Retro-futura vs hipster prank

James, a friend from San Francisco, forwarded me this photo as a reaction to the previous post.   Wow what a minimalist approach.  Retro and futuristic at the same time. The seat looks like those of early walking machines, and the pedals attached to the hub is reminiscent of a boneshaker.  The pedals for boneshakers where on the front hub and not the rear.  I wonder how it rides?  For more, here is a timeline of the history of bike design.

image from Lennard’s PICASA Gallery

Which reminds me a lot of a photograph by urban prankster artist Mark Jenkins, as seen on


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