Here's one of mine. A Raleigh 20 rescued from the Recycling Facility (the dump). I kept only the frame in the end. Like others I find it the easiest bike to hop on and go for a quick ride to the shops or along the seafront etc.
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Regarding your small wheelers i think I'm not alone in hoping you will post some pics and info...id like this thread to be for everyone whos into small wheels! If you’ve got it...post it!
First the only pic I have on my computer of one of my current fleet:
I found this on the balcony of my student flat in 1997 and it's seen a lot of use in my ownership. It belonged to one of my flatmates and he said I could have it because he was too lazy to fix its flat tyres. I still occasionally use it when travelling by train in the Netherlands. It's a folder with 20" wheels and a Sachs Duomatic two speed hub. If I remember correctly, a sticker says it's made in Czechoslovakia.
I gave my girlfriend a very similar one a year or so after I got the orange folder. I hand painted it purple and fitted a 36-spoke Sachs 3-speed hub that I re-drilled and built into the 20" wheel. She's never used it much, because soon after I gave her the bike I got her a 1970 MK2 Gazelle Kwikstep. She still occasionally use that one on the train. It splits in two and has 22" wheels and a Duomatic hub.
MK2 Gazelle Kwikstep (Google pic):
In the UK we have a 21-speed MK1 Riese & Müller Birdy (18"), like below one (Google pic). It's a great bike, very comfortable and much faster than the folders I was used to!
I've had many more small wheelers, most of which I've sold a few years ago when I decided that 50+ bikes, most of which see little or no use, was maybe a bit excessive. I only have pics of below two that both don't fold. Union Barracuda (22"):
Empo Mini Maxi Lassie (22"):
The Union and the Empo both went to a chap in Amsterdam who rents out vintage bikes, mainly to Asian tourists who apparently prefer small bikes.
Brompton world championships. Happened across it when my son did the junior bike race around St James' Park as part of the Ride London festivities a few years back.
The Bromptons were on first. Hundreds of them. In fancy dress - lycra banned! Some of them were really going for it too. Remarkable sight - couldn't stop grinning!
Hi Nick..yes indeed a flock of bromptons and their riders or “bromptonauts” are indeed a sight to behold!
In fact i was so impressed with the ridiculousness of the riders (no disrespect inferred or intended to them) after a visit to (that London) that i went home and did some research on these plucky little bikes. Dr Alex Moulton was impressed with the ingenuity of the Brompton but summed it up when asked by a journalist (why don't you make a folding bike?) His terse response was classic....”Bromptons fold well....Moultons ride well!)
Despite having become a total convert to the Moulton formula i couldnt help myself...i wanted to know..No i Needed to know for myself! e bay beckoned....
And so this was brought home neatly easily and tidily folded in the boot of a borrowed ford ka with 4 passengers accompanying it!
Hmm well its certainly easy to transport,
The eagle eyed amongst you may notice the electric hub motor on the front wheel...yes its an e bike! And oh my goodness do i love it! Yes I do..the ride is harsh compared to my Moultons but the assistance is beautiful..its very subtle..think of it as the breath of an angel blowing you gently up a hill. You need to pedal..its not a moped! I live next to central europes biggest freshwater lake= lots of wind! This takes the sting out of it....of course i get the comments about cheating! Usually from people 20 years younger than me 20 kilos lighter than me on £2000 carbon fibre bikes that weigh less than my shoes with 28 gears compared to my 3speed hub!
I love it! Its tripled the distance i can travel and i still come home knackered and covered in sweat!
Above all its differant..small wheels=big miles and big smiles!
I'm not sure if these count, but the wheels are quite small
My BSA 20, this is my pub bike for pubs that aren't too far away It's also the bike I take to Glastonbury festival to cruise round on during the day, Having a small bike at the festival is super handy as it makes getting about a lot easier, and this one in low gear can ride at the same speed pretty much as the crowds, so quite laid back all round.
I also have this, which I bought before the BSA20, no idea what it is, it's marked 'eurostar' and I think the seller mentioned it was for use on a towpath if you have a canal boat? Anyway, its AWFUL to ride, even the gentlest of corners means the pedals his the road when turning - i've checked and it all looks factory, so perhaps it for straight roads only ? Consigned to the back of my lockup at the moment.