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Ever since I became the proud owner of a lime green 1970s Gitane folding bike (not pictured) I started noticing retro folding bikes, or cute little bikes that look like you could fold up them if you tried hard enough, all over my little inner city suburb of Fitzroy. Starting with three in my street!

So I started snapping them on my phone. What to do next? Blog them perhaps? Why? I am not sure?

I think I am secretly hoping that I will find out more about the bikes. If you know anything, or you see your bike on this site…tell me more.

PS. I have now been going over a year and I still get a kick out of it. I (nearly always*) leave a calling card on a bike that I photograph, inviting the rider to visit the site and tell us about their bike, and I get the biggest kick when they do. I have decided Little Bike Blog’s raison d’etre is to pay homage to the little retro bikes and their riders.

* I say nearly always because I only carry a few in my wallet at a time, and sometimes I find I’ve run out. If you discover your bike here and you never got the card, tell us something anyway. Bike provenance is my joy.

NOTE: Little Bike Blog is now retired as a regular blog, but remains a site for little bike lovers to peruse and comment on an idiosyncratic  collection of little bikes. Enjoy.

26 Comments
  1. If only I could remember… I was in a googling stupor, I didn’t even know what time it was, let alone what site I was on…

  2. What a cool blog, and i love your commentary almost as much as i love the bikes!! thanks for stopping by my blog too.

  3. Loving your blog and whimsical commentary on the bikes you document as if they are all your long lost friends.

  4. hello LBB, thank you for your sweet words about my blog! Loving your work…

  5. Love your blog about the little bikes. I found my Peugeot folder on the hard rubbish and restored it to its former glory. For pics,go here.
    http://www.slow-rpm.blogspot.com/

    cheers,

    ian

  6. Great blog – I’ve put it on my favourites list too, as I am now fascinated with small wheels since recently restoring an early 90s 16″ wheeled Dahon. They’re so much fun !

    • Thanks Rusty Bike Bell, had a squizz at your site, particularly the Dahon – snazzy. Is a friction dive one of those uphill assistance gadgets?

  7. Thanks – I didn’t see the owner of that one to ask, but yes it looked like some kind of electrical assist that drove the back wheel through friction on the tyre … kind of like a generator/dynamo in reverse…

  8. That’s what I thought, I saw one on The Inventors once and have been keeping it in the back of my mind for my dotage when the hills get too steep.

    I actually thought the photo was your restored Dahon, that’s why I asked. ( I am not so good on the later models so couldn’t tell if that was early nineties.)

  9. that one looks fairly a current 20″ model — my old blue one is much nicer ( but i’m biased ) 🙂

  10. Look at the tiny Speedwell I saw today – a Brownie 24 – ever heard of them?
    http://bicyclesinnewcastle.com/2012/01/03/another-speedwell-brownie-24/#comment-367

  11. Hey there,LB blogger. Seen in Toorak road the other day,a National ‘Jeans’ model. Not much use on my blog but will send to you, the expert on LBs if you like.

    cheers

  12. I’m a luddite~how do I send you a pic?

  13. mrdennmann permalink

    Hey, How does another fanatic about folding bikes send you pictures and a story for your blog?

  14. Rob permalink

    Just found a Gitane folding bike on the scrapyard, its green!

  15. Hey: I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been following your blog ever since I first bought my little Peugeot about a year ago. I was searching for more information in the bike, and your blog was a great resource on small-wheeled bikes. I’m a slow blogger, but finally, I made a blog post about my own NS-22:

    http://spokesandstrings.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-wearing-of-green.html

    • Thanks CJ, love hearing from my select few readers, it gladdens my little bike loving heart. Love your post by the way, you and your NS22 have a nice thing going on.
      Cheers

      LBB

  16. Bill permalink

    Hey, wanna see my Ricardo Delux folding dragster?

    Before


    After

  17. gina permalink

    Hello. I purchased a very vintage bike at an op shop and I am curious as to what it is. It has a bar cover that says “hotfoot” but that is all I know. Its very cool. I have a photo to send if that’s possible. Thanks for your help.

    Gina

    • Hi Gina,
      I would love to be able to help but Little Bike Blog is no longer an active blog, I leave it live as an archive. Perhaps you could try this guy https://rustybikebell.wordpress.com/ who knows a lot about vintage bikes. I hope you find out more about your bike and thanks for visiting.
      LBB

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