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Jeff Stracco
Beijing
Interests: Asian Bicycles, Antique Motorcycles, Antique Carpets, Weighlifting, Scotch and Jazz
Recent Activity
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It would seem that the folks at Shanghai Phoenix have been very busy. Recently on their Facebook page they have posted photos of a number of modern takes on classic designs. Let's give them a look. First we see what... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Flying Pigeon Project
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This is my R50S, "Dasher". The R50S was a model made only during 1961 and 1962 and as such there are very few: Only 1634 were made and there are probably few survivors. This one is the very last frame number. The bike is very high reving with an 8500RPM... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at The Last R50S
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Perhaps your remember Sam Chu. He's one of the founding members of the Hong Kong Vintage Bicycle Club. The club promotes the love of older velocipedes, with a special emphasis on roadsters. Sam of course has a very special, double-bar... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at The Flying Pigeon Project
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Long time readers of the blog, (there must be one or two of you), may remember Mr. JIn. The amiable saddle maker who would frequent the Panjiayuan bicycle market in Beijing. You may also remember, the Bone Shaker, a customized... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at The Flying Pigeon Project
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Long ago, I started this blog because I wanted to chronicle how people used bikes in societies and countries where it was still the main means of getting around. And I don't mean get around casually. I didn't really care... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at The Flying Pigeon Project
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If you want your Flying Pigeon to go faster, or maybe just get up over that hill without getting off to push there are a few solutions: 1. Install a gear hub. Making a single speed into a 3 speed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2013 at The Flying Pigeon Project
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Lanzhou. City of 2.1 million. Gansu Province. The far west. Faxian probably rolled through this way on his way to search for Buddhist scriptures. Likewise, Xuanzang likely passed by on his own Journey to the West. But the days of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2013 at The Flying Pigeon Project
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When is a Flying Pigeon not a roadster? Quite often actually, the Tianjin firm does manufacture a full line of bikes. However, if your tastes ran in black and classic, you'd still have another choice. Like this Flying Pigeon BMX.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2013 at The Flying Pigeon Project
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Yes. It's been my first post in almost 2 years. However, I have to say that this is a helluva post. As somebody with an interest in classic motorcycles and Flying Pigeons, I find the work of Australian, Brad Wilson... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2013 at The Flying Pigeon Project
Apparently Flying Pigeons have arrived in Vancouver, and to announce their arrival the importer has made this rather artsy film:The Flying Pigeon Bicycle from yulu canada on Vimeo. It shows young, attractive, and presumably hip individuals out and about on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2011 at The Flying Pigeon Project
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Vendors that carry the Flying Pigeon are a rarity, so when an IMPORTER opens up in my own back yard I have to make note of it. Nathan Einschlag of NYC Flying Pigeon has a bike he wants to sell... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2011 at The Flying Pigeon Project
This is actually part 1...or so Youtube says. Early in the video you can see some traffic in the Hutongs in Beijing....bikes and trikes and a single fast back car of unknown origin. At 1:49 a postal worker doles out... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2011 at The Flying Pigeon Project
The attached documentary was shot around Tianamen square in 1972 by an Italian camera crew. This is just after the CulturalRevolution. It's a very interesting look. And "look" adequately describes it as the narration is very sparce and in Italian.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2011 at The Flying Pigeon Project
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So I just recieved this part from Tony in Dalian. Care to guess what it might be??? 1. Yes it is black. 2. Yes it is metal Give up? 3. Yes it will transform your roadster into a Motorcycle. What's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2011 at The Flying Pigeon Project
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After a bit of a vacation, I am starting a new series on the history of the brands of China. Starting with one of the largest, but also the youngest. Wu Yang of Guangzhou. Wu Yang, of crouse means "Five... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2011 at The Flying Pigeon Project
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OK. It's time to wrap up the Taobao shipment with the last two items in the box. The first may look familiar.It is a tool pouch. But unlike the tool pouch on my own Flying Pigeon, this one is not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2011 at The Flying Pigeon Project
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Capitalizing on the last post about items purchased through Taobao, take a look at this little Flying Pigeon Brand headlight. It is used, but very gently. and other wise in great shape. It's battery operated, of course. It's also rather... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at The Flying Pigeon Project
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Often, I get questions from someone in the US or Europe asking if they can buy this item or that item that they see posted on my blog. If I have it, there is a chance I would be willing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2011 at The Flying Pigeon Project
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Some of you may have noticed that I am a bit obsessed with a particular brand from Guangzhou which i have been calling "Zhongguo" (China) brand due to this very word being emblazoned on their arc side stands. The only... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2011 at The Flying Pigeon Project
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Mein sehr guter Freund, Mario forwarded me some pictures of his Austrian Steyr "Damenfahrrad" with which he rides around Munich. "I like it because it is such an unusual machine these days, and of course, being Austrian, it makes a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2011 at The Flying Pigeon Project
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One of the great things about unpacking ... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2011 at The Flying Pigeon Project
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So as most of the long time readers know, I am no longer in Beijing, but back in the states. Now that the computer is out of the box, I'd like to start off the new year right and share... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2011 at The Flying Pigeon Project
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I'm going to toss in some pics of a fine 26" roadster from Japan. One for the Marukin Bicycle works: A Silk. Well, you can't tell that from the headbadge, but that is part of the story... North American readers... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2010 at The Flying Pigeon Project
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A few weeks ago, I pawned my Forever rando. At the same shop was a very interesting bike. An NOS Phoenix/ Feng Huang step through from the 1980s' or so it was claimed. The light & dynamo combination was clearly... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2010 at The Flying Pigeon Project
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You may be familiar with old Chinese coins... specifically the neat looking ones that are round on the outside (representing the perfection of heaven) and have a square hole in the middle (representing less than perfect earth). The examples above... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2010 at The Flying Pigeon Project