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Old 12-03-18, 11:03 AM
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It appears to be Bristol (if I had read the signs visible in my own picture, I would have known that). Is Bristol considered a blue collar city (aka, somewhere with lots of industry an manufacturing?) We did stay in Manchester too.
Bristol has HQs of banks, Aardman Animations, and all sorts of other things going on. Consistently voted the best city to live in in the UK, and a lot of cycling culture.
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I spotted this mostly original Schwinn Continental. I had one back in the early 60s with downtube Huret shifters. Check out the giant stem shifters, mounted ahead of the bar. Never seen those before. It was parked on the tarmac at the Camarillo Air Show in California.
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Saw this old gentleman riding the Columbia high wheeler one Sunday morning. I asked him how it was to ride in traffic, he said "Everybody always stops for me." This was not a parade shot, he was riding in regular traffic along White Oak Ave., Northridge, CA. He said he was on his way to church.


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Old 12-20-18, 05:51 PM
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Old 12-22-18, 04:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Slightspeed View Post

I spotted this mostly original Schwinn Continental. I had one back in the early 60s with downtube Huret shifters. Check out the giant stem shifters, mounted ahead of the bar. Never seen those before. It was parked on the tarmac at the Camarillo Air Show in California.
Those giant shifters were on Varsity and Continental bikes, and some better models, everywhere from the '70s on, Huge, heavy, clunky things. This one also looks like it still has factory tape on it, which means someone at the shop did a crappy assembly if they set the levers in that configuration, and the shop was crappy if they let it out the door like that, and every shop it's been to in the meantime was crappy if they did not insist on correcting it. Just my opinion.
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Old 12-22-18, 04:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Slightspeed View Post
Saw this old gentleman riding the Columbia high wheeler one Sunday morning. I asked him how it was to ride in traffic, he said "Everybody always stops for me." This was not a parade shot, he was riding in regular traffic along White Oak Ave., Northridge, CA. He said he was on his way to church.
I can actually top this but I'll need to get a pic. There's a guy who rides his bike up and down the main drag of Ashland VA in a brightly colored outfit that usually features a tutu and a parasol. That description does not do him justice. Newspaper photo of him with admirers. Hard to tell who looks stranger.

No judgment here. The guy rides his bike more often than I do mine, and every time I see him I'm driving.

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Saw this guy a little while ago. No bike stuff, but I hear he's pretty clever so he might be packing. We'll see. Happy holiday.
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In shop window at the mall. Yes I was at the mall. With my wife. She ran my butt into the ground. I saw this bike made into a table.
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Looks like a rod brake Raleigh Tourist. Not especially rare or valuable, but I hope they just removed the stem/bar combo and the seatpost to make it work and didn't cut it up.
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Originally Posted by thumpism View Post
I can actually top this but I'll need to get a pic. There's a guy who rides his bike up and down the main drag of Ashland VA in a brightly colored outfit that usually features a tutu and a parasol. That description does not do him justice. Newspaper photo of him with admirers. Hard to tell who looks stranger.

No judgment here. The guy rides his bike more often than I do mine, and every time I see him I'm driving.
I spotted him rolling through town after the Patrick Henry half this year. As you said, a picture does not even do him justice. Must be seen in person. No judgment from me, either. Dude was just riding. Friendly, but not really working it. He might be an Ashland icon like Dirtwoman was to RVA.
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Saw this display at sams.
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Saw this display at sams.
That makes me scratch my head and a sad a bit inside (I'm not sure why). When people make outdoor plant thingies with the old bicycles, my first thought is "maybe that bike could have been saved", followed by "yeah, but who would ride it then". I know they all can't be saved but a part of me wants them to.
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Pulled up to a bike rack to lock up to, and what do ya know? Not one, BUT TWO Motobecanes! And both Super Mirage


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Originally Posted by uncle uncle View Post
That makes me scratch my head and a sad a bit inside (I'm not sure why). When people make outdoor plant thingies with the old bicycles, my first thought is "maybe that bike could have been saved", followed by "yeah, but who would ride it then". I know they all can't be saved but a part of me wants them to.
I'm going to say I think they are purpose built for that, not actual bikes. Hopefully made from recycled China bikeshare scrap.
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Saw this Maruishi at a flea market today. Not a common brand in these parts. Looks decent, early 105 on a CroMo frame. Close to my size but I didn't even bother to ask the price.

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Old Trek, locked up in the same place foe a week...

I've seen this old Trek on several of my rides over the last week or so, locked up by the canal path. Rough shape and kinda sad, but looks like it was a nice bike in it's day.

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While taking a stroll, spotted a Croll...


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How droll! Ridden by a troll?
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Last Sunday at Atomic Cycles, Van Nuys, CA

Cool old Raleigh Sport 3 speed.

Ciocc Moscow '80.

Giant (64cm?) Centurion Le Mans.

Anodized aluminum Alan (not for sale)
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Nothing insanely spectacular here, but you know how it is... vintage steel in your size range always catches the eye!

And I do love the paneled Treks...





A utilitarian built Univega parked in front of the grocery store. I bet the rider was shopping with a pannier!



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That Trek ^^^^^ is the same color and size, and appears to be the same year and model, as my first ever "not a POS" bike, lent to my brother over 30 years ago, who let it get stolen.
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