Music Challenge on my cycle to work and back

Just another ride to work and back which I do as often as possible. I took a few photos of some Midland murals then on the way home the sun was down before I got home at 7pm.

A mural with an aboriginal theme.
At the Quarry I pass by. The moon, a blue tree and the ‘Pac-mobile’, as the ‘Black Duck’ is getting serviced for my big ride in three weeks. The blue tree is to highlight awareness of mental wellbeing. I was careful taking photos around here as there are some nasty cliffs to fall off.
Sunset with the city lights starting to appear.
Ten minutes later the colours completely change.

Here’s my song I like to sing along too whilst cycling. It was quite a hit here in 1971, I was 9 years old, had lots of hair and we called bicycles ‘pushbikes’ then. No ones quite sure why, some theories are 1) to differentiate bikes from motorbikes, 2) as they only had one gear you had to do lots of pushing up hills and 3) you had to push the pedals to get moving. Hope you enjoy the song.

I live in the hills just east of the city of Perth, Western Australia and I've loved cycling all my life, From riding to primary school when I was 8 years old to cycle touring as a grumpy old man. Cycling is freedom on two wheels and I love getting on my bike at any opportunity.

12 response to "Music Challenge on my cycle to work and back"

  1. By: Suzanne Posted: March 5, 2020

    What a fun video! Looks like everyone had a lot of hair in those days!
    Lovely pictures from your commute!

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: March 6, 2020

      Even I had a lot of hair then, it was fun while it lasted. The singers looked like they were enjoying themselves alright.

  2. By: gregblood Posted: March 5, 2020

    That Pushbike Song and video was pretty cool. It’s hard to imagine motorists these days putting up with a bunch of hippies pedaling, singing, frolicking, and taking up two lanes of a three lane highway. It’s nice to dream of such a world though.

    Didn’t the Pack-mobile used to be green?

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: March 6, 2020

      Hard to imagine that that video is almost 50 years old. Those roller skaters looked like they were about to get run over, typical Aussie drivers. Pac-mobile’s always been blue but maybe I should give it a green and yellow make over,.

  3. By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: March 5, 2020

    Interesting murals. Loved the night shades of the sunset. And that video was a HOOT! Made me smile and tap my toes. Love the high wheel bike and those funky “bouncy” bikes. They probably had a term for it back then, but I don’t know what they called them. Don’t know how the lady kept her long dress from catching in the chain either. Fun post! Can’t wait to read about your upcoming tour. Cheers & happy pedaling.

  4. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: March 6, 2020

    Yes, it was a fun post, much better than pandemics. I like to pedal to the Ssssh…ooo…ooo…ssh…arr beat. Don’t see ladies cycling in dresses these days, can’t imagine why.

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: March 7, 2020

      A good boppy sing to ride too

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: March 7, 2020

    Ha! Good one. Glad that the bikes and sexism have improved since those days. The rotating hubs are interesting, though – I can’t imagine that was comfortable, though!

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: March 7, 2020

      That was the least sexist video, don’t think you’d like the Paul Hogan version of this song.

  6. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: March 8, 2020

    Lots of interesting stuff on your commute!

    Great video — safety in numbers Id say!

    • By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: March 9, 2020

      Wouldn’t mind taking a penny-farthing for a ride one day

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