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January 6, 2009 7:36 AM   Subscribe

I like old bicycles. High-wheelers, choppers, BMX bikes, mountain bikes and old ten-speeds. Especially personal bikes from personal collections. I like 'em all. Also Queen videos. (Previously.)
posted by box (20 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
"I've got a bike, you can ride it if you like..."
posted by Burhanistan at 8:19 AM on January 6, 2009


You missed my new fav, scraper bikes. They're part of a movement out of northern California that's starting to get national press.
I just love this video.

Heck, they are so cool I should have done a post on them.
posted by cccorlew at 8:48 AM on January 6, 2009


What, no fixies? Fixed Gear Gallery
posted by fixedgear at 8:52 AM on January 6, 2009


I was somewhat surprised to see that the becaks (bicycle rickshaws) in Indonesia were all fixed gear.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:00 AM on January 6, 2009


Hi wheelers, also known as boneshakers.
posted by FatherDagon at 9:09 AM on January 6, 2009


This.
posted by everichon at 9:23 AM on January 6, 2009


I was somewhat surprised to see that the becaks (bicycle rickshaws) in Indonesia were all fixed gear.

You sure about this? Post a link to a picture. I think they might be one speed (AKA BMX) freewheel.
posted by fixedgear at 9:37 AM on January 6, 2009


Also, Swing Bikes.
posted by fixedgear at 9:38 AM on January 6, 2009


fixedgear: you're correct. I was previously ignorant of the term. It was still impressive to see those little guys pedal their becak uphill with a passenger and their groceries without benefit of progressive gearing.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:42 AM on January 6, 2009


Another gallery: Rat Rod Bikes.
posted by box at 9:54 AM on January 6, 2009


fixedgear -- fixedgear gallery is the 9th link in the post.
posted by bl1nk at 10:12 AM on January 6, 2009


if you ever end up in Western New York you should check out Pedaling History Bicycle Museum
posted by radiomayonnaise at 11:32 AM on January 6, 2009


bl1nk: ooops. Swing Bikes are not a repeat, though.
posted by fixedgear at 2:11 PM on January 6, 2009


I love Queen of that era. But that video is terrible. Really, really bad.
posted by jeff-o-matic at 2:29 PM on January 6, 2009


Neat. I found a picture of the model that was my first bicycle (same colors and whatnot; maybe it is the very same unit), a Raleigh Rodeo. I remember it fondly in spite of...well... (note to self: Gravity is not just for other people....).
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 4:58 PM on January 6, 2009


My missus has a mid-to-low range value Giant Rincon. The last year of the thinner, heavier chromoly frames, with a beautiful matt factory paint job – I think it's called powdercoat[?] – and a set of IRC Smoothie slick tyres.

It's a size or two too small for me and I absolutely love it to bits. I never thought I could get so attached to such a non descript bike. Basically, I've stolen it off her. It's my cruising to the shop MTB.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 4:58 PM on January 6, 2009


Hetchins. That is all.
posted by scruss at 5:25 PM on January 6, 2009


Can I elaborate by saying I believe there's something timeless about it, that's why I bought it up.

She's fully rigid, too. The last year before all companies seemingly simultaneously decreed: "oversized aluminium tubing, front shocks standard, no exceptions."

The last of an era. Definitely museum material in 50 years, just not right now.
posted by uncanny hengeman at 5:56 PM on January 6, 2009


Dooood....CHUNK!
posted by twoleftfeet at 10:56 PM on January 6, 2009


This was me at ten (first photo).
posted by 3.2.3 at 2:01 PM on January 8, 2009


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