I saw this bike today, parked at Belmont Library, and thought what a sensible machine it looked. It has traditional lugged forks on (probably) an alloy frame, a Nexus 3-speed hub gear, very comfortable looking handlebars, mudguards (fenders), and a chain guard. I couldn’t tell how old it was until I got closer, where upon it looked quite new – I have forgotten the brand name, but it started with “S”. It looks like an affordable bike with a bit of style, and apart from the basket and child seat reminds me a little bit of my friend Vicki’s classic red Speedwell, recently upgraded.
This kind of machine makes a lot of sense – encouraging the average non-sporty person to commute by bike could really help in Belmont’s town centre which is choked with traffic and much easier to get around in by bicycle via the back streets away from the Pacific Highway.
Apparently the Belmont Library is being considered for closure with no replacement to utilise the space for car parking, and I may be wrong, but can’t help but think it has something to do with a certain supermarket giant just across the highway. This is a disgraceful state of affairs for local residents who use this library. This bike highlights another way of reducing congestion in Belmont and keeping the library where it is.