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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 10:30 pm 
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Saw this in Manchester today and couldn't believe my eyes. Surely the steering must be unsafe?
I checked and there isn't a circus in town so I guess this really is someones pride and joy.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 12:21 pm 
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I've seen a few fixie bikes like this around town, probably another hipster fad. Unless someone can explain a reasonable rationale for this then I must conclude it is completely daft.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 2:24 pm 
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Back-to-front AND bent?!?

So gae. :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:12 pm 
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Its okay there's nothing wrong with it....

Its a collaboration between Pinarello and Raleigh.

Otherwise known as a Pinaraleigh..

At least they had the nous to lock it up, so some poor scumbag theif can't hurt himself :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:28 pm 
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Fearless hoiking out of the stem too. The fork has a kind of bendy elegance to it....


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:29 pm 
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riddim-track wrote:
I've seen a few fixie bikes like this around town, probably another hipster fad. Unless someone can explain a reasonable rationale for this then I must conclude it is completely daft.


Presumably a solution that has come about when the inexperienced
hipsters invevitably crash their fixies and need to keep using the bent
fork :roll:


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:56 pm 
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I'd love to ride it just to see how it handled. ('cos I'm not trying in on my own bike) :P


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:57 pm 
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Bates did it years ago :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:45 pm 
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riddim-track wrote:
I've seen a few fixie bikes like this around town, probably another hipster fad. Unless someone can explain a reasonable rationale for this then I must conclude it is completely daft.

So are you saying people do this intentionally? I can't see any possible reason for doing it. The wheel centre is behind the steering axis so the steering must be really really odd.

The Bates Diadrant forks mentioned by Bagpuss still kept the centre of the wheel in front of the steering axis and basically just put the rake in a different position of the tube. There is definitely a Bates look about them though, lol. I believe that the Bates fork design came about because makers were not allowed to fit transfers to bikes used in races so the Bates brothers came up with them so as to be easily recognised as one of their bikes.

I saw a bike in the Transport Museum at Coventry recently and that had reversed forks. Seems it was a "Stayer track bike" and they had reversed forks. They weren't bent though! Thread I started about it here http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... highlight=

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:52 pm 
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GrumpyOldMan wrote:
riddim-track wrote:
I've seen a few fixie bikes like this around town, probably another hipster fad. Unless someone can explain a reasonable rationale for this then I must conclude it is completely daft.

So are you saying people do this intentionally? I can't see any possible reason for doing it. The wheel centre is behind the steering axis so the steering must be really really odd.


Well I do live in London which is officially the worlds capital for stupid fashions, seems like Manchester are a bit slow to catch on.

If it was a new Carrera I'd just assume it was bought at Halfords and the mechanic put them on backwards due to not being a real mechanic but the fact it's a old steel bike with one gear makes me think... its a completely daft fashion statement


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