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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2800 on: September 04, 2019, 06:57:15 pm »
Couple of tadpole trikes descending Col de Chioulha southbound. They didn't look like they were enjoying themselves, but I'll bet they were about to.

Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2801 on: September 04, 2019, 07:06:51 pm »
Couple of tadpole trikes descending Col de Chioulha southbound.
Upright or recumbent?  Upright tadpoles are rare indeed, so if you saw a couple that is probably your quota for a few years.

Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2802 on: September 04, 2019, 07:09:50 pm »
Recumbent, so not that unusual (though I saw about a dozen motorised tadpole trikes a few days back), but they're the first I've seen in the mountains.

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2803 on: September 05, 2019, 02:12:44 am »
Isn't Denali mountainous? I want to know what this guy's thighs are like!

Denali itself is the highest mountain in North Leftpondia but you can't ride a bike up it ;D  The road from Fairbanks south to the Denali National Park isn't that lumpy, but to get there from Deadhorse there's the small matter of the Dalton Highway, wot is about 400 miles of mostly dirt and crossing a near-5,000 foot pass and many other lumps too before you get to the not-at-all-flat Elliott Highway for another hundred-odd miles to Fairbanks.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2804 on: September 05, 2019, 01:17:00 pm »
Isn't Denali mountainous? I want to know what this guy's thighs are like!

Denali itself is the highest mountain in North Leftpondia but you can't ride a bike up it ;D  The road from Fairbanks south to the Denali National Park isn't that lumpy, but to get there from Deadhorse there's the small matter of the Dalton Highway, wot is about 400 miles of mostly dirt and crossing a near-5,000 foot pass and many other lumps too before you get to the not-at-all-flat Elliott Highway for another hundred-odd miles to Fairbanks.

Also, following usual cycling stereotype rules, the rider is bound to be either:

a) Hippy gap-year student type, probably from the southern hemisphere, who doesn't consider themselves to be a cyclist.
or
b) Scrawny old man in his 70s.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2805 on: September 08, 2019, 05:12:30 pm »
Spotted someone onna Brompton with Ortliebs on a Kinetics pannier rack this afternoon.  I don't think I've seen one in the wild before.

I was then immediately distracted by a pedestrian with a spectacular Pat Sharp mullet.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2806 on: September 09, 2019, 09:29:34 am »
With a hat tip to Wobly John, this got it's inaugural ride yesterday:



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Noice going down hill and around corners, not so good for pedalling (that's right crank at 6 o'clock, left knee on left pedal). Will have to try a super long seatpost, although I imagine that'll take it into tall swing bike territory and that could get interesting.

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2807 on: September 17, 2019, 07:44:21 am »
RANS Screamer recumbent tandem in Bryce Canyon National Park this afternoon.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2808 on: September 17, 2019, 08:10:02 am »
Presumably not this guy...
https://youtu.be/OTkob_0B2oc
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2809 on: September 17, 2019, 10:51:45 am »
With a hat tip to Wobly John, this got it's inaugural ride yesterday:



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Noice going down hill and around corners, not so good for pedalling (that's right crank at 6 o'clock, left knee on left pedal). Will have to try a super long seatpost, although I imagine that'll take it into tall swing bike territory and that could get interesting.

That looks as if it would benefit from shorter cranks. If it’s one, piece, you may be able to get them from kids bikes.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2810 on: September 17, 2019, 11:45:53 am »
Nikki has form for crank modifications  :)
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2811 on: September 17, 2019, 06:21:06 pm »
An electric Brompton, screaming past me at warp 11.

Not so unusual in some ways - apart from the electrification method. Battery pack where a Brommy normally has luggage, a motor in a tube the size of a medium thermos, resting directly on the front tyre.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2812 on: September 21, 2019, 05:25:22 pm »
Spotted for sale on a facebook group


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


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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2813 on: September 23, 2019, 12:01:54 pm »
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2814 on: September 29, 2019, 11:23:04 pm »
One of these fuglies came into the shop for work on the brakes today

https://www.motoparilla.it/italian-e-bike/carbon-mimetica-part-1/

I dunno about work on the brakes. This thing hit all the branches as it fell out of the ugly tree. Big, heavy, flexible as fuck and very pointless. The one we had in today had a quad light set up on the bars as well. I don't know how much the whole rig cost but some folk have more money than sense or taste.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2815 on: September 30, 2019, 12:07:45 am »
One of these fuglies came into the shop for work on the brakes today

https://www.motoparilla.it/italian-e-bike/carbon-mimetica-part-1/

I dunno about work on the brakes. This thing hit all the branches as it fell out of the ugly tree. Big, heavy, flexible as fuck and very pointless. The one we had in today had a quad light set up on the bars as well. I don't know how much the whole rig cost but some folk have more money than sense or taste.

While hunting the webs trying to find which motorbike that thing reminds me of (imagine the Confederate B120 Wraith minus its v-twin lump), I have discovered that the Moto Parilla E-bike was originally a project by the Caterham F1 company.

https://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/remember-that-caterham-e-bike/
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1270196288/new-carbon-suv-e-bike
https://www.bikeradar.com/news/caterham-to-launch-two-e-bikes-in-2014/

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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2816 on: September 30, 2019, 03:44:13 pm »
It looks like something that really isn't meant to be pedalled.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2817 on: October 01, 2019, 11:11:23 pm »
We were doing some work on the brakes. We discovered that the rear caliper mount adapter was arse about face causing the caliper to be far enough away from the rotor that only half the pad was active.

We dismantled the rear end to get the wheel out, rectified the situation and rebuilt.

That is when we discovered why the adapter was base about apex. When mounted the right way round, the rotor mounting bolts foul on the adapter :facepalm:

It's a good job this hideously fugly thing has got shit loads of what is apparently carbon fibre as structural members. It weighs a fucking ton!
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2818 on: October 02, 2019, 09:26:15 am »
WTF?  If you want a motocross bike, why not buy one?
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2819 on: October 02, 2019, 04:55:49 pm »
Talking of which the other day I saw a small wheel folder fat bike.

And in Hollandland a recumbent electric trike, with number plate


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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2820 on: October 02, 2019, 08:06:38 pm »
Looks like a Scorpion.

That'll be conforming to the 45kph basically-a-moped classification that they have over there, rather than the usual 25kph pedalecs, which are treated as pedal cycles.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2821 on: October 02, 2019, 09:13:29 pm »
Although by law he has to wear a helmet with an s-pedelec.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2822 on: October 03, 2019, 10:18:10 am »
I note he has dangly cables which make Cycleman's look positively well tidied.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2823 on: October 03, 2019, 01:21:44 pm »
I note he has dangly cables which make Cycleman's look positively well tidied.

At least they're bowden cables, rather than anything electrical.  Bet they're good at collecting foliage.
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Re: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen
« Reply #2824 on: October 05, 2019, 04:42:55 pm »
Not on the road, but hanging up in Argos' workshop, some exotica including a Mk2 "prismatic" Chopper, an Alpinestars Al-Mega, a Gillott with very fancy lugs, and, amusingly, a BSA Javelin.  That last one must have cost £250 to restore and is a schoolboy gaspiper from the late 70s...someone must be handing it down to their kid.
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