I have no idea at all as to why I decided to title this blog "get a dog up ya" other than on occasion I do become a little sentimental about times past. Yes sadly the day when I was just about the only cyclist on the streets is long long gone. Such was the novelty in those by-gone-(non-PC)-days that when a motorist came across a cyclist winding their way passively along our great city's pot holed roads that they would routinely sing out a greeting like "get a dog up ya", or "get off the bloody road." Of course now everyone has a bike and an awful lot of those people have actually taken to riding them.
Along with the popularity of cycling has come the popularity of dedicated cycling clothing. Now while I did not see any Lycra clad art patrons at China Heights last Friday night I did spot a number of people sporting that classic piece of two wheeled accoutrement, the Cycling Cap.
It does seem mildly perverse that after my last blog on attending an opening at China Heights was about hats that this blog too is about fashion you can wear on your head. But there was not a single Fedora in sight & indeed my Stetson Open Road was resting on my bed post at home as I too had cycled to the event. Even one of Terence Chin's large format photographs had a cycling cap in it and although the show is titled "The Beauty Of The Banal" I am sure he is not making any statements at all regarding the nature of Cycling Caps. In fact I do believe Terence may very well be a cyclist himself which may go some way to explaining the caps other than inner city Hipsterism.
Well with the absence of Woolen Beanies, Fedoras or any hats at all I suppose it is safe to say 'Spring has Sprung', its time to get on your bike & get a dog up ya !~)
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