What a week! After the loss of the first bike, I decided enough is enough, I am in friggin Holland, the land of the bike and theres got to be some good ones out there!
I scoured the online ads here and at the end of one crazy day I ended up with not 1 but 2 bikes! Its a long story which I have tried to explain 3 times now but I dont seem to be able to get it across properly (hester did listen very intently however) so let me just say, I have 2 bikes and it really makes no sense. Lets see what I found…
Cost 25€ to buy but had flat tyres and slightly busted gears, thats why it was so cheap. It is a 20 year old Peugeot racing bike, been garaged for the last 10 years. I took it into the bike store here and the guy Martin was awesome. He had it up on the rack before i could finish my sentence and got it sorted out quick smart. We were talking about our love of old bikes for ages and in the end he charged me 8.50€ for the repairs and now it runs lovely. Theres some small bumps in the rims but they dont stop you and I LOVE this bike. its so nice to ride in a funny way, something with history. I did 30 km on it this morning in the dutch countryside and i can say its hard to get better than moments like this…
Cost 75€. Its big, smooth and it really comfortable, its the sort of thing you can drop a saddle bag on the back and go for days with.
So now I have two bikes, an old frenchie racing bike and a touring bike… see where I am going with this? Well I can carry them because I have a big assed volvo and I am thinking my next move is going to be down to the north of france… can you think of anything better than riding my old frenchie around the countryside of france? maybe even take off for a few days on the tourer? I could easily do a vineyard tour of the champagne region on that thing with the tent strapped to the back.
So thats me, I fell out of the third story window and landed WAY up on the roof. I love the old frenchie now, I started to polish up the metal with some metho I had in the car (doesnt everyone?) and it looks gorgeous, I cant wait to restore it futher.
Onward to chowder land! (oh, with a stop in Amsterdam this week)
He was the co-founder of Comedy Estonia, Comedy Finland and Comedy Latvia. Louis writes, does gigs and performs at private events through the Baltics and Finland