Author Topic: Interesting and Unusual Bikes You've Seen  (Read 398583 times)

clarion

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Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #75 on: March 02, 2009, 08:20:44 pm »
I saw an interesting set up near Clapham - a Pearson Touche with a very high stack height at the front for an unusually upright position.
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clarion

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Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #76 on: March 03, 2009, 10:25:53 pm »
Another interesting bike today near Clapham Common.  A Falcon framed cruiser, with fat 'phat' tyres, a 3-speed SA hub, and ape hanger bars.  Got a fair speed on too, once he was moving.
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clarion

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Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #77 on: March 04, 2009, 01:44:13 pm »
I spotted an electric bike going up past my office window.

Made me realise that it's still an unusual sight, despite the big advances of the last few years.
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bikenerd

Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #78 on: March 04, 2009, 02:25:51 pm »
A carbon Fuji spotted outside the Post Office when I was collecting a parcel.
Interesting as I didn't think they were distributed in this country, apart from the track bikes.

clarion

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Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #79 on: March 04, 2009, 02:34:53 pm »
That is interesting.

As was the absurdly lo-pro fixie that just went past with bars not wide enough to fill the rider's hands.

I've seen it before.

He was wobbling then, too. ::-)
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Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #80 on: March 04, 2009, 02:39:36 pm »
Saw this today in Richmond Park.  Any guesses as to what sort of bike this is?




It's a kickbike (although that's a generic term like bicycle).

One did PBP in 2003: http://www.machka.net/pbp/pbp/kickbike.jpg
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ed_o_brain

Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #81 on: March 04, 2009, 02:41:44 pm »
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It's a kickbike (although that's a generic term like bicycle).

One did PBP in 2003: http://www.machka.net/pbp/pbp/kickbike.jpg

It's more akin to a scooter, is it not?

Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #82 on: March 04, 2009, 02:46:03 pm »
I missed the subsequent posts pointing to the appropriate website (I blame hitting End instead of Page Down on the keyboard).

You're right, it's more of a scooter (two equal sized wheels) than a kickbike (large front wheel and small rear wheel).

85h03 was Alpo Kuusisto's time in the 2003 PBP.
"Yes please" said Squirrel "biscuits are our favourite things."

Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #83 on: March 04, 2009, 05:28:42 pm »
I spotted an electric bike going up past my office window.

Made me realise that it's still an unusual sight, despite the big advances of the last few years.

Quite a few come through the park when I'm working there, making gronking noises.  Maybe 1 in 200 though, so not very common!
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clarion

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Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #84 on: March 18, 2009, 10:04:08 am »
This morning, I saw a B.E.A.Uuutiful Colnago.  Late 80s, judging by the old-skool tubes and the, er, distinctive colourscheme.

Chromed lugs, metallic red/white fade paintjob.  Looks purposeful, and went like shit off a stick.*



* This last observation may have something to do with my sluggishness and the Colnago rider's fitness, speed & skill, but it was still a gorgeous bike.
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Tim Hall

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Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #85 on: March 22, 2009, 06:52:14 pm »
On the TC run today, this rather lovely Flying Gate:
There are two ways you can get exercise out of a bicycle: you can
"overhaul" it, or you can ride it.  (Jerome K Jerome)

Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #86 on: March 22, 2009, 10:31:23 pm »
Jim Hopper's Longstaff trike (not that unusual round here, admittedly) and a Kingcycle.

clarion

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Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #87 on: March 23, 2009, 10:02:48 am »
TimH, that's very cool.  Never been sure of the point of FGing the front seatpost, but it's cool nonetheless.
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clarion

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Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #88 on: March 23, 2009, 10:25:06 am »
I have had a weekend of seeing interesting and unusual bikes, and have had the privilege of visiting two sheds which might make owners of SEEKRIT BUNKERS squeal with delight.

We were out with the Easst Sussex DA of the CTC, camping in the garden of some friends, with the unexpected but nice addition of Superstoker.

So - where to start?  On Saturday's ride, we saw the following bikes, inter alia:

Ephgrave
The Leader
Barry Hoban
Mercian
Hetchins (Curly)
Viscount
Cinelli
Carpenter
Moulton
etc etc

We rode to someone's house, where we saw the biggest collection of Leaders anywhere - including a USWB tandem frame that had been in store for about fifty years, and is about to be built up.

In his shed, he also had, (among others - I have no chance of recalling them all):

Couple of Raleighs
Allin
lovely kids bikes
An ordinary
A child's ordinary (built by one of the other members of the party with his dad many years ago)
Moulton F Frame
Dawes Kingpin & Raleigh Twenty ???
... I'm sure some more will come back to me, but it was a cornucopia of delights.

