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Pimpin' Panda Style ......(9 posts)

Pimpin' Panda Style ......Spirito
May 19, 2003 3:08 AM
OK folks ... winter is officially over 'coz i says so!!!!!!

whatever you choose to ride let it reflect the joy and happiness of riding in warmer weather and cherish that we made it through the darkness.

let the beat go on, dance the nights song, and may the miles and smiles be plenty .....

ciao
and yes its belongs here .....Spirito
May 19, 2003 3:13 AM
it has one gear :-)
who needs a carradice ....Spirito
May 19, 2003 3:19 AM
when all you need is basket and some rum .....
fenders make thw world go round ....Spirito
May 19, 2003 3:22 AM
and that rear brake is unlike any i have seen before - some strange rubber band that tightens on a drum thingie that looks like a disc brake from afar .... cool though :-)
That is so cool...Dave Hickey
May 19, 2003 6:05 AM
Did you take those pics? Just curious, is that made of solid bamboo and wicker or are they wrapped around steel tubes?
Just gotta be a wrap, but ...Humma Hah
May 19, 2003 8:34 AM
... Velocipeds were wood, and there was a wooden bike built in WWII (there's an example in the Smithsonian).

If you could get the lugs, bamboo would probably make a pretty good bike frame. I'd bet there have been some built in the far east or Pacific.

I forgot to look ... did that bike have wooden rims? If not, it should!
you got it ......Spirito
May 19, 2003 9:37 AM
steel and ordinary beneath the skin. rims are alloy and everything is pretty normal and crappy in quality.

the time and detail with the bamboo, cane and wicker is amazing although im sure the person who did it probably got about $3 for their week work ... if that.

there are some bamboo framed bikes but their cost is pretty crazy. this one is passable to ride but really attracts a lot of attention and is better than a puppy in drawing sweet femmes asking about it.

ciao
I want it! CORRECTION, I need it! nmMB1
May 20, 2003 4:38 AM
git in touch with your feminine side ......Spirito
May 20, 2003 10:34 AM
there's a unisex frame version on ebay ... used but close to you (dont ship them as they are hard to protect against damage) ...

$99 and no bids ..

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3608871709&category=42314

i bought mine from this cat in LA ... for the life of me i cant find the website and google hasnt helped in finding it either. the one pictured is their base model with only a single speed and was $199 (+ $50 shipping - its bulky). overall i love it and i have given it to a friend as a parting gift but i had to overlook the workmanship and premature rusting, crude welding, asymetrical and disfigured dropouts, odd thread sizes and eccentricities like the rear brake. after dissasembling the bike and rebuilding it it now rides cool although i wouldnt use it for more than basic fun. most 3 speeds feel like a rolls royce compared to it. given all that there is nothing like Bamboo and cane on a sunny day.

and if you like a good read ....

http://www.travel.to/bamboo.bike

ciao