Friday, January 25, 2008

The Langster: Patina Ersatz

(new version)
So...am I the only one that finds this bike irritating? Particularly the "New York" model? It's funny what happens when large corporations try to sell mass produced character. (click photo for detail)












ps
- sorry to any body out there who might own this bike....it's nothing personal

It also comes in some other obnoxious flavours like the "Seattle" shown below. Pay special attention to the umbrellas on the top tube and Starbucks cup on the seat tube...











I think the Freeze Thaw guys should look into developing a Pennsylvania line. Here are some ideas off the top of my head:




The Scranton









The Lancaster













The Bellefonte














The State College











The Pittsburgh




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The Philly














The Gettysburg

12 comments:

mikejoos said...

I disagree I think The Langster: Patina Ersatz looks like a sweet professional NY messenger bike. “Driver carries less than $20 cash” if that doesn’t say New York messenger I don’t know what dose.

Ayokunle A. said...

I'm all about the State College Cycle. I think that would be all the rage at good ole state barring the occasional RUI (Riding Under the Inflence) that one would encounter.

gwadzilla said...

love the options...

have you seen KLUNKERZ?

the film makes a poke at Specialized for mass marketing the mountain bike

I like the langster!

you forgot to post the Seasonal Fixie!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=LzWDhyJKv14

Icon O. Classt said...

The Starbucks cup on the seat tube...I thought you were joking!. Alas...

Wretched.

Anna Kelso said...

wretched indeed

James said...

That is a funny list. Let's see if Specialized picks any of those up

Anna Kelso said...

Yeah, they really should tap into the Amish market. So much potential there!

CoalesceKid said...

i happen to own a new york model langster and love the shit out of it, i guess if owning one doesnt make me an uber cool scenester oh well. I guess i didnt realize that owning some obscure frame / parts combo was the admission fee into having fun on a bicycle. cheers

Anna said...

Sorry to have offended you. My only point is that these bikes are trying to emulate the tricked-out hipster in mass production. I think it’s interesting that the tricked out hipster scene has been pimped out to an assembly line. I don’t pretend to belong to this camp. I’m a big dork and I have fun on my bike and that’s all that really matters. Ride your bike proud and live an authentic life…don’t let blogs get under your skin.



The NYC Bike Snob gives another perspective on the issue:

http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2007/10/worst-of-nyc-craigslist-bike-ads-25-26.html

CoalesceKid said...

nah im not offended actually, i just wanted to start some shit... at any rate, i DO own one of these bikes and do enjoy it but not for the "looking cool" factor but at least with an obnoxious beast like this the stupid cagers might see me and not run me over. besides, if i REALLY wanted to be cool I would just ride my Karate Monkey every day. PS. In my humble opinion the seattle version is ass ugly...and the fact that it references starbucks makes me want to vomit on it.

Anonymous said...

The Seattle is cool, I don't care what all you messenger wanta-be's say. I could really use a coffee cup holder.

Anna said...

Soma makes a nice coffee cup holder. Then you can even put it on the "Boston" if you want...

http://www.somafab.com/morningrush.html