And not just any bicycles (of course) but beautiful, bright-coloured ‘sit up and beg’ dutch bicycles. Especially the ones by Electra Amsterdam and Bobbin Bicycles below. They make my heart beat faster in a way I only ever thought shoes could (sorry other half!). I want one so. However with a bathroom to pay for and a kitchen to save for they’re a bit (for ‘bit’ read ‘very’) out of my budget.
Which is a bummer not only because they’re so pretty but because my new area of town is a bit of a bus anomaly for getting to work. That means I currently have two options: walk or drive. Walking is fine some days but it’s 30 mins at a fast pace and that’s on a good day. And driving, well, that just sucks. (If you’ve been to Edinburgh lately you’ll know that the trams are busy screwing up all our roads.)
But why do I need one of these bikes? Well firstly I guess ‘need’ might not be quite the right word but I would certainly suit one of these bikes better – and I mean that in terms of practicality. You see I wear dresses a lot to work – and dresses and normal bikes just do not go. The bar in the middle just seems to be designed for you to flash your pants at people when you get on and off your bike. And there’s the safety aspect. Most old style bikes have a skirt guard which stops you from getting your dress caught in the spokes and ending up nose-first on the tarmac.
But despite all the rationalising (and believe me I have more reasons!) the fact remains that all the following bikes cost over £400. So until that lottery win (or I just crack and buy one) I’ll just be like Wanye from Wayne’s World and lust after these like he lusted after that guitar. Oh yes, it will be mine… one day.