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Very retro retro

Postby bigfriendlyvegan » Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:01 am

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Re: Very retro retro

Postby scratchman » Sat Feb 16, 2013 6:24 am

that's a great photo, good balancing by the the 2 on the left, also note the wheels and tyres are very narrow, was this
normal for that era?
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Re: Very retro retro

Postby stevendavid75 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 6:44 am

Hmmm I wonder how much time they spent walking those bikes up the hills or if they Are tough as nails and just grind the gear... We have it so easy today
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Re: Very retro retro

Postby Mustang » Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:20 am

Check the frame of the guy standing side on! They all seem to have fork attatchments ,for carrying?
I guess the camera would have been a considerable size as well?
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Re: Very retro retro

Postby cycles gitane » Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:03 am

scratchman wrote:that's a great photo, good balancing by the the 2 on the left, also note the wheels and tyres are very narrow, was this
normal for that era?


The tyres would be solid rubber like the "penny farthings" of a few years earlier.

Mustang wrote:Check the frame of the guy standing side on! They all seem to have fork attatchments ,for carrying?
I guess the camera would have been a considerable size as well?


The pegs on the front fork are for putting your feet on for downhill riding. These bikes would have fixed gearing.

Great photo of touring cyclists.

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Re: Very retro retro

Postby tedsbikes » Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:10 am

cycles gitane wrote:
scratchman wrote:that's a great photo, good balancing by the the 2 on the left, also note the wheels and tyres are very narrow, was this
normal for that era?


The tyres would be solid rubber like the "penny farthings" of a few years earlier.

Mustang wrote:Check the frame of the guy standing side on! They all seem to have fork attatchments ,for carrying?
I guess the camera would have been a considerable size as well?


The pegs on the front fork are for putting your feet on for downhill riding. These bikes would have fixed gearing.

Great photo of touring cyclists.

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And check out the girl posted here http://chicksandbikes.blogspot.com.au/ on 2/13/13 for how to do it.

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Re: Very retro retro

Postby scratchman » Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:39 pm

cycles gitane wrote:The tyres would be solid rubber like the "penny farthings" of a few years earlier.

The pegs on the front fork are for putting your feet on for downhill riding. These bikes would have fixed gearing.

Great photo of touring cyclists.

cycles gitane


ah i see, thanks for the info, and I see by the following reply that you steer with your feet, could this be the next big thing for " fixies " or am I so far out of the loop that it's already here :roll:
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Re: Very retro retro

Postby hartleymartin » Sat Feb 16, 2013 2:18 pm

Note how they seem to be able to carry everything in what is literally just a handle-bar bag!

I wish we still made handlebar bags like that.
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Re: Very retro retro

Postby Mustang » Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:34 pm

hartleymartin wrote:Note how they seem to be able to carry everything in what is literally just a handle-bar bag!

I wish we still made handlebar bags like that.

Here you go...shorten the straps :lol:
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Re: Very retro retro

Postby frailer5 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:23 pm

The guy on the right could be posing outside a Surry Hills design studio, before strolling to a lunch with a bunch of other hipsters. In fact he could possibly get away with the garb, as well.
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Re: Very retro retro

Postby trailgumby » Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:41 am

Like this?

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Very cool cycle touring, would love to give it a go.
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Re: Very retro retro

Postby barkmadly » Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:24 pm

To add to Cycle Gitanes wisdom (which I am sure he knows), the bikes are colloquially know as Solid Tyred Safetys. The were in existence from the advent of the safety bicycle to the invention of the pneumatic tyre - about five years. As such they are very rare and highly collectable.
There are several in the Farren Collection. I have only seen two others.
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Re: Very retro retro

Postby bicyclepassion » Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:59 am

Any idea where and when this photo was taken?
Solid tyres had been superceded by 1898, so that number on the right of the photo may be a photo number or reference number?
Note small chainwheels, the gearing was typically 2 to one or less, about 50" to 60", as this was what the recently outdated penny farthing was effectively 'geared' to. (No gears, but your get the picture)
I have one of these that weighs close to 50 pounds, I would not like to ride it up hills, or down for that matter.
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Re: Very retro retro

Postby HappyHumber » Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:15 pm

bicyclepassion wrote:Any idea where and when this photo was taken?


I swear I have seen the picture linked to from some other blog or site, referring to the men as tourers or cycle tourists. I think it is somewhere in Scandanavia, Norway or Sweden... Possibly supported by the "år"
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