Never have I so badly wanted such an ugly machine.There is just so much that isn’t normal about it, but that’s what makes it so great.
Starting from the front, that thing attached to the fork isn’t a suspension. It’s housing the rod brake. For some reason I have a special place in my heart for rod brakes. Speaking of the fork, it’s almost straight up and down. I imagine that would make it twitchy at speed.
The fully enclosed chain guard is a beauty. It distracted me to the point that I almost missed an important feature of the bike. The axis of the cranks is barely forward the front of the rear wheels. That means for half of each revolution your feet are between the frame and the rear wheel. No bell bottoms allowed.
Then when we look at the center of the rear wheels we notice another surprise. The seat is mounted directly above the rear axle. Those of us who came of age on banana seat bikes know this means it will do hella-wheelies. Maybe that’s the real reason they put that big heavy housing up front.
With two days to go nobody has offered the $150 opening bid. That mixed with $50 shipping makes it very attractive to a freak bike freak like me.