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Topic: Bicycles
Posted By: erk
Subject: Bicycles
Date Posted: 16 Jul 2012 at 9:36am
Who here likes riding bikes?

I've gotten into riding a lot over the last couple years.

I'm really into short tours. The longest I've done so far is 70 miles, but I'm looking to get into doing some longer group rides.

and like most of the things I like, I ride vintage bikes. I just prefer the feel of steel and the aesthetic.


this is my distance bike. 1981 Trek 710. I've got it rigged up like a classic Randonneur bike.

photo I took of my buddy on the American Tobacco Trail - Apex, NC to Durham, NC and back.

my city bike after a ride to the Duck Rabbit Brewery in Farmville, NC (one of the best parts about living in Greenville)

I ride to work every day I work. Its not far, but it makes my day a lot more fun.

post some pics of your bikes, bike rides,  whatever



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Posted By: badseed
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2012 at 12:16am
I ride as well

my bike is more of a mule than a pony

the rust spots seem to hold it together



thats as close to a bike shot as i got


Posted By: redchris
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2012 at 7:51am
My Pashley.




When riding, your denim should always be worth more than your bicycle.



Posted By: Mr Black
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2012 at 8:07am
my Pashley Guv'nor homage...




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Posted By: redchris
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2012 at 8:12am
Sweeeet.


Posted By: tg76
Date Posted: 17 Jul 2012 at 11:33pm
Originally posted by redchris redchris wrote:





When riding, your denim should always be worth more than your bicycle.




but, i only ride in my ROY boxers ..



ill give you a dollar if you can guess what my bike is (this one not my cannondale mountain bike ive posted other places)





Posted By: Maynard Fried-San
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2012 at 2:41am
Must get some photos of my penny farthing up on here...


Posted By: ranonranonarat
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2012 at 9:05am
maynard, i thought you were the village bicycle!

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Posted By: Maynard Fried-San
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2012 at 10:05am
No, just the village Idiot!


Posted By: erk
Date Posted: 25 Jul 2012 at 7:46am
NICE you guys have got some nice bikes out there. Those Pashleys are something else. I had never heard of those before. Now I want one.

TG...I have no idea what bike that is. It looks like some sort of roadie. lets see more pics?


from a ride yesterday. About 10 minutes later I was soaked to the bone and had to change clothes at work.


my ride and some friends.


Posted By: PuckPuck
Date Posted: 25 Jul 2012 at 10:37pm
That's is a nice Trek.. oh hello, this is my first post here..

I too ride bike. and collected all sort.. Italian steel bike, Moulton small wheels, Japanese randonneur, bmx, dutch folder, flea market bike etc..LOL


well not trying to promote my blog, but I have this blog since 08 but been lazy on the post lately.. http://www.cyclezine.net%20" rel="nofollow - www.cyclezine.net check it out.. we like nice bikes there

THis is not my bike, but so nice!! French Randonneur.. it was on ebay and sold for 12k..  i know.. crazy Rene Herse was a premiere French constructer. Coco Chanel of the bike world...
 


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Posted By: killer b
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2012 at 1:15pm
this is my bike - english made raleigh, late 70s or early 80s i think. it's a great road bike. :)




Posted By: dkatz
Date Posted: 04 Oct 2012 at 2:54pm


1988 Cannondale SR500
Fulcrum wheels (had to replace the original 105s, and a lot else, after a gnarly forward-flip crash)
1x7 gearing
Brooks Swift

Specialized carbon seatpost

Winwood carbon fork
Soma Urban Pursuit bars, 36cm for squeezing between cars, chopped down and drilled for internal brake cable routing


After taking this photo I finally caved to the chain-throwing prowess of Los Angeles potholes and put my front derailleur back on as a chain-keeper.
Finally acting on a long-delayed refresh: NOS Modalo brake levers, brake cabling and housing, white tape, cleaner stem. Black tires, too - I'm kinda tired of the matchy-match.


In unrelated news, for the bikenerds out there, I've got a rad Rapha x Apolis cycling jersey inspired cashmere & wool sweater up  http://supertalk.superfuture.com/index.php?/topic/141210-rapha-x-apolis-transit-elite-cashmere-sweater-small/" rel="nofollow - in the sufu market . I'm also planning on putting a Paul Components Chain Keeper (size 31.8; wound up not working on my setup, sadly!) up on ebay, but holler if you want to save me the effort.



Posted By: danisdead
Date Posted: 02 Nov 2012 at 8:18am
dkatz,  Nice bike.  I ride a 1986 Cannondale SR400. 

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Posted By: hollows
Date Posted: 06 Dec 2012 at 8:20pm
Dunno how I missed this thread.  Here are my children:



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Posted By: illumin8em
Date Posted: 06 Dec 2012 at 9:57pm
Lovin 1 & 2


Posted By: erk
Date Posted: 07 Dec 2012 at 2:00pm
damn hollows. those are some awesome bikes. what are the frames?


