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December 18, 2014 5:46 PM   Subscribe

The 2014 Cycle EXIF Top Ten - it was a great year for absurdly pretty bikes.
posted by Invisible Green Time-Lapse Peloton (24 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
 
OMG drillium!
posted by ardgedee at 5:53 PM on December 18, 2014


the Parlee is sick....
posted by photoslob at 5:56 PM on December 18, 2014 [1 favorite]


bikeporn is a gateway drug.
I'm not playing favorites.
I'll take them all.
posted by Fupped Duck at 6:20 PM on December 18, 2014


What are those ones with the long wooden bench over the back tire? Those have sort of a nostalgia thing going on.

Also, all things being equal, you really can't beat a good colorway.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 6:32 PM on December 18, 2014


The bicycling subreddit has the ability to add flair next to your username for that particular forum, and most people use it to state the year, make and model of their bike; mine reads "an old piece of crap that I love like the child I never had." I think you can probably guess how I feel about pretty but impractical bikes.
posted by Halloween Jack at 6:38 PM on December 18, 2014


That Colnago is prettier than the one they gave the Pope!
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 6:39 PM on December 18, 2014


You know it is the age of the bicycle when even Walmart is getting in on the cool bike action.
posted by Flashman at 7:05 PM on December 18, 2014


I am not a bicyclist, but I've seen so many "absurdly pretty" bikes in my neighborhood the last few years - even a few that actually made me stop and gawk at them - that it's made me want one. With this great vision of riding such a bike (wearing a fluttering dress of course) going "wheeeee!" in mind, I stopped by the local bike shop that sold such bikes....and realized I needed a better reason to pay the necessary price than just riding down the street on a beautiful bike yelling "wheeee!"

Anyway, I appreciate y'all nerding out over beautiful bikes, as you appreciate them for better reasons.
posted by barchan at 7:05 PM on December 18, 2014


I just bought myself a bike for Christmas (a Cannondale CAADX SRAM) -- my first new bike in 35 years -- so looking at pretty bike pictures was just the thing.
posted by srt19170 at 7:13 PM on December 18, 2014


I am way too lazy to lug a bike up and down three flights of stairs to my apartment, so... it's just looking, for me.

This polished wood frame from the link is spectacular, though.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 7:24 PM on December 18, 2014 [2 favorites]


“… built for robustness” on a bike with carbon forks hahahano
posted by scruss at 7:31 PM on December 18, 2014 [2 favorites]


Just snagged a free bike off the local email chat list. It's beautiful to me but not at all worried about it getting stolen.
posted by sammyo at 7:32 PM on December 18, 2014


Copper bike parts, so pretty!!
posted by oceanjesse at 7:40 PM on December 18, 2014


“… built for robustness” on a bike with carbon forks hahahano

Most of the fancy steel frame bikes come with carbon forks nowadays. It's come a long way.
posted by Invisible Green Time-Lapse Peloton at 8:33 PM on December 18, 2014 [3 favorites]


My girlfriend has bikes that feel like they weigh 5 pounds, joseph conrad, they are super easy to carry up stairs. They are for racing but I have been told there are relatively inexpensive carbon fiber bikes out there, something to think about.
posted by mlis at 9:06 PM on December 18, 2014 [1 favorite]


I needed a better reason to pay the necessary price than just riding down the street on a beautiful bike yelling "wheeee!"

Actually, that is the PERFECT reason to buy a bike. Seriously.

I'm old enough to remember how a new bicycle was the perfect Christmas gift because, really, pretty much everything you do on a bicycle is fun.

I loved me the FPP'ed naked bikes (especially the Parlee Skunk Works Z5 Sli), with only a single grumble because none featured an IGH.

After maybe 15 years of letting bikes pass me by, I purchased 2 bikes in the last 3 years, both with Internally Geared Hubs.

I've put over 10,000 miles on one of them and it's only required maintenance twice (simple oil change). No complicated mechanism to get caught in the spokes, no cogs to start squeaking once they go dry, no chainrings to replace because of the action of moving the chain across them. Just pure biking enjoyment.

Generally, IGH's are not as light or high-performance as derailleur systems but they are much more durable and very low maintenance. From what I understand, if one shells out for a high end IGH (Rohloff), the performance is comparable to a very good derailleur system.

Anyhow…

Drool on… er, Bike on!

:: wipes chin ::
posted by mistersquid at 9:37 PM on December 18, 2014 [2 favorites]


Most of the fancy steel frame bikes come with carbon forks nowadays. It's come a long way.

It's still not a rational choice for a commuter bike by any coherent utility metric I can think of. My steel frame commuter bike came with a carbon fork that the previous owner put on there, and I fully intend to replace it with the original steel when I get the time. Proportionally speaking the weight savings are minimal, and carbon may be robust in terms of road stresses, but it still can't stand up to steel in terms of weathering incidents like some klutz banging into your bike while it sits on the rack.
posted by invitapriore at 10:35 PM on December 18, 2014


I am extremely excited about this but only because it means BikeEXIF will probably do the same.
posted by thedaniel at 10:40 PM on December 18, 2014


Does this mean someone is making new Porteur Cinellis that I could buy with money? If true why isn't there a link to that?
posted by chavenet at 11:39 PM on December 18, 2014


> It's come a long way.

You mean they've found a way to prevent in-matrix fibre fracture? Someone should alert the rest of the composites industry, then! This breakthrough must be shared!

Carbon's fine if you can afford to throw it out inside the fatigue life. I'm not a performance cyclist, so I don't care about weight. Indeed, I think my daily bike weighs more than Eddie Merckx ever did. I prefer to ride something with a bit of a yield curve, for safety.
posted by scruss at 5:20 AM on December 19, 2014


Oh man, dat Firefly.
posted by cog_nate at 6:52 AM on December 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


I want the guy who made the wooden frame to make all of my living room furniture. That is seriously beautiful.
posted by Dip Flash at 7:03 AM on December 19, 2014


Yeah the wood frame is my fave. And again, about carbon forks - I've got a carbon blade/steel steerer fork on the front of my trusty '99 Klein that has seen about 60,000 miles. I am not a gentle rider. Carbon is OK.
posted by Mister_A at 7:45 AM on December 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


> This breakthrough must be shared!

Eh, flame if you like. But the idea that carbon is some sort of gossamer filament that will snap at the slightest evil stare is a misconception a lot of older riders have. Yeah, if I was worried a stranger would be smashing into my forks on a bike rack, that's one thing. But it sure does absorb bumps better than steel.
posted by Invisible Green Time-Lapse Peloton at 9:14 AM on December 19, 2014 [1 favorite]


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