There's a story to be told -- actually, 2-3 stories -- and these will follow in due course but I'll lay the groundwork now with a few announcements:
Astrid the Viking will be retired before next winter.
Astrid has done surprisingly well in the role of London Town Bike but she has one fatal weakness and I have another vision for her. This won't be pursued until next winter, at which time I will give a long-term review.
I've acquired another Puch Princess, in astonishingly original condition. (One careful lady owner from new, etc etc.)
In a few weeks' time, she will look somewhat different. (As will Lorelei.)