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Postby steady eddie » Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:24 pm

http://www.flickr.com/photos/collectvel ... 93861@N22/

A 1940 Oma with an UMBRELLA holder.. :!: ..
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Re: 1940 Oma...

Postby sibergirlblue » Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:08 pm

I like the umbrella holder...but It would have to be a sun parasol here. :P
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Re: 1940 Oma...

Postby steady eddie » Wed Oct 12, 2011 8:08 am

I live in Western Washington, where it rains..(it has rained everyday so far in the month of October)..so it is understandable that I am all for rain gear and umbrellas.

But, when riding with an umbrella, holding the thing up, uses up one whole hand. Rim brakes
do not work so well in the rain and wet. It also rains in Japan. The Japanese never go anywhere outside without an umbrella, but they can cycle hands free and still ride with one.

The Brits call it a "brolly holder", and I had no idea just what a brolly was.. :lol: ..but I did find a video of the one invented by the Japanese:

http://www.unite-i.co.jp/

Cycling with an umbrella is just about the weirdest thing.. :shock: ..yet they do it everywhere but here.
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Re: 1940 Oma...

Postby wa_desert_rat » Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:20 am

steady eddie wrote:Cycling with an umbrella is just about the weirdest thing.. :shock: ..yet they do it everywhere but here.

I think it has to do with the way American culture has viewed bicycles since at least the 1950s; that is, as a toy for children to be given up at age 16 and replaced with a car.

That's certainly what I did. The high school culture of the 1950s and 1960s mitigated against anyone over the age of about 15 from riding a bicycle to school or work. The only acceptable bike riding was to be "athletic" about it. Hence the attitude on some forums that insult anyone who rides anything but a road bike in racing form or a mountain bike suitable for singletrack trails. Even if you commute with a bike it has to be somehow athletic and not just routine or mundane. Heaven forfend that a bicycle should be a utility vehicle useful for day-to-day routine transportation like a (gasp!) mini-van.

Other cultures, faced with steep prices for both cars and fuel combined with a poor infrastructure kept right on using bicycles without giving it a second thought.

In the 1970s I lived only about 2 miles from my workplace and rode a bicycle to work. Of course it was a "racing" bike but even so I was teased about it and was, at the time, the only person who ever rode a bike to the plant which employed several hundred people.

Today, even the so-called "comfort" bikes in the USA aren't all that comfortable. We may be changing and, if we are, then the big box stores - and WalMart in particular - are leading the way.
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