Author Topic: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen  (Read 414649 times)

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2775 on: March 31, 2019, 07:44:04 am »
About 70 of them yesterday, at the Wayfarer Centenary ride. Not just the individual bikes but also the mix. Everything from a dual suspension E-MTB through carbon gravel bikes and steel tourers (and a tandem) to SA-hubbed and fixed veteran cycles that were a century old. All ridden (and walked) to the Wayfarer's memorial via road, gravel and bog. Many of us continued over the top and looped round for over 70km for the day with some seriously tough pitches. Isla showed she is still a formidable rider, on a vintage single speed with original brakes. She floated away from me on the initial technical climb, seemingly without breaking a sweat.

https://grahamnevett.smugmug.com/2019-Wayfarer-RSF/?fbclid=IwAR3YCPM0zcs1oz04a7CJV6ReVRXDXtxuzxQ500QBzZh13iU0CXbU7LPK4JM
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2776 on: April 10, 2019, 10:41:08 am »
That looks like a wonderful day.
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Pingu

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2777 on: May 17, 2019, 10:20:48 am »

IMG_2949_01 by The Pingus, on Flickr

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2778 on: May 22, 2019, 08:37:17 pm »
The number of box bikes locally continues to increase. There are two Dutch bakfiets and a couple of days ago I saw a homemade version, made by cutting and welding bits on to a Raleigh hybrid. Deeper box than the Dutch variety. I did take a photo but it was dark and it's too dull to be worth posting here.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2779 on: June 01, 2019, 06:10:50 am »
Something like 20 tandems went past in Amiens yesterday afternoon as I sat in le café. I guess it must've been a rally or something?

Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2780 on: June 04, 2019, 10:08:01 pm »
Last friday I was walking with my neice in Swinley Forest when we stepped aside for a pair of fat bikes. The amount of tire noise was horrendous but seeing the amount of effort required to climb the next hill was worse.

Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2781 on: July 07, 2019, 07:35:30 pm »
A fully plastic Itera bike on the back of a car
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Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2782 on: July 07, 2019, 07:48:57 pm »


I couldn't work out if this was a deliberate attempt to make an expensive bike look as uninteresting as possible, or just accidental.  Little details like the fabric reflective triangle hanging from the rear rack, the pipe lagging and duct tape concealing the S&S coupler on the toptube, and the decent-looking bike computer fitted to the *underside* of the stem.  The Chinese bar bag and double bar-ends went a long way towards throwing me off the scent, too.

Indeed, I'd got as far as attaching my panniers to my bike and was fumbling for my keys when the Rohloff-dar kicked in, shortly followed by "hang on, it's a Thorn", "wait, there's a SON and Edelux, too" and "how did I miss the Brooks?".
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2783 on: July 07, 2019, 08:37:03 pm »
Cyclecare in Purton have a very nice gravel bike by The Light Blue in the window.  I don't really want or need a gravel bike but TLB colours are always good.

I also find the photo on their website amusing: https://www.thelightblue.co.uk/Sport/complete-bikes

I remember us doing the same helmet-slung-on-the-bars thing for the long hot slog up to the Dartmoor plateau, back when we went MTBing most weekends.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2784 on: July 08, 2019, 10:13:47 am »
Reminds me a bit of LEE's avatar.  :D
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2785 on: July 08, 2019, 10:33:04 pm »
Wandered into Mud Dock today, not for anything particular but because I happened to be passing, and they have four (4) Tern GSD electric-assist cargo bikes. These have small wheels and a wheelbase not much bigger than a standard solo, on a similar principle to a Circe Helios. They had them set up in various modes, one was rider + cargo, one was rider + two child seats, multiple configurations possible on any one bike. They cost four grand and apparently are selling well (cargo bikes generally seem to be going through the beginnings of a mini-boom) to "people who are buying them instead of a second car" in the words of Mud Dock staff.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2786 on: August 02, 2019, 06:41:45 pm »
Upright tadpole configuration, electric assist cargo trike seen twice today, carrying a youngster in the front 'basket' - not that unusual, except this ones LEANED  :o

A bit like one of these: https://www.butchersandbicycles.com/, except I'm pretty sure it wasn't identical to the ones shown.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2787 on: August 03, 2019, 09:26:11 am »
Heading along the Wolverhampton Road towards Stafford town centre at 8.58am this morning, an Ordinary.  :thumbsup:

Can't say I have ever seen one in the flesh before....blimey, they look high up!
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T42

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2788 on: August 03, 2019, 10:31:09 am »
Riding our canal towpath on one of those would be interesting, especially on the bits where it's ~1m wide.

