So begins our journey through the Bikecology catalog from the summer of 1981. What fun we are going to have! I am going to post the entire catalog, in order. Remember that you can click on images to make them bigger. Today’s installment get’s us off to a great start with a cover sporting tasty pictures of anodized Modolo brakes. I always lusted after these candy colored gems. My dreams consisted of bikes stopped by these or similar brakes from Zeus. I never owned any of either. I was never sure how I felt about the anodization thing. I would have probably opted for silver. The BMX world really ran with the multicolor anodization things but Modolo and Zeus made a good showing as well. I have to admit bikes with anodized groupos and matching rims do look pretty smart.
Open the catalog and we are greeted by a lovely Bob Jackson frame. Bob Jackson frames are constructed in Leeds, England. They are still at it and can put together a road frame for you for as little as $1,125. I owned one briefly. It was a beauty plucked from eBay. At the time I thought it was a bit too big for me so I passed it to a good friend. I hope he is enjoying it!
The touring frame is the one that I would enjoy the most today. A longer wheelbase, relaxed angles and composure when loaded make for a chill transportation cycling machine. That, or throw some packs on and tour the world. Someday!
Tandems! Have you ever pedaled a serious tandem? Something other than a floppy recreational unit, I mean. I have a Cannondale mountain tandem with stout aluminum tubes. That thing is very composed in motion and two strong riders can build up dangerous speeds pretty quickly. I have never pedaled a serious road tandem. Hard to say if I ever will. I doubt I will ever buy one. The Cannondale does a fine job of scratching the pedaling connected itch. No need to bring another long boat into the family!
That’s enough for the first day. Be well!