pm
Cool.

The other day, I saw a Saxon steel bike on Borough High St.  Not seen one of those since about 1985.

Similarly, I saw a schoolkid in wandsworth yesterday (poor sod) on a red/yellow early 80s Raleigh.

Last week, close by, I saw another kid riding a red steel Langster to school 8)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Spikey on October 03, 2010, 09:53:58 pm
This bike had very interesting gears. 2 gears, pedal forwards for high gear, pedal backwards for low gear.
The chain goes from the top of chainring round one sprocket as normal, then round a jockey wheel and backwards round a larger sporcket and back to bottom of chainring. I think the hub has 2 freewheels, 1  for each sporcket.
I took a (very) few pics today, especially of the rusty ancient 'French' effect bike complete with its PBP number attached. Needless to say it finished before me!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/bike005.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/bike004.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v171/feistyfeline/bike003.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: border-rider on October 03, 2010, 09:56:32 pm
It was much discussed when Drew rode it on PBP, last time.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on October 05, 2010, 11:14:05 pm
Ah yes, I spotted this outside Aldi earlier:

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/cycling/20101005093_G.sized.jpg)

The first case of DUI bars I've seen in Brum, and the only time I've seen them combined with bar-end shifters, for the ultimate in ergonomic fail.  The brakes being on the wrong sides is just the icing on the cake :)

The rear wheel was locked to the frame, and it was resting on its propstand.  Not that anyone would want to nick it...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Adrian on October 05, 2010, 11:17:47 pm
Ah yes, I spotted this outside Aldi earlier:

  Not that anyone would want to nick it...

Oh I don't know, someone might want to put it out of its misery.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on October 05, 2010, 11:25:19 pm
The Worcester & Birmingham Canal is just up the road, I suppose...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: CrinklyLion on October 05, 2010, 11:44:34 pm
I saw a very hipster-looking chap with a Cinelli which had a marked lack of brakes, and rather less than the normal quota of spokes, today.  Noticed the absence of rear brake.  Then that there was none on the front either.  Then realised it was a ss, not a fixed.  Still, at least he was walking and pushing it as he wandered along the (busy) road.  Not on the (wide) pavement, actually on the road  ??? And apparently having a ss with no brakes means that it is compulsory to RLJ even when you're walking.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Torslanda on October 05, 2010, 11:47:55 pm
A case of 'terminal pose', there's no hope for him.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on October 06, 2010, 10:19:41 am
I think I've seen that one in York. Deep section rims? Riding slowly on the pavement. If I hadn't been in a hurry, I'd have been tempted to step in front of him, just to see what would happen.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on October 06, 2010, 10:24:26 am
We saw a lowrider style bike in Croydon.  It must have weighed a ton.  The rear wheel had a motorbike rim.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Arch on October 06, 2010, 04:55:30 pm
Ah yes, I spotted this outside Aldi earlier:

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/cycling/20101005093_G.sized.jpg)

The first case of DUI bars I've seen in Brum, and the only time I've seen them combined with bar-end shifters, for the ultimate in ergonomic fail.  The brakes being on the wrong sides is just the icing on the cake :)

The rear wheel was locked to the frame, and it was resting on its propstand.  Not that anyone would want to nick it...

Hang on, has that got a suicide lever on one side only? 
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 06, 2010, 05:49:40 pm
I noticed the same. I can see how you could use the 'safety lever' (as they were marketed in the '80s) to brake with the bars at such an angle, but there's only one, and it's the back brake, so it'll have the stopping power of chewing gum.

The frame looks as if it might show promise, though. If that's the case, this bike deserves a visit from the midnight guerilla bike fettler - to reset the bars, remove the mktgspk lvr and leave instruction on locking the thing up.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on October 07, 2010, 12:06:13 am
Hang on, has that got a suicide lever on one side only? 

I think that's just an artefact of my taking-a-photo-while-pretending-to-read-a-text-message technique.  You can see the top end of one on the left lever, the rest is I think just hidden from view.  I certainly don't remember there only being one, though I was somewhat distracted by the comedy shifters.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: andygates on October 08, 2010, 10:17:46 am
Lord, that's worth a Bike Snob 'Cockie' Award (http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on October 08, 2010, 11:11:04 am
Yesterday morning, I saw a Carlton fixed.  Not sure what it had been, but it still had its original livery, in a fetching bronze.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TheLurker on October 08, 2010, 02:29:37 pm
Teenager trundling down Cricklade St in Cirencester on a Bickerton at lunchtime.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on October 08, 2010, 03:09:24 pm
Poor kid.  I wonder what they'd done to deserve that? :(
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Gus on October 09, 2010, 05:14:40 pm
saw this tallbike today :
(http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b231/gus69/767x1023-_MG_7407.jpg)
The owner  showed how to trackstand on it.  ::-) :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on October 09, 2010, 07:22:55 pm
That's a very tall, tall bike, and I've never seen the chain done like that before, very interesting.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on October 09, 2010, 07:27:05 pm
I wonder how well the steering works - even assuming that both frames have the same head tube angle and that the head tubes are perfectly lined up.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ham on October 09, 2010, 07:30:23 pm
Some Bianchi Celete at the Bike Show, 50's stylee.

Chain is incredibly slack, tho
(http://lh6.ggpht.com/__5EyI8Ck-Lw/TLCzoi33aMI/AAAAAAAAZhs/U61J6MpeiLs/s640/S0095106.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Arch on October 09, 2010, 11:00:44 pm
Hang on, has that got a suicide lever on one side only? 

I think that's just an artefact of my taking-a-photo-while-pretending-to-read-a-text-message technique.  You can see the top end of one on the left lever, the rest is I think just hidden from view.  I certainly don't remember there only being one, though I was somewhat distracted by the comedy shifters.

I dunno. I've looked and looked (and did so before I posted), and can't see how the whole lever can be there and not show at the end.  I can see that the bit attached to the hood is there - maybe it's snapped off short and the stub is hidden.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mAsTa RiDaH on October 10, 2010, 08:49:56 pm
Ah yes, I spotted this outside Aldi earlier:

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/cycling/20101005093_G.sized.jpg)

The first case of DUI bars I've seen in Brum, and the only time I've seen them combined with bar-end shifters, for the ultimate in ergonomic fail.  The brakes being on the wrong sides is just the icing on the cake :)

The rear wheel was locked to the frame, and it was resting on its propstand.  Not that anyone would want to nick it...

Hang on, has that got a suicide lever on one side only?  

A Graeme O'Bree fan? The set up for the now infamous (cheers UCI) 'tuck' position.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tiermat on October 11, 2010, 09:14:08 am
Whilst out with the CrinklyPride yesterday, at the lunch stop (Blacksmiths Arms in Naburn) we saw a "The Duet", it wasn't until we were leaving that I worked out it attaches to a section on the back of a wheelchair, making it into a tandem trike.

Looked like the Economy one on here : The Go Anywhere Wheelchair Bicycle Tandem: The Duet (http://www.frankmobility.com/duetfeat.php)

Pretty damned cool if you ask me :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on October 11, 2010, 09:37:02 am
We saw a lot of interesting metal & plastic at the Cycle show, but couldn't list that here.  However, on Garratt Lane, we did see (well, Butterfly spotted) a Hase Pino. :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: geraldc on October 11, 2010, 09:45:07 am
Spotted by Shepherds Bush Green. Cruiser, but with reversed forks, drop bars, and reserved brake levers, and bar ends. I think they're homemade butteryfly bars.

(http://www.pbase.com/gchong2426/image/129313490.jpg)

(http://www.pbase.com/gchong2426/image/129313489.jpg)


Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: CrinklyLion on October 11, 2010, 09:53:40 am
Whilst out with the CrinklyPride yesterday, at the lunch stop (Blacksmiths Arms in Naburn) we saw a "The Duet", it wasn't until we were leaving that I worked out it attaches to a section on the back of a wheelchair, making it into a tandem trike.

Looked like the Economy one on here : The Go Anywhere Wheelchair Bicycle Tandem: The Duet (http://www.frankmobility.com/duetfeat.php)

Pretty damned cool if you ask me :)

We were also sharing the (clearly labelled, and signposted from the front of the pub) Bike Parking with another mtb+tagalong, rather a lot of rather reasonable bikes and another 2 islabikes.  And I spotted 3 other islabikes as we were riding, making it a 6 (including the cub's) islabike day.  The care with which one driver, clearly very aware that he was being watched by a large number of cyclists fearful for their precious,  3-pointed their car out of the car space opposite was fairly amusing.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: hatler on October 11, 2010, 02:10:41 pm
Saw a fantastic combo on Saturday near Motspur Park. A recumbent tandem towing a double seater trike tagalong.

Edit. With the tagalong seats in line, not abreast.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Zipperhead on October 11, 2010, 02:19:42 pm
Yesterday I saw a Dursley Pedersen, the frame looked to be made out of stainless.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on October 11, 2010, 02:40:48 pm
Saw a fantastic combo on Saturday near Motspur Park. A recumbent tandem towing a double seater trike tagalong.

That must have made for a long vehicle and a large turning circle.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Karla on October 11, 2010, 02:41:31 pm
On a train from Haywards Heath to Lewes on Saturday, a Dahon folder with (I think) 24" wheels, fitted with Raceblades
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 11, 2010, 08:25:01 pm
Spotted by Shepherds Bush Green. Cruiser, but with reversed forks, drop bars, and reserved brake levers, and bar ends. I think they're homemade butteryfly bars.

(http://www.pbase.com/gchong2426/image/129313490.jpg)
Little Cudzo asked "Is that a motorbike?"
Being told no, he said "It looks like... You remember that word in the truck book I had in India?"
"?"
"It looks like a custom bike!"
And I think he's right!  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Greenbank on October 11, 2010, 08:26:35 pm
(http://www.pbase.com/gchong2426/image/129313490.jpg)

My $DEITY that must have twitchy handling with negative trail!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on October 12, 2010, 11:39:46 am
Yesterday I saw a Dursley Pedersen, the frame looked to be made out of stainless.

I saw a red one this morning!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on October 12, 2010, 12:54:53 pm

My $DEITY that must have twitchy handling with negative trail!

Actually, the opposite.  Reversed fork rake gives excessive trail.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Greenbank on October 12, 2010, 12:57:46 pm
D'Oh. Yes. Ta for the correction.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: StuAff on October 13, 2010, 10:58:20 pm
On a train from Haywards Heath to Lewes on Saturday, a Dahon folder with (I think) 24" wheels, fitted with Raceblades

I think it was probably a 26" wheel Dahon like my Cadenza (which also has Raceblades- a special version SKS did for Dahon). The 24" Dahons get full-length guards.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: jellied on October 15, 2010, 10:36:07 pm
spotted this week outside Holborn station in London

(http://www.ealingbikehub.co.uk/temp/IMAG0065.jpg)

all-in-one frame was novel together with BMX style handbar,

anyidea what it is?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: cyclone on October 15, 2010, 11:02:45 pm
No idea,but looks like a serious amount of thought has gone into it! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: spesh on October 16, 2010, 12:10:10 am
spotted this week outside Holborn station in London

(http://www.ealingbikehub.co.uk/temp/IMAG0065.jpg)

all-in-one frame was novel together with BMX style handbar,

anyidea what it is?

My guess is someone's metalwork coursework.

Not sure about the overall stiffness of the frame though, even if the step-through trellis arrangement is attached to the down tube...  :-\
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on October 16, 2010, 09:27:18 am
It looks like a collision between a Moulton spaceframe and a vintage Raleigh road bike.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Exit Stage Left on October 16, 2010, 10:36:33 am
spotted this week outside Holborn station in London

all-in-one frame was novel together with BMX style handbar,

anyidea what it is?

It's a waste of a good quality saddle.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: RW on October 20, 2010, 08:13:50 pm
A yellow bike friday triplet ridden solo crossing Victoria Street into Artillery Row.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on October 22, 2010, 10:11:11 am
Saw a Pompetamine last night.  despite lots of press coverage, I'd not seen one in the wild yet.  Not bad as a versatile hack bike, I think.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: rogerzilla on October 27, 2010, 05:42:00 pm
Outside Maccy D's in Swindon, an original purple Specialized Rockhopper with purple anodised accessories.  Skinny steel tubing, pretty unmolested.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on October 27, 2010, 08:10:29 pm
I took a bit of a loop this evening to get a slightly longer ride, and I spotted an Arthur Caygill!  In Southwark! :o
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on October 28, 2010, 05:01:57 pm
(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1394/5109379937_8130e90626.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/itsbruce/5109379937/in/set-72157624385105316/)

One of many odd or interesting bikes I saw in Berlin (http://www.flickr.com/photos/itsbruce/sets/72157625103748379/), over the last few days.  I've added most of the bike pics I took there to my Bikes set (http://www.flickr.com/photos/itsbruce/sets/72157624385105316/with/5109379937/).  Every picture in that set from this one on was taken in Berlin.  Will write up some more about cycling in Berlin, when I have a moment.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Torslanda on October 28, 2010, 05:33:07 pm
that must be ridden by someone seriously tall.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on October 28, 2010, 08:39:09 pm
Saw a courier in Trinity Church Square leaning against his nice 531 frame.  It was a Wilkinson, which isn't a name I know.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: hubner on October 31, 2010, 10:36:56 am
Saw this Longstaff trike at a car boot sale in deepest south east London.

(http://img514.imageshack.us/img514/9461/longstafftricycle.jpg)

Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on October 31, 2010, 11:32:15 am
How much was it?  I'll give you a fiver ;)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 01, 2010, 09:38:10 am
Up near St Pancras, we saw a roadster marked as a Locomotiff.  Not heard of the brand.  The bike itself looked quite old, but the chainguard was also marked Locomotiff, and that looked pretty recent.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: hubner on November 01, 2010, 12:46:15 pm
Bike with TVT carbon frame, as ridden by Delgado, Indurain etc, outside a library in SE London. Looks like it's used as a hack bike.

(http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/9200/tvtoutsidelibrary2july2.jpg)

(http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/8240/tvtoutsidelibrary1july2.jpg)

Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 01, 2010, 02:45:56 pm
Yesterday, I saw a pink M Steel in Clapham.  Today, close by, I saw it again with its elegant owner.

Also yesterday, we saw a chap on a lovely blue Roy Thame, shiny & well looked after, on the A3, and rode near the owner up towards Waterloo.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 02, 2010, 09:55:26 am
Shiny teal & chrome Bob Jackson near Clapham Common.  Singlespeed (prob fixed) with a single sidepull front brake operated by reverse lever on the sweptback bars.  Brooks saddle & bar tape.  Looked very smart, but the rims were a bit deep for the look, I thought.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on November 02, 2010, 09:58:48 am
Cycled along side someone on a yellow Reef carbon road bike, converted to single speed.  Of note as it had no seat stays, but rather hefty chain stays.
 
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 02, 2010, 10:05:16 am
Sounds odd, so I gewgalled.  Couldn't find a pic :(
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Jurek on November 02, 2010, 03:17:02 pm
Anything like this? (http://www.epxbikes.com/OwnersForum/tabid/121/aff/1/aft/82/afv/topic/Default.aspx)

EPX (no longer in business) used to make C/F (mostly) off road frames in Oz.

They did do a road model called a Reef (but that had conventional  (http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=25168&sid=28244fef41b073af537af20bb92c12df) seat stays)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on November 02, 2010, 04:07:12 pm
Anything like this? (http://www.epxbikes.com/OwnersForum/tabid/121/aff/1/aft/82/afv/topic/Default.aspx)

EPX (no longer in business) used to make C/F (mostly) off road frames in Oz.

They did do a road model called a Reef (but that had conventional  (http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=25168&sid=28244fef41b073af537af20bb92c12df) seat stays)

Bingo!  The EPX link is the bike I saw (different livery and components, obviously).  Thanks.
 
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Butterfly on November 02, 2010, 09:26:36 pm
Today I saw a Bakfiets doing a school run. It was power assisted, which seemed like a very sensible idea to me. :D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: corshamjim on November 02, 2010, 09:37:35 pm
Saw a nice old Moulton yesterday.  In fact I've seen loads of interesting bicycles the last few days - it's been a while since I've spent any time in London - good heavens it's turning in to cycle-city!  :o
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on November 03, 2010, 09:59:48 am
I passed a recumbent tricycle in Battersea Park, not so unusual you might say, except that this wasn't the typical tadpole layout, but had a single steering wheel and two wheels at the back.
Seemed to be one wheel (right) drive.
Didn't catch the manufacturer, underseat steering layout as well.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Hilldodger on November 03, 2010, 03:51:02 pm
I passed a recumbent tricycle in Battersea Park, not so unusual you might say, except that this wasn't the typical tadpole layout, but had a single steering wheel and two wheels at the back.
Seemed to be one wheel (right) drive.
Didn't catch the manufacturer, underseat steering layout as well.

Probably a Kettweisel(http://www.bentrideronline.com/reviews/KettWiesel/KettWiesel.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on November 03, 2010, 05:31:55 pm
I passed a recumbent tricycle in Battersea Park, not so unusual you might say, except that this wasn't the typical tadpole layout, but had a single steering wheel and two wheels at the back.
Seemed to be one wheel (right) drive.
Didn't catch the manufacturer, underseat steering layout as well.

Probably a Kettweisel(http://www.bentrideronline.com/reviews/KettWiesel/KettWiesel.jpg)

I was hoping someone might take a guess at what it might have been. Unfortunately, probably not this, it had a much shorter wheelbase than the one in the pic. sort of regular bike length really.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 03, 2010, 07:50:10 pm
A Pashley pdq trike?  That's that way round, isn't it?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: corshamjim on November 03, 2010, 10:27:05 pm
I've been in London for the last 3 days (back home now).  Spotting interesting and unusual bikes in London is like shooting fish in a barrel.  This last few days I've seen a Bickerton, a Bakfiets style work bike, a couple of very wide green plastic box trailers (is that to do with some franchise or something?), a Pashley poppy, some Velorbis style bikes, someone wheeling a recumbent (not sure if he had the nerve actually to ride it in London), an On-One single-speed (not sure if fixed or not).  Lots of fixies, but only one poseur doing a track stand at the lights.

Interestingly not very many (only one afaiaa) electric bicycles.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on November 04, 2010, 12:06:40 am
... a couple of very wide green plastic box trailers (is that to do with some franchise or something?), ...

Could be Darwin's Deli, although I can't remember what colour their trailers are (if indeed they are a consistent colour).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 04, 2010, 09:33:58 am
I think Darwin's Deli signature colour is black.

Yesterday, in the melee of the A24/A3, we saw something interesting.  Not an interesting bike, particularly, just a high end hybrid (though not a Koga Miyata or a Toutterrain, or anything like that).  Nor was the rider particularly interesting (unless you find young, attractive, fit cycling women attractive. Err....).  No, the interesting thing was the pannier.

It read 'LONDON TO CAPETOWN' etc etc etc.

Butterfly pointed out that heading north on the A24 wasn't the best direction to choose. ;D

In fact, once I got to Clapham, I did wonder if heading North at all yesterday was worthwhile.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 04, 2010, 09:35:10 am
Ooh - spotted another last night in Newington.  It was a Graham Weigh, painted in very 80s fluo/white fade.  All steep angles and rather large, it looked very purposeful.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on November 04, 2010, 10:31:25 am
A Pashley pdq trike?  That's that way round, isn't it?

Nope Ann Lewis - Gallery (http://www.onwebnow.co.uk/hpvfun/gallery_pages/ann_lewis.htm)

Could it be something really weird like a Flevotrike (http://www.markhodson.nl/index.php?n=Bikes.Flevotrike)?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on November 04, 2010, 11:31:14 am
A Steve Goff (http://www.steve-goff-frames.co.uk/index.shtml) parked outside my gym (seen it a few times).  Next time I'll take a closer look and see if I can figure out the model.
 
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Butterfly on November 04, 2010, 03:33:33 pm
I think Darwin's Deli signature colour is black.

Yesterday, in the melee of the A24/A3, we saw something interesting.  Not an interesting bike, particularly, just a high end hybrid (though not a Koga Miyata or a Toutterrain, or anything like that).  Nor was the rider particularly interesting (unless you find young, attractive, fit cycling women attractive. Err....).  No, the interesting thing was the pannier.

It read 'LONDON TO CAPETOWN' etc etc etc.

Butterfly pointed out that heading north on the A24 wasn't the best direction to choose. ;D

In fact, once I got to Clapham, I did wonder if heading North at all yesterday was worthwhile.
It was a Roberts :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on November 04, 2010, 04:00:25 pm
I passed a recumbent tricycle in Battersea Park, not so unusual you might say, except that this wasn't the typical tadpole layout, but had a single steering wheel and two wheels at the back.
Seemed to be one wheel (right) drive.
Didn't catch the manufacturer, underseat steering layout as well.

Probably a Kettweisel(http://www.bentrideronline.com/reviews/KettWiesel/KettWiesel.jpg)

I was hoping someone might take a guess at what it might have been. Unfortunately, probably not this, it had a much shorter wheelbase than the one in the pic. sort of regular bike length really.

That's an extendable boom isn't it?
Could be that the owner (a woman) had the boom set quite short and therefore the wheelbase was short as a consequence.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on November 04, 2010, 04:10:45 pm
Check my previous reply
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on November 05, 2010, 10:34:48 am
Check my previous reply

not the Flevotrike.

So if we're playing detectives.
Relatively small wheels, 20-24" at a guess at the back and a small wheel at the front.
Rear wheeles were canted inwards at the top.
Drive was to the right hand side with a derailleur cluster on the drive.
Left hand side appeared undriven.
Rear axles were not joined.
Stub axles were long (about a foot I would guess, maybe more).

So the frame was a shallow V at the back, split for the drive chain, the stub axles were therefore (presumably) supported in tubes at least a foot long.

Is this still describing the Kettweisel?

Aha.. more images
(http://www.kinetics.org.uk/assets/images/kett0021.jpg)

Almost certainly this is what I saw with the boom reeled in.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on November 05, 2010, 11:31:28 am
Is this still describing the Kettweisel?

Sounds very much like it was a Kettweisel. I've seen them much shorter than the one pictured above.

I imagine that Kettweisel is Dutchlandish for Catweazle (http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/c/catweaz.htm)?  :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on November 05, 2010, 12:16:23 pm
I saw a kettweisel outside Rock Steady Eddy's cafe in Camberwell, a couple of weeks back.  Did wonder if it belonged to anybody on here.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 05, 2010, 12:18:22 pm
There's also the Hase Lepus (is that a bilingual jest?), which is a slightly different configuration, but I can't recall if it's longer or shorter.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: PhilO on November 05, 2010, 12:23:07 pm
The Greenspeed Anura is also very similar...

I suppose it could also have been a Trets if it was very small. Although that has OSS.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on November 05, 2010, 12:34:30 pm
The Greenspeed Anura is also very similar...

Anura doesn't have inclined rear wheels.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on November 06, 2010, 03:59:00 pm
I think Darwin's Deli signature colour is black.

It's a dark navy blue.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 10, 2010, 10:54:11 am
I just stepped outside to buy a butty for lunch later.  Riding along the street was a chap on a Rudge Bi-Frame - a folding MTB of the sort I bought from Pedaldog, and later sold to IIRC Mike.  I loved it's quirkiness, but I know it's an acquired taste.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Butterfly on November 10, 2010, 10:30:28 pm
I saw a trike that may have been a Christiania Trike on the Strand this afternoon. The Strand was closed due to the demo and I was at the bus stop contemplating the absence of buses. The trike was full of win :D. And a double base :D.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 11, 2010, 08:57:12 am
Yay.  I've seen a Christiania within a couple of streets of work two mornings this week, and I saw another child-carrying trike on another morning.  Trike-tastic! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 11, 2010, 11:28:00 am
I've seen a couple of darksiders this week.  First was a recumbent bike at Clapham.  Then there was another, lower one, yesterday, on the CS7 E&C bypass.  It was blue, but I didn't ID either bike.  It's very very rare to see a 'bent in south London.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ham on November 14, 2010, 10:18:44 am
Royal Marines on a 5-Way bike that looks like it was designed to take on a tank at the Lord Mayor Show.

A few photos starting here Picasa Web Albums - Ham _ - Lord Mayor's ... (http://picasaweb.google.com/londondailyphoto/LordMayorSShow2010#5539326071353592354)
The entire Lord Mayor Show album (straight out the camera) here: Picasa Web Albums - Ham _ - Lord Mayor's ... (http://picasaweb.google.com/londondailyphoto/LordMayorSShow2010#)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on November 14, 2010, 12:57:27 pm
Ah, that reminds me.  One thing I saw a couple of times in Berlin (but not, sadly, when I had my camera to hand) was cycling pubs.  That is, some kind of covered float with a bar on it, where the customers sat facing the bar and pedalled while they drank, with a (presumably sober) staff member steering at the front.  I'm guessing it was some kind of novelty service available for stag parties and the like.  Wish I'd caught it on camera.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ham on November 14, 2010, 01:46:19 pm
You mean like this? London Daily Photo: The Pubcrawler (http://londondailyphoto.blogspot.com/2009/09/pubcrawler.html)

(I have a load more photos if you are interested)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on November 14, 2010, 03:09:34 pm
You mean like this? London Daily Photo: The Pubcrawler (http://londondailyphoto.blogspot.com/2009/09/pubcrawler.html)

(I have a load more photos if you are interested)

Broadly like that; it was covered and a little larger.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on November 14, 2010, 04:42:32 pm
One of these (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fp1G3JoGcZU)?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on November 14, 2010, 05:08:05 pm
One of these (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fp1G3JoGcZU)?

I do believe you have nailed it.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mike on November 15, 2010, 09:37:45 am
not that unusual in London, but a nice smile from innocent no. 4:

(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a19/mikes99mail/bikes/P1010941.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 15, 2010, 09:42:39 am
That's a bit barking.

And smiles are unusual in London ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on November 15, 2010, 09:47:45 am
That strikes me as a fun job!!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: lilly22 on November 15, 2010, 02:23:07 pm
That looks like an amazing job! and i have to admit I am partial to an innocent smoothie  :P

Quote
And smiles are unusual in London Grin

I don't live in London but have been there a couple of times. I don't know if it's just me but i've found people in London very friendly and smiley....
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Zipperhead on November 15, 2010, 02:28:13 pm
not that unusual in London, but a nice smile from innocent no. 4:

(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a19/mikes99mail/bikes/P1010941.jpg)

Shouldn't that be in the CDC pic thread?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: BrianI on November 23, 2010, 02:21:06 pm
I did see a strange cross between a tandem and a recumbent  when I was heading through Dalmeny estate today. A tandem back end and recumbent front end with fairing.  Never took a picture of it unfortunately!

Looked fun!   :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 23, 2010, 03:07:08 pm
Sounds like a Hase Pino (http://www.bike123.com/images/hase%20pino.jpg), but I'm curious about the fairing.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on November 23, 2010, 04:29:15 pm
Sounds like a Hase Pino (http://www.bike123.com/images/hase%20pino.jpg), but I'm curious about the fairing.

LOL, I just posted the same thing over in the "Have you been out today?" thread (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=10.msg780490#msg780490) over in Rides and Touring.

Great minds etc. ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on November 23, 2010, 04:36:42 pm
Sounds like a Hase Pino (http://www.bike123.com/images/hase%20pino.jpg), but I'm curious about the fairing.

There was one of those - or something very similar - on the FNRttC.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 23, 2010, 04:40:50 pm
And that was probably the Halls.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Adrian on November 23, 2010, 07:12:45 pm
And that was the Halls.

FTFY
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on November 23, 2010, 11:02:54 pm
Sounds like a Hase Pino (http://www.bike123.com/images/hase%20pino.jpg), but I'm curious about the fairing.
There was one of those - or something very similar - on the FNRttC.

Which I also said over on the other thread, or more exactly, I said that it was Mr & Mrs Hall.

Isn't there a mod for the forum which allows crossposting. :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 23, 2010, 11:36:06 pm
I saw someone driving a bucketful of kids in a trike.  It was a Nihola or summat like that.

I said 'cool' and they all smiled
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 24, 2010, 09:21:02 am
I imagine that Kettweisel is Dutchlandish for Catweazle (http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/c/catweaz.htm)?  :)
Except Kettwiesel (note correct way round for i and e) is a German company.

Wiesel in German is weasel. Chain is Kette. My exhaustive German dictionary didn't have the word 'Kettwiesel', presumably as it's a portmanteau word.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 24, 2010, 09:24:06 am
Ah, that reminds me.  One thing I saw a couple of times in Berlin (but not, sadly, when I had my camera to hand) was cycling pubs.  That is, some kind of covered float with a bar on it, where the customers sat facing the bar and pedalled while they drank, with a (presumably sober) staff member steering at the front.  I'm guessing it was some kind of novelty service available for stag parties and the like.  Wish I'd caught it on camera.
I saw a pair of 'em in Düsseldorf in July

(http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx30/Auntie_Helen/Duesseldorf%20Rides/DSCF5595.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 24, 2010, 09:31:39 am
Hase = Hare
Lepus = Rabbit (Latin)
Wiesel = Weasel
Pino = ?
Trets = ?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Greenbank on November 24, 2010, 10:30:14 am
Ah, that reminds me.  One thing I saw a couple of times in Berlin (but not, sadly, when I had my camera to hand) was cycling pubs.  That is, some kind of covered float with a bar on it, where the customers sat facing the bar and pedalled while they drank, with a (presumably sober) staff member steering at the front.  I'm guessing it was some kind of novelty service available for stag parties and the like.  Wish I'd caught it on camera.
I saw a pair of 'em in Düsseldorf in July

I've seen one in London going along Upper Ground behind the National Theatre.

They seem quite popular for stag-dos.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 24, 2010, 10:33:26 am
I saw the tandemming commuters again today, and felt very jealous.  I finally got to see what brand of bike it is.  It's a John Fern, but I'm none the wiser for that.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 24, 2010, 10:37:27 am
Hase = Hare
Lepus = Rabbit (Latin)
Wiesel = Weasel
Pino = ?
Trets = ?
Pino and Trets not in my exhaustive German dictionary although they might be Umgangssprache.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on November 24, 2010, 11:15:19 am
Google Translate isn't a lot better assuming that they're German, but if you tell it to translate from Latin, it reckons that Trets is "Shall go through", which is interesting, and not entirely implausible.  It still doesn't help with Pino however.  It also suggests "Features" for Trets, if it's in Catalan, but that sounds less likely.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on November 24, 2010, 11:23:05 am
Pino

LanguageTranslation
FilipinoRefined
FinishStack
GalicianPin
PortuguesePin

All from Google Translate, so make of that what you will!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 24, 2010, 11:24:49 am
Dang!  No animal link then.  My theory hits a wall of FAIL
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Auntie Helen on November 24, 2010, 01:51:18 pm
Dang!  No animal link then.  My theory hits a wall of FAIL
Well I always assumed there was some animal link because of Hase and Lepus so it's not just you!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 24, 2010, 03:30:54 pm
A 1908 Centaur, with interesting double-stays and acetylene lamps. Still ridden on a regular basis - I was able to speak to the owner.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on November 25, 2010, 02:08:14 pm
Well, he bought it.  And it's all my fault :)

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5044/5206027667_2f503ca282.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/itsbruce/5206027667/)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tiermat on November 25, 2010, 02:11:58 pm
Well, he bought it.  And it's all my fault :)

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5044/5206027667_2f503ca282.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/itsbruce/5206027667/)


Is that one of those city bikes with the built in lights? What's it like as a bike (i.e. to ride etc)?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Arch on November 27, 2010, 05:00:07 pm
Google Translate isn't a lot better assuming that they're German, but if you tell it to translate from Latin, it reckons that Trets is "Shall go through", which is interesting, and not entirely implausible.  It still doesn't help with Pino however.  It also suggests "Features" for Trets, if it's in Catalan, but that sounds less likely.

Except that being a two wheeler recumbent trailerbike, it should more propery be "Shall go through unless it's a Sustrans path with bloody anti-motorbike gates".

Unless it's the one at the end of the Stamford Bridge Viaduct, in which case it would be one of a very few vehicles that proably can go through without stopping, (and that includes my Catrike, but none of my uprights)...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mike on November 27, 2010, 05:19:02 pm
Well, he bought it.  And it's all my fault :)

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5044/5206027667_2f503ca282.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/itsbruce/5206027667/)


i saw one of those in the new bike shop in cambridge - unbelivably ugly!!  It looked like it had a built in lock between the top tube and down tube, but that doesnt seem to have it..
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on November 28, 2010, 02:05:29 am
Is that one of those city bikes with the built in lights? What's it like as a bike (i.e. to ride etc)?

It's a Van Moof no. 3, yes. Coaster brakes, 3 speed hub gear, integrated solar powered lights, 28 inch wheels. Mike, the one with the built-in lock is the no. 5, which truly is even uglier because of the extra tube to house the Abus chain.

The ride is actually very good; the frame is light, which combines with the huge wheels to make it easy to control and speedier than you would think. Dorky it may look, but it is fun to ride.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Torslanda on November 28, 2010, 11:33:07 pm
Mrs Torslanda, of the horned helmet and heavy metal breastplate, has just branded them thus: not bicycles, just pieces of tube welded together.

Possibly the most expensive BSOs on sale . . .
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 29, 2010, 10:24:19 am
Not at all.  Any BSO with a car brand name on (B*W, Porsche, Mercedes etc) tends to be more expensive, and even more BSOish...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on November 29, 2010, 10:50:27 am
Mrs Torslanda, of the horned helmet and heavy metal breastplate, has just branded them thus: not bicycles, just pieces of tube welded together.

Possibly the most expensive BSOs on sale . . .

Have to disagree with that.  They are undeniably ugly, but that's not the
definition of a BSO.  They ride well and are soundly constructed.  They are "fashion" bikes (who ever said fashion ever had to look good?)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 29, 2010, 10:54:22 am
I missed seeing a Pedersen this morning, which ChrisL had spotted. :(

On the other hand, riding with the group on Saturday round the (cold) art deco delights of West London, we had, inter alia, a smart 1938 Rudge roadster, with deep mudguards, a nice Perry, an old skool Spesh Hard Rock and some others which I will recall eventually.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 05, 2010, 04:03:18 pm
A rather nice looking Harry Quinn just missed me running into me on College Green.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on December 05, 2010, 05:10:26 pm
Spotted a vintage Moulton "New Look" Standard on Meard Street, today.


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5161/5234960724_d93b3549d4.jpg)
 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/itsbruce/5234960724/)

Oh, I see I also spotted my thumb.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Aidan on December 06, 2010, 09:20:54 am
Maybe not ones I've seen, but some certainly worthy of inclusion here

Photography at Sur Place exhibition at Mediamatic on the Behance Network (http://www.behance.net/gallery/Photography-at-Sur-Place-exhibition-at-Mediamatic/609262)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on December 06, 2010, 09:24:25 am
itsbruce, that looks very small to me.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on December 06, 2010, 11:44:49 am
It was a dinky little bike, yes.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on December 06, 2010, 12:28:45 pm
It is a Moulton Mini with 14" wheels, rather than the 16" wheels of the other F-frames.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on December 06, 2010, 02:27:07 pm
That was what I was wondering...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on December 06, 2010, 02:38:04 pm
See, I'm an admirer of Moultons for their design, but I've never ridden one.  Never really wanted to; I like looking at them, and it's nice that other people find a use for them etc.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: DrMekon on December 07, 2010, 06:24:15 pm
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5046/5241210281_248581d425.jpg)

Sorte Jernherst Trike. Front wheel drive, rear wheel steering. For sale in a 'discount' cycle shop. Definitely going to try to get a test ride.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on December 07, 2010, 08:32:16 pm
Saw a lovely old Carlton zooming through Balham this morning.  Young lad obviously enjoying metal older than him :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 08, 2010, 02:39:54 pm


Sorte Jernherst Trike. Front wheel drive, rear wheel steering. For sale in a 'discount' cycle shop. Definitely going to try to get a test ride.

That's absolutely barking (and could be absolutely inovative, if they've overcome the steering issues). DO report back.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on December 08, 2010, 11:55:52 pm
Sorte Jernherst Trike. Front wheel drive, rear wheel steering. For sale in a 'discount' cycle shop. Definitely going to try to get a test ride.
That's absolutely barking (and could be absolutely inovative, if they've overcome the steering issues). DO report back.

...or just lethal, if they haven't. :-\

Rear wheel steering is generally a bad idea.  The only place I've ever seen it used successfully at speed (ie faster than a fork lift truck) was on ThrustSSC, and the Mini that they used to test the rear steering system on.

I've also seen rear wheel steer HPVs crash quite spectacularly!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 09, 2010, 11:28:46 am
I've seen a few fully-functional FWD / RWS recumbent trikes, mostly from the Old Days.  The Jouta brothers built a production one into the 90's; the Sturmey Flying 5, the Hawker-Hudspith and Simon Sanderson's phenomenally-mis-monikered Panzer were one-off's which worked very well.

OTOH I still have the scars to show what can happen with an unsorted one.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: gordon taylor on December 12, 2010, 07:55:09 am
In Stafford yesterday:

(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c22/gordon1314/bv.jpg)

Complete with indicator switches on the steering wheel. There's a tiny straight handlebar below the steering wheel which has normal brake levers fitted. I saw a young guy riding it at speed a bit later.

!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on December 12, 2010, 02:16:23 pm
Saw a nice Islabikes Luath 700 at Sainsburys in Colliers Wood.  Locked to a Trek hybrid.  Luath looked nice, though.  I noticed that it had a computer mount.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 20, 2010, 05:30:52 pm
>Gordy
What's the black box nestled between the frame tubes? Is it some kind of alarm, or is it a battery for the indicators?

Whatever it is, that's a strange bike (and, I'm afraid, one of the ugliest I've ever seen).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on December 22, 2010, 07:30:30 pm
Only slightly unusual, but it piqued my interest.

