feel good . do good . look good — cycling

Archive for November, 2008

Bikes as Personal Statements

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Inevitably a truly customized bike will become a personal statement. I am certain that this bike is intended as an artistic comment on our world – and what a comment it is!

artistic bike
The tinfoil on the seat is the most intriguing.

Bicycles as rolling art are yet another way that they enrich our lives. There is high art and more kitschy art, but it’s all antidote to the blandness that we’re being spoon fed… (and I better get off this soapbox before I fall off!)

I hope this bike today made you smile.

Strida Folder

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Strida folding bike
Spotted at MIT and in the South End – the Strida folding bike. The man in the South End let us take his for a test ride and we were amazed at how smooth and comfortable the ride is. The belt drive keeps the bike clean (no chain lube) so it’s easy to carry around, and small enough to hang in your closet. The only downside is that it all hinges on a single pin connecting the lower bar to the headtube. This possible failure mode made me a bit nervous, but not so nervous that I didn’t enjoy riding the little thing! I guess it seems more like a transportation tool than a true bike, which I know sounds a bit odd.

More Autumn

Monday, November 10th, 2008

orange helmet bike bicycle
I see this woman nearly every day on my commute. I know I’m running late when I see her earlier, I think she might be having a rough morning when I see her later. This is the first time it’s been convenient to get her photo – I always notice her moustache handlebars and gleaming helmet first, it took a photo for me to notice the racks.

Autumn Glory

Friday, November 7th, 2008

autumn leaves bike
Well, as they say, the early bird gets the… photo of the pretty bike with the pretty leaves and the pretty girl in front of MIT. I’m glad I resolved to rise earlier and photograph in the morning.

Would you call the color of her bike ‘chestnut’?

Standard Time

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

grey cyclist
Standard Time means that it is dark by the time I leave the office. What will I do to keep up this blog!? Dear readers, I will try to rise earlier to photograph cyclists in the morning. Any readers who want to contribute photographs are enthusiastically encouraged to do so!