Monday, August 2, 2010

Saluki

It's a beautiful thing to see something doing what it was bred for, the Saluki hound out in the open, flying like the wind, then turning on a dime,  and running down anything on four legs. Three beer question: Given time, could a Saluki run down a Pronghorn? Things to ponder.

 In a way Sakuli is a strange name choice for this bike. While probably nimble enough, it is not what you would think of as a "quick" bike. It is a 650b wheeled touring bike. For you non-bikey people, 650b tires are a traditional French size which is making a comeback for city riding and loaded touring. These shots are Christian Ricco's bike while on a tour of South Central Wisconsin's back roads with his brother Craig. It's a beautifully built up machine. There are little things, like perfect, even fender clearance all the way around on both tires. It doesn't make it function any better, but I appreciate the effort it takes. Three big water bottles for touring in a rural area where good potable water is not always a given. Very classic, very French. Classic where it works, modern where it's better. Nice job. Thanks for the pictures, Ricco.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I always thought 650b tires were pretty esoteric, but I guess 640b is even esoteric-er!

yrs truly,

big mikey, PhD

Anonymous said...

I always thought 650b tires were pretty esoteric, but I guess 640b is even esoteric-er!

yrs truly,

big mikey, PhD

Gunnar Berg said...

Noted. You must feel very strongly about this.

Anonymous said...

no it's the damn touchpad on my fancy Macbook Pro.

Anonymous said...

no it's the damn touchpad on my fancy Macbook Pro.

Gunnar Berg said...

Oh.

Gunnar Berg said...

Oh.

Mimbres Man said...

Speaking about being misnamed...

http://www.greyhound.com/HOME/en/NewBuses.aspx

Anonymous said...

ok seriously I do think it's a nice bike, part French, part beast of burden. I like it when people go their own way like that.

mw