Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Puma Colorfully Bucks Bike Trends

Looking for fashionable going's-on's at Interbike via the Internet, I found a nice slideshow of a bicycle fashion show, but what really struck me were these Puma/Biomega bikes.

via kadisco

via MakaiBikes

It's like they took these colors from the colorways of my mind, or at least my closet.

remember this?

I'm not taking credit as some sort of trendsetter--all of that credit must go to Pa:nuu. I guess bike designers and streetwear designers travel in the same circles in Denmark.

And now for that slideshow I mentioned earlier...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Objet D'Art

You can win an original bicycle-themed print by Spencer Starr of Chalk Chalk just by telling the tale of your first bike here. The bikes range from the Penny Farthing, to a Schwinn Sting BMX bike, to a Hercules Churchill Deluxe so there's something for everybody.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Color Story: 2010

The predominate color palette of 2010 certainly fulfills the bicycle-as-fashion accessory role--none of these neutral colors will clash with your outfits--but I would like to see some options for riders who want something a little more cheerful or splashy. I guess, "splashy," wouldn't look natural rolling through a European capital and this seems to be where all of these bikes aspire to be. I would say that the Italian Abici (in its natural habitat) and the Globe city bikes fit in the best because I don't see a lot of branding on the bikes of Copenhagen or Amsterdam. I'm glad to see some blue in the navy Globe Live 3, still, I would like to see some more Robin's egg blue and eggplant in the city commuters of 2011. (Actually I'd rather that eggplant be lilac, at least for the womens' frames).

On the accessories front, it's more than a little disappointing that for $1, 899 all you get on the Abici Sveltina are fenders and a reflective strip on your tires. Electra does a little better by offering some bikes with fenders & chainguard and others with fenders, racks, & a cup holder. I think the best collections of accessories are on the Globe Haul and Live because you need lights (like on the Haul)--you don't increase your safety with a cup holder. I also appreciate the outfit-saving and goods-transporting accessories on the Live models (I so covet that porteur rack).


Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Why do I always seem to get such time-sensitive information at the last minute?

According to the League of American Cyclists, urban cycling is under attack in the Senate. They have a nifty, widgety thing that gives you your senators' names and contact information in order to persuade them to protect the Transportation Enhancement program that fosters commuter cycling. Two amendments, S. Amendment 2370 and S. Amendment 2371, are being offered to eliminate funding.
S. Amendment 2370 prohibits funding for transportation enhancements if the Highway Trust Fund does not contain amounts sufficient to cover unfunded highway authorizations.

S. Amendment 2371 allows states to opt out of the 10% set aside rule that require states to spend at least 10% of their surface transportation funding on transportation enhancements.

The Transportation Enhancement program has provided between one half and three-quarters of all Federal funding invested in bicycling and walking improvements in the last 20 years. More than $250 million is at stake in fiscal year 2010 - if Coburn's amendment is successful it will affect hundreds of trail projects, sidewalks, bicyclist education programs, bike rack on bus programs, and roadway improvements for bicyclists.
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