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Archive for March, 2009

Springtime Helmet

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

bike helmet decorated with a flower
OK, it is probably not truly chic but it makes me smile.

Here’s my helmet on the shelf in my office after our ride in today. I was inspired by the toddler’s helmet cover but the flower is a corsage from H&M. It is placed on the left so the drivers of cars can see it. They were a lot friendlier today, many more smiles and waves. I may have to leave the flower on!

Independent Fabrication SuperCommuter

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

IndyFab Super Commuter
My neighbors down the road have introduced a sexy new commuter bicycle. I wonder if this signals a new direction for IndyFab? They’ve always been so sporty, are they getting into townies?

At any rate it’s a beautiful bike and somehow very youthful and masculine to me. Gentlemen, what do you think?

Yellow Boots

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

yellow boots bike
After a weekend of sunshine, yesterday was a bit chilly but the bikes were out anyway. This lady’s boots caught my eye, she brought her sunshine along with her – and not in all those bags! I really like her swing coat. I bet it looked really great when she arrived at her destination.

Update: Cheshire Cat Bike

Monday, March 16th, 2009

So wouldn’t you know, the day I posted the pink Seven bicycle I got to see it myself, in person. C saw it in Harvard Square, I saw it early Sunday morning on Newbury Street. The bike is so well thought out when you see it in person, so I took lots of photos for you. I think Sweet Georgia Brown got it just right in her comment, if the Cheshire Cat rode a bike, this is what the cat would choose. And I think we all know what kind of smile this girl has as she rides this bike!
girl ladies Seven titanium bicycle pink silver customI hadn’t previously noted the pink anodized cranks, and the pink Chris King headset. It’s like subtle bike jewelry.

custom made titanium rear pannier rack Seven bicycle bikeWe were most impressed by her custom curvy titanium rack. Isn’t that gorgeous? Makes me want to learn to work with metal, just so that I can make one too. Incredible.

custom titanium handlebars Seven cycles
I’m now of the opinion that these handlebars were custom made for her bike, probably from titanium they had in the shop. Clearly this lady, or someone who cares about her, is a bike builder at Seven Cycles.

Guest Photos: Sunday Seven

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

How’s this for a girly bike?

My friend C spotted this Seven parked in Harvard Square, and apologizes for cell-phone camera quality, though I think it’s fine. We can see the bike.

Does anyone know what that style of handlebar is called? I’ve never seen it before. The striped fenders are new to me too.

Gary Fisher City Bike

Friday, March 13th, 2009

My colleague just visited to point out this bike. His wife is considering one. Isn’t it lovely? It’s nice that they come in large enough sizes, and the Nexus internal hub would be really great. The cycle chic side of me really likes the matching basket.

Has anyone taken a test ride? What did you think?

Guest Photos: Cycle Chic Iceland

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

cyclist bike bicycle cycle chic Iceland Icelandic Reykjavik
My friend in Reykjavik sent me this photo of her friend M coming to visit on a really lovely and bright day. The cyclists are out in Iceland, spring must be on its way!

Bike Makeover #7: Bright blue Fuji

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

repainted Fuji bike

before photo Fuji bikeMy friend “Baldman” is at it again. This time he had a largely complete bike but the paint was deteriorating in several places and the whole bike needed some TLC. He repainted in sky blue, adding cream colored panels on the body. Then he custom-made decals like he’d done for Amanda’s bike. The use of the gold was not planned, he’d run out of the colors he’d planned to use. It looks great with the leather of the saddle and the DIY mudguards he makes. He still plans to shellac the grips which will darken the brown.

Will anyone else help me convince him to open an Etsy shop selling these mudguards?

DIY decals bike panel paint jobIt seems that “La Stronzo” is self-deprecating Italian. You can look it up if you want to, but I’m not going to do it for you here.

Winter Bikes of Boston

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

rusty chain derailleur bike bicycle BostonToday is a dark rainy day here. I am hoping that by sharing all the winter photos of bikes around Boston which I’ve not yet published maybe I can drive winter out of town.

Check out these tough bikes that, with more or less grace, have withstood the winter of 2008-2009.

silver grey dutch bike Boston bicycleThis “Dutch” bike looks so sturdy with her fenders and the chaincase fully enclosed. On this day it seemed more to protect the chain than to protect the rider’s trousers. I am sure there’s much less salt in there than on my bike! I am not so sure about leaving the helmet outside though. Could be icky.
silver grey Dutch bike Boston bicycle

Dawes bike bicycle Boston snowMy Dawes ran like a champ, despite the enormous piles of snow.

ANT bike Boston bicycle snowThis ANT was waiting in an office park with quiet dignity. In summertime these racks are full of all manner of bikes. In winter it’s just the ANT.
ANT bike Boston bicycle snow

Schwinn coffee townie bike bicycle snowI was happy to see a Schwinn Coffee in person. They look so nice in the catalog, but the price is so low, I wondered what they’d be like in person. They seem like a good choice for a city bike if one really wants an affordable shiny unscratched NEW bike. I think one can do better for the money second-hand, but if that’s not an option then this certainly is a reasonable one.

old three speed bike BostonHere’s the affordable second-hand option, a mis-mash of Raleigh parts in typical Bostonian ‘function-trumps-all’. This is certainly a winter battle-wagon, and chic in its own eccentric way.

Yeay bikes!

Cute Pink Bike Bag

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

I’m not normally a pink girl, but I’m drawn to this bag at Nashbar. Must be craving springtime flowers! The brighter light puts me in a mood for shopping.

Does anyone have this bag or seen it in use? Is it large enough to be useful?