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I’m happy to say that cycling seems alive and well in the capital, and whilst upright hybrid bikes with suspension forks are in the majority, that’s probably a good thing.

They might not be very interesting to bicycle afficionados but they are, after all, the modern equivalent of the old roadster bicycle i.e. solid and dependable daily transport for the non-bicycle obsessed public.

There is also a rental service for sightseeing around Lake Burley Griffin and beyond, along with plenty of cycle paths and bike racks.

Worth considering if you like the idea of cycling, art, and architecture as a combined cultural experience.

lekker bike

lekker bike

In a city with so many bicycles there were bound to be some classics, but I’m sorry to say I wasn’t in a frame of mind or quick enough to get many grab shots.  I was more intent on chasing flowers at Floriade 2013, which was into its last weekend. The few isolated bike photos here are deceptive because the city centre was actually crowded with dozens of parked bikes this last weekend.

an electra at bungendore

an electra at bungendore

Even though many of Floriade’s blooms were past their prime they had the same kind of effect on me as a patina’d old classic bike. Even the spent flowers had their own kind of beauty :

spent blooms

new and old blooms

last days

last days

There’s no need to restore an old flower though – just compost it and grow a new one !

Anyway, before I get too far off track – here’s a Haro MTB that I spotted, with similar lines to my BMX project frame. It seemed to be living at the historic pub in Bungendore.

Happy Cycling !

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