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Saturday, 15 January 2011

Spotted in Manchester #2

Another round up of some of the more interesting bikes I have spotted recently around Manchester


A lovely old step-through bike. The manufacturer appears to be “Torino,” but the lettering has faded with age.



3-speed hub gears made by Sachs, which was bought out by SRAM quite a while back.


A bottle dynamo and Union lamp to round it off. There is a tail-light on the rear mudguard too. It looks like this bike has been in service for a long time. Thanks to the component choices, it appears it has a good few years left in it too.



A Thorn tourer, especially notable for its Rohloff Speedhub, an impressive piece of engineering containing 14 evenly spaced gears. It is not everyday I park next to a bike with a rear hub which is worth more than any of the bikes I own.


I saw this Brompton parked up one lunchtime, completely unsecured. This seemed off for a bike designed to be folded so it can be taken inside easily. My faith in humanity was boosted when I came back a fair few hours later to see it was still there.


I saw this fully loaded randonneur bike outside EBC, complete with a Brooks saddle and the seldom-seen (in the wild) Euro-style trekking bars.


@wordsnfixtures bike which I believe I have seen a few times around Manchester.


A basic but practical unknown transportation bike, lacking a front brake but otherwise conforming to many of the things I feel a good transport bike should have.


LC’s Pashley Princess Sovereign, Vita.


A roadster with a personalised coat-guard.


A rather beat-up but lovely Crescent roadster-like bicycle, with brown tyres and an elaborate chain-guard design.

As always I’ll keep my eyes peeled for any other nice and interesting bikes around town.


  1. Love the Crescent bike... what an amazing chain case!

  2. I've seen the Crescent bike around a few times, it looks like it means a lot to someone. I only wish I had gotten a picture of one of the sound system bike guys I see around town (different to the CM sound system guy).

  3. Man, that Crescent chain case is wicked intense!
    I always love seeing older "utility" bikes around that are still in use.


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