Local man appeals for return of double-decker bike

2008-01-04 00:00

A city panelbeater, who chose the high road when it came to transport, is appealing for assistance to locals after his double-decker bicycle was stolen from his house a few weeks ago.

Lesley Hippolite built his unique bicycle in 1976 while he was still studying at school, but now his pride and joy is gone.

Hippolite’s bicycle was stolen on a Sunday evening from his yard in town. He said the bicycle was of great sentimental value to him.

“I felt safer on my tall bike, because motorists would give me a wide berth so that they could have a good look at my bike as they passed me.

“I also used to ride it at the beach.”

And of course, he had a better view of his surroundings as he rode.

Hippolite said three of these double-decker bicycles were built by him and a school friend.

“We made the bikes by joining two bicycle frames, one on top of the other, with a few additional support bars,” he said.

He also said that an interest in his present career developed from building the bicycles for a grade 10 school project.

Hippolite said it took him a week to master riding the bike after a few narrow escapes with trees and other objects.

“Although I have a car, I still used the bike to keep fit,” he said.

When riding, Hippolite said, he is able to make eye level contact with pantechnicon drivers.

“My bicycle was very safe as I got noticed and treated with more respect than most cyclists,” said Hippolite.

Hippolite appeals to anyone who may know the whereabouts of his bicycle to contact him on 073 886 7762.


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