Not the jingoistic, flag-waving type of national pride, but a very smart red National bike that (I have on good authority) its owner is very proud of. And with frame like this who can blame him? What colour! What lines!
I had the pleasure of seeing this lovely bike twice in two days. The first day I managed a passing compliment as it cruised by me, and the second day I was in the right spot at the right time to ask for a photo. Lucky me. I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s a girl’s bike rather than a shopper, (are they 24 or 26 inch wheels?) But exceptions must be made for an exceptionally handsome bike. (Plus it looks pretty small with a full grown man riding it.)
Keeping to the national theme, here is another of those home-grown little beauties that are fast becoming a familiar fixture on this blog: the Family Star, in all its single speed, coaster break glory.
As with most Family Stars that I have seen, this one seemed to have the original white-wall pin-striped tyres. Malvern Star must have made those tyres of tough stuff for them to last this long. (I sadly had to replace my Gitane’s original white-walls as I was getting a puncture practically every time I ventured out).
The bike was unaccompanied, so I had a good chance to capture a bit of detail, like the nifty little bracket on the bottom tube. Nice.
Everything looks original on this bike, including that fabulous saddle with Malvern Star embossed into it. What a treat.
And a PS to the riders of these bikes if they have checked in – apologies for the post being up a little later than promised on my calling card…got waylaid by my other life.