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Old 01-23-12, 05:27 PM   #1
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The Flying Pigeon's back in the glamorous spotlight

Look how the flying pigeon, the old black bike, icon of the communistic China is back as a fashion statement in Canada. Strange times...

http://vimeo.com/26504393

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Now that I've seen that video, I wanna black flying pigeon bicycle, a pretty chinese lady, and some shrimp fried rice.

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Amelie + Hipster + 60-pound bicycle = Flying Pigeon

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So with the proper advertising we can get hipsters onto Walmart bikes?
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I have been on a flying pigeon and a walmart bike would be a feather weight compaired to it. If everywhere you went it was downhill the pigeon would be OK. But the standard beach cruiser would be a much better choice if you are set on a cruiser.
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I didn't see a baguette in her basket. The heroine is always seen with baguette after going to the market! Can't excuse such shoddy production.
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So with the proper advertising we can get hipsters onto Walmart bikes?
hahahaha. That would be impossible, especially with some that looks like this : http://c.scdn.gr/images/sku_main_ima...ead6dd.jpg.jpg
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If you had the money, I could see a Flying Pigeon (or one of the Eastman Roadsters that Yellowjersey used to sell) as kinda cool, rod brakes and all,,,,,, but only for VERY short trips. Like, down to the convenience store for some junk food or whatever.

I can't imagine enjoying 25 or 50 miles on one of those monsters. And even with sort-distance use only, I'd still want the option of a 3-speed hub.
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They have some definite style but are lacking when it comes to quality control... have always liked roadsters although my back does not let me ride them and sold off what was a nice collection of them to people who would appreciate some nicely made bicycles.
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The cranks on that thing look ready to fall off, right after purchase.
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That video is a little bit dishonest. There have been other who have brought these bikes to North America before. Flying Pigeon NYC, Flying Pigeon LA, a couple up in San Fransico, a bike shop up in Portland (Joe Bike?), and an asian goods importer in the midwest.

What they should have said is, "We're the first moneyed art school and marketing types to bring these bikes to North America."
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cool video.
Is the bike any good? Is it a remake?
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cool video.
Is the bike any good? Is it a remake?
Hi there SurlyLaika!

The Flying Pigeon bicycle company is highly respected in China. It is a very quality-conscious bicycle company, where quality control is of utmost importance.

However, there have been many cheap copy-cats and impostors that have cluttered the many minds and roads of commuter cyclists, the world over. They've done a grave injustice to the Flying Pigeon bicycle company, due to cyclists actually believing that the impostors were indeed, representatives of Flying Pigeon.

Since many Flying Pigeon models mimic the Opafiets and Omafiets of old Holland's city bikes, we see a resurgence, once again of new imposters. One of these imposters, you can plainly observe at your neighborhood Walmart department store, it's called Hollandia.

What a super cheap imitation of a truly great bicycle!

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Now that I've seen that video, I wanna black flying pigeon bicycle, a pretty chinese lady, and some shrimp fried rice.
But, you'll be hungry and want a Colnago in an hour.
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If you had the money, I could see a Flying Pigeon (or one of the Eastman Roadsters that Yellowjersey used to sell) as kinda cool, rod brakes and all,,,,,, but only for VERY short trips. Like, down to the convenience store for some junk food or whatever.

I can't imagine enjoying 25 or 50 miles on one of those monsters. And even with sort-distance use only, I'd still want the option of a 3-speed hub.
Agreed.

If I'm going to ride a heavy bike, it better have at least a Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub. I think the Flying Pegeon may have been high geared because it just does not sell in the U.S. People have tried importing them to New York City and it didn't work. While the quality is better than Walmart, it's not much better. For the price you pay for one, there are much better hybrids at your LBS.
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Agreed.

If I'm going to ride a heavy bike, it better have at least a Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub. I think the Flying Pegeon may have been high geared because it just does not sell in the U.S. People have tried importing them to New York City and it didn't work. While the quality is better than Walmart, it's not much better. For the price you pay for one, there are much better hybrids at your LBS.
Not only that they have strange sized wheels and not just any rim will work with rod brakes. Not all year bottom brackets and crank arms are interchangeable. So what you end up with is a heavy gas pipe bike with hard to find parts , strange rims and tires and gearing for billard table streets. But you are correct there are better lighter better made bikes you can buy for less money.
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