Posted By: Ishmael
Date Posted: 07 Dec 2012 at 10:12pm
Hollows, you've got some seriously nice rides in the stable! Digging the setup on all of em.

Here's mine. Burley Vagabond. Sort of a collectors item, since they only made them for a few years.




Posted By: illumin8em
Date Posted: 07 Dec 2012 at 10:45pm
where do you all find your flat ground and smooth roads to ride these fancy velocipedes? Don't we all live on hills?


Posted By: hollows
Date Posted: 07 Dec 2012 at 11:42pm
Thanks dudes.  I have a significant bicycle obsession.

#1 is an unbranded lugged frame from Maxway, built for zippy short rides

#2 is a Surly Crosscheck, built for distance

#3 I built myself...it's an odd one, it's sort of a tribute to fallen framebuilder Matt Chester, and it's the funnest thing on two wheels.  Rides like a fighter jet on fire roads, but it's only pretty to me.  And other Matt Chester fans.


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Posted By: hollows
Date Posted: 07 Dec 2012 at 11:45pm
Ishmael, I worked at a shop that sold Burley just as the company was going under (or becoming the sad thing that it is now).   A real shame, that was a cool company, their rain gear will be missed.

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Posted By: Ishmael
Date Posted: 08 Dec 2012 at 12:29am
Small world. My father owns a hardware store that dabbles in all sorts of things, including bikes. He sold their trailers for a number of years. I ordered the bike through his store for a solid discount! It is indeed a sad story.....Google "The Rise and Fall of Burley Design Cooperative". A really interesting article on what was an awesome cooperative enterprise.


Posted By: tg76
Date Posted: 04 Jan 2013 at 9:25pm





Posted By: Double 0 Soul
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2013 at 10:57am
My custom build.


My boy,s Radio Flyer.




Posted By: Sardine
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2013 at 7:28am
Originally posted by hollows hollows wrote:

Thanks dudes.  I have a significant bicycle obsession.

#1 is an unbranded lugged frame from Maxway, built for zippy short rides

#2 is a Surly Crosscheck, built for distance

#3 I built myself...it's an odd one, it's sort of a tribute to fallen framebuilder Matt Chester, and it's the funnest thing on two wheels.  Rides like a fighter jet on fire roads, but it's only pretty to me.  And other Matt Chester fans.

I really like the looks of #3, it reminds me of those original hill bombing bikes from the genesis of mountain biking, and if you say it's fast and fun that's all that matters. 


Posted By: erk
Date Posted: 23 Feb 2013 at 8:48am

this is the latest incarnation of my commuter.

the frame is from a bike I found on craigslist for 60 bucks. I cleaned up the frame and put everything from the previous frame onto the new. added new brakes, thumb shifters, bottom bracket, tires, and fenders. I really like it a lot. 


Posted By: erk
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2013 at 1:29pm

this is an update on my other bike. I've had these white tires on there for a while now. I'm thinking of switching back to the regular black and tan gum walls I had on my other bike.

and I'm still trying to save up to get one of these babies.



its a Swift Industries Ozette bag. SI is a great company, If you've never heard of them - check out their page - http://www.builtbyswift.com" rel="nofollow - http://www.builtbyswift.com

hand made custom bags. you pick the colors. pretty cool.


Posted By: Happy Hooligan
Date Posted: 03 May 2013 at 2:36pm
Just picked this up today at an estate sale.

http://s379.photobucket.com/user/happyhooligans/media/photo1-3.jpg.html" rel="nofollow">

http://s379.photobucket.com/user/happyhooligans/media/photo2-3.jpg.html" rel="nofollow">

http://s379.photobucket.com/user/happyhooligans/media/photo3-3.jpg.html" rel="nofollow">


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Posted By: Double 0 Soul
Date Posted: 07 Oct 2013 at 12:58pm
I am searching in vain for a BMX for my 4 year old boy. Speaking as someone who rode BMX is the early days, like all fathers i am wanting to live my unfulfilled dreams through my son. The criteria is....
If not vintage, It has to look like BMX did in the late 70,s to early 80,s. (see example of 2005 ripper)
It has to be a proper BMX but downscaled 16" wheel (no plastic)
I am in the UK which is a problem.
I dont mind a restoration project but for my sanity it has to be complete.
I have searched brands that i can remember just inserting the word "mini" Skyway, Kuwahara, Moto one, Haro ect.
Any suggestions?
This mini PK Ripper would be perfect.




Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 07 Oct 2013 at 1:24pm
None unfortunately, you'll just have to scan ebay and gumtree like me (my boy is six).  Some of the BMX mags available have good local finds in their classifieds.  I had a Kuwahara (circa '83) and sometimes search for original bikes.  Want an original condition Pro-burner for some reason?  That mini Ripper is nice.


Posted By: Maynard Fried-San
Date Posted: 07 Oct 2013 at 3:04pm
Mongoose, Double 0?


Posted By: attackwithstones
Date Posted: 07 Oct 2013 at 5:05pm
HH

That pre war Hercules is sick!

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Posted By: Happy Hooligan
Date Posted: 07 Oct 2013 at 5:38pm
Originally posted by attackwithstones attackwithstones wrote:

HH

That pre war Hercules is sick!

thanks, it is, but too small for me.  It's a available.


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Posted By: Double 0 Soul
Date Posted: 08 Oct 2013 at 2:22am
Funnily enough Dr_H so did i, I remember the day that my dad found the classified ad. in the back of the local newspaper (i always had second hand bikes as a kid) and we went to meet some bloke at a car park. I rode it around then my dad bartered him down from £35 to £30 (for cash)
I have been lurking http://bmxmuseum.com/" rel="nofollow - http://bmxmuseum.com/ for inspiration before searching ebay.


Posted By: rustbucket
Date Posted: 08 Oct 2013 at 3:47am
^^ That's a great site, i've been browsing through those early eighties BMX pics numerous times.
I would have loved to still own the Skyway i rode back in the days, this model to be exact:
http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/skyway/55424" rel="nofollow - http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/skyway/55424
Man did they build some beauties back then.

This here being the bike i have right now, it's a transporter bike on which they used to ride milkcans around, around 60+ years old.
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/203/s6uc.jpg/" rel="nofollow">
My wife owns a 1963 Sears Spaceliner bike of which i don't have a pic at hand, i'll try and remember to post a photo of it another time.


Posted By: Double 0 Soul
Date Posted: 16 Oct 2013 at 1:33am
My endeavours have culminated in this.. http://www.crucialbmxshop.com/sunday-lil-spark-16-inch-2013-complete-bmx-blue-16-inch.html?" rel="nofollow - Sunday BMX
Kiddo is on the cusp of outgrowing a 14" and a 16" is a bit big for him so its going to be a Christmas prezzy.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/89777545@N04/10306336915/" rel="nofollow">
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Good old Santa! You work your ass off all year to pay for the finer things in life and he takes all the credit.


Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 16 Oct 2013 at 1:49am
Lucky lad, although should've spent some of the spondoola on getting that window fixed.
 
Thanks for the BMX museum link btw!
 


Posted By: Double 0 Soul
Date Posted: 16 Oct 2013 at 5:02am
Its a "design feature" i broke it in an attempt to make my environment appear more industrial for my fit pics, the mould at the bottom of the drainpipe is painted on.


Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 16 Oct 2013 at 5:25am
Originally posted by Double 0 Soul Double 0 Soul wrote:

Its a "design feature" i broke it in an attempt to make my environment appear more industrial for my fit pics, the mould at the bottom of the drainpipe is painted on.
 
Adds a touch more realism to the 'grim up-north' vibe which you have captured there Thumbs Up
 
 


Posted By: Double 0 Soul
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2014 at 12:47pm
While geeking up on Columbia bikes issued to the U.S.N during WWII i stumbled upon http://www.theliberator.be/militarybicycles.htm" rel="nofollow - Military Bicycles its an interesting read with some nice photographs from the 40,s


Posted By: Denimetc
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2014 at 1:26pm
Thank you double0 for bringing this thread back to life!
This is my french Motobecane roadbike from early 80's - around the time that the company stopped making bicycles. Motoconfort was their other brand.





I love Brooks saddles, but I wanted a french one for the frenchie bike. Ideale company made leather saddles for decades and went out of business equally in the 1980's. This is a NOS saddle I found and will be installing soon along with some Brooks leather for the handlebars.




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Posted By: Maynard Fried-San
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2014 at 2:51am
It's been over 6 years since I gave away my Ridgeback mountain bike and I'm now thinking about getting a hybrid for my commute to work (roughly 9 miles each way through central London). I can get a great deal through my employer via the Government sponsored Cycle to Work Scheme and was looking at the Boardman Hybrid Pro: http://www.boardmanbikes.com/hybrid/hybrid_pro.html" rel="nofollow - http://www.boardmanbikes.com/hybrid/hybrid_pro.html

I took one for a spin yesterday (at the back of the Halfords car park in Mile End Road!) and was impressed at the stiff, responsive feel.

Any thoughts on this?





Posted By: Double 0 Soul
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2014 at 5:55am
Get your lycra on maynard! I thought the cool kids in London rode fixie?

