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    banana seats?

    Back in the late sixties and early seventies the banana seats were really popular. I never had one, though I desperately wanted one. Why did they die? Were they comfortable? ergonomically sound?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pengyou View Post
    Back in the late sixties and early seventies the banana seats were really popular. I never had one, though I desperately wanted one. Why did they die? Were they comfortable? ergonomically sound?
    Didn't die, just went into hiding...Maybe and no. A banana seat was okay for a quick cruise around the neighborhood and riding two up with your elementary school sweetie but for serious riding, like down to the DQ a single seat was a better choice. They are still available from places like Bucks County Choppers Also when I was in one of my LBSes the other day they were having a clearance sale on the various Schwinn repro choppers and they all have banana seats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pengyou View Post
    Back in the late sixties and early seventies the banana seats were really popular. I never had one, though I desperately wanted one. Why did they die? Were they comfortable? ergonomically sound?
    'Cool'! You could put a lot of glitter on a banana seat . It seems to me that riding one was not very comfortable, and because it was vinyl, it was actually rather unpleasant riding one when it was hot (my bare legs would get stuck to the seat, just the way you'd get stuck to that vinyl car seat when it was hot ).

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    The other deal with these was, to get the "look" right, you had to have the ape-hanger handlebars too. That meant that the bike frame, crank length, wheelbase, etc. had to be too small for pedaling efficiency.

    When you were 11 years old, though, and that's what all your friends were riding, who cared about efficiency?

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    I rode a banana seat bike for a number of years in the '60's, early '70's, and then I got another 20" wheeled bike called a Mossberg MX in 1973 (or maybe '72?), which was a forerunner to bikes that would later be called BMX bikes. Or maybe some bikes already were called BMX bikes by then, I don't know. But anyway, the Mossberg had a traditionally shaped seat, and did pretty much everything we had wanted our banana seat bikes to do, only much better. Well, everything except have room on the seat for a passenger. It was a bike ahead of its time, IMO. Kids wanted to be like Evel back then, and that of course meant jumps, jumps, and more jumps. Traditionally shaped seats, set way low and out of the way, became the norm because they were better for this. Within a few years, the term "BMX" was part of the mainstream, and that style of bike became the default 20" wheeled bike. That's my take on it, anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pengyou View Post
    Back in the late sixties and early seventies the banana seats were really popular. I never had one, though I desperately wanted one. Why did they die? Were they comfortable? ergonomically sound?
    Banana Seats Anyone? Here is a rare stingray from my youthful era with almost all components/accessories on in including that rather unique seat (which I think is far more comfortable than those hard rock 10 speed seats/saddles ever were):

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/world-of-folding-bicycles/265082469/in/set-72157594325178229/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/world-of-folding-bicycles/265082473/in/set-72157594325178229/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/world-of-folding-bicycles/265082480/in/set-72157594325178229/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/world-of-folding-bicycles/265082486/in/set-72157594325178229/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/world-of-folding-bicycles/265082489/in/set-72157594325178229/
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    I can remember my old five-speed, red and silver with a red banana seat and sissy bar, ape-hangers, springer frontend, the whole nine yards... the only drawback was the shifter, it was modeled after a car style shifter and was mounted to the top tube.

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    I don't have it built yet, but I am recreating a bike similar to what I rode in the 70's while in high school.

    It was a 26 inch wheeled 3 speed monster with ramshorn bars and a banana seat that I rode everywhere. All my friends rode 10 speeds, and I kept up with them everywhere, including when I rode with a friend from Tacoma to Kelso, and a few days later from there to Oysterville. I had to regularly slow down for him to catch up... His claim was that my bike was more aerodynamic. (Of course he also claimed to have raced bikes, and played bass in a professional band, and been in a street gang, and know karate, and a lot of other things I didn't believe )

    I have everyhting I need to build a similar bike now (not identical, but similar) including a banana seat.

    I will use it to cruise around the neighborhood, but I doubt that I will ever do another ride of over 50 miles on a bike like that...
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    I think banana seats came and went the same reason bell-bottom pants did...fashion.

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    When I was a kid I had a twenty inch stingray frame type bike, with a banana seat, a skinny front tire and a really wide slick on the rear… oh, yes… it had the ape hanger handle bars on it as well. The main thing about that bike was under hard power, and slid back on the seat… it was almost impossible to keep the front wheel on the pavement. It was a really fun bike to ride.

    I also had a real Schwinn Stingray bike, with the five speed and all, but it got stolen off the front porch one night… The aforementioned bike was a replacement for the Stingray… it was all my parents could afford at the time. It probably held up better than the Schwinn Stingray would have anyway, with what I put it through…
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    I had a Schwinn Orange Crate with the 5 speed shifter, springer front, front drum brake, banana seat, small front wheel, etc. I loved that bike until it was no longer "cool." I then got my dad's 10 speed Schwinn Continental. That was when they still had real down tube shifters and a Brooks saddle. I think my parents sold the Orange Crate for about $30.00 at a garage sale. I see they're going for between $500.00 and $1000.00 these days. I sure wish I had it back!

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    My budget minded father bought me a western themed huffy with a banana seat when all of my friends were riding bmx bikes.

    Maybe my cycling is an attempt to somehow overcome this childhood trauma.

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    A little dusty but if you can see it, It's still in decent condition - glitter and all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    A little dusty but if you can see it, It's still in decent condition - glitter and all!

    Yup, all about the glitter!

    Curious how no one else has mentioned that .

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    Glitter?

    How about crushed red velvet? And the also long forgotten sissybar?

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    I built my own. Epoxy/Fiberglass over a foam core.
    Seven layers of 'glass, so it supports my 250 pounds of weight.

    There is fiberglass between the "seatpost" and the frame tubes, and there is more fiberglass wrapped under the toptube and seatstays, like the shape of the letter "U". So it stays permanently attached.

    I find it comfortable, that I can move back on the seat to have more leg extension. And I also have my feet flat on the ground when I stop for a red light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Deltron View Post

    How about crushed red velvet?
    Only good for places with little to no rain... .

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    Heres my Bananna seat bike;



    I ride this around for fun, its a good time. The seat came off of a kids bike and is covered with a pair of my old cords. My 33rd birthday is next week, so bananna seat ain't just for kids at all.

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    Funny, I had one when I was a kid but I must have been quite young. I don't remember what brand it was but it was a single speed, metallic gold frame, knobby tires, ape hangers, and the banana seat was black on top and white on the sides. I was too young to even remember wanting one of those bikes. My first recollection is wanting a "10-speed" as they were called which must have been when I was around 8-9 years old.
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    Up till I was 11 years old, I had a single speed, 26" Murray with the fenders and chainguard removed. It had a banana seat with high rise handlebars, and I lived on that bike. Were they comfortable? And how! Picture an Electra Townie riding position... there ya go!

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