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Old 11-21-19, 08:23 PM
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Monty Python, The Cyling Tour

Can anyone figure out what kind of bicycle Michael Palin is riding in The Cycling Tour? It has a half-chromed fork and appears to have a cotterless crank of some kind. Maybe a TA?
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Has a Motoish look to it. Looks like a PIVO or ATAX stem and I think I can almost make out an 'M' decal on the seat tube?
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I bet it sounds like clacking coconut shells when you pedal.
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
"Pither! What a stroke of luck!"
To which Pither replies "Well, yes and no."
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My second favorite line: "How do you know so much about cycling?"

Now and then someone asks about methods of shortening a pump (usually a Silca Impero) to fit their frame. I like to send them to this shop in North Cornwall, that advertises "We Shorten Pumps While-U-Wait":


Inspired lunacy...

On a whim I googled on "python" "inspired lunacy" (exact phrase) and got 41,000 hits, so I guess that phrase stuck in my head for a reason.

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Old 11-22-19, 07:18 AM
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Originally Posted by thinktubes View Post
Pic asst.

Thanks for the still photo--I'd been trying to identify it direct from video, which was hopeless.

I guess it's a cottered crank, isn't it? Those multiple bands on the frame tubes look like those foil/mylar things Dawes used to use, among others.

It's interesting that the seatpost is way too low, given that Palin is standing flatfooted with his ass on the saddle. I guess he never had to ride it very far at one go before crashing again. I'm not quite sure how he kept catching his trouser leg on the pump when it's all the way up on the top tube--would have made more sense if it was on the seat tube or down tube.
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I'm just glad he has a goodly arsenal of tools handy, including a spatula. 😁 Remember Spatula City? All your spatula needs, under one roof. 👍😁
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So are those pumps shortened to metric or imperial lengths?

Bloody Central Services -- they've gone back to metric without telling us.....

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So are those pumps shortened to metric or imperial lengths?

Bloddy Central Services -- they've gone back to metric without telling us.....
African or European?
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Old 11-22-19, 11:33 AM
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I believe it's a Carlton (Cobra, perhaps?) with the full chrome / acrylichrome finish.
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I believe it's a Carlton (Cobra, perhaps?) with the full chrome / acrylichrome finish.
Nice! A plausible answer. It doesn't even matter if it's right--it sounds like it could be right.
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Originally Posted by bulgie View Post
To which Pither replies "Well, yes and no."
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My second favorite line: "How do you know so much about cycling?"

Now and then someone asks about methods of shortening a pump (usually a Silca Impero) to fit their frame. I like to send them to this shop in North Cornwall, that advertises "We Shorten Pumps While-U-Wait":


Inspired lunacy...

On a whim I googled on "python" "inspired lunacy" (exact phrase) and got 41,000 hits, so I guess that phrase stuck in my head for a reason.
Of course I live about ten miles from a formerly desolate crossroads called Short Pump, VA. Well, it was like that when I moved here twenty one years ago. Now it's suburban mall development hell, at the point where I-295 meets I-64 west of Richmond.
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Originally Posted by jonwvara View Post
Nice! A plausible answer. It doesn't even matter if it's right--it sounds like it could be right.
It might even be rightish. Below is an acrylichrome Carlton Constellation restored by Mike Jane in the UK. (Photo credit to Mike Jane) https://www.facebook.com/groups/1495...epa=SEARCH_BOX

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I live about ten miles from a formerly desolate crossroads called Short Pump...
Say no more! Say no more!
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Originally Posted by bertinjim View Post
It might even be rightish. Below is an acrylichrome Carlton Constellation restored by Mike Jane in the UK. (Photo credit to Mike Jane) https://www.facebook.com/groups/1495...epa=SEARCH_BOX

Man! Amazing work, bertinjim. That does indeed look right! It looks like a Williams crank I guess--or maybe it's a Nicklin--and the obligatory Allvit RD. It even has the same same saddlebag. What's that, maybe a Carradice Cadet?
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"Downtown Short Pump" used to be a joke, but the mall and surrounding development has made it a nightmare come true.
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Back to the video, gee willikers, how many times can you fall off your bike? 😁🙄😁

I wonder which came first, this or the guy on a tricycle, wearing old rain gear, on Laugh-In? 🤔😁
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