We’ve Got A Bike !

by Phil

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We bought two new Atlas Goldline Super bicycles today. The bright green color in the picture above is protective wrap. The gentleman with the bikes is bringing them out to prepare them for delivery: we need heavy-duty racks in back, mine will have a top-guard only over the chains, they both need seats with big fat springs, and the most important part: installation of the signature Atlas hood ornament. Cost ? Sixty bucks.

The Atlas bicycles, as well as the Hero brand bikes, are ubiquitous in India; and by “ubiquitous,” we really mean ubiquitous: these beasts take people to work, to the movies, to the villages and back; and with the rack on the back they can hold a family of four, several bushels of produce or sticks, or, tied together properly, a moveable showroom of cane furniture. With a few alterations they can pull an ironing cart, a fruit vendors cart, a pony-cart schoolbus, or a barbershop in a box. Sounds weird but we will get around to posting on those subjects at some point ;) Anyway, like the beautiful Roya Enfield Bullet motorcycles and the Hindustan Ambassador automobiles, the designs are virtually unchanged from 50 years ago. I like that.

Tonight, Rathnama and the rest of our band of gypsies are planning on making a puja for the new bicycles, to keep the riders safe during the coming year. How cool is that?

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Tags: Ambassador, Atlas, automobile, Bangalore, bicycle, Enfield, Hero, Hindustan, India, motorcycle, puja, Royal

4 Responses to “We’ve Got A Bike !”

  1. wade says:

    Hey, now we can go riding when you get back stateside. I’m jealous of the cool styling of those bikes. The brakes remind me of the bikes we had in Brasil.

    Cheers Randy!

  2. Jonny Poynton says:

    I’ve got a bike, you can ride it if you like, it has a basket, a bell and things to make it look good …………….. syd Barrett 1969

  3. Phil says:

    Jonny -

    So you found our semi-hidden audio at the top of the picture then?

    I’d give it to you if I could, but I borrowed it ;)

  4. Phuntsok Namgyal says:

    Hi Phil,
    I really like your Atlas bike. I use to ride those kinda bike when I was little by pedalling through the frame. Now I am in Canada and I really missed the bike. Could you give me any suggestion how can I purchase the bike and ship it over to Canada/Toronto. Or I could tell a friend to buy it and ship it for me however, I have no clue how is the procedure like.

    Phunam