It's about the ways you use your bike.

The Bicycle and the Sweet Shop

In New York City on 9 January 2011 at 12:39 pm

“It was my first term and I was walking home alone across the village green after school when suddenly one of the senior twelve-year-old boys came riding full speed down the road on his bicycle about twenty yards away from me. The road was on a hill and hte boy was going down the slope, and as he flashed by he started backpedalling very quickly so that the free-wheeling mechanism of his bike made a loud whirring sound. At the same time, he took his hands off the handlebars and folded them casually across his chest. I stopped dead and stared after him. How wonderful he was! How swift and brave and graceful in his long trousers with bicycle-clips around them and his scarlet school cap at a jaunty angle on his head! One day, I told myself, one glorious day I will have a bike like that and I will wear long trousers with bicycle-clips and my school cap will sit jaunty on my head and I will go whizzing down the hill pedalling backwards with no hands on the handlebars!

“I promise you that if somebody had caught me by the shoulder at that moment and said to me, ‘What is you greatest wish in life, little boy? What is your absolute ambition? To be a doctor? A fine musician? A painter? A writer? Or the Lord Chancellor?’ I would have answered without hesitation that my only ambition, my hope, my longing was to have a bike like that and to go whizzing down the hill with no hands on the handlebars. It would be fabulous. It made me tremble just to think about it.”

-Roald Dahl, Boy.

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  1. Appreciate your blog all the more, as I wrote a book about bicycling perspectives…
    http://bike-n-chain.blogspot.com/

    “Bike&Chain: The Ultimate Guide to Bicycling Culture” is velorutionary literary art, still free on-line for those rainy days off the saddle. Since 2008, I’ve been adding to its published 1,000 pp with an on-going blog, also accessible through my blogspot portal.

    “Bike&Chain” discusses things about bicycling other writers don’t or won’t.

    More on author’s cycling credentials:
    http://web.me.com/labann/Life_List/Bonerattler_Interview.html

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