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Transporter3_bikeJust watched Transporter 3 on video and the bike scene was one of the best parts in this film, although the plot was a bit dodgy. It seems as though the first in a series is always the best.    Just like the Bourne trilogy films which I love to death. (As a matter of fact, the opening of Transporter 3 reminded me of the start of Bourne Identity).

Anyway the bike scene was really gripping and exciting.  I was on the edge of my sofa! I love the Transporter series, especially the first one and all Jason Statham films (The Bank Job, Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels etc).  

What happens is that Statham steals somebody’s bike and rides it through a warehouse. Then he surfs on the bike,  sliding it on its side, then flies through the warehouse window and jumps off into his car planting a perfect kick on the carjacker.  Implausible! But it is an action film.

Anyway, I was really pleased and surprised to see a bike scene had as much credibility as the car chases which are spectacular and well wicked!  Especially the underwater scene, that was probably improbable!

Bike Scene at YouTube

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Start Cycling!

catch up with the bicycle 

Look!  No helmet!  I was amazed and very pleased to see this poster around the corner from me on a huge hoarding promoting cycling for ordinary folk.  Isn’t it great!  Lovely photos.

It’s a new campaign, created by M&C Saatchi, featuring photographic images of people enjoying their bikes and learning to cycle safely.  They say that this new campaign attempts to persuade current non-cyclists to consider, trial and begin cycling in London but what they should really do is try to get the cars off the road, left turns at the red lights (as they do in US for cars), proper cycle lanes and so on! No doubt impossible and only wishful thinking!

 See more adverts like this at Transport for London.

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waxing lyricalI wanted to wax lyrical about cycling but others have done it better than me so I found these quotes from www.quotegarden.com/bicycling.html.  There are lots more on this website but here are my favourites.

I agree this one:

[T]he bicycle will accomplish more for women’s sensible dress than all the reform movements that have ever been waged.  ~Author Unknown, from Demerarest’s Family Magazine, 1895

I especially like this one:

The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community.  ~Ann Strong

I found this to be true:

Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.  ~James E. Starrs 

My favourite:

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.  ~John F. Kennedy

Others I like:

The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man.  Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish.  Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.  ~Iris Murdoch, The Red and the Green

When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.  Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man.  And (unlike subsequent inventions for man’s convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became.  Here, for once, was a product of man’s brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others.  Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle.  ~Elizabeth West, Hovel in the Hills

What’s your favourite and why?  Are there any other bicycle quotes around?

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