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    Weird old bike stuff

    Stumbled across Charlie Kelly's website, and these pages are too good not to share.

    http://sonic.net/~ckelly/Seekay/weird_bike_stuff.htm

    http://sonic.net/~ckelly/Seekay/weird_bike_stuff2.htm


    I've been riding since about 1990, and other than the 2WD bike, I hadn't seen any of these bizarre contraptions before.
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    I worked on a few of those transbar bikes. Fucking garbage, but the rubes will buy anything if they think it will make it easier/faster (also see triathlete)
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    Dude its losers like you that give ski bums a bad rap.

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    That was fantastic! I want to ride each one of those designs.

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    Hello, Charlie Kelly here, local business owner and cat enthusiast. Is your cat making too much noise all the time? Is your cat constantly stomping around driving you crazy? Is your cat clawing at your furnitures? Think there’s no answer? You’re so stupid! There is! Kitten Mittons. Finally, there is an elegant, comfortable mitten for cats…. I couldn’t hear anything! Is your cat one-legged? Is your cat fat, skinny, or an in-between? That doesn’t matter! Cause one size fits all! Kitten Mittons! You’ll be smitten! So come on down to Paddy’s Pub. We’re the hoooooooommee of the original Kitten Mittons. Meeeeeeeeeeowwwww!


    oh wait.

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    Those are fakes

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    My buddy has one of those tandems. Holy fuck is it a shit show to ride a bit drunk.

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    haha that was awesome....

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    Holy shit that site is a deep black hole of awesome.

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    I am totally down with fendt.

    I don't even have vertebral junctions anymore. I need FENDT!
    Besides the comet that killed the dinosaurs nothing has destroyed a species faster than entitled white people.-ajp

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    This looks fun. And dangerous.

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    Iceman land rows in jeans?
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    Last I saw Ice he wasn't sporting such a ghey mustache.
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    "If the road You followed brought you to this,of what use was the road"?

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    That bike surfing thing....I want to do that so bad.

    But, you know, I don't want to die. (RIP Indian Larry. )

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    I have to make a longboard with big wheels and some kind of brake. Or, like, some kind of enormous strider bike that could get put on the bus bike rack and DH'd back to the bottom in a surfy way.

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    or just rob a few gas stations and get a onewheel I suppose.

    something. ffs.

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    When I was living in Park City mid 80s I was working for the 4th of 4 bikes shops in town and the Transbar Salesman came in to push his product.

    Since I didn't really give a shit I kept making fun of his product while he extolled their virtues to the manager. After about 20 minutes of my mocking he lost his cool, cursed me out and left.

    Later I ran into buddies from Shops 1 & 3 and they reported similar interaction. Too bad, it was the future and we ruint(sic) it.

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    The 20" BMX jumping bike I rolled and flew in the mid 70s was weird by most standards through the 1990s. It's now quite similar to today's downhill bikes.. And I used it as a downhiller back in the day. Many of the other neighborhood kids had these too and our BMX track had the start at the top of a hill with the finish pit jump at the bottom of a gulley. Found another one, one year later model on eBay three years ago and had to pull the trigger and hang it in my shed. Tried to ride it but my 175 pound fat ass bottoms out the shocks designed for 80 pound groms LOL!



    Super fun to fly down the hills and town home complex stair sets on the way to the stores. Bummer to push uphill for 2 miles back home. Lived on high ground back then..
    Go that way really REALLY fast. If something gets in your way, TURN!

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    Weird old bike stuff

    Reminds me in the 70s, I had some weird ass mono shock bmx bike. Can't remember much about it, but will have to dig threw the interwebz and see if I can find a picture

    Edit Found it!

    The Mathews MX-1 Monoshock
    Like this only all black

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    I had this on my first roadie; I had my worst crash ever because of it.

    https://youtu.be/Dwpnxh_Vxpk

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    "Solution in search of a problem" sounds about right.

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    Weird old bike stuff

    Quote Originally Posted by FLS View Post
    "Solution in search of a problem" sounds about right.
    Yeah, no shit. :-)

    The rear hub had a sort of emergency freewheel that was supposed to spin in case the chain got jammed. It didn’t. Downhill, high speed, in the rain, on a long sweeping corner, I was coasting, gaining speed, and shifted to the smallest cog, exactly what the system was designed to do. The chain jumped the cog and wedged between the cassette and the frame, locking up the whole system. Down I went. Still have scars 40 years later.
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    The acronym FFS is double entendre.

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    I am forever cursing my Tractive Slippage.
    StokePimpin' ain't easy

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    When you want the ultimate connection with your partner it's best to.....come together.

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    That bike could cause a lot of problems in my town where single file is sternly enforced ($250 fine or up to 5 days in jail).

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    These became fashionable for a while in the early 80s among the British time trial cognoscente after someone demolished the 100 mile record using them.

    People would swear they felt better and eliminated dead spots.. ridiculous.
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    And there will come a day when our ancestors look back...........

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