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Archive for April, 2009

Lilacs on a Lilac Bike

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

French bicycle lilac carrying lilacs
From my friend E, it’s a lilac seller in Toulouse who was transporting the flowers with a lilac-colored bike. How perfect is that?

I love the white fenders-grips-saddle with the lilac.

Not-so-perfect is that skirt guard, though it does inspire me to consider making one of my own, particularly now that I’m wearing more skirts.

Boston, Bikes, and Photos

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

visit Boston by bike
Someone else was out taking photos on her bike! I like her graphical jacket, it’s cooler today but she still looks cheerful.

visit Boston by bike

Cycling with Kiddos

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

While we are nowhere near that yet, I’m starting to put some thought into what will be required to continue cycling once little people enter our lives.

One of my most cherished memories is skiing at Tahoe when I was about 5 years old. My dad made a piece of pie with his skis, and held me as I made a piece of pie with mine. We went so fast, the wind rushed through my hair, and I was still warm. The thrill of an adventure, protected by the strong bulk of my father’s body, was a highlight of my early childhood.

So you’ll understand why I just adore this dad and daughter, out on their adventure. He’d just pointed something out to her, I’d love to have had that kind of time each morning with my dad.

father daughter cycling bikes
The law in MA prohibits babies under the age of one on single person bikes. So what to do for that first year?

The bike trailer is an ever-popular option. However this photo, taken at the same place on the same morning as the dad above, illustrates my concerns about a trailer:

bike trailer Boston Cambridge
The child is just so far behind, so hard to see/hear, and those trucks out there so big! I think this may work better in suburban environments than in the big city.

A girlfriend who is pregnant has told me she’s going to get a cargo bike. This makes a lot of sense, if you have somewhere to park it. How do Europeans park these things? On the street? What about theft and rain? Bakfiets and Madsen Cargo Bikes seem to be the most popular. I think that Bakfiets might be better for infants, and the Madsen better for children, but I’d welcome additional data. Where is the second-hand market for these bikes? I’ve never seen them for sale.

Once they are big enough, there are infinite options with an extracycle, tandem, or Trail-a-bike. There’s even a jumpseat for my husband’s Brompton! (which would be good for the storage issue)

But what to do for that first year?

New Season, New Flower

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

singlespeed with a flower
I saw this bike again, now with a new flower (and fender). Happy springtime riding!

singlespeed with a flower

BMX and Garden Trellis

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Tall bike Cambridge
OK, so that’s probably not what he actually used to make this tall bike, but it’s a bit reminiscent, non? I think that’s a headlight in front, how awesome is that?

tall bike

Soak Up the Sunshine

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

girl in a skirt riding her bike in Boston

It’s a gorgeous day here in Cambridge (finally!) and we’re all out on bikes, soaking up the wonderful sunshine. It feels so good!

Fuschia Schwinn

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Schwinn crusierI see this pretty pink Schwinn near MIT all the time. I love the chrome fenders with the strong fuschia color. It may be a smaller bike, but it’s got a grown-up girly look.

Gentleman Commuters: Man bags

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Some handsome men I’ve seen recently. Different looks, but they all have nice bags, on the bike or on the body.

bicycle commuter man with bag

bicycle commuter man with bag

bicycle commuter man with bag

bicycle commuter man with bag

Cool Morning Light

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

blue bicycle cool colorsLove her posture, balancing on her toes, and the green shoes with her light, cheerful colors. I’d love to find a short trench like hers.
She looks so relaxed on her way to work.

Watch out for the yellow ones!

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

They’re unpredictable, you never know when they’re going to U-turn.

bicycle taxi road