The cool young person’s bicycle of choice in Darby Street, Newcastle (which is the closest place to a trendy cosmopolitan cafe precinct in this old steel town) now seems to be the ten-speed step-through.
They are seemingly becoming the new “practical classic” bike, perhaps because old three speeds are becoming more scarce. The Darby Street bikes seem to be typically well used and rusted, Newcastle being so close to the sea.
A little bit odd is that just around the corner in the now frightfully fig-less Laman Street it’s always MTBs parked outside the art gallery and cultural centre … go figure, as they say !
I’m not sure about the seat cover on this one above, maybe it’s to stop the spiders living in the fork crown from invading the saddle ?
The above red bike is a (rare around here) Ricardo, a South Australian maker, now gone.
I liked the mudguard stars and the handy milk crate …
This Raleigh above is rather nice, but I hope someone saves it from complete ruin – I like the blue platform pedals, the previous blue milk crate would suit this bike !
Shame the painted back guard is missing though…
Judging by the position of the shimano click shifter and the brake levers, this one has been converted to drop bars from uprights – exactly the reverse of what I would do – This isn’t about me though, is it ?
It’s about a three speed diamond frame with horizontal drop outs – yes !
Happy Cycling …