The co-founder of Pink Floyd, writer of a classic bicycle song, died last month. His two hand-painted bicycles - one of them seen here in a pap pic from 2001 - are to be auctioned in November.

Syd Barrett’s bikes are for sale

In the 1967 album, Piper at the Gates of Dawn, the Pink Floyd frontman wrote a song called ‘Bike’.

I’ve got a bike,
You can ride it if you like
It’s got a basket, a bell that rings
And things to make it look good
I’d give it to you if I could, but I borrowed it

In 1972, following years of LSD abuse, Barrett had a nervous breakdown and went into hiding, becoming a semi-recluse. He lived in Cambridge and, naturally, got around this bike-friendly town by bicycle.

An auction of Barrett’s possessions – including the two bicycles he hand-painted himself – will be held at Cheffins of Cambridge on November 29th and 30th.

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