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.