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Archive for December, 2008

Cool Vintage Fenders

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Sent in by alert reader Carice:

Dawes 3-speed fenders stars florid detailing
Thanks Carice, for sharing these fenders! I actually know this bike, it belongs to the man who sold me my Dawes. Small world.
Thanks for the great photo!

Happy Holidays from Boston!

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Bicycle Bike Holidays Snow Boston Library greetings
Chic Cyclist is going to take a hiatus ’till the New Year. We wish you joy in all the holidays you celebrate.

Best Wishes from Boston to the world:
Peace on Earth, good will to all.

Keeping his hands warm

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Winter cyclists, don’t forget to take your hands off the handlebars and stretch and move them, rub them together, whatever, to keep the blood flowing.

Happy hands keep cyclists happy.

Stockings and Uggs

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

bike bicycle fashion uggs
Stockings and Uggs are a unique combination, to my knowledge unseen in Europe but increasingly common in the States (I have no data on this trend Downunder). This is a practical way to get where you’re going toasty warm, then change into tiny stilettos once you’ve arrived.

bike bicycle fashion uggs

This dad has great taste in bikes

Monday, December 15th, 2008

dad baby seat bike bicycle
Dad and his nice bike just dropped Junior off at day care. He’s not wearing a cycling cuff, he has a chain guard to go with what looks like an internally geared hub.

This photo reminds me a bit of the Porn for Women book (that link is safe for work). The Amazon description states:

“Give the fairer sex what they really want – beautiful PG photos of hunky men cooking, listening, asking for directions, accompanied by steamy captions: “I love a clean house!” or “As long as I have two legs to walk on, you’ll never take out the trash.” Now this is porn that will leave women begging for more!”

I wasn’t so into the book, but this dad with the baby seat on a sexy bike?
Not bad… 🙂

The Rain Continues

Friday, December 12th, 2008

I rode in, but I wasn’t stopping to take any photos. Sorry.

Instead I have for you indoor bicycle shots, specifically the clever bike racks used at Bikes Not Bombs to hang bicycles in the hallway. The beauty of these homemade racks is that the bike hangs at an angle to the wall, allowing greater space for passage of humans in the hallway.

Here’s the overall view of the racks:

homemade bike rack in a hallway

The hooks are staggered to put cranks at different levels and thus allow more bikes to fit in a smaller space:

bicycle hooks hallway staggered heights

The hook is sunk in a triangular piece of wood which is then mounted on the wall. I’d guesstimate that the bike leaves the wall at a 45 degree angle.

fabrication bike hook rack homemade

Clever, non?

Grey Cold Rain

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

I’m liking the idea of white outerwear for being visible but not flashy, particularly paired with black. It might be even better in the summer when the world is more green, less grey…

In this photo you can see the challenge of twin cities on a river: who is responsible for the bridges? I don’t know, but I do know that the sidewalks on the Longfellow Bridge are not shoveled until at least 2 weeks after any major snowfall. Seems the street cleaners don’t pass too often in the bike lanes either.

Red and White – Coat and Bike

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Today we get a reprieve from the cold, neither of us were wearing gloves. It’s wet but glorious out! Winter will make one so grateful for small pleasures.

Eggplant and Navy

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

She was making her way to work as the little snowflakes filtered down early this morning.

Warm Hands

Monday, December 8th, 2008

winter cycling
Today is 16F, winds 15mph (-10C, winds 40 km/h). It’s COLD.
This lady with the cute boots seems warmer with those cheerful gloves.