The Long John Gallery
Jakob converted his almost new Esimex Long John into a kid transporter using the upper frame parts and the rain cover of an ordinary bicycle trailer. The trailer frame is attached to the cargo bay by removable brackets. Also note the retro-style rear light which is actually an automatic battery powered LED light used on Swedish Kronan bikes.
Jason bought this Long John about two years ago in Hadsund, Denmark where the bike had been in use to deliver BP gas containers and other items for a store. Age and manufacturer are unknown, but it surely is a rather old bike, possibly from around the 1940´s. Jason converted the bike from single speed to 3-speed, added a rear rim brake and a Brooks saddle.
This 1991 SCO Long John was found in a garage in the industrial area of Larvik in Norway. It is believed that it originally served as transport vehicle for the local groundwood mill which was closed in 2000. Today the Long John decorates the entrance of the Norconsult office in Larvik. According to the pictures the bike seems to have positive influence on the Norconsult employees...
Velo Zürich is a bike shop specialized in second hand bike. Occasionally they also offer used Long Johns like this 1991 SCO with three speeds and drum brakes front and rear; in near mint condition. The last picture shows bike mechanic Ninga going for a delivery tour to the local post office.
Owning a Long John was a long-cherished wish of Horst Wroblewski. Finally he got this 1990 SCO Long John at eBay. Horst does not only use the bike to transport any kind of stuff
but also rode it on a 60km trip around Hanover.
Alexander´s 1994 SCO Long John has a Shimano Nexus 8-speed internal gear hub instead of the standard Sachs 3-speed hub
you usually find on those bike. Pictures were taken in Gothenburg and at the city´s harbour.
Steve´s single-speed SCO Long John from 1982 with reproduced cargo bay lettering made of adhesive vinyl and a nice Carlsberg logo.
Henrik tinkered around with an old SCO Long John frame and created this workhorse with derailer and disc brakes. Feel free to contact Henrik if you´ve got any questions: donatzky(at)gmail.com
Lars Erik Jonsson and his wife are retirees. As there was no more need to commute to work they decided to manage their life without a car. For the transport of heavy and bulky stuff they recently bought this new Long John built by ESIMEX in Denmark.
A trip to the Netherlands inspired Todd to built his own cargo bike. He tried to avoid any purchase of new parts, so the bike was made using an old hybrid Raleigh, a kids Trek and a bunch of scrap metal. The box is made of plywood and can be removed. The rear derailer gives five gears.
Lane built his Long John using the rear triangle of a mountain bike and a BMX fork+wheel for the front end. It's set up as a single-speed and carries 200 pounds with no problem. Lane operates a bike rack business and uses the cargo bike to transport the finished racks to the shipping store.
William saw a guy riding a Long John, when he was vacationing in Paris, in 2004. He decided to try his hand at making one. Cut up his old Raleigh and a dirt bike, mitered and bent some new tube, and farmed out the welding. He says it's great to ride to the beach, with the cooler, a towel, a beach chair, and the beach umbrella.
Jürgen named his selfmade bike "Long Dog" because it was build to transport his canine friend. To keep weight low some parts of the frame are made of fiber glass while the removable cargo bay is made of light plywood and aluminum. The bike also features a foldable stem so it won´t occupy more space than necessary when not in use.
While walking around in Freetown Christiania Stan discovered this extraordinary Long John. Seems to be a SCO frame from the 1960s or early 70s that has been modified.
Alan sent me these pictures of his old Long John. According to its serial number the frame was built by SCO in 1951. Considering its age the bike is still in quite good condition. Note that the rear 23" wheel is not original. Actually these frames were built for 26" rear wheels.
Bernd Gonschior got his 1993 SCO Long John in late 2007. The wooden box on the cargo bay has been mounted by the previous owner. Bernd uses the bike for shopping tours, miscellaneous transports and fun rides.
This Long Long John belongs to Tom Allaert´s son who´s running a meat and cheese shop in Amsterdam. The bike makes a nice promotional eye catcher. Note the exceptionally large advertising sign in the frame and the unconventional position of the lock on the front(!) wheel.
Long Johns are hard to find in Austria, and it took Wolfgang Höfler about two years to acquire this 1990 SCO Long John. Wolfgang is a cycle ball player and frequently uses his Long John to transport his teams´ bikes to cycle ball games. Beside this the Long John is also in use at Wolfgang´s work as a tourist guide. Also see some of Wolfgang´s videos at youtube.com to watch his Long John in action.
This is a pretty nice self-made Long John built by Per Andersson. The rear part is based on frame parts of a conventional bike while the front part and the cargo bay are a surprisingly close copy of the original SCO/Monark model. Well done, Per!
Morten Højbjerg bought this Long John from a grocer who closed his store in late 2006. The workbike has been in use for about 30 years and is still in fair condition. Today Morten uses it to transport stuff to his boat or to give his kids a ride. The bike features the usual 3-speed hub with coaster brake. Like most old Long Johns it has no front brake.
