My ten quid bike

Discussion in 'Fixed Gear and Single Speed' started by TinyMyNewt, 10 Jan 2018.

  1. TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    Location:
    South coast, UK
    Specially for @3narf and @woodbutcher, here is my new single-speed acquisition - I hope you're ready for this ... ^_^

    I rescued it from the tip for the princely sum of £10, because I thought it looked interesting. It came with no cranks and silly three-foot-wide handlebars. I already had a suitably ludicrous pair of red and yellow cranks and some cut-down bars from a sacrificial bike I bought last year, so the only extra expense has been a new chain. After some patient deployment of WD40 the seized-up folding mechanisms work, although I doubt it will ever get folded up again. It's steel, but light for a folder, and the handling is a bit, well, interesting - probably not suitable for anyone who belongs to Drago's tall club but then I'm five foot one :rolleyes:.

    I suspect it isn't a bike that will get a lot of use. Mainly it will probably be reserved for friends to ride up and down the road when a bit pissed, preferably wearing long shoes, a red nose, and a plastic bowler hat, while the rest of us point and laugh.

    I give you, Bike Number Nine: The Circus Bike:



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  2. winjim

    winjim A youth of interminable age

    It is silly. I like it.
     
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  3. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    Have you bought a big red nose and some long shoes to wear when riding it?
     
  4. OP
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    TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    Location:
    South coast, UK
    No, they are just for other people when they have to ride it, in case they see anyone who knows them.
     
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  5. woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

    Location:
    S W France
    Dunno if l would ride it .....the standover looks a bit on the high side for me :smile:
     
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  6. Sharky

    Sharky Veteran

    Location:
    Kent
    Think I bought a pair of those pedals for my wife's bike - they cost more than £10!

    Good bargain
     
  7. Leaway2

    Leaway2 Veteran

    Location:
    Manchester (Sale)
    Yes, but he has to factor in the shoes and nose. Which will be double cost more than the bike.

    Good find though OP.
     
  8. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    very different
     
  9. OP
    OP
    TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    Location:
    South coast, UK
    ^_^:girl:
     
  10. OP
    OP
    TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    Location:
    South coast, UK
    I bet no one else on here has got one :smile:.
     
  11. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    Rich has already got the wig

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  12. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    Those of us who know him can paint the rest of the picture mentally, though we try not to.
     
  13. booze and cake

    booze and cake probably out cycling

    I bet you never thought you'd have a bike with that much seat post showing ^_^. Looks fun.
     
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  14. 3narf

    3narf For whom the bell dings

    Location:
    Stroud
    That is a good find!

    So your local 'recycling centre' (municipal dump) lets you buy scrap bikes? Ours did, but it's been stopped, 'ealth and safety, init
     
  15. OP
    OP
    TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    Location:
    South coast, UK
    The tip is run by Veolia, and the 'shop' that sells anything saleable (including bikes) is run by a charity, I think it's YMCA. They always have bikes, but usually they're all rusty kids' MTBs, that's why this one caught my eye.
     
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