Bike of The Day {BOTD}

Via Michael Levin
on Feb 5, 2010
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This vintage French “Leopard” bicycle is a mixte. Tony couldn’t be happier! It’s beautiful. Seen at Books, Inc in Gainesville, FL…

Leopard Headbadge

The Leopard headbadge. Headbadges are an art form. Just check out the variety in this group that showcases headbadges old and new from all over the world.

Ideale Saddle

Leather saddles generally get better over time. The engraving on this Ideale saddle also says “Made in France”.

Ideale Saddle

There are two definite camps when it comes to leather saddles: those who love and swear by them, and those who wish they did, have tried, and sadly switch to cushioned saddles.

Randonneur handlebars

The handlebars are engraved “Randonneur”, which means “long distance cyclist”.


This Leopard is equipped for comfortable commuting. It’s got good fenders, exquisitely brazed racks ready for panniers fore and baskets aft. The two position brake levers permit safe upright riding or racing posture. There’s also a friction generator driven light system. This bike was born before Tony and, with care, will outlast us all.



About Michael Levin

Michael loves sharing what he's learned about organic lifestyles like living off the grid and bicycle commuting. He calls it "lifestyle entrepreneurship". He's into organic gardening, mindful living, and realizes that we only have this life and each other. His favorite quote is "The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both." (James A. Michener)


One Response to “Bike of The Day {BOTD}”

  1. Jeffrey says:

    mmmmmmmmmmmmm bike porn.