I ran across the video below where these guys take bits of cars and figure out their usefulness on a bicycle.I love repurposing stuff. On a slightly less labor-intensive scale, I have reused bike bits with some success. Specifically, I’m fond of reusing chopped up parts of handlebars to hang lights and mirrors.
A short film by French artist, Edouard Sepulchre. Music: The Great Escape - Patrick Watson. Happy Valentine's Day.
Thanks to John in Ann Arbor for sending me pictures of his Soma Tradesman all decked out with a Wald 157 basket and two black Elinors. A gorgeous and modern cycle truck!
An old friend of mine picked up a 1959 Schwinn Tiger three speed at a yard sale for a $25. He decided to share his good fortune and donate the well-preserved beauty to the Iowa City Bike Library. Wherever this thing was kept, the humidity was low and the UV exposure was minimal. In fact, we opened the battery powered headlamp and found a couple of incredibly well preserved Eveready “D” cell batteries. The price (20 cents) is on the battery. There is also a guarantee printed on the battery that says Everready will replace your flashlight if it is damaged by leakage. It gives an address where you should mail your damaged flashlight. A simpler time, for sure.
Speaking of bike lighting, I had the Peugeot Nouveau Style out yesterday and tested the bottle dynamo. I’ve always been a fan of the lighting systems on vintage French bicycles. The French took painstaking measures to conceal unsightly wiring inside frame tubes and along the crimped edges of fenders. This was a tidy aesthetic that never caught on with the British. The Brits were not troubled by dangling wiring. I prefer the clean look. Today, with hub dynamos, LEDs and capacitors, I’m thinking bike manufacturers ought to set up city bikes and commuters with internally wired, fender mounted lighting systems.