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Single speed with London Underground map - Anyone know where I can buy one?

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Old 12-10-08, 01:44 PM
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Single speed with London Underground map - Anyone know where I can buy one?

Hi

This is my first post on this forum, please be gentle I am looking for some help.

For months my husband has been going on about a 'fixi' with a London Underground map on. He saw it when we were living in Oz, now back in the UK. I never took that much attention as he already has a road and mountain bike - why want another!?!

My road bike is enough for me - anyway I have relented and would like to get him one as a surprise for Christmas but don't know who make them.

Can anyone help? I have looked on Wiggle without success and don't really know where to look next.

Thank you in advance for any help - this will make my husbands year if I cant get him one.

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london is nicer than that bike represents
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london is nicer than that bike represents
sadly boston is about on par with the langster boston
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why would a bicycle have a map of a train system on it? that's stupid.
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why would a bicycle have a map of a train system on it? that's stupid.
Better than a train with a map of bike routes...

But if you ever visit London one of the first thing you'll see is all of the souveniers referencing the subway system (Mind the gap!), so it' a valid reference.

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why would a bicycle have a map of a train system on it? that's stupid.
because that map is a symbol of the city?


just like the NYC subway map and the DC METRO map are both icons as well


recognizable at a glance
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sadly boston is about on par with the langster boston
lol i have the boston langster. repainted, but stock i liked it much more than any other city editions from 08
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the train map might be a symbol of the city, but it's on a bicycle. that is cognitive dissonance. I live in a major city with a well-known train system and I wouldnt want its map on the very bicycle that I use to avoid using the train system.
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why would a bicycle have a map of a train system on it? that's stupid.
Wait until you see the New York version, in yellow with checker cab motif. I'm sure that confuses you too, as even New Yorkers don't ride their bikes inside cabs. And the Chicago Langster "Gangster" edition has a Chicago skyline, for all the people that ride up and down the Sears tower and the Hancock building. I believe it's called the Gangster because Al Capone rode one. His hit men travelled in pairs, a captain for steering (the tandem) and the stoker carrying a tommygun on
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Old 12-11-08, 02:09 AM
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^^^+1
Seriously. It's a FIXED GEAR. They did it to, wait for it, LOOK COOL.
And guess what, people buy them.
is olo always like this?
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I can understand the Gangster motif or the Seattle coffee/umbrella thing, and to a much lesser extent, the yellow checkers, but the subway map is just lame. That's like a car company putting decals of cogs and chains up and down their car's sidepanels or mounting alleycat spokecards on their car's hub caps. I guess it can be chalked up to marketing by guys in corporate offices to attract people from the suburbs or hillbilly towns that want to buy the "urban messenger look" even if it doesnt make sense.
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The london is still and will most likely remain my favorite of the city langster. It took me a good 5-6 months to get mine and I work at a specialized dealer. I have all the 09 models displayed at work and my london still gets more attention than any of them. The chicago seemed to go over well, we sat on that one for quite a while and even after it finally sold people still come in and ask about it. While the 09 bikes are extremely eye catching they are a little more spendy and while most people like them they don't like them enough to spend on them.
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While the 09 bikes are extremely eye catching they are a little more spendy and while most people like them they don't like them enough to spend on them.
MSRP is a staggering $880 but where are they actually selling them for that?
The 09's in-stock are $600 at my local shop and the last 08 Seattle they have is only $500... I picked up a 09 Tokyo for $600 shipped on ebay. I just put it together last night. Loving it! Beautiful bike.
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Thanks everyone for your help, have looked everywhere and can't get the London one so am now going for the Monaco.

Hope he likes it!
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I can understand the Gangster motif or the Seattle coffee/umbrella thing, and to a much lesser extent, the yellow checkers, but the subway map is just lame. That's like a car company putting decals of cogs and chains up and down their car's sidepanels or mounting alleycat spokecards on their car's hub caps. I guess it can be chalked up to marketing by guys in corporate offices to attract people from the suburbs or hillbilly towns that want to buy the "urban messenger look" even if it doesnt make sense.


