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    Well I finally had time, 1951 Rene Herse 650B Woodsey

    In light of the other thread about earlier rough stuff type bikes, I found myself with enough time to grab a few pics of my '51 Herse.

    While not your bread and butter VRC content, I hope it speaks to your inner old bike sh*t geek!

    Merry Christmas all.
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    Awesome!!

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    Love the details, how about a shot of the whole machine?

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    What makes it a “woodsey”?
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    Beautifull bicycle!!
    WTB: Bomber Z2 1 1/8 steerer, in good to excellent shape OR bomber rebuild kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollister View Post
    What makes it a “woodsey”?
    Just being a smartass.

    The other thread about 650B chubby tired, off piste bikes being built made me realize I have pretty much exactly the bike that's being discussed.

    JF Scotts bike was the Woodsey, but I assume you knew that.

    Yeah sbs, I'll get one in a day or so, you are correct in calling me out on that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Just being a smartass.

    The other thread about 650B chubby tired, off piste bikes being built made me realize I have pretty much exactly the bike that's being discussed.

    JF Scotts bike was the Woodsey, but I assume you knew that.
    yeah, I'm just setting up for the future when GJW points at this thread as his proof
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    Quote Originally Posted by hollister View Post
    yeah, I'm just setting up for the future when GJW points at this thread as his proof
    lol. ppl are so funny. "I read it online so therefore it is true."

    Nice bike! I don't have any antique bikes but I do enjoy looking at them. They're really pretty amazing in terms of engineering and innovation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    lol. ppl are so funny. "I read it online so therefore it is true."

    Nice bike! I don't have any antique bikes but I do enjoy looking at them. They're really pretty amazing in terms of engineering and innovation.
    Maybe not this one because of it´s gears but some of those old Herses can be ridden today as a performance bicycle.
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    I don´t like calling bicycles works of art but Herses are exceptional. His bicycles are at the top of Design as thought germans at Bauhaus: marriage of form and function for the industrial age. It becomes better because those bicycles were all hand made. Almost as if they were one of a kind prototypes.
    Very cool and wise investment Mendon. They are worth whatever anyone asks in the open market. SCORE!!!
    WTB: Bomber Z2 1 1/8 steerer, in good to excellent shape OR bomber rebuild kit.

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    Yep, each one was built for itself, models didn't really exist.

    An investment it was, but it filled an important gap in my technological timeline that my collection has going on, and the friend I bought it from made me an offer I couldn't refuse.
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Yep, each one was built for itself, models didn't really exist.

    An investment it was, but it filled an important gap in my technological timeline that my collection has going on, and the friend I bought it from made me an offer I couldn't refuse.
    Heine rides one of those bikes every now and then. He even took a Herse tandem on a trans alp adventure. JH says on his blog that the first ride on a Herse very similar to yours changed his view: he was faster than on his modern bike. When he told Grant about it, GP decided to bring in a 650b wheel model. This was before 650b mountain bikes.
    Heine was also marveled at the geometry and low trail. He wanted the ultra light tubes and the flex. Heine wanted a racing bike w/ an entirely different take: away from stiffness and skinny tires. Rivendell moves on another direction.
    The bike you have is every bit competitive against anything modern.
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    Vintage or antique?

    Sorry couldn't help it. Really cool, that drivetrain is wild. They were serious about that chainstay protector as well.
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    Well I finally had time, 1951 Rene Herse 650B Woodsey

    Quote Originally Posted by jestep View Post
    Vintage or antique?

    Sorry couldn't help it. Really cool, that drivetrain is wild. They were serious about that chainstay protector as well.

    Lots of interesting and thoughtful touches when you stare at it for a while.

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