Bicycle Taxidermy - Water Buffalo (Bubalus bufalus) - Silver Phase
The hide on this specimen was in a state of disrepair so it was removed to show the underlying skeletal remains. The anatomy of this skull reflects a more primitive design, namely the need for springy frontal bones. The horns are typical of this species and resemble steel in their hardness. The cleanliness and lack of oxidation of the bone suggests this animal wasn't exposed to the elements for very long. This bone of this subspecies lack the black pigmentation seen in the black-phase individuals. A very handsome specimen sure to be the envy of all your fellow cycling naturalists.
Being in the bicycle restoration business there is no shortage of surplus parts. Bicycle taxidermy is a cool way to keep parts out of the landfill while showing off your paleo-bicycle coolness. A wonderful conversation piece that also speaks to your bicycling addiction and environmental consciousness.
This taxidermy has a sprung saddle whose cover was significantly damaged but the undercarriage was quite clean and free of rust. The chrome steel bars show some pitting but retain their lustre. Mounted on a beautiful hardwood 5/8" thick plaque, it is stained and polyurethaned for beauty and protection. Measures 22.5" (57 cm) across horns and 12" (30.5cm) top to bottom and 6" (~15.25cm) deep. New sturdy hardware was used in mounting. The bar end plugs include two spent 20 gauge shotgun shell; a FreeLander trademark.
Note to Buyer: Bicycle taxidermy is created from used bicycle parts. Each piece is different. Buyers should expect some small chips, scratches, tears and/or rust. Any significant damage to the parts will be noted in the description. Pictures are reflective of the actual condition.