Author Topic: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen  (Read 389805 times)

Auntie Helen

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #675 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

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clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #676 on: November 24, 2010, 09:31:39 am »
Hase = Hare
Lepus = Rabbit (Latin)
Wiesel = Weasel
Pino = ?
Trets = ?
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #677 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.
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clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #678 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.
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Auntie Helen

  • 6 Wheels in Germany
Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #679 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.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #680 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.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #681 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!
Actually, it is rocket science.
 

clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #682 on: November 24, 2010, 11:24:49 am »
Dang!  No animal link then.  My theory hits a wall of FAIL
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Auntie Helen

  • 6 Wheels in Germany
Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #683 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!
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #684 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.
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itsbruce

  • Lavender Bike Menace
Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #685 on: November 25, 2010, 02:08:14 pm »
Well, he bought it.  And it's all my fault :)


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tiermat

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #686 on: November 25, 2010, 02:11:58 pm »
Well, he bought it.  And it's all my fault :)




Is that one of those city bikes with the built in lights? What's it like as a bike (i.e. to ride etc)?
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #687 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)...
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #688 on: November 27, 2010, 05:19:02 pm »
Well, he bought it.  And it's all my fault :)




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..

itsbruce

  • Lavender Bike Menace
Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #689 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.
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Torslanda

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #690 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 . . .
VELOMANCER

Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #691 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...
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itsbruce

  • Lavender Bike Menace
Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #692 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?)
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clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #693 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.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #694 on: December 05, 2010, 04:03:18 pm »
A rather nice looking Harry Quinn just missed me running into me on College Green.
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itsbruce

  • Lavender Bike Menace
Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #695 on: December 05, 2010, 05:10:26 pm »
Spotted a vintage Moulton "New Look" Standard on Meard Street, today.





Oh, I see I also spotted my thumb.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #696 on: December 06, 2010, 09:20:54 am »
Maybe not ones I've seen, but some certainly worthy of inclusion here

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clarion

  • Tyke
Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #697 on: December 06, 2010, 09:24:25 am »
itsbruce, that looks very small to me.
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itsbruce

  • Lavender Bike Menace
Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #698 on: December 06, 2010, 11:44:49 am »
It was a dinky little bike, yes.
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LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #699 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.
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