Delayed from yesterday when I was mad busy, here's a little Triumph 20 shopper bike. These 20 inch wheeled bikes were made popular back in the day, and really they make a lot of sense. By having these smaller wheels you do reduce the potential top speed of the bike, but with that trade off you get much better acceleration from a stop and a reduction in the force needed to progress along at lower speeds. Ideal for city use then! It's why the folding bikes being made now by the likes of Brompton and Dahon with the smaller wheels make so much sense.I really appreciate the matching luggage that came with this old Triumph.
Saturday, 30 October 2010
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
How about this for a racing criteria, you need to have sweet retro bike graphics all over your bike or you can't come and race it.This Raleigh Criterium looks smart, I like the continuation between the stripes on the top tube and the seat tube. Neat.
Raleigh racing showing their stuff.
And here's a photo which should have been awesome if I had taken it properly and in focus! Yuck! Anyway, following on from the 333 Special Carbon frame from Monday, here's the classic 501 Reynolds sticker, and a colour coordinated mountain bike pedal on this vintage Raleigh racing bike.
Monday, 25 October 2010
Total lazy post today. I didn't even bother taking a picture of the whole bike because it was nothing special, and neither is 333 Special Carbon Tubing anymore I guess. Still rad graphics from a time when industrial stuff had a more vocal place in culture.
Friday, 22 October 2010
I've spotted some bizarre bikes being used as commuters before, like this Swedish steel three speed with aero bars, a fully carbon designer mountain bike and a sit-up-straight town bike with an aero cut-out. But this is perhaps a bit more understandable, because presumably this person bought a bike to compete in time trial or triathlon events, and then realised the really just wanted to cycle around town.
So they hop on their painfully psychedelic 1990's bike saddle.
Grab the fully prostrating aero bars, finished in tasteful camouflage bar tape.
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
So The Bicycle Safari has become a bit focused upon vintage bike graphics of late, but with these kind of vintage bicycle logos sitting around on the pavements it's hard to resist. Take a look at these I spotted on an old 'Triumph Traffic Master' bicycle made right here in Nottingham.A rad badge up on the front.
Monday, 18 October 2010
I'm getting back into my old bad habit of not taking a picture of the bike these bits were stuck to, but I don't think it matters too much in this case, and the details are the best bits.
These Huret tube shifters rest upon the cutest little heart shaped tube stop I've ever seen! I don't know if I even saw it when I took the picture, as I was pretty interested in the lettering on the shifters themselves, but WHAT a nice touch it is.
Saturday, 16 October 2010
Thursday, 14 October 2010
How's this for a quality logo! Let's see what's going on here then, we've got: a crown, the helmet from a suit of armour, a shield, some nice lettering, a scroll and some kind of plant in the background! Haha what a great logo from Harry Quinn.
Monday, 11 October 2010
Another day another Raleigh bicycle from here in Nottingham. This one doesn't have the awesome vintage logos we've seen on others, but does have a questionable teal and pink colour scheme.Nice bit of banding on the top tube.
Friday, 8 October 2010
Spotted this and had to share. Clearly a new bar tape job, because I doubt a white tape can last long in the wild whilst staying this clean. By while it does, let's enjoy how nice looking it is.
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Check out this Falcon head badge. Absolutely awesome! What's going on here... a fire, a falcon, olympic rings, some trees and a signature! Wow! Kicking rad.
Monday, 4 October 2010
Spotted this old Puch bicycle in one of my local bike racks. What didn't strike me at the time, but seems ever more bizarre the more I look at this, are how many little chips there are in the paint! I can only assume that someone regularly parks it under a cliff face where many small stones fall off daily. Or perhaps the owner throws little stones at the bike, to... find it?
Whether they should remove what I can only describe as this epic metal pie plate is perhaps more personal choice, I think it's a bit rad in a funny way.
Friday, 1 October 2010
Unbelievably pink! This catches your eye from a good 100 meters away.
An unfortunately blurry overall picture as I didn't really want to stand in the rain photographing a bicycle carefully.