Apr 23 2012
It’s a sure sign of spring: The annual return of the retro cruisers to the streets of college towns throughout the North Country. It’s also a déjà vu moment for me. The springy mattress saddles and the balloon whitewalls, the swept-back bars and step-through frames, the steel chain guards and wicker baskets—all these take me back to the small town of my youth, where bikes like this were commonplace. The only things missing are colored streamers dangling from the handlebar grips and a big silver bell. These bikes aren’t really my cup of tea, I admit, but they’re still an elegant way to get around town.
We love our bikes, right? And we never tire of looking at them. At least I don’t, and if I’m to judge from what others tell me, I’m not alone. So each Monday I’ll publish a bike-related picture. Most of the time it will be a photo, but don’t be surprised if a few drawings and paintings get added to the mix from time to time. I might even include a sculpture or two. (OK. A photo of a sculpture.) Anything, in short, that evokes the world on two wheels. And don’t be shy. If you have a picture you’d like to share, just email it to me. I’ll do the rest.
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