A dark grey/black non-shiny Ribble, with road gearing (big double, etc), Tiagra rear, ITM forks. So far so normal, but it had a dynohub & associated lighting, a rack with a proper rack-mounted rear light which looked like the Basta Zoom, IIRC -
 (http://img.idealo.com/folder/Product/1566/3/1566353/s1_produktbild_mittelgross/axa-basta-zoom-rueckleuchte.gif)
& as well as the computer mount a Rixen + Kaul mini-adapter
(http://www.klickfix.de/images/produkte/small/0000ma.jpg)
on the handlebars. All in all, it looked like the sort of bike some people here might ride.

Locked up outside Reading library this afternoon.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 22, 2010, 07:36:48 pm
So not unusual, but interesting and by the sound of it, attractive. That's good.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: DrMekon on December 22, 2010, 08:31:13 pm
Sorte Jernherst Trike. Front wheel drive, rear wheel steering. For sale in a 'discount' cycle shop. Definitely going to try to get a test ride.
That's absolutely barking (and could be absolutely inovative, if they've overcome the steering issues). DO report back.

...or just lethal, if they haven't. :-\

Rear wheel steering is generally a bad idea.  The only place I've ever seen it used successfully at speed (ie faster than a fork lift truck) was on ThrustSSC, and the Mini that they used to test the rear steering system on.

I've also seen rear wheel steer HPVs crash quite spectacularly!

Yeah, having already scared myself on a winther kangeroo and a christiania because of steering wobbles from underdamped steering, I'll be checking for a sufficiently stiff damper before I put my eldest in.

Actually, I should probably ride it alone first. I suspect it's going to be scary.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on January 01, 2011, 02:11:47 pm
Another only slightly unusual but rather pleasing bike, locked up outside Reading library on Wednesday:- a classic Peugeot refitted with a 7 speed Shimano hub - but a triple on the front. Various other new bits, as well. Obviously a loved bike.

Why do I never have my camera when I see them?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on January 02, 2011, 08:26:38 pm
Yesterday, we saw a chap on a Raleigh Olympus.  Quite an old thing.  His partner had a new hybrid.  We saw another mismatched pair a couple of days ago, with a chap on a carbon fibre toy waiting impatiently for a partner on an ancient roadster.

In Sutton yesterday, I saw a little girl being carried on the top tube of a rod-braked roadster.  They were riding in the shopping streets, where motor vehicles are not allowed.

Today, we saw a kid-carrying trike near Northcote Road, called something like a Bebboe.

Butterfly has tried Googling that, and has found it to be a Googlewhack.

It's actually a Babboe (http://www.babboe.co.uk/cargobike), she's just found.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on January 05, 2011, 08:54:40 pm
Anybody on the lookout for a 'Kiddie-front tandem" (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Tandem-adult-child-bike-/160527861212)?  :D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 08, 2011, 08:39:40 pm
Today, being wheeled across a pedestrian crossing, what looked like an MTB with front suspension and an unusual double-headlight set up which was fixed to the fork crown, and a head tube badge showing the blue and white quadrants of everyone's favourite post-war saycepan manufacturer. I only caught a glimpse of it, as it was hidden behind other people and I had my eye more on my son, so can't say anything more about the bike or why it was being wheeled not ridden.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Butterfly on January 20, 2011, 08:09:22 pm
I saw a Hase Pino near the magistrates court in Lavender hill today. It had a small stoker and I think it may have been heading towards Latchmere swimming pool, as it had a swimming noodle thing on the back :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on January 21, 2011, 09:47:22 am
This morning, I saw that beautiful Ellis Briggs again.  It belongs to a woman on LFGSS, and she tells me it was in a right state when she got it.  Now, it's maroon & chrome, which sets off the beautiful lugs perfectly.  Skeleton brake calipers (Campag?) and singlespeeded.  Flat bars are a bit incongruous, but it's her bike, and she loves it.  I think it is lovely too.  Riding up behind her, the chrome shows off the pencil seatstays marvellously.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on January 21, 2011, 09:53:07 am
Parked outside my gym again, a red, well-kept Steve Goff.  The reason if caught my eye was the top tube: horizontal until a few inches from the seat post, then it angle up.  It just looks 'wrong'.  Otherwise, a nice bike.
 
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on January 21, 2011, 11:00:03 am
Is it a lo-pro?

Meanwhile, I forgot to mention a spiffing SS Rourke I saw at Elephant & Castle.  The owner looked a bit hipser-ish, but it's a good looking bike.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on January 21, 2011, 01:09:37 pm
I've goggled but can't find a picture.  Guess I'll just have to take a photo myself, then remember to actually do something with it when I get home.
 
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Canardly on January 30, 2011, 03:36:30 pm
Came across a Dawes Galaxy labelled "Ice blade"  today, anyone know of them? Unfortunately no camera with me. Also the brakes on the bike  were very unusual. sealed caliper end units suggesting hydraulics with no visible/apparent cables and unusually large fretted caliper arms.

Edit: Found the brakes

Magura HS33 MIG Limited Edition Hydraulic Rim Brakes  Levers : Bikes | Mountain Bikes | Road Bikes| Winstanleys (http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/product/28777/Magura_HS33_MIG_Limited_Edition_Hydraulic_Rim_Brakes__Levers)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on January 31, 2011, 11:10:50 am
On Friday's commute in to work, I saw a Kingcycle recumbent near Stockwell.  It was a bit tired, but still cool.  You almost never see 'bents in Sarf Lahndan.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on January 31, 2011, 11:57:57 am
On Friday's commute in to work, I saw a Kingcycle recumbent near Stockwell.  It was a bit tired, but still cool.  You almost never see 'bents in Sarf Lahndan.

I saw a Kettwiesel parked outside a cafe on Coldharbour Lane in Camberwell last November.  Must have been somebody passing through having stopped to refuel.  Certainly haven't seen it around since.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 31, 2011, 02:55:24 pm
A Raleigh Wayfarer by one of the boats moored in Bristol docks. Not a particularly interesting bike of itself, but the frame was the spit of the Hero Hawk I had in India.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: SlowCoach on January 31, 2011, 03:30:30 pm
A Raleigh Wayfarer by one of the boats moored in Bristol docks. Not a particularly interesting bike of itself, but the frame was the spit of the Hero Hawk I had in India.

That's because they both could have come from the same design stable. I worked for Raleigh for a short period in 1974 (in the days when Raleigh acually made bikes in the UK). In those days, not only did the factories turn out Raleigh and Carlton bikes, but also made under labels such as Rudge, Humber, BSA, and lots of private label (Halfords may have been one - if I remember correctly). They also had licencing arrangements for other manufacturers to produce their designs overseas. I used to have some Hero transfers which I picked up at the Raleigh factory - I suspect there may have been some form of link up.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 31, 2011, 07:12:46 pm
I'm pretty sure it is the same design under a different name. BSA, Philips and TI are names still produced in India, though Raleigh is not. In fact I know someone there who went to the trouble of importing a (modern) Raleigh from South Africa.
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Post by: SlowCoach on January 31, 2011, 08:12:45 pm
Phillips, Hercules, Armstrong, Rudge-Whitworth, Norman and Sun were other names coming out of the Nottingham factories (many were for export only - e.g. they were making butchers bikes for export to Africa, which were designed to be loaded and pushed, rather than ridden!). At that time Raleigh was owned by TI (Tube Investments). TI also owned companies such as Reynolds Tube, Sturmey Archer and J. B. Brookes (Antler luggage and Brooks saddles).

Raleigh moved out of TI stable in 1987. The demise of Raleigh as a manufacturer was probably largely instigated  by a disastrous project to computerise their production control systems (possibly something to do with a management consultant not understanding the Garbage In, Garbage Out principle). TI itself is now a subsiduary of Smiths Industries. In the 60s and 70s it was a major British based engineering multinanional. It seemed to have its fingers in just about everything and anything which used tubing from specialist hydraulic components, car exhausts, and stepped golf club shafts to central heating boilers and electric kettles taking in machine tools, steel works, aluminium smelting and coffin furniture on the way.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 31, 2011, 08:18:03 pm
Hercules is another big name in India.
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Post by: RW on February 01, 2011, 12:17:11 am
Friday night around 9:25, saw a bike and trailer combination lit up like a gypsy bride's wedding dress.  I was at least fifty yards away, so didn't really get to see the bike, but he had at least three very bright lights on the front and a head torch and two long strips of red flashing lights on the rear.
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Post by: spokenword on February 02, 2011, 03:21:19 pm
An Ordinary in the local deer park (Bradgate Park Leicestershire). Disappointingly the rider was not wearing tweeds but a high vis top. 
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 02, 2011, 05:56:15 pm
And today I saw a Hercules! Chained to some railings round the corner from Sustrans office and the Cathedral, looked like a 60s bike in good nick.
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Post by: mike on February 06, 2011, 02:30:15 pm
some kind of vintage/old bike run in cambridge this morning, with a fine collection of elderly bikes.  I was a bit disappointed when they parked their bikes on Kings Parade then went into one of the many the Cafe Neros instead of the small independent coffee shop next door.

(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a19/mikes99mail/bikes/L1003063.jpg)
it was a raleigh something - no idea what vintage

another similar but tattier, with gears -
(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a19/mikes99mail/bikes/L1003058.jpg)
(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a19/mikes99mail/bikes/L1003059.jpg)
with fine old lamps

and one not so old but was how one of the market traders had carried all their stuff:
(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a19/mikes99mail/bikes/L1003066.jpg)
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Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on February 06, 2011, 03:43:13 pm
Sounds like the Veteran-Cycle Club, probably the Cambridge Section's Cycle Paths and Architecture ride.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 08, 2011, 07:16:32 pm
Today my eye was caught by the name ORŁOWSKI in bold capitals on what turned out to be a fixie with those funny narrow flat-but-slightly-bent-back bars that are trendy at the moment. A bit of googling has found that Jacek Orłowski is the only custom bike frame builder in Poland, and he even has a blog in English! (http://orlowskiframes.blogspot.com/)
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Post by: Zipperhead on February 08, 2011, 08:16:29 pm
In the bicycle park at work today I noticed a Kirk Revolution.
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Post by: clarion on February 08, 2011, 10:20:45 pm
Someone actually rides one? :o
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 08, 2011, 10:23:37 pm
In the bicycle park at work today I noticed a Kirk Revolution.
Those are the pressed magnesium frames from around 1987-ish?
Weren't they supposed to have a great ride but dreadful corrosion problems?
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Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on February 08, 2011, 10:26:54 pm
Cast magnesium.
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Post by: clarion on February 08, 2011, 10:31:42 pm
We know someone who has one (but much prefers to ride his Colnago) ;D
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 08, 2011, 10:32:45 pm
Someone of knee fame, yes?
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Post by: tonycollinet on February 08, 2011, 10:41:07 pm
Anyone know what the trailer is on that one - looks like just what I need.
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Post by: Adrian on February 08, 2011, 10:44:34 pm
We know someone who has one (but much prefers to ride his Colnago) ;D

Has anyone actually seen it out and about?
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Post by: clarion on February 08, 2011, 10:46:02 pm
Goodness me, no! ;D
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Post by: Andrij on February 09, 2011, 06:45:15 am
We know someone who has one (but much prefers to ride his Colnago) ;D

Has anyone actually seen it out and about?

It was ridden by he-of-the-bandaged-knee on an ACF London Xmas ride a few years back. 
 
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 09, 2011, 10:08:28 am
A courier showed up on a very nice red, white & blue Dave Quinn while I was having a fag outside the Green Note in Camden last night
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Post by: Zipperhead on February 11, 2011, 03:27:17 pm
Today in the bike park at work I saw a Pederson.
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Post by: Butterfly on February 11, 2011, 09:19:54 pm
Today in the bike park at work I saw a Pederson.
Your bike park seems to be an interesting place! :D
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 11, 2011, 09:24:03 pm
About 5 o'clock this afternoon in front of the university and museum, a tall bike consisting of a white mountain bike frame welded or otherwise joined on top of a black mountain bike frame. There was an additional chain running down the right 'seat tube' from cranks with pedals to cranks with drive (wll, obviously). Rider showed some skillful track stands in the traffic and a woman pedestrian whipped out her phone to take a photo.
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Post by: Zipperhead on February 12, 2011, 10:14:25 am
Today in the bike park at work I saw a Pederson.
Your bike park seems to be an interesting place! :D

Yes, apart from the general run of the mill stuff and the posers there are obviously a few people with some cycling taste who work there.
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Post by: Canardly on February 12, 2011, 01:39:29 pm
Seems skulduggery has been at work with Pederson

Pedersen bicycle is no longer a Danish product.
My biggest customer, the German importer Kalle Kalkhoff has stolen the production from me. It is now being manufactured in the Czech Republic and distributed from Oldenburg Germany under the name Pedersen Manufaktur,
It has been bitter for me to say goodbye after 30 years, but there is nothing I can do.
I have spent half life to refine and develop the Dane Michael Pedersen's design from 1893, into long variations of frame sizes, playing with the geometry over the tandem to the triplet.
Now it's over; I see no chance to resume my own production without workshop machinery and capital.
This as a farewell to the ca. 6000 bikes, I have send on the street , you are on your own now and I will think of something else.
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Post by: Diver300 on February 12, 2011, 02:39:43 pm
He has my sympathy.

http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=34553.0 (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=34553.0)
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 12, 2011, 08:20:43 pm
A Dawes Clansman, being spruced up a bit in a used bike shop. I thought it was 60s, the mechanic said 30s, a bit of googling turned up not much but it seems to be 50s. It has a 3-speed Benelux derailleur, very nice curve to the bars (to look at, at least), and some plastic mudguards embossed with Dawes logo (not the present logo), which suggested it must be post-war.

Here's a picture I found on Flikr, (http://www.flickr.com/photos/75395133@N00/2178979858/sizes/z/in/photostream/) (couldn't post the actual image) though the one in the shop was red and somewhat less shiny.
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Post by: Canardly on February 12, 2011, 08:42:24 pm
We could make bikes then......
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 12, 2011, 08:46:23 pm
You've been making Pedersen's in Denmark for 30 years? That is quite something.  :thumbsup: to you.
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Post by: alexb on February 12, 2011, 10:37:35 pm
Friday morning I saw a teeny yellow tandem (bike Friday) and was thinking back to our collective obsession with the teeny tiny triplet lady (who's brood has all grown up and who all ride solos now...) when who did I run into in Battersea Park, on her teeny tiny yellow triplet as well!?
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Post by: Bledlow on February 12, 2011, 11:53:44 pm
Raleigh moved out of TI stable in 1987. The demise of Raleigh as a manufacturer was probably largely instigated  by a disastrous project to computerise their production control systems (possibly something to do with a management consultant not understanding the Garbage In, Garbage Out principle).
It was a gradual process, with stages separated by years, which suggests that it wasn't related to a single problem - just decades of bad management. Look at the Sturmey-Archer debacle.
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Post by: clarion on February 13, 2011, 08:41:20 pm
Today I saw a Cliff Shrubb near Lewes.

On the ride with us was a Les Rigden, a TJ Quick, and a half-Hinde (completed by the rider).  Two fixed riders, trendy hipsters that they are - a Pearson Touche and the half-Hinde.  The latter was ridden by a chap of approximately 307 years age (Butterfly's estimate).
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 13, 2011, 08:46:19 pm
Presumably the half-Hinde was half-Fore?










IGMC
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Post by: CrinklyLion on February 14, 2011, 01:56:03 pm
A handcycle, on the river path.  It negotiated the tricky corner down from the road with the Welly (pub) on very neatly, but looked to find it slightly more challenging to navigate around the huge council vehicle parked on the cycle path.  Mind, said vehicle was in the middle of washing the latest layer of flood dropped river mud off the cycle path, so I can live with it being there.
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Post by: alexb on February 15, 2011, 10:50:20 am
A good crop over the last 24 hours.

Teeny tiny yellow tandem lady in Battersea Park again, but before that a very clean and original Bontrager mountain bike complete with Bontrager triple clamp forks - I so badly wanted one of those when I was racing!

Last night though I saw something very odd - what looked like a Trek Y frame bike initially, turned into something much more interesting.
At first I thought the cyclist had electric assist because the bike made a very odd buzzing noise as it passed across my path at a junction. I caught up with it and realised that it was equipped with what looked like a red anodised Rohloff hub, but what was really weird was that the cyclist was using Powercranks (Powercranks X-Lite | Cyclingnews.com (http://www.cyclingnews.com/reviews/powercranks-x-lite)) and was only pedalling with one leg. Unfortunately I wasn't able to talk to him as we went different ways, but it was a very odd looking bike.

I was certain it wan't a Trek Y frame by the way, this had quite a fat profile and I did wonder if there was a battery hidden in there somewhere until I spotted the cranks. It had a very neat integrated rear mudguar bolted to the frame and was full suspension as well.
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Post by: clarion on February 17, 2011, 10:29:18 pm
On the street outside work yesterday morning, I drew level with, but didn't pass, a Koga Miyata tourer.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 17, 2011, 10:31:09 pm
I remember being very tempted to buy one of them in Gloucester, or maybe it was Cheltenham, many years ago. It had a bottom-bracket dynamo with a little lever to operate it on the down tube. Cooooooool!
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Post by: clarion on February 17, 2011, 10:34:51 pm
I made one of those from instructions in Bicycle Times for my Orbit Gold Medal Extra. :thumbsup:

I loved switching my lights on as I rode along :smug:
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Post by: iddu on February 17, 2011, 11:28:22 pm
Not seen, but that (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Optima-Rhino-Full-Suspension-Trike-/120686283082?pt=UK_Bikes_GL&hash=item1c1976894a) must have some interesting dynamics on hard cornering?
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Post by: clarion on February 18, 2011, 09:25:33 am
Cool school run!  I saw a chap riding a Windcheetah along the pavement and across the pelican on Mitcham Road, Tooting with a little kid on his lap.  I wouldn't normally approve of riding on the pavement, but...
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Post by: clarion on February 19, 2011, 10:41:51 am
There's a Van Moof parked outside Tooting Bec tube station regularly.

Still fugly.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 19, 2011, 10:50:08 pm
I had to google that. I agree with you.
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Post by: TimO on February 20, 2011, 09:56:37 pm
I loved switching my lights on as I rode along :smug:

Funnily enough, a few years back, when I lived in Cheltenham, I had a bottom bracket dynamo on my Harry Quinn tourer that had a control on the seat tube.  It was indeed very cool being able to engage the dynamo whilst in motion.

I can't remember what the dynamo brand was, but whilst it worked quite well in principle, one winter on the bike killed it.  A bottom bracket is not a very benign environment for a dynamo.
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Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on February 20, 2011, 10:00:08 pm
Soubitez, Union or Sanyo BB dynamo.
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Post by: clarion on February 20, 2011, 10:03:02 pm
Mine was a Sanyo.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 21, 2011, 05:33:09 pm
I didn't know Union made a BB dynamo, I was only aware of the Sanyo and Soubitez.

While we're talking of dynamos - I've noticed several bikes over the last year with a dynamo that consists of two magnets fixed to the spokes at 180 degrees to each other and in line with a light, which must contain the coil and gubbins to generate current. Saves on wiring, obviously, but I'm not sure if there are any other advantages, and it does limit both the range of lights you can use and their positioning.
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Post by: MattH on February 21, 2011, 05:41:20 pm
You're possible thinking of Reelights (http://www.evanscycles.com/products/reelight/sl120-uk-light-set-ec008392) - they are low powered "be seen by" LEDs, but with the advantage of relatively simple installation (unlike a hub dynamo), no slipping on the tyre when wet (tyre driven) or running out of power (batteries). There are various models and styles available, so the ones you've seen may not be identical to these.
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Post by: iddu on February 21, 2011, 10:03:06 pm
[via lfgss]

You utter gits; that (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4092/5187296673_9805d634e6_b.jpg) is either sheer arrogance or precision brilliance - couldn't get a gnat's bollox through there ;)
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 21, 2011, 10:40:17 pm
You're possible thinking of Reelights (http://www.evanscycles.com/products/reelight/sl120-uk-light-set-ec008392) - they are low powered "be seen by" LEDs, but with the advantage of relatively simple installation (unlike a hub dynamo), no slipping on the tyre when wet (tyre driven) or running out of power (batteries). There are various models and styles available, so the ones you've seen may not be identical to these.
Yes, that looks like it, though I've also seen other, more rectangular, designs of lights powered by the same device. Absence of tyre slippage is an advantage which had, er, slipped my mind. TBH I don't think I've ever experienced it, but then it's a long time since I've used a dynamo.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 22, 2011, 10:17:56 am
[via lfgss]

You utter gits; that (http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4092/5187296673_9805d634e6_b.jpg) is either sheer arrogance or precision brilliance - couldn't get a gnat's bollox through there ;)

Get a leaf stuck to the front tyre and you're straight over the bars on that :P
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Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on February 22, 2011, 10:21:48 am
Or a buckled wheel or a damaged tyre or...
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Post by: Wobbly John on February 22, 2011, 08:44:41 pm
Pah. I filed a unicrown fork out like that to take the wheel on one of the scratch-built recumbents.  :smug:
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Post by: Zipperhead on February 26, 2011, 10:49:44 am
Last night on the way home I saw a well dressed middle aged gentleman riding a red ordinary North across Battersea Bridge
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Post by: steveindenmark on February 26, 2011, 08:19:37 pm
Mine is a bit different

(http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w182/steveindenmark/IMG_1414.jpg)

Steve
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Post by: clarion on February 26, 2011, 08:49:24 pm
At UCL today, we saw a bike decorated with mussel shells in the spokes.

Also rode with a chap who had a Sonic frame.  Anyone know anything of this make?  He said the framebuilder used to work near (above?) Bikefix on Lambs Conduit St, London.
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Post by: RJ on February 26, 2011, 10:04:21 pm
A green Thorn triplet heading up the Grassmarket, lunchtime today.
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Post by: DrMekon on February 28, 2011, 10:12:43 am
A DeFietsFabriek FF16 outside Waitrose in Cambridge.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5016/5481821589_4d3808e248.jpg)

It's a huge cargotrike where the front wheels steer independently of the box. It's very, very wide. I can't imagine he can use many cyclepaths. I am guessing it was imported privately, as there's not been a UK distributor for them for ages.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 28, 2011, 11:13:44 am
At UCL today, we saw a bike decorated with mussel shells in the spokes.

Also rode with a chap who had a Sonic frame.  Anyone know anything of this make?  He said the framebuilder used to work near (above?) Bikefix on Lambs Conduit St, London.

Sonic is the name under which Helmut Berns (sp) used to build frames - he used to be based in Bikefix's loft.  He's now just supplying components (https://www.soniccycles.co.uk/).  I had a Sonic MTB for a while; on skinny slicks it was the lightest and fastest road-going bike I've ever owned; it was all XTR, carbon bars & stem, Ti seatpost, etc. etc.  It was really a bit too small for me so I ended up selling it back to the original owner, who had been obliged to get rid of it to fund an n+1.  Another mate has a Sonic TT bike with Mavic Zap transmission.
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Post by: Wendy on February 28, 2011, 12:17:35 pm
I had a Sonic MTB for a while; on skinny slicks it was the lightest and fastest road-going bike I've ever owned;

WTF?  An upright?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Mr Larrington on February 28, 2011, 01:06:04 pm
I haz more uprights than recumbents on the fleet right now although one of the uprights lacks such niceties as handlebars, a stem and a saddle.
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Post by: Wendy on February 28, 2011, 02:28:04 pm
Yeah, no worries on having and riding uprights, I like 'em too.  But calling it the fastest road going bike you've ever owned?
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Post by: Deano on March 01, 2011, 10:49:34 pm
There was a quite lovely Jack Taylor Tour of Britain at the blood donation hall.  The frame, forks and wheels were in good nick, but it definitely needed a bit of love, as the owner was using pipe lagging for bar tape.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 02, 2011, 12:11:29 am
Oddly, I saw a Jack Taylor today, too. Attractive bright red colour, with odd two-way switchy-rotary looking gear levers. They were fixed just inboard of the brake levers, I think they were a modification to a frame made for d/t levers so it would be kind of STI-ish.
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Post by: clarion on March 02, 2011, 09:53:54 am
Nice.

I saw an older Colnago this morning.  Eighties, perhaps, with a maroon frame and slightly rusty chromed forks.  Curved forks, mind, so it was probably early eighties.

I also regularly see a woman on a bike I had assumed was a Gitane, but on closer inspection, the faded letters say 'Hirame'.  70s bike, I think, and not top end, but certainly a decent machine.  I've never heard of the make, but someone might know about it.

Thanks for the info about Sonic, btw :)
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Post by: Mr Larrington on March 02, 2011, 10:58:21 am
Yeah, no worries on having and riding uprights, I like 'em too.  But calling it the fastest road going bike you've ever owned?

Certainly around town.  I suspect one or two of the recumbents would have given it a hard time on a longer run, especially as the bars were about eight inches below the saddle, with all the consequent backache that this implies.  On 35 mm Conti Avenues it weighed about 21 lbs and accelerated like a stabbed rat.
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Post by: clarion on March 03, 2011, 10:04:59 am
Yesterday, I rode with another Ridgeback Solo.  there aren't many about.  This one had gone the other direction from mine, being very stripped down but I was still faster
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 07, 2011, 12:29:01 am
A Geoffrey Butler, couldn't see much other than it was black and shiny and whizzing down Park St (a hill).

A Chas Roberts, white and not so shiny, tried to ask the owner something about it but was dragged away by my son,

...who was amazed and slightly bewildered by the unicycle we saw this afternoon.
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Post by: clarion on March 07, 2011, 09:25:17 am
Two Croydon bikes away from hhome, then...
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Post by: DrMekon on March 07, 2011, 10:22:51 am
Saw a black FW Evans tourer this morning. The chap on it said he'd had it over 20 years, and planned to keep it "forever".
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 09, 2011, 03:18:38 pm
And today a Harry Hall in a rather "striking" yellow and almost-fluorescent red/orange colour scheme. The delight of having my son's school next to a cycle track.  :)
And not from Croydon this time!
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Post by: Kim on March 09, 2011, 05:52:01 pm
Spotted a small-wheeled cargo trike parked outside a shop in King's Heath.  Didn't get a very good look at it, but that sort of thing's a rare sight around here.   :thumbsup:
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 10, 2011, 11:58:34 am
Oh yes, I forgot about the woman on the nice blue trike and the bloke on the black cargo bike, with the luggage bit in front. All seen in more or less the same place as the Harry Hall above. Must be a good place to hang out!
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Post by: clarion on March 10, 2011, 12:07:19 pm
This morning, I saw a cluster of bikes riding across the crossroads outside work.  There was a woman on a trike with two children on rear-facing seats, and a girl and a boy (both very young) riding their own bikes under the woman's care.

It looked wonderful.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 10, 2011, 12:49:46 pm
So that was a total of one adult and four children in a group, on three machines?  :thumbsup:
I wonder if they were one family or maybe she was shepherding some friend's/neighbour's/etc kids to school/wherever? And... does Butterfly do this with her charges?
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Post by: clarion on March 10, 2011, 03:04:21 pm
Yes, that's right.  Looked like a mummy-duck with her ducklings.  I almost said 'mother', but I realised it could be a carer of some kind.

What Butterfly does with her charges tends to be delimited by the neuroses of various employers.
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Post by: Quisling on March 10, 2011, 03:12:00 pm
Note the steering wheels for the kids in the front.  Okay, not technically a bike, but seen in Christiania a couple of weeks ago along with more load hauling machines than I'd see in Oxfordshire if I lived here for the rest of my life.

(http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p115/quisling_photos/2011-02-25Christianiaquadcycle.jpg)
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 10, 2011, 04:56:15 pm
I can't work out quite what's what with that pedal-powered vehicle (I can't even see where the pedals are, though I presume there must be some!) but I like it nevertheless.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 10, 2011, 05:00:27 pm
Yes, that's right.  Looked like a mummy-duck with her ducklings.  I almost said 'mother', but I realised it could be a carer of some kind.

What Butterfly does with her charges tends to be delimited by the neuroses of various employers.
Lovely, and a predictable but understandable shame, respectively. (Though quite how understandable it really is, I'm not sure, if you trust someone enough to leave them in sole charge of your small children.)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on March 11, 2011, 09:31:38 am
I can't work out quite what's what with that pedal-powered vehicle (I can't even see where the pedals are, though I presume there must be some!) but I like it nevertheless.

I think it has the same kind of treadle-pedal that you used to find on kiddie cars and very old sewing machines.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on March 11, 2011, 09:32:38 am
BBC News - In pictures: The beauty of the bicycle (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-12668503)
 
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Rhys W on March 11, 2011, 09:39:31 am
Last weekend on the clubrun I spotted a bright yellow Dursley-Pedersen (or definitely a Pedersen of some sort) heading back in to Cardiff.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on March 11, 2011, 10:21:17 pm
2 x WAW Velomobiles and 1 x Alleweder A4.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Torslanda on March 14, 2011, 10:19:04 am
Spotted yesterday afternoon between Preston and Blackpool a Bike Friday tandem (is it a Twosday?)

At first I thought it was a Brommie until I spotted the stickers . . .
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on March 14, 2011, 10:22:23 am
Saw someone coming off the Greenway on a small-wheeled bike with integral rear rack, couldn't tell if fron rack was bolted on or part of the forks.  Can anyone ID?
 
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on March 14, 2011, 12:06:41 pm
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5056/5525425663_95dae4db1a.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 14, 2011, 12:21:11 pm
In york on Sat.

Modern Strida.  Mono forks, disc brakes, belt drive. From the looks of it, still rode like a clown bike.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on March 14, 2011, 12:31:56 pm
At the Windsor Origami ride, lots of folding bikes including 2 x Pacific Reach, 2 x Strida and Mark Saunder's IF large-wheeled prototype.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on March 14, 2011, 12:53:39 pm
There was a Pashley Guvnor locked up outside the Ritzy cinema on Sunday.  OK, so it's not that unusual, but I did stop and drool for a bit.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on March 14, 2011, 01:31:53 pm
Someone at work has ridden in on a brand new turquoise & orange cruiser - Brookes saddle, Sturmey 5 speed & hub brakes.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Adrian on March 14, 2011, 02:00:11 pm
This morning between The Oval and Waterloo, a young woman riding mixte framed bike with wooden mudguards and wooden bars..
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Torslanda on March 14, 2011, 02:03:10 pm
Someone at work has ridden in on a brand new turquoise & orange cruiser - Brookes saddle, Sturmey 5 speed & hub brakes.

Wobbly John was last seen stroking his chin and pondering aloud 'Hmmm. What should I make with this? Muwaahahahahahaha!'
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on March 14, 2011, 02:12:57 pm
The top tube and the down tube are actually pairs of tubes that curve to become the seat stays and chain stays. It looks quite stylish and therefore I think it belongs to the Italian teacher. In which case she will have ridden it up the 15 miles from Cambridge  :thumbsup:

(She also has a Trek Madone, and a Cannondale alfine equiped hybrid with lefty front fork)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 14, 2011, 05:35:58 pm
A rather beautiful pale blue Mercian with gold lettering swept past us as we tootled to the station this morning.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: corshamjim on March 14, 2011, 06:37:35 pm
Someone at work has ridden in on a brand new turquoise & orange cruiser - Brookes saddle, Sturmey 5 speed & hub brakes.

Sounds like it's probably a Pashley Tuberider Pintail then.

Pashley Cycles - Tube Rider - Pintail (http://www.pashley.co.uk/products/tube-rider-pintail.html)

I've only seen one other tube rider in the wild myself (apart from my own Paramount of course  ;D ).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on March 14, 2011, 07:53:22 pm
That's the one.  :D

I thought it was a Pashley, but CBA to look at the headbadge to check.

Saw another cruiser on the way home - red, white & chrome with a fake 'tank'.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on March 14, 2011, 10:33:56 pm

Saw another cruiser on the way home - red, white & chrome with a fake 'tank'.

Sounds like an old Schwinn.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: DrMekon on March 17, 2011, 09:48:58 am
A money is no object orange Brompton S2L-X with all the Ti bits, a Ti Swift and matching Brooks ring grips sat half-folded in the bike shed.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: matthew on March 21, 2011, 09:32:07 am
seen on the train this morning

a Lynsky with complete with a second wheelset in the other hand of the owner.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mike on March 21, 2011, 09:37:26 am
as I left the village hall in Hauxton after the End of Snooze - a triplet with parents on front and back and junior in the middle with a set of kiddiecranks.  Not hanging about, either.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on March 22, 2011, 07:14:52 pm
This morning, just before Chelsea Bridge (near the burger van) someone was pushing a triplet along the pavement in the opposite direction to me.  It was sans any stokers, but looked like it was probably for two children, since even the pilot's seat wasn't all that high, and the stoker's seats got progressively shorter.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 22, 2011, 07:23:08 pm
I sat on the edge of Wandsworth Common waiting for Butterfly, and in about ten mimutes or so, roughly twenty bikes rode past.  Including a GoCycle, and a rather pretty, but aging, purple Dave Yates MTB.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Canardly on March 24, 2011, 06:50:59 pm
Sinclair C5 on the road today, must be 20 years since I have seen one in the flesh as it were.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on March 25, 2011, 02:38:17 pm
A Boris Bike on Queenstown Road, going southward, which is kind of unusual, since all the docking stations would have been behind him at that point, and getting further away.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Adrian on March 25, 2011, 08:01:38 pm
A Boris Bike on Queenstown Road, going southward, which is kind of unusual, since all the docking stations would have been behind him at that point, and getting further away.

Must have nicked it off the rightful hirer at the lights. #









#This may or may not contain ludicrous supposition or traces of ludicrous supposition,
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 25, 2011, 10:36:51 pm
Every day this week, locked up outside my son's school: a green Brompton with a black tube bolted on to it forming a right-angle between seat post and main frame tube, supporting a child's saddle and foot pegs, which look as if they've come from a motorcycle - they fold. This is hauling a black trailer bike, the boom of which folds, and whose blue rear triangle is that from a Brompton.

I've no idea whose it is - it's there every day before we arrive, is still there after I drop him off, and same again in the afternoon. I'm not sure whether it belongs to a parent or perhaps to a member of staff and it stays there all day, as parents' bikes tend to just get leant against the fence at arrival and collection time. I must remember to find a reason to walk past the school during the day next week to see if it's actually there all day. Great to see it anyway.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: YahudaMoon on March 25, 2011, 11:31:51 pm
Went to sports city Manchester with my children today for a session on the 400metre outdoor track and seen Shanaze Reade with a very nice BMX. I thought she was on track bikes nowadays ?

One very bling BMX bike
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on March 26, 2011, 12:05:12 am
Well, it wasn't that unusual, but it's fairly unusual in Reading.

At Frosts the fishmongers (where we later bought a slightly disappointing sea bass & some entirely satisfactory whelks) this afternoon: an absolutely immaculate bright-red fixie or maybe singlespeed, unbranded as far as I could see, apparently owned by Helen (name on top tube), with an Argos transfer near the base of the seat tube. Helen (I presume) noticed me looking at it, & I said "I see you had it resprayed in Bristol", which got a smile & a "Yes". And recently, by the look of it.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on March 27, 2011, 10:47:23 am
That Brompton is probably fitted with an ITchair childseat and an SP trailerbike by Steve Parry. The publishers of AtoB magazine has/had that sort of rig.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 28, 2011, 05:31:06 pm
The initials SP were on the trailerbike, so that must be it - thanks!
It wasn't there today, for some reason.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: sg37409 on March 29, 2011, 10:36:52 pm
In glasgow (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24775321@N02/5571949987/) the other day.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5066/5571949987_8b3d4148de.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on March 30, 2011, 08:19:50 am
In glasgow (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24775321@N02/5571949987/) the other day.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5066/5571949987_8b3d4148de.jpg)

Seen (by a friend) in Glasgow on 28/03/11  :)
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_0XrMevmAjTc/TZLZD3LjWFI/AAAAAAAAA_U/0ZfpaYWkgnc/Glasgow%20Yuba.jpg)
 
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 30, 2011, 09:32:35 am
Cool.

Very cool.

Very very cool.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 30, 2011, 10:01:40 am
Immensely wonderful and practical too.
Though it does look a bit back-heavy, but I guess you get used to allowing for that and the child must be fairly small to fit in.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: dasmoth on April 06, 2011, 10:31:06 am
Just south of Cambridge this morning...

A black Pedersen, heading south at a good pace (so only got a quick glimpse of it).  First time I've seen one.  Even odder in the steel than in pictures, but does have a certain elegance.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Canardly on April 06, 2011, 08:22:23 pm
Higgins tri also in Cambridge
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on April 10, 2011, 08:24:33 pm
A beautiful yellow Cinelli on the way back from Streatham common, ridden by a chap who clearly takes much pride in it and rides it only on nice days or so he said.  He was chuffed when I admired it!!!!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Meegat on April 10, 2011, 09:20:39 pm
This week saw a lovely long-wheelbase cargo bike with a cargo platform at the  front. Left the park before I could do much more than 'ooh' over it.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Arch on April 11, 2011, 07:29:59 pm

At Frosts the fishmongers (where we later bought a slightly disappointing sea bass & some entirely satisfactory whelks) this afternoon:

Sorry, OT for a moment, I must remember next time I want to insult someone, to call them an unsatisfactory whelk.  Thank you.

I did spot a rather homebuilt front wheel drive longish wheelbase recumbent bike, being ridden on the Clifton bike path in York yesterday.  The bits that were painted were yellow, I think. Not anyone I knew, and I know a lot of Yorkies...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: PaulF on April 11, 2011, 08:00:32 pm
An Orange X-1 but with a rigid fork and an aluminium bar where the shock should have been.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 14, 2011, 09:40:41 am
Last night, in Clapham, I saw a Bickerton which had been adapted with what looked like a Dahon stem and straight bars.  Must improve the ride immensely.

