Archive of ‘vintage’ category

5 Must See Penny-farthing Style Bikes

Made popular in the 1880s, the Penny Farthing was the first machine to be called a ‘bicycle’. The name comes from the British penny and farthing coins, one much larger than the other, so that the side view resembles a penny leading a farthing. How do you mount one? 

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5 Must See Bike Powered Lawn Mowers

We recently purchased an old farmhouse in upstate NY and we are encountering new chores such as mowing a lawn . Living in Brooklyn, I never had to mow a lawn before. So I have been researching lawn mowers and I came across these creative bike hacks of a bike powered lawn mower. Enjoy! Bike_lawn_mower (more…)

Ultimate Guide To Buying a Retro Bike

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Let’s face it, not only is a vintage bike budget friendly on your pocketbook but also super stylish.  Also, vintage bicycles typically have a sturdier frame and better components than the bikes of today. So if you are in the market for a vintage bike here is our ultimate guide filled with tips on selecting the perfect retro match (from a girl who owns 3 vintage bikes). (more…)

6 Bicycle Inspired Gardens For Spring

Have a bicycle sitting in the garage that you haven’t or won’t be using? Well, if you’re the type that enjoys gardening, we have some brilliant ideas for you to use with your old two wheels in your garden. with Spring just around the corner, we are already craving plush pedals in both forms. Upcycling your bike parts for your garden creates an aesthetic of what adventure and journey’s are all about, the time and experience of getting their. We hope this roundup of 6 bicycle inspired gardens inspire you to get on two wheels or to use that old bike to plant a flower or two. bicyclegarden1 Image Courtesy of Pinterest

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5 Retro Bicycle Radios

Many of us love listening to music during our commutes and during a leisurely ride. Managing a radio on bicycle a few decades ago could have been a lot more difficult without the type of technology we have today to make a bicyle stereo manageable but gee where those vintage stereos something to say about design and quality. We still love that retro look and although vintage bicycle stereos look bulky, we can help but share some of our favorite finds of vintage and retro bicycle radios. radio_bicycle Image Courtesy Of Bike De (more…)

3 Reasons Why Bike Crates are Great!

If you’re ever tried to carry something heavy or unwieldy by bike, you’ve probably vowed never to do it again.  Which is understandable.  It isn’t easy to perform a balancing act when your mode of transportation is already dependent upon your equilibrium.  A basket or pannier is fine for lighter, smaller loads, but not so much if your burden is super heavy or bulky.  If only your bike had some kind of trunk, boot, rear carry-all…image

Say no more.  A rear-mounting bike porter crate can make all the difference.  We search far and wide for great vintage porter crates which we then tidy up and coat with tung oil to fight the elements before retrofitting each crate for a rear bicycle rack.  Each crate is totally unique and oozes retro charm, but best of all they’re super sturdy and can help lighten your load when you’re out for a spin.

Our 3 reasons why we think bike crates are so great:

1. Let’s say you’re going picnicking – you can use the crate to carry all your supplies.  We’re talking mini-grill, picnic blanket, cupcakes, a six-pack of beer… the whole shebang.

2. Heading to the beach?  Pack up your crate with towels, sunblock, a good book, and portable speakers (well, and probably another six-pack, let’s be real).  Everything you need for a day of fun in the sun.

3. Doing some home improvement projects?  Getting home from the hardware store shouldn’t be more difficult than whatever project you’re undertaking.  A bike crate can easily accommodate a can of paint (or two), a whole raft of tools, plus potting soil and sproutlings.

The long and the short of it is, we don’t know where we’d be without a trusty bicycle crate.  It’s a simple way to make getting to-and-from by bike even simpler, and it’s a charming way to add a bit of character to any ride.

Our Girl Monday: Brigitte Bardot

It doesn’t get much more classic than this.  Brigitte Bardot is one of the most iconic actresses in history, and here she is, boasting her recognizable blonde fringe under a straw sunhat aboard a great looking vintage bicycle.  Elle est très chic to be sure.imageImage courtesy of Fashion in Films

Tidy Up a Diamond in the Rough: 5 Tips for Cleaning a Vintage Bike

If you’re anything like us, you’re always on the look out for a good looking vintage bike.  It’s great to see a super shiny bicycle from yesteryear that looks like it’s brand new.  That, however, is rarely the case – we’ve come to the realization that most vintage rides have seen better days and experienced some pretty tough love.  But that’s no reason not to give a structurally sound set of wheels a second chance.  Try our 5 tips for cleaning up a vintage bicycle – you’ll be riding in revamped style in no time.image

This could all be yours, too!

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1. Use Diet Cola and aluminum foil to scrape rust off of chrome: Do we understand how this works?  We can sort of take a guess, harkening back to tenth grade chemistry.  Either way, it’s a cheap and easy to way shine up a rusty cycle.

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2. Cut the grease with Simple Green: According to this product’s website, you can use it for just about anything.  It’s great to have on hand when sprucing up an old bicycle because it’s great at getting rid of grease, which as a tendency to run amok on old chains and gears.  If you happen to have a bottle laying around the house, excellent, get to it!  If you’re purchasing Simple Green for this project, even better!  They happen to make a product specifically for bikes.

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3. A tennis ball and some Dawn will brighten whitewall tires: A simple dish detergent and water solution will brighten whitewall tires right up, especially when you use a tennis ball to buff away the grime. imageLook how bright those babies are!  Image courtesy of Luxlow

4. Use WD-40 to loosen up seized bolts: Odds are, if you’re dealing with an older bicycle, you’re going to have to loosen things up a bit.  Rust has a nasty habit of showing up in the least convenient places, so even if you’ve polished the frame to a shining glow, you’re still going to have to deal with some seized bolts when it comes time to make any necessary adjustments.  No sweat – a bit of WD-40 (a penetrating lubricant meant to bust through rust and loosen screws and bolts) should take care of things.  If you’re interested, the company also makes a line of specialized bike products to browse.imageImage courtesy of Gawker Assets

5. Still a bit dingy? Mr. Clean will take care of the rest: Truly, we can’t say enough about the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Durable, disposable, and truly magical, this powerful tool will help you cut through any remaining grease, grime, or mystery grunge that’s hanging on to your ride.  It’s also great for household cleaning, of course, so we recommend keeping a few on hand in general.imageImage courtesy of Reef Builder

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