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Re: Beautiful Bikes

Postby TTar » Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:41 am

Any bike that looks as though it belongs in a sci-fi movie has no place in a "Beautiful Bikes" thread.

A "Bombastic Bikes" thread, yes, but not here.

A "beautiful bike" must (in the eye of the beholder, at least) be beautiful, but also a bike!

I don't mean to offend anyone, but I'm not sure some of the items posted here even qualify as bicycles. :?
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Re: Beautiful Bikes

Postby il padrone » Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:59 am

TTar wrote:Any bike that looks as though it belongs in a sci-fi movie has no place in a "Beautiful Bikes" thread.


You mean like this:

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Or this:

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Re: Beautiful Bikes

Postby RonK » Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:21 am

TTar wrote:Any bike that looks as though it belongs in a sci-fi movie has no place in a "Beautiful Bikes" thread.

A "Bombastic Bikes" thread, yes, but not here.

A "beautiful bike" must (in the eye of the beholder, at least) be beautiful, but also a bike!

I don't mean to offend anyone, but I'm not sure some of the items posted here even qualify as bicycles. :?

Get this one up ya then!

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Re: Beautiful Bikes

Postby The 2nd Womble » Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:27 am

I sneezed that last night :(
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Re: Beautiful Bikes

Postby FuzzyDropbear » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:07 am

If I had the money then I would be looking at one of these, saw it pop up on my Facebook feed as my LBS is building one for a customer.

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Re: Beautiful Bikes

Postby TTar » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:25 am

IP and RonK; agent-provocateurs. What you guys are doing is tantamount to bullying! Meanies. :cry:

Although the concept of the bike below has always intrigued and appealed to me, you'd have to be a sociopath to find it beautiful, don't you think? And why does the front brake cable have to take that circuitous route?

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Re: Beautiful Bikes

Postby familyguy » Wed Oct 02, 2013 12:46 pm

Classic track:

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Modern track:

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There's loads of others. Fit for purpose makes a bike great, regardless of appearance. Road, track, MTB, race, commute, whatever.

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Re: Beautiful Bikes

Postby Rhubarb » Wed Oct 02, 2013 12:49 pm

Duck! wrote:If we're going down that route, here's my contribution. :)

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Yes, it's mine. :)


Yes I do like it :-) I'd love to be involved in this as a sport. I'd even love to spend an afternoon over a beer or two chatting all things HPV racing.

I'm in Brisbane though :-( So I guess I'll have to make do with following up via your youtube vids / facebook page etc.
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Re: Beautiful Bikes

Postby Mulger bill » Wed Oct 02, 2013 1:07 pm

il padrone wrote:single speed bike with drop bars :roll: ???

Single speed? SINGLE SPEED??? *indignant splutter*

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Re: Beautiful Bikes

Postby il padrone » Wed Oct 02, 2013 1:19 pm

Every era had its beauties

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Re: Beautiful Bikes

Postby il padrone » Wed Oct 02, 2013 1:20 pm

Mulger bill wrote:
il padrone wrote:single speed bike with drop bars :roll: ???

Single speed? SINGLE SPEED??? *indignant splutter*

If it aint Fixed it's broken! :wink:


You mean to say your fixie has more than one gear ???

Well, it's still a SS then. :P
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Re: Beautiful Bikes

Postby RonK » Wed Oct 02, 2013 1:52 pm

TTar wrote:IP and RonK; agent-provocateurs. What you guys are doing is tantamount to bullying! Meanies. :cry:

Well, since you liked it so much, here's another picture and some history.

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"Benjamin Bowden introduced this futuristic "Spacelander" bicycle design in 1946. It wasn't actually manufactured and sold until the 1960s, when it was called the Bowden, and made by Bombard Industries of Grand Haven, Mich. It has a fiberglass body, battery-operated lights, a push-button horn and a chrome-plated rear carrier. It came in five cool-sounding colors: Outer Space Blue, Cliffs of Dover White, Meadow Green, Charcoal Black and Stop Sign Red. The bicycle turned out to be expensive to make and only 522 of them were produced. This one sold at a Wright auction in Chicago for a bone-shaking $43,750."
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Re: Beautiful Bikes

Postby TTar » Wed Oct 02, 2013 2:55 pm

RonK wrote:.

