A while ago, I got one of those anonymous ‘hints’ (aka an email with no details) telling of a ‘Penny Farthing themed bike rack’ somewhere on Glasgow Green. I’m not sure if this was offered in light of my interest in Glasgow, or in things related to The Prisoner.
Over the years I’ve probably crawled over most of the Green, yet this came as a complete surprise – so I had to investigate.
After going online, I eventually came up with the following photographic confirmation, captured by the very helpful Thomas Nugent back in 2008 – all of 10 years ago!
This at least explained why I hadn’t this rack over the years – I’m a little past the ‘adventure playground’ stage.
But I do know the place, so off I went for a look, TWO looks in fact – BOTH failed, although they were both late evening detours (kind of dark), and covered all the area around the playground.
What’s not clear from the above is that the playground lies adjacent to a Cycle Training Centre
I’d taken a few pics back in 2017, and when I examined them I got a surprise – I already had a pic of the penny farthing rack!
So, they were still there, but I still couldn’t explain why I hadn’t seen them a few day earlier, hence the hint of (mystery?) in the title – I really did look at the cycle training area, this being the obvious place to look. Maybe it was just too dark, and they couldn’t be seen from the perimeter fence (the place was locked by the time I got there).
I checked the centre’s own pics, and found this view, bear in mind their pics are probably ‘old’ as it opened in 2011.
Note that the two ‘old’ 2010/2011 pics show the racks sunk into the block paving.
Fast forward to 2018, and my third visit – this time directly to the area in front of the Portakabins in the cycle training area.
There was no problem finding the racks this time (or even seeing them from the perimeter fence, which I checked before heading for them).
If not immediately obvious, it’s worth noting that the racks no longer lie in their original location – sunk into an area of block paving.
They’ve been lifted so their base is no longer buried, and now just lie freely on the ground.
That could mean they’re fair game for scum metal thieves.
It also means they may not have actually have been out on show when I was there earlier, and had been stowed in the training area’s containers for safety during the dark evenings.
Let the pics begin…