It's like this: when Chrysler/Dodge realized back in the early nineties they had under-estimated the pickup truck market, and wanted to re-enter that market, they came up with a bold design for the 1994 Dodge Ram. When tested, a healthy percentage of respondents hated the design. But what Chrysler noticed was that 10% of the respondents loved the design. Dodge only had 3% of the market at that time -- they could not lose if 10% of the people who saw the design were out-and-out passionate about it. And they had found a product some people, certainly not all people, could love.

Specialized is not aiming the Langster London at you -- or even people who will feel lukewarm about the design. They are aiming the bike at people who will love it. Read the other posts here: the wife going out of her way to find this specific model, someone working in a Specialized shop waiting months to get one.

The point, which I can't stress enough, is not about pickup trucks, the US car industry or the Specialized Langster London. It's about marketing.

What Specialized did by creating a product some people could love? It's smart marketing.

Surely there is a bike out there that you are nuts about... and clearly this isn't your bike.
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Old 12-16-08, 01:34 PM
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the marketing and business practices of Chrysler and Dodge should not serve as some sort of ideal. They havent exactly made the best decisions in the last decade particularly in regards to marketing (continuing to pump out SUVs and high MPG vehicles when the public was growing less and less interested and when only a demographic really wanted such vehicles vs the larger market of those who were over it).

But that's entirely besides the point, although you absolutely propped up my argument that the city-themed Langsters were designed by a marketing group whose aim was incredibly specific niche market. I happen to believe that a good number of this niche are those that are turned on by the urban image of a subway map probably do not spend much time in areas with subways, but really dig on the image and the symbolism of urban chic. Only tourists or suburbanites or rural people would be interested in a CTA t-shirt, for example. They'd be excited for all the reason why people buy souvenirs. But if you tried to sell those t-shirts to actual riders of the CTA who live and work in the city, they would flop.

My point is if you step aside from opinion and simply look at a design as objectively as possible, the London tube decal on a bicycle simply is self-contradictory and a cognitive dissonance. Just because people like these bikes doesnt mean their decals make sense.

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My point is if you step aside from opinion and simply look at a design as objectively as possible, the London tube decal on a bicycle simply is self-contradictory and a cognitive dissonance. Just because people like these bikes doesn't mean their decals make sense.
Are you suggesting in all honesty that the appreciation you enjoy with your bicycle's graphics... stems from having "stepped aside from opinion" and looked as "objectively as possible"?

Umm. Ok.

Then maybe it would help you to think of the Langster London as a joke that you don't get... jokes often employ both self-contradiction and cognitive dissonance... much to the delight of those willing to laugh.
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my bicycle is not the issue. that's irrelevant, but if you want to start a thread analysing my bike, go right ahead, although my bike's decor at least makes sense. But we're talking about the Langster decals in this thread.

Are you saying the London Langster is a joke? Then I agree. And I would say that the "delight of those willing to laugh" is akin to sincerely laughing at Yahuda Moon or Family Circus.
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sincerely laughing at... Family Circus.
The absurdity of that statement made me laugh with sincerity.
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Your argument sounds like your saying just because the Underground map is there, people are going to think about taking the subway instead of riding a bike. You couldn't be more wrong. When people see the Tube map on the wall of a subway station, yeah, they're gonna look for their stop. But when it's on the downtube of a bike that has many other contrived elements of British culture, it's only going to say one thing: London. That's the point of the city themed Langsters to begin with. Taken into account with all the other elements and color scheme used, I would say the London Langster does that better than most of the other Langster models.

And while I don't have any hard evidence to back this up, I would bet that the respective city of each urban themed Langster accounts the smallest percentage of sales for that model. I don't live in London, but i do live in one of the cities represented, and I never see that model on the roads here. Chicago, London, other cities, yes. But not the one made for this city. I'm not gonna say each Langster was marketed for cities other than there own, but it's not like sports where it's unspoken rule to represent your cities teams.

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