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Old 04-26-06, 06:45 AM   #1
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Funny bike frame

Somebody is selling this here, pretty cheap as well (~$80)



Looks like it takes a small front wheel. Forward sloping toptube from what I can see. I think it looks great. Almost inclined to buy it and slap on a 700c fork... but the seatpost would prolly be at an impossible angle then. Plus it must be heavy as a pig. Anyone know about the maker?
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I think that bike looks cool as hell, although as you say it would probably be heavy. If you don't buy it could you let me know the guy's contact details?
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Old 04-26-06, 08:16 AM   #3
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Anyone know about the maker?
Dutch. Still around.

http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Benelux/RIH-sport.htm

and this

http://www.rih.nl/site2006/default.php
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Old 04-26-06, 08:18 AM   #4
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i'd buy that in a heartbeat and ride it to the coffee shop in the morning, just for the absurdity factor.
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It reminds me of the time I decided to build a workbench from every piece of scrap wood in the garage.

I didn't know framebuilders did that, though.
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Old 04-26-06, 08:45 AM   #6
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man, I would totally buy that. If no one else has bought it already, will you give me the guys info? That thing is pretty cool!
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Old 04-26-06, 08:45 AM   #7
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That's a very interesting frame!

I once tried to use a 700c in place of the 24" wheel. It felt very strange as if stress were being placed up front on the bike. It also made the bike ridiculously long.

Good luck with it and show us pics if you pick it up!
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That one's not toooo bad. This one gives me a headache! http://www.theracingbicycle.com/images/Baines_full2.jpg
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That Baines was today's "Oh Damn!" moment. Wow. Bet it rides like a...


...no, wait, I have no idea how that would ride

edit: here it is. Sorry so wide, not my pic

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Old 04-26-06, 11:43 AM   #10
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I could see about a quarter of that pic at a time...could you please make it a little bigger. Thanks.
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Use my link, it's a smaller pic of same bike.
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Momentum and powerjb: I will PM you both the data of the seller if he agrees. Maybe you'll have to offer a bit more money ($80 is a ballpark figure anyway. If there's a lot of interest, it will prolly climb up. And, of course, the track/fixed scene is budding here just now, so lotsa people might be eager to get it, as hardly any frames are available here. I may even have remorse for assisting some lucky b*stard in track-rich England or US get it instead of a local rider.)
I'll ask the seller if he speaks English and translate if need be.

P.s.: That baines is one of the most disgusting, idiotic freak bikes I have ever seen.

P.P.S.: OMG!!! RIH only make bikes like this now:
How can you go down from that sort of crazy beauty to this abomination? That makes me want to cry. (And I thought the TT frame was heavy...)

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I'd buy the OP bike and mount three rear brakes on the frame all connected to one brake handle.
Flippin sweet

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Old 04-26-06, 01:28 PM   #14
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The plot thickens... Measuring distances crudely on the image tells me that it takes identical wheels front and back. Anyway, I put a couple questions to the seller. Now away to watch snooker and sleep, more news in 12 hours' time.
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there was a nice RIH track frame hanging in a shop here. at first glance it was normal looking, but on closer inspection it had the shortest chainstays i have ever seen. then, looking at the seat tube head on you realize that it is not one tube, but two! with about 20mm of room in between them. the extra room is so a tire can fit between the two seat tubes. RIH made some interesting frames.
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Old 04-26-06, 02:07 PM   #16
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RIH is dutch, made right here in Amsterdam if I'm not mistaken..
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there's a shop on westerstraat in amsterdam. i went there the last time i was in amsterdam. old framebuilder who makes regular bikes too, track, road, etc. he said 1300 euros for a custom frame, 10 week wait.
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That Baines is gorgeous. Stunning really.

I love the RIH as well. Would make for a very interesting ride. If anyone buys it... please put up your complete build after you are done with it. I am eager to see that ****.
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i love the campy logo on the top tube
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I love the derailleur on the Baines. Two sprockets? Don't be ridiculous!
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Momentum and powerjb: I will PM you both the data of the seller if he agrees.

I may even have remorse for assisting some lucky b*stard in track-rich England or US get it instead of a local rider.)
Thanks very much Lo Farkas

I know what you mean about the track scene over there - I was talking to a bunch of Hungarian messengers over in Dublin about it. Sounds like there's quite a few messengers though. If you would rather the frame stayed local then that's cool.
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So what name do messies know you by? I might have read about you on alleycat.hu... There was a bunch of crap about a Dublin alleycat recently if I'm not mistaken. It would be nice to link BF screen names to stories.

Edit: the guy just answered. It does indeed take 700c front and back. Made of Oria tubes, unknown vintage. Undrilled at the front.

Oh, and it's supposed to be 58-59ish in size.

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Somebody is selling this here, pretty cheap as well (~$80)



Looks like it takes a small front wheel. Forward sloping toptube from what I can see. I think it looks great. but the seatpost would prolly be at an impossible angle then.

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So what name do messies know you by?
The Dublin alleycat was on St Patrick's day weekend - search for St Patrick's day massacre on here for more stories etc. It was an entire weekend of races, competitions and very heavy drinking in Dublin.

My name's Jon - but I am tall with red hair which may narrow it down. Any stories about me would most likely revolve around the enormous bike I ride. There's a photo in post 11 of this thread Mr. Jackson, I presume? the wheels are 700c.

It seems that the RIH would probably be a bit small for me - it looked like the effective seat tube was a bit longer than 59 cm. I love the look of the bike though.
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Edit: the guy just answered. It does indeed take 700c front and back. Made of Oria tubes, unknown vintage. Undrilled at the front.

Oh, and it's supposed to be 58-59ish in size.

wow! so are you gonna get this thing or what? if not...
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