Jeff bought me a bike. Meet my Flying Pigeon, or as I refer to her, The Pidge.
The first time I saw a Flying Pigeon it was rusted and chained to a bike rack somewhere, and it was love at first sight. The classic style above has been in production since the 1950's in Tianjin, China. Old Flying Pigeons can be seen around Singapore, often ridden by uncles and not lanky expats. Part of the reason I got it is because it is a really large bike and I have long legs. And because I'm a sucker for nostalgia and they just don't make things like they used to.
While reading up on Flying Pigeon history, I discovered an article by Dan Koeppel called "Flight of the Pigeon" about the famous and historic bicycle brand and its origins in Communist China.
According to the article, a Flying Pigeon was "so ingrained in Chinese culture that it remains part of an important tradition known as san zhuan yi xiang, or 'three rounds and a sound.' The term refers to the four items a husband traditionally supplied to his bride: The 'rounds' are the face of a watch, the spindle of a sewing machine and the wheels of a bicycle, and the 'sound' represents a transistor radio."
Only available in black.
Old school rod brakes. Next up: a vintage dynamo headlight.
I've observed that Singapore isn't the most bike-friendly of cities, so let's see how my exploration of the island with The Pidge goes. Any tips on where to buy vintage bike parts and Singapore bike riding in general are always welcome!