Meet the Victorian gentleman who could not face sitting next to smelly commuters on the bus - so he dodges danger to go to work on a
Eccentric Jake Redfern, 21, rides high on the nine miles to his job as a
caretaker at a school using a modern version of the 19th century form of
He stops motorists and passers by in their tracks wherever he goes as
they stare in wonder at him riding his historic-style bike complete with
Victorian dress of top hat and long jacket.
Negotiating a tricky motorway junction over the M5 and nearly a dozen
main roads aboard the bike he has named Tallulah, Jake carefully weaves
in and out of traffic for over eight miles twice a day.
Instead of spending the £700 on an annual bus pass he chose to spend
£400 on the bike last year from an internet auction site.
And he says he was inspired to choose a greener mode of transport to
work after simply becoming tired of the personal hygiene of many of his
He said: I was looking for some sort of mode of transport to work
because I cant stand sitting next to smelly people on the bus.