In all seriousness anything to do with cycling is a good positive thing as far as im concerned. If you need further persuasion http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leg9iYK-9E0" rel="nofollow - This is an old but great documentary, i have seen it a few times on BBC4. Rob Penn does what we have all dreamed of and builds his perfect bike visiting world renowned manufacturers across the world collecting his saddle from Brooks head set from Chris King, group set from Campagnolo, it always puts a smile on my face. I don't actually like the look of his finished build but hey different strokes and all...

In other news.. I have somehow acquired a 1980,s Raleigh Routier Town bike in good original condition that is surplus to my requirements.. You can have it if you like? The boardman of its day if you will.

My kid has been riding his Sunday BMX all summer it was a great moment when the stabilisers came off, Worthy of the Simple Pleasures Thread.






Posted By: Maynard Fried-San
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2014 at 8:35am
Great video, I love the smiley face above the Cinelli bottom bracket! Smile


Posted By: Double 0 Soul
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2014 at 9:39am
Yup, Its a shame he isn't granted more access but you can understand why. I like the section where he rides with the MTB pioneers.
Have you actually tried the ride to work yet maynard because years ago when i lived in Sheffield i used to ride everywhere including too and from work and motorists attitudes towards cyclists is appalling bordering on openly aggressive its quite disconcerting if your not used to it especially on dark mornings. Central London might be more bike friendly but make sure you get good lights a sturdy helmet and your life insurance is up to date. Once you have ridden in a busy city it gives you a new found respect for the cyclist when your behind the wheel. Let them jump the lights imo at least they get home alive...



Posted By: Maynard Fried-San
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2014 at 10:04am
I used to cycle around everywhere in London but like I said, I've been out of the saddle for 6 years now. I used to cycle around Manchester as a student too, but that was before the Model T was invented!


Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2014 at 11:38am
Originally posted by Double 0 Soul Double 0 Soul wrote:

My kid has been riding his Sunday BMX all summer it was a great moment when the stabilisers came off, Worthy of the Simple Pleasures Thread.


          






Great pic Dubbo! Your Son has a BMX for every day of the week?


Posted By: Double 0 Soul
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2014 at 12:24pm
Only the one Heechy, Its the same bike that Father Christmas brought down the chimney. I have just removed most of the stickers added some valve caps (blue dice) and Colony bar ends.
It was too heavy for him to hold up initially being designed for kids aged 5-9 (he was only 4) when he stopped he fell off so Christmas morning having tried to ride without success me and kiddo drove to work and we re-engineered some old stabilisers to work on a 14mm axle while my missus prepped dinner. Once he could hold it up without toppling over we chucked them away. Happy Days!


Posted By: Maynard Fried-San
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2014 at 12:37pm
He looks very cool 00.

I just bought my 6-yr old a Dawes blowfish with aluminium frame and 18" wheels, he was like a circus clown on his little Ridgeback! The lighter weight is definitely a bonus for young'uns as far as I'm concerned.


Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2014 at 12:51pm
Lucky lads. My boy has a £15 second hand Halfords-bought bike atm. It probably weighs like a Raliegh 'grifter' to him but it's well balanced for his size and ability, and will strengthen his legs.
We've all been there, ay chaps?




Posted By: Maynard Fried-San
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2014 at 1:03pm
His old bike was a 2nd hand 14" Ridgeback bought for £30 (although worth £150 new) so it's his first new bike.


Posted By: Sardine
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2014 at 2:29pm
Originally posted by Maynard Friedsan Maynard Friedsan wrote:

It's been over 6 years since I gave away my Ridgeback mountain bike and I'm now thinking about getting a hybrid for my commute to work (roughly 9 miles each way through central London). I can get a great deal through my employer via the Government sponsored Cycle to Work Scheme and was looking at the Boardman Hybrid Pro: http://www.boardmanbikes.com/hybrid/hybrid_pro.html" rel="nofollow - http://www.boardmanbikes.com/hybrid/hybrid_pro.html

I took one for a spin yesterday (at the back of the Halfords car park in Mile End Road!) and was impressed at the stiff, responsive feel.

Any thoughts on this?


Maynard, I currently ride a Giant Escape City for fitness, which is a very similar bike.
http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/bikes/model/escape.city/14810/66194/

I really like the much lighter weight than a cruiser type bike, and the responsiveness combined with the upright riding posture is pretty comfortable even up to 15-20 miles. I am treating mine as a route to getting on a road bike for longer fitness rides as my older knees like running less and less. 


Posted By: Dr_Heech
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2014 at 11:01pm
Originally posted by Maynard Friedsan Maynard Friedsan wrote:

His old bike was a 2nd hand 14" Ridgeback bought for £30 (although worth £150 new) so it's his first new bike.


