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The Guild of Cycle Mechanics


The Guild of Cycle Mechanics

A group for anyone interested in the humble bicycle and it's possibilities in the Steampunk world. Share any bike histories, steampunk conversions or ideas.

Members: 8
Latest Activity: Nov 10, 2014

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Practicality of the Penny Farthing?

Started by Melvin Goo. Last reply by Dr. Jameson B Westering II Nov 20, 2013. 2 Replies

I suppose for most people the Penny Farthing will be the 'go to' for a steampunk bicycle, but i'm interested in knowing if anyone has actually ridden one and what their experiences are?

My new ride

Started by Oberleutenant Sturmundrang. Last reply by Oberleutenant Sturmundrang Sep 2, 2012. 1 Reply

Got this a couple of weeks ago... SWEET!

Cycling in Steampunk Style

Started by Miss Cherries Jubilee. Last reply by Oberleutenant Sturmundrang Sep 2, 2012. 2 Replies

The horse is outmoded. The automobile is smelly, expensive and fat encouraging. The bicycle, or "the wheel" as we used to say, is elegant, freeing and health promoting! But the clothes....oh my…Continue

Tags: linen, cycling, fashion, ride, tweed

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Comment by Commodore Campbell on November 10, 2014 at 16:57
For those. Interested in DIY, here is an Instructable for making a bamboo bike frame, with links to others: . There were a fair number of bamboo-framed bicycles in the 19th Century, and even a company that specialized in their making, with specially-grown bamboo. sells bamboo bikes (, but I have never had dealings with them, so I do not know how hard it would be to buy one from them. One might make an interesting base for a conversion to a Victorian-style bike.
Comment by Dr. Jameson B Westering II on February 6, 2014 at 7:10

African American History Month on a bicycle!

A discussion I've started on the Steampunk Style Cycling Union group

Comment by Melvin Goo on September 25, 2012 at 8:08

All you really need to true up a wheel is a spoke wrench but it is a little difficult to get used to, and if a spoke breaks or some of the nipples are stiff (don't laugh) you will need to replace them. Have a look at a few youtube vids. You used miles in your description so am a right in assuming you are in the UK?

Comment by Miss Cherries Jubilee on September 13, 2012 at 23:06

Had my bike in to get a handlebar stem extension installed and found out that the bike shop is starting classes on maintenance etc in Oct.  I really need to take this class!

Comment by Miss Cherries Jubilee on September 3, 2012 at 21:58

Well, Daisy and I and Herr Sturmadrung took a 25 mile ride this weekend and I noticed that Daisy's wheels were tottering a little.  No money to give to the bike mechanic is where I learned to true the wheels.

Comment by Miss Cherries Jubilee on September 2, 2012 at 10:21

Here is Miss Cherries at the summer Tweed (Linen) Ride with her trusty wheel, Daisy. 

Comment by Miss Cherries Jubilee on September 2, 2012 at 10:03

Seems I can't add pictures to the reply space in the discussions, so I will post pictures of nattily dressed cyclists here. This gentleman is a cyclist at the DC Tweed Ride. Though he is kitted out very simply, he looks quite elegant enough for the office....or a day of shooting.  These young ladies are looking quite hansome as well.

Comment by Oberleutenant Sturmundrang on September 1, 2012 at 19:55

At the suggestion of MiLady Cherries Jubilee, and further recently having acquired a "tadpole" tricycle (Terratrike Rover), I have joined this forum to aid in the expansion of the bicycle in the Steampunk Universe. To those addicted to the Infernal Combustion Engine as their sole chosen means of transport, I say beware!

Comment by Miss Cherries Jubilee on September 1, 2012 at 19:27

Well, Mr. Goo, we are now a sad little group of two.  But, this is fixable...especially if we involve the ladies!  The cycling rage of the 1880-90s was led by women.  Let's see if we can get this party started.

Comment by Melvin Goo on February 13, 2012 at 6:09

Istructables steampunk bike light:  Instructables is definately a go-to for any guides on bike modding. This steampunk bike light is a great example of what you can do with your bike.


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