Something special in the workshop!

A new arrival in the workshop today (yes, it is easier to start projects than finish them…). something really quite special indeed.

I’ve always fancied a tandem. Not really sure why. They’re heavy, large, unusable without a trained partner, don’t fit on the car, look a bit weird. But still, they do look fun, in an eccentric sort of way.

I’ve also thought it would be cool to own a bicycle from every decade of the 1900s. Well I have managed to tick both boxes with this one.

This is a “Wonder” tandem from the mid 1930s, seemingly remarkably original and in excellent antique condition.

I have never owned a vehicle this old, nor repaired anything with this much history, so I’m going to be treating it very carefully! That said, this isn’t going to be a garage queen restoration. My intention is to use it, but keep as much original patina as possible.

Watch this space, this is going to be an interesting restoration and a very unique bike to research, fix up and ride.

Any tips more than welcome. I’m in uncharted territory with this antique =)

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Love this story….

It’s a bit late for valentine’s day but I love this story…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-35299608

Neat way to keep your bike safe in the city

Who doesn’t enjoy neat solutions, effectively implemented. Looks great!

Not all bicycles are for riding…

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Possibly more than any other invention, the bicycle seems to encourage mechanisation of manual tasks – moving one’s legs to turn a wheel can apparently have almost endless applications.

Once they can’t be ridden any more, it’s great to see bicycles continue to offer some utility far beyond their intended lifespan.

Here’s a great example of that, and some great grass roots entrepreneurialism too.

Everyone knows cycling and coffee is a great combination, now even before it reaches your cup =)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35132430

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Global Bianchi domination…

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After having stumbled across the Bianchi café in Milano, I stumbled across the Bianchi concept store in Akihabara, Tokyo. Am I following Bianchi, or are they following me???

This one is basically just a bike shop, but only with new Bianchi bikes. The shop was shut but I didn’t see any vintage bikes, or memorabilia. While this seems a shame given the brand’s strong heritage, without wanting to generalise, in Asia often new things are valued more highly than old things, so heritage is maybe not so important.

Some nice frames and bikes here, but out of my price range, whether in Yen or Euros!

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So as the bike shop is closed, time for some tasty ramen instead!

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Not bikes, but architectural salvage!

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It might not be bike-related, but it’s too cool not to share.

 

$_57 (1)A friend of mine has the only remaining illuminated sign from the facade of the now defunct Hürlimann brewery in Zurich.

As you know from the blog, I love reviving things that have a history, and architectural salvage is all about that.

The sign has been stored since it was removed from the brewery, and has a few age-scars as you would expect given its vintage, but it’s a truly unique object.

I’m currently selling it for him, so please share with anyone who might be interested. It would be great for this unique object to go to a good home!

The sign is very large, heavy and currently located in Switzerland, so bear that in mind if you want to bid!

Now imagine what a unique Christmas present that would make for someone…

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BMC FS04 (update 2)

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While looking for info on the bike on the web, I found it’s sleeker, lighter road brother.

So mine’s definitely a 2006 model, given near identical paint scheme. Not quite as clean though!