The artistry of a well-made machine is surpassed only by that of nature itself, unless you're talking about the Lawnmower Bike from OCC, in which case: suck custom-fabricated tailpipe, nature! Harmoniously pairing the two together: the photography of Todd Van Fleet.
From a Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design alum who's been both a cyclist and photog all his life, Van Fleet creates and sells "vintage bicycle portraits" of cruisers built as far back as the '40s, which he sources through a network of bike hunters and Craigslist, where anything you find to ride will likely have handlebars. Some of the best include:
And for the collector who demands only the rarest bike photography, he's just acquired an (apparently) super sought-after/limited Schwinn Stingray for his next masterpiece, which thanks to the absence of Paul Jr., will have anything but a Teutul'd composition.
Published: May 5, 2011 at 4:00am EDT
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