Spotted old Chinese omafiets in a Seattle antique store on Saturday. They were restored, polished, and on sale for $500.00 - $650.00. I paused at that price for a moment, but then got lost in all the rich history these bikes must have.

Hand brake

To arrive here, in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, after 1/2 a century in China, was quite a journey. The owner was very proud of them and showed me the details of each. Like a phone cord connected to the light dyno or the peculiar patina of another.


Not shown is one that had a rebar rear-end. You’d never find parts for these and maybe just ride them a few times around the block. Then set them in a corner of up on a wall. If interested, buy these for the art and history. Make the owner an offer with cash and find these bikes at David Smith and Co. Antiques.

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I mentioned this antique bikes to Henry from WorkCycles and he replied with a post he wrote in 09 and a gallery of old bikes in Amsterdam with patina.

All of the bikes in my photos have rust, but it’s mostly the dark brown (sometimes beautiful) patina of quality steel; It forms an oxide layer after the original paint or chrome has been worn off and then doesn’t corrode further. This is partially because the steel has few internal impurities so it doesn’t rust from within.

Mobile Social SXSW 12 RSVP

doc icon Don’t like all those spammy calendar web apps. So, in addition to Facebook, we just made a simple form and calendar where you can RSVP to our Mobile Socials. Also add yourself to the volunteer list.


We’ve got a scheme for the MoSos on Schemer – here’s an invite to join me there. Schemer is Google’s new tool for finding fun things to do and the Mobile Socials are fun. We’ll publish a Google Map of the routes later this week.




While the cars lined up to merge onto Mercer St. in Seattle, we rode on by

Our New Velocity Collection

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While working on this copy for our new Velocity collection

Deep into the race scene we went, lurking around the showers at Paris-Roubiax to capture the essence of Pro; a drop of embro’d Euro sweat was condensed in a lab and ultimately spun into our new fabrics. This kit will make you fast, sure, but being PRO is what it’s about.

a colleague who had just seen the jersey said, “now that’s a commitment to green!” And it is! This new kit from us is a commitment to the brand and what we do here. Our unabashed enthusiasm for the bike drives us to make the best gear we can and share it with you.

Full zip with racer fit

Royal Chainguard

Much care, thought, concern, and love for the bike is in this Mobius build. See more photos.

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