My bike, London

Just to add a bit of Autumn colour to your day, here is my bike - a very cheap, very crappy 12 speed Emmelle Outlander (never heard of them? No, me neither) playing in the leaves in St James Park.



But you know what?  I love my bike - not because of what it is (though I am rather fond of the purple retroish mudguards - they match my eyes) but because of the freedom it gives me - as a man without a car it's expanded my personal catchment area ten-fold.  Oh, and being a bit hideous as it is I figure it's less likely to get stolen.

All said and done, I was however somewhat upset when, a few days ago, some nit on a super douper expensive bicycle zipped past me and shouted 'Nice wheels mate - HA!' the other day.  I like to think he had to brake suddenly sometime later on the Westminster Bridge and ended up going over the handlebars into the murky wash below...  Come on people, we are all supposed to 'be on the same side'; aren't we?  Or is that too naive an ask?

7 comments:

Andreas said...

Meh, don't worry about it. They'll always be someone who thinks he's better because hes got a more expensive bike. Remember that race they did a while back. The fixie vs the road bike vs the hybrid vs the mountain bike. Apparently the fixie came first, the hybrid second and the road bike third after taking a tumble in the park!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/ethicallivingblog/2009/jul/16/cycling-tribes-race

Having said that I'd probably spray over the purple!

Mark said...

Thanks Andreas, and thanks for the link - I hadn't seen that article before, makes for an interesting read.

Have been thinking about a re-spray for a while now, but worried a green and black bike may make me look like Yehuda Moon....

WestfieldWanderer said...

Snobbery.
It's found in all walks of life.
I still recall the sneers and jibes when I turned up on my first ever (and only) CTC ride on my £200 hybrid with mudguards, carrier, panniers... "Where do you put the kitchen sink, then, mate...". Strangely the sneers were still coming at the end of the ride (it was a "Veterans" 100 miler) even though I was still with them.
I doubt if those guys ever gave a thought to why they never saw me again. (I found a group with a better class of people... Oops! There I go now...).

Karl McCracken (twitter: @karlonsea) said...

Nice ride!

All the best bikes are made from a mish-mash of parts. Personally I wouldn't bother with the respray - I'd just replace those handlebars with a pair more swept-back for comfort and stuff.

Adam said...

Don't change a thing on that bike. Those fenders look fine.

Skippo said...

All the gear and no idea springs to mind, in any sport experience and fitness count more than flashy stuff.

Mark said...

Brother, are you calling cycling a sport?? ;-) Not the way I amble along to work...

But yes, I absolutely agree it's all about the fact you ride, not what you ride. Sadly, there are some sub-cultures within the cycling fraternity who would like their 'sport' to remain the reserve of their own and not become a mass-appeal kind of thing. Ho hum, their loss...