More Bikes April 8, 2010September 18, 2010 Written by Catherine A vintage 1955 bike for a Swedish James Dean-type. What do you think, Tim? This bike is made entirely out of plastic, except the chain, gears, and some brake mechanisms. We saw it at the Upplandsmuset in the ‘Mid century Swedish plastics’ exhibit. This one is beyond old-school. I think it weighs 50kg; better not tip it over. This is a vintage crescent moped bike. There was an exhibit about the crescent factory and its patriarch, Gustav. Most of the commuter bikes in Sweden look just like the crescent bikes of 50-60 years ago. Some of them may even be 50-60 years old. You may be questioning your understanding of Swedish here: doesn’t that say NO bikes? Yes, yes it does. This is one of the 4 bike parking lots at the Uppsala train station. Some of the bikes have been here a long time, since before the snow fell. Many have been served with ‘move your bike’ notices. If these get ignored for a certain number of weeks, then the bike will be brought to the police station, fixed up (often these bikes have taco wheels) and sold. We bought our bikes this way for about 350kr ($50). Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!