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Old 11-30-16, 09:04 PM
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I need a "pretty" bike for photoshoots

I am looking for a bike that I will use as a prop for photoshoots. I think what I'm looking for is a steel frame (thin tubes), understated decals, and some chrome. While I think I am looking for a classic or vintage bike, I'm open to suggestions from any style or year of manufacture.

So, what do you suggest I look for? I have attached a link of a quick experiment I did with a friend's bike.

The only other trick is that I want to actually use this bike. I would be the likely rider, but my wife could also use it. I'm 6'0" and my wife is 5'8". The women I photograph are 5'9"-5'11", but they won't be riding the bike.

P.S. If anyone lives in Metro Detroit or along 30A in Florida, I would love to borrow a bike for an hour. I'm more than happy to provide an 8x10 and a cold beverage if your bike has the right look.


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Old 11-30-16, 09:45 PM
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Go look at the Rivendell catalog. Alternatively, check in the Classic and Vintage forums, you may find someone willing to let you borrow a good bike.

Good classic bikes aren't cheap, expect to spend as much as a new model if you want it in showroom condition.
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Old 11-30-16, 10:02 PM
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@gsa103, I really like those Rivendell bikes. That's certainly the style I'm looking for. A lower price point would be nice though...
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I need one too
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It won't be lower priced but the Shinola right there in Detroit has some pretty nice bikes.
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what struck me is that the model's attire doesn't make sense with the prop. meaning why use the bike? or why use that outfit? & that rear fender looks off-center. why is her bra showing? also that visible tank top strap is out too far. is that skirt supposed to be so poofy? maybe get an aspiring stylist to help out? there are also hair stylists that can use some practice. good luck the lighting is OK but the low angle is kinda like you're trying to look up her skirt. that's a pretty old bike, maybe show more of it's key highlights like maybe with an oblique frontal angle? what is the purpose of the photo?
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Old 12-01-16, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
what struck me is that the model's attire doesn't make sense with the prop. meaning why use the bike? or why use that outfit? & that rear fender looks off-center. why is her bra showing? also that visible tank top strap is out too far. is that skirt supposed to be so poofy? maybe get an aspiring stylist to help out? there are also hair stylists that can use some practice. good luck the lighting is OK but the low angle is kinda like you're trying to look up her skirt. that's a pretty old bike, maybe show more of it's key highlights like maybe with an oblique frontal angle? what is the purpose of the photo?
Good critique. I didn't study the photo long enough, but yeah her bra is showing. The tank top style shirt is not terribly flattering. Also agree that the skirt is fashionable but not practical for cycling. I guess it all depends on the goals/priorities of the photoshoot. Good looking model, though. I also understand why the OP wanted to show off her legs. Am sure that she would be fine in many other outfits. OP, maybe ask around at some local bike shops or co-ops about lending a bike for a day. The shops might not have what you want but they could refer you to some folks that might.

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Old 12-01-16, 09:33 AM
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Look for a Raleigh Competition GS - has chrome, they are classy, usually a nice black frame.
Hop over to the C&V subforum and check out the for sale ads. You should be able to find something you want
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Have you considered just buying an old cheap gaspipe bike strictly for a photo prop? Plenty of NICE looking old bikes you can pick up cheap on CL, but that you necessarily wouldn't want to ride long distances.

I don't think I really have anything photo worthy, but if you are interested in a 5' looker 1978 Schwinn Le Tour mine can be borrowed for cold beverages!
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Tons of bikes available on Ebay. You'll pay shipping but you won't beat the selection. If you live near a large enough town Craiglist can be a good source as well. If you want something new, last I looked Cinelli still produced some very classic looking road bike frames. Pashley makes some interesting bikes as well if you aren't going for a true road bike look.
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She's stealing it.
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Old 12-01-16, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by ptempel View Post
Am sure that she would be fine in many other outfits
just googled "pretty girl with bicycle" huge variety of bikes, outfits & poses. guess the market for stock photography needs a broad spectrum of lifestyle imagery
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Originally Posted by IMontoya View Post
@gsa103, I really like those Rivendell bikes. That's certainly the style I'm looking for. A lower price point would be nice though...
You might check out Brooklyn Bikes. The founder of Rivendell is on their board, and the bikes have a somewhat similar retro/steel style. A lot less expensive.
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What bike..?
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
what struck me is that the model's attire doesn't make sense with the prop. meaning why use the bike? or why use that outfit? & that rear fender looks off-center. why is her bra showing? also that visible tank top strap is out too far. is that skirt supposed to be so poofy? maybe get an aspiring stylist to help out? there are also hair stylists that can use some practice. good luck the lighting is OK but the low angle is kinda like you're trying to look up her skirt. that's a pretty old bike, maybe show more of it's key highlights like maybe with an oblique frontal angle? what is the purpose of the photo?
The concept of the Mixte and step-through bikes is that they can be ridden with a skirt or dress. The European style (Italian/Dutch) will also include fender guards that can be quite decorative.

