Today is Hallowe’en, perhaps my favourite holiday in the entire calendar year – a reason to wear a costume *AND* eat lots of candy? Yes please! And in celebration, I thought we could look at ways to combine one of my favourite holidays with one of my favourite things: BICYCLES!!
Hallowe’en is a great time to break out your bag of bicycle tricks – no-hands, no-feet trackstands, endos, wheelies. Check out this crazy wheelie video on Youtube – this guy has got the endless wheelie going, and he’s on a Montague Paratrooper Pro folding bike:
Seems pretty tricky to me.
You’ve also got to be pretty tricky, or at least have some crazy carving skillz, to pull something like this off:
There’s not a lot of bicycle-themed candy out there, but if you’re lucky, you might find these:
And, of course, for the home baker, the bicycle cookie is also an option.
I’ve never seen anyone pull off a bicycle costume, or a person-on-a-bicycle, but I have some ideas about how to pull it off. To me, the most promising, if you want to be the bike yourself, is to think of each body part as a different part of the bike. Here’s what I mean: head=front wheel, neck=fork, torso=main triangle, thighs=rear triangle, below-the-knees=back wheel. It’s obviously still very conceptual at this point, but I think it’s a good place to start. If anyone does actually try this, please post some photos…I’d be dying to see it. And if you wanted to be a folding bike, you’d just have to bend at the waist.
For the less ambitious, or the busier, you can check out these less time intensive bicycle-themed costumes. My favourite is #3 – David Byrne, and not just because he’s wearing that awesome plaid outfit. Just grab your Montague folding bike, and you’ll be all set to go. (Fun fact! In The Bicycle Diaries, David Byrne travelled the world with a Montague folding bike).
WHATEVER YOU GET UP TO TONIGHT, HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HALLOWE’EN!!