Image credit: Eungi Kim via designboom.
Only the other day, The Guardian's bike blog caused me to reflect on the importance of keeping the fun in cycling. And now they are at it again—this time giving us a specific example of how we can do just that. Why don't we all turn our bikes into horses? Created as part of the Seoul Cycle Design Competition 2010, 'Horsey' by Eungi Kim is an attachable "ornament" for a bicycle that, quite simply, makes it look like a horse. True, to the eco-purist this might seem like a pointless waste of resources. It really does serve no other purpose than to make a bike look, well, kind of cool and equestrian. But just as cars have come to be a form of self-expression for many modern consumers, so too our trusty two-wheeled steeds can be used to tell the world about who we are and what we like.
For The Guardian's Peter Walker, the Horsey bike ornament definitely captures the thrill of the ride:
"Who wouldn't feel better pedalling around with the wooden silhouette of a horse's head, body and tail clamped to the frame of your bike? Well, maybe quite a lot of people. However impractical and whimsical it might be, I love the way the designer, Eungi Kim, has captured the essential thrill of riding a bike. If driving a car around a city can feel like being trapped in your own personal, (slowly) mobile prison cell, then on a good day cycling is more like cantering along a prairie."
Yes, making your bike look like a horse may be considered childish by some. Yes, leaving chalk bike contrails wherever you go may rub some people up the wrong way. And yes, the World Naked Bike ride may not be everyone's cup of tea. But I think it is time we lighten up. The future belongs to those who have the most fun. And we can't all wear lycra all the time.