By: STANI MARTINKOVA
The playwright loved pedalling. If you have any doubts, just refer to his works. You’ll find them sprinkled with cycling references.
Declaration of love for his bike:
I would not wish any companion in the world but you
– The Tempest, Act 3, Scene 1
No leave take I; for I will ride, as far as land will let me, by your side.
– Richard II Act I, Scene 3
A merry heart goes all the day, your sad tires in a mile-a.
– Winter’s Tale Act IV Scene 3
On sharing the road with car drivers:
This cuff was but to knock at your car and beseech list’ning.
– Taming of the Shrew Act IV, Scene 1
Advice for jumping red lights when the police are around:
Stir not until the signal.
- Julius Caesar Act V, Scene 1
Advice for Jumping Red Lights when they’re not:
Lo, where it comes again! I’ll cross it, though it blast me.
– Hamlet Act I, Scene 1
On the need for security:
You shall not now be stol’n, you have locks upon you
– Cymbeline Act V, Scene 4
Infertility in men or leg pedal injury:
For ’tis the sport to have the enginer hoist with his own petard
– Hamlet Act III, Scene 4
Cyclists arriving at the pub:
…do you look for ale and cakes here, you rude rascals?
– Henry VIII Act V, Scene 4
On overambitious touring itineraries:
…thou and I have thirty miles to ride yet ere dinner time
– Henry IV Part 1, Act III Scene 3
On bad roads:
The course of true love never did run smooth”
– A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 1, Scene 2
Be warned by me, then: they that ride so and ride not warily, fall into foul bogs – Henry V, Act III, Scene 7
Ride you this afternoon?
– Macbeth, Act III Scene 1
At the bike shop:
Will this gear ne’er be mended?
– Troilus and Cressida Act I, Scene 1
’ll provide you a chain; and I’ll do what I can to get you a pair of horns.
– Merry Wives of Windsor Act V, Scene 1
Lights, lights, lights!
– Hamlet Act III, Scene 2
In 1996 “The Velomads”, Richard Fergé and Stani Martinkova pedalled off from Alaska to take on the globe and campaign for the envi¬ronment. www.facebook.com/Velomads