Author Topic: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen  (Read 286407 times)

Feanor

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2575 on: July 30, 2017, 12:37:52 am »
Old Moulton Speed nailed to the wall in a stupormarket:


20170729_164516 by Ron Lowe, on Flickr

Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2576 on: August 01, 2017, 11:16:36 am »
That's cool. Chainring not far off the size of the wheels and a tiny little sprocket.  :)

Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2577 on: August 01, 2017, 08:16:05 pm »
Cargo bike with electric assist, which you'd probably want if you had to ride it up the incredibly steep Marlborough Hill behind Bristol Royal Infirmary.

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2578 on: August 01, 2017, 08:25:32 pm »
This Thanet was made in 1952 to take the present owner's father-in-law up Alps and safely down again.

1952 Thanet ds by Cudzoziemiec, on Flickr

1952 Thanet by Cudzoziemiec, on Flickr

That explains the gearing: double chainring with a tiny inner, two rear cogs and a three-speed hub. Unfortunately the original parallelogram linkage to chain between the two cogs has broken, hence the anachronistic Shimano mech.

The brakes have been uprated, I think. The set back seat post is obviously an alteration, as the current owner has much longer thighs, and for the same reason he had to lop the final inch or so off the bars! The Thanet bottom bracket design results in a very steep seat tube design: 74 degrees, I think he said. The rest of the unusual frame is basically marketing.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2579 on: August 15, 2017, 10:48:36 pm »
Interesting & unusual because it looks like an un-updated classic.

A Raleigh, model unknown, but seller's label is F.W.Golding, 72-74 High Street, Milton Regis, Sittingbourne, Kent. It looks as if it was open a couple of years ago. No surviving tubing or other transfers apart from that shop label, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was 531.

Obviously old Campagnolo gruppo: double chainring, 5 speed block, downtube shifters. Looked fully functional. Damn! I didn't check what the brakes were. Everything looked as if it could be original except the tyres & saddle.

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Vince

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2580 on: August 25, 2017, 10:39:41 pm »
Spotted outside the Pump House in Bristol.

1939 Elswick. The Pumphouse Bristol. by Vince Hall, on Flickr

According to the man with the pint sitting next to it, it dates from 1939. Wheels are not original.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2581 on: September 01, 2017, 12:09:35 am »
A Lightning F-40 like unto this:



but less thoroughly yellow, doing a healthy clip westbound on US-36 in NW Kansas this morning.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2582 on: September 13, 2017, 05:43:22 pm »


This has been left unused, and unlocked at work for 3 months now.

I reported it to business protection, with the same lack of response as when a company vehicle nearly ran me off the road.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2583 on: September 13, 2017, 09:20:38 pm »


This has been left unused, and unlocked at work for 3 months now.

I reported it to business protection, with the same lack of response as when a company vehicle nearly ran me off the road.

It would make a good fixed-wheel, though methinks someone has had to replace the forks.

Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2584 on: September 13, 2017, 09:39:42 pm »
A Brompton was tied up outside the church this afternoon.  Painted black, it had what looked rather like a fuel tank mounted on the frame-tube—I think it housed a battery—and a smallish electric motor underneath.  I didn't have time to examine the details of the drive system.

itsbruce

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2585 on: September 23, 2017, 01:45:43 pm »
Seems Greenway have made a special monster electric MTB for this delivery company:

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Kim

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2586 on: October 03, 2017, 08:29:22 pm »
Orange Velomobile sporting smalltyreshop.com branding going round a roundabout in Repton on Wednesday.  First time I've spotted a velomobile in the wild.  I assume it came from Melbourne.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2587 on: October 11, 2017, 04:19:51 pm »


It has a Rohloff Speed hub!

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2588 on: October 11, 2017, 08:03:48 pm »
Isn't that Claire's bike? I reckon Grayson Perry can afford to put nice kit on it ...

Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2589 on: October 11, 2017, 08:08:33 pm »
 :thumbsup:

It looks as if it has a remotely controlled (ie from a handlebar lever) centre stand too.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2590 on: October 16, 2017, 06:57:52 pm »


This is not a Dursley Pedersen, nor is it a Cheltenham Pedersen. It's a "Bristol Pedersen", built by the owner out of, well, tubes, by himself. Note modern chainset, derailleur, etc.



Seat not modern though...
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2591 on: October 18, 2017, 11:26:38 am »
I overtook someone using a set of reversed moustache bars today. The rider had the least amount of knee room of any bike I've seen for a long time!

Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2592 on: October 27, 2017, 09:02:35 pm »
Today I saw a sensibly dressed man riding a reasonable Trek hybrid with the forks on backwards  :o . How is it that he's not noticed that his bike looks different to every other bike in Oxford (and that the V brakes are on the back of his forks)?

Kim

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2593 on: October 27, 2017, 09:07:46 pm »
Today I saw a sensibly dressed man riding a reasonable Trek hybrid with the forks on backwards  :o . How is it that he's not noticed that his bike looks different to every other bike in Oxford (and that the V brakes are on the back of his forks)?

Most people don't know what a bicycle looks like.  They just see a bicycle.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2594 on: November 22, 2017, 01:27:03 pm »
On the way back from the shops yesterday, I spotted a Strida being folded up and loaded into the boot of a car. I'm guessing that the owner works somewhere in Pompey where parking is non-existent/expensive/requires a permit, so he's parking up in a residential street near me and doing the last mile or two a velo.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2595 on: November 29, 2017, 11:24:55 am »
I didn't see it  but Dr Miss R did.  Can anyone identify what it is?

35838160822_ac6df17f11_o by Russell Wiles, on Flickr

Saw another one of these last night, it was black but the same.  The frame held the battery for a motor in the back wheel.

cygnet

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2596 on: November 30, 2017, 12:52:40 pm »
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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2597 on: November 30, 2017, 10:45:39 pm »
Half a dozen Gocycles belting towards Kingston high street at a rate of knots Wednesday evening. I'd not seen a multiple of them before.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2598 on: December 01, 2017, 06:53:33 am »
Half a dozen Gocycles belting towards Kingston high street at a rate of knots Wednesday evening. I'd not seen a multiple of them before.
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They used to be built in a factory a few hundred yard from where I work.  :thumbsup:

I've not seen any particularly unusual bikes for a while, but spotted an unusual cyclist yesterday - A guy cycling in the Fenland-wind and light snow...


...wearing a KILT!  :o :o :o