This morninig, a smart orange steel Colnago (round tubes) in Balham.  Chrome forks, Brooks saddle and leather (Brooks?) bartape.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on April 14, 2011, 01:26:38 pm
I sawa nice fern green metallic fixed with a front disc brake this morning. Very pretty, but I didn't spot the head badge and didn't have time to ask the owner about it.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 14, 2011, 03:35:32 pm
Yesterday I passed (I can't remember where) a nice Viking mixte.  I couldn't make out the model name, though it wasn't a Severn Valley.  Had a pretty ugly 80s/90s riser bar on.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on April 14, 2011, 09:50:32 pm
An Orange X-1 but with a rigid fork and an aluminium bar where the shock should have been.

I has an Orange X1. Mostly as it should be, but unusual colour (it is the original colour). They are usually silver with either orange or yellow rear triangle.

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y252/wobblyjohn/Orangex1.jpg)

The rear shock cost £145 to have serviced and new bushes. A solid bar would probably ride better if it's mainly used on road.  ;)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 16, 2011, 12:05:01 am
A '70s Chopper in '70s purple, with '70s rust on its '70s steel mudguards, and a 3-speed twist-grip.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: MattH on April 16, 2011, 10:18:23 am
Twist grip? They just aren't right without the groin-catcher gear lever!

Are you sure it wasn't a poor condition modern one? Or was it a retrofitted shifter?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 16, 2011, 12:29:10 pm
I think it was an original one with retro-fitted shifter, but I'll have to have a closer look if I see it again.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 16, 2011, 09:30:33 pm
Thursday, there was a nice fixed parked outside work.  It was a large green Claud Butler of some vintage (old 'rings' headbadge), with a Brooks saddle.  Nicely done.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: JonBuoy on April 19, 2011, 11:10:43 pm
A whole load of weird and wonderful machines at the BHPC meeting at Hillingdon on Sunday.

The only one that I photographed (badly) was this:

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5304/5635537469_9ce7b53ba6.jpg)

I think that it was the cunning use of exhaust clamps that really made it special:

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5190/5635539363_edf2a76d46.jpg)


There are loads of far better photographs of the event here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/anglepoise/sets/72157626522696186/).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: spesh on April 19, 2011, 11:37:40 pm
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5304/5635537469_9ce7b53ba6.jpg)

I think that it was the cunning use of exhaust clamps that really made it special:

I don't whether to ;D,  :o or  :facepalm: at that creation!

And I've just spotted the gear cable outers, held on to the frame with what looks like masking tape.

Should have used duct tape...  ;)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 20, 2011, 09:11:37 am
That looks...interesting
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 20, 2011, 10:28:35 pm
A Trikidoo in Lambeth, with a couple of 'ducklings' on little bikes :thumbsup:

And, at Tooting Broadway, a Trax bike (no I dunno either).  It wasn't that that was most interesting.  Not even the punctured rear tyre.  More that the tyre bead was completely off the rim, and rubbing on the frame each side and fouling the brakes, and that it seemed the chap had been riding it around in this condition and was unconcerned :o

I also saw a chap in Balham on a smart classic road bike - sort of greeny-blue with chromed ends and an Italian-sounding name, and dripping with Campag Record.  I tried to remember the name, but, when I got to Tooting, i saw the clown with the tyre off, and I was a bit flabberbegasted.  Anyway, I've seen this fast chap once before.  He is extremely fit, and today was wearing a 'World Masters Championship' jersey.  Very cool.  I wanted to ride with him a bit longer, but he took a more marginal route across a congested Tooting Bec junction, and then I got stuck behind some cautious riders, so he was away. :-\

I must look out for him again and get what his bike is.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on April 21, 2011, 01:08:21 am
Just spotted a beautifully restored Flying Scot on Ebay (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270736691102&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT).  Would have been much nicer to see it pass in the street, but hey.  It's a little too big for me, or I'd be raiding the piggy bank.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 21, 2011, 09:59:39 am
I also saw a chap in Balham on a smart classic road bike - sort of greeny-blue with chromed ends and an Italian-sounding name, and dripping with Campag Record.  I tried to remember the name, but, when I got to Tooting, i saw the clown with the tyre off, and I was a bit flabberbegasted.  Anyway, I've seen this fast chap once before.  He is extremely fit, and today was wearing a 'World Masters Championship' jersey.  Very cool.  I wanted to ride with him a bit longer, but he took a more marginal route across a congested Tooting Bec junction, and then I got stuck behind some cautious riders, so he was away. :-\

I must look out for him again and get what his bike is.

I just remembered.  It was a Daccordi.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on April 21, 2011, 11:04:56 am

I just remembered.  It was a Daccordi.

Ah, yes.  I have my eye on a very nice Daccordi that's coming up in auction soon.  Mmm.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mike on April 21, 2011, 01:56:13 pm
I'm a big fan of moultons, but..
(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a19/mikes99mail/temp/IMG00041-20110416-1010.jpg)

I'm not sure where to start..
17" wheels, so it's an old one with 'almost impossible to find' tyres.
can be split into 2 parts
pretty unique bars
front dynamo hub AND bottle dyno at the back
SA hub
is that a motorbike box on the back? looks heavy..
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 21, 2011, 02:03:52 pm
A 3-speed bike using a new SA, seen in Evans.

http://www.cooperbikes.com/T200-steelracingbike.html (http://www.cooperbikes.com/T200-steelracingbike.html)

It's a handsome bike. I particularly liked the down-tube lever for the hub gear. However:

Lacks mudguard eyes but has clearances for 35mm tyres. Actually, no braze-ons at all.

Brake levers are the little 2 finger jobs. ffs, it ain't a fixie, put some proper drop levers on it.

It costs over £900
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 21, 2011, 05:45:45 pm
A Cannondale MTB with a one-sided front fork. A girt great tube with telescopic suspension. The rider said he doesn't notice its single-sidedness while he's riding, which is reassuring.  :)

And an upright trike with a big basket over the back axle, to which was fixed a number plate MAD 15 ON.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Meegat on April 23, 2011, 09:47:16 pm
Saw what would appear to be a Giant Revive (http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/mountain/product/revive-11634/) today.   It looked a bit like a bent had sex with my Dahon -- never seen one like it.

 Rider looked happy, anyway. :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Deano on April 24, 2011, 11:56:04 am
A full suspension trike (basically, a converted BSO) in Lowdham.

Also, the Lowdham Fixie King's ride, which was at the tasteful end of the fixie-fashion spectrum, and had the biggest flanges I've ever seen on a bike.  He was obviously intimidated by our fixed bikes, as we never got to see him - he naffed off while we were in the Co-Op.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 24, 2011, 10:05:39 pm
A Cannondale MTB with a one-sided front fork. A girt great tube with telescopic suspension. The rider said he doesn't notice its single-sidedness while he's riding, which is reassuring.  :)
And another one yesterday!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Deano on April 24, 2011, 10:06:25 pm
A Cannondale MTB with a one-sided front fork. A girt great tube with telescopic suspension. The rider said he doesn't notice its single-sidedness while he's riding, which is reassuring.  :)
And another one yesterday!

Cannondale Lefty.  I've never seen one.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 26, 2011, 09:47:41 am
I've seen a few Lefties (the fork, I mean ::-) ) in Londinium, but they still look odd.  Absolutely no reason from an engineering standpoint why they should nto be perfectly acceptable for ordinary riding, but they just look, well, odd.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 26, 2011, 09:54:35 am
Yesterday, near Craven Arms, we saw a Strutt/Orbit Worksong, which I've never seen in the metal before.

We also saw a woman with a Longstaff solo, which looked to be a very large frame for her.  She did have long legs, but this was on the train, so we didn't get to see her riding it.

Loads and loads of bikes on the trains yesterday - probably seven from Craven Arms to Newport, an overfilled bike carriage (thanks to a very helpful guard :thumbsup: ) Newport to London, and even a good half dozen on our local train last night.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 27, 2011, 11:00:53 pm
A Cannondale MTB with a one-sided front fork. A girt great tube with telescopic suspension. The rider said he doesn't notice its single-sidedness while he's riding, which is reassuring.  :)
And another one yesterday!

Cannondale Lefty.  I've never seen one.
Yep, Lefty was the name, though the guy I spoke to said Cannondale make a few models with the one-sided fork.

I think one reason it looks so odd is that the single tube extends to the top of the head tube and is attached to it by clamps at two points, like a motorcycle front end. That seems to emphasise the asymmetry.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on May 02, 2011, 10:47:21 pm
One of these (except all black), locked up outside Thornton's, Broad Street, Reading this morning -
(http://www.bobbinbicycles.co.uk/WebRoot/GroupNBT/Shops/rzjy48f9ghvy/4B69/A871/1139/8B64/EAE9/0A0A/33E9/2A2C/LRFairBlk.jpg)
Issa Bobbin Glorie.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on May 02, 2011, 11:38:30 pm
Saw lots of unusual bikes today - a Redmount roller trike, Rainbow recumbent, Burrows 8freight, a triplet, lots of load-carrying bikes. All on the ride to Reach fair (http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=195872187103012).

And, on return in Cambridge, a Kangaroo kiddie carrying trike, and a rather splendid rickshaw styled kiddie carrying trike.  :D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: iddu on May 02, 2011, 11:40:13 pm
Mmm - a breeding pair?

(http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r200/iddu/00000000-Misc/CIMG4862.jpg)

Guesses as to model & special feature?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on May 03, 2011, 12:32:00 am
It's the ladies version of the Wobblebike  (http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~talizmar/xntrick/photos/wobblecut2.gif) - the special feature is that you bugger the chainring if you wobble it to the right.  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: MattH on May 03, 2011, 07:34:32 am
My guess is that they fold - the rear triangle rotating about the vertical section of seattube just in front of the bottom bracket.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: iddu on May 03, 2011, 09:53:23 pm
My guess is that they fold - the rear triangle rotating about the vertical section of seattube just in front of the bottom bracket.

(http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r200/iddu/00000000-Misc/CIMG4863.jpg)
Got it in one ;D

Bridgestone GrandTech (http://www.sheldonbrown.com/bridgestone/1986/pages/29-bridgestone-grandtech.html) & variants thereof...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 03, 2011, 09:55:29 pm
Rudge Bi-Frame did it better.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Zipperhead on May 04, 2011, 09:13:34 pm
I saw a gentleman riding a purple ordinary along by the river in Battersea this evening.

It looked to be a modern one as the rims matched the frame colour.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: matthew on May 04, 2011, 09:31:58 pm
A Dyna-tech Corsa 405 Titanium. It looked like a classic 80's geometry, lugged frame, down tube levers, and a beautiful red fading to silver paint job all of which made me question the decal which read Titanium.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 04, 2011, 09:43:11 pm
There were certainly DynaTech Ti bikes.  ISTR the Dynatech thing was that the frames were glued together using aviation bonding technology.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: matthew on May 04, 2011, 09:53:56 pm
So the decals were true. It looked wonderful and was set up for TTs, with tri bars and gear ratios to match. It was just a pity the owner wouldn't take his ipod out so that I could compliment the bike before the train arrived.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Canardly on May 07, 2011, 08:46:04 pm
Saw a really strange 'bike' t'other day but did not have photography equipment to hand. Local market day was on and saw a chap moving on a three wheeled vehicle (smal dia wheels) moving from side to side and treading on paddles of some sort.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on May 08, 2011, 06:25:08 pm
Sounds like a Trikke (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trikke).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Canardly on May 08, 2011, 09:44:00 pm
Sounds like a Trikke (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trikke).

Yep that's the one
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 10, 2011, 08:54:46 am
On the train back from Whitstable on Sunday (on which there were at least half a dozen bikes), there was a classic Guerciotti.  Early 80s, at a guess, and in good condition.

Yesterday, I saw a smart looking, if tatty, silver mixte being wheeled along by a woman.  I was surprised to find out it was an Allin.  I'm not sure of the history, but I think it must be 1970s at the latest.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Gareth Rees on May 11, 2011, 09:20:26 am
On the Cambridge 300, near Carlby in Lincolnshire, a penny-farthing in racing green:

(http://garethrees.org/2011/05/01/audax/P4300053-thumb.jpg) (http://garethrees.org/2011/05/01/audax/P4300053.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Tim Hall on May 11, 2011, 10:27:30 pm
In Hyde Park yesterday, a bike with what looked like a frame made of a pair of parallel square section tubes, if you see what I mean. Just in a straight line from head tube down to rear axle, with seat tube sticking up.  Wheel seemed to be 26 inch.

No pictures I'm afraid and I was about 50m from it.

Any clues?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on May 11, 2011, 11:23:21 pm
Saw Dursley Pederson dude again last night.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 12, 2011, 08:47:14 am
Following on from my unexpected sighting of an Allin the other day, this morning, I spotted an old gent (not in cycling clothes) pushing a rather elegant black framed bike with red writing on it.  As I passed, I read the gothic-esque script and realised I was looking at a tatty Ephgrave! :o
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 13, 2011, 10:47:08 am
Yesterday, a nice early '80s 531 frame with fancy lugs built by an outfit called Stride of Southampton. Very small frame ridden by a very short woman, who clearly loved it very much.  :)

This morning I (on foot) hear a wheel noise behind me. Was about to get annoyed by another pavement cyclist when a teenage boy (maybe 13 or so) whizzed past me on a unicycle. He was obviously using it to commute as he had a rack attached to the post, on which he was carrying a school bag. That made me  :D not  >:( .
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: RW on May 16, 2011, 09:00:08 pm
I saw a Calfee Bamboo bike locked up in Horsham town centre.  It was very pretty.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 16, 2011, 09:25:54 pm
I also saw a chap in Balham on a smart classic road bike - sort of greeny-blue with chromed ends and an Italian-sounding name, and dripping with Campag Record.  I tried to remember the name, but, when I got to Tooting, i saw the clown with the tyre off, and I was a bit flabberbegasted.  Anyway, I've seen this fast chap once before.  He is extremely fit, and today was wearing a 'World Masters Championship' jersey.  Very cool.  I wanted to ride with him a bit longer, but he took a more marginal route across a congested Tooting Bec junction, and then I got stuck behind some cautious riders, so he was away. :-\

I must look out for him again and get what his bike is.

I just remembered.  It was a Daccordi.

Saw this chap again today.  He was riding up from Clapham, and passed me, but I stayed with him up past the Common to Clapham South, where he used his superior experience of bunch riding to pass other cyclists who I would give a wider berth to, and he was away.

I noticed that, despite his perfect shiny bike, and stylish demeanour, his shorts had a rip in them.  I hope he hadn't had an off.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Oaky on May 21, 2011, 03:56:48 pm
A Penny Farthing on a cyclepath on the approach to Chelmsford.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 21, 2011, 03:57:41 pm
Friday lunchtime.  A Kona Jake on Borough High St.  Not so unusual, but I was amused that it was parked outside Belushi's.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on May 21, 2011, 07:50:53 pm
Lunchtime today:
At Reading library, an MBK Confort, with sticker from a bike shop in Calais, & continental brake set up

More interesting: Locked up in Broad Street, Reading, an old Bevilacqua (from Cicli Bevilacqua of Pescara, a bike shop dating back to 1905 & now called Bevilacqua Sport). Dunno what tubing the frame was, but the forks were Oria, gruppo Nuovo Record (7 speed), Saccon brakes (probably not original - looked newer), Campagnolo headset & rims. Stem was new, saddle a cheap looking fat San Marco gel thing, which with the badly corroded fluted seatpost (original?) held on by a nut & bolt badly let down a generally nice old bike.

Most expensive bike in their online shop 6900 Euros.

History of the Bevilacqua racing team: http://www.bevilacquasport.it/it/storia/index_ne.html (http://www.bevilacquasport.it/it/storia/index_ne.html)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on June 01, 2011, 10:38:38 am
Saw two unusual bikes yesterday, but couldn't see the names.  The first bike was flat-barred, hub-geared commuter, all looked rather sensible, but it had no top tube.  The second bike had a top tube but no down tube.  ???

Any ideas?

Sincerely,

Befuddled in the City.
 
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: MattH on June 01, 2011, 10:44:21 am
The second bike had a top tube but no down tube.  ???

Any ideas?

Some kind of folder, like a Swissbike? (http://www.evanscycles.com/products/montague/swissbike-paratrooper-2011-folding-mountain-bike-ec027630)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on June 01, 2011, 10:51:01 am
The second bike had a top tube but no down tube.  ???

Any ideas?

Some kind of folder, like a Swissbike? (http://www.evanscycles.com/products/montague/swissbike-paratrooper-2011-folding-mountain-bike-ec027630)

Don't think it was a folder.  What tubes there were seem to be of normal size.  One other thing which was different (IIRC) was that the seat stays ended at the top tube, a short distance in front of the seat tube.
 
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 01, 2011, 10:53:57 am
Well, that might suggest it was a GT, but I couldn't tell you what it was ???
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on June 01, 2011, 11:05:19 am


The second bike had a top tube but no down tube.  ???


Biomega biomega (http://www.biomega.dk/biomega.aspx) or Klein Mantra Klein bikes Adroit, Attitude, pre-trek! (http://www.oldklein.com/kleinit/MantraAndre.htm) perhaps?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 01, 2011, 11:27:19 am
Oh my life, I had done well to forget that Klein!  Poor thing - even a mother would have struggled to love something that ugly.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on June 01, 2011, 11:35:27 am
I don't find the Klein to be that ugly but tastes differ.  Another bike without a downtube is Slingshot Slingshot Bikes | Sling Power Technology (http://www.slingshotbikes.com/technology-slingpower.php)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 01, 2011, 11:40:20 am
There's the Paris Galibier (http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/paris2.html), of course.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on June 01, 2011, 11:45:27 am
There's the Paris Galibier (http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/paris2.html), of course.

The Galibier still had a down tube though, just shifted up a little to become a 'torque tube'.  They tended to break the seat tube below the torque tube.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 01, 2011, 11:48:07 am
True, but I was thinking that the top tube might not have been visible, and Andrij's comments that the tubes were 'normal sized'.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on June 01, 2011, 11:56:52 am
I've given up trying to understand what people call 'normal' now.  There is just too wide a range (for just about every item you can think of).

A Montague still sounds the closest to the description, possibly something like this Montague's New Boston is a Single Speed, Full Size Folding Bike : TreeHugger (http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/10/montagues-new-boston-single-speed-full-size-folding-bike.php)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on June 01, 2011, 12:32:45 pm
The bike without the down tube could have been a Slingshot.  I could very easily have missed the cable as I only saw the bike for a second.

As for defining 'normal', the tubes appeared to be round, not overly oval or with a box-like cross section.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: RJ on June 01, 2011, 12:37:16 pm
A Nihola Cigar Family (http://www.nihola.com/products/family.html) outside the library on Monday.  Sporting slightly worn London Recumbants (http://www.londonrecumbents.com/index.php?id=434) decals.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: DrMekon on June 01, 2011, 12:43:29 pm
Saw a 26" rear wheels ICE Sprint flying towards me last night. The guy on it was really going for it - whenever I've seen a recumbent trike before, they've been going quite sedately. This chap was hooning along. Looked like brilliant fun.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 07, 2011, 11:12:45 am
I saw a young lad on a silver Jack Hearne bike on the commute today.  It looked like a classic lightweight, though not top of the range, and having fairly standard lettering for the name.  I thought it might be a shop-badged bike from a mass manufacturer, but it seems that Hearnes did produce their own bikes.

Jack Hearne (http://www.classicrendezvous.com/British_isles/Hearne_Jack/Hearnes_biography.htm)

I've also seen the black Ephgrave I previously mentioned, but I was wrong about the rider.  It's a young lad with close-cropped hair and jeans down past his arse.  Not the sort of person you would normally expect on a classic bike, but I have to say that Our Kid looks rather similar, so it's best not to jump to conclusions.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on June 10, 2011, 09:45:19 pm
Outside the Cathedral this afternoon, a bright, zingy YELLOW  Thorn tandem, with Rohloff hub and S&S couplings. Looked as if it was set up for identically small captain & stoker.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on June 11, 2011, 03:41:40 pm
Only unusual because I've not seen one before.

I have evidence that Spa Cycles has sold at least one of its own brand titanium frames. I saw a tall bloke (bearded & bespectacled IIRC, but I was mostly looking at the bike) riding one through Cemetery Junction the day before yesterday, about 5.15 pm. I think it was the audax bike. Unfortunately, the lights were green, & he zoomed through, so I didn't get a chance to ask him how he liked it.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Blodwyn Pig on June 12, 2011, 09:50:18 am
saw this in Itally in '05 whilst on hols in VW camper.
(http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac41/yostumpy/DSC00801.jpg)
(http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac41/yostumpy/DSC00800.jpg)
(http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac41/yostumpy/DSC00799.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Adrian on June 12, 2011, 09:58:15 am
saw this in Itally in '05 whilst on hols in VW camper.
(http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac41/yostumpy/DSC00801.jpg)
(http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac41/yostumpy/DSC00800.jpg)
(http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac41/yostumpy/DSC00799.jpg)

Did you not turn it around to photograph the other side?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 12, 2011, 10:16:40 am
That is a bizarre bike.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Blodwyn Pig on June 12, 2011, 10:19:44 am
No I didn't turn it round, as it was chained up, but there is a makers name on the downtube, looked a 'proper job' ., hope it wasn't FIAT as it would have rusted away by now ::-)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Blodwyn Pig on June 12, 2011, 10:28:50 am
Just enlarged the photo and the maker is 'SEMPION' and the model is PEGASUS. ( i think), ah wait a minute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac41/yostumpy/159_1.jpg)
(http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac41/yostumpy/160_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on June 12, 2011, 10:56:47 am
It's quite clever in terms of making a relatively short Tandem, although given the frame construction, the stoker would probably be limited to a relatively light weight.

It looks like there is a timing chain on the left side, so that must make for an "interesting" rear hub.  It must have some sort of concentric axle system, and to have enough strength to pass the pedal force through the hub, the "real" axle must be substantially bigger than normal, which possibly limits the size of the smallest sprocket (not that I think this bike would need small sprockets for speed), but would also probably require non-standard, much larger dropouts.

Still, an interesting idea, definitely with some value.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on June 12, 2011, 01:09:05 pm
I like the look of it very much.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 13, 2011, 09:05:09 am
Yesterday, at the SDR, there was a Woodrup (I was riding it), a multi-coloured Jack Taylor, two Colnagos, two Mercians, the Les Rigden and TJ Quick I usually see, a Graham Weigh, a Cougar, and many many others. 
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 13, 2011, 02:57:17 pm
What's SDR? I can only think of Six Day Races.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 13, 2011, 03:32:01 pm
South Downs Randonnee.  I've posted about it in Audax & Cyclosportive (Toe in the Water) and 'Have you been out today' thread.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 13, 2011, 03:51:00 pm
Thanks. <Heads for the threads>
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: AndyK on June 14, 2011, 10:09:51 pm
Saw a GoCycle today. First I've seen.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on June 14, 2011, 11:16:32 pm
Saw a GoCycle today. First I've seen.

Apparently they are currently out of production while problems with the design are sorted.

The local factory what makes them has a whole section mothballed.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wowbagger on June 15, 2011, 10:26:14 pm
Off topic possibly, but I overtook a very impressive looking Swiss-registered Honda Goldwing this morning, complete with matching side car and trailer, all in a rather attractive metallic purple.

Rather like this:
(http://www.gogocycles.com/images/1990-honda-goldwing-motorcycle-sidecar-and-trailer-for-sale-21333431.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on June 16, 2011, 10:20:13 am
motorbikes...

Off this topic, perhaps - but on this topic (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=17979.0)   ;)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on June 20, 2011, 12:49:54 am
Saw this Schwinn cruiser on Coldharbour Lane on Sunday:

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2735/5849703887_79c6717877_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/itsbruce/5849703887/)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2713/5850298158_aa5b693c57_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/itsbruce/5850298158/)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Adrian on June 20, 2011, 08:07:23 am
A bicycle with a sidecar platform being ridden down to Brighton yesterday. The passenger standing next to the rider like Queen Boudicca.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 20, 2011, 09:14:12 am
Didn't see that one, but there was a wide selection of interesting bikes heading south from London yesterday.

I saw a Giant semi-recumbent, and commented to Butterfly that that was the first 'bent I had seen.  At that moment, a Streetmachine went by...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on June 20, 2011, 10:13:46 am
Saw this Schwinn cruiser on Coldharbour Lane on Sunday:

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2735/5849703887_79c6717877_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/itsbruce/5849703887/)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2713/5850298158_aa5b693c57_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/itsbruce/5850298158/)

I see him most mornings coming across Tooting Bec, quite a cool looking bike. Young kid, maybe 15-16.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Adrian on June 20, 2011, 10:53:20 am
I want that for a FNRttC Brighton edition
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: cycleman on June 20, 2011, 08:18:20 pm
looks like it has a heiznsman electric motor on the front wheel
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Doosh on June 20, 2011, 09:07:28 pm
It's certainly a tad over tyred at the rear  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 21, 2011, 07:00:12 pm
Yellow Shorter lo-pro with tt bars and disc wheels at Wandsworth gyratory heading west.  A3?

Edit: I really didn't envy him his discs in the wind.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on June 21, 2011, 11:56:54 pm
A rather nice Bob Jackson fixed on the A202 queens road this evening.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on June 24, 2011, 10:05:27 am
So, who's wine red penny was that leaning up against the lamp-post by the Pince Albert last night?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Zipperhead on June 24, 2011, 04:01:31 pm
So, who's wine red penny was that leaning up against the lamp-post by the Pince Albert last night?

I've seen that one a few times around Battersea. I don't recognise the rider, it's nice though.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: PaulF on June 24, 2011, 06:35:41 pm
There's a Kona Ute parked outside my hotel in Toronto most days with homemade wooden tandem kids' seat and leather double saddle bags. Had a nice chat with it's owner one morning
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: AndyK on June 25, 2011, 04:50:02 pm
Saw a nice Bike Friday with drops, and all panniered up today.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: RJ on June 28, 2011, 09:54:28 pm
A 1953* (I asked) Flying Scot getting off the train at Perth

* - well, the frame anyway  ;)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: RJ on June 30, 2011, 08:30:15 pm
Oh yes - a Pedersen at the farmers' market last Saturday ...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Steve Kish on June 30, 2011, 08:55:03 pm
Off-road with GO50 on Tuesday, we met a MTB unicyclist at the Leith Hill tower, just by Personal Hygiene bomb-hole.

Phat 29er wheel with a Magura hydraulic rim brake with the lever under his saddle.  Big lad (6ft 6ins+) with German/Dutch accent who was pleased to allow one of the girls to sit on it to have her photo taken.   Mind you, she is mad that 'un!

No pix. I'm afraid. :-\
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 30, 2011, 10:21:52 pm
A 1950 Thanet fixed with curious front brake a bit like cantis but not quite, a 1920's roadster of forgotten make adapted for use by a geologist, a tiny blue and white kid's bike (ridden by a 2 yo. without stabilisers) from 1945, and an 1892 penny.

However, this is slightly cheating as they were all in a museum.  :D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: PaulF on June 30, 2011, 10:31:20 pm
Been in Belgium today so it's like shooting fish in a barrel. Lots of everyday bike just being ridden.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: corshamjim on June 30, 2011, 10:38:26 pm
A bike like a trandem, but with four not three riders on the telly this evening in a news item about population increasing.

Cudzoziemiec, was that museum the new one in Bristol by any chance?  I must pay it a visit some time.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: RW on June 30, 2011, 10:46:16 pm
An immaculate Moulton Mk3 racing down Vauxhall Bridge Road last night.  I didn't get to see much detail he was going so fast.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 30, 2011, 10:54:43 pm
Ah.  I saw a woman on a beautiful blue Moulton F frame in IIRC Clapham last week.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 30, 2011, 11:20:50 pm
A bike like a trandem, but with four not three riders on the telly this evening in a news item about population increasing.

Cudzoziemiec, was that museum the new one in Bristol by any chance?  I must pay it a visit some time.
Yes, M-Shed, down on the floating harbour. It's very interesting, all of it. The bikes are on the ground floor. The Thanet was certainly made in Bristol, I'm not sure about the others.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: corshamjim on July 01, 2011, 07:41:54 am
Thanks - I'll see if I can take my Mum & Dad there some time.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 01, 2011, 07:44:46 pm
A nice pale blue and white early '80s Harry Quinn. Rider had taken it over from his dad, which is nice. It had originally had a triple but when the front mech gave up the ghost, it proved impossible to find a non-indexed triple mech, so he converted it to singlespeed. This he told me after the following mishearing;
"Is it 531?"
"No, it's singlespeed."

 ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: CyclistsAnonymous on July 05, 2011, 06:32:43 pm
sitting outside having a coffee at Luca's in Musselburgh the other day and a fella went flying by on a PennyFarthing of all things. Pimped out in a nice purpley/blue paint job too.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: AndyK on July 06, 2011, 06:24:51 pm
That's a Foska jersey. Is that your auction then?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: interzen on July 06, 2011, 06:27:32 pm
That's a Foska jersey. Is that your auction then?
Since the same message is appearing in practically every thread, perhaps it should be a 'Spam' jersey instead ...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 07, 2011, 10:38:56 pm
Lynskey in Clapham.  Parking up at the supermarket as I passed, so didn't get a good look, but it didn't look awfully recent, though it was classy.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: PaulF on July 08, 2011, 12:12:45 pm
There's a Kona Ute parked outside my hotel in Toronto most days with homemade wooden tandem kids' seat and leather double saddle bags. Had a nice chat with it's owner one morning

Managed to get a photo on Monday:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6005/5914728217_44e178a416_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/paul_fulford/5914728217/)
photo.JPG (http://www.flickr.com/photos/paul_fulford/5914728217/) by paulfulford (http://www.flickr.com/people/paul_fulford/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 08, 2011, 03:14:36 pm
What the bloody hell is that awful noise?

It's a bike.  With a trailer.  The bike is a cheapo full-susser repainted by airbrush to read 92nd(?) Sutherland Regiment, with a patch of tartan on it.

The trailer was a mobile sound system with adapted in car speakers screwed to it, and massively overdriven.  Square waves all over the shop.  And the CD was skipping dreadfully.  The trailer had various images painted on it, and had two driving lights attached to the top facing rearwards.

Beatrix has nothing to fear from this device.  And the owner's taste in music is nowhere near as good as our Valiant's ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on July 09, 2011, 03:53:54 pm
... And the CD was skipping dreadfully. ...

It would be a bad idea to have the CD in a bicycle trailer, mine tends to bounce quite a bit, depending on heavily loaded it is, and I'd hate to think what effect that would have on a player.  It would be much more sensible to carry it on your person (your body is pretty good at suspending things in a non-rattly non bouncy-way), or these days replace it with a cheap, and solid state, MP3 player!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on July 09, 2011, 06:51:30 pm
A nice green Foffa a week or two ago, surprisingly enough it was ridden by someone who knew me and had ridden back from the L2B a few years ago.

An orange Azub recumbent along Camberwell New Road today.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: AndyK on July 09, 2011, 07:25:15 pm
  And the CD was skipping dreadfully. 

In a world of MP3 players, why would anyone still be using CDs in a mobile setting?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 09, 2011, 09:43:14 pm
Why would anyone be using crappy car speakers & pushing them too hard?  Why would they leave it blasting out the music outside while they went inside for fifteen minutes?  And why don't they have better taste in music?

The answer to some mysteries will never be revealed.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Biggsy on July 09, 2011, 10:00:12 pm
Be fair.  Not quite everyone has a computer and knows how to get MP3s.  Even CDs are a bit too new-fangled for some.

(http://www.saltedmackerel.cc/images/tweedrun/gramophone.jpg)

From SALTED MACKEREL - Part 5 (http://www.saltedmackerel.cc/page/5/)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: graculus on July 10, 2011, 03:49:51 pm
A week ago yesterday on the A487 a mile or so east of Maentwrog (on our way to Lleyn Peninsula for week's walking):

1st thought: Bike ahead
2nd thought: It's wobbling about the vertical axis strangely
3rd thought: He's a bit high up
4th thought: He's on a 36" wheel unicycle!!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on July 10, 2011, 08:08:46 pm
 And the CD was skipping dreadfully.  

In a world of MP3 players, why would anyone still be using CDs in a mobile setting?
To save money & effort & get better sound quality? Not in this particular case, but consider me & Mrs B: our car came with a CD player. It works. We have lots of CDs.


Back to the topic: a decent-looking & appropriately spotless MTB, black with a red & white badge incorporating the Swiss flag, of a brand I'd never heard of, & apparently sold by a shop in Luzern. Locked up outside Thornton's (for the moment - not shut yet) in Reading.

I'd never seen a Swiss MTB before.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 10, 2011, 09:03:37 pm
I saw an ATBish bike in Brighton, but it didn't look quite right.

On closer inspection, I saw that the frame was an Allin - a lightweight made in Croydon.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Valiant on July 12, 2011, 06:05:01 am
Beatrix has nothing to fear from this device.  And the owner's taste in music is nowhere near as good as our Valiant's ;D

Beatrix doesn't have much to fear from anyone :smug: Need to stop consulting with people on their mobile rigs and get a move on with mine.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 13, 2011, 10:51:33 am
Last night, by the former Ram Brewery in Wandsworth, I saw a more mature chap on a red Pinarello fixed.  Nice looking machine.

He was interested in my 'One Less Car' sticker.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on July 13, 2011, 03:20:38 pm
Sadly boab is no longer of this parish, so the entertainment value may be lost, but:

While negotiating the lifts at Mordor Central at the weekend, another cyclist wheeled his not-entirely-dissimilar-looking bike in.  Well-travelled rigid mountain bike (I couldn't see a name), semi-slick road tyres, butterfly bars, front and rear Ortlieb-alike panniers.  As he turned round I noticed he had a small rucksack ...with a German flag sewn onto it.   :facepalm:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: CrinklyLion on July 13, 2011, 05:36:27 pm
*sniggers at Kim*

Yesterday, on my way to the station for the Pubbe run, a very cheerful chap on a Bakfiets with two cute childdlers in it.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 14, 2011, 11:02:35 am
Last night, by the former Ram Brewery in Wandsworth, I saw a more mature chap on a red Pinarello fixed.  Nice looking machine.

He was interested in my 'One Less Car' sticker.

Shouldn't that be "One Fewer Car ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 14, 2011, 11:07:31 am
Well, yes, I did mention that it didn't reach my normal grammatical standards, and he giggled.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Biggsy on July 14, 2011, 11:23:20 am
I'm proud to have a "One Less Car" sticker as well.  "One Fewer" sounds wrong, therefore it is wrong :P

Two fewer cars.  One less car.  Special case for one.  Because I say so.   :thumbsup: :smug: :D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 14, 2011, 11:28:37 am
I have it because, in my case, it is true.  Although it took me six months to sell the car after buying that bike, it did happen. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Adrian on July 14, 2011, 08:28:20 pm
Last night, by the former Ram Brewery in Wandsworth, I saw a more mature chap on a red Pinarello fixed.  Nice looking machine.

He was interested in my 'One Less Car' sticker.

Shouldn't that be "One Fewer Car ;D

One car fewer.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on July 14, 2011, 09:19:40 pm
Nah, one car less.  The big gorilla is both grammatically and aesthetically correct.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Adrian on July 14, 2011, 09:54:22 pm
Nah, one car less.  The big gorilla is both grammatically and aesthetically correct.

It is fewer for items that can be counted and less for things that are not. Having said that, I'm not going to argue with the gorilla on the aesthetics.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Biggsy on July 14, 2011, 10:29:49 pm
I'm not a gorilla, I'm a crested black macaque monkey, and there's no such thing as correct grammer or spelling in the monkey world.  :P  ;)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 15, 2011, 11:35:31 am
I'm not a gorilla, I'm a crested black macaque monkey, and there's no such thing as correct grammer or spelling in the monkey world.  :P  ;)

Written any plays lately ;D

Is DynaTech as a Raleigh sub-brand still in existence?  There was one outside the Pubbe last night.  The lugged aluminium frame looked a bit old-skool but on the other hand it has ten-speed Campag gearing.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: spesh on July 15, 2011, 11:57:43 am
I'm not a gorilla, I'm a crested black macaque monkey, and there's no such thing as correct grammer or spelling in the monkey world.  :P  ;)

Written any plays lately ;D

Is DynaTech as a Raleigh sub-brand still in existence?  There was one outside the Pubbe last night.  The lugged aluminium frame looked a bit old-skool but on the other hand it has ten-speed Campag gearing.

I don't think the DynaTech sub-brand made it beyond the 1990s. The Special Products Division (http://www.raleigh-group.com/Brands/RSP.aspx) is still in existence, but it concentrates on accessories these days.

'Tis a pity, because the lugged ti bikes with the funky anodised main tubes looked the business back in the early 90s.

Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 18, 2011, 02:04:07 pm
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6003/5950512926_f053d21c51.jpg)

We saw this Fahrrad Manufaktur in the lifts at Bristol Temple Meads. The owner said the unusual frame design was "all about stability". Then we saw it on the back of this car two streets from home!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Regulator on July 19, 2011, 10:39:33 am
Someone commuting on a Pedersen this morning...  :thumbsup:

I *so* want one - but Mr R won't let me....  :'(
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Riggers on July 19, 2011, 10:41:37 am
I've wanted a Pedersen before you matey! Get in line!! I can't afford one though.  :'(
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on July 19, 2011, 10:50:46 am
Someone commuting on a Pedersen this morning...  :thumbsup:

I *so* want one - but Mr R won't let me....  :'(

They are quite cool, aren't they?  I wouldn't mind one myself.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 19, 2011, 10:52:49 am
I wouldn't want one in a headwind.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on July 19, 2011, 10:55:30 am
Not all Pedersens require sit up and beg positions. A friend has done 350-ish miles in a 24 hr TT on a modern Pedersen a decade or so ago.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 19, 2011, 11:01:06 am
Impressive.  That definitely wasn't sedate!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Adrian on July 19, 2011, 10:40:16 pm
Someone commuting on a Pedersen this morning...  :thumbsup:

I *so* want one - but Mr R won't let me....  :'(

That is a shame because it would suit you. Perhaps if you were to sell a couple of other bikes?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Regulator on July 20, 2011, 08:32:14 am
Someone commuting on a Pedersen this morning...  :thumbsup:

I *so* want one - but Mr R won't let me....  :'(

That is a shame because it would suit you. Perhaps if you were to sell a couple of other bikes?

