Our shipment of Flying Pigeon brand bicycles arrived at our doors in August of 2008 (on my wedding night), and a crew of friends helped me and my brother unload hundreds of bicycles all night long.
I’ve spent the last few months thinking of little else but the logistics of building, selling and repairing these brand-new, old-fashioned, bicycles. I’ve been tipsy on them, hurt myself trying to fix ’em, laughed on them, and cried a few times on a Flying Pigeon. Heck, I’ve even been robbed while riding a Flying Pigeon!
One thing I haven’t been able to do, is race on a Flying Pigeon. Until now.
I’m not talking about blasting down a hill on a 49 lbs. Chinese-made bomber with rod brakes (this is a common thing when riding a Flying Pigeon around Highland Park).
No, I’m talking about trucking, hauling, jetting, jamming, mashing, slamming the bike pedals into a tangle of knees, ankles, and metal so fast that your vision narrows and breathing becomes a series of last desperate gasps until you’ve reached the light post, or the intersection, or the mark on the road that signals you’ve won, you’ve crossed the line first, you kicked some butt.
The Flying Pigeon Racer takes the best aspects of the Flying Pigeon roadster bikes: massive wheels for comfort and loads more forward drive than 700c or 27″ wheels; tons of rake in the front fork to smooth out the ride; and beautiful looks to turn heads.
Look, I’ll be honest, you’re not going to win the world indoor track championships on the Flying Pigeon Racer. The bike isn’t some carbon fiber puff of smoke being blown at you – it is steel, it is smooth, it is fun, it looks like something Great-grandad would have ridden after returning home fighting the Kaiser in WWI. True story: my sorry 30-year-old body has whooped a couple of neighborhood kids on fixies in 1/4 mile sprints on this bike – that alone has made the whole project worth it!
Here is what the Flying Pigeon Racer comes equipped with:
- Wheels: f:28″ (635mm) 32-hole Flying Pigeon Westwood; r:28″ 36-hole Flying Pigeon Endrick
- Brakes: Coaster brake rear (16-, 17-, or 18-tooth sprocket available)
- Frame: Stock PA-02 powder-coated steel frame
- Pedals: MKS Sylvan Touring
- Drive Train: 32 tooth alloy cranks; Sealed cartridge bottom bracket w. steel cups; YBN 1/2″ x 1/8″ single speed chrome finish chain
- Tires: Creme Schwalbe Delta Cruiser HS 392’s w. Relex sidewalls
- Stem: Origin 8 Alloy Road Stem (80mm or 100mm length avail.)
- Handlebars: Velo Orange North Road
- Grips: Stitched Leather
- Saddle: Stock Flying Pigeon spring leather saddle
You can blast around your neighborhood on your own Flying Pigeon Racer for $479.88 (plus tax and/or shipping where applicable).
A side note on sizing the bike: the bike only comes in one size, with a stand-over height of 32″, it is best suited for people 5’6″ and above. Shipping will cost anywhere from $40 to $70. Assembly by a professional mechanic is strongly (strongly) recommended. Call or email us for a quote or for more information at 213-909-8986 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
As of this writing, there are two Flying Pigeon Racers available in our store, located at 3404 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065. We are able to build them to order once those are gone. Supplies are definitely limited (as the supply of quality, 36-hole, 28″ rims is limited in North America).