I am inspired. I have encountered two little bike riders who take their rides above and beyond my lazy neighbourhood dawdle and out into the real world of commuting and exploring. This has made me rethink my erstwhile policy of not venturing more than about four kilometers on my Gitane. I thought my thighs weren’t up to it, but I see the gauntlet has been thrown (in the nicest possible way).
This woman (who told me her name but my miss-spent youth has caused me to forget it) had just ridden her Raleigh Stowaway (which is turning out to be the bike of the month in littlebikeblog land) from Balaclava to Fitzroy, and she made out like it was a pretty usual thing. (If you haven’t ridden one of these little bikes yourself you may not realise what a feat of thigh power that is.)
But not to be outdone, meet Penny the Peugeot who was just treated to a 40 k ride by her fixer-upper and proud rider Simon. Simon also wins an elephant stamp for being my first reader contributor. Here is what he has to say about his little buddy Penny :
Here’s Penny in all her glory – she’s far from perfect but very useable.I have a number of bikes but commute 10k each way on her at least 2 twice a week! Got into folding bikes completely by accident whilst cruising eBay one night – and ended up buying a white Peugeot NS22 for $13. Unfortunately it wasn’t totally fixable and was missing some parts so I bought another on eBay (this time orange) which was missing all the parts I already had. So I combined best of the two and with a new set of tyres she’s on the road and running beautifully!
We just completed the 40K MS Summer Cycle (including the Westgate Bridge) with no ill effects to bike or rider.
Impressive or what? ( I am also impressed by the placement of Penny in front of a hedge of much misunderstood Agapanthus – what a hardy cheery flower. I remember when there used to be a centre strip of them in Hoddle Street near the Johnston Street intersection… any flower that can thrive in that fumey world deserves respect with a capital R.)