And it seems like no ride around this cursed cesspool of fancy coffee shops* is complete without spotting an interesting bike. Today’s bike was spotted on Tuesday when I was flyering for my Three Speed Ride. This baby was parked in front of a bike shop on SE Foster Road.
A single-speed, rod-braked Phillips Roadster! With quite the patina.
Phillips was of course a British bicycle maker. Phillips was based in Birmingham and part of the B.C.C. (British Cycling Corporation). It was a fairly large and respectable bicycle maker…until it got subsumed by the Great All-Devouring Beast Known As Raleigh in 1960. Phillips became yet another badge in the Raleigh hierarchy, one pushed to the bottom of the pecking order.
I’m no British bike expert (leave that to the Raving Bike Fiend), but I’m going to make an educated guess that this Phillips is pre-1960, pre-Raleigh takeover, which makes this bike more special.
But even if this was a post-1960 bike, it’s still an exemplary steed. Check it out:
|Rod brakes and bottle dynamo|
|And a saddle only a mother could love.|
UPDATE 8/8/12: Speculation via flickr:
“Judging by the frame construction, and the pattern of the ventilator cut-out, I’d say that this is almost certainly a Lepper saddle.”
See any interesting bikes lately?
*Mostly kidding, of course.**
**But seriously, why is it that more and more of these fancy coffee shops have fuck all when it comes to food? For instance, on Friday morning I met a friend for coffee at one of these shops of coffee fanciness. It was breakfast time and I was hungry. So I had to settle for a dinky pastry that cost like $3.50. It makes me long for a bagel.***
***Yeah yeah, I could have just had a bowl of muesli before I left the house. Whatever.