How not to lock a bike #2

Badly locked bikeI spotted this complete failure outside one of Norwich’s best cafe bars, just before setting off on a night ride outside the city.

My bike was locked up next to it, which was probably pretty safe. It was certainly not the lowest hanging fruit for any passing bike thief that night.


The patron saint of cycling

saint christopherI spotted this while wandering through the backstreets of Norwich. You might not be able to see it clearly, what with the rust and the ill-considered camera angle, but that’s St Christopher.

What better to have on the face of a bell than the patron saint of travelers? I’m agnostic, but I still want one.

I’ve never had a bell on a bike before, but I think my town cruiser could do with one to clear the path of ambling shoppers. Does anybody know of any theft/tamper-proof ones?

Do some make a more pleasing “ding” than others? Can you buy them in certain notes? Or are they all much the same? Questions, questions…

Flocking tricycle couriers

Trike couriersI took this shot a couple of months ago, while I was freelancing in the West End – the natural habitat of the bike courier.

It was a very special sighting of rare tricycle-couriers flocking through Fitzrovia.

Unlike their nimbler, two-wheeled counterparts, these specimens have inherent stability. This is well demonstrated by the one at the back, who is smoking a roll-up as she rides.

BMX homage to the Penny Farthing

Small rear wheelI spotted this heavily modified Apollo MX20.2 at the weekend. It’s unusual, but it looks like fun, no?

It has the original 20in front wheel, but the back has been replaced with one from a toddler’s bike.

The rear brake is still there, but grabbing the lever does nothing but make the caliper clutch uselessly at thin air. There also seems to be a slight problem with pedal strike, but at least it has a freewheel.

I can only hope that somewhere there’s a tiny pink kid’s bike with a 20in rear wheel, it’s stabilisers desperately reaching towards the ground but missing by a good 6 inches.