Monday, September 29, 2008

A Little Craftiness

With a little Scotchguard, this could be a great idea for bicycle storage. Just cover any old plastic crate with fabric and, voilà, you have a reliable and attractive means of transporting things on your bike. I think this would be great on the rear rack of a bicycle--you could just secure the bottom of the crate to the rack with zip ties or bungee cord. Also, if you don't have Scotchguard handy and your cover gets soiled, you can always just slip it off and wash it.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Bike Music: The Cool Kids

The Cool Kids have already released a song and a video explicitly about BMX bikes called "Black Mags," but I quite like this song and the huge bike made of Xmas lights in the video. (Behind the scenes, they refer to it as Santa's bike). Don't blink; you might miss it.

*I'll be posting about my new bike audio system as soon as I can find my camera!

**Oh yeah, The Cool Kids debut album is going to be called, "When Fish Ride Bicycles." They clearly wear their bikes-on-the-brain mentality on their sleeve.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Bike to School

I really should've written about these earlier, but better late than never. If you know anybody who likes bikes and is in school these items are just perfect for her or him. You don't even have to matriculate to use the bag! One of my favorite paper pushers, Rock Scissor Paper, makes these products. Go ahead and join me in my stationery addiction.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Bikes on High Street

I'm sure you've heard of the Chanel bike by now. Before that there was the Armani bike, both so rare and expensive as to be very exclusive. Now, high end Japanese denim company Evisu is getting in on the act. I've primarily heard the brand referenced as part of the inventory of a number of hip-hop clothing stores so maybe that means in the future there will be a Rocawear bike or a Baby Phat bike. Perhaps there will be a Levi's bike. High end American designers might embrace the trend. I can imagine a Marc Jacobs bike, can't you? What about a Vera Wang bike? With designers literally making bicycles chic with their style and their status, I think many more people will ride bikes because they won't worry about being assumed to be poor and those who love to consume conspicuously will still be able to do so. These folks will probably not become steadfast cyclists, but at least it will get some cars off the rode for a while and open up the public's eyes to alternative modes of transportation.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Your Wish Is My Command

Jett wanted to see some more detailed shots of the seat of the bike in my aunt's (by marriage) backyard. Well, here they are and I hope they help lead to some information about this bike. I think the name on the back of the seat is "Meheser" or something like that. I'll look again tomorrow as I have plum forgotten it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Discovering Chicness

This old, red bike was discovered in the back yard of my elderly aunt-by-marriage. My late uncle was a fun-loving guy and widely known as a dapper dresser so I can understand why he would've wanted a bike with fenders and a chainguard.

From what information I gathered through the Internet, Puch was a company in Austria.

This makes me wonder why they would make a "U.S. Series" of bikes.

Maybe they made world renowned bikes at some point in time so made this replica for the U.S. market. Whatever its origins, I hope my aunt gives this bike to my mom. She definitely owes my mom for taking care of my uncle when he got sick and she owes me because her son stole my bike (the first time, we only strongly suspect that he stole it the second time too).

While I was running an errand in the truck, I saw this bike by a church. Hallelujah! More people should ride their bikes to church or wherever they worship--it seems like people who really believe the world was created by God or Allah or whoever would be especially respectful of the earth.

I rode back to the church on my bike to get more detailed pictures. I was going to ask the owner's permission to photograph his bike, but a member of the congregation who knew him said that it would be okay with "Mark." Kudos, Mark! You are a chic cyclist.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Pee Wee's Sweet Ride

As I was channel surfing the other day, I saw a biography of Paul Reubens on the Biography Channel. Of course, they mentioned his first feature film, "Pee Wee's Big Adventure." I hadn't thought of that movie in ages. Remember what a great bike Pee Wee had? He did everything with that bike and when it's stolen he begins his adventure to get it back. The movie even ends with him on a date with his bike and his favorite bike mechanic, Dotty.

Well, now there's a new Pee Wee movie in the works and Reubens has stated that it will be a "road" movie like "Pee Wee's Big Adventure." I hope his bike is featured in the new movie too.

Back In the Saddle Again

Enthralled with Olympic drama and dealing with some personal drama of my own, I've neglected this blog for a little while, but now I'm back. I hadn't stopped riding during my short hiatus and I have found some interesting stuff to take pictures of and discovered two mysterious chic cyclists in this tiny town. I'll start taking pictures right away (of the stuff, that is, I don't know when I'll see those chic cyclists next).
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Maira Gall