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Old 10-10-22, 05:40 AM
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Originally Posted by alcjphil
OK I am as a Canadian pretty much as anti Trump as the next guy, but I don't see any problem with anyone having pro Trump slogans written on their bike. It is their right to do so in a country where they have an inalienable right to speak freely as long as their speech doesn't hurt another citizen. Free speech means having to sometimes hear things you don't agree with
bingo ! spot on. sadly, many americans,,,,don't seem to grasp that concept...
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Old 10-10-22, 06:06 AM
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Yep. This thread is going to get locked because some people feel they have a right to be "not offended" in spite of a world which does not conform to their model. Changing the world is hard. The easier answer is to change the model to conform to the world as observed. Smart-science-guy Richard Feynman once said: "If theory does not match observation, theory is wrong."...or something to that effect.

Anyway. In the meantime, enjoy these:

Flower delivery bicycle by Richard Mozzarella, on Flickr

Flower delivery bicycle by Richard Mozzarella, on Flickr


Though to be honest, since there were 2 observed in their native habitat, maybe neither is unusual enough to be considered "weird" for the purposes of this thread.
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Old 10-10-22, 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted by base2
Yep. This thread is going to get locked because some people feel they have a right to be "not offended" in spite of a world which does not conform to their model. Changing the world is hard. The easier answer is to change the model to conform to the world as observed. Smart-science-guy Richard Feynman once said: "If theory does not match observation, theory is wrong."...or something to that effect.

Anyway. In the meantime, enjoy these:

Flower delivery bicycle by Richard Mozzarella, on Flickr

Flower delivery bicycle by Richard Mozzarella, on Flickr


Though to be honest, since there were 2 observed in their native habitat, maybe neither is unusual enough to be considered "weird" for the purposes of this thread.

I don't know if it's going to be locked, but no I don't think it would just be because of fear of "offending" people. Honestly, I don't think there's anything of interest in the OP bike, so the conversation if left to drift is just going to go smack into the political statement on the bike. That, as usual, will drive out any conversation not about politics. There are other forums for that, I really don't need this one to morph into the same old, same old.

Now the bikes you posted, those are worth talking about! What's the story here? Who painted those?
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Old 10-10-22, 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions
I don't know if it's going to be locked,

Now the bikes you posted, those are worth talking about! What's the story here? Who painted those?
As a second thought, I don't know that it'll get locked either. I hope not. I think the word "cynical" might apply. A weird and unusually decorated bike thread would be cool IMO. Also as a point of reflection, it is important to seek out the artists intended meaning.

As far as the bikes I shared, I've seen a few here in Sicily but these are the 2 I managed to snap a pic of. I can't offer much other than both appeared to be functional & in daily use. Both were parked outside on the street begging for further attention. Drawing customers into a sidewalk cafe, so to speak. Maybe it is an expression of individuality in a dense & vibrant culture. To my eye it screams "Romani" but I don't have the context or cultural background knowledge to be definitive or render judgement other than: "Hey, that's cool!"

I've seen wagon carts, cars & other random things done in this style too. Perhaps it's an expression of regional culture, identity, belonging? If so, neat!

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Old 10-10-22, 04:53 PM
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Originally Posted by livedarklions
Now the bikes you posted, those are worth talking about! What's the story here? Who painted those?
Clearly associated with the establishment that they're in front of - see the other painted fixtures in the background. Also, given the underinflated tires of the first, I'd bet that they don't go walkabout too often.
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Old 10-11-22, 12:50 AM
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WhyFi I thought that too. But then I saw so many scooters with under inflated tires that I decided that maybe not being run up full up tight against the max was also a "thing" too. The slower streets are cobble or brick. The extra suspension from under inflation might be welcome. They have a posted 30kph limit that is almost never reached, by any mode, even if you wanted to. The fastest streets have a 40kph limit. Those are smooth asphalt but even the most aggressive taxi driver didn't exceed 50kph & he did so only momentarily up the middle of the street free from pedestrian hazards that might pop out from either side.

I guess my point is that speeds in general are so slow & that properly inflated tires just aren't a high priority.
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I have that exact saddle, although not on the same type of bike.
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Old 10-11-22, 05:37 AM
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Originally Posted by base2
As a second thought, I don't know that it'll get locked either. I hope not. I think the word "cynical" might apply. A weird and unusually decorated bike thread would be cool IMO. Also as a point of reflection, it is important to seek out the artists intended meaning.

As far as the bikes I shared, I've seen a few here in Sicily but these are the 2 I managed to snap a pic of. I can't offer much other than both appeared to be functional & in daily use. Both were parked outside on the street begging for further attention. Drawing customers into a sidewalk cafe, so to speak. Maybe it is an expression of individuality in a dense & vibrant culture. To my eye it screams "Romani" but I don't have the context or cultural background knowledge to be definitive or render judgement other than: "Hey, that's cool!"

I've seen wagon carts, cars & other random things done in this style too. Perhaps it's an expression of regional culture, identity, belonging? If so, neat!

Those really show an incredible level of craftmanship/artistry. That's either the work of a professional or of one truly obsessed amateur. Makes.me wonder if there's a local artist making a living painting utilitarian objects generally or just bicycles. I'm amazed someone can paint cranks and rims and still make it rideable.

And yeah, it screams local culture. Thanks!

Can you start a new thread? This deserves much better than "weird", and I really hate these " let's mock someone's bike" threads. I suspect there's others who feel the same way that won't get past the op.

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Old 10-11-22, 06:25 AM
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as much as I enjoy the challenge of rebuilding coaster hubs, I probably would just replace the wheel.
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Old 10-11-22, 08:31 AM
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Weirdest bike I've seen:
Second weirdest:

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Originally Posted by Rolla
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Old 10-11-22, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by RB1-luvr
as much as I enjoy the challenge of rebuilding coaster hubs, I probably would just replace the wheel.
I once disassembled a coaster brake hub, cleaned and greased it, and somehow got it back together. When I mentioned it to my mechanic friend, he looked astonished and said, "Really? You got it back together?"

It was just dumb luck, I guess.
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