The Bicycle Survey

(project 'ricycle survey')

The Unsung Hero December 10, 2009

Filed under: Bicycles — Marko Mikael @ 14:21
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This bike enjoys a lot of attention on one of the busiest streets in Helsinki.

This war Hero has been wounded pretty badly. He (for some reason I tend to place bikes in the masculine category. Or is it the war reference…) will most likely retire soon.

This location has a lot of bikes that look like they have not been used in a while. It is interesting to see how long bikes like this will stay in their present context. There are a lot of stores and shops in the area and abandoned bikes aren’t exactly the best way to attract customers.

  • Preservation status: front wheel missing
  • Find context: not locked onto any structure
  • Documented on: December 9th 2009
  • Make and model: Hero
  • Location

Corrosion vs. tech December 5, 2009

Filed under: Bicycles — tourodeouro @ 12:57
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Corroded tech near Kamppi.

This Corratec bike didn’t have too much parts left anymore. It seems that it has been here for awhile, because it is quite corroded. It is also possible that it hasn’t been maintained too well before it was left here. It is interesting how the pedals are often intact. This may be due to their difficult removal.

  • Preservation status: frame
  • Find context: locked onto a bike rack with an u-lock, between Lasipalatsi and Forum shopping centers in the city centre of Helsinki
  • Documented on: December 4th 2009
  • Make and model: Corratec Cross
  • Location

Corratec Freeride Alivio

Filed under: Bicycles — Marko Mikael @ 11:07
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This bike is locked onto a bike rail with a chain

I found a couple of bikes lying around in the Kamppi area in Helsinki. This one has lost its front wheel and seat; the first ones to disappear.

  • Preservation status: bike missing seat and front wheel
  • Find context: locked onto a metal rail at a shopping mall
  • Documented on: December 4th 2009
  • Make and model: Corratec Freeride Alivio
  • Location

Raleigh D’711 December 3, 2009

Filed under: Bicycles — Marko Mikael @ 22:45
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Raleigh D'711 with no seat or front wheel

This Raleigh dirt bike has been here for quite a while. It has lost its seat and seatpost and front wheel. Someone has tried to remove the rear wheel but must have noticed it was locked onto the tree rim.

  • Preservation status: bike without front wheel and seat
  • Find context: Locked onto a metal rim surrounding a tree.
  • Documented on: December 3rd 2009
  • Make and model: Raleigh D’711
  • Location


Filed under: Bicycles — tourodeouro @ 21:09
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The leopard of the urban jungle taking a nap

This is a good example why it is good not to have quick release skewers. Here the bike has only lost its seat. Though it is in a relatively unrideable state, it is not totally a wreck or stolen. Hopefully the Leopard will roar once more some day.

  • Preservation status: unrideable, seat missing
  • Find context: underpass below the Puistola railway station, locked on a bicycle rack from the front wheel
  • Documented on: December 3rd 2009
  • Make and model: Leopard
  • Location

Helkama Sport 5000

Filed under: Bicycles — tourodeouro @ 20:42
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The mighty Helkama Sport 5000

The front wheel and seat of this popular Finnish bike has been taken in the busy location of the Helsinki city centre. It is funny that the bike is still there, though it is not attached to the bar. Where are all these wheels and seats sold?

  • Preservation status: frame without front wheel
  • Find context: on the edge the Elielintori square, in front of the main post office, unattached
  • Documented on: December 3rd 2009
  • Make and model: Helkama Sport 5000
  • Location