Sorry if my previous comment sounded like I was 'reaching out' for the violin, it was in no way detrimental to you two dads and your child/bike choices. I say good on ya!
I should have added that my 7 year old has the same Halfords/Toysrus bike bought new at his mum's for £90. I am just chuffed I got the same bike for £15 (well, actually swapped it for my old smartphone).
So he has two bikes - what a boiled sprat!   

On an added note, the Tour of Britain passed through our local area yesterday.


Posted By: Double 0 Soul
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2014 at 12:57am
Smartphone? You spoilt bas***d. I have a £10 phone from Tesco its 3 years old now costs me £7/month on pre-pay.
I managed to get superglue on the touchscreen of my first smartphone, My kid bit the second one when he was teething, My missus has a spare iphone at home but with other devices knocking about i only actually need a phone that makes calls.

I had a fleeting glance of the Tour of Britain cyclists last month you could smell the performance enhancing drugs on the breeze as they whizzed past...



Posted By: topgearskin
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2014 at 3:16am
Maynard - I rode the first generation Boardman hybrid whilst doing a coast to coast three years ago - its a great bike, and reasonably priced. A great buy.
 
on the subject of "Dads" - Chris Boardman writes a beautiful passage in his book thanking his Dad - the tale details his Dad riding many miles after a day at work with a junior road frame strapped to his back so that he could build a decent road bike for CB. I am a sucker for stuff like this.


Posted By: Ishmael
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2014 at 3:32am
For me, nothing beats a steel frame touring bike. Topped off with a B17, of course.


Posted By: Double 0 Soul
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2014 at 8:06am
Us Brits should do a Denimbro influenced remake of Alan Bennetts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYOWNNF9hP4&list=PLS6ItbzKylVA6s66VuSIfW2fVmZ9H9kP6&index=1" rel="nofollow - A Day Out. I bagsey the role of director, Maynard can be exec producer, Charlie can be script writer and Topgear can provide the score.
It will be like our Denimbruin on bikes and as everyone knows anything can be improved with bikes.


Posted By: Mr Black
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2014 at 9:12am
Bagsy being best boy or key grip. No idea what they do but always been intrigued by the job title.

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Posted By: Duke Mantee
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2014 at 9:18am
Building supports, and rails and stuff for the cameras . . . is what a grip does. Essential when filming bicycles in motion . . .


Posted By: Double 0 Soul
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2014 at 9:38am
Originally posted by Mr Black Mr Black wrote:

Bagsy being best boy or key grip. No idea what they do but always been intrigued by the job title.


No problem MrB the jobs yours. In the olden days before the internet, A friend of mine convinced his housemate to add "fluffer" to her CV when she was looking to fill it out with previous work experience. He said the job entailed keeping the cast and crew happy by bringing them coffee and wotnot. Didn't do her any harm she now works for ITV.

You in on this imaginary venture Duke?


Posted By: Mr Black
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2014 at 9:52am
I can double up as make up artist if needed.

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Posted By: Duke Mantee
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2014 at 11:01am
Originally posted by Double 0 Soul Double 0 Soul wrote:

Originally posted by Mr Black Mr Black wrote:

Bagsy being best boy or key grip. No idea what they do but always been intrigued by the job title.


No problem MrB the jobs yours. In the olden days before the internet, A friend of mine convinced his
housemate to add "fluffer" to her CV when she was looking to fill it out
with previous work experience. He said the job entailed keeping the cast and crew happy by bringing them coffee and wotnot. Didn't do her any harm she now works for
ITV.

You in on this imaginary venture Duke?


I imagine so Mr Soul. I do love my velocipede . . . and given the number of 'incidents' I've encountered, you can put me down for stuntman.


Posted By: Ishmael
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2014 at 10:57pm
Recently purchased a Burley Picolo trailer bike to pair with my Burley Vagabond. This is our everyday to to and fro school rig. Took it out for a ride today up through the Ginza and then around the Imperial Palace and back. Cool thing about the Burley Picolo is that it also converts into a 20 inch bike.

Kabuki-za.


Imperial Palace


Sakurada-mon



Posted By: Double 0 Soul
Date Posted: 13 Sep 2014 at 12:00am
Nice set up Ishy, My kid can only manage 8miles or so on his BMX so we use a similar rig for the Sunday bike ride around Carsington water, Tag bike (Tag along) it clamps on the seat post. We have "stunts" down... Synchronised side saddle, frame stands ect. I also like how my kid becomes the mud guard... my back stays clean and his face is covered in muck!


Posted By: Ishmael
Date Posted: 13 Sep 2014 at 12:20am
8 miles? That's heroic on a BMX.

Same here. I have fenders, but the kids face still seems to get most of it.

I've heard that the Burley rig with the trailer attached to the rack is quite a bit more stable than the trailers that attach to the seatpost. I've got nothing to compare with, but it is very stable.


