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    style of practicality

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    Yes, if you're thinking about selling that tired NJS track bike and getting in on the new practicality trend, don't be too hasty. Sure, an integrated handlebar/basket on a brakeless track bike isn't all that practical, but the new practicality isn't about actually being practical--it's about the style of practicality.

    Really, riding around on a Nagasawa with an integrated handlebar/basket is only slightly more practical than riding around on a Nagasawa while wearing a t-shirt with a picture of a basket on it. Actually, in a way the t-shirt's more practical, since you can take it off--or at least wear it while you ride a different bike that has brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drxbmw View Post
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    Yes, if you're thinking about selling that tired NJS track bike and getting in on the new practicality trend, don't be too hasty. Sure, an integrated handlebar/basket on a brakeless track bike isn't all that practical, but the new practicality isn't about actually being practical--it's about the style of practicality.

    Really, riding around on a Nagasawa with an integrated handlebar/basket is only slightly more practical than riding around on a Nagasawa while wearing a t-shirt with a picture of a basket on it. Actually, in a way the t-shirt's more practical, since you can take it off--or at least wear it while you ride a different bike that has brakes.

    Gary
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    Actually, I like the design, but I suspect it will be fairly expensive. Here's a link to an article and the pictures you included.

    http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat...handlebar.html

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    I'll keep my drop bars, thank you -- I would miss the variety of hand positions. I hated my mountain bike's handlebars until I added extensions, which at least give me a handshake - neutral rotation position.
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    Does that come in a recumbent bike version, too?
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    I find style in practicality (and look, you can put your mother and your kid in the basket)

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    Hmmm, this might have been very useful in the days of my youth when I had a newspaper route.
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    I'm fascinated by the idea of a basket that would be unable to actually hold most objects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulH View Post
    I'm fascinated by the idea of a basket that would be unable to actually hold most objects.

    Paul
    I don't know about most objects, but it would easily hold a six pack of beer. I used to live near a local tavern and was always surprised at the number of people who would attempt to leave the tavern with a six pack of beer on a bicycle. Almost none of them ever had a rack or basket. Hence, they would always be headed out with the six pack under their arm.
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    Last edited by closetbiker; 01-09-10 at 07:14 AM.
    "My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything" -Peter Golkin
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