Bicycle Week: A Velocipede Miscellany

Yeah that headline is a bit florid. But hey, this ain’t Junior-College-Style.com.

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 — which is sold at your local Wal-Mart — 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.” — CC

6 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.

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