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Old 01-11-06, 11:18 AM   #1
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You guys are amazing.

I admittedly know very little about bikes, that's why I'm here.
I'm trying to identify the real-world equivilents of a bunch of vehicles in a game. This game has a couple bikes in it as well, so You are my expert on this one.

Can you ID these two bikes? The game is set in the early 90s, if that helps. Best guesses are welcome, and most of these vehices are not exact, so some minor errors are acceptable.

Thanks for any help.

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Old 01-11-06, 03:30 PM   #2
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You want to know - what? They're just generic bmx and mountain bikes. I counted 45 spokes on the rear wheel of both, so I don't think they're an accurate representation of anything specific. Interstingly, the bmx has slicks and pegs, indicating it's for tricks; but it doesn't have the brake cable device on the headset that would allow spinning the fork.
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Old 01-11-06, 05:17 PM   #3
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its from san andreas.

They are just generic mountain bikes and Bmx bikes.

Not close to any specific brand like most of the cars.
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Old 01-11-06, 05:26 PM   #4
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Interstingly, the bmx has slicks and pegs, indicating it's for tricks; but it doesn't have the brake cable device on the headset that would allow spinning the fork.
The pegs are only on the back, ala "Ghetto taxi", for giving rides. It has a bell too, ala... Um... Bell.
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Old 01-11-06, 05:52 PM   #5
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I also noticed that they both appear to have the rare 16 segmented wheels to go with the 45 spokes. Must be a bear to try and true 'em up. I wonder if they use the "octo-spokes", the 8 sided spokes for those who care?

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Who has ridden a bike that FELT like it had 16 sided wheels
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Old 01-11-06, 07:21 PM   #6
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They are not even generic- they're completely CAD formed without being based on anything other than the designers' imagination. Take a look at the BB spindle on the red one. Now what would the Q factor be on that?
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Old 01-11-06, 07:57 PM   #7
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Looking at details like the curve of the chainstays on the bmx bike and the apparently correct routing of the chain on the hardtail, I'd wager the artist had something in front of him when he modeled them. With things like 45 spoke wheels though and the funky BB, it's obvious he didn't match the model to the bike closely enough to identify them.

Hmmm...flat bar and 0 degree stem but 4 inches of rise from the steerer tube. That's an interesting setup.
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Old 01-11-06, 08:13 PM   #8
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They look cartoonish!
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Old 01-11-06, 09:12 PM   #9
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Here, show them pictures of all three bike models?

Mountain Bike.

http://www.g-unleashed.com/files/16_...untainbike.jpg

BMX

http://www.g-unleashed.com/files/16_vehicle_bmx.jpg

Bike

http://www.g-unleashed.com/files/16_vehicle_bike.jpg

I used to try and use a Green Bike exclusively (my favorite color), but a Green, Silver (my Trek 7500 is Red and Silver), or Black Mountain Bike is my favorite now because it is the fastest and most capable of the three and most closely resembles the Trek 7500 Hybrid I ride in real life.

Oh the BMX sucks in the game, it is the slowest and most difficult to control and the super jumping you can do on it is virtually useless compared to the Mountain bikes ability to climb virtually any surface even if it is at nearly 90 degrees strait up. I think the regular Bike has the best handling though it also has an awesome cool factor for reasons I just cannot explain or even understand even though it is slower and does not have quite the climbing or jumping ability of its two competitors.

And yes video games are good for cycling because the bikes in this game are what first made me think about trying it again for the first time in nearly a decade. Now video games are the only thing I enjoy more than Cycling and that could still change in the near future. If the weather is nice I am usually more interested in a nice 3-10 mile ride than a video game now a days.
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Old 01-12-06, 07:16 PM   #10
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Regular bike? Maybe if you're 12 and were born in 1980. That shizzle has a banana seat bro!
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Old 01-12-06, 07:23 PM   #11
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Regular bike? Maybe if you're 12 and were born in 1980. That shizzle has a banana seat bro!
No, no, no! It is called just plain "Bike" in the game and to help to better distinguish which one of the three models I was referring to I opted to call it the "Regular Bike" to keep it from being confused with the Mountain and BMX type of bikes in the game.

To be honest a "Regular Bike" to me in real life would be closer tot he Mountain Bike with no shocks. I am 24 years old so that will give you an idea of when I grew up.
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Old 01-12-06, 10:00 PM   #12
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Maybe modelled after bikes bought in Europe? Right-front brakes, which I believe is the default in some European countries.
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These look like department store bikes based on the cheap cranks, pedals, cabling, and shifters. And especially the fork on the mountain bike. $5 saddles are a dead giveaway as well. HTH.
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That would make sense. The guys who make the game are British.
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Maybe modelled after bikes bought in Europe? Right-front brakes, which I believe is the default in some European countries.
Even in the US and Canada, some riders route the front brake to the right lever, for better braking control. See Sheldon's website.
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