I think this photo is so interesting; it was found at this flicker photostream. Here’s what the caption says about it:
“1898 Fongers militairy bicycle, this bicycle could be separated in two peases [sic]. Picture came out of a recently discovered crate from the old Fongers-factory filled with glass negatives. What you see is also a picture made from the 1898 glass-negative.”
This photo was taken 112 years ago but this bike could be as useful today as it was back then. I love how the leather bags are integrated into the frame, and that there is actually a spare tire. I wonder what operated the headlight (kerosene?). It looks as if it were a single speed…look at the size of the front gear to the rear one…this thing must have flew.
A pint of seafood gumbo.
A couple slices of bread.
A bottle of water.
Two large cardboard boxes.
A bottle of wine minus one glass (in the water cage).
A paper bag containing a soiled t-shirt (front rack).
A U-lock (front rack).
A canvas shoulder bag (which I wore).
(It’s amazing what a little duct tape can do.)
A two pound can of coffee.
Two reusable hot/cold compresses.
(I have to say that it is a little more challenging carrying things on this little folder, but it is also a lot of fun…it’s also equipped with a hitch to pull a trailer when things get a little bulky.)
Three large cans.
A rolled up shirt in a bag.
I rode my Dahon today for the first time in a few months…it felt good. It was such an odd feeling after riding “the Mule” and the Yuba all winter. The Dahon, with it’s short wheel base and 20″ wheels, feels almost like a sports car (was I going thorough a mid-life crises when I purchased this bike?). Anyhow, like all the bikes I own, this one is fun to ride…and doing errands on them (with my bike rev trailer) is way more fun than in a car.