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Re: Bikes Past and Present

Post by Condor on Sat Mar 15, 2014 5:00 am

Met me mate Frank this morning and took a pic of our bikes by the Archimedes Screw as we checked-out the electricity flow-rate. (It's doing well - about five times better than the best wind turbine!)

My bike, on the left, is an old Road Bike, me mates, right, is a silly-billy 'All Terrain Bike' with full-suspension. It weighs a ton and therefore keeps me mate very fit. Neither bike is (or was!) very expensive when new. But, even these, when regularly serviced, keep us 'on the road' (cycle-tracks!) without the huge expenses of motorised transport.
Folk reckon that cycling is three times more efficient than walking - you can go three times as far, or three times as fast when you pedal two wheels. I reckon it's five times. But who am I?
Both bikes above are ridden on a daily basis and not just when the sun shines!
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Post by Condor on Sat Mar 15, 2014 5:52 am

Once you have a bike you can ride around all of the Out Of The Way Places and...often find more bikes! Very Happy  Nodding Yes This is what's known as 'Bikes Past and Present'. (You ride past and someone makes you a present of one. Wink )
Like this:>>>

...a couple of wheels, a bit of work and...you got a bike! :curtsy: 

Diddley Dee...
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Post by honeybee on Sat Mar 15, 2014 6:14 am

oh wow our Cee lovely photos. What you have said "riding is better that walking". Like these walking/running marathon s they say our bodies are not designed to run kilometers/miles. Riding is much more healthy.
Oh why did I give my bike away
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Re: Bikes Past and Present

Post by Condor on Sat Mar 15, 2014 6:14 am

A few weeks back a cyclist called and asked if I could overhaul a good Road Racer Bike that had been in bits in a shed for two years...(yeah right - maybe  not exactly his shed - if you get my drift! Wink )...so I said 'Yes Kemo Sabby', (he was wearing a mask and black and white striped jersey), '...bring it round.'

Well, new tyres, tubes and a good clean and the £6,000.00p German built Focus Roady was fine and I got my cut...erm he settled my bill immediately. (Lugano tyres, Schwalbe tubes, Handlebar strappings and Shimano brake pads etc...) The bike was as light as a feather and rode perfectly>>>

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Post by Condor on Sat Mar 15, 2014 6:18 am

Very Happy Running is hard work Honeybee.

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Post by Condor on Sat Mar 15, 2014 6:20 am

But I might have to run if Tanooma has a read here... Giggle
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Post by Tan on Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:04 am

Giggle All is so interesting what you have written our Condor, and great the photo's as well.
Great bikes there of yours, and your friends. 

Um, about the 'cut', well, maybe, nudge nudge, a cut of that money placed into my, erm, our  TTR Fund will be good, then nudge nudge not a word will be spoken outside these four walls to any policee mens.  Giggle 

I bet the masked black and white striped jersey man was well impressed when he came to collect the bike, it looks great.  Very Happy  :clap10:

Thank you to our Joelle for making a new banner for this room, it looks lovely.  Very Happy   :clap10:

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Re: Bikes Past and Present

Post by Condor on Sat Mar 15, 2014 3:41 pm

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Lately, bike-wise, a strange machine is gaining in popularity. You can't call it a bicycle or bike as that implies two wheels. It is a Unicycle...>


These two belong to our Ed. The smaller has a 20 inch wheel, the larger a 700c (28") wheel. They race these things worldwide nowadays.
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Post by Guest on Sat Mar 15, 2014 3:42 pm

"£6,000.00p German built Focus Roady" ... wow, I know many will pay this much and more but still wow!!!

Unless I was heading up nature trails, think I'd have to pass on a bike like your mate has, Condor ... still don't have one but I can always dream, right?!   Very Happy 

Isn't this one pretty? ...

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Post by Guest on Sat Mar 15, 2014 3:43 pm

Aha, handsome son now has two and while the larger one undoubtedly gets him farther faster, wonder which he prefers?

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Post by Condor on Sat Mar 15, 2014 3:59 pm

The Focus is 6 years old and was in a shed for the last two. The owner finally dug it out and had it sorted. Superb bike, some of it carbon-fibre.
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Of the two Unicycles now, Ed prefers the larger. He travels miles on it. But it is more tiring, for a rider, than a normal bicycle.
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Post by Guest on Sat Mar 15, 2014 4:05 pm

Gosh, yes it must be ... at least on a bike one can slouch ... maybe not quite like this, but close! ...





