Author Topic: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen  (Read 389800 times)

nicknack

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #225 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

Looking on their site it have solar powered light.

Would that be legal here? It only has a rear coaster brake.
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clarion

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #226 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.

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Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #227 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.
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Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #228 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.
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Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #229 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.

Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #230 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 :).
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #231 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...
Never tell me the odds.

clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #232 on: October 18, 2009, 08:26:59 pm »
I spotted a very upright Mission load trike in Elephant & Castle.  Large rear low loadbed.
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Oaky

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #233 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.
You are in a maze of twisty flat droves, all alike.

85.4 miles from Marsh Gibbon

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clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #234 on: October 19, 2009, 09:05:23 pm »
I saw a classic LWB recumbent - probably a Peer Gynt - in Herne Hill near Brockwell Park.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #235 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.

LaidBack

Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #236 on: October 27, 2009, 06:26:04 pm »


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 ;)

Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #237 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.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #238 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

Don't know if it's unusual enough for this thread but it's the first one I've seen.
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Gus

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #239 on: November 01, 2009, 12:37:28 pm »

I saw and tried An Itera yesterday, it was the most flexible and horrible bike I've ever ridden .

clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #240 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
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #241 on: November 01, 2009, 01:13:46 pm »
I saw and tried An Itera 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.
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clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #242 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...
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ian

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #243 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.
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Zipperhead

  • The cyclist formerly known as Big Helga
Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #244 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.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #245 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.



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

Very very nice indeed.


Torslanda

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #246 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.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #247 on: December 15, 2009, 08:12:30 am »
A shaft driven bike by Danish bicycle makers Viva.


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.

Gus

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #248 on: December 21, 2009, 07:27:11 pm »
A shaft driven bike by Danish bicycle makers Viva.


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  ???

Steve GT

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #249 on: December 23, 2009, 02:52:39 pm »
A shaft driven bike by Danish bicycle makers Viva.


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.