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Exotic Bicycles

Updated on September 7, 2008

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If you enjoy cycling as much as I do, you will love the pictures of these mostly conceptual, one-of-a-kind, limited production or just unusual bicycles.

I will continuously update this HubPage with new images so feel free to visit from time to time and enjoy the new photos.

This 1869 Dexter sold in 1997 auction for $24,150!

2007 RIGHTY from Cannondale

World's lightest road bike at 7.6 lbs.(3,451 grams)

All Wheel Drive Bicycle

This 1889 Rudge tandem

Wooden Bike

Wood and Copper

This 1870 wooden Shire

World's Lightest Full Suspension at 14.9 lbs.

Note the eccentric hub in the rear. The hopping action of the cyclist propels the bike.

Not a bicycle. But, so unusual that I couldn't pass

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      noel from manila 

      5 years ago

      at this time..with all the fuel hikes and all.more people here in manila are using mountain bikes with racing tires to commute to and from work.some use folding bikes with small wheels to also gain entrance to trains whjich permits them to transport it for free.some young teeners are redesigning their banana type bikes,to look like a chopper.extended forks,lowered seats etc, seeing them makes me wanna build one.hope i could share some pics..thanks .i enjoyed wathing yr album..

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      nathan mcdonald 20 years old 

      7 years ago

      i like this website im so freaken happy thank you

      i like yall cause you are my buddy forever

      im happy

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      nathan mcdonald 20 years old 

      7 years ago

      this website is reely gay and ugly

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      nathan mcdonald 20 years old 

      7 years ago

      this website is reely gay and ugly

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      Camilla 

      8 years ago

      Love em. Bikes and DIY are a good combo!

      There are a good few more - e.g. camper-bike, pedal-powered chainsaw, see-saw bike human-powered bus...here:

      http://cyclorama.net/viewSubject.php?id=7

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      8 years ago

      I would like to present another levercycle to your blog. I notice you only have one, which is the outdoorstepper. The youtube video address is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJaKmiBhicA

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      salva 

      8 years ago

      solo m gustan algunas jaja!

      xD

      las buenas motos k ban a 90000000mil x ora!

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      Paul Earle 

      8 years ago

      Hello,

      I'm organising a bike show and parade.

      Would you please furnish me with the names and contact numbers for the exotic bikes shown on your page.

      Sincerely,

      Paul Earle

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      richard 

      8 years ago

      how would i find out about the two single wheel bikes that are 3 below the dexter bike. i believe they are ridden by two orientals.

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      mark anderson 

      8 years ago

      i will have to say that those are some of the coolest pictures of the some of the most exotic bicycles i have ever seen,if you can think of it,looks like someone built it,great job,keep the pictures rolling

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      M.J.Robinson 

      8 years ago

      Robbobike is a unique machine and the only type in the world using high tec steering to enable four limb operation?

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      Skylar Jackson 

      9 years ago

      This bike looks more futuristic then the bikes today. Its called the

      1960 Bowden Spaceliner

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      Skylar Jackson 

      9 years ago

      None of these are as unique as this 3 wheel bike I saw. It had one big wheel in the middle connected to the petals and two smaller wheels in the front and back. They where all aligned with eachother two. I'm going to try to find it again.

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      Joel D Garcia 

      9 years ago

      I love cycles of any kind, 'specially antiques...I wish that someone would persuade corporate sponsers to each build an antique cycle and then have them parade in a famous well known parade along with many of the unusual shown here.....It would be very good advertising....!!!!

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      Ricardo Nunes 

      9 years ago from Portugal

      Great hub! If you allow me I would love to leave you with some links I believe you´ll love ;)

      http://delta7sports.com/products.html

      http://www.singletracks.com/blog/?p=1333

      I think they are pretty exotic bicycles which deserve to be on this great hub ;)

      Have fun!

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      vic 

      9 years ago

      I wish I could help you, but I have no information on it. Perhaps a comprehensive Google search will turn something up. Good luck.

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      Warren in Wisconsin 

      9 years ago

      How does a person in the US go about purchasing one of the monocycles shown in your photo showing the two monocyclists. I see the same units were part of the Olympics opening ceremony. They've been around for several years now. They must be available somewhere in the US by now.

