Hi Stewart et al,
I was in the West Village a couple of weeks ago for a BVVW meeting. Matthew Bowne and I got there a little early so we wandered around for a half an hour to kill time. In that short amount of time we passed at least 5 different stores that incorporated some type of vintage bicycle into their window display... Old bikes that are relatively common are commanding comparatively high prices in NYC these days. Take a look at NYC Craigs List... I guess old bikes are the latest fashion accessory.
On Jul 12, 2009, at 12:21 AM, Stewart Ferrell wrote:
> I was walking in New York City today and went by a retail window
> display. It had a bunch of bikes in it.
> One caught my eye. It was a French tandem made of Reynolds 531.
> It had early simplex derailleurs, the rear
> was attached to the chain stay not the dropout, front and rear with
> the correct shifters, 4 speed freewheel, 650 sew-up wheels,
> a generator, Cantilever brakes with a spring on top, steel cotter
> cranks of the stronglight type, I could not
> make out the pedals, steel front handle bar aluminum rear bar, one
> ideal saddle, those nice french brake levers,
> a french headlight, fenders, a rear rack and a strange gadget that
> was driven by the front wheel I could not make
> it out. It was either a funny bell or a speedometer assembly.
> It was in nice as found in the shed condition. Tires rotted, not
> too rusty and missing only the front saddle.
> The badge said Terrot. I am going by Monday to make an offer.
> Is anyone familiar?
> Stewart Ferrell
> Brooklyn NYC