Thursday, January 26, 2012

On a whim and a prayer



Oh boy.Here I go again. I spotted this little piece of fold up heaven on ebay and figured ,that,really, I do need a bike when I travel for work.(well,that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it) I know it's too heavy to lug out to the airport but there's always another way.The cost was $110 and there's no more to spend.Brake pads are oki doki and the tyres look to be original. Just a spit and a polish and away I went.
There's another 10 years left in these puppies!
They built those old saddles wide and springy for a reason.Comfort city!

I really am loving these old Nouveau Styles. I'm 6'1" tall and the riding geometry, with the saddle and bars up is just about perfect,but that's a whole other post.

14 comments:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Good find. Know about what year it is?

BB said...

Lovely find! (. . . and just keep sticking to those excuses :D)

slow rpm said...

Hi John Lee,

The hubs are stamped 74 so I'm guessing the bike was built 74~75. They seemed to have sold a ton of these in Melbourne in the 70s as there's always 3 or 4 on ebay.Lovely to ride and built like a Sherman tank!

cheers,

slow rpm said...

Thanks,BB,

I was going to say happy'Australia' day but I have issues with that subject!

cheers

Trevor said...

That looks like a pretty good bargain....
I have a soft spot for folding bikes, as I cycled Lands End to John O'Groats on one.

-Trevor

slow rpm said...

Hi PT. Another bennefit here in Melbourne is that you are allowed to take fold ups on trams.(of which there are a lot around here.

cheers,

Denn said...

Fantastic find! I've fallen in love with the way the NS22 rides. It rides like a living room recliner. That one is only the second one that I've seen that has the original seat too!. We're really going to have to start an online NS22 group, so we can troubleshoot together, and lobby for upgrade parts, etc. I'm pondering seeing if I can find a local bicycle maker that's willing to try to re-create the NS22 for a modern market.

slow rpm said...

Hi Denn.That's a pretty apt description. The fully sprung saddle combined with the chubby tyres and it really does ride like a living room recliner. Good luck with trying to find a bike builder to recreate the NS22! BTW Peugeot recently re released a range of bikes, including a PX10 style racer and also a nifty heavy duty shopper.I'll try to find the link.

cheers,

Ian

Chandra said...

Ian,
Great find! I have Raleigh Twenty, which is about the same vintage as your bike.
Paz :)
Chandra

Denn said...

Hey, Slow, I spoke with a local wheelbuilder, and if we could get a group of people with NS22 bikes, Velocity may be willing to produce quality replacement aluminum rims. Put the word out, let's keep these bikes alive!

slow rpm said...

Hey Chandra. I have a real soft spot for the 'Twenty 'as my mother used to own one.The only draw back with the NS is it's weight and awkwardness when carrying.

cheers,

slow rpm said...

Hey Denn.I'm good for a pair of Velocity rims.Would have to be 22" and not 550A as 22" tyres are a pain to get onto a 550 rim. You would also need to think about which hubs you would use. These bikes have some pretty unusual dims. The rear brake will require some deep thought as well.

cheers,

ian

Little Bike Blog said...

OH good decision Slow RPM. It was a bargain and it's a beauty. I have my eye out for these on the street and I have never seen a red one. I'll stop gushing now. I'm impressed you took it to Freemantle, you are inspiring me to get my Gitane folder in better condition for longer rides.
Little Bike Blog

slow rpm said...

I'm going to go out on a long and lonely limb,LB blogger, and suggest that vintage 'little bikes' are the new fixie.

cheers,