Bicycle Postcards collected while tandem touring
When touring by bicycle there is every incentive to keep the weight of one's luggage down as far as possible. We have not become so fanatical that we cut toothbrushes in half (but on a tandem it is possible to share), nor do we drill holes in our credit cards to make them lighter. But when Sheila sneaks a hairdryer into a pannier, if spotted it is removed again by John.
It follows that stocking up on bulky or heavy souvenirs is also not a good idea. When abroad we try only to buy the duty free wine on the final day just before cycling back to the ferry terminal.
So, from our first tour abroad we have collected postcards. Some with views of places we visit, but mostly "Bicycle Postcards". For many years these were remarkably easy to find in France, the only dilemma when spinning the card rack was trying to remember, "Did we buy this one on a previous trip?" Unfortunately fashions change in postcards as in everything and finding bicycle postcards is now quite a challenge and our collection rate has been greatly reduced.
Below are a selection to show the variety we have collected while tandem touring. Some are one-off cards and some were produced as a small series.
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' I had no three-speed gear,' I responded rather sharply, ' and no two-speed gear and it is also true that I had no bicycle and little or no pump and if I had a lamp itself it would not be necessary if I had no bicycle and there would be no bracket to hang it on.'