Saturday, May 11, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Wheels, spokes and such


Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is back - and we continue to look for and at shadows in any and all venues. Last week Patti and I attended this year's Pierre Lallement Festival of Bikes in downtown Ansonia, in its second year. As in years past, the bicyclists rode up and down the steep hills from Yale University in New Haven - about 12 miles (19 kM) on their modern multi-speed and lightweight bikes made.

Here is at the opposite - a reproduction 1890s high-wheeler bicycle  (no, this was delivered on a truck) - who would actually want to ride one of these up the 400 foot / 122 M ascent? The rider was able to mount and ride these machines on the level streets - a real accomplishment (see Patti's story).

Mounted in the bed of the pickup was an 1860s French manufactured “bone shaker" bicycle. With its wooden spoked wheels, I would not be inclined to ride this on our bumpy roads even if I were able :). A nice gathering in this urban setting...

9 comments:

blogitse said...

Those old bikes are so cute.

You asked why I go now - because it's not summer in Helsinki yet but it will be when I come back :) (and we have renovation at home - men have peace to work and I don't have to suffer about the dust, noise etc. Home will be ready when I come back!)I'm very practical :)
Happy Sunday!

Kathe W. said...

love this photo- great comparison and the shadow is great! Happy day to you!

Sylvia K said...

I, too, love your shot for the day, Ralph, and the comparison!! Fun!! Hope you and Patti have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy!

Patti said...

Someone spoke of spokes?

:D

What a fun festival we had right in our downtown.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Wow! Love the idea of a festival of bikes! So love the detail of the bike spokes in the first photo!

Catherine said...

what a great festival to attend and that boneshaker casts a great shadow...

MyMaracas said...

What fun! Well, seeing these great old bikes in your photos is fun; riding them ... probably not so much. Thanks for sharing them!

Chubskulit Rose said...

That kind of bicycle is what my paternal grandfather used to ride.

Shadow Shot
Happy anniversary to you ad Patti.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I've always wondered how anyone could stay balanced on one of those high-wheelers!

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