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MY VINTAGE BICYCLE ROMANCESeptember 5, 2012
One of the laudable characters of human culture is our gift to produce a lot of material things, not only that we create and consume them, we particularly attach awe-inspiring at times odd meanings to it. The bicycle for example is just one of the many artifacts of human culture that has endured and has enjoyed the reception of many since its inception way back in 1860’s – that was when the term bicycle was first coined in France. This quaint and simple mode of transportation maybe catalogued as a leisure pursuit these days but it actually has a long, rich and blissful history and I’m just amazed to think about how a dandy-horse or a draisine as what it was first called in Germany has evolved and now has varying trends and has a particular persona for each of the unique make coming out for human utilization.
The evolution of the use of bicycle also has come along with the advancement of our civilization, while it was a major mode of transport back in the early times of the Duke and the Dutchess, today it still has remain as a major mode of transportation but only for those who want to stay fit and healthy or for those who have a pressing ecologic advocacy. Today, there are now countless variations of the then simple and charming draisine, this online bicycle store for instance, carries all sort of bicycles and accessories one can customized to his or her own fittings – your choice of material and build suited to a place where you’ll journey with it.
Few of the makes I find so much meaning and sensation with are bicycles like posted above – they’re called the vintage ladies bike, if you happen to live down under, you can check out this ladies bikes Australia site for various designs and pricing. So going back to what I said, there’s really something grand and some sort of a romantic fondness to this make, probably because this is readied particularly for women, or it’s because this is one of the most photographed kind of bicycle that I attached romance to it.
If you’re a hopeless romantic being like me, I think you’ll find warmth, sincerity and romance with this kind of vintage stuff all adorned with a bunch of lilacs and a bottle of wine tucked in a basket and pegged at a tattered doorway. Or maybe it’s just the photographer that’s so dexterous finding a romantic angle out of this antiquated-styled velocipede. But for whatever it is, this artifact simply has a touch in my psyche for what I call my ‘vintage bicycle romance’.
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She earned her Masters in Applied Social Research at Ateneo de Davao University. She's a hard-core pluralist, an eternal optimist, a 40ish realist and a frustrated florist. She’s a mother, a teacher, a dreamer and who knows one day a potter.
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