These bikes, modeled on british Roadsters like my DL-1 were the bike of the proletariat for much of the 20th century. They're currently falling from favor in China, where the growing consumer market equates cars with material success, but they've found some market here.
There are two Flying Pigeon retailers here, one in NYC and one in LA, and I hadn't actually seen a real live one in Boston until this weekend. I was racing home on Sunday, but had to stop and check it out.
The verdict: Looks a lot like DL-1 Roadster. I'm not sure I would make the choice to buy a new bike with rod brakes, myself, even though I love the old bikes I have. Every time I stop Gilbert in the rain, I'm glad for advances in braking technology. I wonder if the Chinese could better retain their transportation bicycle culture if they had comfortable elegant bikes with better technology?
I like the chrome rack a lot, and wonder if they'd sell me one- I had emailed them once looking for a rack for Minerva, without luck.
I'm not sure what the attachment at the front is for. It seems like a basket support, but it has this odd loop on one side.
A lot of the parts of the bike look a bit cheap (the tires, the paint, the saddle) but I do like the headbadge. I'm sure part of it is the humor of a different cultural view of pigeons, but I also think it's cheerful and dynamic.