Friday, 18 December 2009

Monday, 14 December 2009

Duct tape bar tape

Somewhere between the duct tape handlebar tape, and the rather unusual brake lever placement...
I get the feeling someone doesn't take their bike very seriously.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Mystery missing top tube

So here's a little mystery for you, what possible use could a small metal ring be in replacing a top tube?

Saturday, 12 December 2009

A pink coat for a King

Computer trouble has kept me away for a while, but now I'm back, and I've brought this King head badge with me.
I like how the over-painting has actually worked into the logo embossing, nice.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

A bicycle I like

When I first started this blog my intention was to mostly write about bicycles I like. Just simple bikes that people used and I thought were worth sharing. What has suprised me is how few of these I actually find here in Sweden. Although perhaps there are the same number of 'intersting' bikes, they are so watered down with the sheer number of beaters that maybe they're just harder to spot. I'll write a post about this another time looking at the differences in cycling culture between Britain and Sweden.

For now though here's a bike. I like the colour, the sense of it being looked after and even the dorky flip out reflector on the left.
But the best bit?
Well that's got to be the usual sick vintage Monark graphics! Seriously! Who used to do their design work? For the higher level readers, note also the tasteful pinstriping on the fender. Lovely.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

A work in progress...

Or at least I presume this isn't a finished project anyway!

My guess would be that this is going to become motorized at some point, the front suspension and additional crazily wired lights would suggest so. The BMW badge I guess is more the statement of purpose for the owner.

Monday, 9 November 2009

Monark head badge

One of these I'm going to have to just give up and rename this blog 'the vintage Monark blog'.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Until it snaps in two

If your handlebars snap in two, as demonstrated here, I wonder if most people would keep the stub?

Although by the complete lack of locks, I doubt whether this person is even keeping the bicycle.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Keeping on, keeping on

I've said before that I think it's odd when people don't bother maintaining the bicycle they rely on to get around.
This isn't that though, because this is a bike that seems to being getting on for a few years now, with miss matched tyres, scratched paint and a few additions like the redundant seat post reflector, but a brand spanking new chain guard.

It hasn't even had it's protective plastic wrapper removed.

Previously maybe I've thought that it's a shame that people don't look after their bikes, that they more often than not end up becoming that rusty bike that's been locked in the same spot for a few months now, with it's hope of ever moving again deflating like its tyres. I don't know now though. I like to maintain my bikes, but perhaps the gradual decline and fall, the damage, the rust and the broken parts are the more natural course for city bikes to take. I think when I've looked at awesome old bikes rusting apart in England it seems to suck more just because of the low number of these bikes you see, whereas here in Lund every street has maybe one or two of this kind of bicycle. When there seems to be no shortage of classic bikes knocking around, that destructive life on the street becomes the natural way of things, and it doesn't suck because you know you're going to turn the corner and find someone who's still riding this around.

The most obvious bit of paint left on it seems to be a pin stripe on the front fender, and a smudge of red on the frame. I hope they ride it till it breaks in two.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Ever more Monark logos

I really like these old Monark bike decals.

Especially when they're combined with epic mud flaps.

No wet feet.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

A polite victim of theft

Perhaps the person who had their bicycle stolen, only to find it again parked somewhere else with a new lock on it, is very polite.
They presume a mild mannered note with their phone number is all it will take to get their bike back, now that they've found it again.

Either that, or someone just wants to share the history of their bike....
This is my bike, it got stolen, I got it back... phone me for more details.

Friday, 16 October 2009

A lack of tools and parts

I think it's pretty sad when a bike gets like this.

And the owner lacks either the means or the will to fix it.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Some more logos

At the risk of turning this into an old bike logo blog, here's a few more I can't resist posting.

I here swear that any bicycle I ever make is going to have some kickin' rad decals on it.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

A nice badge for an old Hermes bicycle

I really do like the older bicycle badges.
They have more sense of occasion about them.

From the times when a new bicycle might actually matter to most people.

Long live this Hermes bicycle.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

The very hybrid bike

Decent city bike make a lot of sense to me, they offer the average commuter a good vehicle to get around on. The term hybrid though does usually seem to be applied to bicycles offering a poor compromise between a proper city bike and a mountain bike. But then today I spotted this, which is pushing that compromise in quite a different direction.
As it includes alongside the usual comfy bar grips, hub gears, rack and fenders, the sort of aero cut out...
...usually only seen on a time trial bike.

I guess in the rush hour races of the commuters, this is a new step in the arms race.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Up front style

I really like the little front rack on the front of this Gitane. I'm not so sure what you could sucessfully carry on it, but were I the owner, I guess I'd could always just limit my grocery purchases to narrow square food...
... and any dislike of the new diet, would be made up for by the sweet placement of the front lamp bracket. Elegant design at its best.

Friday, 11 September 2009

One man's trash

I spotted this frame in a bin for household goods...

Some people have no taste.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

A suitable name

It seems quite suitable that a bike called...

'Lazy Bones'...

Is going nowhere fast.

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Making free bikes a little less free

You may be aware of the city bikes that a number of European cities have adopted. They're bicycles left on special racks around the city, to be rented by anyone in need of a ride, and then returned to the rack near your destination. With the ease of renting them, and lack of an immediately apparent victim though, theft seems a likely end.
But with their distinctive design and awkward combination of parts, you'd have to take it quite far away and be fairly determined to keep your stolen bike running over time.

But even so, this one seems to have so far made it 556km south from Oslo to Lund. A long distance theft, made only more suprising by the abundance of unlocked bikes, ready for the taking, right here in Lund.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

A very personal bike

For all the effort that someone's put into personalizing their bicycle, it seems a shame that I spotted the frame amongst a pile of old spare parts stuck outside of a bike shop today.

Monday, 31 August 2009

The Bugatti bicycle

Whilst it's true that bicycles have been produced under the name Bugatti...

I somehow doubt that this particular one comes from...

the same people that made the Veyron.