Don't you start...  ::-)


 ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on July 20, 2011, 08:40:33 am
Someone commuting on a Pedersen this morning...  :thumbsup:

I *so* want one - but Mr R won't let me....  :'(

That is a shame because it would suit you. Perhaps if you were to sell a couple of other bikes quit smoking?

FTFY  :demon:
 
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 20, 2011, 08:41:02 am
Here's an idea you may not have tried.  If you give up the fags, Mr R would be sure to let you buy a new bike... ;)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Adrian on July 20, 2011, 08:45:55 am
Here's an idea you may not have tried.  If you give up the fags, Mr R would be sure to let you buy a new bike... ;)

He won't get fooled by that one again surely
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 20, 2011, 10:23:43 am
Not all Pedersens require sit up and beg positions. A friend has done 350-ish miles in a 24 hr TT on a modern Pedersen a decade or so ago.

I remember seeing one with cow-horns and tri-bars in Denmark a few years ago.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on July 20, 2011, 11:04:38 am
Must have looked like a racing camel!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 21, 2011, 10:31:03 pm
I saw a woman pedalling a tricyclical bucket full of (quite big) children along New Kent Road this morning.  I commented that it was a cool school run.  I didn't say anything about the fact that I'd be terrified riding that slowly along that road.  Good on her, i say.

This afternoon, I saw a chap setting off from near Apex Cycles in Clapham on a bakfiets.  He did a bit better once he'd got the kickstand out the way ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: cycleman on July 22, 2011, 10:08:35 am
she cannot have slower than me :o. i do not use the old kent road though  :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on July 22, 2011, 06:16:23 pm
Today I saw a Mingle folding bike, possibly a TK027 (http://www.gdmingle.com/en/displayproduct.html?proID=100541307).  It was the rear suspension that caught my eye.  I was also surprised by the black & white cable outers, though those may not have been original.
 
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on July 23, 2011, 09:01:31 pm
Today I saw a Greenspeed tandem trike, ridden (driven?) by teamonster of our parish.  Lovely machine!
...and a bakfiets, but with a wicker basket.
Then Trevor Innes on his personal Innesenti trike at HPC.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: DrMekon on July 23, 2011, 09:07:26 pm
Saw a Linear recumbent in the bike park under John Lewis. Girl on it was chatting to an old guy on a flat barred galaxy about Kevin from Dtek. What with the girl asking about our cargo trike who said she had a Defietsfabriek, and the presence of a Winther Kangaroo in the corner, it was a mini freak bike convention.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on July 23, 2011, 10:20:45 pm
Today I saw a Greenspeed tandem trike, ridden (driven?) by teamonster of our parish.  Lovely machine!
...and a bakfiets, but with a wicker basket.
Then Trevor Innes on his personal Innesenti trike at HPC.

http://youtu.be/FlOQ3D0FsQs
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: teamonster on July 23, 2011, 11:44:06 pm
The Trike pictured with London's finest on a previous outing in town.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ptOk6yYYEVw/TfPObTtFygI/AAAAAAAAA4s/soBhnkVN-mo/s1600/DSCN4249.JPG

It's great fun to ride, though not as nippy as Wendy's or Trevor's steeds I suspect !
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on July 24, 2011, 12:24:14 am
  And the CD was skipping dreadfully. 

In a world of MP3 players, why would anyone still be using CDs in a mobile setting?
To save money & effort & get better sound quality? Not in this particular case, but consider me & Mrs B: our car came with a CD player. It works. We have lots of CDs.


Back to the topic: a decent-looking & appropriately spotless MTB, black with a red & white badge incorporating the Swiss flag, of a brand I'd never heard of, & apparently sold by a shop in Luzern. Locked up outside Thornton's (for the moment - not shut yet) in Reading.

I'd never seen a Swiss MTB before.
Especially not one which has the same name as a US brand - IBEX.
The Swiss one - http://www.myibex.ch/ (http://www.myibex.ch/)

Seen again, same place.

Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 26, 2011, 09:40:30 am
Couple of days running I've seen a guy on a Buckley-Saxon fixed.  Never heard of them, but turns out it was a bike shop in Castle Hedingham, Essex.  The frame doesn't seem anything particularly special, but is a decently-made club rider's bike.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Zipperhead on July 26, 2011, 01:54:44 pm
Couple of days running I've seen a guy on a Buckley-Saxon fixed.  Never heard of them, but turns out it was a bike shop in Castle Hedingham, Essex.  The frame doesn't seem anything particularly special, but is a decently-made club rider's bike.

I've seen him as well (it's unlikely that there's more than one of them in London)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 26, 2011, 02:23:45 pm
The other day on College Green, a Go Cycle. (http://store.gocycle.com/default.asp) It's actually an electric bike so probably doesn't really belong in here, though it was in pedalling mode when I saw it.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 26, 2011, 02:28:31 pm
Couple of days running I've seen a guy on a Buckley-Saxon fixed.  Never heard of them, but turns out it was a bike shop in Castle Hedingham, Essex.  The frame doesn't seem anything particularly special, but is a decently-made club rider's bike.

I've seen him as well (it's unlikely that there's more than one of them in London)

He was wearing Quickerbybike shorts.  I imagine it is the same chap.  Reasonably fast.  Just not quite as fast as me ;)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: sg37409 on July 26, 2011, 11:39:24 pm
Our neighbours in the campsite in the loire had this ! It had kiddie cranks bolted to the boom, and their 4yr old looked to be having a great time sitting there with his ice cream on the bike.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6001/5979575410_f921bc792c.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on July 27, 2011, 12:38:29 pm
On the way to lunch yesterday a Bronx Metropole (http://www.bronxcycles.com/metropole.html) caught my eye.

We had lunch at a place on Old Street and I nabbed a seat by the window.  I was stunned by the number of bikes heading up and down the road the entire time we were there.  These weren't just couriers, there were also lots of 'regular' folk, some on BorisBikes, the rest on a wide range of steeds.  I even saw a family (?) of five on bikes fully laden with touring equipment.  As I said, stunned, but it all made me smile. :)
 
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on July 27, 2011, 02:04:40 pm
The presence of Look Mum No Hands will skew that a bit, but there is a large amount of cycle traffic along there.  Proximity of UCL will be a factor.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Hilldodger on July 30, 2011, 10:03:21 am
A very rare Cleland http://www.james-walters.net/cleland/geoff-apps.html (http://www.james-walters.net/cleland/geoff-apps.html) on the Leicester Critical Mass ride last night :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: GruB on July 30, 2011, 11:48:10 am
I touched Mark Beaumont's ride around the world bike yesterday  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 30, 2011, 01:29:52 pm
A very rare Cleland http://www.james-walters.net/cleland/geoff-apps.html (http://www.james-walters.net/cleland/geoff-apps.html) on the Leicester Critical Mass ride last night :thumbsup:
Off-roaders designed with mudguards as standard - very British! (or should that be simply, appropriate to a rainy climate?)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 31, 2011, 08:40:59 pm
Cleland?  Proper English Off-Road.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on August 01, 2011, 12:18:55 pm
On Blackfriars Bridge, there was an interesting collection, including:

Bamboo bike, several Bob Jacksons, Robin Mather, Claud Butler, Geoffrey Butler...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on August 05, 2011, 11:16:34 am
Last night, in Newington, I saw a Reef carbon fibre road bike.  Very odd looking beast, with beefy chainstays but no seatstays.  Bright yellow.  Reasonably fast, but not especially so.  it had been converted to singlespeed.

Rather like this frame (wheels were more conventional, and, as I say, it was ss):

http://www.epxbikes.com/Portals/2/activeforums_Attach/small3.jpg
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on August 05, 2011, 01:47:23 pm
A good bet it's the same bike I spotted, as mentioned up thread (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=1865.msg762945#msg762945).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on August 05, 2011, 01:51:32 pm
Ah!  I knew someone had seen it previously, but I'd thought it was itsbruce.  It's the cap ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: RW on August 12, 2011, 07:06:32 pm
Yesterday mornig saw a very nice white moulton series 1 or 2 F frame, restored with modern components.
In the evening I saw a bike friday triplet parked on the south bank.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on August 13, 2011, 09:22:18 am
Fred Baker fixed  parked in Drummond Street last night.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 13, 2011, 07:44:59 pm
Yay for Fred Baker's, the best bike shop in Bristol (well, Gloucester Rd at least!)  :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: iddu on August 14, 2011, 09:39:21 pm
(http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r200/iddu/20110814%20-%202012%20RR%20trial/CIMG4967.jpg)
Real racer's workout kit  :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Zipperhead on August 18, 2011, 01:49:48 pm
Going along the Embankment this morning I overtook someone riding a Bickerton.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on August 18, 2011, 05:56:27 pm
Harry Hall in Northallerton
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: RJ on August 18, 2011, 08:41:27 pm
An Orbit tandem, with an odd-looking (mixte?) rear half, a bit like the picture here (http://www.pedalroom.com/bike/orbit-tandem-928), but in black.  Roseburn park by Murrayfield stadium, lunchtime today.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on August 19, 2011, 11:48:18 am
(http://jakal.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/KonaUte_SouthKen_480.jpg) (http://jakal.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/KonaUte_SouthKen.jpg)

A Kona Ute, locked up to a signpost in South Kensington, for the last couple of mornings.  It appears to have had the headset angle changed rather dramatically, possibly related to the suspension forks which are now fitted.

The luggage is also quite heavy duty, they could be standard for an Ute, but a quick Google doesn't turn up anything similar.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: why1040 on August 19, 2011, 07:33:19 pm
Those look like normal Samsonite style suitcases!  You can even see where the wheels are/used to be!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: corshamjim on August 21, 2011, 04:14:29 pm
I saw a Pashley tricycle (Tri 1 I think) at the New Forest Rattler today (not taking part I hasten to add).  It had a really useful looking ply box on the back.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on August 21, 2011, 04:46:30 pm
Saw a guy on an upright trike in the vicinity of Ashby-de-la-Zouch yesterday.  I was making the most of a descent, so didn't get a good look at it, but it had a step-through frame and a Giant logo, so possibly a conversion.  I said a cheery and ever so slightly ironic "Hello, you don't see many of those about." as I went past, but merely got a look of confusion from the rider, from which I conclude a pootling local with balance issues rather than a serious cyclist with an affinity for weird machines.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: dullcommuter on August 21, 2011, 04:48:35 pm
Maybe bad form to post things spotted in one's own back garden but now a cracked frame has taken it permanently out of service this is by way of obituary...
(http://www.jon.demon.co.uk/images/20101205_1452.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: geraldc on August 22, 2011, 10:26:20 pm
Only wish I'd hung around to see how it was ridden.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6196/6071079136_12d2332b59.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/77272293@N00/6071079136/)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: interzen on August 22, 2011, 10:34:46 pm
Saw an interesting one on the way home this evening - a bike, with a wheelchair attached in a motorbike+sidecar type arrangement - looked to be propelled by the rider alone.

Never seen anything quite like it, and since the wheelchair was to the side of the main frame rather than in front of it, I think we can definitely rule out a Hase Pino or similar. From what little I could make out, the wheelchair appeared to be attached at least semi-permanently to the frame of the bike (I could see frame tubes heading in a wheelchair-ward direction) - the connection between the two must have been fairly secure as they were going at a fair lick. Didn't recognise either the rider (male) or the 'passenger' (female) either. Seemed like rather a sociable arrangement to me :)

Anyone in York know anything about this rather unusual machine? (FWIW, it was heading down Sim Balk Lane towards Bishopthorpe - the frame of the bike was either dark red or maroon. No pix, as I was heading in the opposite direction at 15mph ;) )

Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on August 22, 2011, 11:12:45 pm
If the rider had a close-cropped white beard/moustache, then I know them very well indeed.

Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: interzen on August 22, 2011, 11:18:09 pm
If the rider had a close-cropped white beard/moustache, then I know them very well indeed.
Didn't notice, to be honest - was too busy trying to keep pedalling whilst doing a double take :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on August 23, 2011, 10:22:14 am
I must have photos of them somewhere, will try to dig them out.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on August 23, 2011, 01:23:51 pm
Saw an interesting one on the way home this evening - a bike, with a wheelchair attached in a motorbike+sidecar type arrangement - looked to be propelled by the rider alone. ...

This (http://mobile.yorkadvertiser.co.uk/news/9096689.Side_by_side_on_a_bicycle_made_for_two/) one ?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: interzen on August 23, 2011, 01:42:14 pm
Saw an interesting one on the way home this evening - a bike, with a wheelchair attached in a motorbike+sidecar type arrangement - looked to be propelled by the rider alone. ...

This (http://mobile.yorkadvertiser.co.uk/news/9096689.Side_by_side_on_a_bicycle_made_for_two/) one ?
That's the one.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on August 23, 2011, 01:48:29 pm
Those are the people I know.

I'm surprised at your 'moving at quite a lick' comment; Paul was originally struggling a bit on the bike. He has hardly done any cycling in his life. Being the 'motor' on the rig means he's pedalling double adult weight.

Belinda has tried a hand-cycle attachment on her wheelchair, but found it didn't work for her. She's also had a go with a handcycle with the same result.  Her spinal damage is very high up, so she has no abdominal or back strength.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: interzen on August 23, 2011, 01:54:39 pm
Those are the people I know.

I'm surprised at your 'moving at quite a lick' comment; Paul was originally struggling a bit on the bike. He has hardly done any cycling in his life. Being the 'motor' on the rig means he's pedalling double adult weight.
They were going downhill - or about as downhill as it gets round here (I passed them roughly halfway between the bridge over the A64 and the side entrance to the college near the traffic lights). Initially I was more impressed with how stable it seemed, but that was before I saw how the wheelchair was attached to the rest of the bike.

Even by York standards, it was something a bit different even taking into account that I've seen a hand-cycle going through Bishopthorpe on a number of occasions.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on August 23, 2011, 01:58:22 pm
I'll send a message on facebook to them, telling them they had been spotted out on the outfit. They'll be chuffed.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: interzen on August 23, 2011, 02:06:22 pm
I'll send a message on facebook to them, telling them they had been spotted out on the outfit. They'll be chuffed.
It was different enough to make me double-take and almost forget I was riding without gears, plus I like to see a good 'engineering solution' every now and again ;)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Deano on August 28, 2011, 05:32:16 pm
Spotted returning from the bikecheck at PBP:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6086/6089016669_d83e9f1627_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/6089016669/)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on August 28, 2011, 08:07:25 pm
Spotted returning from the bikecheck at PBP:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6086/6089016669_d83e9f1627_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/6089016669/)

DIY frame?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on August 28, 2011, 09:38:17 pm

DIY frame?
Lokks as if it could be. Very similar to the Hotta:
(http://johncobbresearch.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/may-22-hotta-wind-tunnel.jpg) (as sold by ASDA)   ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 29, 2011, 12:01:23 am
A lot of trail on those forks.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: philip on August 29, 2011, 11:56:54 am
DIY frame?
No, it's a Corima Fox.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on August 29, 2011, 04:29:47 pm
Saw a Beixo shaft-driven folding bike on the South Bank, yesterday:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6199/6092522966_45db68a63b_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/itsbruce/6092522966/)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: interzen on August 29, 2011, 05:06:25 pm
Saw the "Bishopthorpe hand cyclist" when I was walking down to the garage on Friday - don't know who he is, but I've seen him a few times and he's always been giving it some seriously welly. Chapeau, that man!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 05, 2011, 11:14:38 pm
A Pashley Picador trike at a new used-bike shop between Bristol's Create centre and the end of the Choccy path. Shopkeeper's own, not for sale. I liked the way it has a hub gearcan which then uses an extra chain to drive the rear axle - looked like both wheels, but I'm not sure.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: cycleman on September 06, 2011, 09:01:52 am
no they are one wheel drive , i have owned several in the past :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tiermat on September 06, 2011, 09:05:37 am
Last week on the return from the pubbe, saw the mystery Romanby recumbent tricyclist.

On the Pedal For Pounds at the weekend I met a bloke from Barnsley CC on a LOVELY Raleigh ti, with the skinniest carbon forks I have ever seen, looked like two stilletos holding the front wheel in place.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on September 11, 2011, 08:00:09 pm
I've got three from my trip down from Leyland and one from next to my gym (bike mentioned ages ago).

1) I complemented this gent on his Raleigh as he was getting a good look at my Hewitt.  He had come up from London to collect the bike - picked up off of ebay for his son to use at uni.  I suggested it was too nice to be relegated to a uni hack bike and should just get him a £50 BSO.
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-d2zdF490tpA/TmfNs9_7dMI/AAAAAAAABK4/dzVEWuj4nLw/s720/IMG_0081.JPG)

2) Saw this locked up at Crewe station
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-opP5nkhan9w/TmfNuT_e4mI/AAAAAAAABK8/Svgp3AuRnDM/s720/IMG_0086.JPG)

3) This next one is not unusual, but not the sort of things you often see on a train.  Last year the owner decided he wanted to do LeJoG so went out and bought a Mercian (as one does).
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-2rGJlSK-0co/TmfNv8UnTuI/AAAAAAAABLA/2w_sxNeyyF4/s720/IMG_0090.JPG)

4) I see this one fairly often at the gym near my office.  That top tube always catches my attention.
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-xfgoA6vBGO8/TmfNxdtVAnI/AAAAAAAABLE/9ka-I_0Tdqw/s720/IMG_0011.JPG)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on September 11, 2011, 08:56:22 pm
I saw a Cooper Aintree (ladies frame) at Balham yesterday.  I think they're pretty new out, so it's a rare spot.

Last week, I saw a couple of interesting bikes among the BSOs outside Kennington tube.  A Genesis Flyer (similar to my Ridgeback Solo), and a Harry Quinn.  Well, it said it was a Harry Quinn, on the downtube and seat tube, but the graphics looked odd.  It was that awful slightly curvy generic font that a lot of builders/badgers were using in the 80s.  But, while the seat tube one read vertically, which was OK, there were the same type of stickers on the downtube, putting the letters sideways, which caught my eye.  Also, there was a 531 sticker on the forks.  But it was a frame sticker.  No idea what was going on there.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: DrMekon on September 12, 2011, 10:35:20 pm
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-OtFROL4ymmo/Tmo-bqhZG-I/AAAAAAAAA5Y/trd_aDYHUB0/s640/IMAG0375.jpg)

One of the research admins at work just got this. Never seen one in the flesh before. Looks expensive.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on September 14, 2011, 09:54:32 pm
Didn't get a photo, but I spotted a homebuilt Tour Easy recumbent  (http://www.easyracers.com/toureasy.html) clone in Ely. The frame looked well made, but the seat was a fabric covered, plywood & foam rubber monstrosity.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 18, 2011, 08:35:44 pm
A Pace MTB. Unusual square-section frame tubes, other than seat tube and head tube, but including the stays. Very shiny, polished aluminium I guess, though it was so shiny it could almost have been stainless steel!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on September 23, 2011, 06:02:08 pm
A bright red Challenge Wizard SWB recumbent locked up in Broad Street, Reading. The owner turned up while I was looking at it. He's tall, bespectacled & chatty.

Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on September 23, 2011, 06:58:34 pm
The other day I saw a Dahon chained up outside East Ham Station.  It caught my eye because at first glance I thought it was a Moulton.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on September 23, 2011, 08:07:05 pm
I saw a Condor Heritage in Sutton today.  With a rather incongruous nurses' lock.  And a rack that, for some reason, sat very high above the rear wheel.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Hilldodger on September 24, 2011, 06:01:11 pm
We've just had one of these early Dahon folders donated (http://www.icollector.com/images/1151/15240/15240_0264_1_lg.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on September 25, 2011, 07:53:19 pm
A bakfiets, a Nihola trike, and one of those fat small tyre-ed electric bikes today. 
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: corshamjim on September 25, 2011, 08:40:33 pm
I'm not sure how unusual they are, but I saw a Charge Steamer for the first time last weekend.  Unfortunately it was on the back of a car on the M4 so I couldn't see how much the rider was enjoying it.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Mr Larrington on September 26, 2011, 01:25:15 pm
We've just had one of these early Dahon folders donated (http://www.icollector.com/images/1151/15240/15240_0264_1_lg.jpg)

Lt. Col. Larrington has one of those, but badged as a Bickerton.  IIRC Bickertons started selling rebadged Dahons because they original chocolate Bickies were a tad fragile for the larger rider (Lt. Col. Larrington (retd.) broke four).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on September 26, 2011, 05:39:39 pm
A Pace MTB. Unusual square-section frame tubes, other than seat tube and head tube, but including the stays. Very shiny, polished aluminium I guess, though it was so shiny it could almost have been stainless steel!

I've got one of those in the loft. Although mine is in its original gun metal finish.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 26, 2011, 09:30:30 pm
If it's in the loft, I presume that means it's either not good enough that you want to ride it or it's so good you can't bear to part with it. Or quite likely both!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on September 29, 2011, 10:55:10 am
Outside Brixton station, there was a Miyata.  Not at all recent, by the look of it, and perhaps a bit shabby (deliberately?) but it looked nice to my eye.

Straight after that, I saw a chap on a chopper-style bike turning into Coldharbour Lane.  Massive wide rear tyre.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 29, 2011, 02:02:07 pm
That reminds me, I saw a Schwinn cruiser-style bike a couple of weekends ago. Green, curvy, fat top tube, broad, flat saddle with check cloth, and a built in cup holder!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on September 29, 2011, 02:05:15 pm
Ooh, yeah, on a train of thought, I spotted a Kona Ute locked up outside London Bridge station.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on September 29, 2011, 09:34:36 pm
And a lovely classic Orange going at a fair old clip near Kennington.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: AndyK on September 30, 2011, 10:29:45 pm
Nice little folder:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/Minitar1/Dg/Unusual1.jpg)

Huge cruiser/chopper thing:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/Minitar1/Dg/unusual2.jpg)

and a GoCycle:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/Minitar1/Dg/Unusual3c.jpg)

Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 02, 2011, 09:10:42 pm
Yesterday, a frame made in 1963 by one Wilf Green for Dave Davey's shop somewhere in London. You wouldn't know it was so old as it's been resprayed at Argos (where its current owner works part-time, or used to) and has modern components - including some unusual homebrewed handlebars, drops with something akin to bar ends added sprouting backwards just before the bend - but it has lovely bat-wing lugs, which he described as "Gothic". Indeed they are.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Frere on October 02, 2011, 09:16:14 pm
That owner injured his right thumb very badly, being a goalie in a football match, heavily bruised. Very blue and purple. He wasn't able to grip the tops of the brake levers so conjured that set up. And as for the frame, yes, the quality of the lugs, and the way the seat stays went round over the top tube = top work.

Frere
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 02, 2011, 09:21:51 pm
Yes, he told me about the injury and showed me his thumb. He also said he'd had the drop outs changed from horizontal to vertical because of the possibility of pulling the back wheel forwards when applying humoungous pressure on the pedals. I commented that there was no danger of that with my legs, he said not with his either but he just liked to worry about these things! "Gothic" was his description of the bat-shaped lugs, not the bars, btw. I'm not quite sure how you'd describe those other than ingenious!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on October 02, 2011, 09:40:33 pm
Saw Teamonster and stoker yesterday on the greenspeed tandem recumbent trike.  Always good to see them!!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on October 02, 2011, 09:41:08 pm
Oh, and I forgot, a chap in an FNRttC red star top at the Albert Memorial, didn't recognise them though.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on October 05, 2011, 11:00:55 am
Nice green Mercian with barbers pole in Wandsworth.  I was so disappointed when he freewheeled ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on October 07, 2011, 09:20:49 am
In Kennington the night before last (forgot to mention it before, sorry), there was a shiny Cannondale singlespeed with shiny Campag Delta brakes.

He didn't stop. ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 07, 2011, 11:28:09 am
In Kennington the night before last (forgot to mention it before, sorry), there was a shiny Cannondale singlespeed with shiny Campag Delta brakes.

He didn't stop. ;D

I wonder why...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Efrogwr on October 07, 2011, 07:21:32 pm
A friend's son (who is a jeweller) has started building frames. His thirdone is a cracker. Curly seat stays and fillet brazed. However, he used a cast bottom bracket shell and silver soldered the tubes to it.
His next frame will be for his brother, who's a giant. Literally, about 2m.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on October 07, 2011, 10:14:40 pm
I saw a quite nice Lemond road bike with Dutch-style bars attached.  A most odd combination.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Speshact on October 09, 2011, 10:34:53 pm
I saw a pedal powered pineapple on the A23 from Brixton today. A quick google and it turns out to be owned by someone I know!
http://www.bosi.webeden.co.uk/#/pedal-powered-pineapple/4531733934
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: corshamjim on October 10, 2011, 07:41:30 am
I saw a pedal powered pineapple on the A23 from Brixton today. A quick google and it turns out to be owned by someone I know!
http://www.bosi.webeden.co.uk/#/pedal-powered-pineapple/4531733934

Imagine commuting to work in one of those!  :o  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 10, 2011, 09:21:28 am
Two from yesterday. A Merinoni frame from the 80s, done up with modern components but still in style - eg modern mech with indexing but downtube shifters. Merinoni was apparently a Canadian-Italian who built frames for the Canadian national team, though I don't know if this was one of them. It was very nice but not particularly light.

The other bike I've seen several times but only yesterday did I get a close look at it to realise exactly why it looks odd - it's a GT frame (triple triangle an'all) but with Kona straight, round section, forks.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on October 17, 2011, 05:44:36 pm
Not seen, as from this position I could only see the top half of the rider, but heard.  Over the sound of the fan heater that's currently filling in for the work-in-progress new boiler.  A (presumed) BSO with what could well be the noisiest drivetrain in the history of bicycles, squeaking its way past the front of our house.

Does anyone else ever get the urge to chase people down and attack them with lubricant?  No?  Never mind, then...   ::-)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 17, 2011, 09:20:16 pm
I don't think I've posted these two yet. Apologies for the poor quality phone snaps.

A tall bike, seen parked outside a police station in central Bristol.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6217/6255217058_3b3820c20f.jpg)

And this one was a Roy Thame seen on the platform of a small railway station. Not entirely sure why I took a photo of this badge.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6214/6255216960_68ecccd3a4.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 17, 2011, 09:23:31 pm
And another, a Christiana trike with the two-child passenger compartment made of correx. I have seen the owner pedalling this up St Michael's Hill, which deserves some respect.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6095/6231670283_a84a46fe6d.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on October 18, 2011, 08:36:08 am
Not Merinoni, Marinoni.
http://www.marinoni.qc.ca/IndexEn.html
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 18, 2011, 01:06:41 pm
Memory fail! Thanks for the correction and link.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on October 18, 2011, 08:38:59 pm
A new Dursley Pederson I've not seen before in Hyde Park.  Lovely!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on October 18, 2011, 09:01:44 pm
There was one at the Blackfriars protest last week.  I wonder if it was the same one.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on October 18, 2011, 09:59:21 pm
There was one at the Blackfriars protest last week.  I wonder if it was the same one.

I saw him, he's the other one I see regularly in Hyde Park and have a nodding acquaintance with.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Regulator on October 19, 2011, 09:22:30 am
Having heard the mythical tales of the Addenbrooke's Pedersen Commuter, I saw him in the flesh today.   :thumbsup:

A beautiful claret coloured Pedersen...

Want one!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on October 20, 2011, 11:45:18 pm
A BMX with the saddle so low that it was actually below the level of the pedal at top dead centre.   :o   ???
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tiermat on October 28, 2011, 03:28:26 pm
Whilst in Barcelona at the weekend I was walking down a road, taking in the sights, and I saw a bike out of the corner of my eye, coming down the road.  As it approached, something told me that something was amiss with said bike.  As it whizzed past I worked out what it was.

It was a perfectly normal, nondescript road bike, drop bars, boring, bland paint scheme.
The thing that was odd about it was that it had 20", brommie style wheels.....

How on earth they didn't ground out the cranks on each revolution, I do not know...

Other than that, saw lots of fixies, lots of Bicing bikes (Barca's Boris Bikes) and another type of hire bike, which was BRIGHT orange....
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: interzen on October 28, 2011, 03:45:12 pm
Other than that, saw lots of fixies, lots of Bicing bikes (Barca's Boris Bikes) and another type of hire bike, which was BRIGHT orange....
:thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on October 28, 2011, 03:45:50 pm
Minivelos are pretty common in the Far East. I'm not surprised they are showing up in Europe too.
http://somafab.blogspot.com/2011/02/mini-velo-has-arrived.html?m=1
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on October 28, 2011, 09:44:41 pm
Spotted today at the start of my commute home in Ely, an Ainimal (http://www.airnimal.eu/Chameleon/) running fixed  :D

I suspect he had riden from the station, so had come from Cambridge or that London.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 28, 2011, 09:55:19 pm
Minivelos are pretty common in the Far East. I'm not surprised they are showing up in Europe too.
http://somafab.blogspot.com/2011/02/mini-velo-has-arrived.html?m=1
He says it takes up less room and is easier to walk around when parked indoors. I'm not sure that makes sense, as IME what makes a bike awkward in such situations is the sticky-out bits, ie bars and pedals, rather than wheels. It does make sense that it's easier to transport in a train, bus or car, though.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on October 29, 2011, 04:39:47 am
Chosen on the basis of having a high Google ranking and a clear photo of a minivelo, not because I agree with the opinions within.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Mr Larrington on October 31, 2011, 11:48:57 am
Spotted today at the start of my commute home in Ely, an Ainimal (http://www.airnimal.eu/Chameleon/) running fixed  :D

A certain iddu of this parish has been known to indulge in this behaviour, IIRC.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 31, 2011, 05:51:59 pm
A rather rusty Rudge. Its owner was nearby and said he'd been told it was a 1940s frame, pointing to the clamp-nutted head set as an indication of this. The angles and fork offset looked a bit tighter than might be expected on a frame of that vintage, to me, but I don't claim any expertise. He added it was "made here in Bristol" which struck me as unlikely. A quick search reveals nothing about Rudge ever having been based in Bristol, they were primarily associated with Coventry (and claimed Ulster links).
http://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Rudge_Cycle_Co

It had been fixiefied, inevitably. It was a rather nice looking machine under its rust, wherever it was made and however old it was.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: SlowCoach on November 01, 2011, 08:05:53 pm
If it was a Rudge - it wasn't made in Bristol. Rudge Whitworth moved from Coventry to Middlesx in 1939. They were then taken over by Raleigh in 1943. I'm not sure exactly when Raleigh moved production to Nottingham, but they were being made there (butchers and police bikes for export to Africa) in the mid 70's when I worked there.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 01, 2011, 09:18:50 pm
It was definitely a Rudge and definitely a bit better than a butcher's bike. Older than 70s, I'd say 60s at the newest, likely 50s or as the bloke said even 40s. Perhaps I misheard/-understood the Bristol bit, or perhaps he did!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 06, 2011, 08:30:13 pm
A Speedmaster CityMate.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6097/6319748544_0d1a9fe07b.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on November 06, 2011, 08:51:54 pm
Don't know where the Speedmaster tag comes from.  ???

They are built by M5.

I have one.  :D

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/39826_140043442697203_128944737140407_246889_4536350_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 06, 2011, 09:19:27 pm
M5 was also on the badge, or rather transfer on the "top tube". I think it said something like Speedmaster CityMate by M5, or maybe it was M5 CityMate by Speedmaster. Perhaps Speedmaster is a shop that sells them?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: AndyK on November 17, 2011, 05:00:15 pm
This afternoon:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/Minitar1/Dg/PB171045.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 17, 2011, 07:43:43 pm
M5 was also on the badge, or rather transfer on the "top tube". I think it said something like Speedmaster CityMate by M5, or maybe it was M5 CityMate by Speedmaster. Perhaps Speedmaster is a shop that sells them?
Saw it again today, being pushed up Ninetree Hill. Didn't think to ask the owner about the Speedmaster name though.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Canardly on November 17, 2011, 08:02:20 pm
Quite intrigued by an Alubike (sorry no pic) parked up in the centre of Cambridge.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on November 17, 2011, 10:49:17 pm
A nice red Holdsworth with a well beaten carradice saddlebag looking very cool at HPC this evening.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 20, 2011, 08:13:02 pm
*takes deep breath*

Three Baines Flying Gates
Two Longstaff trikes
One Higgins Ultralite trike
Maurice Selbach SWB tandem
Queally-style carbon monocoque frame
Les Rigden
TJ Quick
Mal Rees
Granby
and several more delights

all at an ultra-secret bunker somewhere in Sussex.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Mr Larrington on November 21, 2011, 10:56:25 am
Some variety of factory-built chopper this morning.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Priddy on November 21, 2011, 04:23:32 pm
Saw this outside work today. No idea what it was, just had to take a quick snap.

(http://richardpriddy.co.uk/IMAG0122.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tiermat on November 21, 2011, 04:26:28 pm
Saw this outside work today. No idea what it was, just had to take a quick snap.

(http://richardpriddy.co.uk/IMAG0122.jpg)

That'll be one of those ickle bikes like I saw in Barcelona the other week...

Look further up the thread, LWaB gave a link to a site about them

ETA:
Quote
Minivelos are pretty common in the Far East. I'm not surprised they are showing up in Europe too.
http://somafab.blogspot.com/2011/02/mini-velo-has-arrived.html?m=1
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: PeteB99 on November 21, 2011, 05:47:23 pm
It's a Giant Escape mini as owned by one of our members

http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=14062.0 (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=14062.0)

They look great
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Domestique on November 24, 2011, 03:52:15 pm
To follow on from AndyK post.
I think the rider was in the pub, lunchtime  8)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7173/6394956991_d3fe559376_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Gus on November 25, 2011, 07:40:08 pm
Saw a "flying gate"  at work today.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on November 27, 2011, 10:18:51 pm
A nameless electric bike - I suspect of one step up from BSO-quality construction - that deserves mention on the grounds of being admirably well-equipped: Step-through frame; saddle hilariously low; giant motorcycle mirror; battery pack large enough to contain a magnox reactor; wiring loom last seen on the side of a flying DeLorean; decent assortment of lights and not one but two traditional style baskets, front and rear.  It was secured to one of Aldi's Sheffield trolley stands with an assortment of locks worthy of a paranoid Londoner, which was by far the best attempt at cycle security I've seen so far in Birmingham (where a £3 cable lock through the front wheel is entirely typical).

I think I've glimpsed the future.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on November 28, 2011, 02:45:54 am
A Pedersen at the Tweed Run (http://www.flickr.com/photos/itsbruce/sets/72157628182563973/with/6415190731/) on Saturday:

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6059/6415190731_f1a3ab9dcf.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/itsbruce/6415190731/)

The owner was a little frustrating to ride behind, being a little unpredictable in his acceleration/deceleration.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Pingu on November 28, 2011, 08:52:25 pm
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7012/6404620665_a73d678ec4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/6404620665/)
IMG_5200 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_pingus/6404620665/) by The Pingus (http://www.flickr.com/people/the_pingus/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: PH on December 04, 2011, 09:41:23 pm
In a bike shop window in Paris, more oddities inside, unfortunately the shop was shut or |I'd of got a better picture.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7021/6455235945_1a0d95e5f5_b.jpg)

The shop was Urban Solutions, solutions to what I'm not sure.
http://urbansolutions.fr/#/Accueil
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 04, 2011, 09:44:18 pm
Solutions to vandalism - it has pre-mangled spokes. (They may work very well, but they certainly look odd.)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on December 06, 2011, 07:38:08 pm
Spotted today at the start of my commute home in Ely, an Ainimal (http://www.airnimal.eu/Chameleon/) running fixed  :D

I suspect he had riden from the station, so had come from Cambridge or that London.

...and now he's selling it on Ebay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Airnimal-Chameleon-Ultra-2009-Ultegra-fixed-gear-folding-bicycle-/200684960679?pt=UK_Bikes_GL&hash=item2eb9c17ba7).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ozzeh on December 07, 2011, 08:31:15 am
Spotted today at the start of my commute home in Ely, an Ainimal (http://www.airnimal.eu/Chameleon/) running fixed  :D

I suspect he had riden from the station, so had come from Cambridge or that London.

...and now he's selling it on Ebay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Airnimal-Chameleon-Ultra-2009-Ultegra-fixed-gear-folding-bicycle-/200684960679?pt=UK_Bikes_GL&hash=item2eb9c17ba7).

That would be me. I'll be sad to see it go as it's a fantastic bike but I need the funds for a new mountain bike build and it's just not getting used anymore as I generally take a "proper" bike to work instead.

Nice to know that someone spotted it on the road though! :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on December 08, 2011, 03:00:39 pm
Welcome to YACF Ozzeh.  :thumbsup:

I spotted you again about a week ago.

I usually ride a black fixie with yellow tyres and bright lights around Ely and home to Littleport.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ozzeh on December 08, 2011, 03:09:03 pm
Thanks.

I'm usually also riding a black fixie but with boring black tyres. I'll have to keep a look out for you.

The chap who bought my Airnimal came and collected it today. Nice bloke, says he does a lot of travelling and wants a bike to fly with so he's taking it on it's holidays!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 13, 2011, 08:45:27 pm
A fairly large, and very orange, flat barred SS Holdsworth being wheeled across the playground at picking up time today.  Haven't seen that around before.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Tim Hall on December 13, 2011, 09:01:38 pm
Not seen by me exactly, but as I was coming out of Mr Sainsbury's Emporium of Toothy Comestibles I spied a man taking a photo of a Pedersen. The one I'd ridden there on.

