Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Spring/Summer ROY G BIV: Blue


I celebrate every hue of blue.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

They're Playing Our Song

I know nothing about this group, but I already really like them. They use luscious food porny imagery and sing songs about bikes. What's not to like? Check out their song entitled, "Bicycles," here at The FADER magazine site.

Tip: The FADER has tons of cool music downloads.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Out of Town

Right now, I'm on my way home to Virginia for Father's Day. In preparing this and other posts, I discovered a bike path project in VA--part of a larger route spanning the entire East Coast-- called the East Coast Greenway. It will extend from Canada to Key West and all the major cities in between. At first, it looked like the greenway snaked through the D.C. area and skirted my neck of the woods, but there's a path that splits off from the spine route called the Historical Coastal Route that goes through Norfolk (my birthplace and just across the river from Dad). The route doesn't go through Va Beach though. Bwah ha ha ha! That's what they get! A bit of background: Va Beach officials have been implicated in trying to undermine commercial revitalization efforts in other cities, the citizens hog up all the public access t.v. with their stupid events, and one of their school board's obnoxious power-plays almost killed the school for the arts where I matriculated. So, with glee, I can say, "No greenway for you, Beach!"

Surely, I will have the opportunity to dig my old Huffy ten-speed out of storage and take a spin on the greenway since I won't be back in Georgia until well after the Fourth of July. While in the Old Dominion, I will blog a bit. It will be "slow blogging" since my dad has dial-up(?!) and because I'll have to go the library (via bike hopefully) for some 21st Internet time after I go crazy trying to use dial-up. Don't you worry though; I already have several posts scheduled over the following weeks. Just don't get bent out of shape if it takes me a while to reply to comments. And speaking of slow replies, I just want to thank Jen for her e-mail. Back in May. Be sure to check out her blog Saxton Road.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Cartersville "Missed Connections"

YOU must possess an extreme inner cool to ride in today's heat looking serene in your purple and white ensemble. I copped out of my customary bike ride to the library because the only thing I didn't have to iron today was a black dress and I figured if I added on today's temperature and any exertion, I would spontaneously combust. Usually, drivers don't yell nice things from their car windows so I saved my compliments for the blog. Kudos to you, cool cyclist of Cherokee Street!

Meanwhile in Atlanta...

Busted your ass on Krog St. - w4w - 22 (Cabbagetown)

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Date: 2009-06-16, 8:30PM EDT

You took a nasty dive into the pavement off of your bike trying to turn into the tunnel this afternoon. Not sure how you managed to fall. It looked like the incident bruised your ego a bit... but don't worry... you still looked cute. Liked the sleeve.

PS: Nice bike.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

How Time Flies When You're Riding Your Bike

The week is nearly over and I have just now gotten around to posting about the "Give Your Car The Day Off" week sponsored by The Clean Air Campaign and News Talk 750/WSB. Though it will be Thursday when you read this, you still have time to rest your car for a bit (or encourage others to do so). We like events, don't we? They make everything seem special; hopefully public transit, bicycles, and walking will gain some special-occasion-sparkle through this campaign. If pure novelty doesn't work, the Clean Air Campaign includes some thought-provoking tidbits on their site like:
Atlanta households spend 17 percent of their income on transportation costs – that's more than we spend on food!
Ouch. My belly does not like that.

Pretty As A Picture

This is from the Stella McCartney resort collection for 2009. She is certainly one stylish tourist, but she might want to stop somewhere and buy something to go under that tunic/dress.

Have I mentioned how much I love Anthropologie's catalogs? I don't want to just buy stuff out of them, I want to live in them. They should be in charge of marketing cycle chic to women in America because I think they really get the concept. They're promoting bikes as fun for adults and they're not selling any special equipment to go with bikes outside of their gorgeous clothes, shoes, and handbags. And they carry totally commuter-friendly, upright-posture-fostering bikes. The one pictured is handmade in Italy (of course). They also have a Strida. Three or four years ago they sold a traditional, black "Dutch" bike wih a huge woven grocery basket on the front. I think they called it the "Market Bicycle" and photographed it in a piazza somewhere which is exactly where people want to be transported (if not physically, mentally) when riding their bikes. Someplace safe. Someplace chic. Someplace with great shopping.
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