29 June 2009

Cycling in Heels

blonde bicycling in heels on a mountain bike

It can be done, even on a mountain bike!

28 June 2009

Cambridge Bicycle License

bicycle license plate
That is seriously old school! I've seen lots of bike license plates for sale, but never one for the actual city I happened to be in. I'm impressed! (the bike was beautiful too, as was the black one parked with it)

27 June 2009

Rainy days are better together

Schwinn tandem bike bicycleDon't you just love this blue Schwinn tandem? Spotted in East Cambridge, I was delighted on a rainy day to discover they'd decorated the bike with blue and pink butterflies.

I've amused myself on my commutes since, trying to work out who might own a bike like this. It's just too darling!

butterflies decorating a bike

26 June 2009

Gentleman Cyclist

boat shoes bike bicyle jeans cap
There is no doubt but that when this gentleman steps off his bike he no longer appears to be a cyclist. So here's proof! One can bicycle with no special clothes.
I love his cap.

Here he did some stretching while waiting for his light:

gentleman cyclist cap

25 June 2009

Add a scarf

classic look lady cyclist
This lady knows - take a simple classic bike, add a simple classic outfit (LOVE those ballerina flats!) and then add a scarf. That's what I noticed first.

She's turned her head to say something to the cabbie, it seemed like a friendly chat.

23 June 2009

Bicycle Inspired Décor

bike inspired decorating
OK, the weather is still just awful. Let's go shopping, shall we? I recently walked past M. Flynn Accessories and was impressed by the jewelry, but I was even more excited to see their wallpaper. How cute is that? She said it was shockingly expensive, and I believe her!

bicycle wall paper

22 June 2009

Summer Cruiser

city cruiser bike
The rain here just won't quit, and I have no new photos.
I'm digging into the archive here to show you a girl I spotted in the South End, looking oh-so-summery.
It's summertime now, won't the rain please stop?

18 June 2009

Red bag and ballet flats

red leather bag on a bikeThis lady had been enjoying Newbury St. and then hopped on her bike to head south. No big deal, no special clothes (though I do love her red bag).

17 June 2009

Follow that bike

shopping bags on a bikeI noticed her bike first, skirt guard and helmet second, shopping last.

This blurry photo was taken as I tried to keep up with her, take a photo, and not fall in a pothole. You can see that we've been having grey, cold weather. Her gold lamé bag was my only bright spot all day.

16 June 2009

His and Hers Peugeots

Peugeot city bike bicycle his hers pair black
I was lucky enough to be conversing with a French eBay seller last week and he sent me this photo of a pair of Peugeot bikes from 1925, completely restored to the original, with the white pinstriping done by hand.

Aren't they an incredible pair of bikes? I didn't know that Peugeot had made such gorgeous city bicycles! I'd like a skirt guard and a headlight like hers please!

15 June 2009

Red All Over

lady cyclist in redI just love this lady's color consistency, and her posture. She is quite the chic cyclist! On a grey day like today she provided the perfect counterpoint.

red bike lady cyclist

12 June 2009

Matching Bag and Bike

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

11 June 2009

Repair Station at MIT

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

10 June 2009

Simply Commuting

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.

09 June 2009

Daisy Bell

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

08 June 2009

Saturday Night Date

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!

05 June 2009

Rain Predicted, Purple Helmet

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!

04 June 2009

Wooden Beads and Feathers

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

03 June 2009

Chain-L No. 5

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.

02 June 2009

Tweedy Jacket

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!

01 June 2009

Bicycle Diaries

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!

Poised, in blue

blue mixte matching girlShe does look elegant with her summer trousers and her blue mixte.

Thanks for the submission from Lovely Bicycle!