Bicycle Week: A Velocipede Miscellany

Yeah that headline is a bit florid. But hey, this ain’t

Bike Week continues (not concludes) with a random assortment of images. First, the Gant bicycle, which was released about a year ago with a price tag of $995. Only 25 were made available in the US, and as of a month ago there were still a few left. Call a Gant store if interested:

As for a more traditional bike maker, Schwinn currently offers this retro-inspired cruiser called the Coffee:

Coffee is a pretty silly name (the women’s version is called Cream). Previous Schwinn bikes aimed at students included the Collegiate, Varsity, Co-Ed and Debutante.

Here are a couple madras-and-canvas-shoe shots from Schwinn’s 1967 catalog:

Even Huffy β€” which is sold at your local Wal-Mart β€” is getting into the action with this affordable retro cruiser:

Because hey, what you want is a preppy bike. Which is actually the name of a Japanese company:

Speaking of preps on bikes, our parting shot is Knox Overstreet of “Dead Poets Society” leaving campus to go see his first crush, the blonde cheerleader from the public school:

Look for me at the next Big Apple Tweed Run. Tell the cabbies to watch out: “Dapper Cyclist Ahead.” β€” CC

7 Comments on "Bicycle Week: A Velocipede Miscellany"

  1. I’d love to have a nice cruiser, but refuse to buy some Chinese-made piece of junk. I’ll have to try to find a vintage Schwinn or Raleigh, I guess.

  2. Robert Bain | April 29, 2011 at 11:44 am |

    I bought a Coffee last summer after my mountain bike was stolen, and I love it. Of course I’d rather it be made in the USA, but for a new bike under $300 it’s fantastic. It’s surprising how few options there are for proper city bikes short of the artisan bikebuilder price-point; after all some of us do have families and employment in the not-for-profit world…

  3. Michael Mattis | April 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm |

    I love this series on so many levels. When I knew Chenners in L.A., he was a dedicated motorist and I the adamant cyclist who refused to buy a car — not an easy thing down in the Big Nowhere. Then he moved to New York and I back home to San Francisco. Chenners sold his cherished roadster and took up the bike. Today I’m a passionate walker and only an occasional cyclist.

    So was it out of need or for the love of a woman that you settled on the cycle? Have you found a fixie pixie?

  4. @ Henry: You might want to check out Alternative Needs Transportation. They’re built just outside of Boston, and while more expensive than an old Schwinn, they are undoubtedly better constructed.

  5. Thanks, M2. Actually got a bike last year in order to get to the tennis courts. As for fixie pixie, I’ll be be out for a ride tomorrow and not flying solo.

  6. These are great for small towns, in the city I prefer something a little larger. Like My Rosebud. She is a Schwinn Point Beach Cruiser.

  7. Custom Cruiser | July 6, 2017 at 8:51 pm |

    I love classic and classic style bikes. I love customizing them or just doing nice but mild restorations. I have a little of everything you have shown on this page myself. From the classics to the “like classic” stylings of the older generations. Everything from Bone stock, to mild custom and one complete over haul, what can only be explained best as a Retro Rod rebuild.

    1973 Schwinn Collegiate 5 Sp.

    Mild custom/Restoration. Fresh coat of red paint (frame), Flat Black fenders and Gloss Black to the crown of the chain guard along with replacing the bent front rim in with a matching rim same as came on the bike brand new. Handle bars have been replaced with close to the same as original Butterfly Bars but a little lower and slicked back at the grips than the originals. Still has and will be remaining the original drive train from 1973. Unless some thing goes seriously wrong, that will not be changed. If it does go wrong, who knows?

    Next and final improvement will be better Brake Levers and Calipers.

    I have this bike 15 years and this season I decided it was time to get it out, fix it up and make it more of a style I really wanted to ride. The Chrome was shot, I didn’t like the Cardinal red it came in and the front wheel was bent and just everything needed a freshening up. I do believe I have pretty much reached the goal of how I feel this bike should have been made in the first place.

    1994 Custom conversion road cruiser; (Huffy Cranbrook)

    Staring off life as a normal single gear, coaster brake, metallic green Huffy Cranbrook it has now a mongoose front end and rims, a 10 speed front road sprocket, 21 speed rear gears making it 13 speeds (I call “stroker gearing”), custom paint (Black with red axe handle stripes along the cross bar; unfortunately have been removed since photo was taken, 10 years old and just couldn’t be salvaged anymore), Trek fenders that cost more than the bike brand new and a full custom chrome package and spike fender restraints, 1/4 inch front and half inch rear and the rear ones will bite.

    I got the bike from a friend when I needed some thing to ride around on and the only problem it had was the chain had a broken link in it. I figured if it needs that and I have parts around why stop at a chain? Since then it has gone several different conversions until I finally got to this and now I do believe this is the way this bike was meant to be built and this is the way it will stay.

    1964 Chrome Spaceliner.

    Pretty much a rat rod and the tanks are missing but it’s a great cruiser just to roll around the town streets on and has a great looking frame. Still in the works to figure out exactly what I want to do to it if I want to get tanks and do it a little more original or just get stupid and make it into a drag bike. Time will tell.

    And a early to mid 1970’s Holdsworth Royal

    100% original all the way to the paint. It is so cool in it’s current state I can’t see doing any kind of rodding or customization to it.

    (All photos can be found on my Facebook page here…

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