Tag: bicycle

Sunday Music

Freedom is just another word for riding my bicycle. Some years ago I declared proudly that “my bicycle is indestructible” – but, of course, time wins, and at some point even necessary parts started to fall off. There is a moment when the unavoidable effort to keep it running becomes too much, when the former flying pride turns into a badly repaired, bitty & unsafe rolling accident in waiting. So I had no bike for some time.
Until yesterday when I got my new used bicycle. It is only three years old, and chic ; it has a fork with shock absorbers (!), a dynamo that is built around the front axle and hence runs without friction ; very good brakes, 8×3 gears, and a very useful metal basket over the rear wheel. I am not yet absolutely content with the sitting position, but it all works very nice.
I learned that Mr DRAIS (Ger., Eng.) took out his Laufmaschine on the 12th of June 1817 for the first longer tour – I’m just a few days behind. I want it to become a habit, regular exercise is a good thing.
This afternoon I cycled over the former American area, where in one go three different projects are tackled : First, the university enlarges the campus ; second, new houses are built that will form a new district of town ; and third, preparations are made for a large horticultural show that should start spring next year. The whole area becomes thoroughly transformed.
This Sunday’s music is a sinfonietta or sinfonia titled La Tempesta di Mare by Carlo MONZA (1735-1802) (Ger.), performed by Fabio BIONDI and his Europa Galante. I hope you like the music – may the coming week be satisfyingly tranquil. Un’ jezz lass’mmer’s grache …

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On Wheels

Because two of five commentators mentioned my bicycle, here are some pictures of that miraculous machine. It is more of an outdoor living bike, dear Ponita, I remember that you had yours once hung on the wall of the living room. A special machine Mr Hermann rolls out, surely LX, but … it could be a bit more reduced, perhaps ?
My bicycle is indestructible.

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In all its glory
In all its glory

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Difficile but imperishable
Difficile but imperishable ; white pedals !

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White mudguard, white sidewall tyre, and patina
White mudguard, white sidewall tyre, and : patina

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Black gear selector, handlebars customized with white stripes
Black gear selector, handlebars customized with white stripes

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And – best of all: Tyres pumped up yesterday are still bulging today.
I am ready for summer.