The Working Bike… A Nod to Summer

With the arrival of the pollen season, I mean spring, everyone getting out and exercising. I wanted to share photos of unique bikes I have collected.

I have shown you bikes before. (look here and here to see a few)   But the bikes I am interested in are ones that are not just for riding… they are for working!

Working bikes are seen everywhere in other countries. Everyone rides them.

Everyone except people here in the US.

It probably has something to do with the design of the cities in other countries. They are more centrally designed and easier to navigate. Think about a small town square and compare it to the freeway moving through Los Angles….see my point?

Well anyway, here are some that were just works of art!

Wooden detail for those who love old school racing boat looks…

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This is the pick up truck version… used to haul kids.

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And the ultimate working bike, (from Germany of course) …it even has an electric motor for additional assistance…

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I love to bike and wish they were more usable in the US for hauling things and carrying babies…

But until they are, I’ll just appreciate the ones I find in other places.

If you see any interesting ones riding around, I’d love to see them.

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Can a Bike be Art?

While I was sitting in a deli on 44th street in NYC I looked out the window and saw something I thought was art.

Now, many of you may not agree, but I think a machine can be art.

And I found a cool one.

Outside that window was a bike modified to be a motorcycle!

Someone had added a small motor to the frame. It all looked great, and was fun to see someone breaking out of the mold.

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And I think that he has even added an air horn!  look at the can under the gas tank… it has a tube running up to what looks like a horn on the handlebar…fun times!

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For those of you who think this is eye candy….your welcome!

For the rest of ya,  let me hear what you think it is…

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Wild Looking Bikes of the UK.

The Wild Bikes of the UK

As you may know we spent a month in the UK this past summer. We had a wonderful time and were exposed to many things we had not seen before.

One of the interesting things I noticed was the number of bicycles used in the UK. I am a bicycle rider so it was especially interesting for me to see the volume of people using human powered machines.

As you can see by the photo below, (taken at the train station in Bath, England) a lot of people use bicycles!

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So, you know me, I started looking around for interesting looking bicycles. And trust me there were a bunch of unusual bicycles to photograph.

      Here is a selection of interesting ones I thought you might be interested in seeing…

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As in many cities, moving goods for businesses is often done on bicycles here is a perfect example of a bike made to carry cargo.  The front wheel linkage engineering is a little involved….but I guess that is what you need in order to get that box to carry your supplies.  And it makes it cooler too!

We saw a lot of these cargo style bikes, this one in Scotland. Slightly different still doing the same job.

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And they all were used as advertisement as well.

DSCN0859asI guess this was the original DUI vehicle… from the country side of central Scotland. The name says it all.

 

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Of course people always make variations and use them to their own needs. This one had been converted to carry two small children.

 

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I loved this bike. It flashes back to the big wheels of old… which were almost impossible to ride efficiently. But with the smaller wheel, it was written all over town.   And the pretty basket is a plus also.  I would love to find one of these for sale. I think it would turn some heads in the neighborhood.

 

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I call this one the industrial bike. It had a huge basket on the front to. They had to shrink the front tire in order to make it fit. Then to top it off, the kickstand has to be added to the front to balance out that big box so that the bike doesn’t fall over.

 

 

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This one was a lot of fun. I walked up to buy ice cream from this man and found him very interested in talking about his bike. It is a real bicycle that he actually rides to work with ice cream in the cooler. He mentioned that it probably weighs 200 kg which may be in my estimation about 440 pounds.

He did mention that he lives downhill from where he works, which makes his ride home much nicer. 

 

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And finally, a bicycle built for two.

                                      As long as you don’t mind the skeleton…

 

I am always looking for interesting things, and I found a lot on our trip to England. So I am sure I’ll be showing you more .

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or you can email me at steve@stephenzmetaldesigns.com.

 

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