Posted By: Double 0 Soul
Date Posted: 13 Sep 2014 at 12:40am
Originally posted by Ishmael Ishmael wrote:

8 miles? That's heroic on a BMX.

Same here. I have fenders, but the kids face still seems to get most of it.

I've heard that the Burley rig with the trailer attached to the rack is quite a bit more stable than the trailers that attach to the seatpost. I've got nothing to compare with, but it is very stable.


Its a pretty flat 8miles including picnic lunch but we are used to covering 15 on Sunday.

I have used the Tag with my 16" frame and again with an 18" and its more stable on the 16" possibly due to the lower center of gravity (my kid thinks its hilarious to rock from side to side like a lunatic) i would suggest it would be better still attached to the rack.


Posted By: topgearskin
Date Posted: 13 Sep 2014 at 3:37am
We tried out a tag along last Saturday (with the boy, 4 on the back). I was on a generic mtb and I felt very unstable. We only managed a couple of miles (and it was the boys first venture, he lacks confidence on two wheels). I'd be very interested in a comparison between the two set ups, as it's a big issue with me that I can't tempt him into the joy of bicycles. His sister is the opposite, loves her bike even though she did a fabulous over the handlebars crash the last time we were out.

Related subject (re: fixed) I rode a fixed wheel for three years when in Manchester. It was an old Allin frame I recovered as a hammerite covered mess I a skip, new wheels bearings and brake blocks (front) and it was my trusty steed for many many miles. When I moved to Ashby I sold it and have regretted it ever since.


Posted By: Ishmael
Date Posted: 13 Sep 2014 at 4:24am
Once up a time I had a daydream/pipedream of quitting my job, taking my son for a long bike tour around Japan on one of the trail-a-bikes and riding a book about it.

Lo and behold, I went on Amazon, and somebody had already done exactly that.

http://www.amazon.com/Rising-Son-Father-Adventure-across-ebook/dp/B00AHPNGIG" rel="nofollow - http://www.amazon.com/Rising-Son-Father-Adventure-across-ebook/dp/B00AHPNGIG

Anyway, point is, in that book the author notes that he had first tried one of the seatpost attached trail a bikes and was very uncomfortable with the instability. He did some research, picked up the Burley and all was smooth sailing.


Posted By: Ishmael
Date Posted: 13 Sep 2014 at 4:49am
From the wayback machine. My dad used to haul us everywhere in a Cannondale trailer. This thing was the bees knees.

(I don't know what the bike is. But my dad has run a bike shop since before I was born and was a very early adopter of the very early mtb bikes. Probably a very early Schwinn version of a Klunker?)



Posted By: Ishmael
Date Posted: 13 Sep 2014 at 4:58am
Probably a Schwinn Sidewinder.

http://mombat.org/MOMBAT/Bikes/1982_Schwinn_Sidewinder.html" rel="nofollow - http://mombat.org/MOMBAT/Bikes/1982_Schwinn_Sidewinder.html


Posted By: Sardine
Date Posted: 13 Sep 2014 at 6:08am
Great post Ish! Good to hear about yourself and Double 0 getting out with the kids. There are a few families in my neighborhood that I see ride together two or three times a week. The kids always look really excited to be riding.
Here is my bike:
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Before I bought this bike my wife and I were doing 15-20 miles a week on Chinese made Schwinn cruisers that had the grace and agility of a boat anchor (I got my wife the ladies version in her size)


Posted By: Double 0 Soul
Date Posted: 15 Sep 2014 at 1:48am
Originally posted by topgearskin topgearskin wrote:

We tried out a tag along last Saturday (with the boy, 4 on the back). I was on a generic mtb and I felt very unstable. We only managed a couple of miles (and it was the boys first venture, he lacks confidence on two wheels). I'd be very interested in a comparison between the two set ups, as it's a big issue with me that I can't tempt him into the joy of bicycles. His sister is the opposite, loves her bike even though she did a fabulous over the handlebars crash the last time we were out.
 



Regarding stability- As i said my kid likes nothing better than pushing the boundaries of safety. I would think under normal riding conditions the attachment to the rack would be more stable due to lower center of gravity. When using a Tag he gets a bit bored and lunges from side to side trying to make us crash, he can actually lift the front wheel away from the ground and he's not a heavy kid. If the bar attaches further back away from the front wheel i would imagine it would compound the problem.  If you kid has more sense than mine the rack might be your better option. When i tried Tag with an 18" frame it was a generic hire bike with rental Tag made by Raleigh and although i found it alien at first (as you do when you get on any different bike) the issue of stability was only slightly increased.
As a third option, I have seen a lot of folks riding these recently...

http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&docid=Z_eypZdRC_tI-M&tbnid=v2LD3JPje8GVnM:&ved=0CAcQjRw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.trail-gator.com%2F&ei=SKAWVKWAMInlaLbTgKgK&bvm=bv.75097201,d.d2s&psig=AFQjCNHBgS_Bx-lOLpw7UEqmRVGao1I2zQ&ust=1410855351528961" rel="nofollow">
I think they are a good idea to get your kid comfortable with his own bike while allowing you a longer ride when their little legs get tired.



