28 July 2010

Back Bay Gazelle

Walking recently I was nearly blinded by the chrome on this sturdy vintage Gazelle.

vintage Gazelle bicycle
It's a "touren" model, so I guess it makes sense it's so far from home.

Gazelle Touren
The saddle was most remarkable, I suppose it must be comfortable with all that suspension, but it looks a bit like a torture device to those of us who haven't tried it!

Gazelle leather saddle springs
All in all I think there may be 8 springs supporting this saddle!

Gazelle saddle springs

11 comments:

Oldfool said...

I want that seat

somervillain said...

that saddle probably weight more than some of my bikes. :-o

cycler said...

That's a serious saddle! I bet it handles Pave' without blinking an eye.
Always fun to see a bike someone loves enough to transport across an ocean.

live better said...

Interesting saddle!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

What a cool bike. I once had a bike with a kick stand like that. Wish I had that bike still...I can't even recall what make it was. Oh well...

Velouria said...

Vintage Gazelles are great bikes. I hope some day the bike you photographed meets its female counterpart in Cambridge and they make a love connection!

Re the saddle: I see many of those in Vienna, and they are always flaking/peeling in the same way as the one on your picture. But apparently the owners love them and prefer to keep them rather than get modern versions.

Dottie said...

Beautiful! From the first photo, I could not tell it was vintage. Nice that Gazelle has remained so faithful to its classic design.

kfg said...

I've been dying for a saddle like that all summer to put on my cruiser. At the moment, however, all that is available on the new market is the pricey stuff and the cheap junk.

Note that the saddle is locked.

Isman red eco-3 said...

Wow.....unique saddle...i want that seat

Pete said...

I have the same. A-Touren are in my opinion the best Gazelle bikes. Mine is more than 30 years old, no rust, weights 35kg!! ;-) etc. I took it from cologne to bruxelles to geneva ... and will have it with me my whole life if noone steals it. it's great!

Anonymous said...

the saddle is a lepper primus. very heavy but comfortable. cheers, holger