Thursday, June 19, 2014

Classic lines...

Sorry for the graininess; the dim light was playing hob with the cell phone camera...
Love the lines... And check out the wire cage skirt guards on the chain guard and rear fender. With the downswept cork-covered bars, leather saddle, and light-colored tires, you'd be the darling of the skinny-jeaned hipster crowd if you showed up at a Midtown gastropub on this genuine turn-of-the century machine spotted at the State Museum the other day.
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13 comments:

Paul said...

Does make one wonder how those guys went as fast as they did.

Good looking cylcotron.

og said...

If you go to the Edison institute in Dearbornistan, you will see people driving Columbia model 59 shaft drive bikes of a similar vintage.120 years old and still in daily use.

Don said...

That's because that thing is awesome.

When we bought my wife's new cruiser/hybrid, one bike shop guy tried to show her really nice halfway-retro hybrid cruiser with color-matching fenders and all the retro-looking features, but she was just not into it.

I like 'em, but it's kinda like how I love a classic 1911, but I ended up carrying a bare-bones Glock. I like the cool retro-this and hipster-that, but I have a basic Giant OCR road bike that does everything I want and takes all my abuse.

mikee said...

I bought my wife a three speed cruiser style fat tired bike about 15 years ago. The thing won't die, despite heavy, heavy use for its first 14 years, so our daughter now keeps it at college to ride.

It is, I guess, old enough to be cool again. She reports the large well-padded spring-supported seat is the envy of her peers and three speeds is enough to get around the relatively flat campus of Univ Texas.

Old, rusty heavy bikes with too few gears - the wave of the future?

LCB said...

Hurts just looking at that seat. Just put a big butt seat on my bike. Yeah...I'm at that age now...

LCB said...

Hurts just looking at that seat. Just put a big butt seat on my bike. Yeah...I'm at that age now...

Anonymous said...


"Hurts just looking at that seat. Just put a big butt seat on my bike. Yeah...I'm at that age now..."
I've had Brooks leather saddles on my last 2 bikes; takes about 500 miles of riding to break one in (or getcher butt broken in!) and then they are the absolute best!
macvs2

D.W. Drang said...

"No, turn of the other century!"

tailwind said...

Probably has wooden rims, too. And possibly tubular, i.e., sew-up, tires. Won't see those on "skinny-jeaned hipster crowd" fixies.

D.W. Drang said...

RE: Og's comment, being from there, if asked what there is for a visitor to do in Detroit, I'd run out of ideas after "The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village." That's two days, BTW.
Fort Wayne is probably still there, but it's on the waterfront -- part of the old coastal defense system, after all -- and not in a nice part of town...

kfg said...

"Does make one wonder how those guys went as fast as they did."

It's not about the bike. I could run a Strava segment on that bike and post a time faster than anyone else, other than my own KOM. Let me change the gear and tires and I might break my own KOM.

I set it on a Nashbar Hounder with Soma Lauterwasser bars and MKS rubber block pedals.

Not an easy pickings segment either, but one with over 200 riders.

" Yeah...I'm at that age now..."

It's not your age.

kfg said...

"No, turn of the other century!"

Ok, that one is about our age.

"Probably has wooden rims, too. And possibly tubular . . ."

No. Those are steel rims and clinchers. Michelin came up with those only a few years after Dunlop.

"Won't see those on "skinny-jeaned hipster crowd" fixies."

You haven't been keeping up. Wooden rims and sewups on hipster fixies are so 2010.

Buzz said...

Showing up solo on my Schwinn Twinn De Luxe tandem would be enough to cause the hipsters fits.

Thank God, I live nowhere near hipster haven. Closest is the Purdue fixie riders that play bike polo.