Thursday, 22 March 2012

There Are Nine Million Bicycles In Beijing…

..but just one Penny Farthing outside my school

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Yesterday, Tom was getting his bike ready for a ride when I got to school at 8am [this is not Tom, it is his friend]. He kindly let me take some pictures. Look at the rose detail just below the handlebars

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The bike was made in the Czech Republic – and Tom requested  cream paintwork – he wanted to make it a 21st Century bike, not a black Victorian model! He mischievously rested the bike next to the Village Pump. The sign has been there a couple of days!

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I think I preferred the previous finish to the pump’s paintwork! Fresh as paint, but it still won’t dispense water – although I notice that the top has been replaced since I photographed it last week.

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Thank you Mr Pickering for letting me photograph your wondrous velocipede! It is a delightful machine, but I would still rather ride pillion on the Honda!

edit – Friday 23rd March – noticed this morning that the whole pump, including replaced dome on top, has been painted green and gold as before. Tuesday’s painting was obviously just the undercoat!

4 comments:

  1. I'm thinking you would be wise to wear protective head gear on the penny farthing..and perhaps a bit of body armour wouldn't go amiss!
    Jane x

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  2. Maybe the painter is coming back later to do the gold bits.

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  3. I too prefer the old paint job.

    How in the world did people ever get down from those bicycles, short of falling over sideways?

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