Karsten Grenz runs a mobile bicycle repair service in Berlin, using a 2002 Monark Long John to carry his equipment. The bike also serves on flea markets and wherever transportation and/or an eye catcher is needed. See more pictures of the Long John at work on Karsten´s website.
Lars Evdokiyos uses his Monark Long John (built in 2000) as a workbike for his bakery and to transport his kids. The bicycle features a 3-speed gear hub, a hydraulic drum brake and a wonderful leather saddle. Lars found a clever way to protect the cargo bay from damage: the crossbeams are covered with silicone hoses and the outer tubes are wrapped with strings.
After his previous SCO Long John (see first image) got stolen just a couple of weeks ago Kai-Martin got another Long John at eBay (images 2-4). Built in 1996 it is equipped with a Sachs Hydro Pull brake and a F&S 7-speed internal hub. Recently the bike provided valuable assistance when transporting an 88 kg industrial sewing machine (last image).
In 2001 Moz built a load bike based on the idea of a Long John (see first image). The bike worked fine but got stolen soon after. In 2002 Moz startet to build another bike of this kind (images 2-4). It featured a foldable cargo platform so Moz could park it in the hallway without wasting space. Unfortunately this second bike cracked up after one year of usage. Moz has detailed descriptions of these bikes on his website:
A long time ago Steven Hinshaw was amazed by a Long John he saw in Copenhagen. Since then he was obsessed by the idea of getting one of these bikes. In 1997 Steven finally imported a 1995 SCO Long John to the USA. It is a used bike from City Cykler in Odense, Denmark. It got some upgrades like an original(!) Sachs Hydro Pull brake and a Shimano Nexus 7-speed internal hub.
A 1955 SCO Long John in front of "Svaneke Købmandshandel", a small traditional grocery store. Very nice bike in considerable condition.
The restaurant "Fyrtøjet" ("pocket lighter") in Rønne uses this Long John as an eye catcher. Quite old bike, possibly from the 1940s.
In Østermarie I found this Long John which is the same model as above, but in worse condition. Used as a self-service "pengekasse" to sell fresh eggs. You just take some eggs out of the blue box and put some money into the milk can.
A 2004 Esimex Long John found in Øster Sømarken at a bike rental outlet.
Hermann Blattner worked as a chimney sweeper and transported his equipment using a Long John. It was build by SCO in 1995. Meanwhile Hermann Blattner retired from his job but he still owns this bike.
Jimmi is an enthusiast who loves to restore old Long Johns (and of course riding them). Currently he has three Long Johns. This one is a beautiful URANIA model from 1967 which is still quite common in Denmark.
Konrad Gähler is member of the ADFC (national bike club) in Dresden, Germany. His SCO Long John with its huge trailer is used as information booth for the ADFC´s public relation. Konrad reports that the Long John is an excellent eye catcher which gets a lot of positive response from the passers-by.
Willem Kusters sent me these pictures of his Monark Long John with comfortable Lepper saddle and beautiful stitched leather grips. For transporting his kids Willem installed a selfmade wooden box with a seat and safety belts. The bike is currently equipped with a 3-speed hub but Willem is about to replace it by a SRAM P5 Cargo (5-speed).
Stephan Thonett used this Long John for his cargo bike messenger service Radlast in the city of Cologne. It has a Hydropull brake in the front, a Sachs Pentasport 5-gear hub with drum brake in the rear and an additonal Schlumpf Mountain Drive transmission. The original frame was from SCO but broke beneath the cargo bay. The replacement is from Monark. After several years of tough usage Stephan gave the Long John to Axel Wolf who´s using it in his carpenter business. Axel added a selfmade lateral holder für long pieces of cargo (see last picture).
Michael Klem owns this single gear SCO Long John without front brake. The bike is from 1993, or maybe even older. Michael sometimes uses his beloved bike to carry grocery stuff. He´s going to upgrade the Long John with a 3-gear hub. Also see his own webpage for more pictures.
I discovered this SCO Long John in the backyard of a bike shop in Gütersloh. Shop owner Mr Schiffner kindly allowed me to take some pictures for this collection.
The Dutch Bakfiets Cargobike, quite similar to the traditional Long John. Pictures sent by Henry Cutler from Henry Workcycles, a freight bike shop situated in Amsterdam.
Age and origin of this "Very Long John" are unknown. The frame has probably been modified by a previous owner. The cargo platform measures almost one meter. The bike was reconditioned in 2005.
Ralf bought this rusty Long John for 200 EUR and refurbished it carefully in September 2005. It´s a single gear bike with no front brake. He is not sure about the manufacturer but has some information that his bike was built in 1955. Ralf uses his Long John for shopping and for transporting goods like his RC model aircrafts.
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