Bike Spotting: I Smell Change
I spotted the bike above cruising along the footpath between Takapuna and Milford (Don’t get me started on the need for cycle-lanes on this road!).
The rider was an elegant woman, probably in her fifties and wearing her everyday clothes. I pulled out my phone to grab a snap but mechanical ineptitude got the better of me and she was gone. Then later I stopped in at the supermarket and there it was, chained-up outside the front door.
This is the ultimate cycling “snapshot” for me. An everyday person on an everyday bike running an everyday errand, and the frequency of these encounters is increasing.
I rarely saw this five years ago. Even two years ago a bike like the one above was hard to source, let alone a bike-basket or a non-touring pannier.
If people weren’t buying this stuff shops wouldn’t stock it, that’s enough evidence for me right there!