French artist Jean-Jacques Sempé, beautifully captures the cramped feel inside a city bicycle shop. You can almost get a whiff of the musty rubber smell shops have. We eavesdrop on the scene as if we’re bicycles hanging in the rafters. The way the mechanic delicately wields the screwdriver is great, too. And, the customer, mesmerized while watching the repair, is perfect.

1983 The New Yorker cover


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