|Fighting the good fight with bellbottoms. And no, this is not Rush. Seriously.|
Finding my way back to the item on hand…Dave, the owner of River Rider said he was basically given this bike for nothing. It sat in someone’s garage for 40 years, and they “figured he could do something with it.” Yeesh. How I wish I was so lucky!Finally, we’ll come back to Portland where April and I spotted this specimen outside the Clinton Street Theater:
A Philips in phantastic shape! From Sheldon Brown, A division of B.C.C. (British Cycle Corporation), Phillips, based in Birmingham, was the second-largest British bike maker until merged with Raleigh as part of the takeover in 1960. Raleigh-made Phillips models are near the bottom of the quality range.”
Near the bottom? Pshaw. You’re a good bike, Philips. Don’t listen to what that mean Sheldon man has to say about you.****
|Lamp bracket with “P” cutout.|
This Philips is different than the other two bikes featured because it is actually a single speed with coaster brake, not something I normally associate with British bikes of the era. Too bad the day was wet, because I can only imagine how awesome that saddle is that is concealed by the bag. (I was tempted to look, but the owner of the bike came out of a store and gave a disapproving look to all my paparazzi biz-ness.)
|Unknown coaster hub.|
Tune in next time for more interesting bikes, possibly from far-off lands. And in the meantime you can check some of the interesting bikes I’ve peeped on my flickr set Interesting Bikes Spotted.
***Yet they were both from Canada, eh?
****No, I don’t really think Sheldon Brown is “mean”.