Strange Bikes: Ed Hood has been looking back in time when bikes were ‘innovative’ in very radical ways, and not always for the best. Here is his choice of radical/unorthodox bike designs, some artisan beauty and some just plain ugly. The low profile – The beginning of the end for Stephen Roche It was Stephen Roche who said that with the advent of the low profile design, bicycles ceased to be beautiful. And whilst today’s carbon – or is it ‘plastic’ as the old boys say? – machines are striking, it would be pushing it to call them ‘beautiful’ in the way you can a 70’s Raleigh, Bianchi or Masi. We thought it might be interesting to have a wander through some ‘alternative’ designs of bicycle – judgement on their aesthetics is up to you. A thing of beauty?
# EG Bates:
‘Back in the day’ of Simon Pure amateurs in the 1930’s the British cycling journals of the day frowned upon publishing pictures which displayed the frame builder’s marque too prominently. Bates came up with their double radius ‘diadrant’ front forks which illustrated better than any decal who had made the frame that such and such a star was riding. But the ‘double radius’ wasn’t just a gimmick, it was intended to give a more comfortable ride – and indeed, modern Pinarello forks aren’t a million miles away from Bates in terms of contours. Bates other innovation was ‘cantiflex’ tubing, specially drawn for them by Reynolds; […]