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      vic 

      10 years ago

      Thank you for your comments.

      Di-Cycle is a transportation concept for land and water www.designhuis.com

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      Barry 

      10 years ago

      Great pics. Fuel for the imagination. Could you supply names or links with the pics so that us viewers can get more info. I am especially interested in the last photo. The high-tech looking one with the woman in the seat and the huge wheels.

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      vic 

      10 years ago

      Hi Tony: The frame, including the saddle, cranks and the chainrings ride (float)on a circular inner ring. The chainring engages the wheel via a circular rack gear. As the rider cranks the chainring, it in-turn propels the large wheel.

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      Tony Stander 

      10 years ago

      I wanna know more about the ap Foto won which the two Chinese gentlemen were riding. How does it work

      Tony Stander wants to know

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      C.S. 

      10 years ago

      Hello, enjoyed the pictures, and can say that as far as I can see, every bike, trike and quad has a steering device. The unicycles are (...sort of...) controlled by shifting weight, as is the case with most inline two wheeled vehicles.

      Most are chain-driven, some direct on the front wheel, with the "allwheel drive" mountain-bike the chain drives an oilpump, I think, which drives the wheels. I don't know how the treadmill bike delivers its energy to the rear wheel.

      Cindy: Go to your local blacksmith/metalworker with a picture and the bikes, tel him to keep it simple, and to -PLEASE- not scratch the bikes.

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      bobbie 

      10 years ago

      you made my day!

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      meandmybicycle 

      10 years ago

      Awesome page Vic - I linked to it on http://meandmybicycle.com

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      Cindy 

      10 years ago

      Thanks!

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      vic 

      10 years ago

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      Cindy 

      10 years ago

      Hi there,

      My company has an offuce in a small community that has kind of a bicycle "theme". We have two bicycles that are used in a community parade annually and sit decoratively in our lobby the rest of the year. I'm curious to see if you have any suggestions as to where to find a stand like the one the Dexter is sitting on. Our bikes are just like the one pictured five spaces below the Dexter. Currently, they are just propped against a wall.

      Thank you!

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      vic 

      10 years ago

      Thank you for your comments. Here is alink to a listing of bicycle manufacturers which you may consider: http://www.bikeschool.com/links/links.cgi. Your idea sounds very intriguing.

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      illicold 

      10 years ago

      i love the site its inspiring it see such variation i have customized a few bikes my self but no pic to show i have a question for my innovative minded that can answer me this? i have an idea about a bike but i don't know the proper progam i need to put it in virtual time to test my hypothosis because i don't have the resources avalible to build the proto or the connections to get the material i need to do so ( its a very intricate piece ) do any of the more expireinced builders have imformation that could be helpful? i think i my have the key to a source of alternate propulsion that's more economical than gas/electric hybrid. again i apreciate the site i look forward to displaying some of my work in the future

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      tony 

      10 years ago

      thank you

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      Bob Warner 

      10 years ago from Dallas, Georgia

      Fantastic Pictures! You gotta love it!

      http://www.bobsbikesandmore.com

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      fabian 

      11 years ago

      great

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      mojtaba 

      11 years ago

      i just can say that it was amazing...............................................

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      vic 

      11 years ago

      Thank you for the background information. They still look pretty exotic even though they cannot even be steered.

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      The Law 

      11 years ago

      The specialized bikes are old concept bikes that were used as part of an online hoax to confuse people into believing they were going to make those bikes... some of them have even odder problems if you look closely.... Actually I think it was from april fools day a few years back

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      vic 

      12 years ago

      A very good question. I think those bikes are purely conceptual. Specialized doesn't offer any information. It is possible that they may utilize cable or linkage systems to steer.

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      guest 

      12 years ago

      how do you steer the bikes that don't have handle bars connected to the front wheel?

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      vic 

      12 years ago

      Some sure do. Some of them seem to utilize standard bicycle gear. However, a couple of them seem so unusual that may even be missing the meens to steer. But, they are exotic. My favorite one is still the 7.8lbs. super light bicycle!

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      Jason Menayan 

      12 years ago from San Francisco

      They definitely look weird--is there something unique about how they work too? (their drivetrain?)

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