Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - $3 "Brooks"
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Found an issue of Scientific American from 1897 at a flea market with some ads and illustrated articles about bikes. Thought I'd share some photos:
06-11-06, 06:41 PM
"Will fit any tire" haha
I love stuff like this...thanks for posting :)
06-11-06, 06:55 PM
those illustrations are great
those are really cool pictures, im sure if you send them to dennis over at the fgg he'll post em up
yet more proof that there's rarely anything new in bicycling.
06-12-06, 04:57 AM
This (http://www.speedplay.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.history) is what completely blew my mind. The first clipless pedal was made in 1895. It had effing rotational float as well! The same year, double-sided pedals were made, and recessed cleats.
I love the old frames... wonder what the geometry/ride was like on them? Makes me want to build up a bike like those.
06-12-06, 09:19 AM
"If your dealer don't have it, will be sent on trial, C.O.D."
Dig the subject-verb agreement, y'all.
06-12-06, 09:27 AM
Cool stuff. Interesting, $100 for a pretty basic bike, I wonder what the cost in current dollars would be. I would guess well over $1000.
06-12-06, 09:36 AM
that crankshaft diagram is awesome. you should post these to FGG.
I think that saddle has a cut out center, too!
i totally want the one in the last picture... bouncy seat and pedaling with your shoulders! an idea before its time...
06-12-06, 10:42 PM
I'd like to try that Merrill bike. Looks like it could be fun. Thanks for the pics.
06-13-06, 12:28 AM
The bars on the "wooden hickorey framed bicycle" are absolutely amazing.
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