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Not being familiar with Pink Floyd I almost posted the wrong kind of bike for this, but
luckily someone posted the lyrics so I realised that a gleaming Honda motorbike wouldn't do.
Managed to grab this shot while I was out on the coffee run this morning and played around
with it in iPhoto.
I do have a very pretty bike of my own, a once-beautiful white Ralaigh with yellow roses
painted along the frame. I had imaged myself cycling along the country roads with
wildflowers in the basket, wearing floaty Laura Ashley dresses, which of course would be totally
impractical as they would no doubt get caught in the chain. But I soon discovered that I would
be sharing the same country roads with huge articulated trucks and speeding cars so my bike
was rarely used. Then, the flood of February 2002 brought disaster for my bike, along with many
of our belongings. Seawater is not good for the workings of bicycles and I'm afraid it is slowly
rusting away.
While there is a movement towards making Ireland more cycle-friendly, in a lot of cases
it means creating 'cycle lanes' by simply painting a line about two feet from the side of
the road and hoping that motorists will respect the rights of cyclists. Not enough to inspire
confidence in a nervous cyclist like me I'm afraid. So my poor bike continues to rust.

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Dawn B26-Nov-2009 03:12
Beautiful shot of this bike and the treatment gives it a timeless feel... I love the sound of your white Raleigh even if it was rarely used :)
Keith O'Brien24-Nov-2009 18:51
Very nice capture - I like it! V
Patricia Kay24-Nov-2009 14:55
Beautiful capture and i love the tones....Sad story about your bike and even sadder that the floods affected you....BV
pkocinski24-Nov-2009 13:09
Great image under difficult lighting.
Neal Nye24-Nov-2009 12:30
A beautiful, silvery bike. Nice job on this image.
Maaike Huizer24-Nov-2009 08:48
Excellent shot. Strong composition and light.
Very informative text.
Ann...24-Nov-2009 08:47
I love this composition and the mellow tones. I too have a bike which is rusting away :(
borisalex24-Nov-2009 08:43
Please don´t give up biking, it´s good for exercise and environment-friendly. Ireland has so beautiful Countrysides, only on a bike you can experience truly!
Sheila24-Nov-2009 08:40
Perfect for the song with the basket and the bell.
I too have a wrong bike pic, but if I get very stuck, I'll use it.
Chris(tine)24-Nov-2009 08:29
Excellent image and I like the treatment.
Your story is so true - and these bike lanes also have drain covers...
January Grey24-Nov-2009 07:04
I love this image & your commentary, Mairead. A beautiful shiny bike! Great composition! V~
globalgadabout24-Nov-2009 03:26
what a shining specimen...same here too with the bureaucratic bike lanes...looks good on paper but offer poor protection to a vulnerable cyclist...V
Valene24-Nov-2009 03:25
Wonderful image. I like the lighting. V
carol j. phipps24-Nov-2009 03:15
Wonderful pov and the tone and light are terrific!
LynnH24-Nov-2009 02:02
Such wonderful tone! Very nice photo and a terrific narrative! V
Inga Morozoff24-Nov-2009 01:32
This is a really nice shot. Lovely soft focus and tones.
Cindi Smith24-Nov-2009 00:27
I have yet to find one myself. Love the tones in this and the great composition. Looks like it is ready to ride!
Mieke WA Minkjan24-Nov-2009 00:03
like the bike, lovely light and composition
Jola Dziubinska23-Nov-2009 23:41
Yes, this is perfect and nicely presented.
laine23-Nov-2009 23:22
I wish we had more bike lanes & you reminded me I had flower stickers on my bike when I was young...and Laura Ashley prints !!!
monica memoli23-Nov-2009 22:51
Love it! About your own bike, why don't you paint it?
Nora van Beek23-Nov-2009 22:47
Simple, yet so beautiful. I love the golden light washing over everything. BV!
Colin Storey23-Nov-2009 22:40
Fantastic light on this bike, wonderful story that I completely agree with, cycle lanes should be cycle lanes, not another confusing line on the road.
Marielou Dhumez23-Nov-2009 22:14
Just so beautiful image with just a bike ! But THE Bike !
Walter O. Koenig23-Nov-2009 21:40
Great shot with this perspective and processing. Looks wonderful with this lighting. "V"
We went to the Farmers Market here yesterday and they had a stand that sold electrical bikes that go up to 20 miles per hour and six hours on a charge. It's an attempt to get people out of the cars in this car oriented culture, but at $2,500 per bike, price is currently not much of incentive.
Phillip Normanton23-Nov-2009 21:37
This one looks very polished and shiny - not a hint of rust :o)
What I object to is councils that decide to paint their white line on a footpath to create a cycle lane. It's called a 'footpath' for a reason!
All of Pink Floyd is completely lost on me ;o)
marita toftgard23-Nov-2009 21:31
great capture!
and I posted the "wrong" bike..
but we can all interpret the titles as we want;)))))
Barbara Heide23-Nov-2009 21:11
a nice bike! love the light!
Máire Uí Mhaicín23-Nov-2009 21:03
Well, the image of the Laura Ashley dressed cyclist is a lovely one, as is your image of this bike!-v-
lisamidi23-Nov-2009 21:00
Lovely bike, and I love your explanation too... I made quite the same experience as you and in some parts of my city, the same thing is going on concerning the bicycle lanes... they suddenly end in the middle of nowhere and you depend on the cooperative attitude of the car drivers...
Stephanie23-Nov-2009 21:00
Oh how I miss Laura Ashley clothes.........
And yes, the US is attempting the same silliness with creating bike lanes.........
A wonderful image of your bike that works perfectly with PF! :-)
Doug Cruden23-Nov-2009 20:51
I like the relaxed attitude of this bike leaning nonchalantly against the wall...well spotted, and a lovely bit of post-shot fettling :o)
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