Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Work bikes - The bikes of West Dean Gardens



I was on a painting course at the weekend at West Dean College and Gardens. On Sunday we were taken to the walled garden, and green houses where they propagate the plants that go out into the gardens. I saw the baskets first and they are fabulous. The gardeners use them to transports plants to the flower beds. These are the largest bike baskets I have seen. I know historically there were more working bikes but I wonder how many are still around.

Note the small front wheel under the basket which seems to be a similar system to the Brompton which can also carry a large load on the front in a the pannier.

Now if we could just get van drivers to move over to work bikes like these in London again. Bliss.




I am also going to get out my Brompton basket for this Easter weekend. I got mine basket three years ago at Velorution, but you can order them direct from the basket maker, David Hembrow.

10 comments:

Sparky said...

try the different food festivals later in the year at West Dean - we usually go to the Chilli Fest

Cycling in Heels said...

It was my first trip to West Dean and I can see that they do so much all year round. I hope I can get back soon.

She Rides a Bike said...

I absolutely love your basket! Very charming.

Dottie said...

Beautiful! I want a garden so I can put decorative old bikes in it. :)

p.s. Adorable basket.

Joseph said...

There is something about wicker baskets that always puts a smile on my face. Indeed, the discovery of baskets,or off-loading weight from my back and shoulders but to my steel steed, was a mini revelation: no more aches and pains, hills a sinch, and a more relaxed and enjoyable journey.

I am lusting after a workbike, although alas cannot justify one, my Brompton and basket suits my needs, and there is a neglected car lest I need to transport any more. My loading requirements seldom exceed more than 2 bags of shopping.

Although, if a Pashley Pronto, Courier, or Mailstar ever wind up at a descent price on eBay however, then I may have to reconsider.

Enjoy the spring, and that is a lovely basket.

Cycling in Heels said...

J. If I had the space and the money I too would have more bikes. But because of the hills in my area of London I would have to go for the Pashley Loadstar.

Cycling in Heels said...

Dottie. I know what you mean. My garden is too small for a bike shed so they live inside the house.

PS.Thanks for stopping by.

Lim Soo 林蘇 said...

very charming and classy basket.

Chandra said...

Very nice Brompton with a basket!
Peace :)

Cycling in Heels said...

Thanks C and thank you for visiting.