Thursday, July 21, 2005

No. 39, Vol. 4 - "Can You Ride A Bike?"

"Can you ride a bike?"

Famous words uttered by Sean Thornton (John Wayne) to his beloved Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O'Hara) during their courtship and escape from their chaperone Michaleen Oge Flynn (Barry Fitzgerald) in one of my family's favorite movies, "The Quiet Man." He asks this question half way into the movie after watching her get everywhere in the Irish countryside around the fictional town of Inisfree - on a bicycle. They "borrow" Rev. Cyril 'Snuffy' Playfair's tandem to make their great escape to the country.

For those of you who've seen The Quiet Man, there's a certin sumptin about the Emerald Isle that sets me heart a'flutter. John Ford's 1952 classic not only features Ireland's beautiful and lush countryside, but we see Mary Kate tooling around town on her totally cool ladies bike with Carradice bag and Brooks saddle, then half the town follows on bikes as Sean literally drags Mary Kate to confront her brother Will about the dowery he stubbornly refused to give the newly married couple on their wedding day. What follows next is an 8-minute, all-out, Irish-style butt-kickin' that these two Clydesdales give each other before becoming buddies.

So, can you ride a bike?


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Here's the Cycles Gaansari poster that wasn't meant to be. A shame, eh? Approved by Stephen Wright, great-grand-nephew of the Wright Brothers. The Hollywood agency in charge of the Wright Brother's likeness and licensing wanted a plane full of cash to make it happen.

Here's what we're currently developing. We hope to have postcards and posters available later this year.

Here are some other nifty images that seek to inspire:

Time to hop on my bike and ride.

Until next time...