Friday, August 15

Forever Bicycles

by Ai Weiwei

My forever bikes

Monday:  bike breaks, Shopman sucks teeth, tells me he probably can't repair it but will have a look

Tuesday: secondhand bike advertised on Gumtree, send email - no reply assume sold. Another secondhand bike advertised up the road, it's a clunker - I buy it for £40

Wednesday: I hate clunkerbike

Thursday: Gumtree bike responds 'I've been away - still for sale' I buy it for £50, this one is better but not as nice as my broken bike

Friday: Shopman calls to tell me he's fixed the broken bit of my bike for which he will charge £50 but I must note that the gears are nearly worn invisible and the brakes should be replaced


  1. Perfect! Ride the best one, the other two are standby spares!

    I had an old car with over 100,000 miles. I bought a nearly identical second one as a spare. Five more years of [almost] worry-free driving!

    1. that would be the perfect solution for someone who can tell a gear cog from a shift sprocket

  2. Math isn't my bag, but I think thus means you are out 140 pounds and still no good bike. That hurts. We are up to our armpits in bikes here (this happens when a barn comes into your life). I would love to set you loose among them and have you choose one or two for yourself. The Atlantic is still sometimes tragic in its width.

    8/15/2014 10:41:00 PM

    1. Pack one on the plane Kim! Actually the latest Gumtree find is working out better than at first thought, the others will go back on Gumtree xx


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