Path whereon I met a 4-wheel "tandem"* coming the other way on Thursday, sedately pedalled by a collection of old bones on side-by-side saddles. Fortunately there was a verge wide enough for them to panic onto. I might take a life jacket next time I go that way.

* it can't really be a tandem because tandem (from the Latin for eventually) means one behind the other.  Periugum mightn't be a bad alternative, with overtones of being yoked together.

The pedant subsides, for the nonce.
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SoreTween

  • Most of me survived the Pennine Bridleway.
Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2789 on: August 03, 2019, 11:06:39 am »
the pipe lagging and duct tape concealing the S&S coupler on the toptube
That part could well be rider protection.  My left knee & ankle orbit in very weird 3 or possibly 4 dimensional arcs.  A permanent bruise on my inner thigh is one result and at the moment I have a sore patch on my calf resulting from chafing on some new water bottles.  The latter will stop once I've worn the mould lines smooth.  Frame bags, especially velcro attached are an absolute no-no.  If I had S&S couplings on a bike I would most certainly need to protect myself from them in a manner such as this.
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Mr Larrington

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2790 on: August 03, 2019, 12:13:46 pm »
Riding our canal towpath on one of those would be interesting, especially on the bits where it's ~1m wide.

Path whereon I met a 4-wheel "tandem"* coming the other way on Thursday, sedately pedalled by a collection of old bones on side-by-side saddles. Fortunately there was a verge wide enough for them to panic onto. I might take a life jacket next time I go that way.

* it can't really be a tandem because tandem (from the Latin for eventually) means one behind the other.  Periugum mightn't be a bad alternative, with overtones of being yoked together.

The pedant subsides, for the nonce.

A second pedant notes that the correct term for such a side-by-side vee-hickle is a sociable, at least in English As She Is Spoke.
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T42

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2791 on: August 03, 2019, 01:25:10 pm »
Riding our canal towpath on one of those would be interesting, especially on the bits where it's ~1m wide.

Path whereon I met a 4-wheel "tandem"* coming the other way on Thursday, sedately pedalled by a collection of old bones on side-by-side saddles. Fortunately there was a verge wide enough for them to panic onto. I might take a life jacket next time I go that way.

* it can't really be a tandem because tandem (from the Latin for eventually) means one behind the other.  Periugum mightn't be a bad alternative, with overtones of being yoked together.

The pedant subsides, for the nonce.

A second pedant notes that the correct term for such a side-by-side vee-hickle is a sociable, at least in English As She Is Spoke.

Harrumph.  Bringing such a contraption onto a towpath might be termed downright unsociable.  I suppose that they must get rather fed up with the outraged klaxons on the main highway.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

ElyDave

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2792 on: August 07, 2019, 10:15:52 pm »
what I would call a semi-recumbent tandem on Islay last Saturday.  As I was returning from Jura via Port Askaig, I assumed they'd come from the same ferry port.  Two interesting bikes, one semi-recumbent tandem with a small child asleep in the front seat, notable by the lack of front pedal turning, adult at the rear. Second bike was a cargo-bike, small child in front and father pedalling

They were about halfway to Bowmore and mostly downhill from there.  Not sure how they dealt with the 9-14% ramp out of the ferry port.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2793 on: August 10, 2019, 06:03:55 pm »
Just rode past a family (presumed) on two tandems in Hay.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2794 on: September 03, 2019, 11:36:43 am »
Saw a Hase Pino this morning, which looks a bit bizarre with only the rear-mounted pilot and no stoker.
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bludger

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2795 on: September 04, 2019, 06:19:38 pm »
From social media today.

YACF touring/audax bargain basement:
https://bit.ly/2Xg8pRD


Kim

  • Timelord
Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2796 on: September 04, 2019, 06:24:24 pm »
I keep seeing more things and realising they're also attached to the bike...
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2797 on: September 04, 2019, 06:32:30 pm »
Okay, he's got chunky plastic boxes of industrial strength catering size mayonnaise (or something) for panniers. Unusual, inelegant, but tough and cheap and fits in with a certain heavy duty utility aesthetic. And he's got a huge yellow pack on top of the back rack. Then at the front he's got a big basket. Oh, and more yellow panniers, but these are Ortlieb. And, woah, is that huge pale roll also attached to his front rack? But that blue bag at leaning against the back of the bike just happened to be in the guy's shed, surely? No? No!
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bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2798 on: September 04, 2019, 06:40:48 pm »
I really want to know who the wheelbuilder is!
YACF touring/audax bargain basement:
https://bit.ly/2Xg8pRD


Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2799 on: September 04, 2019, 06:43:11 pm »
Isn't Denali mountainous? I want to know what this guy's thighs are like!
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