Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Hercules carries on commuting

A good old fashioned bike logo for you today, from Hercules bike co. One of the local second hand bike shops brought their stock onto the Nottingham campus the other day, and this old 'commuter' stood out as the oldest... and most interesting!

Tatty but rad logo on the headtube.

Declaring its commuter intentions.

A nice old piece of steel. That should serve someone well for many a year yet.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Dave Quinn fixed gear retro dose

A crazy work schedule is keeping me away from the Bicycle Safari at the moment, but here's a little retro fixed gear treat for you. I've posted an awesome looking Harry Quinn bike before, but this is a Dave Quinn frame, and I don't fully understand the relationship between the two. Maybe someone will chip in on the comments!

Really nice lettering, just like on the Harry Quinn frame.


A nice little touch on the seat stays.

A neat classic looking modern bike!

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Peugeot Raider, classic day-glo mountain bike

This is the first vintage Peugeot mountain bike I've come across though, which makes a change from the usual Peugeot classic town or road bike.

A great old Peugeot bike logo on the head tube.

This one is the Peugeot Raider.

Again being built with the Peugeot direct brazing system, that I have seen before!

Neat neat neat. I feel like some of the day-glo-ness of the colour might have been lost with time, but you can feel it's something a bit bold!

Monday, 14 March 2011

Yeoman Envoy is diplomatic about its job

Continuing the never ending trawl through the world of obscure bicycle brands, today we have a Yeoman Envoy to take a look at!

Super clean design on the headbadge logo. Quite unlike most of the other much busier old bicycle logos of the 70s and 80s.

This particular one is a 20 inch wheeled, folding shopper bike. This were strangely popular back in the day in Britain, I guess because of their low cost and ability to tuck away in an awkward place.

Whoever owns this one certainly seems to want to hold on to it judging by the big lock on a small bike!

A neat little vintage bike!

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Classic Triumph Racing Bike

Here's a nice slice of classic British racing bicycle for you today. It's an old Triumph, looking resplendent in red!

Awesome old fashioned head badge up front.

Some nicely ageing vintage lettering on the down tube.

A very nicely looked after bike!

With some graphics that look like they're spanning the gap between the classic striped graphics of the 60s and 70s and pushing into the more fluid abstraction of the 80s and 90s! Thanks to some recent good weather here in Nottingham, the bike racks are filling up with interesting steel, dragged from people's sheds. So expect some more good bikes soon!

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Classic Condor, a lugged, hacked and loved? bike

Using an old bike as a daily commuter is very cool. It's sustainable, practical and sometimes classy. Especially when you've got a sweet lugged classic Condor frame like this!

The usual rad head badge logo!


I say it's a nice Condor frame, because some of the great details like this hand painted seat stay end.

And old Condor logo text, don't seem to fit with what you see on the rest of the bike!

Sticking out from the cockpit like a branch off a tree, is this bar grip shifter! A strange addition to a classic road bike you might think.

But when you've added a modern internal hubbed gear on the back too, it makes a bit more sense! How great to keep an older bike going through the modernisation and upgrade of some select parts! Ride Old Bikes Forever!