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This one sold at a Wright auction in Chicago for a bone-shaking $43,750."


You know, looking at it again... it's not without its charm.
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Re: Beautiful Bikes

Postby Mulger bill » Wed Oct 02, 2013 3:21 pm

il padrone wrote:
Mulger bill wrote:
il padrone wrote:single speed bike with drop bars :roll: ???

Single speed? SINGLE SPEED??? *indignant splutter*

If it aint Fixed it's broken! :wink:


You mean to say your fixie has more than one gear ???

Well, it's still a SS then. :P

Both my Fixed bikes have 3 speeds (count 'em!)
There's stopped, uphill and downhill :D
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Re: Beautiful Bikes

Postby Ken Ho » Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:58 pm

Thats more like two speeds. Isn't "uphill" the same as stopped on a fixie ?
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Re: Beautiful Bikes

Postby Mulger bill » Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:56 pm

Depends on the hill...
I can't crest Yellowgum Boulevard on the Reid (75GI) but I'm close on the Cooper with about 62GI. Streetview heading NW...
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Re: Beautiful Bikes

Postby Uncle Just » Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:46 pm

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Anything Merckx rode was beautiful. On his Faema at PR 1969.
Merckx was meticulous in his bike setup and presentation. I love the simple red and white of the bike and that iconic jersey. Nothing in carbon can ever approach the beauty of hand made lugged steel machines. These images from his golden era had an enormous influence on young cyclists. One young guy in our club was so smitten with Merckx he had his frame painted exactly as above and imported a hitherto unseen Campagnolo gruppo at great expense for the time. He even had his hair styled like Merckx. Fortunately he could carry it off and later raced very successfully overseas on the track and road, at times against his hero. Merckx considers him still a good friend.
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Re: Beautiful Bikes

Postby Ken Ho » Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:59 pm

:idea:
Mulger bill wrote:Depends on the hill...
I can't crest Yellowgum Boulevard on the Reid (75GI) but I'm close on the Cooper with about 62GI. Streetview heading NW...


Actually, fixeie do have three speeds, but you just didn't mention the other one, being "crashed".

When I get home, I'll post a pic of mine to show you I'm just yanking yer chain. It is still sporting the evidence of the statement above.
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Postby warthog1 » Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:52 pm

Uncle Just wrote:
Anything Merckx rode was beautiful.


You sure you're not running the UCI? :)
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Re: Beautiful Bikes

Postby The 2nd Womble » Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:25 pm

From Ride magazine. Bikes of the 1999 TDF. Before Carbon Fibre made me want to vomit.Image
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Re: Beautiful Bikes

Postby Mulger bill » Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:31 pm

Best lookin' Pinny I've seen in ages.
Loving the Gen1 Deda Zero stem too, sleek... 8)
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Re: Beautiful Bikes

Postby WestcoastPete » Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:32 am

Behold, the beauty to my eye.

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Re: Beautiful Bikes

Postby rokwiz » Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:51 am

Nice thread
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Re: Beautiful Bikes

Postby TTar » Sat Oct 05, 2013 9:16 am

The 2nd Womble wrote:From Ride magazine. Bikes of the 1999 TDF. Before Carbon Fibre made me want to vomit.


Hmm, you could be onto something with that, even if there is one or two carbon bikes that aren't completely nauseating. Maybe ugly bikes are a 21st Century thing? Although the Cannondale below tests my patience a little.


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Re: Beautiful Bikes

Postby Uncle Just » Sat Oct 05, 2013 9:50 am

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Another much admired classic Holdsworth. Gary Crewe 1972.
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