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Friday Fun

After the seriousness of the Matthew Parris debacle over last few days, I think it is time for a little frivolity.

The picture above appeared on the front cover of a Southern California furniture company catalog in 1991. The studio that did the photo shoot borrowed a Fuso FRX bike from a Los Angeles bike store as one of the props.

The picture depicts a guy lying in bed looking at his Stor furniture catalog, while his better half slips out the backdoor with his bike.

(Question: Why are the drapes hanging on the wall instead of the window?)

A caption for the picture might read:

“Fred flops flat on his futon flipping fervently though fotos, fastidiously finding facts on fine furniture, while, Fiona, a flighty and flirtatious French fem fatale, flees fleet foot with Fred’s finely finished Fuso.”

(Try saying that fast after a few beers.)

An alternative caption might read, “Your futon is too firm, I find the Fuso much more comfortable.”

The word “Fundamental” at the bottom of the picture could also mean the girl is having Fun while the guy is Mental.

As you can see from the enlarged part of the picture, (Left.) the bike is indeed a Fuso and the girl is suitably dressed in cycling attire.

Looking at the size of the frame I think there may have been a slight stand-over problem, which no doubt is why they were unable to show the girl actually sitting on the bike.

Of course some photographers know all there is to know about high fashion and models, but sometimes know little about bikes.

This is obvious in the picture below where they have assembled the bike with the fork backwards. I thought everyone knew that bike forks curve forward. Unless it’s a Stayer Bike.

Bike from Cynthia Rowley. God help us when fashion companies get into the bike business. Specs for the bike: It comes in Blue or Green.

Reader Comments (15)

Maybe she likes it large? Have you forgotten that Playboy often used nice road bikes in their spreads? She chose the bike over him...a good sign.

At least it was one of yours!
January 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter Anonymous
I can't believe they actually want $650 for that fashion show cruiser.
January 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter Martini Whore

Let's not forget those left coast models are TALL.....looks to be a 60-61cm frame, so it might have all worked out....
January 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter Anonymous
I thought you were kidding about the blue and green, until I clicked the link...

I had a fuji I couldn't stand over once. It rode beautifully, but my stumpy legs made for a comical mounting. I traded it with a tall friend for dinner.
January 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter Bujiatang
You are a wonderful wordsmith with ways of willingly weaving words, writing with wit and wisdom.
January 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter Anonymous
You aptly named the guy in the picture "Fred". He must have been a "Fred" since he polluted a beautiful Fuso with a bunch of Shimano parts. She's probably heading to the police station to let them know a crime was committed.
January 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter Anonymous
If by 'polluted' you mean better function and looks...then yes, it was polluted!!!

You "Campy or nuthin" guys kill me....
January 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter Anonymous
Hell...I don't even know why he would own a bike...Fuso or not. If my riding partner looked like her, I'd ride her instead of the bike. She could start off by wearing Shimano pajama's.
January 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter maltese falcon
I like the model's...um...shoes. Yeah, that's right. I like her shoes. There's nothing quite like thick platform soles when it comes to pedaling a bike.
January 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter Ed W
I'm sure those are fine Italian shoes and are connected to some fine Italian pedals. I think Cippolinni wore platforms like that while racing. Petacchi said it helps with the sprinting. Gotta love those Eyetalians for style. Ciao!!
January 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter maltese falcon
Id let the gal riding the blue bike bump into my rollers all day long...and hopefully, she'll become a "stayer."
January 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter maltese falcon

Chanel just brought out a 20,000 dollar bike. While the thing has wheels and a frame and all, I would categorize it as jewelery!

I can't understand the motivation for the fashion industry to jump into bicycles.
January 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter Ron
Sorry, that figure is 12000 dollars. (But still!)

" The French fashion house with a German boss is introducing a very retro-looking bicycle in its spring/summer 2008 collection. The CC-inscribed bicycle will have eight gears, Chanel’s signature quilted leather touches and will be available in Chanel boutiques in time for Christmas. "

January 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter Ron
Wonder if Chanel will be coming out with their own brand of leather dressing for this bike...
January 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter johnb
There's a small child size Hello Kitty cruiser in the window of the Sanrio store at the Beverly Center mall in LA with its fork on backwards and it drives me mad every time I walk by.
January 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter Anonymous
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