14 Mar 2010
Bike it or Not (How to cross bike)
Hi Folks, it’s been a long time since the last post. I’ve been totally consumed by helping to fight against the scuttling of the HMAS Adelaide off our lovely Avoca beach.
If that interests, you have a look at; The Graveyard of the Adelaide, on youtube and the two films which follow.
But now, I’ve found a moment to make the film I’ve had in head for so long, a film about a cyclist who crosses over, why rides different bikes for different hikes
Meet Jill Charlton and enjoy her company.
Jill is part of the revolution we need to have in Australia, to widen our cycling culture from the the present Sport/leisure one, to include serious utility cycling.
That means embracing the machines, the sit-up Amsterdam type bikes made for the job.
All the excuses as to why these marvelous machines are hardly seen here, are furphies. The European who ride these bikes so pervasively have hills in some parts, have daunting distances, and they have headwinds.
Nothing turns them off the best bike for the job of going A to B, the bike they’ve been riding for more than 60 years, unbroken, the sit-up.
Why the subtle exclusion of these bikes here, the put downs in bike shops? I’d hate to think it, but could it be economic?
As David Hembrow explained in Talking to David Hembrow, such bikes need little maintenance, last for 20 years and never go out of fashion.
They do have lots of accessories but these generally come with the bike in Europe, the lights, the rack, the chain guard, etc.
What the sit-ups don’t don’t need is special clothes. There is no need to Gear up Girl l with one of these.
In the film, Jill points to her padding, comfort built into her Lycra shorts. Well, why not have a comfy seat to begin with? Is that such a revolutionary idea?
As we readily admit in Bike it or Not, these bikes are slower. But is that a bad thing? Is it really good to rush around as if you were a car?
What about those slow moments all around the world, starting with leisurely meals in the Italian style?
There is a slow bike movement too, and it needs consideration here as we spin ourselves into early stress based graves.
By the way, thanks to Peninsula Pedallers for proposing that mine are the best bike advocacy films in Australia.
That’s encouraging, folks