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The Purple Cow
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I'm looking to get a new commuting around town bike.

I've already got one of these Marc Newson designed beauties. (Mine doesn't have disc-breaks as photographed, though mine does glow green in the dark.).

But as you can see from the photo, there's no place where you can pass a chain through it, thus you can't secure it outdoors, which is death for an Amsterdam bike.

So my plan is to sell it, and use that money to buy a new commuting stead that I can lock up outside at night.

Staying with the biomega stable, my I fell on the appropriately named 'Amsterdam' model. Can't find a photo except on the Biomega website.

I like the idea of direct drive, so I won't get oil on my Rohan's, but I'm not sure how reliable the DD mechanisms are, I've heard differing stories.

But then suddenly, there's this; The Swobo Fulsom.

cool huh?

And a snip at just $499. So I'd be able to seel the Biomega get a more practical bike and still have over €1000 in my pocket.



Waddya think, should I get one?

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I'll take that as a 'no' then.
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It's kind of strange looking, isn't it? It looks really heavy to me, mostly due to that support at the front of the frame.
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That's pretty cool.
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Aw TPC - on this you must be the cock o' the north so to speak.
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I think they're very nice. Not sure about white, unless you're heavily tanned and have legs like di Luca. I mean white is cool, but this time time of year, this weather. You'd be wiping it clean every 100 metres.

Btw TPC what happened with the courts? I lost the thread with that. Is it all resolved or is it still a bit crap. Hope I'm not stirring up any bad vibes.

Btw that Biomega website - that's pretty cool eh?

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The one you show here, is actually bare aluminium rather than white, the glow-in-the-dark model I have is a kind of yellowish-green in daylight.

The flourescent effect is of little practical use except for scaring little old ladies at tram-stops.

Here is a picture of Gary Fisher on his Biomega, so you can see the flourescent colour better. He appears to have changed the wheels and got rid of the fold-away pedals.

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The court-case is kind of sorted. We had to sell our car, take out a third mortgage (you'll remember we took out a second mortgage when the kitchen floor collapsed) and we had to recall a €50k loan early that we had made to a friend. Then the rest we are paying off at the rate of €3000 per month, which as you can imagine leaves us with no disposable income at all - so no fun, christmas prezzies or holidays. The tax people look at our company income on a regular basis to check that we are still doing ok, so they can recall the rest of what we owe them at any time if they don't like what they see. So in that sense we are still on a knife edge, but given that we now owe them just €18k there's not a massive amount they can do to us. They do also check our domestic spending quarterly to make sure that we are not spending too much at the supermarket or whatever, which is all rather humiliating, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do to get by. In April next year (I think) the 2004 tax nightmare will be behind us.

We still have a bill for 2005 due soon, but because we lost €300k in 2006 we should be able to write a chunk of that off against the 2005 bill, so we are not expecting anything too horrible there. That will be the end of it then, because since early 2006 we became a limited liability company and so had to go on payrole paying taxes as we go.

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If it's a commuting bike then it needs to have mudguards unless you enjoy your face being sprayed with watery oil or Amsterdam is more temperate than I believed.
And what about something to carry things on?
Real practical I am when it comes to commuting.

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All things considered that's pretty good news TPC. I'm glad.
As for commuting LC, I have found that due to cycling every day, I have become much better at not bringing work home and also I'm very careful that I don't take stuff I really don't need. Carrying my days work on a flash drive helps as well.

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From expensive cycling porn, to expensive cycling art.

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The above book, about the great artisan cycle makers, looks well worth having. You can buy it here.


This is a detail from a 1952 René Herse.

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One of Herse's most famous designs was a "démontable", which separated into two parts for easy storage. Here's one:

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The tradition of hand-built randonneur bikes, designed for long-distance touring or events like Paris-Brest-Paris, is still going strong today in Levallois, in the NW suburbs of Paris.

Ernest Csuka has been making Alex Singer bikes since 1938, and still works in his shop at the age of 78. You can buy one of his bikes for about 5,000 euros, depending on the components.

I have some very nice photographs of his stuff, but I think by the time I'd scanned them and reduced them to avoid messing up the page, they'd lose some of their beauty.

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This thread should carry a 'work safe' warning. It's pure filth. That is serious bike bling, cycling porn, call it what you will. I was going to ask why cycling stuff is so expensive, with that book costing $60, but then just look at it.
Just look at it.
It's my 40th birthday on Monday and I'm quietly hoping for something bike related.

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Personally, I can't wait until the boys are old enough that I can buy them a couple of these...


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How cool would you look rolling into the bicycle sheds on one of those?

There from an Amsterdam shop called The Chopperdome that specializes in choppers, cruisers and low-riders.

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Look at this from Chopperdome; 144-spoked wheels!


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I've got a beach cruiser in my collection of bikes - like a less-exaggerated version of the bottom one. I got a fantastic saddle for it from a company in the US, and have a chrome horn. Ms K threatened to buy me a Noddy windmill for it.

You can hire examples of the first one you posted round our way in summer months. They're great fun.

Another variety the same place rents out is like a one-seater pedal-car for adults, with proper gears and pedals, but great big fat tyres and a steering wheel. I suppose it's basically some kind of four-wheeled recumbent bike with a fake car body stuck on. You wouldn't think it possible, but I've seen people really shifting in them.

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Recep Yesil and Holger Patzelt, two young blokes from Karlsruhe who are former cycle couriers, have started their own bike company and the bikes are getting some really good press for their build quality.

They have "old-school" steel frames and the range includes a cyclo-cross bike with disc brakes that I particularly like, as well as the courier special, a fixed-gear. The bikes are rather cool and I like the attention to detail:

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Horizontal rear dropouts:

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The company's called Fixie Inc.

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Whoa!

'Winged God' bicycle clips!

$15 from the Conran shop.


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