Yellow Bicycle Corpse

5 May

It’s been a fun week, and I’ve seen lots of amazing bicycles. Perhaps both things go together. I had my good friend A and her friend D visiting. They both stayed at home and we went out on a Monday night. That night we also went to the casino. I saw it as a social experiment (and didn’t play, I’m sure my hand would tremble when betting a 5euro chip), but D won more than a 100 euro. My conclusions: apart from him and some other young guys there are mostly creepy old men. Although young men there were also quite creepy. And what did D do with the extra money? Well he invited us for lunch! And that’s when I saw this bicycle corpse lying on the floor in front Barcelona’s Gothic cathedral.

On Saturday I went to Montcada i Reixac on the bicycle! I came across lots of real bike riders, you know, the ones that dress up in full gear…I have to admit I thought we would share some sort of human bond among us, so I was disappointed not to find it. Maybe they think of me as just an amateur, an ‘aficionado’ (that’s really the word I want). But anyways, I made it to Montcada through a bicycle lane that goes along the river Besòs. When it ended I had already been riding for more than an hour so I had to go back to Barcelona to return the two-hour gift I had rented. I was proud I made 30km in only two hours. I have no idea if this is actually fast or not.

18 Responses to “Yellow Bicycle Corpse”

  1. Pedaleando Boy 05/05/2011 at 08:36 #

    Nice bike! I suppose it was originally green, but it died and turned into yellow, no? RIP.

    • taaniit 05/05/2011 at 08:42 #

      Well, I would need to perform an autopsy to know that…haha

  2. Pedaleando Boy 05/05/2011 at 08:51 #

    but, on the other hand, the bike was seen lying in front of the Cathedral. Was it a penitent bike, hu?? What were its sin, btw???

  3. Pedaleando Boy 05/05/2011 at 08:52 #

    (Disturbing question which only Iker Jiménez could response, I’m afraid…)

  4. Pedaleando Boy 05/05/2011 at 08:56 #

    Oooops… Again:

    (Disturbing questionS which only Iker Jiménez could respond, I’m afraid…)

    • taaniit 05/05/2011 at 09:03 #

      I don’t think a bike can actually sin, since it is the purest form a living thing can turn into (because, trust me, bicycles ARE alive). Maybe it was trying to visit the interior and had a stroke, a chain dysfunction?? It was quite hot, that day…
      p.s. will ask IJ for further exploration of this mystery

  5. Pedaleando Boy 05/05/2011 at 09:08 #

    Stendhal syndrome?? Humm…


    • taaniit 05/05/2011 at 10:16 #

      That’s what I have every time I see one of these beauties!

      • Pedaleando Boy 05/05/2011 at 11:37 #

        Another question for Iker Jiménez… XD : why are mountain bikes SO ugly? Are they actually bikes? (I mean, of course they are wheeled machines, there’s no doubt about it, but… ARE they bikes?)

      • taaniit 05/05/2011 at 11:49 #

        I wish I knew the answer to that…only the Gods know I guess. There’s only one thing I hate more than mountain bikes: folding bikes…something with soul can certainly not be folded away into pieces, right?

        El 05/05/2011, a las 13:37,

  6. Pedaleando Boy 05/05/2011 at 09:15 #

    “bicycles ARE alive”

    I do agree. Bikes talk to us, complain, moan, cry, smile… Bikes lose weight, grow, have their lifes and, unfortunately, they die. And they are sometines kidnaped, but a ransom is seldom claimed. They are people like us. A bit rigid, ok, but people.

    • taaniit 05/05/2011 at 11:52 #

      “expulsar a los ciclistas incívicos de las aceras”
      damned people with cars! damned people walking on the bike lane!!! bicycle riders ruuuule da ghettoooo

  7. Pedaleando Boy 05/05/2011 at 11:57 #

    ” There’s only one thing I hate more than mountain bikes: folding bikes…something with soul can certainly not be folded away into pieces, right?”

    Well, I read that David Byrne, for instance, uses a folding bike when he goes abroad. He likes to ride the cities when he is on tour or in conferences etc., so he uses his own folding bike. Having your bike with you when you go abroad is a good idea, and sometimes that is only possible if your bike is a folding bike, I’m afraid. XD

  8. Pedaleando Boy 06/05/2011 at 07:39 #

    By the way, I haven’t any folding bikes XD. My only bikes are two beautiful Dutch bikes.

    • taaniit 05/06/2011 at 20:52 #

      you should send me a photo of your beautiful Dutch bikes! :)

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