It's almost famous.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: MackieHornet on December 15, 2011, 06:29:18 am
Parked up at work:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v324/mark.harris@ukonline.co.uk/IMG173.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on December 22, 2011, 01:26:11 pm
Not quite as unusual -
(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq48/Bledlow/Laid-backbike.jpg)

Seen in Reading not long ago.

There was a bloody big Hannington in Broad Street, Reading a few days ago. Don't know what the frame size was, but a 6'10" bloke who used to ride with Reading rode one that didn't look any bigger. It was reinforced with mixte tubes, perhaps because otherwise it flexed too much. Reynolds 531 main tubes.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on December 22, 2011, 05:54:02 pm
Ooh! I saw a Ridgeback World Tour Solo the other day up in London.  Don't see many about.  Sadly, I wasn't on mine at the time.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on December 23, 2011, 01:52:05 am
Saw a guy on a nondescript looking mountain bike wearing an unobtanium Reevu helmet earlier.  It wasn't rower40.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: rower40 on December 23, 2011, 01:34:12 pm
Bagged in the bikepark of Mr Sainsbury's Emporium of Toothy Comestibles, Coldham's Lane, Cambridge.

(http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm63/rower40/Various%20Cycling%20Stuffs/IMAG0017.jpg)

(http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm63/rower40/Various%20Cycling%20Stuffs/IMAG0018.jpg)

It seemed appropriate to take photos of this, as I was riding Orange Bling at the time.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 23, 2011, 02:20:19 pm
"The kids get the front ride," says Little Cudzo, slightly jealously. But he's not little enough for something like that anymore.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: rower40 on December 23, 2011, 02:34:27 pm
Saw a guy on a nondescript looking mountain bike wearing an unobtanium Reevu helmet earlier.  It wasn't rower40.
The problem being that you can't follow him to steal it, as he'll be watching you behind him.  So you'll just have to wait for him to leave his bike unattended, affix an unobtrusive tracking device, and then find out where he lives.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: AndyK on January 02, 2012, 11:25:48 am
Wrong, but so right (http://www.popularmechanics.com/outdoors/sports/technology/4271404)...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Gus on January 02, 2012, 11:44:10 am
Wrong, but so right (http://www.popularmechanics.com/outdoors/sports/technology/4271404)...

A pulsejet bike can never be wrong  :D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 02, 2012, 03:18:29 pm
And they say the English are eccentric.

I liked this from the first one:
Quote
Payphone also added a train brake and pad, which he rigged with a brass tractor pedal he won in a poker match.
Even their gambling is eccentric in Leftpondia!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Arno on January 03, 2012, 01:30:34 pm
Wrong, but so right (http://www.popularmechanics.com/outdoors/sports/technology/4271404)...

A pulsejet bike can never be wrong  :D
And he even appears to have a Brooks saddle.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: CamPhil on January 03, 2012, 10:41:45 pm
Wrong, but so right (http://www.popularmechanics.com/outdoors/sports/technology/4271404)...

A pulsejet bike can never be wrong  :D

But a turbojet is much more compact, and can be constructed from a car turbocharger (available from your friendly neighbourhood car breaker).
design (http://www.salvatoreaiello.com/main.shtml)

This (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE4t-o7XY6M) kind of thing can be built.  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Juan Martín on January 06, 2012, 07:20:12 pm
At 1710 today outside Canon Street station, a chap passed on an ordinary wearing a pith helmet.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on January 06, 2012, 07:38:18 pm
Quite probably Joff Summerfield.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Basil on January 06, 2012, 10:15:42 pm
Not our Chazza, then?   She does pith helmet.
Obv not a bloke, but don't worry about that, I'm already dead for calling her Chazza.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Jurek on January 06, 2012, 10:22:46 pm
Almost certainly Joff.

Seen later here (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=55032.msg1122365#msg1122365).

With others (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=5506.msg1133100#msg1133100).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Tim Hall on January 06, 2012, 10:54:54 pm
Wrong, but so right (http://www.popularmechanics.com/outdoors/sports/technology/4271404)...

A pulsejet bike can never be wrong  :D

But a turbojet is much more compact, and can be constructed from a car turbocharger (available from your friendly neighbourhood car breaker).
design (http://www.salvatoreaiello.com/main.shtml)

This (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE4t-o7XY6M) kind of thing can be built.  ;D

Somewhere on my hard drive I have photos of some kind of cruiser bike that by boss has fitted an off the shelf teeny turbo jet to. Unfortunately I don't think I'm allowed to post them here.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: AndyK on January 10, 2012, 09:03:34 am
This is wrong (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/Minitar1/Random/fuglybrommie.jpg) on so many levels.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on January 10, 2012, 09:28:06 am
Yeah.  The shoes don't match.  What was she thinking?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Efrogwr on January 10, 2012, 09:34:24 am
I've got a Brompton, and Mrs E and some of her pals are involved with textiles.

Should I show her this? Should I hide the bike?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Zipperhead on January 10, 2012, 08:07:20 pm
This is wrong (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/Minitar1/Random/fuglybrommie.jpg) on so many levels.

I like that!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on January 10, 2012, 09:13:54 pm
Shame I didn't get a picture, but the cyclist on a road bike with a folding bike (not a Brompton) strapped on his back definitely caught my attention.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: AndyK on January 10, 2012, 09:29:00 pm
This is wrong (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/Minitar1/Random/fuglybrommie.jpg) on so many levels.

I like that!

Then get knitting!  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: why1040 on January 10, 2012, 09:33:57 pm
This is wrong (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/Minitar1/Random/fuglybrommie.jpg) on so many levels.

Was it feeling chilly??
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 11, 2012, 09:48:10 am
Guerrilla velo tricoterie!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on January 11, 2012, 09:49:51 am
This is wrong (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v223/Minitar1/Random/fuglybrommie.jpg) on so many levels.

I like that!

It's yours, isn't it?  I should have recognised you by your footwear.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Zipperhead on January 11, 2012, 08:33:39 pm
oh, so you recognised my ankles.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on January 11, 2012, 08:38:10 pm
Recognise them?  I've been lusting after them for years! :P
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on January 19, 2012, 12:37:27 pm
'Ingenious rack'
'Thanks'
'Design it yourself?'
'Yeah'
'I'm impressed.'

The entirety of the conversation I had with a fellow commuter near Newington Butts.  The bike in question was a deep shiny maroon with chromed lugs.  Because the rider was a tall chap, it was of double top-tube design, with double seat stays.  The rack was an integrated one, colour coded with the rest of the frame, brazed to the lower seat stays, coming around the higher ones to form a rectangle of narrow tubing with semi-circular ends and wires gridded across.  There was an extra pair of rack stays brazed to the rear dropouts.  Very stylish and distinctive.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Adrian on January 19, 2012, 10:13:31 pm
'Ingenious rack'
'Thanks'
'Design it yourself?'
'Yeah'
'I'm impressed.'

The entirety of the conversation I had with a fellow commuter near Newington Butts.  The bike in question was a deep shiny maroon with chromed lugs.  Because the rider was a tall chap, it was of double top-tube design, with double seat stays.  The rack was an integrated one, colour coded with the rest of the frame, brazed to the lower seat stays, coming around the higher ones to form a rectangle of narrow tubing with semi-circular ends and wires gridded across.  There was an extra pair of rack stays brazed to the rear dropouts.  Very stylish and distinctive.

I saw him near the Oval a couple of months ago. It's a beautiful piece of kit.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on January 19, 2012, 10:21:33 pm
Isn't it?  I wonder now if he built the whole thing himself - perhaps with the help of our Bicycle Repair Man?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Adrian on January 19, 2012, 10:24:25 pm
Isn't it?  I wonder now if he built the whole thing himself - perhaps with the help of our Bicycle Repair Man?
He did tell me that he had built it, that much I do recall.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: RW on January 29, 2012, 10:23:47 pm
Saw a group of five Moultons on the A29 between Fontwell and Nyton.  Four spaceframes and one gorgeous modernised Mk3.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: DrMekon on January 30, 2012, 10:50:07 am
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7017/6788547393_d28bde4a21_z.jpg)

Onderwater kid first tandem. There are several of these (2 and 3 seaters) in Cambridge, but I guess these are rare elsewhere. They are cracking fun, mainly 'cos the the freaked out look passers by give when they assume the 5 year old at the front is in control (the steering is via linkage from the back).

There was also a Trek with Alfine 8, roller brakes and a Gates belt drive in the shed at work. The owner had thoroughly disguised it with tape, then only locked it to the stand with a thin cable :facepalm:. Hopefully the CCTV will scare the thieves away, although it's not stopped stuff going missing before.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 30, 2012, 01:24:42 pm
That's so cool! And in that red it looks like it's been assembled by a gang of fettlicious posties.  :D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: noobie on January 30, 2012, 01:33:27 pm
can't find the exact picture but my mate's kid got a batman bike like this for his birthday couple of years ago: (http://s.sears.com/is/image/Sears/00680913000)

I should technically be an adult but I was still really impressed :D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on January 30, 2012, 08:59:17 pm
Just around the corner from home: an Asian man on a BSO with an occupied child seat on the back.  It was the occupied child seat which made the sight interesting and unusual.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on January 30, 2012, 09:20:38 pm
Near Kennington, I rode up behind a very yellow bike with an integrated welded rear rack.  I wondered if it were a kind of loadbike, but it turned out to be shorter than the Yuba/Ute/Big Dummy bikes.  As I pulled alongside, I saw it was rather like this (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3259/3135876602_336700390e.jpg), a French postie's bike.

Long way to come to do a delivery ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: cycleman on January 31, 2012, 08:34:05 am
french letters  :o ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Snakehips on January 31, 2012, 08:54:17 am
.....   a French postie's bike.

There's a shop in Kingston that sells them , and other old imported French stuff.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on January 31, 2012, 10:34:38 am
Oh that'd be worth a geg. :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: DrMekon on February 04, 2012, 06:26:37 pm
(http://p.twimg.com/Ak0U0-JCEAA2PWv.jpg)

Was at The School Run Centre getting our trike (the orange one with a black hood on the right) serviced when I spotted this yellow contraption. It's a clog bike. Apparently it's a no-cost factory option for the Bakfiets.nl cargobike long. Took it for a spin - much lighter than the wooden box. However, as yet, no screen or hood. Makes it a non-starter until then, for my money. However, if you like a bit of attention, it's just the ticket. A spin along Mill Road got lots of comments.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: DrMekon on February 08, 2012, 11:45:39 am
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7169/6837429881_8176d2f20c_z.jpg)

Defietsfabriek 995. Were only a couple in the country when we got ours. I've now spotted two more. This one is a Mk1, and they've fitted a Bakfiets.nl hood, which fits well and is a massive improvement on the crappy one DeFietsfabriek sell. Wish I'd thought of that when we had ours. Cracking bike. Very relaxed ride, and wonderfully put together. I still miss our (which went to London, and is now back in Cambridge, still sporting the reflective tabs we added).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on February 08, 2012, 12:33:40 pm
On the commute today, I was pleased to see a Claud Butler and a Carlton in Kennington (or thereabouts), as well as a very smart newer bike with a blue & silver paintscheme and lightly purple anodised rims in Streatham.  Sadly, as I was passing by, and the owner was waiting to cross the road, I didn't get a good enough look to determine maks.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 17, 2012, 05:27:48 pm
About half an hour ago, a recumbent with red disc wheels going up Cotham Brow.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Canardly on February 18, 2012, 07:51:25 pm
Right how to describe this. (I wish I had had a camera with me but sods law prevails.) large white van in traffic jam. Mounted vertically at rear is a trike (sort of). The trike has handlebars, MTB type brake levers and a triangular large frame supporting a fabric seating arrangement I think stretched across the frame. This was at least five times larger than a normal 'seat' surface area. Around the perimeter of the 'bike' is a rail which is a bit a like a bumper car protector. All the wheels and 'bike' are within this boundary. To the rear and underside of the large triangular 'seating' area are two metal pads which appear to be for standing on. I have no idea what this BSO is for, but it sure looked interesting. If only I had my phone with me........
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on February 18, 2012, 08:08:54 pm
I'd guess at it being a Siberian dog rig (http://www.culpeppers.co.uk/catalogue/?_Culpep=55722706A5SKtnX3.Yg&cat=rigs).

I remember we saw some on someones driveway on a WARTY ride, and got invited to see the dogs.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Canardly on February 18, 2012, 08:16:49 pm
looked somewhat similar WJ. I think you have solved a mystery once again.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Moose57 on February 18, 2012, 08:22:44 pm
Right how to describe this. (I wish I had had a camera with me but sods law prevails.) large white van in traffic jam. Mounted vertically at rear is a trike (sort of). The trike has handlebars, MTB type brake levers and a triangular large frame supporting a fabric seating arrangement I think stretched across the frame. This was at least five times larger than a normal 'seat' surface area. Around the perimeter of the 'bike' is a rail which is a bit a like a bumper car protector. All the wheels and 'bike' are within this boundary. To the rear and underside of the large triangular 'seating' area are two metal pads which appear to be for standing on. I have no idea what this BSO is for, but it sure looked interesting. If only I had my phone with me........

I saw this too last year, same thoughts about camera crossed my mind too. Everyone I spoke to about it thought I had been seeing things.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on February 18, 2012, 08:27:13 pm
The LBS I use sometimes does repairs on one, and my neighbour (a retired bike shop owner/framebuilder)  builds wheels for them - 20" sturmey hub braked ones, like recumbent trike wheels.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on February 20, 2012, 04:11:48 pm
Lovely modern Hetchins on Friday evening's commute. Flam red (possibly dark red, difficult to tel) with half chromed forks and curly rear triangle, proper mad magnum opus or similar lugwork.
Having spent my youth haging out and occasionally working at Hetchins, it's nice to see one out in the wild from time to time.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Jurek on February 20, 2012, 07:55:04 pm
One of these:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7186/6911526571_4ba5a6ed0b_o.jpg)
Hanging on the wall in Corridori Cycle Sport (http://www.corridori.co.uk/) where I took tea this afternoon.
£12k a pop  :o.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on February 20, 2012, 08:11:28 pm
And a sign reading
Quote
DO NOT TOUCH
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Jurek on February 20, 2012, 10:37:43 pm
I touched  :-[   :P
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 20, 2012, 10:41:47 pm
You've been and gone and done it now, Jurek, £12 grand on your credit card. We look forward to the photos in Members' bikes soon.  :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ham on February 22, 2012, 09:47:24 pm
Possibly not that unusual, but I was fascinated to see a Trek Lexa SLX on the way home today, on Holborn Viaduct

(http://s7d4.scene7.com/is/image/TrekBicycleProducts/21772?wid=1490&hei=1080&fit=fit,1&fmt=png-alpha&qlt=80,1&op_usm=0,0,0,0&iccEmbed=0)

Very nicely proportioned for a lady bike. It was only some minutes later that I realised I was quite lucky not to be misunderstood when I complimented the rider on her very nice proportions. Mind you, the bar bag with (possibly) route sheet gave me courage.

Also worthy of mention is a veteran club rider from out my way I occasionally meet up with, ride and chat early morning on an F Moser rather like this

(http://velospace.org/files/moser_COMPLETE21.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: iddu on February 26, 2012, 12:26:38 am
BIG RING it, always... ;D

From the TC "For Sale"

Specialized cross over drive, mavic sprint rims on s/f campag hubs. Tri-bars fitted, 60/54 c/rings.
(http://www.tandem-club.org.uk/pictures/pic983.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 26, 2012, 09:50:47 pm
Ulp!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Tim Hall on February 27, 2012, 01:34:43 pm
Yesterday parked up at the View Tube (Olympic park cafe in That London) an old school Colnago, Columbus tubing. Campag down tube shifters and those weird Campag Delta brakes.

I pointed it out to my partially sighted friend, so he had a quick feel. The owner, whom I'd noticed sitting near by, kindly came over to show us the innards of the brakes.  Complicated for no good reason I think.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on February 27, 2012, 01:39:40 pm
And almost completely useless.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ian H on March 09, 2012, 02:07:40 pm
A rusty and ill-kept Ellis-Briggs in town today. The odd carrier on the back turned out, on closer inspection, to be a Rann (or more likely, a Hann) trailer attachment.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 12, 2012, 12:22:04 pm
Yesterday, we rode with East Sussex CTC.  Along with the interesting bikes I've reported before (Les Rigden, TJ Quick etc), there was a curly-stayed Hetchins.

At one point, crossing the levels, two cyclists came haring up behind us and passed us at great speed.  The one behind was on a standard road bike, the one in front powering a handcycle.  Very impressive.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: marcusjb on March 12, 2012, 12:25:56 pm
Sitting down at lunch over the weekend, I saw a very interesting bike ride past- simply called an ULTEGRA.

This being in Morocco and being a crappy mountain bike I have my doubts as to this being an authentic Shimano product.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: GrahamG on March 12, 2012, 12:30:50 pm
I haven't had chance to upload photos to flickr yet, but there is the most ridiculous, contrary, mixed up, bastardised bike build I have EVER seen in the bike stands of the building I'm currently working in.  I've seen weirder, but this is just wrong chiefly because it's using the kind of components which would indicate that the rider is a 'proper' cyclist, but put together all wrong.

Consists of:

Nice Kinesis Cyclocross frame/forks
Posh Mavic wheels
shimano 9speed kit

Then it all gets messy....

The owner is running a single ring at the front set up so no front mech/shifter..... on a triple chainset.... with the big ring mounted in the middle... and the middle ring on the outside.. he appears to be using the middle (big) ring by default.. .and no, he has not removed the granny ring.

He has bullhorn bars on with aero brake levers. Fine, but how does he change gear on that 9 speed block?  A bar end shifter.... mounted on an 8" piece of bar (think a severely shortened TT extension bar).... attached to the tops of the bullhorns... and it has been taped too.

So wrong. So, so wrong.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: DrMekon on March 13, 2012, 04:48:23 pm
(http://webringjustice.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/cw.jpg?w=500&h=333)

Down in Sussex, arranging FILs funeral. When I need to get the kids out of the way, we've been hanging out at a skate park. A dad was helping his kid on a balance bike, but turned up on one of these.

It was apparently 1 of 7, and he was running 24" Skyways with gold hubs, which I've never seen. It was utterly mint. Having had bmxs on and off since 82, we had a great time reminiscing. He was running CW bars with a CW padset and Oakley B1Bs, which was exactly my old setup on my '82 Redline. He said he collects vintage bmxs, which he reports is horrifyingly expensive. He pays cash, and hides them from his wife in the shed!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 13, 2012, 04:49:52 pm
What? :o
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 13, 2012, 08:45:17 pm
Lightning zag frame, how cool! Though I've got to say at first sight I thought it was a weird distortion on my screen.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Chris L on March 15, 2012, 01:45:10 pm
That is jaw-droppingly cool.  What a beautiful bike!  Even without the zig-zag frame.

He's right about the vintage BMX prices.  I tried to recreate my '83 Redline 600 for my kids last year.  Broadened my search too wide and ended up with a late '90s frame, which is just too heavy.  We've got a different frame with the bits swapped over now, which is OK, but I'm still shocked that I'd have been up for £400-£500 to replace the '83 model.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 15, 2012, 01:47:20 pm
This morning, I saw two recumbents.  One was orange (can you tell I'm an expert? :-[ ) and we saw that just off Brixton Hill.  The second I saw at St George's Circus, and I think ot was going towards Blackfriars.  It was flying a Jamaican flag.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: marcusjb on March 17, 2012, 04:57:13 pm
Coming through brentford, towards Chiswick, I saw two recumbents drafting each other closely - or so I thought. It was, of course, a recumbent tandem. Red one. I don't think I have seen such a thing before, seen back-to-back to ones, but not the two seats pointing the same way.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Torslanda on March 17, 2012, 05:11:27 pm
1971 Mercian 'King of Mercia' in flamboyant red with hand lined lugs and white panels. Shimano 600 'Arabesque', real 27" Weinmann rims and Bluemels 'Clubman' guards.

Belongs to the owner of the NotQuiteSoLBS, spotted when I collected my new wheelzez.

Jealous, moi?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: AndyK on March 20, 2012, 11:41:44 am
Wooden chopper bicycles:

http://photos.mercurynews.com/2012/03/creating-bicycles-out-of-wood/6691/#name%20here
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 21, 2012, 11:11:09 am
Yesterday, I saw an orange 'bent somewhere between E&C and Lambeth Bridge.

Also saw a black Clements in Stockwell.

Couple of times lately, I've seen a yellow lo-pro Islabike.  With high riser bars :facepalm:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Auntie Helen on March 21, 2012, 11:47:48 am
It's my own bike, does that count?

(http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx30/Auntie_Helen/4a126bb5.jpg)

(http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx30/Auntie_Helen/c274870b.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: AndyK on March 21, 2012, 11:58:03 am
Ha! Love the stoic look of your top gunner!   ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimC on March 21, 2012, 12:35:18 pm
(http://webringjustice.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/cw.jpg?w=500&h=333)

That is the first ever BMX bike I've coveted. Generally, i hate the things. But that is lovely!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimC on March 21, 2012, 12:38:43 pm
One of these:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7186/6911526571_4ba5a6ed0b_o.jpg)
Hanging on the wall in Corridori Cycle Sport (http://www.corridori.co.uk/) where I took tea this afternoon.
£12k a pop  :o.

Touched and drooled over one in the US last week. $17999. Sat on it, pedalled round the car park (in jeans!). Fortunately left the credit card in the hotel. Just Fucking Gorgeous!!!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on March 21, 2012, 01:22:15 pm
This morning, I saw two recumbents.  One was orange (can you tell I'm an expert? :-[ ) and we saw that just off Brixton Hill.  The second I saw at St George's Circus, and I think ot was going towards Blackfriars.  It was flying a Jamaican flag.

I see her around a lot, I think her name is Denise and she does or used to do some of the route marking for the Dunwich Dynamo.
It's a green bike from memory.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 21, 2012, 01:22:56 pm
I think that was her, yes.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on March 21, 2012, 02:04:37 pm
This morning, I saw two recumbents.  One was orange (can you tell I'm an expert? :-[ ) and we saw that just off Brixton Hill.  The second I saw at St George's Circus, and I think ot was going towards Blackfriars.  It was flying a Jamaican flag.

I see her around a lot, I think her name is Denise and she does or used to do some of the route marking for the Dunwich Dynamo.
It's a green bike from memory.

Yes indeedy!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 21, 2012, 02:07:18 pm
I believe she was in (or on the cover of) Velovision, wasn't she?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Butterfly on March 21, 2012, 06:06:18 pm
I saw a not totally unusual Red Moulton on Hunts Slip Road. What was unusual was that the rider had an Islabike slung over his shoulder, obviously to do the school run :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ham on March 22, 2012, 09:34:36 pm
In Terence Conman's shop.

Interesting? Unusual? You decide. Don't even think of the price, it will hurt.

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-tNiSbkunIrc/T2uaER-dQtI/AAAAAAAAgUM/WW3pe41IZac/s800/S0180518.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 23, 2012, 08:44:00 am
Blue Bike Friday, seen last night.

First one I've seen around here. The only other bike friday I know of up north is a tandem.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Riggers on March 23, 2012, 10:02:34 am
In Terence Conman's shop.

Interesting? Unusual? You decide. Don't even think of the price, it will hurt.

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-tNiSbkunIrc/T2uaER-dQtI/AAAAAAAAgUM/WW3pe41IZac/s800/S0180518.jpg)


Is it £20 million pounds!!?
Having looked at it, I'm becoming riled by them brake and gear cable arrangement. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 23, 2012, 12:53:52 pm
It's made in collaboration with Charge.

http://www.bikebiz.com/news/read/charge-bikes-team-up-with-conran/011895
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tiermat on March 23, 2012, 02:06:41 pm
It's horrible, and all because of the cables.

How hard would it have been to:
1) have internal cable routing
2) move the brake bridge from the top seat stays to the middle ones?

Answer to 1) and 2) is "Not very" and it would have made a much nicer looking bike, instead of one that was designed then they thought they had better add brakes and gears.......
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: MattH on March 23, 2012, 02:22:39 pm
It looks better on their website (http://www.conranshop.co.uk/634458/CHARGE-BIKE-HOB-SMALL-LADIES/Product), with saner cabling (especially the gears). I wonder if it was unpacked and put bodged together in the shop by someone who had no idea what a bike should look like?

It is made by charge, and nowhere near as expensive as I thought.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tiermat on March 23, 2012, 02:27:54 pm
The one in the photo upthread also appears to be missing the cable guides for the gears, which could explain the mess.  I still think the back brake should be elsewhere.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Efrogwr on March 25, 2012, 08:27:30 pm
I saw an old(ish) Woodrup in LLanberis today. Worn and chipped paint, but not scruffy. Biggish frame, orange, no transfers or headbadge, just Woodrup on the seatstay tp eyes and a Reynolds 753 sticker. A nice classic bike.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on March 25, 2012, 08:43:03 pm
Went out with the Retrobike (http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/) crowd yesterday - about 45 classic early 90's mountain bikes, being used as intended - being riden on singletrack.  :smug:

At least 5 Kleins:

(http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn137/GA2G/Klein-Green.jpg)

A few Orange Aluminium O's

Parkpre's

Rocky mountains

AMP research B4 with experimental forks (like Girvins only stranger   :o)

and lots more.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: phantasmagoriana on March 26, 2012, 07:32:46 pm
I saw a beautiful Trevor Jarvis in Wigginton yesterday: deep purple metallic with ornate chromed lugs. :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 27, 2012, 11:15:18 am
Last night, I took a turning off my usual route.  I was rewarded by the sight of a woman playing tea parties on her front step with two little girls, and, more pertinently to this thread, a Yuba Mundo marked up as belonging to the cargobike handyman. (http://www.cargobikehandyman.co.uk/)  There again this morning,.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: andrew_s on March 29, 2012, 01:19:54 am
On Tuesday's ride I met a chap on a home made tall bike, going up the hill with the arrow on it near to SO602327, just off the B4224, heading towards the Wye bridge at Hoarwithy.

Googling leads me to suppose it was this chap (http://www.artinsteel.co.uk/page17.htm), based in Fownhope only a couple of miles away,
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 29, 2012, 10:31:44 am
Near Brockwell Park, I came up behind a young man on what looked like an interesting bike.  I noticed the centrepulls first, then saw the brown paintwork.  It was a Carlton of some kind.  maybe not top of the range, but certainly a nice looker (or, rather, would be if the paintwork weren't so battered*).  I wonder if the chap had any idea what he was riding?

* OK, it had a lovely patina ;D

I should have mentioned that, the other morning when I went to Hampstead heath, I spied two Van Moofs.  One was a 'gents' frame, and the other a 'ladies'.  One had a front rack, and the distinctive front light had been moved to the underside offset of the rack.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 29, 2012, 07:29:35 pm
A Genesis Day One with Alfine (not sure whether 8 or 11), Versa levers and discs, but the unusual bits were the plywood mudguards and the rack with a wooden load-carrying surface.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Butterfly on March 30, 2012, 07:13:52 am
I saw a lovely wooden bike in Brockwell Park yesterday. It looked nice and had a cyo :-)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on March 30, 2012, 07:34:35 am
A Carlton yesterday, converted to fixed I think, and rode somewhat with me from HPC to Camberwell. After he jumped a couple of lights, and paused at one I was waiting at, I told him "Go on, if you jump this one too you might be able to be faster than me".  ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tatanab on March 30, 2012, 10:02:27 am
Near Brockwell Park, I came up behind a young man on what looked like an interesting bike.  I noticed the centrepulls first, then saw the brown paintwork.  It was a Carlton of some kind.  maybe not top of the range, but certainly a nice looker (or, rather, would be if the paintwork weren't so battered*).  I wonder if the chap had any idea what he was riding?
Carlton Corsair I expect.  531 plain guage, just outside my price range when I started riding in the late 60s.  As you said, nothing special.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 30, 2012, 10:04:47 am
That's plausible.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 30, 2012, 10:13:18 am
I saw a lovely wooden bike in Brockwell Park yesterday. It looked nice and had a cyo :-)
Maybe made by these people? (http://flatframesystems.com/)

(http://flatframesystems.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/053.jpg?w=300&h=225)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Butterfly on March 30, 2012, 04:27:26 pm
I don't think so, it was more rounded.
*goes to investigate*

It was one of these (http://www.renovobikes.com/) :) Very lovely.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tiermat on March 30, 2012, 04:52:48 pm
When I visited the LBS (I know, maybe doesn't count) I saw a TT bike, made by blue, in a diminutive size, all carbon bling with Di2.

Saw it again about 5 minutes ago as I was going back towards the LBS, being ridden by a guy dressed in what I can only assume is not his usual TT gear of jeans, sweat shirt, helmet and backpack.

ETA: just had a look, it was one of these:  http://www.rideblue.com/triadslle.php
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: jogler on March 30, 2012, 04:55:12 pm
That backpack is a shoddy way of riding.He needs some panniers & racks on that blueblingthing :demon:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tiermat on March 30, 2012, 04:57:04 pm
And mudguards.

I had a peek at how much they cost.

Are you sitting down?

$12,000!!!!  :o :o :o
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: jogler on March 30, 2012, 04:58:29 pm
that's a lorra £ for some mudgaurds :o
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tiermat on March 30, 2012, 05:00:43 pm
Hahaha :)

Srsly, though, $12k for a bike, he could have bought a car for that....

<gets the feeling he is on the wrong forum :) >
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Butterfly on March 30, 2012, 05:09:50 pm
Or a titanium tandem (http://www.tandems.co.uk/products.php?plid=m3b0s6p143). :D With S and S couplings :thumbsup:

ETA missed the $ - see, it's a bargain really!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 30, 2012, 07:02:47 pm
.

ETA: just had a look, it was one of these:  http://www.rideblue.com/triadslle.php

Aaaarrrgghhh!!! My eyes!  My eyes!  They can't handle the ugly.

I need to sit down and look at Eddie Merckx' Molteni bike and Colnago Masters for a while....
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: MattH on March 31, 2012, 11:34:21 am
I don't think so, it was more rounded.
*goes to investigate*

It was one of these (http://www.renovobikes.com/) :) Very lovely.

Dear Father Christmas,

I have been a very good boy this year...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 01, 2012, 10:06:21 am
I don't think so, it was more rounded.
*goes to investigate*

It was one of these (http://www.renovobikes.com/) :) Very lovely.
I've got to admit those do look nicer than the ones I saw. It's the roundiness.

On Friday I saw a bike with no down tube but two parallel top tubes, named 'Swinger'. I presume it was a folder, but maybe it was a wobble bike! Then a cargo bike with huge tubular and wooden platform between the (small) front wheel and (low) bb. These were both on Critical Mass - I wasn't, I just happened to coincide with it, on foot coming back from shopping.

Yesterday, a pair of Pedersens. Modern ones but I don't know which iteration.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 01, 2012, 06:29:25 pm
An AS Gillott on the ride yesterday.  And a TJ Quick - see below:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/Lambeth%20Architecture%20Ride%2031%20March%202012/IMG_0204.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 02, 2012, 08:16:28 am
I saw a Gillott on Saturday too! A yellow one which a girl was locking up on Gloucester Road, presumably while she went shopping or cakerisationing in one of the little cafes there. It was a bit tatty and I didn't get time to see any of the components but it looked a quality frame.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: CrinklyLion on April 02, 2012, 08:35:33 am
A Rather Large and very very yellow flat-barred rohloff-ed tourer, complete with 4 ortlieb panniers and a carradice barbag and a couple of fair sized stuff sacks, at Ribblehead station yesterday.  No obvious badging so I don't know what it was but it did look extraordinarily purposeful as well as being really quite spectacularly yellow.  And big.  Slightly too tall to fit in the rubbish Northern Trains bike space and the long wheelbase meant getting it round the stupid awkward corner to the bike space wasn't feasible with its panniers on.  We worked it out in the end, and Valencia even got to share a bungee with it - the tart.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on April 02, 2012, 08:55:22 am
Two yoof on MTB bikes overtook me uphill at great speed yesterday, powered by small petrol engines. They were delighted! ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Domestique on April 04, 2012, 03:18:59 pm
A Bob Jackson trike being riden along Crowstone Road.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: trickedem on April 04, 2012, 08:31:34 pm
(http://i40.tinypic.com/102medx.jpg)
He had to get off to lift this over the curb. Always impressed when I see a real work horse of a bike like this.  (In Tel Aviv)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: spesh on April 04, 2012, 10:17:40 pm
Went out with the Retrobike (http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/) crowd yesterday - about 45 classic early 90's mountain bikes, being used as intended - being riden on singletrack.  :smug:

At least 5 Kleins:

(http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn137/GA2G/Klein-Green.jpg)

A few Orange Aluminium O's

Parkpre's

Rocky mountains

AMP research B4 with experimental forks (like Girvins only stranger   :o)

and lots more.

<has a major nostalgia moment>  8)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Zipperhead on April 04, 2012, 10:36:15 pm
I saw a Bickerton being ridden (on the pavement) this morning.

There can't be that many still surviving, fewer still being ridden.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on April 04, 2012, 10:44:06 pm
<has a major nostalgia moment>  8)

It's a good job I didn't post pics of the Klein Mantra with Lawwill leader forks...

(click to show/hide)

(click to show/hide)

 :demon:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: spesh on April 04, 2012, 11:00:15 pm
<has a major nostalgia moment>  8)

It's a good job I didn't post pics of the Klein Mantra with Lawwill leader forks...

(click to show/hide)

(click to show/hide)

 :demon:

It's alright, you don't owe me a new keyboard, that one didn't really do anything for me back in the day...  ;)

It's an interesting example of a couple of developmental blind alleys though. IIRC, leading link and parallelogram forks were less prone to dive under braking, but they were very limited in the amount of travel they could offer before getting too cumbersome. And there are good reasons why URTs are only found on supermarket/motor factor-sourced "bike-shaped objects" these days.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on April 05, 2012, 01:54:52 pm
Just seen a vicar on a Raptobike (http://www.raptobike.nl/).  :o
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 05, 2012, 03:29:35 pm
Nice orange Harry Quinn fixed or as in Streatham this morning.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ian H on April 05, 2012, 03:52:41 pm
A friend of mine is frequently seen on his Colnago mtb.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: spesh on April 06, 2012, 05:46:43 pm
A friend of mine is frequently seen on his Colnago mtb.

Still with a Campagnolo groupset on it? They had a very brief flirtation with making MTB components.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: spesh on April 06, 2012, 05:47:58 pm
It's not every day that you see a BMX bike fitted with a luggage rack and panniers, but someone round my way has one.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tatanab on April 06, 2012, 05:59:13 pm
A friend of mine is frequently seen on his Colnago mtb.

Still with a Campagnolo groupset on it? They had a very brief flirtation with making MTB components.
In 1999 I lived in France where France, Germany and Switzerland meet.  The bike shop over the border in Switzerland had a Colnago MTB.  I'd never seen one and was tempted for the novelty value but my wallet saw sense.

Campag MTB equipment - I still have 3 chainsets in use.  They are very nice indeed.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Deano on April 06, 2012, 06:02:48 pm
It's not every day that you see a BMX bike fitted with a luggage rack and panniers, but someone round my way has one.

My mate Nigel (notorious Nigel (http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/darlington/4821964.Scooter_driver_in_court_after_one_too_many/?ref=eb)) once fitted gears to his BMX. But then he got bored with that, so he fitted a motor instead. It was scary as fuck to ride.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ian H on April 06, 2012, 06:16:42 pm
A friend of mine is frequently seen on his Colnago mtb.

Still with a Campagnolo groupset on it? They had a very brief flirtation with making MTB components.

I think so. I'll look more closely next week.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: JonBuoy on April 06, 2012, 06:36:38 pm

My mate Nigel (notorious Nigel (http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/darlington/4821964.Scooter_driver_in_court_after_one_too_many/?ref=eb)) once fitted gears to his BMX. But then he got bored with that, so he fitted a motor instead. It was scary as fuck to ride.

From the comments on that link:

Quote
dclem says...
10:02am Thu 31 Dec 09

I think a nomination for the "Best of Darlington" awards is in order.

Anyone we know ?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 06, 2012, 07:01:33 pm
Not an interesting or unusual bike, but an interesting and unusual mudguard. Yes, mudguard. Well, mudguard fixing in fact. It was simply wedged between BB and chainstay bridge, then tied above the brake bridge with baler twine and jubilee clip, and finally had more twine running from the holes that normally receive the stays up to the saddle rails. As you can imagine, there was oodles of clearance all the way round - so much that I wonder if it really could have been an effective mudguard, but it was certainly eye-catching.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 07, 2012, 02:48:40 pm
The interesting feature of this French(?) '80s(?) bike doesn't really show on the photo; in addition to the period components (Mafac side pull brakes, Simplex derailleur, Solida crank, Maillard hubs) it has vaguely triangular tubing on the down tube. Aero, I guess.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7086/7053530575_80837238e3_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on April 07, 2012, 07:54:48 pm
A hub-geared Giant, presumably back-pedal brake because it only had a front caliper, with curious top tubes. Two of 'em, which curved down behind the seat tube to become seat stays.

It said "Via" on the frame. Locked up in Broad Street, Reading, this afternoon.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 07, 2012, 09:33:01 pm
Not so unusual as the above, but an 80s Tony Oliver in nice condition.  Camping with us.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 10, 2012, 10:31:05 pm
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0344.jpg)

No idea what this is.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ian H on April 10, 2012, 10:40:31 pm
Very brief search:- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bicycle_two_1886.jpg
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 10, 2012, 10:45:05 pm
Perhaps.  I thought it might be something similar, but there's no drivetrain and the seat is not amenable to pedalling really.  Post at the front looks like it might be a part of the steering mechanism.

