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1980s Volvo...the Itera Plastic bicycle


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#31 OFFLINE   RobT

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 04:14 PM

Using your signature as a clue, is it an Itera plastic bike?


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Posted 27 April 2016 - 05:10 PM

Right, it's on... I'm heading there now.

There's been a few guesses, some sensible and some not so sensible. Won't be long now until all is revealed.

Ooh, here comes the train...

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 05:25 PM

Just been through a really interesting tunnel. It was built by Isobel King Dong Brunels dad Mark, under the Thames. First tunnel ever under water, built in the latter part of the olden days:

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"It did indeed require a certain, not too small, amount of social courage to be seen riding this unconventional bicycle. One could be sure that everybody would be looking, some with great amusement."

 

"The problem with the automobile today consists precisely in the fact that the automobile is not a problem... Love only rarely listens to reason." Wolfgang Sachs, 1984

 


#34 OFFLINE   Christine

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 05:28 PM

A lot of men drowned building that



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Posted 27 April 2016 - 05:35 PM

A lot of men drowned building that

 

Snorkels only provided limited assistance when flailing at a riverbed with a shovel.


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Cure for insomnia #57812: rantingYoof's Historic Car Fleet Information History...Thing

 

Proud to be the 'first' owner of Mason, the 1995 LS400 Mk4 that now thinks its a Goona.

 

Now becoming the new 'Autoshite Bike'...320Touring is the latest lucky dawg to sample V8 smoothness.


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Posted 27 April 2016 - 05:36 PM

Change trains... no time for coffee or croissants.

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"It did indeed require a certain, not too small, amount of social courage to be seen riding this unconventional bicycle. One could be sure that everybody would be looking, some with great amusement."

 

"The problem with the automobile today consists precisely in the fact that the automobile is not a problem... Love only rarely listens to reason." Wolfgang Sachs, 1984

 


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Posted 27 April 2016 - 05:46 PM

No, I don't need another car....


Just re-read your first post, so ignore my stupid guess. Am looking forward to seeing what it is.
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#38 OFFLINE   garethj

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 05:50 PM

You can fit more stuff in a Volvo estate than on one of those trains, and that's a fact*
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Posted 27 April 2016 - 05:55 PM

Train in Swedish colours, very appropriate !


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Posted 27 April 2016 - 06:05 PM

1980s Volvo:

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But it's not that one.
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"It did indeed require a certain, not too small, amount of social courage to be seen riding this unconventional bicycle. One could be sure that everybody would be looking, some with great amusement."

 

"The problem with the automobile today consists precisely in the fact that the automobile is not a problem... Love only rarely listens to reason." Wolfgang Sachs, 1984

 


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Posted 27 April 2016 - 06:09 PM

Subaru Legacy spotted:

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Except Olympic not Subaru.

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"It did indeed require a certain, not too small, amount of social courage to be seen riding this unconventional bicycle. One could be sure that everybody would be looking, some with great amusement."

 

"The problem with the automobile today consists precisely in the fact that the automobile is not a problem... Love only rarely listens to reason." Wolfgang Sachs, 1984

 


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Posted 27 April 2016 - 06:09 PM

Bastard. I got excited for a second then saw the "But it's not that one." part.
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Posted 27 April 2016 - 06:10 PM

You naughty tease you. Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk
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Proud to be the 'first' owner of Mason, the 1995 LS400 Mk4 that now thinks its a Goona.

 

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 07:28 PM

Lol.

So I found the sellers place, a unit accessed via an alley..

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Had a look over my new purchase to confirm all was as described, handed over the key, shook hands, and off I headed, trying to find my way back south of the river.
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"It did indeed require a certain, not too small, amount of social courage to be seen riding this unconventional bicycle. One could be sure that everybody would be looking, some with great amusement."

 

"The problem with the automobile today consists precisely in the fact that the automobile is not a problem... Love only rarely listens to reason." Wolfgang Sachs, 1984

 


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Posted 27 April 2016 - 07:29 PM

Talk about a suspense thriller here!


Yer can't beat a bit o' Autoshite

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 07:31 PM

Come on, what is it!
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Posted 27 April 2016 - 07:33 PM

I'm betting 300 series. Or 700/900 diesel.



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Posted 27 April 2016 - 07:38 PM

Oh yeah, sorry I forgot to say what it was, silly me.

And the Burger King cardboard crown for King of Guessing goes to...







Drum roll...







Pause and count to 10...







And with an Olympic bit of deduction the winner is...








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RobT!!!!!

Well done Rob, a crisp £5 note is winging its way to you as you read this.


(Sorry!)


Its awesome! I've been on the look out for one for a few years, and this one is a beauty. It's the 80s overpriced underdeveloped plastic bike no one wanted.
My phone battery is almost dead, so I'll add more photos and a review of the riding experience in a bit when I get home.


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"It did indeed require a certain, not too small, amount of social courage to be seen riding this unconventional bicycle. One could be sure that everybody would be looking, some with great amusement."

 

"The problem with the automobile today consists precisely in the fact that the automobile is not a problem... Love only rarely listens to reason." Wolfgang Sachs, 1984

 


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Posted 27 April 2016 - 07:42 PM

Oh blimey I was right. Doesn't happen often..!
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Posted 27 April 2016 - 07:43 PM

Very appropriate colour scheme.
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Posted 27 April 2016 - 07:52 PM

I am feeling a bit deflated now!

Inconsistent-you need to go out and buy a 1980s Volvo car so I can sleep restfully!
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Posted 27 April 2016 - 07:53 PM

Completely unexpected!



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Posted 27 April 2016 - 07:55 PM

I am feeling a bit deflated now!

Inconsistent-you need to go out and buy a 1980s Volvo 240 estate and then sell it cheaply to anonymous user


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Posted 27 April 2016 - 08:07 PM

That's proper shite that bike. Total bobbins.
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Posted 27 April 2016 - 08:16 PM

Now that is one hell of a curve ball. It's even Autoshite beige!


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Posted 27 April 2016 - 08:19 PM

Bet it's gone all brittle .. and the forks will snap  :-D



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Posted 27 April 2016 - 09:22 PM

Glad you didn't need mine and BlindFux help now..... :-D

 

That's horrible. 

 

Well done.


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Posted 27 April 2016 - 09:32 PM

I want my money back.
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Posted 27 April 2016 - 09:45 PM

I like a bit of cycling and I've got a thing for unusual/shite bikes. I grew up with a Chopper, then got another one when I was at college and a bit too old really to be riding one. Anything a bit unusual is of interest. I got my first folding bike by dragging it out of a skip... it was a cheapo badly made rusty heap, which I named the 'Skipton' (like Brompton, Bickerton... get it?)

I sold that for £5, making a clear £5 profit. My next folder was a Strida, that weird triangular bike from the 80s with plastic wheels, drum brakes and a kevlar belt for a chain. They still make it, but the latest version is much more sensible. 
I then got a Brompton, which I've had for about 12 years, and is used almost daily. I've got a couple of other sensible bikes too.

 

At the 2013 NEC classic car show on the Volvo club stand I came across, in the biblical sense, these Itera Bikes. I'd never heard of them before, despite having a few books 'encyclopeadias' on odd bikes and subscribing to Velovision mag for a few years.

 

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They were the most exciting thing at the show for me. I started to research them to try to find out a bit more. And just, you know, casually look around to see if they ever came up for sale, and for how much...


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"The problem with the automobile today consists precisely in the fact that the automobile is not a problem... Love only rarely listens to reason." Wolfgang Sachs, 1984

 


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Posted 27 April 2016 - 09:47 PM

That looks utterly horrific to ride. Top work!




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