Posted By: Mr Black
Date Posted: 15 Sep 2014 at 1:57am
We had a similar set up to that when we hired some bikes in Cornwall recently. The only difficulty was manoevering round sharpish bends at low speeds- but I suppose you'd have that problem with all the set-ups?

Much to my embarrassment, my 9 year old son refuses to learn to ride his bike. We've tried many many times but sadly none of us have the patience. He makes SUCH a fuss!!

I guess where we live (reasonably flat Nth London Suburb) he can whizz around just as quickly and efficiently on his little scooter so the need for freedom is taken care of. I'm sure it'll happen one day soon... fingers crossed.


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Posted By: Maynard Fried-San
Date Posted: 15 Sep 2014 at 2:14am
We had a similar issue with our 6-yr old son, who thankfully started riding this summer. He refused to ride his balance bike; he rode his bike with stabilisers about 3 times (at 5 years old) but became frustrated and embarrassed. This summer, after 3 trips to the park with no stabilisers, he was riding reasonably confidently and we've just bought him a bigger bike. In total, he spent about 5-6 hours on a bike over 2 years before he was riding, so not bad.

My 4-yr old daughter rode her bike (passed on from my son, now he has a new one) on Saturday. She did it first time, by-passing stabilisers after spending a year or so on a Kuona balance bike (I'd recommend these to anyone). She would have been riding before her older brother but we deliberately held her back until he could ride to spare his dignity!


Posted By: Mr Black
Date Posted: 15 Sep 2014 at 3:10am
My older son (now 13) took to it in a day when he was 5 (I think). A few tears when he scraped a knee or elbow, but from memory it was a pretty simple process.

As the second child i'd have expected the younger one to want to compete with & out-do his brother, but no.

In his defence, the 18 hours a week he does in gymnastics training keeps him VERY fit & active so we tend to go easy on the bike thing.


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Posted By: Double 0 Soul
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2014 at 10:53am
Just sitting down to watch BMX Bandits, The plot sounds a bit flimsy to me? Lets hope DVD monthly are on the money with their review.

Them were the days when Nicole Kidman had freckles...



Posted By: *lefty*
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2014 at 11:22am
I don't think I've seen that one, but I watched RAD about a million times in fifth grade. 

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Posted By: Sardine
Date Posted: 07 Nov 2014 at 9:36am
Originally posted by Double 0 Soul Double 0 Soul wrote:

Just sitting down to watch BMX Bandits, The plot sounds a bit flimsy to me? Lets hope DVD monthly are on the money with their review.



Them were the days when Nicole Kidman had freckles...

I member this movie from the 80's...Goose to PJ, Goose to PJ


Posted By: Double 0 Soul
Date Posted: 16 Jun 2015 at 12:48am
Its http://eroicabritannia.co.uk/" rel="nofollow - L'Eroica this coming weekend at Bakewell. This was a great event last year apart from the usual 1hr queue of traffic to get in. If any UK bro's fancy it i will be there on the Saturday and its the classic (vintage attired) ride around the peak district on Sunday.


Posted By: smoothsailor
Date Posted: 16 Jun 2015 at 1:21am
that looks like a cool event, are you riding one of the routes Doubl O ?

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Posted By: Double 0 Soul
Date Posted: 16 Jun 2015 at 1:57am
Afraid not, I will have the offspring with me. Will be going on Saturday enjoying the festivities and then camping Saturday night on a friends farm nearby, Sunday we will just be spectating and admiring the vintage steeds.

Last year i didn't know anything about it... just kept seeing mustachioed dapper gents riding around and went down there on the Sunday.


Posted By: smoothsailor
Date Posted: 16 Jun 2015 at 4:37am
This might be a good motivation to dust of my bike and join next year. Enjoy the fest

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Posted By: Sardine
Date Posted: 16 Jun 2015 at 6:08am
That does sound cool, have fun Double 0!


Posted By: haler
Date Posted: 16 Jun 2015 at 4:54pm
110 degrees in Phoenix today, so a rather warm commute to work.  



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Posted By: Sardine
Date Posted: 17 Jun 2015 at 5:52am
Originally posted by haler haler wrote:

110 degrees in Phoenix today, so a rather warm commute to work.  

Yeah, it was brutal yesterday. I couldn't walk my dogs till about 8:30pm. Excessive heat warnings til next Tuesday .......yeah summer!


