Monday, 16 August 2010

The Pininfarina Designed Bicycle

Sticking with the green theme of the last post, I came across this Pininfarina designed mock full suspension bike just sitting around on the streets of Stockholm the other day. That's right, just like the Bugatti bicycle I found last year in Lund, here we have another big brand name beingused on bicycles.

Unfortunately I was saw excited about seeing this (or desperate to get out of the rain) that I was shaking my camera with anticipation whilst taking these.

Is this a Pininfarina Bicycle? Well, no. These bikes seem to happen when Chinese bike factories are producing no name bikes and are a bit stuck for what stickers to attach to them. Just like the Bugatti bike below (or here for the full post), the bike manufacturer will put on a big name brand without much fear of reprisal from the lifted brand as the production might only last for one run or the difficulties in pursuing a trans-national intellectual property case are too great compared to the return.


Either way, sometimes you end up spotting some ratty Pininfarina pretend full sus'ser or a battered Bugatti in the bike rack, and I think that's pretty funny.

12 comments:

  1. Well my friend, this is a Pininfarina bicycle. Not a huge success back in the days in italy, but full aluminum frame. I bought one when I was studying at Milan Italy.

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    1. How did you like it?

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  2. Hey, let's hear it for the Chinese! There is no product on earth that they won't stoop so low as to knock it off, often including the original brand logo- my daughter taught English to industrial kids in northen China for 6 months, and was amazed how much of this piracy was going on- dvd's, clothes, you name it.....more proof that the Godless Chinese manufacturers and gov't. have no shame, and no soul......R.C., Texas

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  3. Maybe one of the most annoying bicycles ever,here in germany they are very popular, you see them in almost every street or train station.But if you take a look at it, you see that it uses very cheap late 90s styled parts. I think that they are bought by little posers because of it`s "cool" name.

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    1. This bicycle was avaiable at german gas stations in 2002. You had to get 200 points and pay like 130 Euros or 260 DM. For 1 point you had to tank 10 litres, but you also got points for washing your car. Now there are thousands of them in Germanys roads and its always funny to see when someone rides them, because they are actually built like children`s bicycles, but chirdren dont drive cars, do they? And yes, they are cheaply built, and also look quite crappy.

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  4. I have actually just bought a Pininfarina designed mountainbike. The only mountainbike in the world that also has a fold-up construction. It is really designed by the Pininfarina design house, so they have confirmed to me by e-mail. The bicycle has originally been designed for Esso, as an exclusive object to be bought with esso (gas) points but the exclusivity has expired and the bicycle became available thru different channels. I can send you a picture as soon as it is shipped to me.

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  5. Pininfarina folding bikes are being offered cheaply through discount websites now :)
    http://www.pininfarinacityfiets.nl/stocksale/pininfarina-city-vouwfiets.html

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    1. this is a scammer. don't bUy the bike at thIS site because you will never get it and loose your money. Try to call them FIRST, you will find out they are never available by Phone. So you know enough BEWARE!!!

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  6. Is the pininfarina folding bike good for the price or will it brake easily?

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  7. It's a good price for the bike but how is the quality? They offer 2 years warranty.

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  8. Do you know... does the Pininfarina folding bike come with a case to put it in to take on the bus?

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  9. Någon som köpt den för 2499:- ?

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