Sunday, May 24, 2020

The Merry Bike Month of May

Thanks to the Bike League,
the calendar abounds with special occasions for
celebrating the joy and efficiency of bicycle riding:

World Bicycle Day: April 19th & / or June 3

Bike to Work Week: September 21-27, 2020

National Bike Month: May

Looking over all these options, I am more than happy
to celebrate my birthday and my bicycle
on the same day ~ May 24 ~

Any Bike Day, Week, or Month is also a good time to reread The Third Policeman, a fantastical murder mystery by Flann O'Brien which revolves around the "Atomic Theory" of the bicycle and concludes with the question repeated throughout the novel: "Is it about a bicycle?" (54, 112, 199).
"It seemed to be impossible to make the Sergeant take cognisance of anything in the world except bicycles. (62)

"Would it astonish you to hear that he is nearly half bicycle?
It would surprise me unconditionally, I said. (83)

"The gross and net result of it is that people who spent most of their natural lives riding iron bicycles over the rocky roadsteads of this parish get their personalities mixed up with the personalities of their bicycle as a result of the interchanging of the atoms of each of them and you would be surprised at the number of people in these parts who nearly are half people and half bicycles."
All paintings by Rosina Wachtmeister
Bicycle Gallery

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