My first bicycle was a purple Raleigh 12. It was a hand-me-down from my brother, which somehow just made it all the more cool. It had backpedal brakes, Popsicle Band stickers (you had to be there) and a cheerful silver bell.
I rode that bike until I was about twelve, then exchanged it for a metallic blue ten-speed. It was a more comfortable, practical ride but it never held the same place in my heart as my little purple demon.
What is it about bicycles that they can worm their way into our affections? Whether we cycle in Lycra, frocks or seventies shorts and tee, we seem to want to personalise, decorate and remember with nostalgia our bikes, trikes, unicycles or bone-shakers.
I recently discovered that many of our makers on Felt seem to share this affection, bringing us a lovely array of bicycle-inspired goodies. We’ve brought together this selection for you, so you can share the bicycle love.