From a distance it wasn’t clear if this was a bicycle or a quadcycle, but what it actually was proved to be far more interesting.
The gentleman – who was dressed for his destination, and not the journey (take a hint, lycra lovers) – had just swapped his bike’s original wheelset for a custom pair he’d had made. His bike is a classic Dutch Priest Bike, and the unique ‘kruisframe’ design was apparently invented to preserve a priest’s dignity as he rode to Church in his cassocks.
These days the bike is a comfortable, upright city run around, built for an unhurried gentleman who prizes elegance over speed. Sweet brogues, too!
His time-worn leather bag sits up front in the traditional wicker basket, adding spades of character this otherwise unassuming ride. The attire is conventional city-chic, but details like shades, rugged boots, and an open collar show that he’s his own boss.
We were on foot when we saw him cruise past, and we obviously couldn’t let this nonchalantly cool dude escape!
After a short (but blisteringly fast) pursuit, we were lucky to catch him as he dismounted a few hundred yards up the road. Phew!
It turns out that Jordan is a gender studies research student at UCL, which makes his pink and blue bike all the more wonderful! A little research on our part revealed that pink used to be the colour for baby boys, and blue used to be associated with baby girls – a lot can change in century, but true cycle chic never goes out of style 😉