It's a snatched photo, because it was on private land away from the road, and I didn't feel I could get closer...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ian H on April 10, 2012, 10:54:16 pm
Nothing more relevant but:- http://www.metzbicyclemuseum.com/index.html
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 10, 2012, 11:01:29 pm
Very brief search:- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bicycle_two_1886.jpg
Is that the White House in the background? :o

Wherever it is, the woman doesn't look very happy to be photographed awheel.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ian H on April 10, 2012, 11:05:45 pm
Very brief search:- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bicycle_two_1886.jpg
Is that the White House in the background? :o

Wherever it is, the woman doesn't look very happy to be photographed awheel.

I didn't notice the background. The expressions can be accounted for by the fact of having to sit motionless for an age while the photographer worked his magic.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: GrahamG on April 11, 2012, 09:55:58 am
Not an interesting or unusual bike, but an interesting and unusual mudguard. Yes, mudguard. Well, mudguard fixing in fact. It was simply wedged between BB and chainstay bridge, then tied above the brake bridge with baler twine and jubilee clip, and finally had more twine running from the holes that normally receive the stays up to the saddle rails. As you can imagine, there was oodles of clearance all the way round - so much that I wonder if it really could have been an effective mudguard, but it was certainly eye-catching.


I've seen it too!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: RJ on April 17, 2012, 10:17:54 pm
Last week (but the rider looked regular), outside the Crown at Pantygelli (http://www.thecrownatpantygelli.com/) - a Hetchins, mainly black, with a Sturmey-Archer 4-speed hub (the shifter is about the only useful identifying feature to have come out on the photo I grabbed)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: CrinklyLion on April 18, 2012, 09:53:11 pm
There appears to be a rather bling Colnago with a distinct lack of mudguards in the Den. 
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Adrian on April 18, 2012, 09:56:16 pm
There appears to be a rather bling Colnago with a distinct lack of mudguards in the Den.
Does it have a wet owner?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 18, 2012, 09:57:04 pm
Does it have a rack with panniers full of cake? ;)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: CrinklyLion on April 18, 2012, 10:16:32 pm
It has an owner who was indeed rather damp, and wearing the stripe of mud up his back with pride :D  But who has now faced and met the challenge of persuading the CrinklyBoiler to produce a bathful of water that is reasonably_hot, has rather cleaner kit drying on radiators, has been fed copious quantities of macaroni cheese and tea, declined any and all offers of cake and is tucked up in a Cub's bed (since the cubs are away so he got a free upgrade from the cat-infested sofa) complete with racing car duvet.

It is a rather nice Colnago, isn't it?  Even I can tell.... Although I don't think there has ever been a bike with so few spokes in the Den before!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Adrian on April 18, 2012, 10:34:38 pm
It is a rather nice Colnago, isn't it?
Not as nice as a Master Pista X Light (http://bricklanebikes.co.uk/posts/57) but still very nice. Just don't tell him I said that
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 19, 2012, 08:52:24 am
Them plastic ones ain't as good as the proper steel Colnagos ;)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 22, 2012, 04:55:49 pm
Saw a couple on a tandem trike today, but I can't tell you anything about it as we only passed each other in opposite directions.

A couple of days ago I saw an orange Bike Friday tandem, stokerless, in the morning rush hour about to go down Park Street.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on April 22, 2012, 04:59:42 pm
Friday: On that evening's recce one of our fellow riders was on a Pat Rohan.

Today: A tandem locked to a bike rack on Jamaica Road.  No idea what sort of tandem, but that's not the type of bike one usually sees locked up to a city back rack, especially not at 07:30 on a Sunday.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 22, 2012, 05:16:33 pm
We saw a couple on a Ken Bird tandem on the tracks near home.  The gentleman piloting seemed to be wearing a Tandem Club jacket.  They were both happy.

We spotted a Gillott locked to a rack in London when we rode up to Pimlico Friday.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on May 01, 2012, 10:25:30 am
I was lined up alongside an On One "Dirty Disco" at a set of lights this morning. It looked absolutely fantastic. It had been destickered, except for the rims. It's rare for me to spend much more than a few seconds eying up anopther bike, but this was really quite nice.
http://www.on-one.co.uk/i/q/CBOODDFBFOR/on_one_dirty_disco_sram_force_flat_bar
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tiermat on May 01, 2012, 10:31:49 am
<snip>....Although I don't think there has ever been a bike with so few spokes in the Den before!

Ahem, I believe my Ridley, with it's shiny flange of truth and minimal spoke count has visited the Den before
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 01, 2012, 10:43:51 am
Ah, but I don't think Simon bothers with spokes at all.  Much more lightweight to use levitation.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 02, 2012, 09:37:09 am
This morning, I saw two particularly interesting bikes.  One was turning onto Railton Road at Herne Hill.  A nicely set up tourer in the same shade of green as Andrij's.  So, as I passed, I looked to see if it was in fact a Hewitt.  It was badged as a Kontour, which is not a brand I know.

Near Walworth Road, and up to NKR, I saw an orange cargo bike with two child seats (rear only occupied at that point) on the back.  I thought it might be a Yuba Mundo, but it was a bit clunky-looking.  Perhaps it was an early version.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ian H on May 03, 2012, 09:13:52 pm
Seen only in a photo, posted elsawhere by someone reminiscing about the 70s. He called it a 'Spring bike', said it was made by Raleigh, and was lethal (look at the rear wheel and how the rear forks attach). I can't find out anything more about it.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/301845_3094710974804_1474959327_41198951_1354567736_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 03, 2012, 09:39:53 pm
ISTR Wobbly John knew something about this last time it was mentioned.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Tom B on May 03, 2012, 09:47:33 pm
Quote
ISTR Wobbly John knew something about this last time it was mentioned

as soon as I saw it I thought it was something he or one of his students had made as an experiment  :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on May 03, 2012, 09:59:59 pm
It's a Swing-Bike. They were commercially produced in the 70's and are similar to the Wobblebikes that I build. They are more difficult to learn than the Wobblebike, but I have seen some impressive riders on YouTube.

The spring can be removed once you have got the hang of riding it. They are very collectable.

I have had a go at building one but haven't got the geometry sorted yet.

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y252/wobblyjohn/chop5.jpg)

The company (or a resurection of the company) did start producing a new version about 3 years ago which was more like the wobblebike that I build.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ian H on May 03, 2012, 10:03:16 pm
Ah! Thanks.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: RJ on May 04, 2012, 12:29:14 am
Last week (but the rider looked regular), outside the Crown at Pantygelli (http://www.thecrownatpantygelli.com/) - a Hetchins, mainly black, with a Sturmey-Archer 4-speed hub (the shifter is about the only useful identifying feature to have come out on the photo I grabbed)

Finally, a picture:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7102/6994240756_4dbb29a0fd.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7194134@N06/6994240756/)
Hetchins (http://www.flickr.com/photos/7194134@N06/6994240756/) by rjevans6 (http://www.flickr.com/people/7194134@N06/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 04, 2012, 08:10:58 am
Chainstays a bit slack.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Adrian on May 04, 2012, 08:17:19 am
Left out in the sun too long I expect.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 04, 2012, 09:50:05 am
Must have been last year!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: PaulF on May 04, 2012, 06:45:00 pm
A left hand drive BMX.

A first I thought it was fixed but when he freewheeled I realised that it had a reverse freewheel. IIRC Wolly did that to his fixie "just because he could"
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tiermat on May 07, 2012, 06:31:08 pm
Yesterday, whilst at the pub we saw a Pace RC-100 complete with Mahura brakes and age appropraite rigid forks, in yellow.  My only disappointment with it was that it was the ano-grey colour and not the red one.

Next to it was an old sit-up and beg bike (can't remember the make) that was notable for it missing a pedal.

Torlanda did also mention another MTB oldy hiding out back of these ones, but I missed what it was :(

Oh and there was a very gorgeous purple Carlton Continental, a Circe Helios and an Elswick Hopper (chapeau to Clarion for riding it to the pub!) amongst our group.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 07, 2012, 06:44:12 pm
I was rather put out that I was not the only person riding a rod-braked bike to the Buck in Maunby. ;D

I didn't recognise the headbadge on the other bike, but it was also notable for its double top tube.

I rode the Elswick through central London in the rain, and home.  I was an interesting experience. :o
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 07, 2012, 08:13:14 pm
I was rather put out that I was not the only person riding a rod-braked bike to the Buck in Maunby. ;D

I didn't recognise the headbadge on the other bike, but it was also notable for its double top tube.

I rode the Elswick through central London in the rain, and home.  I was an interesting experience. :o
That's pretty common on Indian bikes - perhaps you saw an Atlas, Safari or Hercules!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on May 08, 2012, 01:20:01 am
A custom trandem at the Tweed Run:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7087/7152958063_92e01197cb_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/itsbruce/7152958063/in/set-72157629987472097)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on May 08, 2012, 08:03:34 pm
One of the regular Tweed Run marshals is Briggy, who restores and sells vintage bikes from a location near Waterloo station.  This is his bike (and yes, that is his helmet):

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/s720x720/531249_374390495931469_100000815653589_937352_2093305350_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/s720x720/564243_374390602598125_100000815653589_937353_386712635_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/s720x720/540234_374390652598120_100000815653589_937354_2031900782_n.jpg)

(Images are from Facebook.  Should be visible - shared publicly, but tell me if there's a problem viewing them)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 08, 2012, 09:16:47 pm
The helmet looks cool but is probably hot to wear, the saddle is... hot but must be cool to ride!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on May 09, 2012, 12:56:19 pm
Yesterday, whilst at the pub we saw a Pace RC-100 complete with Mahura brakes and age appropraite rigid forks, in yellow.  My only disappointment with it was that it was the ano-grey colour and not the red one.

The RC100 was only available in grey. Anodising was introduced with the RC200

/nerd mode off

I have a very complete RC100s sitting in the loft which I must clean up and seel to someone who could use it at some point.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tiermat on May 09, 2012, 01:11:18 pm
Yesterday, whilst at the pub we saw a Pace RC-100 complete with Mahura brakes and age appropraite rigid forks, in yellow.  My only disappointment with it was that it was the ano-grey colour and not the red one.

The RC100 was only available in grey. Anodising was introduced with the RC200

/nerd mode off

I have a very complete RC100s sitting in the loft which I must clean up and seel to someone who could use it at some point.

Thankyou for that, I did wonder if I was mis-remembering it.  Clarion was right, he asked if the forks were original, and it appears they are (bright yellow RC-30 or 38, there was no stickers on them :) )

That bike in your loft will be what they term a unicorn, over on Retrobike, due to their rarity.  By the looks they are a pig to restore too, especially the BB/crankset.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 09, 2012, 01:13:45 pm
No, I demur.  Torslanda commented on the forks.  I'm afraid ATBs are not within my area of knowledge for classic machinery ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tiermat on May 09, 2012, 01:16:58 pm
OK, I couldn't remember if it was you or Tors.  My brain has been a little fried since sunday lunchtime, must have been the fall :D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on May 10, 2012, 02:59:01 pm
Locked up in Broad Street, Reading yesterday: a Taarnby Arrow. Not unusual in itself (7 speed sensible commuter bike), & probably common enough in Denmark, but unusual here.

(http://www.cykelbutikken.eu/Graphics/Products/1189.jpg)
Title: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Auntie Helen on May 11, 2012, 09:08:13 pm
I like this Bianchi seen in Delft today

(http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx30/Auntie_Helen/Berlin%20To%20London/522145e4.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: itsbruce on May 13, 2012, 05:56:18 pm
At Herne Hill Velodrome, today:

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5340/7189405362_df0461b75e_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/itsbruce/7189405362/)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5444/7189389884_f3c8a89c85_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/itsbruce/7189389884/)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7245/7189362914_a8a6c353cd_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/itsbruce/7189362914/)

(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5345/7189371588_e45c2c038f_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/itsbruce/7189371588/)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 13, 2012, 10:24:06 pm
Those are very interesting and unusual.  :)

In mundane contrast, my spot today was a 70s Puch - with perhaps the last surviving example in the wild of a pre-Night Rider Ever Ready rear light! One of the old rectangular ones, so probably coeval with the bike. I confess I was unable to resist the temptation to test it - and it didn't work. Whether dead batteries, blown bulb, or batteries removed to use the space as a coin store (as someone I used to know did!) I can't say, but despite not functioning, it was there. I'd like to see one of the older, rounded corner designs though.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 16, 2012, 10:56:02 am
This morning, at the junction of Brixton/Streatham Hill and the South Circ, heading Northbound, I spotted a Cannondale Capo - singlespeed bike with drops but also electric assist in the front wheel (battery in bottle cage).  I think it's the most attractive of all electric bikes, and the one I'd choose if I needed one.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Zipperhead on May 17, 2012, 02:14:25 pm
This morning in the City I saw a beautiful 753 Roy Thame, updated with a few modern bits (single speed etc.)

Lovely black and white paint job and lovely lugs.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Jurek on May 19, 2012, 08:11:44 pm
An Itera.

Almost adjacent to Bikefix, and it looks like it's not turned a wheel in a while, so I'll be surprised if this hasn't appeared upthread...

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7095/7228652180_d7a9f2d957_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on May 19, 2012, 09:03:51 pm
I recall seeing it there some point last Fall.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Jurek on May 19, 2012, 09:46:51 pm
I recall seeing it there some point last Fall.

That'll be autumn, will it?  :P
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on May 19, 2012, 10:29:28 pm
I recall seeing it there some point last Fall.

That'll be autumn, will it?  :P

I prefer the English, not Latin, word.  :P
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: plum on May 19, 2012, 10:40:21 pm
I always thought 'fall' was American?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 19, 2012, 11:05:52 pm
Is that the Swedish plastic bike that was supposed to be the last word in utility cycling circa 1980? (I'm talking about the Itera, not autumn or fall.)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Efrogwr on May 19, 2012, 11:38:01 pm
I always thought 'fall' was American?

It is now, but they pinched it off us (it was used in English English in the Tudor/Stuart periods).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Adrian on May 20, 2012, 10:04:35 am
I always thought 'fall' was American?

It is now, but they pinched it off us (it was used in English English in the Tudor/Stuart periods).

I'm not sure that "pinched it off us" is completely fair, more looked after it and kept it safe.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on May 20, 2012, 07:15:21 pm
So I was eyeing up a rather nice, mostly black, BMC at the lights the other day and decided to look it up.

There are two possible candidates, an 11-speed belt-drive with black frame and black graphics, very plain, but quite classy. The BMC uc01
http://www.bmc-racing.com/int-en/bikes/2012/lifestyle/model/urbanchallenge%20/uc01/uc01_alfine_11.html
The UC01 doesn't seem to be available in this spec in the UK, so probably not this one then.

But I remembered it had red hubs and Easton-branded rims and was a bit flashier, so it must have been this one, the BMC mc01
http://www.bmc-racing.com/int-en/bikes/2012/lifestyle/model/masschallenge%20/mc01/standard.html

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/bmc/masschallenge-mc01-team-spec-2012-single-speed-bike-ec031101
£4000!!!!! :o
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: jogler on May 20, 2012, 07:18:05 pm
I always thought 'fall' was American?

It is now, but they pinched it off us (it was used in English English in the Tudor/Stuart periods).

I imagine the Pilgrim Fathers took it with them
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on May 20, 2012, 07:18:15 pm
I should think that quite a few of the bikes we see out and about regularly are worth £4k or more.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 20, 2012, 10:02:10 pm
A very low, very sleek, blue, recumbent tandem.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on May 20, 2012, 10:13:57 pm
A very low, very sleek, blue, recumbent tandem.

Trike or bike?
Conventional or back-to-back?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 20, 2012, 10:15:08 pm
Bike, both facing forward. Very low to the ground and going pretty fast.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on May 20, 2012, 10:19:44 pm
Now that is unusual.  :o

Not many recumbent bikes are painted blue.  :demon:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 20, 2012, 10:29:00 pm
Oh, it was a very dark blue - almost black.  ;)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 20, 2012, 10:57:29 pm
An Itera.

Almost adjacent to Bikefix, and it looks like it's not turned a wheel in a while, so I'll be surprised if this hasn't appeared upthread...

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7095/7228652180_d7a9f2d957_b.jpg)

Amazingly, I saw an Itera today - in a farmyard in Sussex. 

I also know where there are two for sale, should anyone want to pay waaaay over the odds for a complete piece of cack. ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 20, 2012, 11:04:09 pm
I was going to say a farmyard is where it belongs, but that seems unfair on farmers. And chickens, pigs and cows.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: PeteB99 on May 21, 2012, 12:56:14 pm
I had a go on one that the LBS had taken in as a trade.

For any rider more than a feather weight the handling is 'interesting'
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on May 21, 2012, 03:21:55 pm
I should think that quite a few of the bikes we see out and about regularly are worth £4k or more.

Fair point, but ti's a bit eye watering for a stock singlespeed with an alloy frame!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 21, 2012, 10:17:18 pm
Another recumbent today - a black one!  ;) A delta trike hauling a huge, boxy metallic trailer. Something about it made me think it was an American tourist, but I'm not sure what.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 26, 2012, 09:47:39 pm
On today's ride, a Ken Rogers trike - I'm sure this is the first time I've been on a ride with a trike - and an extremely gorgeous W.F. Holdsworth from 1954 in the classic orange.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 26, 2012, 09:55:06 pm
Butterfly spotted a green Pedersen today being pushed.

And we spied a recumbent, but didn't get a decent look at it :(
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Deano on May 28, 2012, 05:59:23 am
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7242/7284355856_b05833bf37_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/7284355856/)
wooden bicycle in Danakyu (http://www.flickr.com/photos/30024450@N04/7284355856/) by dean.clementson (http://www.flickr.com/people/30024450@N04/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 28, 2012, 01:29:22 pm
Curious closely spaced rear wheels. I'm not sure whether to call it a trike or a double-wheeled bike! Well, the whole thing is curious.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 30, 2012, 10:43:01 am
At The Windmill, Clapham Common, a Bill Nickson (light levels low, so a bit blurry on the phone cam):

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0474.jpg)

531c, and quite similar to my Woodrup (though with a more boring seat cluster)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0475.jpg)

Campag gearing, I believe

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0476.jpg)

But Weinmann brakes.  The calipers looked a bit clunky compared to the rest of the kit.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0477.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 30, 2012, 10:44:56 am
Shortly after, in Balham, I spotted a Cliff Shrub fixed.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0478.jpg)
Really quite dark by then, so very blurry, sorry.  Ambrosio rims looked a little out of place.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 30, 2012, 10:51:58 am
No bar tape at all on that Cliff Shrub - or is it just blending in with the metal of the bars extremely well?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 30, 2012, 10:53:16 am
No bar tape.  Hipster alert.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 30, 2012, 11:41:16 am
I rode like that for a week or so, many years ago when my bike was "between bar tapes". It wasn't considered hip back then, and even if it hadn't been, I'm sure I wasn't. But never again - painful! Slippery in rain, too.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on June 02, 2012, 08:51:45 pm
Rain? You don't imagine it's ever ridden in rain, do you? Or when it's cold enough for fingers to freeze on that bare metal? Or far enough for the discomfort of bare bars to be a bother?

I fear you have misunderstood the purpose of such posing devices bicycles.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ian H on June 02, 2012, 11:19:41 pm
This afternoon, on the Uxbridge Rd through Hayes, Middx, a woman wearing stripy leggings powering a treadle bike at considerable speed.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 03, 2012, 04:14:46 am
There was a chap on a Pegoretti on the Friday night ride.  Interesting paint job, very well done, but the frame looked rather agricultural.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 03, 2012, 11:55:00 am
In what way agricultural? There were some Pegoretti frames on display at the Bristol Bespoked show a couple of months ago and I thought they were rather beautiful!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 03, 2012, 02:44:42 pm
Things like seat stays like plumbing with ugly joints to dropouts.  But I don't want to diss the guy's frame.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 07, 2012, 08:55:13 pm
Nice Witcomb in Camberwell at lunchtime.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Torslanda on June 13, 2012, 12:24:53 pm
This  morning oo the way to work  a schoolboy on a 'bitsa'. Old steel MTB with a cruiser style girder fork and the bars flipped giving a low wide stance. Looked about 10 quid's worth. The grin on his face? Priceless!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 19, 2012, 07:18:48 pm
I'm in Richmond Park.  I've just completed a circuit, and am leaning on a fence relaxing, pleased that I defeated all the hills, despite wearing civvies, and trying not to get sweaty.

My riding has been put into perspective by a chap steaming past on a low handcycle, riding in the direction of Bastard Hill.  Impressive.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 21, 2012, 09:45:30 am
I saw two more handcycles in RP that evening - this time on the road crossing the park from Robin Hood Gate to Ham Gate.

This morning, I saw a Specialized StreetStomper - evidently a hybrid model, trading on the success of the StumpJumper and RockHopper.  Pretty rare, I think, though not desperately exciting of itself.  What was interesting was the horizontal dropouts, part of which was blanked off in the drive side only.  I've never seen this before, and can't think what the purpose might have been.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0552.jpg)

In Streatham, I also saw a Dave Quinn, which I was surprised had not been turned into a fixed, but was still running 12-speed (I think).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on June 21, 2012, 09:51:53 am
Fixing puncture on my daughter's town bike last night - noticed the tyres; "John Bull tyres".

*How* old are the tyres on that bike?  They are falling to pieces.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on June 21, 2012, 12:01:14 pm
http://www.classicrendezvous.com/British_isles/John_Bull_main.htm
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 21, 2012, 12:06:14 pm
Quote
Merged with Metalastik in 1955

But I'm sure I've seen John Bull tyres more recent than that, so the brand name must have continued.  I am not aware of any after the 1970s, and perhaps earlier still.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on June 21, 2012, 12:09:23 pm
The bike is a BSA - I'd have guessed at '60s.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on June 21, 2012, 12:51:41 pm
'60s sounds right to me.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimC on June 21, 2012, 02:35:19 pm
I saw two more handcycles in RP that evening - this time on the road crossing the park from Robin Hood Gate to Ham Gate.

This morning, I saw a Specialized StreetStomper - evidently a hybrid model, trading on the success of the StumpJumper and RockHopper.  Pretty rare, I think, though not desperately exciting of itself.  What was interesting was the horizontal dropouts, part of which was blanked off in the drive side only.  I've never seen this before, and can't think what the purpose might have been.


I wonder if it was produced like that so that the default derailleur option would work out of the box, but it could be filed out to allow the adjustability needed for a non-derailleur hub?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on June 21, 2012, 03:48:02 pm
No. The early indexed mechs had quite strict limitations on the relative locations of cassette and rear mech. Horizontal dropouts allowed too much deviation, so the driveside mold (cast dropouts) was modified to fix where the axle was located. The other horizontal dropout was not similarly modified because it allowed the wheel to be cocked to compensate for slight differences in chainstay length/ dropout position (manufacturing tolerances).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 21, 2012, 03:51:07 pm
Oh, so it's indexed!  </penny dropping>

I'd just assumed it was friction with thumbies.

Now, that makes sense.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Exit Stage Left on June 21, 2012, 05:54:51 pm
Fixing puncture on my daughter's town bike last night - noticed the tyres; "John Bull tyres".

*How* old are the tyres on that bike?  They are falling to pieces.

Hard to know, I can remember John Bull printing sets, and puncture repair outfits into the 70s, Dunlop had taken them over in 1958. Trelleborg now own the remnants. In the 1980s there were two main makers of chainsaw wellingtons, Trelleborg and Nokia, both named after their own home towns. Trelleborg and Nokia both made tyres, including bike tyres. Nokia still do, they're called Nokian now.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimC on June 21, 2012, 06:55:56 pm
No. The early indexed mechs had quite strict restrictions on the relative locations of cassette and rear mech. Horizontal dropouts allowed too much deviation, so the driveside mold (cast dropouts) were modified to fix where the axle was located. The other horizontal dropout was not similarly modified because it allowed the wheel to be cocked to compensation for slight differences in chainstay length/ dropout position (manufacturing tolerances).

Interesting - thanks!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 22, 2012, 11:12:03 am
Dawes ?Lady Galaxy at KX

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0558.jpg)

Wait - what?  Downtube levers, sure
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0560.jpg)

But STIs as well? :o
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0559.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 22, 2012, 11:22:31 am
But there's no connection between STI levers and derailleurs, so it's simply a case of using the available brake levers.

If I locked up a helmet like that, I'd be worried about dogs pissing in it!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Exit Stage Left on June 22, 2012, 11:32:56 am
The bar tape is still well wrapped, and the stem looks like an ITM Eclypse, painted black, and peeling back to the chrome. So the stem and bars have been taken off a mid 90s sports bike. Would the chrome fork be original? The whole front end may have been replaced.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: jogler on June 22, 2012, 11:37:48 am
Proper pump pegs :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 25, 2012, 10:04:46 am
Of course there were some lovely bikes in York - a number of Roberts, a very fine pair of Bob Jacksons, a Carlton, a Claud Butler track bike, a Burley tandem, an early Orange, a sweet purple Woodrup tourer of late 70s vintage, and a Mal Rees ;)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: phantasmagoriana on June 26, 2012, 11:35:48 pm
Proper pump pegs :thumbsup:

And it's got a band-on one as well, below the brazed-on one! Perhaps to accommodate two different sizes of pump? ???
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 27, 2012, 09:50:41 am
A fairly ordinary mountain-bikey hybrid - pulling a tag-along tandem trike! Empty, evidently returning from school.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on June 27, 2012, 11:00:36 am
A fairly ordinary mountain-bikey hybrid - pulling a tag-along tandem trike! Empty, evidently returning from school.
Probably a U+2

I used to have a U+1 - fantastic bit of kit. Could carry a week's shopping in boxes on the rack, and Mscharly got strong legs from pedalling. She could push me along all by herself when she was 5.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 27, 2012, 11:13:43 am
Yes, a quick google shows that's what it was. I've never seen one before - looks useful. And
Mscharly got strong legs from pedalling. She could push me along all by herself when she was 5.
woh!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on June 27, 2012, 12:20:05 pm
Dawes ?Lady Galaxy at KX

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0558.jpg)

Wait - what?  Downtube levers, sure
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0560.jpg)

But STIs as well? :o
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0559.jpg)

That to me looks like a classic "built from bits of stolen bikes" hybrid.
I see a lot of bikes ridden by dubious characters with disc wheels and V-brakes round my way.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on June 27, 2012, 12:22:17 pm
I'm not sure.  Up to the stem, it all fits for period, style, quality etc, but the stem, bars & levers are clearly from a different bike.  Stolen or not, I couldn't say.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 27, 2012, 02:02:29 pm
I'd have assumed it was a bike which got involved in some sort of front-end prangage necessitating new bars, stem and brake levers, and was then rebuilt with parts from the back of a mate's shed/gumtree/ebay/local classifieds - in anything other than the first case there probably is a 50/50 chance they're stolen, but bought in good faith. And the stem, wherever it comes from, is ugly IMO.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Exit Stage Left on June 27, 2012, 02:48:08 pm
And the stem, wherever it comes from, is ugly IMO.

The last high end quill stems were like that. I've got two ITM Eclypses because they were available in 150mm. The ultimate quill stem of that type of welded tubular construction was the titanium ITM Krystal, which is a thing of beauty IMO. There's the occasional NOS example about from upwards of £150.
(http://www.bikyle.com/images/Parts/ITM-krystal_ti_stem.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: phantasmagoriana on July 08, 2012, 06:15:22 pm
Saw this Triumph earlier today:

(http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/2871/dsc00691ab.jpg)

Rod brake on the front, and I didn't see a rear brake (could be coaster? Or fixed?). Interesting rubber platform pedals with metal edges, and a Brooks vinyl sprung saddle.

The handlebars were mirror-shiny, and I couldn't tell whether the rims were alloy or steel, but there was no rust on them (they were shiny too!). Big shiny bell, too. Looked like a well-cared for bike (though I don't know what's going on with what looks like a mudguardless stay at the front!).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 08, 2012, 06:20:18 pm
It looks distinctly as if it's lost its mudguards. And as it has two brake levers but no rear brake, it must have lost its rear brake as well! Could be a dynohub at the front - or is it a hub brake? (in which case wheels are not original, which they might not be - rear looks like alloy on the photo and the front looks shiny like steel)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tiermat on July 08, 2012, 06:24:45 pm
The rear brake on those (BSA, Elswick Hopper, Raleigh, Triumph etc) is under the chain stays, you can see the chrome band near the DS pedal.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: cycleman on July 08, 2012, 07:09:18 pm
i was going through my pictures and found this . it was in petersfield   :)

(http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k411/cycleman108/052.jpg)

(http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k411/cycleman108/053.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Butterfly on July 09, 2012, 11:27:00 am
That's an interesting beast Cycleman!  :)

A couple of weeks ago I was greeted by someone with a Tret Trailer :thumbsup:. She turned out to be a friend of my boss who recognised the children and the tandem. I've always wanted one of those trailers! 8)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 09, 2012, 11:29:46 am
I've never seen a classic tadpole trike with small front wheels that wasn't a delivery bike, but that definitely looks like a domestic one.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on July 09, 2012, 12:50:19 pm
Saw this Triumph earlier today:

...I couldn't tell whether the rims were alloy or steel, but there was no rust on them (they were shiny too!).

The rear rim looks like a stainless steel 'Westrick' - has braking surfaces for both rod & caliper brakes (and in the wet you probably need both).

I've got them on my tandem, but It uses hub brakes.  :smug:

Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: rogerzilla on July 14, 2012, 10:44:17 am
A 30-something bloke pushing a fixie around the magazine section of Sainsbury's.  It had the slackest chain I have ever seen outside FGG.  I was going to say something but he looked foreign.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 15, 2012, 06:49:38 pm
A whole load of interesting bikes at today's Carnivelo: a 1952 policeman's Raleigh with the widest Brooks saddle I've ever seen (a B196 apparently), a 1941 Hopper (pre-Elswick), a 50s curly Hetchins, a Freight 8 and a Bullit cargo bike, and these:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8028/7576098648_b6bb44fce3_z.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8012/7576096180_b04ce224e0_m.jpg)
This is the "freight" compartment of the Freight 8 - I wanted to just curl up in it!

I also witnessed the conception of a new cargo bike: to be made by welding a shopping trolley into the chain stays of a small-wheeled folding bike!  :o
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on July 15, 2012, 10:33:35 pm
Saw the skeleton tandem and sw19cam also. Chuffed.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tonycollinet on July 15, 2012, 11:14:54 pm
In April (you can tell, the sun is shining). An electrified Izip. To be fair it is parked at the bottom of a road that only goes up in two directions from there.

(http://www.collinsho.me/pics/izip/izip1.jpg)

(http://www.collinsho.me/pics/izip/izip2.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Exit Stage Left on July 16, 2012, 03:45:20 pm
Modified tandem recumbent in Barcelona.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8165/7583070722_af8da1331d_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 16, 2012, 04:28:47 pm
Saw the skeleton tandem and sw19cam also. Chuffed.
Does this mean you were in Brizzle on Sunday? What were you riding (a recumbent I presume) and wearing? Then I'll try to work out if I saw you!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on July 16, 2012, 04:48:22 pm
No, Landahn.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: welshwheels on July 16, 2012, 04:51:48 pm
(http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/181387_10150889044964586_153044836_n.jpg)            seen a few times around swansea outside the uni  on this occasion . It looks like bloody hard work  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on July 16, 2012, 10:23:07 pm
Presumably because the rocket engine hasn't been installed yet...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on July 16, 2012, 10:44:29 pm
(http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/181387_10150889044964586_153044836_n.jpg)           

A Flevo bike  :D...



...with nitrous injection?  :o
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on July 16, 2012, 10:46:37 pm
I'm assuming that the marsupial on the rear rack is a clue to the need for bonkers amounts of water storage.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: welshwheels on July 17, 2012, 07:45:39 pm
It's the front wheel drive i can't get my head around  :o
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on July 17, 2012, 08:08:34 pm
FWD 'bents aren't uncommon.  It solves the usual chainline problems by exchanging them for some even more headache-inducing ones (depending on gearing), but can make a substantial weight saving.

The flevobike concept is particularly well suited to FWD, as the steering doesn't cause the wheel to foul the chain.

The trippy bit is how the hell you ride the thing in the first place.  I believe that once you've cracked that particular bit of voodoo, you can happily steer with your feet.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on July 17, 2012, 08:49:59 pm
It looks distinctly as if it's lost its mudguards. And as it has two brake levers but no rear brake, it must have lost its rear brake as well! Could be a dynohub at the front - or is it a hub brake? (in which case wheels are not original, which they might not be - rear looks like alloy on the photo and the front looks shiny like steel)
Raleigh, & perhaps other British firms, used to fit hub brakes to some bikes for export. When I worked in Utrecht I bought an old export-model Raleigh with hub brakes from a local second hand bike shop. It's what got me into cycling as an adult, after not having been on a bike for years
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 18, 2012, 10:05:45 am
A Trikidoo.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8146/7595994180_45cfb033be_z.jpg)

Not exotic but nicely practical.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ham on July 22, 2012, 08:20:10 pm
A pair of Pacific folders. They fold into the bag at the back, which unfolds, IYSWIM, into about 25 x 25 x 90 cm or thereabouts. Engineering looks good on them, too. L/h one has the Shimano 2 speed kick gear, r/h is s/s


(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-nkiNX5dkREU/UAxQzROeXGI/AAAAAAAAiFc/-Vn8ZqXsjT0/s800/S0221242.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on July 22, 2012, 08:30:39 pm
Hmm....

*looks*

Pacific Carryme (http://www.pacific-cycles.com/), they ever do a 3-wheeler!

I'd like to see one of these up-close.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 22, 2012, 08:33:46 pm
Isn't that a picture of a pair of roller skates?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on July 22, 2012, 11:09:20 pm
A pair of Pacific folders. They fold into the bag at the back, which unfolds, IYSWIM, into about 25 x 25 x 90 cm or thereabouts. Engineering looks good on them, too. L/h one has the Shimano 2 speed kick gear, r/h is s/s


(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-nkiNX5dkREU/UAxQzROeXGI/AAAAAAAAiFc/-Vn8ZqXsjT0/s800/S0221242.jpg)

I saw them today, and you of course!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 31, 2012, 10:07:11 pm
Interesting Graham Weigh

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/London%20Walk%20July%202012/IMG_0698.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 31, 2012, 10:08:23 pm
Saddle-less Itera on Lamb's Conduit Street

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/London%20Walk%20July%202012/IMG_0697.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 31, 2012, 10:10:17 pm
Raleigh Esquire with SA rear dyno-hub with (I think) three speeds, classic rounded fork crown and heron chainring:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/London%20Walk%20July%202012/IMG_0686.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 31, 2012, 10:11:26 pm
Near Red Lion Square:(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/London%20Walk%20July%202012/IMG_0682.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/London%20Walk%20July%202012/IMG_0681.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 31, 2012, 10:12:35 pm
OMFG how much more Nathan Barley can you get?  Fixie (probably ss) overgrown BMXs :facepalm:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/London%20Walk%20July%202012/IMG_0675.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on July 31, 2012, 10:19:10 pm
Titania's Garden appears to be a florists, in Crawford Street, Marylebone

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/London%20Walk%20July%202012/IMG_0633.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Rhys W on August 01, 2012, 09:15:34 am
Interesting Graham Weigh

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/London%20Walk%20July%202012/IMG_0698.jpg)

I bet it belongs to an exiled North Wallian! Seems like everybody had one in the early 90s.

Looks a bit like mine, although my seat cluster is different. Quite possibly built by Terry Dolan, or Paul Donohue.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: rower40 on August 04, 2012, 08:11:32 pm
While we were mending a p*nct*re in Ashbourne tunnel, a Very Kind Gentleman slowed down to ask if we were OK and had everything we needed. "Yes Thanks" was the first reply, followed almost immediately by "Is that an Orange Bling Genesis?"

Tiptop OTP laughed at me for being about to call his bike by my bike's nickname.

I don't think I've ever seen another one out in the wild before.  And the worst bit is that I was on my Grasshopper today.  We got caught in a downpour in the last mile of the Tissington trail, so dashed for the shelter of the tunnel, whereupon we noticed the faerie visitation.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Adrian on August 06, 2012, 10:06:11 am
OMFG how much more Nathan Barley can you get?  Fixie (probably ss) overgrown BMXs :facepalm:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/London%20Walk%20July%202012/IMG_0675.jpg)
One's collection of bikes is incomplete without one, so that is one addiction cured.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ian H on August 07, 2012, 12:16:50 pm
I can't claim to have actually seen it, but I was given an old mag (great article about the 87 PBP inside). This is it, on the cover:-

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-L7Bnx6BbOIg/UCD0Z2km2eI/AAAAAAAABi8/HpxuLrZBm3I/s531/2012-08-07_11-55-55_985.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ham on August 10, 2012, 08:43:07 am
The Concept BMW electric folder, designed to fit and charge in the concept i3 car http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=76.msg1289605#msg1289605

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-0hdEQOLKAec/UCS4eOZxVsI/AAAAAAAAiUU/tpHN-NO0oPs/s800/S0051286.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Rhys W on August 10, 2012, 09:24:26 am
Looks like a pair of scissors... quite appropriate, considering how often a BMW "cuts" me up.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on August 12, 2012, 01:15:06 pm
Saddle-less Itera on Lamb's Conduit Street

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/London%20Walk%20July%202012/IMG_0697.jpg)
Doesn't that belong in the dead BSO thread?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on August 17, 2012, 09:51:13 pm
Holborn today:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0658.jpg)

Fugly bike, but what look like pretty cool LED arrangements on both wheels.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on August 19, 2012, 04:02:47 pm
Saddle-less Itera on Lamb's Conduit Street

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/London%20Walk%20July%202012/IMG_0697.jpg)
Doesn't that belong in the dead BSO thread?

Quite possibly, as that bike has been there for a very long time (I first saw it there a few years ago).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: rogerzilla on August 19, 2012, 04:53:26 pm
We have a potential winner, but I think only Fab Foodie has a photo of it.  Parked outside Paolo's Cafe in Acton yesterday, and a real one-off.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on August 19, 2012, 05:55:32 pm
We have a potential winner, but I think only Fab Foodie has a photo of it.  Parked outside Paolo's Cafe in Acton yesterday, and a real one-off.

