Banana Seat Bike

Banana Seat Bike, 36" x 24", mixed media on canvas, ©Kellie Day
Banana Seat Bike, 36" x 24", mixed media on canvas, ©Kellie Day

Banana Seat Bike, 36″ x 24″, mixed media on canvas, Available

Whatever happened to the banana seat bike? It came with an era of thick-frame eyewear, wide ties, polyester slacks and blue eyeshadow.

I was 10 and summer was hot. The neighborhood pool was the main attraction and I can still remember trying to stay above the water while lifting my leg straight up in the air, toe pointed, in the synchronized swimming routine. It was night and we wore headlamps while doing formations to Elton John’s Yellow Brick Road. I must say, it was pretty spectacular.

When you’re ten, times are good and worries small. My folks bought a run down house in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with bread stickers on my bedroom door – a former dart board. They fixed it up and Mom bought a new couch with plant patterns, and plastic runners to protect the carpet. Still that was no guarantee from three children…

Mollie had a yellow banana seat bike, Mark had tricycle, and Andy across the street had a red banana seat bike. I don’t remember what I had, just the brilliance of Mollie’s long yellow seat with a silver bar above it. Just calling for your bum to sit on it.

When you’re a kid, and it’s the heat of the summer, there’s no distinction between the beginning or end of the day.  It’s just one long stream of swimming, riding and barefoot-ness that runs from light to dark to light, stretching out before you with no end, no cares, and no school. Just one long banana seat.

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2 Comments

  1. Denise says:

    Wow … what a great memory you evoked. My purple Stingray bike had a banana seat covered with pink & purple flowers, plus a white basket on the handlebars for good measure! Later on, I graduated to a Schwinn 10-speed that I pedaled around the neighborhood while the Elton John tunes bounced around in my head … “hold me closer, tiny dancer …”

    Thanks for the memories … a fun blast from the past!

    • Kellie Day says:

      Hi Denise, I love it! The purple bike sounds spectacular with the pink and purple flowers! Another friend mentioned she had one with strawberries on the seat. Whoever designed these must have had a blast … Sounds like fond memories! 🙂 Kellie

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