Saturday, May 8, 2010
Mullet Bike, Or, the modern Penny Farthing
Technically not a bike, this scooter looks like a modern Penny-Farthing with it's big wheel in front and little wheel in back.
I also thought it was a bit like a mullet- business in front, party in the back!
The high quality of the components (full fenders, mirror, real caliper brakes,quick release wheels, nice brass bell) make it clear that this isn't a kid's toy, but a practical mobility device. It almost certainly cost as much as a bicycle (or more than most BSO's) and I'm curious about the reasoning that brings someone to this instead of a bicycle. A bad back?
Something I love about early industrial items is how decorative pattern is used in practical objects- to add gripping texture or just to add design interest. I appreciate that instead of just using diamond plate or something prosaic to give non-slip texture to the footbed, they used such a joyful figurative device.