Wednesday, March 21
One reason I am always keen to take a couple of shots on my push bike is that there is no visual record what-so-ever of the two most a-mazing bikes I've ever owned. Not a single photo.
For three glorious days I was the proud owner of a 1930s Falcon ladies bike: An early 21st birthday treat from me to myself. I habitually name my bikes and this one was called Ickle. As in Bic-ickle.
Some mean bastard who I assume owned both a van and a set of bolt cutters thieved it. I was inconsolable and cried my head off while running up and down the street hoping to find the bike I'd locked to a wall not three minutes before. In Cambridge it really doesn’t matter how careful you are with your bike, sooner or later someone is going to have it. Mind you, that’s the extent of crime in this peaceful university town.
So on the final days of my twenty first year I was a grudging pedestrian.
At the time I lived in the front room of a shared house so the postman's knock often woke me. When, on the morning of my birthday, I opened the front door I found a group of friends the other side of the threshold instead. And they were wheeling along a bike. It had a full chain guard, patterned, white handle grips and the most ornate rear rack you ever saw. That was one amazing birthday. I rode that bike, named Ribbid for a squeaking noise it made, every day for years. Didn't take any photos of it though. And that when I was studying photography at the time!
This bike is a lot younger than Ickle and Ribbid were. It's a 1980s Raleigh Caprice.
Just before it broke down and was renegaded to the back garden last year I'd planned to fix up the nasty wire basket (not only is it ugly but also pretty useless: The wire grid is so large most things fall through). Now Dusty is back on the road I am once again making plans for a basket DIY. Right now I am favouring a generous helping of duct tape..
And on a different note: Isn't it freaky how mahusive I look on a bike? They always end up looking like toys. Just call me the friendly giant. :)
earrings: etsy (altered - used to be hair pins)
dress & brooches: etsy
cardi: asda (years ago)
jacket: topshop (years ago)
belt: h&m (couple of years ago)
mint tights: welovecolors
saddle shoes: bass