And some PTWs, including a Vespa and a gleaming Royal Enfield

In another shed, 'somewhere in the Home Counties', we saw:

Roberts tandem
Roberts solo
Two homebuilt lightweights
A 1950s French frame with a working Osgear
Granby
Trice
Moulton spaceframe

This shed was also fitted with a fully equipped workstand, toolboards, toilet & sink, parts washer, oxy-acetylene, wheel jig, the biggest index of nuts, bolts & spokes I have ever seen (including a box of Philips spokes!), rims & hubs hanging on the wall, and a rod holding every sort of axle nut you could possibly imagine.

Oh - and, above the row of bikes, there was another mezzanine storage area, which has been used as a sleeping platform, but now contains more stuff.

Simply heaven!

Oh - I almost forgot to mention that Sunday's ride brought out kids on a Mercian and another classic lightweight I'm ashamed to say I can't remember, a Les Rigden :o , a TJ Quick, and a small posse of others.

Classic heaven.  Shame we had to come back to the 21st Century via a long motorway drive straight after before we got home & flopped into bed.  I'm glad Butterfly isn't in work today, so she can unload the car.
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Tim Hall

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Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #89 on: March 23, 2009, 01:04:12 pm »
TimH, that's very cool.  Never been sure of the point of FGing the front seatpost, but it's cool nonetheless.

It is, isn't it. Chrome plate lugs round the headtube, lined with gold paint too.

It lives up your way.
There are two ways you can get exercise out of a bicycle: you can
"overhaul" it, or you can ride it.  (Jerome K Jerome)

clarion

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Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #90 on: March 23, 2009, 02:33:46 pm »
My way as in where I'm from, or my way as in my place of temporary exile? ;D
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Tim Hall

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Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #91 on: March 23, 2009, 05:45:46 pm »
Temporary exile. You don't think I'd go as far as the Frozen North do you?
It was a SE London TC ride.

See here and scroll down to March.  Family ride April from Redhill.

Gwan, gwan, gwan.

There are two ways you can get exercise out of a bicycle: you can
"overhaul" it, or you can ride it.  (Jerome K Jerome)

clarion

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Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #92 on: March 24, 2009, 09:20:51 am »
Mmmm...maybe... ;)
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Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #93 on: March 28, 2009, 03:32:42 pm »
Some kind of Dursley Pedersen machine on the King's Road - a quick phone pic. Very tidily turned out. I should have taken a closer shot of that saddle.


Tim Hall

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Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #94 on: March 28, 2009, 06:59:09 pm »


Outside the library today, a non descript utility bike with marvellous home made chain guard. It appears to be the lid of a bucket.  Just after I took the photo, the owner came along - an old guy wearing salwar, which explained the need for the guard.
There are two ways you can get exercise out of a bicycle: you can
"overhaul" it, or you can ride it.  (Jerome K Jerome)

Tim Hall

  • I want to eat the fleeting shade of your lashes
Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #95 on: March 29, 2009, 08:09:17 pm »


One of two Bates seen on the East Sussex CTC 50km run today.
There are two ways you can get exercise out of a bicycle: you can
"overhaul" it, or you can ride it.  (Jerome K Jerome)

clarion

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Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #96 on: March 30, 2009, 10:03:46 am »
Passing Hyde Park Corner, on Friday night, my passenger got awfully excited as she spotted an Ordinary! :D
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clarion

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Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #97 on: April 01, 2009, 02:39:08 pm »


One of two Bates seen on the East Sussex CTC 50km run today.

Cool.  We saw a Bates implausibly among a load of BSOs on a ride near Kinver at the weekend.  I suspect one of the Bates you saw was with us on our rides the weekend before :)

And - I'm not sure how I forgot, but I don't think I mentioned it - last time I dropped into Brixton Cycles, I saw a tallbike just locked to the racks outside.  No idea whose, or why.  But I did think that locking it is less than essential for such a beast, since most Fievs are likely to hospitalise themselves within seconds of the attempt...
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clarion

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Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #98 on: April 01, 2009, 04:54:10 pm »
Just on the basis that they are a pretty new entrant to the market, and there aren't a lot around at the moment, I guess that a sighting of a Salsa Casseroll at Elephant & Castle qualifies here. 

I'm afraid it looked nothing special, and the colour scheme/graphics did it no favours (mind you, it is mainly the beige that I object to on the Kaffenback ;D ).

Hey ho.  The rider looked happy, and that's what counts for me! :)
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Re: Interesting or unusual bikes you have spotted recently
« Reply #99 on: April 04, 2009, 08:22:50 pm »
Anyone need a fleet of cargo bikes?

Swedish Post Office bikes for sale outside the army surplus shop:





£140 to you, sir or madam.