"Thanks for the warning. Will be gentle.
Here's a bit of trivia, I spoke to a guy who was on a Peugeot folder today and he said that in France in teh 60s-70s they were given away with luxury cars (presumably peugoet) - how about that?"
"Well indeed! I too ride a 1970s Gitane, (on the weekends anyway), it's a folding bike no less, and I love it. I don't know the engineering ins and outs but apparently they are very well made according to…"
"oh dear, my first wall post, which was a thinly disguised bit of shameless self-promotion, was a bit of a failure: the hyperlink got sucked into the universe and the picture turned up as a link. Come and visit my blog about little blogs where I…"
What could demonstrate commitment to Style Over Speed more than getting about on a retro small-wheeled bike. They are hard work up a hill, but they look fabulous.
Don't take my word for it, see for yourself :"
Understated riding is style.In the vein of Tweed Cycling Club and Copenhagen Cycling Chic - here we can show love for the bicycle , and its affinity for steel, wool and leather, street shoes and comfy duds... share style over speed & enjoy.See More
I haven't been off a bike since a purple 26 inch girls bike finally arrived on my 11th birthday, (in the decade when purple was as popular as orange and lime green). These days I mostly commute on a slightly long-in-the-tooth Shogun hybrid, nothing flash but looks cute with the the straight head- stem I put on a few years ago, making it a more upright ride and giving it a smart profile.
Other times, when there isn't far to go, I get about on a gorgeous 1970s emerald green Gitane folding bike. It's a bit of a struggle getting it up a hill, but otherwise it rides like a Sunday afternoon stroll in the sun.
What is the best thing about riding?
Everything except head winds. Oh and the fear of the car door.
A few words about yourself. (This bit is entirely optional!)
After I got my Gitane I started noticing other retro folding bikes, or cute little bikes that look like you could fold up them if you tried hard enough, all over my patch - Fitzroy. So I started snapping them on my phone. Eventually I had to do something with all the shots, so I started blogging them.
When I see a little retro bike, I photograph it and leave a calling card inviting people to visit the blog and tell me about their bike. And sometimes they do and that's the best bit. Love to share the little bike love.