Flat Shoes?

Or... maybe not as stylistic... but the old leather shoes were like high heel shoes without the heels

As far as bicycles, I could probably supply something in Oregon. But, Detroit is a bit out of the way.

I'd encourage you to go to some local bike shops. It is quite possible they'd trade some publicity photos for the use of floor bikes. Just decide what style of bike you wish to photograph. Maybe get a variety of outfits from casual "city bikes" to snappy "racing bikes".
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You're in Detroit? Look at Shinola bikes.
https://www.shinola.com/the-women-s-bixby.html

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Originally Posted by IMontoya View Post
I am looking for a bike that I will use as a prop for photoshoots. I think what I'm looking for is a steel frame (thin tubes), understated decals, and some chrome. While I think I am looking for a classic or vintage bike, I'm open to suggestions from any style or year of manufacture.

So, what do you suggest I look for? I have attached a link of a quick experiment I did with a friend's bike.

The only other trick is that I want to actually use this bike. I would be the likely rider, but my wife could also use it. I'm 6'0" and my wife is 5'8". The women I photograph are 5'9"-5'11", but they won't be riding the bike.

P.S. If anyone lives in Metro Detroit or along 30A in Florida, I would love to borrow a bike for an hour. I'm more than happy to provide an 8x10 and a cold beverage if your bike has the right look.


Yes.., yes I am Mr. Sheffield. What can I do for you?
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Originally Posted by blakcloud View Post
It won't be lower priced but the Shinola right there in Detroit has some pretty nice bikes.
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You're in Detroit? Look at Shinola bikes.
https://www.shinola.com/the-women-s-bixby.html
I stopped by a couple weeks ago. The bikes they had were kind of boring compared to the Velo Orange that my friend had. The shop is only a few blocks away, so I'll continue to check in and see if the inventory changes.
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Originally Posted by bmthom.gis View Post
Look for a Raleigh Competition GS - has chrome, they are classy, usually a nice black frame.
Hop over to the C&V subforum and check out the for sale ads. You should be able to find something you want
Thanks! I'll add Competition GS to the list of Ebay search terms. I'm at a bit of a disadvantage because I don't know brands or models, yet. A few suggestions like that can point me in the right direction.
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Originally Posted by rmfnla View Post
What bike..?
You took the words right out of my mouth.


She looks Italian.
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Have you considered just buying an old cheap gaspipe bike strictly for a photo prop? Plenty of NICE looking old bikes you can pick up cheap on CL, but that you necessarily wouldn't want to ride long distances.

I don't think I really have anything photo worthy, but if you are interested in a 5' looker 1978 Schwinn Le Tour mine can be borrowed for cold beverages!
Now that I looked up what a "gaspipe bike" is, I would certainly consider that. Besides the bike I bought a couple months ago to start cycling, my bike knowledge is limited to the Huffy I had 30 years ago.
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Originally Posted by joejack951 View Post
Tons of bikes available on Ebay. You'll pay shipping but you won't beat the selection. If you live near a large enough town Craiglist can be a good source as well. If you want something new, last I looked Cinelli still produced some very classic looking road bike frames. Pashley makes some interesting bikes as well if you aren't going for a true road bike look.
Pashley certainly has some good options! Cinelli Supercorsa has a nice look, too. I'll add those to the my Ebay and Craigslist searches. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by rmfnla View Post
What bike..?
The prop shouldn't be more important than the subject.
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Check: Workcycles, Linus, Pashley, Pilen, Bobbin, Brooklyn Cruiser, Skeppshult

Workcycles can make a Gr8, Fr8, or Cr8 with any combination of RAL colors as well as other finishes. These are also the strongly preferred daily commuter bikes in The Netherlands and are very commonly seen with someone like your model and dressed like her riding them.
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Originally Posted by eff-J View Post
You might check out Brooklyn Bikes. The founder of Rivendell is on their board, and the bikes have a somewhat similar retro/steel style. A lot less expensive.
Thanks for the suggestion! I saw a cream or ivory one this morning, and I liked the styling. I'll do some more research on them.
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