The Robin Williams Bicycle Collection auction

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The late Robin Williams was a rider and prolific collector..

“In total, 87 bicycles from Williams’ collection are being auctioned off. Proceeds will be donated to two charities Williams supported: The Challenged Athletes Foundation and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. ” source Mashable

The auction is being hosted online by Paddle8 , and amongst the 87 bicycles is a Colnago x L ‘ Carrera Futura Pista , possibly what will be the highest yielding of that limited number of frame sets.

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The Worlds most expensive ‘Oma Fiets’ (Granny Bike)?

Having had the pleasure of living and experiencing cycling in the Netherlands for a number of years, I became familiar with the term Oma/Opa fiets – basically translates to Granny/Grandad bike…

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Opa…

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Generally used as workhorses for shopping or pottering around the Buurt (neighbourhood), you can see practically hundreds chained up around train stations, like Amsterdam Central…

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These bikes can be picked up for next to nothing second hand, either on local online auction sites, or flea markets like Waterlooplien…

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Earlier today I cam across this , from luxury French travel goods brand Moynat…

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The Malle comes with luxury upholstered picnic trunk,complete (and resplendent) with porcelain goblets, china plates and silverware .

The cost?

approx. 33,650.00 pounds sterling!

Is there actually a need for this?

available via Moynat

New Bag!

I finally decided to ‘pony up’ for a decent back pack , after looking around quite a while.

Given the rise in bicycle use, ‘lifestyle’ apparel and accessories are readily available.

I looked at and coveted quite a number of bike suitable back packs available on the North American market, some really cool stuff, but, the costs seem ridiculous given that I’ve bought high end vintage bikes at less than these bags, combined with shipping costs and import duty, these beauties were beyond me.

Then I found this..

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It’s a Army surplus type 25 litre rucksack, constructed from cordura, with MOLLE straps.

Its has enough storage compartments for me, and is waterproof , due to being internally proofed .

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The bag has two main compartments, which will take a small to medium laptop or tablet, and the rear has the capacity to insert a water bladder. The front two smaller sections have MOLLE webbing, with the larger suitable for attaching my Kryptonite lock enabling external carrying, so I don’t have to open the bag in the wet.

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The rear is well padded, with a waist strap,MOLLE straps on the shoulder straps and a couple of handy D loops. The brand logo on the bag is ‘Kombat.UK’, and I bought it on a well known online auction site for just 25 pounds sterling!

Thanks to my new friend ‘Uncle’ Glen for providing the vibes during this shoot ….

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( I found the Giant at a dump and have been using it in shit weather, shame to have seen it left to rot) .

Strange Cat !

This has surfaced recently on a well known on-line auction site, a Colnago Master Pui tricycle ,

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with two wheels at the front, possibly constructed for stability, or, built for the circus industry?

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the original forks are in the background, so the customisation is changeable,

the vendor is asking approximately 2k pounds sterling, but sadly no explanation is written within the listing, or provenance regarding if this was a factory built customisation .

available here