Flying Pigeon, A Chinese Classic of a Dutch Classic

Flying Pigeon has been making utility bicycles in China for decades now and they have been hauling people, refrigerators, and entire stalls of wares for sale for just as long. I think there is something to be said for a bicycle which has been such a huge part of one of the largest economies in the world. As such I wanted to post a link to some information on them as they are now selling these bikes in North America. While certainly not a artisinally crafted 11 speed internal hub, crabon, portuer, mixte, lugged, Columbus, TIG welded, Brooks saddle hand carved by bridge gnomes in Portland, wunder-fiets, they still are probably just as deserving of McDonalds’ slogan as McDirty themselves are……billions and billions served. Enjoy this video and the link to their website.

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9 thoughts on “Flying Pigeon, A Chinese Classic of a Dutch Classic

      1. Sorry to “brake” it to you (see what I did there?), but at least now you know how .001% of a woman’s mind works. I’m sure I would have liked this video a lot more if the hilpster boy had been more to my tastes, but alas, it’s given me more #bikerage in an already rage-filled week.

        Also, can we talk about this? http://theflyingpigeon.com/images/screen%20shot%202011-07-28%20at%209.09.39%20am.png

        “A North American Based Company that makes custom bikes by hand”

        Excuse me if I’m terribly, terribly confused, but aren’t these just imported from PR of China, made by the billions in grimy factories by armies of children who have been trained to arc-weld by the time they’re 4 1/2?

        Now, I know they’re not custom. I’m pretty sure they’re not ‘handmade’ in any NAHBS-approved sense of the word, and I had always assumed they were the same Flying Pigeons as what graced the streets of Shanghai for the past half century. Someone’s copy editing staff is asleep at the wheel. But then again, if you’re dumb enough to buy a flying pigeon, you’re probably too dumb to know that it’s not custom, or handmade.

  1. It may be handmade, in the sense that it ain’t brazed/tigged/whatever by robots. And I suppose you could call one “custom” if you did something unique to it, like dented it with a hammer. Really,”handmade” and “custom” are two of the most overused words in bike descriptions nowadays, along with “rare” and “vintage”.

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