Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Senior Member BengeBoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Seattle, Washington, USA
    My Bikes
    2009 Chris Boedeker custom, 1988 Tommasini Prestige, 2007 Bill Davidson custom, 1985 Univega Gran Turismo; 1988 Specialized Stumpjumper
    Posts
    6,923
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    There's nothing new under the sun...

    I was in Detroit on business a few weeks ago, had some time to kill and spent 90 minutes at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. They had an interesting bicycle exhibit, with bikes going back to some of the original velocipedes.

    Given the conversations here about saddles, saddle cutouts, etc, thought you'd be interested in this comfort innovation -- circa 1897.

    Looks just like the new Brooks Imperial.




    And I was really surprised to see this - a home trainer for cyclists from 1886 -- (it's the black contraption between the bicycle wheels).


  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    79
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Cool.

    I wonder why the cutaway took so long to come back around.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Deep In The Heart
    My Bikes
    Seven Ti Tandem, Blue T12 tri bike, 92 Paramount, 93 Schwinn Mesa MTB, Trek 520 tourer
    Posts
    2,471
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    From the title of the thread I figured you had an Ecclesiatical moment.
    Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another.....Milton Friedman

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Northern Nevada
    Posts
    3,725
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A guy here in Reno has a small but prime collection of old bikes--just a couple of dozen of them in his garage, but all significant for some reason and all beautifully restored. He's been assembling it for 25 years or so, hunting for parts and doing his own work.
    It's surprising how many "modern" innovations got their first tryouts 50, 75 or even 100 years ago. He has a number of suspension forks, in different designs, dating back to the early 1900s, and some really clever saddles. One is like a hammock woven from heavy twine, suspended from a seat post (which slides up and down for height adjustment) and the head tube. I've ridden that bike, and at least for short distances, it's by far the most comfortable seat i've ever used. I've been thinking about making one and putting it on one of my old bikes just for fun.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •