In what must rank as an early contender to become THE viral bike video of 2012, a Canadian cyclist has produced a short film dedicated to his father called The Man Who Lived On His Bike.
The three-minute short by Guillaume Blanchet charts a day spent on the bike from waking up, performing morning ablutions – there’s liberal use of pixelation, but it may be best to treat the video as Not Safe For Work – and a range of activities including ironing, tapping away on the laptop and grabbing lunch chez McDo.
All of that, amazingly, is done with the hands off the bars.
At the start of the film, Blanchet says, “My father is 64 years old. He’s been riding his bike over 120,000km. And he keeps going. This film is dedicated to him.”
It’s hosted on Vimeo, racking up more than 100,000 views in just three days, where Blanchet adds: “I love being on a bike. It helps me feel free. I get it from my dad.”
While the film charts the events of a day spent in the saddle, it was shot over a rather longer period.
“After 382 days spent riding through the streets of Montreal, being sometimes quite cold, sometimes quite hot - and sometimes quite scared, I dedicate this movie to you, Yves Blanchet.”
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.