I have to admit that I’m more of a walker than a cyclist… I rarely fall off my feet, but I have a patchwork of scars on my knees that testify to my apparent inability to get from A to B on two wheels. That said, I do know a good few bike enthusiasts – everyone else in my immediate family, for starters – so when I was called upon to kit out a Cyclist Beastie recently, I had plenty of source material to work with!
The first thing I had to tackle (and probably the most daunting) was making a Beastie-sized cycling helmet. Anyone who looked in through my window while I was trying to figure out the template must have wondered what on earth I was up to – squeezing invisible fruit? Seated tai chi? Complete mental breakdown? Still, it must have worked…
The helmet has four air vents in the top to keep Beastie’s head cool, and is constructed from two layers of felt with stuffing in between to protect his head from knocks… just in case he takes after me! Here he is modelling it…
He also looks equally good without it, of course.
And, as a final touch, I thought I’d give him a Beastie-sized energy bar – just to keep him going on those tiring uphill slogs!
Now all he has to do is try to remember where he left his bike!
Cyclist Beastie was commissioned as a surprise Valentine’s Day gift, but I was the one who ended up being surprised by him! After he left home, the next time I saw him was when he popped up here.
Thanks to Cian at Alimay Sports for introducing Cyclist Beastie to the wider biking community… I honestly wasn’t expecting him to make his mark on the cycling world so early in his career. Hopefully he’s settling in well in his new home… and not eating all the PowerBars!