Pilen Lyx bicycle from Sweden after I finish test riding it for review. One of my strongest associations with Sweden has to do with film. I love Swedish cinema and have seen most films by Ingmar Bergman at least twice. Moody, ethereal, and with an almost fetishistic degree of attention to movement through landscape, Swedish films are aesthetically and emotionally distinct. When I received the Pilen, ahhed over its looks, experienced its nuanced ride quality, and learned that it was built for forest trails, my overactive imagination immediately cast it in such a film.
And so, a contest to win the Pilen's hand in companionship:
Please create and share with us a photo (or digital image capture, if you will) that (1) depicts a person and a bicycle, and (2) evokes some aspect of Swedish film. If you don't know anything about Swedish film, you'll just have to watch some! The deadline for picture submissions is Sunday, June 26th, so there is time.
Details: You can interpret this task as you like. The photo can be serious, or it can be complete parody. The person in the photo does not have to be you, but I think it's more interesting if it is. There can be more than one person and bicycle in the photo. Use your imagination!
Entry Criteria: Due to shipping restrictions, this contest is limited to participants in the USA only. The Pilen Lyx is suitable for persons over 5'7" and/or with an inseam of 32" or longer. I cannot stress enough that this is a large bicycle. I would say that it is ideal for someone 5'9"-5'11". Though men are not prohibited from entering the contest, I would prefer to give the Pilen to a woman. Taller women in the US have very few options for step-through bicycles.
Deadline: Picture must be submitted by Sunday June 26th.
Submission Guidelines: If at all possible, please upload submission pictures to flickr or another image sharing site, rather than emailing me file attachments. Then post a comment here with some sort of identifier (does not have to be your actual name), a functional email address, and a link to your photo. Please only email me (filigreevelo-at-yahoo) if for some reason you are unable to do this. Entries for this contest will be public, and I will post emailed entries in the comments myself. Any questions, please ask in the comments.
Thank you for taking part and thank you to BoxCycles for donating this bicycle!