28 December, 2006

Bike Photographs

Here are a few more neat bike photos you've sent.

The first two on the left are of Steve Palincsar's Kogswell PR, with a few Velo Orange parts. I like the front panniers. There are more photos here.

On the right is David's cool Peugeot-PX city bike with a Nexus hub and great front rack.

Stephen Reker Sent the photos of a Royal tandem, a 1935 BSA, along with the following description:

"From the Windsor Family Bicycle Collection. The Curator of the Bicycles said this Tandem was in the bicycle shed when he came to work for the Queen Mum many years ago. He stated it was not to be ridden because of it's connection with Senior Royals, however there is 2,409 miles on the cyclometer & has war-time lighting. I presume this Tandem was a gift to King George V & Queen Mary in 1935 for their Silver Jubilee. This Bicycle was Purchased from U K Auction."

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks like Kogswell bar end shifters have been hitting Zefal pump. Common stop problem for fork radius turn.

david_nj said...

That british tandem has to be the coolest thing on two wheels, period.

Anonymous said...

David,

Yes, extremely well made. Looks like it would crank with two stong riders on it.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Kogswell bar end shifters have been hitting Zefal pump. Common stop problem for fork radius turn.

No, actually I've been using that pump for the last 10 years or so on my "weekend bikes". The paint's worn off one spot on the handle.

neil m berg said...

Jeez, now I can die and go to heaven. The British really do know how to pull off that quiet elegance. Excuse me now while I go out to the garage and smash my metallic green Burley tandom with a hammer.

Chris Kulczycki said...

That tandem is the pedal powered equivalent of a Vincent Black Shadow.

http://tinyurl.com/yz5hj8

Joel said...

Chris:

While at first skeptical your bike pics would add anything to the other bike pic collections on the web, I am very happy to admit how wrong I was!

You are attracting some unique bike owners to post pics of some pretty interesting bikes.

Thanks for the time and effort you are putting into this project.

david_nj said...

I knew Vincent Black Shadows would find their way into this blog somehow. *Now* we're talkin'.

;-)

neil m berg said...

I was surprised when David referred to the tandom as "the coolest thing on two wheels", suspecting, as I do, his interest in old motorcycles. At least the Black Shadow is hyper cool. Someone should write a song about it.

Greg said...

Would love to see more pics of the Peugeot city bike. It looks remarkably how my P/R will look after I'm done, except, well, the lugs. Nice work David.

david_nj said...

Neil, listen to Richard Thompson's "1952 Vincent Black Lightning". Great tune. (The Lightning was the racing version of a Shadow, with higher CR, straight pipes, no lighting and a tiny seat. They are vanishingly rare.)

Greg, if you want I will send you some pics. It did come out pretty well but it's really just a mongrel of different stuff bolted together.

neil m berg said...

David,
Damn, my mistake. Got my bikes screwed up. I did think it was "1952 Vincent Black Shadow". Either way, great bikes with cool to spare!

david_nj said...

Neil,

Yeah, a friend of mine who rides a chopper (I ride a modern Triumph triple but I still respect the chopper boyz) tells me that although it is a British machine, a Vincent rider could pull up to the roughest, toughest 'Murican-steel-only biker bar and instantly command the utmost respect.

Quoth Hunter S. Thompson: "Even a fool could ride a Vincent. But only once." They are extremely dangerous because the handling changes signficantly as the motor warms up -- I believe it was the first production bike to use the engine block as a stressed member. But in the 1950s they were lights-out fast.

Anonymous said...

Well, that tandem is interesting! All those miles - what, so you were riding down a quiet English lane in the late 30's, you hear a bell ring as another cycle overtakes, you turn around and it's King George and Queen Mary? Ha!

You might enjoy this fictional story I wrote almost ten years agohttp://search.bikelist.org/getmsg.asp?Filename=tandem.9802.0324.emlOr you might not.

Best,
TCS

Greg said...

David. Send pics to gachtem@ucalgary.ca. That would be great. Or even better if you have a flickr.com account or send a variety over to cyclofiend.com

First time I ever heard of a Vincent was Hunter S. Thompson. I thought he was making it all up. Second time was Richard Thompson. Very cool.

Lane said...

Hey, that rack looks familiar! Well done, nice job!