MSA O/N February 2024 - "Unicycle, Bicycle, Tricycle, Quadcycle"

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I don't have any pictures in my meagre library of any of those human powered machines, but later on today I'll have a go through some of my prints in boxes in the darkroom looking for cycle images.

Anything human powered, cycle wise is what I'm basically advocating for. That said, these days a vast array of human powered cycles also have some kind of electric assist, these too are perfectly alright.

The pictures can be static, or dynamic with people cycling, as long as the main interest of the picture is cycle oriented.

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Found something.

Took this during Covid-19 lockdown in 2021, spiderwebs on the push bike.

Shen Hao HZX45-IIA
Fujinon f/6.3 250mm
FP4+ f/22 at ½ a second

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Re-inventing the Wheel -- New, about 8 hours ago

Bolsey Model C TLR (just fixed; reflective pressure plate!?)
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Kentmere 400, Dektol 1+4 12'
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Old category, from November 2022, San Jose, Ca. Nikon F80, Nikkor AF 85mm f1.4D Legacy Pro 100

‘Fast Ripper”
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“Big Ripper”
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Now got something a bit different, another one for the old category, may 2022. Nikon F6, Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm f2.8D

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Old one from 2 years ago. 1955 Chevrolet Truck with a Schwinn bike at Venice Beach, California. Leica IIf with a Summaron 3.5cm f/3.5 lens. Kodak Panatomic-X expired 3/1963, developed in Rodinal 1:50. Shot at f/5.4, 1/100 with a yellow filter.

1955 Chevrolet Truck by Bryan Chernick, on Flickr
 
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Bronson Dugnutt, very interesting image, never heard of the Hudsucker Posse, is this a franchise bicycle storage company with various bicycle storage facilities around cities?

Regardless, the artwork on the outside is arresting.
 
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Roger Thoms, your "Fast Ripper" and "Big Ripper" showing the riders mono-ing their bicycles is interesting, as they show how small details can elevate what are seemingly identical pictures over another.

The younger rider, wearing his baseball cap incorrectly, has an almost uncluttered background immediately behind him, in the form of the tree, whereas the older bareheaded rider has a slightly busier background.

The difference is subtle, but the one with the uncluttered background, to me, stands out as the stronger of the two.

Great choice of focal length and probably the focal length I would have used myself.
 
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Don_Ih, where do you find something like this?

The graininess of the image is brilliant, the light coloured bicycle with the moody darkish landscape is just right.
 
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Macfred, Mia and Mrs Macfred, your picture depicts bicycle touring, perfectly.

This conjured up memories I have when me and the missus hired bicycles in far north Germany on the island of Usedom, rear hub gears, chain guards and slightly heavy but very functional bicycles that just keep on going. Not to mention carrying everything either on the bicycle or on your back.

The (sometimes) endless sunshine, and endless bicycle paths that your picture shows, make me envious for your bicycle environment up there.
 
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Macfred, Bianchi Folder.

I'm guessing that the Bianchi folder doesn't get folded much. The adapted wooden slatted box, is a perfect photogenic item added by the owner just for passing photographers.
 
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Macfred, the electrified tricycle, which appears to be registered, is pretty interesting.

One of the more interesting aspects of tricycles I've noted, is that many are used for giving mobility to people who are otherwise unable to move around easily under their own steam.

The issue I have with tricycles, is their inherent instability when cornering, especially if one has a bit of speed up. This tricycle though looks pretty swish indeed, what with front suspension, probably basic but should ensure your hands and arms aren't pummelled by shocks from the pavement.

I wonder if the rear axle is a solid unit, or allows independent wheeling via some kind of differential thereby making turning easier?
 
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The Flying Camera, Penny Farthing London.

The first thing that strikes me, is the wooden handgrip on the handlebar, which in this case is literally a bar, as opposed to the mostly tubed handlebars of modern day cycles.

From the handgrip my eye scrolled to the seat, which is probably eyewateringly bad for one's posterior. From the seat my eye wandered down to the elongated frame and the penny wheel, which appear to be quite distorted.

It is this distortion that appeals to me and shows that you either inadvertently chose this framing by accident, or intentionally. I'm of the belief that you chose this framing very intentionally; and it this framing which makes this picture standout.

The distortion, which doesn't appear to be a distortion at first, reminds me of the French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue and his very well known picture "Grand Prix of the Automobile Club of France 1912".
 
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Macfred, the Pelikaan Rijwielen, is a bicycle like they used to be made.

Very uncluttered handlebars, simple headlight with presumably, a reverse pedal rear wheel brake.

Simple elegance is depicted with the handlebar dominating and the headlight supporting the whole of the image. The Rollieflex being placed reasonably close to the subject has made the out of focus background, deliciously soft, yet not quite fully blurry.

My sister in-law in Munich had an old Pelikaan "Oma Fahrrad" (grandmother bicycle) that I believe she inherited, I tried it once and remember it as a beautifully easy bicycle to ride.
 
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Roger Thoms, BMW.

Nice use of out of focus background, the bicycle in general exudes "hard life". Even the sunglasses look as though they have been through a bit. The rust on the handlebars, and other parts of the bicycle are probably due to the environment it lives in, close to saltwater. The outline of the ship in the background is a nice touch.
 
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Roger Thoms, and now for something completely different.

Our first quadcycles, all that is left to see is the unicycle, we'll see.

Meanwhile, these are really interesting, they look to be very well made and the finger jointed boxes on the longer bed end. The drive mechanism appears to be straight cut gears, which would keep things very clean compared to a chain drive system.

Love the profile picture, it shows the spring loaded buffer stops very well.

I couldn't help but notice the handles were offset, is there a practical reason for this? I'm assuming you were on the trip, care to give us a bit of history on these most interesting cyclecars? If that's what they are called.
 
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BAC1957, quite an interesting combination of vehicles.

First, you have a ute parked in Venice Beach, with a Venetian blind in the rear window. Second, I wonder what Louis Chevrolet would think about the cars that are manufactured today that bear his name and the company that he co-founded.

Meanwhile, back to the load in tub of the ute, (which is a vehicle invented by Ford in their Geelong factory Australia) we have a Schwinn bicycle tied down, either before or maybe after the owner took it for a ride. I have only ever seen one Schwinn bicycle, they aren't really a thing in Australia it would seem. I distinctly remember the huge mudguard at the rear, thinking it looked very military like in its capabilities of keeping grime from the rider.

Very snappy image, sunny conditions or not, Leica lenses seem to make sharp snappy negatives regardless of the quality of the light.
 
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