Saturday, May 15, 2010

Foldies - fashionable for now

Seems to be fashionable to be riding bikes again, judging from this article of The Times. In the world of fashion, the author does not see bikes strictly for functionality but it is in a sense, an expression of style. I particularly like his choice of word "empowering" and "glide" where he writes about the Brompton...

And what of William with his folding Brompton? If you are what you ride, what does this piece of kit say about him? Well, to my mind these portable cycles are the preserve of the unhurried, sharp man about town. Like the big, majestic Pashleys that look like something on which Sebastian Flyte might have wobbled around Oxford with Aloysius sitting on the handlebars, Bromptons are not about speed but about empowering you to glide from A to B in a stylish, unflustered way.

Never knew riding our foldies can be viewed as stylish. Superfluosly eccentric is what comes to my mind and I much prefer that image. Anyway, you know what they say about fashion - they come and they go!


Michael Khor said...

Hi Al, just found out about this newish group of bikers in Penang -- they actually have a foldies chapter within the group. Check it out:

Oldyonfoldy said...

They look like they are having fun! Thanks Mike for the heads up.