Restoration of the about fifty years old Soviet bike “Ukraine” – has been started. Stay tuned.

Ukraina - project "Ukraine", restoration of the vintage Soviet bike

Ukraina – project “Ukraine”, restoration of the vintage Soviet bike

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Union Tally vintage bicycle

Union Tally vintage bicycle

Union Tally, a stunning vintage coaster brake gents bicycle, produced most likely about fifty years ago. I have bought it by a complete accident and instantly I felt, there is a big potential in it. So it was not really a brainer – I decided to restore this bike to the top level I can archive.

Star combination was clearly good, so things moved quickly – I clearly met the right people along the way. With the great help from:
Rowerownia Młyn, the stunning place full of most amazing bicycles and the friendlies, most helpful people you can think of,
Serwis Twojego Roweru, the bespoke bicycle service, that literally dismantles the bike only slightly above the atomic level, and
Kocham Starocie, with its endless selection of all imaginable artistic and rare bike elements,
my Union Tally quickly got its shape. Only few things were added during the process, like Schwalbe cream tires and new hub, for the aesthetics I really like the Brooks B66 saddle and Brooks plump leather grips, they all make the bike look and feel special.

Currently, as you see this, the bike is very, very close to perfection. It has been maintained with that attention to detail, that when in motion, it hardly produces any noise. Typical for old bikes rattles does not exist for this one; even on the potholes and cobblestone roads it is silent. Just astonishing machine. Little bits and pieces are still due to be done, little paint corrections, maybe leather panniers – and that would be it. No rush though, it is close to perfection now, and as they say – good things come to those who wait.

More pictures of this bike below. Enjoy the look of old, classic bicycle.

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Omafiets is a very traditional woman’s bike with classic frame type. Often described as Dutch, but its origins come, as every bike related invention – from UK.
What you see here, is an early stage of the omafiets we have bought. Very nice frame, excellent condition, legendary Lepper Primus saddle and so on. Soon you will see it altered, with lots of new elements. Stay tuned.

Omafiets - classical, vintage Dutch woman's bike with UK origins

Omafiets – classical, vintage Dutch woman’s bike with UK origins

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During my last visit to Rowerownia Młyn in Wrocław, a stunning place with great people, full of old bikes and parts unavailable anywhere else I can think of, I have spotted a great, old Raleigh bike. Big light with low and high beam switch, old Lepper Primus saddle, fantastic look of a old, classic gents bike. In a search for a bike like that (sadly, that one wasn’t for sale) I found a nice movie shot in 1945 in Raleigh factory “How a bicycle is made” – enjoy the old craftmanship.

vintage Raleigh bicycle in Rowerownia Młyn, Wrocław

vintage Raleigh bicycle in Rowerownia Młyn, Wrocław

and a film about the history of the bicycles with interesting shots from the Brooks and Continental factories:

More pictures of this bike and of this superb place, Rowerownia – below.

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I have spotted this nice vintage neon during my last trip to Wrocław, where I was visiting the Centennial Hall. City Zoo in located conveniently on the other side of the street and this neon caught my eyes. As I have learned, this beautiful symbol of Wrocław City Zoo was made in 1962 and is one of the most recognisable neons of the city Wrocław. Last thirty years the lion was in the dark, due to the neon malfunction – it was just recently restored to its original condition by Dam-Wid advertising agency from Wrocław and it shines like brand new. Fantastic work, well done!

Lion neon, Wrocław City Zoo symbol

Lion neon, Wrocław City Zoo symbol

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Huge charity event in Poland, WOŚP – attracts enormous crowds of people of good will every year. All sort of passionates and activists go active and help to raise the money for medical instruments for kids and seniors.

This time I spotted a group of enthusiast that restore old Polish police cars from the communist era, when the Police was called “Milicja”. This formation doesn’t recall the best memories to older citizens of Poland, but the old cars are great – aren’t they nice? The attention to detail is admirable – they still have original registration plates!

Milicja - FSO Polonez 1500

Milicja – FSO Polonez 1500

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Unitra Tola R-615 AM/FM vintage radio

Unitra Tola R-615 AM/FM vintage radio

This Unitra Tola R-615 radio is about 25 years old (built in 1987 in communist Poland, nearly bankrupt country with basically no resources available), still fully operational – and looks so last century, you would expect it to be like 50 years old. This only can show how fast those things evolve. Look – no displays, no digital dials – fully analogue, manual radio. But – in contrary to those most recent fancy digital receivers – this one works for last 25 years without any problems. Not really useful these days – unless you’re a hipster, of course.

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Lego Technic vehicles - 9393 and vintage 8820

Lego Technic vehicles – 9393 and vintage 8820

Lego Technic is older, than you might think it is. The one on the left, is the most recent 9393 model, Tractor with lawn mover. The one on the right is the vintage 8820 rally car from 1990. 22 years of difference – still the same fun. And yes, once upon a time the were human figures in Lego Technic – they were much bigger than the ones you know, about three times taller. I will add more pictures later, box plus manual. Stay tuned.

 

Nokia 6310 - legendary, best mobile phone ever made

Nokia 6310 – for many it is the legendary, best mobile phone ever made. Simple, effective, with astonishing 17 days (!) long battery life, without any gizmos, camera, facebook apps, no rubbish – just the phone with text messages, simple calendar, bluetooth connectivity for your handsfree and that’s it.

And now your eyes should turn all green with envy. After 12 years I get this phone back. Fully operational, everything works – it will be the best backup mobile phone to my iPhone 4s I could ever think of. Have you ever used that one and stupidly exchanged to something much, much worse, tempted with colourful screen and other useless options? Let me know in the comments.

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Kawasaki Zephyr ZR-1100 naked superbike

Kawasaki Zephyr ZR-1100 naked superbike is a retro styled machine legendary to many motorcycle owners all over the world. Based on famous Kawasaki Z1 , has twin shock rear suspension, comfortable upright riding position and air-cooled power unit, delivering 93 HP and what is even more important – 89 Nm of torque, with useable power from as low as 2,000 rpm all the way up to the relatively lowly 9,500 rpm red line. Very pleasant bike to ride, still looks great – I have her for more than 7 years and she still makes me smile every time I start her up. Incredibly reliable, no major problems whatsoever.

More pictures below.

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