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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 06-11-06, 05:37 PM   #1
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$3 "Brooks"

Found an issue of Scientific American from 1897 at a flea market with some ads and illustrated articles about bikes. Thought I'd share some photos:













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Old 06-11-06, 05:41 PM   #2
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"Will fit any tire" haha
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Old 06-11-06, 05:48 PM   #3
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I love stuff like this...thanks for posting
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those illustrations are great
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Old 06-11-06, 05:58 PM   #5
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those are really cool pictures, im sure if you send them to dennis over at the fgg he'll post em up
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Old 06-11-06, 07:53 PM   #6
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yet more proof that there's rarely anything new in bicycling.
Sprung seatposts
cut-out saddles
airless tires
etc
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Old 06-12-06, 03:57 AM   #7
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This is what completely blew my mind. The first clipless pedal was made in 1895. It had effing rotational float as well! The same year, double-sided pedals were made, and recessed cleats.
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I love the old frames... wonder what the geometry/ride was like on them? Makes me want to build up a bike like those.
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"If your dealer don't have it, will be sent on trial, C.O.D."

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Cool stuff. Interesting, $100 for a pretty basic bike, I wonder what the cost in current dollars would be. I would guess well over $1000.
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that crankshaft diagram is awesome. you should post these to FGG.
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Old 06-12-06, 07:51 PM   #12
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I think that saddle has a cut out center, too!
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Old 06-12-06, 08:47 PM   #13
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i totally want the one in the last picture... bouncy seat and pedaling with your shoulders! an idea before its time...
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Old 06-12-06, 09:42 PM   #14
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I'd like to try that Merrill bike. Looks like it could be fun. Thanks for the pics.
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The bars on the "wooden hickorey framed bicycle" are absolutely amazing.
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