Mind you, this would not only be easier but gosh, he could take his mom along -  Girl Smile

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Re: Bikes Past and Present

Post by Condor on Sat Mar 15, 2014 4:11 pm

Girl Smile  Good ones Mara, thanks!
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Post by Guest on Sat Mar 15, 2014 4:14 pm

Am so glad you're not annoyed I threw these 'extras' in, our Condor - thank you!   Very Happy

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Post by Guest on Sat Mar 15, 2014 4:16 pm

Just wondering about something ...

In this first image it shows what seems to be a partial 'solid' rear tire ...


And in this image it looks like both tires are 'solid' ....


Is there an advantage of having 'solid' wheels, I wonder?

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Re: Bikes Past and Present

Post by Guest on Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:25 am

Thanks for the very interesting images Condor and Mara.
The new Forum has got off to a good start.

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Re: Bikes Past and Present

Post by June on Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:09 am

Here's a bike lover from today's news. A German fan:

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Post by June on Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:10 am

They are decorating the outside of his house  Very Happy
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Re: Bikes Past and Present

Post by Condor on Sun Mar 16, 2014 3:40 am

Good ones! Thanks!
This one>

didn't show-up yesterday. This is a very lightweight 'fixie' - the back wheel drive is fixed rather than free-wheel - and you can keep-up high speeds with such a bike.
The wheel 'plates', they say, help to cut wind resistance when racing - I dunno how. That bike too would be a 'fixie'.
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Post by Condor on Sun Mar 16, 2014 3:50 am

The 'Partial' solid tire (wheel!) is a 'Dress Guard' that would be fitted to stop ladies clothing getting caught in the back wheel. They still fit something similar today but it helps keep dirt off panniers and saddle bags - a kind of mudguard.
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Pictures are great Mara. If only I could find a few of those early bikes...
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Post by Tan on Sun Mar 16, 2014 5:27 am

Dougie wrote:Thanks for the very interesting images Condor and Mara.
The new Forum has got off to a good start.
Thank you so much to you as well our Dougie, for thinking of us having a new room like this.  :clap10:  Thank You

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Post by Tan on Sun Mar 16, 2014 5:28 am

Great finds our Mara, our June, and our Condor, so interesting to see them, and read about them.  Very Happy

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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:23 pm

Yes, thank you our Doug for the great idea!

Thanks so much for explaining, Condor - I'd always wondered about things like that!

While I can understand a man's passion, he must have a tolerant wife to 'permit' him to hand bikes all over the front of his house, June - huge grin!

There's a bike I'd really like to have as, while a tandem would be nice, this below one would be idea for my beloved Glen and I ...


Most bikes seem to be built for speed now and, while I understand that, guess I'm old enough to think simply having fun and being comfy at the same time is a lovely thing - gentle smile.

Really do hope you'll come across some terrific oldies-but-goodies that can be restored, Condor - would be terrific to be able to watch the progress and even better if you could sell each for a small fortune to a collector!

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Re: Bikes Past and Present

Post by Condor on Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:58 pm

Very Happy  Very Happy  Very Happy They look well on cycling! (I thought that lady was Mara then!) Weird bike though... Umm 


Yep, bikes are like 'toys' a bit these days. But mine are simply my transport. Business or pleasure.

My bike is thirty to forty years old!

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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 16, 2014 3:55 pm

Do hope you give yourself a pat on the back now and then, our Condor ... knowing how to maintain and repair bikes is a skill so, so few actually have anymore and your 'old' bike is proof of of your skill!

I so, so miss our last place ... we'd deliberately purchased it because the apartment was 3 blocks away from anything and everything we'd ever need ... perfect for a medical scooter and a happy-to-walk or cycle wife.

Hmmm ... maybe we can convince the upstairs folks to buy our share out and yup, back to civilization we go!  Huge happy smile at the thought (but suspect it won't happen).

I honestly envy you being able to cycle anywhere you need to go - both, as you said, for pleasure and business, our Condor - good for you!

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