This one:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-mspNOxa48R4/UDEZqVtIU0I/AAAAAAAABT0/Qv8Yvjchfp0/s640/P1030735.JPG)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 19, 2012, 06:23:06 pm
Oh my! It looks well used, lived in, in fact.

Steering must be stable... Like an intercontinental oil tanker, which rather complements the rest of it.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Dibdib on August 19, 2012, 06:27:03 pm
Maybe it was my addled brain, but it looked (to me, at least) a LOT worse in the flesh. The photo almost makes it look serviceable.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ian H on August 19, 2012, 07:25:43 pm
There was a bike with an enormous frame on a bike carrier this afternoon. Around 27" with twin lateral stays to add a bit of rigidity.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on August 19, 2012, 07:33:41 pm
This one:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-mspNOxa48R4/UDEZqVtIU0I/AAAAAAAABT0/Qv8Yvjchfp0/s640/P1030735.JPG)

What that photo doesn't clearly show is the glorious use of guttering as a rear mudguard.

I must get one of those for a FNRttC some time...   :demon:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 19, 2012, 10:44:22 pm
But what it does show is that the owner values it (or something...) enough to lug a link chain round on the bike - but not enough to use it.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on August 21, 2012, 06:53:21 pm
Sainsburys, North Cheam:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0685.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tiermat on August 21, 2012, 08:58:44 pm
Sainsburys, North Cheam:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0685.jpg)

I've seen one of those before, in Spain, on the train beween Barca and Igualada (which has to rank as one of the hardest town names for a native English speaker to pronounce as it has no hard sounds in it...)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on August 21, 2012, 09:14:20 pm
Must be pretty heavy to get on & off trains.  I can't find any mention of it on AtoB magazine or Electric Bike magazine websites, so I don't know how good it is (or isn't)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ian H on August 23, 2012, 07:34:25 pm
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/523491_3660010746945_1090037914_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on August 23, 2012, 09:02:49 pm
Fork looks a bit Asda...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on August 23, 2012, 09:11:55 pm
An original Mochet Velocar. The front end geometry is very sensible for a recumbent.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ian H on August 23, 2012, 09:12:09 pm
TThe fork is indeed backwards. Edinburgh Royal Museum staff are obviously not bicycle experts.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ian H on August 23, 2012, 09:14:20 pm
http://www.cyclegenius.com/history.php
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on August 23, 2012, 09:59:05 pm
http://www.uh.edu/engines/francisfaure.png
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ian H on August 23, 2012, 10:27:11 pm
It might come down to an arm wrestling match. Actually, I've found photos showing both ways round.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TheLurker on August 24, 2012, 08:43:46 am
Oldish* chap on a bright orange racing/touring barrow heading into Ciren about 1630ish Wednesday past.

I assume a Corinium rider, but don't know.

*I.e. older than me. :)

Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Zipperhead on August 24, 2012, 02:16:19 pm
Yesterday morning, going round Parliament Square and then heading east along the Embankment, not quite a bicycle, but closer to a bicycle than anything else (and managing a respectable pace, ie faster than me!) a Frinton Flyer -

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7031/6673669369_432f9b42ef_z.jpg)

No pedals, electric power only.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 24, 2012, 07:59:49 pm
Closer to a motorbike, I'd have said - but interesting however you class it.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 25, 2012, 10:53:16 pm
I saw this homemade cargo bike a couple of days ago. It's a 1990's(?maybe later) GT mtb, coupled to the rear triangle from what appears to be a kids' bike and a short length of rusty scaffolding pole. The owner said he'd put it together with bolts only, no welding required "so anyone could make one". Dunno how it handles...

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8290/7859691890_b707868d99_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on August 26, 2012, 11:21:03 am
Closer to a motorbike, I'd have said - but interesting however you class it.

Legally, definitely a motorcycle, if you got stopped by the police you could end up in quite a lot of trouble, no type certification (or MOT), no insurance, no VED disc, no helmet, no plates, no indicators etc etc

As you said, interesting, but I'd say it seems to have too much unnecessary flamboyance, which will increase it's weight, and decrease it's range.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: cycleman on August 31, 2012, 08:05:27 pm
just a couple from my return ride from milldenhall . unusual to me but maybe not to you .
 a trike in cambridge

(http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k411/cycleman108/milldenhall2012034.jpg)

and a cargo bike in shelford,

(http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k411/cycleman108/milldenhall2012041.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on September 02, 2012, 08:12:06 pm
(http://sergeantpluck.smugmug.com/photos/i-XpRrtK6/0/XL/i-XpRrtK6-XL.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: why1040 on September 03, 2012, 10:06:00 pm
While wandering over to a local pizza restaurant in Stockholm last night, I came across this creation:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8036/7924598652_91c42c8a5a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65398243@N06/7924598652/)
IMG_0446 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65398243@N06/7924598652/) by Chrisando74 (http://www.flickr.com/people/65398243@N06/), on Flickr

 ???
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on September 04, 2012, 12:21:53 am
While wandering over to a local pizza restaurant in Stockholm last night, I came across this creation:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8036/7924598652_91c42c8a5a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65398243@N06/7924598652/)
IMG_0446 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65398243@N06/7924598652/) by Chrisando74 (http://www.flickr.com/people/65398243@N06/), on Flickr

 ???
I didn't know Dali did bicycles.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on September 04, 2012, 12:34:39 am
That looks like the sort of thing that you'd get if you asked someone who'd never seen a bicycle to build one based on cycle lane markings and train bike space specs.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ham on September 04, 2012, 10:21:40 pm
In Ljubljana, and it's ss not fixed

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-DPJa5u2LIzE/UDzvsEt5RLI/AAAAAAAAjVE/nQEWG-bFfUE/s640/P1050804.JPG)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on September 04, 2012, 10:26:30 pm
Ah!  Velocino.  Wobbly John is our expert in this field.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on September 09, 2012, 04:43:03 pm
We're on a train near Worthing with a gentleman who has a Higgins trike with hub brakes and four speed SA hub.  His partner has a pretty 1952 HC Strudwick with three speed hub.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: PhilO on September 10, 2012, 10:03:17 am
A bike hire business has just set up at our local canal centre. The fleet includes two load trikes, which are interesting for two reasons: firstly, the confguration, which is a tadpole upright (as per a Christiana) with front wheel drive and rear wheel steering! Secondly, the canal towpath /sustrans route includes barriers which make progress with panniers nigh-on impossible, so how a trike will manage is beyond me!

http://bellabike.dk/Teknik.aspx
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on September 11, 2012, 10:15:57 am
On way home last night I was overtaken by someone very tall riding a mountainbike. They managed an impressive turn of knots.

What was unusual was the amount of seatpost. Well over 2 feet of seatpost showing out of frame. The frame looked like a kiddies bike under this bloke.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: arabella on September 11, 2012, 08:44:31 pm
While wandering over to a local pizza restaurant in Stockholm last night, I came across this creation:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8036/7924598652_91c42c8a5a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65398243@N06/7924598652/)
IMG_0446 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65398243@N06/7924598652/) by Chrisando74 (http://www.flickr.com/people/65398243@N06/), on Flickr

 ???
I reckon it's a low stepover - I've heard of one before but never seen one - for people who can do a pedalling motion but can't use a normal or standard tep through frame (?lateral hip immobility)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on September 11, 2012, 09:19:43 pm
On the way home, I saw a nice, if tatty, Carlton Pro-Am.  Shame about the replacement rear wheel (a Bikehut vee :o ), and the RLJing hipster on the top.

Also a very cool Bridgestone Moulton.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on September 13, 2012, 12:57:31 am
If only I'd had a camera with me . . .

'Hirondelle' on the down tube in fancy script. Very elaborate lugs, lovingly lined. Reynolds 525 transfer on the seat tube, & Reynolds transfers on the forks. Smallish wheels, but looked as if built for bigger: loadsa clearance. Fattish tyres. Braze-ons for everything, including pump. Rohloff speedhub, 14 gears. Proper eccentric bottom bracket. Rohloff grip shifter held on bullhorn (cut down drops?) bars vertically with cable ties. Canti bosses, only front set used (brake lever on front right end of bar): no rear brake. Bars mounted on aheadset, behind steerer tube. Anonymous tack with no light fixing plate, & Cateye LD600 held on with two strips of insulating tape, covering part of the light.

A bizarre mixture of the sublime & the utterly crap. Broad Street, Reading, this afternoon.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on September 14, 2012, 11:12:56 am
On way home last night I was overtaken by someone very tall riding a mountainbike. They managed an impressive turn of knots.

What was unusual was the amount of seatpost. Well over 2 feet of seatpost showing out of frame. The frame looked like a kiddies bike under this bloke.

You're from Yorkshire, was it Steve Bainbridge? Ex-British Lions rugby player, although he lives a bit further north than that these days. I've ridden with him and for someone 6'6 he has an impressive turn of speed on a roadified mountainbike (the only thing that can withstand his weight and strength).

Probably not him - this person was very very lean. Not rugby playing build at all.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: interzen on September 14, 2012, 11:24:58 am
On way home last night I was overtaken by someone very tall riding a mountainbike. They managed an impressive turn of knots.

What was unusual was the amount of seatpost. Well over 2 feet of seatpost showing out of frame. The frame looked like a kiddies bike under this bloke.

You're from Yorkshire, was it Steve Bainbridge? Ex-British Lions rugby player, although he lives a bit further north than that these days. I've ridden with him and for someone 6'6 he has an impressive turn of speed on a roadified mountainbike (the only thing that can withstand his weight and strength).

Probably not him - this person was very very lean. Not rugby playing build at all.
ISTR a freakishly tall (6'11" ish) German guy who works/worked at the Computer Science department - you could easily spot which bike was his as it had several yards of seatpost showing. Depending on where you saw him it could have been him (or I could just be talking complete bollocks)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on September 14, 2012, 11:26:44 am
Leeds - still could be him. He was very very tall
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: fungus on September 14, 2012, 12:12:32 pm
Adrian Timmis's 1987 TDF Peugeot.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8182/7983398738_25e2724f4f_z_d.jpg)

Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LEE on September 14, 2012, 12:45:47 pm
While wandering over to a local pizza restaurant in Stockholm last night, I came across this creation:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8036/7924598652_91c42c8a5a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65398243@N06/7924598652/)
IMG_0446 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65398243@N06/7924598652/) by Chrisando74 (http://www.flickr.com/people/65398243@N06/), on Flickr

 ???

I think that step-thru concept, as seen on the Dahon Ciao, made the Ciao a hugely popular bike.
(http://dahon.com//sites/default/files/imagecache/bike_preview/images/bikes/unfold/0/2010/2010__unfold_ciaop7.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: SteveC on September 14, 2012, 03:52:27 pm
MrsC and I are on holiday in Belgium.  Loads of bikes.  Mostly 'Dutch' utility things which look too big for the riders, particularly when said rider is a child and the bike has been bought for them to 'grow into'!  Also, lots of kiddy-seats, tag-alongs, trailers and the like for transporting smaller ones.
This is the most unusual one so far. It does only have two wheels and the front one is the steering one!  No idea what it would be like to ride!

S

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8307/7985587596_c20b1928f8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevecunio/7985587596/)
long_bike (http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevecunio/7985587596/) by Steve Cunio (http://www.flickr.com/people/stevecunio/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: spesh on September 14, 2012, 04:14:17 pm
From the in-depth review found here: http://bikes-as-transportation.com/third-generation-electric-cargo-bike/ it sounds like the handling is akin to an oil tanker.

Company site: http://www.urbanarrow.com/en
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 14, 2012, 08:02:27 pm
Disappointed! I'd read it as Urban Barrow.  :D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on September 15, 2012, 03:37:57 pm
I've seen this Claud Butler around SW London for quite a few years:

(http://sergeantpluck.smugmug.com/photos/i-NzFbMh2/0/XL/i-NzFbMh2-XL.jpg)

(http://sergeantpluck.smugmug.com/photos/i-2dFBgCk/0/XL/i-2dFBgCk-XL.jpg)

(http://sergeantpluck.smugmug.com/photos/i-ccD4Fr4/0/XL/i-ccD4Fr4-XL.jpg)

A tour de force of ergonomics  :)

Excuse te crappy mobile phone photos.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: spesh on September 15, 2012, 04:25:27 pm
BikeSnob NYC occasionally posts pictures on his blog of bikes with "interesting" cockpit ergonomics, but I think this tops anything I've seen there. ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mcshroom on September 16, 2012, 11:10:22 pm
I saw a hand trike near Birdoswald yesterday. Unfortunately he was overtaking me up the hill :-[
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: AndyK on September 16, 2012, 11:13:58 pm
I saw a wheelchair the other day with half a bike attached at the back. Person at back pedalling and steering.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on September 17, 2012, 12:01:37 am
http://www.frankmobility.com/duetfeat.php
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: AndyK on September 17, 2012, 12:05:08 am
http://www.frankmobility.com/duetfeat.php

That was the one!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tiermat on September 17, 2012, 07:25:37 am
One visit to The Blacksmiths Arms @ Naburn[1] saw us sharing the beer garden with a group that had one of them, plus other adapted bikes.

[1] Possibly Clarion and Butterfly's local, as last year (2011) they visited it more times than any other pub, despite it being >150 miles from where they live!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on September 17, 2012, 02:19:22 pm
If only I'd had a camera with me . . .

'Hirondelle' on the down tube in fancy script. Very elaborate lugs, lovingly lined. Reynolds 525 transfer on the seat tube, & Reynolds transfers on the forks. Smallish wheels, but looked as if built for bigger: loadsa clearance. Fattish tyres. Braze-ons for everything, including pump. Rohloff speedhub, 14 gears. Proper eccentric bottom bracket. Rohloff grip shifter held on bullhorn (cut down drops?) bars vertically with cable ties. Canti bosses, only front set used (brake lever on front right end of bar): no rear brake. Bars mounted on aheadset, behind steerer tube. Anonymous rack with no light fixing plate, & Cateye LD600 held on with two strips of insulating tape, covering part of the light.

A bizarre mixture of the sublime & the utterly crap. Broad Street, Reading, this afternoon.

This bike's been bothering me. I've tried looking up the frame, but can't identify it. Can anyone help?

See above. 'Hirondelle' in fancy script on down tube, Reynolds 525, very elaborate lugs. Dark green paint, lugs lined in dark yellowish ('old gold'?). Touring braze-ons.

I don't see how it can be anything to do with the old French Hirondelle brand.

PS. Brooks saddle.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 17, 2012, 04:35:34 pm
According to Wikipedia and other sources, Hirondelles were manufactured until the 1960s but the Paris police carried on using them till 1984 and the brand became their nickname. I'm sure what you saw couldn't be an ex-police bike, but maybe the rider is a policeman?

http://amicale-police-patrimoine.fr/Hirondelles.html
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on September 18, 2012, 11:51:54 am
Seems unlikely. Why would a former Paris policeman be riding a bizarre bodge-up based on what looks like a good English touring frame built years after the (totally different) police bikes with the same name were retired?

I'm sure the name is a coincidence. It's a common enough word: French for swallow (the bird).

Speaking of swallows & birds, but straying OT, the brother of Peter Bird of Swallow Cycles is of this parish.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 18, 2012, 02:48:31 pm
I don't think it's at all likely either, I just thought I'd mention it.

Look, here's a hipster video from Paris, supposedly about a Hirondelle.
http://vimeo.com/24845382

Wikipedia's disambiguation page mentions six different things the name could refer to without any entry for the bikes. Perhaps the rider is a train buff (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GWR_3031_Class) or a fan of the Saint? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hirondel) Or then again perhaps not.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on September 18, 2012, 07:00:40 pm
I strongly suspect that the current owner is not the person who bought the frame new. As I said, it looks like a good touring frame, currently crudely bodged up. I find it hard to imagine that whoever bought a nice frame with lugs & paintwork like that would then mess it up with bullhorns that look as if they've been roughly cut down from drops, fasten the Rohloff shifter on with cable ties, ride around with only one brake (or is there a fixed option for a Rohloff?) & stick a rear light on with black insulating tape.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: AndyK on September 19, 2012, 03:27:21 pm
How about a two-wheel drive bicycle (http://www.bikecommuters.com/2012/09/18/interbike-2012-tretta-2wd-assist-bicycle/)? Hope prospective owners like chain cleaning...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on September 19, 2012, 04:49:41 pm
How about a two-wheel drive bicycle (http://www.bikecommuters.com/2012/09/18/interbike-2012-tretta-2wd-assist-bicycle/)? Hope prospective owners like chain cleaning...

Wow, something that makes the Raptobike drivetrain look like a sensible design decision.   :o

As any darksider knows, the issue with that sort of thing isn't chain cleaning so much as leg cleaning.

(I assume the idea is that you can climb better on loose surfaces?)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: eck on September 22, 2012, 05:00:38 pm
Not especially interesting or unusual but, when we were leaving Edinburgh about 11.30 today near the Barnton junction, we saw a guy on a drop-dead gorgeous silver and maroon Dave Yates compact steel frame.  It looked really classy.  8)

I just wondered if any of the locals on here recognise it.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Rhys W on September 24, 2012, 05:47:19 pm
I was walking into town earlier and saw an old gent prop his bike up outside a shop. In these days of black/white/red "bike brands" all coming out of moulds in China my eyes are drawn to any handmade steel frame, and this was something special - one of those crazy mid-20th century British designs. I wasn't sure what it was until I spied the Eiffel Tower decal on the down tube - or what passes for the down tube. I couldn't resist passing comment:

"That's a nice bike, you don't see many of those around... it's a Paris-Galibier isn't it?"

There was a bit of confusion because the old boy didn't understand my accent. He thought I was Dutch.  ::-)

Anyway, he said he'd bought it a from a friend, who happens to be one of the old stalwarts of my club. We had a brief chat about our mutual acquaintance and another old stalwart who died a couple of years ago who had something similar (turns out that was a Flying Gate).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on September 24, 2012, 06:38:28 pm
Something you don't see every day:

On my way to the start of the TPM on Saturday I saw, cycling the other way along Narrow Street, eight St John's Ambulance cyclists riding in near perfect formation (2x4).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 28, 2012, 02:39:35 pm
Parked in the horrid underground Sheffield stands next to my bike when I came out of Ikea was a Soma Saga. (http://www.somafab.com/archives/product/saga) Pretty much like that one but blue, same very high bars. The rider appeared at the same time - it's from San Francisco, he's from Canda and he really ought to be using more than a flimsy cable lock in an underground car park in Bristol!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: pdm on September 30, 2012, 06:06:08 pm
Here is a picture of the singlespeed my No. 1 son bought during his recent sojourn in Los Angeles.
Sans conventional  front or rear brakes. Single speed with back pedal hub brake.
Venice beach to the rear...

(http://www.meiring.org.uk/photos/Bicycles/LA-Bike.JPG)

(Edited to add word "conventional" following LWAB's comment.... ;))
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on September 30, 2012, 06:08:17 pm
A back pedal brake is a rear brake!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: cycleman on October 09, 2012, 10:06:04 am
seen on ncn 4 near windsor

(http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k411/cycleman108/009-5.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Oaky on October 09, 2012, 07:01:14 pm
A few from Amsterdam, (which should probably be considered as cheating - much too easy to find interesting and/or unusual bikes here - the main problem is remembering to photograph them)

(http://www.oakden.org/mark/bike/yacf/pics/AMSbikes/1.JPG)

Seen near Amsterdam Zuid station.  This one looks to have a hub gear mounted along the bottom just under the pilot's handlebars.

(http://www.oakden.org/mark/bike/yacf/pics/AMSbikes/2.JPG)

(http://www.oakden.org/mark/bike/yacf/pics/AMSbikes/3.JPG)

Wooden bikes outside a hotel.

(http://www.oakden.org/mark/bike/yacf/pics/AMSbikes/4.JPG)

An aerodynamic bakfiets variant?  Redefinition of a shopper?

(http://www.oakden.org/mark/bike/yacf/pics/AMSbikes/5.JPG)

Some form of fully faired recumbent trike (outside one of the offices I work in).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wendy on October 09, 2012, 08:18:09 pm
It's a Quest velomobile.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on October 13, 2012, 10:33:53 pm
Previously mentioned odd mixture. Does anyone have any idea who made the frame?

(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq48/Bledlow/Bikes/IMG_0508.jpg)
(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq48/Bledlow/Bikes/IMG_0509.jpg)
(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq48/Bledlow/Bikes/IMG_0510.jpg)
(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq48/Bledlow/Bikes/IMG_0511.jpg)
(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq48/Bledlow/Bikes/IMG_0512.jpg)

Very fancy lugs, eh?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on October 15, 2012, 02:38:53 pm
1) As I cycled along The Highway this morning I passed a woman in business attire on a DorisBike.  I saw a number of other DorisBikes being pedalled along the pavement but this woman was happily pootling along the road as the rest of traffic zoomed around her.  :thumbsup:

2) Heading in the other direction on The Highway was someone on a recumbent trike.  This in itself is a rare sight in London.  The odd thing was the fairing which extended up over the top of the rider to the back of the trike, providing a roof!  The fairing wasn't of the nose cone variety, and the whole setup looked 'home made', but from the brief view I had I'd say it was well done.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on October 15, 2012, 04:42:35 pm
Previously mentioned odd mixture. Does anyone have any idea who made the frame?

(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq48/Bledlow/Bikes/IMG_0508.jpg)
(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq48/Bledlow/Bikes/IMG_0509.jpg)
(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq48/Bledlow/Bikes/IMG_0510.jpg)
(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq48/Bledlow/Bikes/IMG_0511.jpg)
(http://i432.photobucket.com/albums/qq48/Bledlow/Bikes/IMG_0512.jpg)

Very fancy lugs, eh?

I see what you mean!
I'd be tempted to attribute that to Swallow cycles, the coincidence looks too likely, but there's something deeply dodgy about it.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on October 15, 2012, 07:04:51 pm
Deeply dodgy IMO that such a nice looking frame, with such an expensive hub & nice honey-coloured Brooks saddle, should have been messed around so crudely.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: rogerzilla on October 15, 2012, 07:16:29 pm
One of these in the work bike shed:

http://www.fudgescyclestore.com/index.php?p=167086

Leading link suspension and stuff.  The bare metal parts don't look like they'd survive a winter though.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on October 15, 2012, 09:10:10 pm
 ???

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-7RObAqvHPH0/UHxrymuXR5I/AAAAAAAAB_4/1pbBsylvKp4/s720/P1030846.JPG) (https://picasaweb.google.com/Bebchenko/DropBox?authkey=Gv1sRgCLOEuI6Q1JPjuAE#5799628937278998418)

Found this when I came down to the bike room after work today.  No visible brakes, no visible indication of more than one gear.  The basket has been added, but the rack appears to have come with the bike.  The chain case is vinyl (or similar).  Click the pic to access a larger version.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on October 15, 2012, 09:21:26 pm
No visible brakes

There's a reaction arm for a (presumably) back-pedal brake on the chainstay.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on October 16, 2012, 09:10:11 am
No visible brakes

There's a reaction arm for a (presumably) back-pedal brake on the chainstay.

Well spotted.  Still intrigued by this bike - will do some more digging as displacement activity later today.

Bike still there this morning, but in a different spot (one that I usually use >:( ).  Couldn't tell if it had been ridden or the owner just moved it.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: rower40 on October 16, 2012, 12:22:12 pm
No visible brakes

There's a reaction arm for a (presumably) back-pedal brake on the chainstay.

Well spotted.  Still intrigued by this bike - will do some more digging as displacement activity later today.

Bike still there this morning, but in a different spot (one that I usually use >:( ).  Couldn't tell if it had been ridden or the owner just moved it.
Still not-road-legal though.  What braking opportunities are there if the chain snaps?  With full mudguards, the push-shoe-onto-tyre option is not available.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: MattH on October 16, 2012, 01:14:03 pm
That's fairly typical of European utility bikes. A single back pedal brake is common. To be honest, how often does a single speed chain fail on a bike that isn't ridden hard? These things are designed for gentle pootling about. And if the brakes did fail, the chances are that the speed will be so slow and the saddle so low that the rider will be able to brake effectively by putting their feet down.

Incidentally, that's a very clean and tidy looking bike storage facility.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 16, 2012, 01:14:52 pm
It looks like a modern take on those classic British heavy-duty bikes of yore, the type that still abound in India and doubtless other ex-colonies under names such as Hercules and Atlas. The lugless construction, seatstays that are not bolted on to the frame, and unicrown fork, all obviously make it much more recent and the size of the downtube indicates an aluminium frame - so it's curious that it has the double top tube, which must add weight and isn't really necessary with modern materials. Very odd. Or is it really made out of tin plate? I'd guess it doesn't originate in the UK - maybe from Holland or Scandinavia? Intriguing.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on October 16, 2012, 01:47:20 pm
Still not-road-legal though.

Not in the UK.  But the light mounted on the left side of the fork shows that it wasn't designed for the UK.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on October 16, 2012, 03:27:00 pm
Saw a Klein Palomino http://www.mtbr.com/cat/bikes/xc-suspensio/klein/palomino-xv/prd_363093_1526crx.aspx (http://www.mtbr.com/cat/bikes/xc-suspensio/klein/palomino-xv/prd_363093_1526crx.aspx)fitted with a child seat and being used for the school run today. One of my dream bikes back in the day.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on October 16, 2012, 03:37:40 pm
Still not-road-legal though.

Not in the UK.  But the light mounted on the left side of the fork shows that it wasn't designed for the UK.

Denmark and several other countries like Australia only require 1 functioning brake. Single speed chains are a very reliable actuation mechanism.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Gus on October 16, 2012, 04:01:45 pm

Denmark and several other countries like Australia only require 1 functioning brake. Single speed chains are a very reliable actuation mechanism.

Incorrect, you need two independent brakes in Denmark too. rules where changed around 10 years ago. But if you have a bike/frame from before that date one brake is enough.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on October 16, 2012, 05:23:29 pm
Still not-road-legal though.

Not in the UK.  But the light mounted on the left side of the fork shows that it wasn't designed for the UK.

My 1937 Raleigh tandem originally had a light bracket for the left fork leg. Opinion varies as to it being intended for the continent, or that it was more important for the feeble light to pick up the edge of the road.  :-\

(I hand fabricated one for the right fork leg but the heron logo isn't so well defined coz I ran out of patience.  :smug:)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on October 16, 2012, 08:43:55 pm
Met the owner this evening.  The bike is from the Netherlands and is, as he so eloquently put it "the crappiest Dutch bike you can get".  He admits it's heavy and cumbersome, but it does what he needs it to do.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on October 16, 2012, 11:43:12 pm

Denmark and several other countries like Australia only require 1 functioning brake. Single speed chains are a very reliable actuation mechanism.

Incorrect, you need two independent brakes in Denmark too. rules where changed around 10 years ago. But if you have a bike/frame from before that date one brake is enough.

I wonder what prompted the change.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on October 17, 2012, 10:43:22 am

Denmark and several other countries like Australia only require 1 functioning brake. Single speed chains are a very reliable actuation mechanism.

Incorrect, you need two independent brakes in Denmark too. rules where changed around 10 years ago. But if you have a bike/frame from before that date one brake is enough.
So when I cycled around Copenhagen in the 1980s on a borrowed bike with only a back-pedal brake, it was legal, then?

A pity. I hated it.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Gus on October 17, 2012, 11:57:51 am

Denmark and several other countries like Australia only require 1 functioning brake. Single speed chains are a very reliable actuation mechanism.

Incorrect, you need two independent brakes in Denmark too. rules where changed around 10 years ago. But if you have a bike/frame from before that date one brake is enough.
So when I cycled around Copenhagen in the 1980s on a borrowed bike with only a back-pedal brake, it was legal, then?

A pity. I hated it.

Yes and if had the bike today and rode it, it will still be legal because the bike predates the law.

I must bring my camera more and take pictures of all the weird bikes around here.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on October 17, 2012, 12:40:06 pm
I quite enjoyed riding PBP03 with a coaster braked bike. YMMV of course and obviously did.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: why1040 on October 17, 2012, 03:23:33 pm
I learned to ride on bikes with only a back-pedal brake and it's still the most natural way for me to stop.  Since I have one that has one and one that doesn't, I keep getting caught out when on the Claud Butler and trying to stop by back-pedalling...it doesn't work   ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: interzen on October 19, 2012, 02:16:09 pm
Not seen by me per se, but a friend1 of mine on Facebook shared this with me:

http://www.bikepacking.net/forum/index.php/topic,4628.0.html

A Surly Moonlander fitted with a NuVinci N360 CVT hub - even by fatbike standards, this is definitely different! Interestingly, the N360 costs less than an Alfine-11, but it's still a tad on the heavy side for my particular purposes.

1 - I do have them, and thanks to the wonders of the Interwebs I'm back in touch with this particular person after over 10 years.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Gus on October 19, 2012, 02:45:17 pm
That was new  :) I've seen several Pugsley with Rohloff but never a fatbike with Nu Vinci
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 19, 2012, 06:26:33 pm
I didn't realise how unusual the rims were on those fatbikes.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on October 21, 2012, 08:48:58 pm
Red ordinary proceeding apace westwards along Chiswick High Road this afternoon  :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 21, 2012, 08:56:46 pm
Not interesting so much as odd, but a double-boinger branded... Vauxhall.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 24, 2012, 09:53:21 pm
Locally nostalgic headbadge.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8184/8120210714_c0c749c614_m.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 24, 2012, 09:55:37 pm
Raleigh 1980s road frame with Suntour teleforks and North Road style bars.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8325/8120198389_eacfcaee42_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: andrew_s on October 28, 2012, 10:53:40 pm
A Moulton New Series Speed, complete with Rohloff, belt drive, carbon cranks & seatpost, left unlocked against a tree outside our local pub.
The saddle was an interesting contrast to the rest of the bike.
A brief "how much?" discussion decided on about £15k, though a post-return google leads me to suspect this may be an overestimate (the double pylon separable is the expensive one). Anyway, more than John's Blackbird.
(http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t207/andrew_sw/IMG_1076.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tonycollinet on October 28, 2012, 11:28:50 pm
Spotted in a fashion shop near the spanish steps in Rome this week:

(http://www.collinsho.me/pics/lb1.jpg)

Yes, you have seen correctly, that is a stitched leather covered frame, mudguards and chain case. :-)








(http://www.collinsho.me/pics/lb2.jpg)

(http://www.collinsho.me/pics/lb3.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on October 28, 2012, 11:39:05 pm
That's just bizarre.

Yesterday, we were on a ride with a chap who was riding a Dahon Mu with a Sachs Automatix hub.  There was a coaster brake, so no cables to the back half of the bike.  It was very light.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: rower40 on October 29, 2012, 12:40:06 pm
A Moulton New Series Speed, complete with Rohloff, belt drive, carbon cranks & seatpost, left unlocked against a tree outside our local pub.
The saddle was an interesting contrast to the rest of the bike.
A brief "how much?" discussion decided on about £15k, though a post-return google leads me to suspect this may be an overestimate (the double pylon separable is the expensive one). Anyway, more than John's Blackbird.

At that price, it's likely to have all sorts of GPS trackers built in.  A particularly elaborate "Sting" bike?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on October 29, 2012, 12:43:52 pm
It sounds like the Moulton a friend owns. Not a sting, more an ongoing project. It started with a Strida belt grafted on but the latest incarnation is much better.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 22, 2012, 03:19:29 pm
This morning, for the second in a row, I saw a singlespeeded Claud Butler Majestic.

And this morning on CS7, there was a burgundy spaceframe Moulton with wooden mudguards.

Oh - that reminds me - Butterfly and I have seen a fast (and a bit pushy) rider on a Mk3 Moulton F-frame.  In Streatham, I think.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Oaky on November 23, 2012, 04:02:15 pm
(http://www.oakden.org/mark/bike/yacf/pics/AMSbikes/6.JPG)

Another from the Amsterdam two-wheeled menagerie.  Not sure whether to class it as a bike or a scooter...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 23, 2012, 04:30:08 pm
It's a Kickbike (http://www.kickbike.com/).  At the TdF Depart in London, they had a Kickbike demonstration race.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on November 23, 2012, 09:19:33 pm
A Finn did PBP03 on one of those.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on November 23, 2012, 09:20:57 pm
Would that be the guy with one massively muscular leg?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 23, 2012, 09:27:03 pm
For both legs you'd need a stepperbike:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY1Te5TYJ9E
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on November 23, 2012, 09:27:49 pm
He would do 2 or 3 pushes with one leg, then do a very neat little shuffle and then the same on the other side. His shoes were looking very second-hand by the finish.

It seemed like every time I went to get on my bike to leave a checkpoint, the kickbike was parked next to it. It felt like most of a day before I got away from Alpo for good. He was bloody fast downhill. I was just faster downhill than him, but there was very little in it. Crouching below the handlebars really cut down his frontal area.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Butterfly on November 23, 2012, 10:03:08 pm
For both legs you'd need a stepperbike:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY1Te5TYJ9E

There is someone who regularly rides through Streatham on a variation on that theme.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 23, 2012, 10:43:32 pm
I've never actually seen one in the wild, only read about them a few years ago in a magazine article. In that case it was about someone who'd had to give up normal cycling due to a back injury.
Title: Re: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Oaky on November 23, 2012, 10:57:06 pm
Would that be the guy with one massively muscular leg?

Is it worrying that the first thought into my head after that involved fiddler crab style asymmetric development owing to execute ll excessive self love?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Tomsk on November 24, 2012, 10:07:16 am
He would do 2 or 3 pushes with one leg, then do a very neat little shuffle and then the same on the other side. His shoes were looking very second-hand by the finish.

It seemed like every time I went to get on my bike to leave a checkpoint, the kickbike was parked next to it. It seemed like most of a day before I got away from Alpo for good. He was bloody fast downhill. I was just faster downhill than him, but there was very little in it. Crouching below the handlebars really cut down his frontal area.

I caught him on Roc Trevezel, but he was arriving at St Quentin just before me. Didn't he get into the kickbike as summer training for speed-skating?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on November 24, 2012, 10:14:56 am
He would do 2 or 3 pushes with one leg, then do a very neat little shuffle and then the same on the other side. His shoes were looking very second-hand by the finish.

It seemed like every time I went to get on my bike to leave a checkpoint, the kickbike was parked next to it. It seemed like most of a day before I got away from Alpo for good. He was bloody fast downhill. I was just faster downhill than him, but there was very little in it. Crouching below the handlebars really cut down his frontal area.

I caught him on Roc Trevezel, but he was arriving at St Quentin just before me. Didn't he get into the kickbike as summer training for speed-skating?

Search for Alpo Kuusisto or whatever his proper spelling is. I understood he raced sled dogs at the top level and was a decent marathon runner. Being a Finn, speed skating and/or cross-country skiing seem probable.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Oaky on November 24, 2012, 07:19:34 pm

(http://www.oakden.org/mark/bike/yacf/pics/AMSbikes/7.JPG)

And one from the AMS four-wheeled menagerie.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on November 24, 2012, 07:37:18 pm
Bet you still get shouted at for riding two abreast thobut...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: style over speed on November 28, 2012, 01:10:50 pm
finally seen a a Bullitt bike in the wild  8) near the Oval last night, a new black one with a gaffer taped on cardboard box containing a lovely looking dog.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Arno on November 30, 2012, 07:30:30 pm
It's a Kickbike (http://www.kickbike.com/).  At the TdF Depart in London, they had a Kickbike demonstration race.

The french recumbent maker Zockra's got a blingy prototype too

(http://img149.imageshack.us/img149/3343/dscn4473small.jpg)

forum in french here http://velorizontal.bbfr.net/t11672-trottinette-zockra
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on December 01, 2012, 11:10:58 am
I think you'd get more than a few snooty looks if you cycled that along the pavement in central London. ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on December 02, 2012, 08:37:50 pm
Kickbike = big scooter.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 03, 2012, 12:04:10 pm
Or scooter with big wheels. So the pavement seems the natural place for it - but probably it can travel a lot faster than a usual kid's scooter thanks to those big wheels, so maybe more appropriate on the road.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: recumbentpanda on December 04, 2012, 10:13:10 am
Student of mine once had a rather fine red Kickbike. It was indeed fast - faster than my Brompton on the level. However, he only ever rode it on the pavement . . . until it was stolen from outside his flat. Karma. Bikema.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on December 04, 2012, 01:02:23 pm
This morning at Epsom Hospital, I parked my bike next to a rather lovely but understated machine.  Black, lugged, steel frame.  SA 3-spd hub and hub brakes.  Brooks saddle and leather look bar tape.  Oh - and an elegant chainguard.  i think there was a very proud and happy owner onsite.

On my way home, as I was unlocking my bike in Epsom, a chap on an orange bike passed me.  I then dropped my mitts and faffed a bit, but caught him up before the first roundabout on the A24.  Steel frame (not an expensive one), flat bars, aged rider.  But hey - fixed gear!  Smallish chainring, but a shiny Miche hub, and he was riding not fast, but well.  I stuck with him for a while, enjoying his enjoyment of riding his bike, then sprinted across the lanes to where I needed to turn right.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Bledlow on December 04, 2012, 06:19:29 pm
A Vanmoof, at Cemetery Junction in Reading.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Phixie on December 04, 2012, 08:24:58 pm
On my way home, as I was unlocking my bike in Epsom, a chap on an orange bike passed me.  I then dropped my mitts and faffed a bit, but caught him up before the first roundabout on the A24.  Steel frame (not an expensive one), flat bars, aged rider.  But hey - fixed gear!  Smallish chainring, but a shiny Miche hub, and he was riding not fast, but well.  I stuck with him for a while, enjoying his enjoyment of riding his bike, then sprinted across the lanes to where I needed to turn right.

