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Archive for June, 2009

Matching Bag and Bike

Friday, June 12th, 2009

coordinating lady cyclist
Blue, white, and a red accent – bag and bike. Even her Converse match!

Repair Station at MIT

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

bike bicycle repair station commuter benefitThanks to a tip from alert reader E, I got to check out the new repair station at the MIT Stata Center yesterday. It’s located with the bike parking under a sheltered passageway, so you could work there when it’s raining out. It’s made by Dero, the same folks who make the racks we use at my office. This is the Fixit, and I wish the website showed how to hook your bike up there because I turned mine every which way and couldn’t work out how it would stay up there (perhaps by seat tube they mean seat post?). Otherwise the selection of tools was nice, and I’m very grateful that MIT has provided this. Thank you MIT!

Next week I’ll show you their new racks at the student center – they’re really doing a great job of upgrading their bicycle infrastructure.
bike bicycle repair station commuter benefit
bike bicycle repair station commuter benefit
bike bicycle repair station commuter benefit
bike bicycle repair station commuter benefit

Simply Commuting

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

KHS green bike commuter
I have been noticing more and more KHS green bicycles around. The ladies frame is especially nice – with a few key upgrades I think it could be a good, simple, affordable option. Sure, it lacks the glamour of the trendy city bikes, but that may work out in its favor long-term.

Daisy Bell

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

romantic couple on a tandem bicycleThis submission comes from a couple engaged to be married, shown here riding their tandem from the Jamaica Plain Arnold Arboretum. I can’t help but think of the song we all learned as children, apparently titled “Daisy Bell“.

There is a flower within my heart
Daisy, Daisy
Planted one day by a glancing dart
Planted by Daisy Bell
Whether she loves me or loves me not
Sometimes it’s hard to tell
But there are those that would share the lot
Of beautiful Daisy Bell
Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do
I’m half crazy all for the love of you
It won’t be a stylish marriage
I can’t afford a carriage
But you’ll look sweet upon the seat
Of a bicycle built for two
We will go tandem as man and wife
Daisy, Daisy
Wheeling away down the road of life
I and my Daisy Bell

Saturday Night Date

Monday, June 8th, 2009

bicycle Boston busSaturday evening, his hat, shirt, and shoes matching, I imagine this gentleman is off for a date.

It looks scary but that bus was stopping at a red. Phew!

Rain Predicted, Purple Helmet

Friday, June 5th, 2009

blue raleigh purple bike helmet
I love the matte purple helmet with the shiny blue bike. All her colors are very harmonious.

bike community
I also like that, like me, she is also checking out the other bikes!

Wooden Beads and Feathers

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

I knew they were fashionable this summer but I never would have thought to add them to my bike. It looks cool though, and very personal.

Wooden Beads and Feathers on a bike
Wooden Beads and Feathers on a bike
Wooden Beads and Feathers on a bike

Tweedy Jacket

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

I thought this guy was looking stylin’ with his tweedy jacket and jeans. Almost professorial with those glasses too.

Sorry about the blur, low light images are tough with a point-and-shoot!

Chain-L No. 5

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

chain-l no 5 chain lube
OK, the packaging gimmick got me. But isn’t this the cutest chain lube you’ve ever seen? I could keep this on my desk at work.

I may have to go back to the bike store, get some chain lubricant just because of its marketing.

Bicycle Diaries

Monday, June 1st, 2009

The vintage Austro Daimler bicycle spotted last week is in good company. Seems that’s the ride that David Byrne prefers.

I look forward to looking through his upcoming book. Cycling for just as long as he’s been a star is intriguing timing.

UPDATE: This link is coming in from many friends. Thank you all!

E sends us: Interesting thoughts from DB and the book looks good too. This was my favorite part:

“As Mapes points out, when more women begin riding, that will signal a big change in attitude, which will prompt further changes in the direction of safety and elegance. I can ride till my legs are sore and it won’t make riding any cooler, but when attractive women are seen sitting upright going about their city business on bikes day and night, the crowds will surely follow.”

I couldn’t say it better myself. Thanks for the link E!