Posted By: smoothsailor
Date Posted: 17 Jun 2015 at 11:42am
that,s a pretty rough road to commute on

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Posted By: haler
Date Posted: 17 Jun 2015 at 12:23pm
Sardine, yeah it sucks.  But I did about 15 miles on Monday and probably the same yesterday.  After the sun goes down, it's not as bad.  But I'll be driving the rest of the week.

Smoothsailor, this is a dirt path just off the main paved path that runs through a desert park.  I'll get off the pavement and slide about in the dirt for a bit of fun every now and again.

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Posted By: Double 0 Soul
Date Posted: 21 Jun 2015 at 9:08am
http://www.denimbro.com/topic48_post61051.html#61051" rel="nofollow - Eroica Britannia .










Posted By: smoothsailor
Date Posted: 21 Jun 2015 at 10:21am
sounds like fun Haler. For me its just a 5 min. ride in the city on my old Idian made Hero bike. My racer is a Dutch made steel bike by Duell.
Cool stuff Double O.
Bikes are probably my first serious interest


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Posted By: Double 0 Soul
Date Posted: 21 Jun 2015 at 10:55am
Loving that home made kidi-seat^

I managed to burn off 200+ photo's over the weekend from late 1800,s Penny Farthings to late 80,s Italian road bikes and everything in-between. If anyone has a particular bike fetish pm me for photographs, I should add its all UK/European.


Posted By: Denimetc
Date Posted: 07 Aug 2015 at 1:02pm
Been riding a lot this summer! It's a French 1970's roadbike by Motobecane. Pretty standard stuff, but I like the color and the simplicity of it. It's got a French "Ideale" leather saddle that is every bit as good as Brooks. Sadly Ideale went out of business in the early 1980's. Original Huret derailleurs and Brooks leather griptape.



Not happy with different color wheels though - back one is the original.


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Posted By: haler
Date Posted: 07 Aug 2015 at 1:12pm
That's a beauty, Denimetc.

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Posted By: haler
Date Posted: 24 Nov 2015 at 3:32pm
The previous weekend four friends and myself loaded camping gear on our bikes and rode 40 miles out of town to go camping along the Rio Verde, northeast of Phoenix.

That's a 1986 Miyata Six-ten that I'm riding.  The bag in the basket has my camera, snacks, bike repair tools, gloves, beanie, etc.  The front two panniers have all my warm clothes.  The back bags have cooking gear and food.  The back rack has a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent, and blanket, as I get cold easily.


My tent site, near enough to hear the river, but well above the flood plain.  There were hoof marks all over the place from the wild horses that live in the area.


Images from walking near the campsite, along the river. There is a lot of salt cedar, mesquite, and cottonwoods lining the banks, along with a variety of other vegetation.





The 40 mile ride home started out pleasant enough.  We had shed the tents and sleeping bags, which were hauled home by a wife of one of the riders who had driven out with food and beer the previous day.


An hour later we were in pouring rain, from a storm that had arrived a day earlier then originally forecasted.  All cameras were put away at this point, and we rode hard to get home quickly.  When we found our route blocked by the bicycle portion of an Ironman triathalon, we just went around the barriers and rode with the competitors.  We got a lot of strange looks and laughs, but mostly we got cheers.


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Posted By: hollows
Date Posted: 24 Nov 2015 at 4:08pm
Great pics and great trip, Haler!

I had forgotten about this thread completely, I completed the build on my dream ride a while back, I've probably posted this everywhere but here:



Also does rack/pannier duty for bike camping trips as well.  I wish the weather was a bit nicer right about now...


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Posted By: Ishmael
Date Posted: 24 Nov 2015 at 4:35pm
Looks like a great time Haler!

Excellent ride Hollows! Love where I see those handlebars sitting. Great position. Out of curiosity, what frame size?


Posted By: haler
Date Posted: 24 Nov 2015 at 5:06pm
Thanks, hollows and Ishmael!

Hollows, I love your Hunq.  Dream bike indeed.  And like Ishamel says, I'm a fan of the dirt drop bar/stem setup.

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Posted By: hollows
Date Posted: 24 Nov 2015 at 5:55pm
The Hunq is a 62.  Dirt drops are the best!  Highly recommended.  I spent a few years swapping handlebars constantly, after trying some On-One Midge bars I just ordered 4 sets and forgot all about trying new bars.

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Posted By: The Librarian
Date Posted: 24 Nov 2015 at 6:39pm
Great looking Hunq Hollows. I acquired a Hillborne this summer, and I love it. I don't think I've posted it here yet either, here it is.




Posted By: hollows
Date Posted: 24 Nov 2015 at 7:07pm
Very nice!

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Posted By: Double 0 Soul
Date Posted: 25 Nov 2015 at 1:02am
Fantastic haler!
Thats given me a much needed break from our miserable weather, albeit abstract.



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