Hi young Clarion,  you should have said "Hello" - it would have been good to meet you properly.  It was indeed a great day to be out on the bike, just as long as you had sufficient clothing.  I sensed there was someone behind me and then saw you turning at the lights Suttonwards.  I think you were on your Dawes?  You'll probably catch me again as I'm fast only downhill!

Just for the record, the gearing is 39 / 15 = 70".

See you up the road sometime.

BR
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on December 04, 2012, 09:30:49 pm
Oh hi!  Yes, I hadn't clocked that the sprocket was that small, but your smooth cadence should have told me it was something of that order.  Sorry for referring to you as 'aged'  now :-[

I was going to pass you as I caught up, but there was a car passing, and then I spotted the bike and I fancied taking a bit to have a closer look as we rode.  What is that frame, by the way?  Is it a Holdsworth (hence the orange)?

I was on a Ridgeback Romany.  And I don't ride through Epsom very often, though it's not far away.  In fact, it was unusual for me to be on the A24 at all, so very lucky to see you in all! 

Hope to see you again, though. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Phixie on December 05, 2012, 10:54:47 am
Oh hi!  Yes, I hadn't clocked that the sprocket was that small, but your smooth cadence should have told me it was something of that order.  Sorry for referring to you as 'aged'  now :-[

I'll forgive you as you also referred to me riding well  :)  At least all those years on the bike have not been wasted!  Well spotted for the fixed gear and Miche hub btw.  It's relatively new as the old one wore out, hence still clean.

I was going to pass you as I caught up, but there was a car passing, and then I spotted the bike and I fancied taking a bit to have a closer look as we rode.  What is that frame, by the way?  Is it a Holdsworth (hence the orange)?

Probably - I bought it second-hand about nine years ago and honestly can't remember. It was resprayed that colour because I liked it rather than being authentic and was done by Mario Vaz who used to run their paint shop, I believe, so it probably was actual Holdsworth team colour.

I was on a Ridgeback Romany.  And I don't ride through Epsom very often, though it's not far away.  In fact, it was unusual for me to be on the A24 at all, so very lucky to see you in all! 

Hope to see you again, though. :thumbsup:

Absolutely - and stay safe out there.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 09, 2012, 05:39:52 pm
Parked behind the Colston Hall about an hour ago, a Thanet. Frame some variety of mixte, with a single top tube sloping down from the head bearings continuing as two slender stays to the rear drop out, but an additional 'down tube' consisting of two slim tubes running horizontally from the bottom of the head tube to the point on the seat tube where the top tube and 'mixte stays' cross it. The braking and transmission was really odd though. Both hub and rod brakes front and rear with the rod brakes seeming to be an addition - the front was made out of a length of copper water or gas pipe and the rear used a large spring which looked like it might have been more at home on a kickstand or holding a door closed. The gearing was an SA 3-speed but also antiquated 2-speed derailleurs front and rear. The chainrings had a fearsome difference. The derailleurs were operated by antique-looking short brass levers running in guides on the top tube. At some point the rear derailleur cable had broken and rather than replace it, it had been joined using a brass electrical wire connector! There was a hub dynamo connected to a large circular (hemispherical in fact) front light but no switching in evidence and there were brackets for battery lights front and rear as well as a modern Accor adjustable stem. Needless to say the whole ensemble was topped off by a tattered Carradice. Clearly a long-loved, much-bodged product of eccentricity.  :D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mcshroom on December 11, 2012, 05:37:00 pm
On the local news yesterday there was a report about an ex-servicemen and his mates doing a charity ride round the borders on a quad: -

(http://news.images.itv.com/image/file/132522/image_update_0123537c6a9e73df_1355142163_9j-4aaqsk.jpeg)
http://www.itv.com/news/border/story/2012-12-10/four-man-tandem-ride-for-charity/
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Efrogwr on December 11, 2012, 09:30:41 pm
Parked behind the Colston Hall about an hour ago, a Thanet. Frame some variety of mixte, with a single top tube sloping down from the head bearings continuing as two slender stays to the rear drop out, but an additional 'down tube' consisting of two slim tubes running horizontally from the bottom of the head tube to the point on the seat tube where the top tube and 'mixte stays' cross it. The braking and transmission was really odd though. Both hub and rod brakes front and rear with the rod brakes seeming to be an addition - the front was made out of a length of copper water or gas pipe and the rear used a large spring which looked like it might have been more at home on a kickstand or holding a door closed. The gearing was an SA 3-speed but also antiquated 2-speed derailleurs front and rear. The chainrings had a fearsome difference. The derailleurs were operated by antique-looking short brass levers running in guides on the top tube. At some point the rear derailleur cable had broken and rather than replace it, it had been joined using a brass electrical wire connector! There was a hub dynamo connected to a large circular (hemispherical in fact) front light but no switching in evidence and there were brackets for battery lights front and rear as well as a modern Accor adjustable stem. Needless to say the whole ensemble was topped off by a tattered Carradice. Clearly a long-loved, much-bodged product of eccentricity.  :D


You need to get sight of Hilary Stone's history of Thanet (I had a copy, but I don't have any idea where it is). There is mention of a customer called "Nutkin" who had some unorthodox (even by Thanet's standards) frames built by said firm.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Toady on December 11, 2012, 10:04:12 pm
He would do 2 or 3 pushes with one leg, then do a very neat little shuffle and then the same on the other side. His shoes were looking very second-hand by the finish.
There's a youtube video here which features him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwqZ_JfWyrE

As to that stepper bike, I'd love to have a go on one.  I can't figure out if it's really cool or utterly stupid.

Edit:  Strange coincidence.  Just researching helmet cams and came across footage of a dog powered kick-bike:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyZhYJgMjTE
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 11, 2012, 10:35:14 pm
Parked behind the Colston Hall about an hour ago, a Thanet. Frame some variety of mixte, with a single top tube sloping down from the head bearings continuing as two slender stays to the rear drop out, but an additional 'down tube' consisting of two slim tubes running horizontally from the bottom of the head tube to the point on the seat tube where the top tube and 'mixte stays' cross it. The braking and transmission was really odd though. Both hub and rod brakes front and rear with the rod brakes seeming to be an addition - the front was made out of a length of copper water or gas pipe and the rear used a large spring which looked like it might have been more at home on a kickstand or holding a door closed. The gearing was an SA 3-speed but also antiquated 2-speed derailleurs front and rear. The chainrings had a fearsome difference. The derailleurs were operated by antique-looking short brass levers running in guides on the top tube. At some point the rear derailleur cable had broken and rather than replace it, it had been joined using a brass electrical wire connector! There was a hub dynamo connected to a large circular (hemispherical in fact) front light but no switching in evidence and there were brackets for battery lights front and rear as well as a modern Accor adjustable stem. Needless to say the whole ensemble was topped off by a tattered Carradice. Clearly a long-loved, much-bodged product of eccentricity.  :D


You need to get sight of Hilary Stone's history of Thanet (I had a copy, but I don't have any idea where it is). There is mention of a customer called "Nutkin" who had some unorthodox (even by Thanet's standards) frames built by said firm.
I googled it and found that Mr Stone lives in Bristol and Thanet had a shop here.
Quote
Mr. Hilary Stone, editor of Cycling Plus magazine & vintage expert, has published a booklet, "Ease with Elegance"
which charts the history of Thanet and offers illustrations
and analysis of this unusual marque.

 

It is available for £8 sterling plus £5 airmail
postage. Checks must be in Pounds Sterling.
Send to:
Hilary Stone
32 Heyford Avenue,
Bristol BS5 6UE England.
http://classicrendezvous.com/British_isles/Thanet_home.htm
Airmail?!!! I could ride over there in fifteen minutes!

There does seem to be confusion between Thanet Cycles of Thanet and a shop in Thanet St in Bristol - I looked that up in the A to Z and it's a little dead end lane, seems pretty unlikely to have a bike shop there. But apparently it was the same people.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: rogerzilla on December 15, 2012, 06:55:55 pm
In Oxford today.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/218k6hhqii3bstn/2012-12-15%2013.30.50.jpg

Curious frame design; a sort of trussed cross frame.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Toady on December 16, 2012, 04:31:08 pm
In Oxford today.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/218k6hhqii3bstn/2012-12-15%2013.30.50.jpg

Curious frame design; a sort of trussed cross frame.
Is it just me, or does that have a weird optical illusion effect whereby the rear wheel appears about 10cm closer than the front wheel?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: pcolbeck on December 16, 2012, 04:36:27 pm
Its not just you.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on December 16, 2012, 06:16:12 pm
Is the rear wheel a larger diameter?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: rogerzilla on December 16, 2012, 06:59:05 pm
I don't know, but that is my finger over the lens (Samsung make a very unergonomic cameraphone).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on December 19, 2012, 02:33:48 pm
This morning on CS7 there was a blue/pink fade Roberts with Campagnolo Delta brakes. :o
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 28, 2012, 10:56:07 pm
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8215/8318964061_630f0c00db_z.jpg)

It's a homemade adaptation. I think it's probably by a bloke I've spoken to a while back.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Domestique on December 30, 2012, 05:49:30 pm
A pair of Gazelles, rare round here.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8212/8325670923_971cbcd44b_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 30, 2012, 07:10:23 pm
mrkwr otp was riding a Gazelle yesterday but it was nothing like those at all.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Domestique on December 31, 2012, 11:55:33 am
mrkwr otp

 ??? ??? help, what you mean?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on December 31, 2012, 12:29:14 pm
of this parish = on this forum
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 31, 2012, 04:21:28 pm
mrkwr otp

 ??? ??? help, what you mean?
mrkwr is a forumite who went on a ride with me and a few others on Saturday. His Gazelle is a racy road bike (I didn't know till I saw it that Gazelle made anything other than the sort of practical round town bike in the photo you posted).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on December 31, 2012, 05:24:57 pm
There have been several bike makers called Gazelle and more than 1 in the Netherlands.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 31, 2012, 06:00:04 pm
There have been several bike makers called Gazelle and more than 1 in the Netherlands.
I didn't know that. I can only find one mentioned on Wiki, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gazelle_(bicycle)) which says that Royal Dutch Gazelle is now owned by the same company as Cervelo - but that doesn't necessarily mean there aren't others, of course.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Domestique on December 31, 2012, 07:27:02 pm
mrkwr otp

 ??? ??? help, what you mean?
mrkwr is a forumite who went on a ride with me and a few others on Saturday. His Gazelle is a racy road bike (I didn't know till I saw it that Gazelle made anything other than the sort of practical round town bike in the photo you posted).

Ahh riddle solved  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on February 01, 2013, 01:54:52 pm
Not unusual or interesting in and of itself, but this morning I saw a Willer chained to the railings at the top of Fish Street Hill (http://goo.gl/maps/8kYdk).  I've seen various types of bicycles locked up around the City, but never one of that calibre.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tiermat on February 01, 2013, 01:58:43 pm
At the local auctions, a Trek 8000, which due to it's colour I suspect is a 2000.  Shame about the HUGE dent in the top tube.

Also an old, 531 framed, path racer (old style 26" wheels, VERY perished tyres, stem reverse and bars so low that your knees are above you ears when riding in the drops).

Obviously I put proxy bids in on both of them :)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 01, 2013, 03:25:06 pm
The bike itself wasn't that interesting, just a 70s lugged frame of non-descript steel with 5-speed (and butterfly nuts on the wheels), but the name caught my attention - Louison Bobet.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Zipperhead on February 02, 2013, 12:41:04 pm
I saw a wooden framed bicycle on the way home last night (being used to commute in London) - a Renovo like this one (http://www.renovobikes.com/storage/Anthony%20Belgium%20tour.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1349439175145)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: trickletreat on February 03, 2013, 09:21:44 am
I see this every day, mainly because it is towed by my trike ;D

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/inamini/IMG_5387.jpg)

Having looked back at all the pictures in this thread, I don't think I came across a Pedersen, unless there is one in a link. Anyway here is a link to one.
http://www.pedersenbicycles.com
edit..
I have now worked out how to post pics from elsewhere...


(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/inamini/BlackMed3x9_zps97b1768b.jpg)




(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/inamini/tandemstudio2_zps3700688c.jpg)

Nigel
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 03, 2013, 08:40:57 pm
That kid's trike is certainly quite something. She looks as if she's enjoying it madly! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on February 22, 2013, 09:57:17 pm
At London Bridge station, a Kona Ute being used for advertising:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0028_zpsc0baa68d.jpg)

Clapham, a pretty Bridgestone Moulton:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0033_zps1b9a969c.jpg)

also in Clapham, an odd-looking Puch, with very high bars.  I can't copy the photo right now, I'm afraid. :(


Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on February 23, 2013, 05:15:39 pm
Here's the Puch:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0034_zpsd081fcb2.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on February 23, 2013, 05:25:19 pm
One of the bicycles I saw on my ride home earlier in the week rally caught my eye - it was the seat stays.  Pulled up next to the cyclist at a set of lights, saw he was riding a red Harry Quinn (don't see many of those about) which looked a bit ... big.  Asked the rider the size.  28"!  :o   That would explain why the seat stays caught my attention.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on February 23, 2013, 05:34:15 pm
:o
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Tim Hall on February 25, 2013, 04:07:14 pm
An A S Gillott. Bright pink. You thought the Magenta Mercian was pink. Nah, this bike is pink. The sort of pink one might find on the pink end of the lipstick counter.  It belonged to my late Father in Law, and I collected it from the police station this lunchtime.  It's very pink. 

It's obviously been refurbished and jiggered around with. Straight bars with cheap bar top shifters. And a bright pink paint job.  I saw a Reynolds 520  sticker on it, so nothing spectacular. I'll look for more details when I get home.

Did I mention the colour?  Pink.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on February 25, 2013, 04:30:45 pm
I saw a Reynolds 520  sticker on it, so nothing spectacular. Did I mention the colour?  Pink.

I think Reynolds 520 is cromoly. The 501 (also cromoly) frames they did were actually quite good if theey were the butted tubeset - same thickness and tensile strength as 531.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Oaky on February 25, 2013, 04:45:03 pm
...
And one from the AMS four-wheeled menagerie.

and another:-

(http://www.oakden.org/mark/bike/yacf/pics/AMSbikes/8.jpg)

... this time with a trailer, but no apparent linkage between the steering on the two sides!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on February 25, 2013, 04:54:11 pm
Viktor electric assist upright tadpole trike outside the new Morrisons at Fiveways (where there are copious numbers of covered sheffield stands ...at the far end of the car park):

(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/cycling/IMG_20130225_161014.sized.jpg)
(http://www.ductilebiscuit.net/gallery_albums/cycling/IMG_20130225_161004.sized.jpg)

Didn't see the owner, but the yellow marks on the battery pack denote a tally of cats, squirrels and old people successfully run over, which tells me everything I need to know.   :D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Tim Hall on February 25, 2013, 07:06:48 pm
I saw a Reynolds 520  sticker on it, so nothing spectacular. Did I mention the colour?  Pink.

I think Reynolds 520 is cromoly. The 501 (also cromoly) frames they did were actually quite good if theey were the butted tubeset - same thickness and tensile strength as 531.

Reinvestigation reveals it is indeed 501 butted. And gorgeous lugwork, hidden under the PINK paint.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on February 25, 2013, 07:20:36 pm
I was going to comment that 520, a fairly recent recipe, was unlikely.  And, ftr, 520 is a good tubeset, if a bit heavier than 531.

501 was considerably downmarket from 531 in its day, and bikes made with this tubeset were much cheaper.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: matthew on February 25, 2013, 10:55:50 pm
I saw a Reynolds 520  sticker on it, so nothing spectacular. Did I mention the colour?  Pink.

I think Reynolds 520 is cromoly. The 501 (also cromoly) frames they did were actually quite good if theey were the butted tubeset - same thickness and tensile strength as 531.

Reinvestigation reveals it is indeed 501 butted. And gorgeous lugwork, hidden under the PINK paint.
Without pictures I refuse to believe you have a bike that is pinker than the Mercian  :P
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: alexb on February 26, 2013, 12:30:20 am
I see this every day, mainly because it is towed by my trike ;D

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/inamini/IMG_5387.jpg)

Nigel

That is superb. What is it?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: trickletreat on February 26, 2013, 07:58:18 am
Hi Alexb, it is a Hasebike Trets trailer trike, pop the front wheel off and connect it as a trailer to back axle.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/inamini/IMG_5882.jpg)


..instant tandem!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/inamini/IMG_5881.jpg)


Nigel


Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: jogler on February 26, 2013, 10:25:37 am
That really is a beesknees trike/tandem :thumbsup:
so  8)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 26, 2013, 10:54:15 am
Very small Thorn Triplet


Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on February 26, 2013, 02:25:02 pm
Hi Alexb, it is a Hasebike Trets trailer trike, pop the front wheel off and connect it as a trailer to back axle.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/inamini/IMG_5882.jpg)

That pic reminds me, I still haven't got round to making an improved mud-flap for barakta's ICE trike.  As she's slower than me, I usually ride behind, which means I get all the spray off the back wheel.

Shame there isn't an adult version of the Trets, actually.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: trickletreat on February 26, 2013, 03:48:36 pm
Kim, there is an adult version of the Trets, that is if the Trets is too small when fully extended. The adult version is the Hasebike Kettwisel, if you look through this link, you will see that it can be attached directly to the rear of another Kett, or like the Trets you use a bar to attach it to the rear of an upright or tadpole trike.
Nigel

http://hasebikes.com/112-1-Gallery.html?galerie=Kettwiesel-Galerie
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on February 26, 2013, 04:05:40 pm
We fancy, in our more extravagant moments, a pair of Kettwiesels.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: matthew on February 26, 2013, 04:09:12 pm
I suspect that that towing arm is precisely that and will not be as effective if the stronger rider is to the rear (and pushing) however with the pair of Ketts then the driving load at least arrives on the central axis of the bike.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on February 26, 2013, 04:15:48 pm
That's the way I see it.  I admit I raised an eyebrow seeing the photo of the bloke (usually the stronger rider, though not necessarily in that case, given Hase's popularity among those with disabilities) on the Kett behind.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on February 26, 2013, 04:36:11 pm
Kim, there is an adult version of the Trets, that is if the Trets is too small when fully extended. The adult version is the Hasebike Kettwisel, if you look through this link, you will see that it can be attached directly to the rear of another Kett, or like the Trets you use a bar to attach it to the rear of an upright or tadpole trike.

Ah, interesting:

Quote from: http://www.rad-innovations.com/index.php/hasebike/kettwiesel#tow-bar-follow-me
Tow Bar: Follow me!
Lame name, fine piece of equipment: with the Tow Bar, even standard bikes can be used as towing vehicles for the KETTWIESEL - with a safety bonus: the integrated overrun brake works automatically. When the towing bike brakes, the KETTWIESEL brakes.

I'm familiar with the Kettwiesel, and the concept of daisy-chaining delta trikes, but didn't realise this sort of thing was an option.

Unfortunately, due to shortsigntedness in the cycling domain, we bought barakta an ICE Sprint, because that worked best for her disability adaptations[1], and seemed easier to transport.  We've since discovered that achieving a reasonable level of cycling fitness is actually a greater obstacle than constructing a controllable machine that doesn't damage her shoulders, not helped by the general disincentive that is Birmingham traffic and the bastard hill at King's Norton between here and the good cycling lanes.

Hmm...


[1] Lengthy thread here if you're interested: https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=45696.0 (gets interesting on page 12 or so).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: trickletreat on February 26, 2013, 07:29:46 pm
Hi Kim, I have read through your other post as linked. I was helped with attaining a reasonable level of leg fitness by fitting a Heinzmann hub motor. Over the years I have used it my reliance on it has reduced dramatically. The downside is the added weight when lifting the trike, or when removing the wheel to change tyres. The motor is very powerful and it copes with hills really well, range is not a problem as it is only used for commuting, but for longer distances batteries add weight and take up space. The motor is operated with a twist grip which is open to adaption and various mounting options. I did not see any reference to a motorised option in your thread, but would be happy to answer any questions if I can.
Nigel
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on February 26, 2013, 07:43:49 pm
Yeah, electric assist is something we've considered, though options are limited somewhat on a tadpole (which makes it expensive), and even used sparingly with regenerative braking current battery technology is distinctly marginal for decent distances.  It's probably a better option than tandems, though: I'm a competent cyclist, but not a particularly strong one.

If Golden Motor made a hub that could take a 9-speed freewheel, it would start to look a lot more attractive.  Batteries and controls are the easy bit.  But as it is, I think the sanest option is BionX, and that's a complete system that doesn't really come in cheap.

Thing is, barakta was doing quite well last summer, when she was actually getting out and riding.  Not fast, but within an order of magnitude of being able to do the average forum ride.  The problem comes down to spoons (http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/wpress/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory/) and motivation, and I'm not entirely sure that throwing electrons at it is a solution, as while it would certainly open up new route possibilities, it doesn't change the weather, the traffic, not having the time or the health to ride, etc, etc.  :-\
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Tim Hall on March 05, 2013, 10:21:37 pm
I saw a Reynolds 520  sticker on it, so nothing spectacular. Did I mention the colour?  Pink.

I think Reynolds 520 is cromoly. The 501 (also cromoly) frames they did were actually quite good if theey were the butted tubeset - same thickness and tensile strength as 531.

Reinvestigation reveals it is indeed 501 butted. And gorgeous lugwork, hidden under the PINK paint.
Without pictures I refuse to believe you have a bike that is pinker than the Mercian  :P
At long last.

Laydeez and gennelmen, I give you
<pause>

 <fx: drum roll> 

The PINK bike.

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-IyqtfjyryXA/UTZttoHM5TI/AAAAAAAADko/11eZiA38s6Q/s800/IMGP0255.JPG)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 05, 2013, 10:23:19 pm
That's a good name to have on a bike :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 06, 2013, 09:03:17 am
At long last.

Laydeez and gennelmen, I give you
<pause>

 <fx: drum roll> 

The PINK bike.

Are sure?  Looks magenta to me ;D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: delthebike on March 06, 2013, 11:49:24 am
Oma fiets outside the Royals shopping experience  ::-).
If it was mine I'd have gone for hub dynamo and brakes.

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-WdBqRNOMAeA/UTcr5OuqiGI/AAAAAAAAHg0/Ri10GtAxQ0w/s640/p3060211.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 06, 2013, 01:15:12 pm
At the weekend, we went to Whitstable.  Enticed by old maps, we wandered into a shop onthe beach.  Hanging up, there was an old tandem.  The owner told us it was a Freddie Grubb, and he rode it a couple of times each summer.  It had a Cyclo-style gear, and cantilever brakes, which he surmised had been added later, as had the fork.  I think he was right about that.  The rear wheel had a fixed sprocket on the other side.

On an adjacent wall, there was a fine solo machine, which he told us was a Hobbs.  Very nice indeed.  I think Butterfly has at least one photo, but it was in a dark shop against the light.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: hubner on March 08, 2013, 01:44:33 am
Hase tandem with the front half having a bucket seat, seems to have a seat belt:
(http://imageshack.us/scaled/landing/259/hase1.jpg)
The saddle looks like a Spa.

Next to it was this unfortunate wheel:
(http://imageshack.us/scaled/landing/818/wheelleftbehind.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Tim Hall on March 08, 2013, 08:08:04 am
The seating arrangement on the Hase Pino is what they do. However it seems not  to have a stoker chainset. Coupled with the heavy duty prop stand and seat belt, that suggests the stoker is less able than the average cyclist.  Very versatile machines.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 08, 2013, 09:43:33 am
Moulton F coming off Tooting Common and disappearing into the mist...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Jurek on March 08, 2013, 10:24:48 am
At the weekend, we went to Whitstable.  Enticed by old maps, we wandered into a shop onthe beach.  Hanging up, there was an old tandem.  The owner told us it was a Freddie Grubb, and he rode it a couple of times each summer.  It had a Cyclo-style gear, and cantilever brakes, which he surmised had been added later, as had the fork.  I think he was right about that.  The rear wheel had a fixed sprocket on the other side.

On an adjacent wall, there was a fine solo machine, which he told us was a Hobbs.  Very nice indeed.  I think Butterfly has at least one photo, but it was in a dark shop against the light.
That'll be Bruce Williams you spoke to then. He's a keen cyclist and a good friend of mine. He potters around on a Bickerton folder.
Did you clock any of the weird-like-they're-not-from-this-planet plants in jars full of clear silicone oil?
Made by the lovely Clare - who markets her products under the name of Questioners Garden Time (http://www.questionersgardentime.com/)  :D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 08, 2013, 11:08:48 am
Next time we go there, we'll make a point of popping in and saying hello.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 10, 2013, 12:51:12 am
Hase tandem with the front half having a bucket seat, seems to have a seat belt:
(http://imageshack.us/scaled/landing/259/hase1.jpg)
The saddle looks like a Spa.
Is it just my eyes or can others see an absence of front pedals?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on March 10, 2013, 12:56:50 am
Perhaps for a stoker passenger with a deficiency of legs?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 10, 2013, 01:02:35 am
Or a deficiency of pedalling legs.

Also a one-sided handlebar for the pilot (driver?). I can't work out where all the controls (gear shifters, brake levers) are. Brakes could be linked so front and rear work off one lever, and there's a gripshift-style changer, but there are clearly two derailleurs and I can't see a second shifter.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on March 10, 2013, 01:06:33 am
Nope, standard Pino controls.  The left handlebar is hidden behind the stoker seat in that photograph - you can see the end of it sticking out at the top (ETA: and reflected in the window) - the steering is turned hard to the right.

If the stoker had normal legs, they'd need something to support them.  It's hard work riding a recumbent without foot retention; riding one without something to press against doesn't bear thinking about.  So the legs in question are going to be short enough not to reach the ground or foul the front wheel when left to dangle unsupported.  I conclude a child or disabled adult.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 10, 2013, 12:00:30 pm
Thanks, I can see the other handlebar now! And the sensible conclusion about legs.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on March 13, 2013, 08:58:13 pm
Overtook an elderly man trundling along on a Pashley trike up in Bearwood earlier.  He'd spotted me coming in his large moped mirrors, and we exchanged cheerful greetings as I zoomed past at an awesome 10mph (I had studded tyres and a heavy trailer).
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on March 15, 2013, 03:26:09 pm
Moulton F coming off Tooting Common and disappearing into the mist...

I forgot to mention that I saw the woman on the F Frame again, heading South across Tooting Common and spurring off on a naughty route.  She had a green Barley.

Meanwhile, this morning, I spotted a battered 531 framed bike with a childseat on.  I could make out ...NGS on the downtube, so I assume it was a Youngs.

On Borough High Street, I passed a nice looking MTB-lite.  It was an Orange P7, which I thought, even in roadified mode, was an unusual commuting choice, but a nice one.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on March 18, 2013, 06:14:18 pm
Whilst I was waiting at the traffic lights at the junction of Chelsea Bridge Road, Royal Hospital Road, Lower Sloane Street and Pimlico Road, this morning, a chap went around the corner on a triplet, albeit empty on the back.

I only saw it very briefly, as the lights changed, and traffic got in the way of my view, but it looked like it was a double child back, presumably the occupants having been previously dropped off at school or similar.

Triplets are fairly rare, but I suspect child back variants make up a reasonable number of them, since transporting children around is a good use for one.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: DrMekon on March 21, 2013, 11:26:59 am
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8097/8576367091_c80b043f9c_z.jpg)

Nothing especially weird about the light blue Giant, but the unusual two prong saddle caught my eye - it's like it's got two noses. When I looked closer I noticed they'd left a Garmin 500 on it. I hope for their sake it's still there at the end of the day.

TBH, I've left my Etrex on my bike a couple of times and got away with it, but not in such a busy public area.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: sg37409 on April 01, 2013, 06:18:28 pm
Might have been posted before.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8246/8610845906_37b88caaac_c.jpg)

Modern Art Gallery, Glasgow (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24775321@N02/8610845906/)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on April 01, 2013, 08:49:16 pm
Hydrogen fuel cell electric assist?

Chain's a bit slack...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on April 01, 2013, 08:56:22 pm
Yes and the exhaust used for watercolour paintings, from memory.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on April 01, 2013, 09:06:05 pm
Actually, it looks like someone's been filling the tyres with hydrogen, too...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on April 04, 2013, 08:20:54 pm
Just remembered: Spotted a teenager with a nerdy 70s haircut riding a (pristine-looking) Raleigh Chopper on Tuesday.  Either there's something timey-wimey going on, or a serious disruption in the coolness vortex.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: CrinklyLion on April 07, 2013, 08:59:53 am
Apologies for dreadful phone pic...

(http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/531830_10151498410061839_2045004632_n.jpg)

Spotted as we were driving up to Scotland last weekend.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 07, 2013, 04:24:24 pm
I saw a Bullitt in Southwark this afternoon.  No owner in sight.

I also saw a WAW velomobile, but I was riding with the owner.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 09, 2013, 08:40:20 am
Also on Sunday, I saw a woman with a nicely updated yet classic looking Allin.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Efrogwr on April 13, 2013, 01:17:30 pm
This morning, in Llanberis, I saw a Speedy: the first I've seen in ages. I nearly stepped in the only other one I've seen; silly bugger was riding on the footwayand I was pissed.

Also a nice Alan framed bike, ridden by a man with far too much skill for my liking*. He did a track stand when he gave way to traffic on the High Street.




*This is pure spite and envy, 'cos I can't do it!
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on April 16, 2013, 06:12:51 pm
Man wheeling a GoCycle up Harborne High Street, in the direction of iCycle.  Hopefully for coincidental shopping reasons rather than some sort of mechanical problem, because they recently moved premises.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on April 22, 2013, 11:32:47 am
A brand new Tern Link (http://www.ternbicycles.com/bikes/link) in the bike room this morning.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on April 23, 2013, 08:44:48 am
One of the bicycles I saw on my ride home earlier in the week rally caught my eye - it was the seat stays.  Pulled up next to the cyclist at a set of lights, saw he was riding a red Harry Quinn (don't see many of those about) which looked a bit ... big.  Asked the rider the size.  28"!  :o   That would explain why the seat stays caught my attention.

Spotted again last night.  Those stays really catches ones eyes.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 23, 2013, 09:14:08 pm
Moderately interesting bike (singlespeeded Allez), but an interesting lock:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMG_3548_zpsd641bf18.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/ado15/media/IMG_3548_zpsd641bf18.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 23, 2013, 11:37:53 pm
Tandem Trice at the opening of the Two Tunnels a couple of weeks ago.
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8258/8676789600_d239186bb5.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Andrij on April 24, 2013, 07:40:33 pm
I pass this most mornings on my commute:

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Uj2ElvUBjKs/UXgmdbUfRhI/AAAAAAAACCg/WNKzEKAB23g/s720/P1040022.JPG)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 25, 2013, 09:48:20 pm
Battered Moulton F-frame at London Bridge
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMG_3580_zpse2a5a784.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/ado15/media/IMG_3580_zpse2a5a784.jpg.html)

Very large Hutchinson near Borough High St
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMG_3625_zps10728ad8.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/ado15/media/IMG_3625_zps10728ad8.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 26, 2013, 10:03:42 pm
Another large frame near London Bridge (hard to get a shot with hundreds of people streaming past)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMG_3680_zps6901f3e3.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/ado15/media/IMG_3680_zps6901f3e3.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ham on April 28, 2013, 09:46:26 am
On my last day in Catalonia (cf ride reports) I was pootling around Prat, the area of Barcelona containing the Airport, a suburb much in the same way as Hounslow (only the food is better). I came across the local Rapha/Asos shop. The content of the shop was much as you might expect, the welcome was substantially friendlier and some of the bikes they had on display were worthy of a second look,  the theme being Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

My fave:
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-sc2S_T_yL_s/UXpNt1vXCKI/AAAAAAAAnIg/-D04O-9eHLs/s640/DSCN0165.JPG)

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-OoUhX7595jA/UXpNr1u70WI/AAAAAAAAnIQ/x9LEZdVNUXY/s640/DSCN0163.JPG)

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-tsHxRXnF-iA/UXpNs4ZyXJI/AAAAAAAAnIc/9V848ynEf3c/s640/DSCN0164.JPG)

One with the original mud still on it:
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-fQPNwphgPaI/UXpNu_P73EI/AAAAAAAAnYY/SCIstqHwoOM/s640/DSCN0166.JPG)

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-1cylfhC_izE/UXpNvlC5U8I/AAAAAAAAnIw/6XTPXWx1crs/s640/DSCN0167.JPG)

Their website http://www.pave.cc/shop/index.php/osCsid/5898275c2490f2b9b52ae6f246d63078

One of their bikes
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-PsC1XruxFnA/UXpNwlymb0I/AAAAAAAAnI8/hYGjKXcx29s/s640/DSCN0168.JPG)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: JonBuoy on April 28, 2013, 10:12:28 am
There was a tandem Chopper at the Leicester Critical Mass on Friday evening.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: tiermat on April 28, 2013, 03:10:15 pm
Ham, Pave.cc get a mention in today's Sunday Telegraph, in the Style magazine...
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Specializta on April 28, 2013, 03:37:47 pm
I pass this most mornings on my commute:

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Uj2ElvUBjKs/UXgmdbUfRhI/AAAAAAAACCg/WNKzEKAB23g/s720/P1040022.JPG)
That is fantastic, I want. D'you reckon I could paint the bike one colour and then get that effect with tape or does it really need a proper two colour paint job?
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on April 28, 2013, 06:28:22 pm
The famous book dealer Drif had a zebra striped bike.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Ham on April 29, 2013, 07:56:14 am
Ham, Pave.cc get a mention in today's Sunday Telegraph, in the Style magazine...

Style? They haz it. They even had a wet room for washing bikes (photo should be on my phone)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: TimO on May 03, 2013, 06:43:27 pm
Crossing Chelsea bridge this morning, in front of me at the traffic lights was a grey haired chap cycling an 8 Freight.  I followed him almost to Sloane Square, but had to turn off before I had a chance to say anything to him.

Actually, I don't know that it was definitely an 8 Freight, but I could clearly see the rear mono-stay, and I managed to see that the front wheel was similarly mono forked, and I'm unaware of any similar cargo bike with mono-stays, so I'm guessing it was an 8 Freight.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 03, 2013, 09:41:21 pm
You remind me that I saw a Bullitt on the streets of Southwark last week.

And I saw a lovely red Rourke crossing NKR this evening.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 04, 2013, 08:26:58 pm
A Giant LaFree electric bike with long-version Xtracycle has been turning up at school regularly.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on May 07, 2013, 09:32:21 pm
Amongst the Cambridge cyclists at Reach Fair yesterday:

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y252/wobblyjohn/Fragileload_zps722131c6.jpg)

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y252/wobblyjohn/Clog_zps87bc0f5e.jpg)

 :D
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: clarion on May 07, 2013, 09:37:08 pm
I love that Circe Pino-a-like, and the very clever babyseat attacent we want for the Helios.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on May 17, 2013, 02:40:30 pm
Not strictly a bike.

A mountain trike wheelchair. Hand cranked with a reciprocating motion, dual disc brakes, rear wheel steering. Had a chat with the owner, she lives on a narrowboat. Great turning circle and it counts as a wheelchair so can be used on buses, trains etc.

I didn't take a photo but here is one from the manufacturer's site:

(http://uploads.mountaintrike.co.uk/images/cache/389x600_features-list-1.jpg)
http://www.mountaintrike.co.uk/ (http://www.mountaintrike.co.uk/)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on May 17, 2013, 11:12:04 pm
Cool.  I bet that's a fair amount of work on a towpath, but one of the few things that's going to be up to the job.


Great turning circle and it counts as a wheelchair so can be used on buses, trains etc.

So does a bicycle if used as a mobility aid by a disabled person, at least by the letter of the law.

(Trains etc. have wheelchair size restrictions that exclude most cycles, including hand-cranked trikes, and mobility scooters.)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: mrcharly-YHT on May 17, 2013, 11:25:44 pm
very fat tyres - she said it was fine on the towpath.

Ordinary wheelchairs are so difficult on towpaths, lawns, sand, etc, etc.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Kim on May 17, 2013, 11:28:19 pm
Yeah, I can imagine.  They're difficult enough on an ICE trike.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Wobbly John on May 18, 2013, 07:50:38 pm
I've not seen it in the 'flesh', but I though this would be the thread to mention the 'Steve Parry' Brompton tandem (:o)  that is for sale on Velovision small-ads (http://www.velovision.com/forum-new/read.php?4,12081) - Rohloff, luggage rack convertion instead of stoker seat and optional Nano electric assist.

That interesting and unusual enough for yah?  :demon:

(http://www.velovision.com/storyimages/2013/princetandem1.jpg)
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 18, 2013, 10:52:53 pm
You know those ridiculous stretch limos that parents hire for their kids' seventh birthdays so they can pretend they're Hannah Montana? Well, I've just seen the pedal-powered version! Two tandems joined together with tubes of I don't know what, so the steerings are linked but transmission and brakes are separate. Behind this, a two-wheel trailer, articulated and wide enough for two adults to sit side by side in comfort for a total of six occupants. The whole sprayed gold and with sound system to make Valiant's knees tremble.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: madcow on May 20, 2013, 12:18:15 pm
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8557/8757686574_335a2cece1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/16109958@N08/8757686574/)
Bamboo bike (http://www.flickr.com/photos/16109958@N08/8757686574/) by madcow99 (http://www.flickr.com/people/16109958@N08/), on Flickr

Home made? bamboo bike, seen in downtown Vancouver last week.
Title: Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
Post by: Gus on May 20, 2013, 01:39:40 pm
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8557/8757686574_335a2cece1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/16109958@N08/8757686574/)
Bamboo bike (http://www.flickr.com/photos/16109958@N08/8757686574/) by madcow99 (http://www.flickr.com/people/16109958@N08/), on Flickr

Home made? bamboo bike, seen in downtown Vancouver last week.

It could be a Zambike (http://www.zambikeszambia.com/)
Title: Re: Interesting and