What happens to all those L.A. bikes that are tossed into the trash or get stolen? The approximately seven-minute-long film “The Bicycle” follows the journey of an old bike with a British accent that gets abandoned, found and recycled by several owners. Along the way the old Raleigh bike (that explains the British accent) careens out of control down Baxter Street in Echo Park before it crashes at the base of a stairway and is later sold by a homeless man at the Hi-Ho Drive-In Market near Glendale Boulevard.
The film by Chris McCoy and Adam Neustadter was created after McCoy had his bike stolen several times, he said in an interview with The Black List. Said McCoy:
I began hallucinating that I was seeing it around Los Angeles. I’d see a bike whiz by, I’d momentarily go that’s my bike!, and then I’d realize that it was not my bike and I was suffering from bicycle PTSD or something.
The filming of the scenes on Baxter Street proved both challenging and fortuitous. The banged-up bike would not roll straight and the filmmakers had to plead with motorists to stop during the unpermitted filming. But the hillside locale was also where an actor named Lou Bernstein rolled up in a battered pick up truck that the filmmakers had been looking to use in a key scene.
“The Bicycle” has appeared at several film festival as was also a Vimeo Staff Pick.