|Aki's Flevobike remained unconquered|
|The smaller of the 2 penny farthings Aki brought out was a "Roy Cooper" from England|
|Small Unicycle and stilts|
|Very small bicycle. Sitting on the seat caused an immediate wheelie.|
|On the "Roy Cooper" Penny|
|Heading off from the barbecue to Aki's place to get more bikes|
|Aki on his big Penny|
|Aki And George|
|Fraser Rowbike, I got to try one for the first time. It was lots of fun and not too hard to ride.|
|Workcycles Tandem, the front bit folds backwards|
|Aki's Recumbent trike|
A few years ago, I sold a recumbent bike to Aki Kubota and I kept in touch with him and he visited the OzHpv challenge in 2014. Hadn't heard from him in a while, but a few days ago, I received an SMS from him asking me and other cycle enthusiasts over to a barbecue at his place. Today was the day, and I headed over to Camberwell via my Mum and Dad's place in Kew.
Aki lives in a unit just near a park, and when I arrived he was bringing bikes from his place to the barbecue area in the park. And what a lot of bikes and variety of bikes! He had bought most of them cheaply second hand (for example the trike was $100). Aki works at a hostel for international students and he has held this barbecue for three years, bringing students and coworkers from his work together in a park to ride his bikes. For all of them, these sorts of bikes were completely new to them, but they had a great time trying them out.
The Fraser rowbike was fun to ride. Its quirky but once you get moving, not too hard. I don't know about setting off round the world on one but its good for a pootle in the park and has a nice luggage rack. This post links to a video I made of one several years ago.
One of Aki's bikes is a classic Flevobike. I couldn't ride it, and Aki has never mastered it himself, although he is a past master at the Penny Farthing. Maybe I will have another crack at the Flevo next year.