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Old 12-19-11, 03:15 AM
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Vanguard Biscotti

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http://www.cycleexif.com/vanguard-biscotti



Modern incarnation of the Royal Speedwell?
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...n-Lonely-Lands
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I'm not crazy about the tires, but the frame design is very interesting, almost flirting with steampunk aesthetic in a strange sort of way.
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Old 12-19-11, 08:25 AM
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I thought this bike looked pretty interesting until I saw the way they had wrapped the bars and that gear ratio with 2.35" tires... makes me think no one ever really rides that thing, that it was never meant to be ridden.
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Look at the front dropouts, the fork crown, and the lugwork (especially the seatlug) - not to mention the swaged, solid steel, cottered crankset. Get a load of that glob on the headlug where they attempted to fillet a standard upper headlug into the split tubes.

That thing - in every sense of the word - is a glorified Free Spirit.

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"Biscotti is compiled from a NOS, twin top-tubed Bridgestone frame, supplemented with a girder fork."
No wonder. They tore into an NOS gaspipe Bridgestone, Drewed it up, and think they can ask an arm and a leg for it.

I'd be much less critical of it if it was a properly built, custom frame - but it isn't.

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Old 12-19-11, 09:27 AM
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with an IGH and a coaster brake I think it would be a really fun ride for around town or for MUPs
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Incidentally, if you visit their main site, you'll find that Vanguard Design is also responsible for these "limited edition bicycles:"

The "Corso:"


The "Mercredi:"


The "Simone:"


Singapore hipsters.

Nothing like fleecing the public with a trendy paint job and a new name, eh?

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The Corso is wrong. Very wrong. What caught my eye with the Biscotti was the overall appearance, so similar to the Royal Speedwell and other bikes in the early 1900's. The tires are brown Schwalbe Fat Franks. If I ever convert my hardtail mountain bike to a gravel road/railtrail setup, I might look at a pair of those.
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Originally Posted by Paramount1973 View Post
The Corso is wrong. Very wrong. What caught my eye with the Biscotti was the overall appearance, so similar to the Royal Speedwell and other bikes in the early 1900's.
Maybe so, but it is a disastrous interpretation.

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The Biscotti is a rat rod. So many bikes like that made from vintage frames on the RRB forum.
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The Biscotti is a rat rod. So many bikes like that made from vintage frames on the RRB forum.
Fine with me - but not when the seller is on the verge of passing off a hack-job custom as some sort of bespoke artwork.

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