1. 13:30 28th Mar 2012

    Notes: 3

    My new obsession - Small wheeled bikes

    I’m not sure exactly when it started, but I think it was the kelly green Hyda bike that a customer brought in for a tune-up. Since then I’ve noticed small wheeled bikes everywhere. The most popular by far seems to be the Raleigh 20, but I’ve seen a bunch that seem to be Italian. The frames are often similar, but the brand names are different. With my limited research I found out that they are sometimes called mini velo’s and they were big in the 60’s. Sometimes they are foldable, but often they are not. The small size means that they are easily stored inside. The most popular was probably the Raleigh 20 which is having a bit of a resurgence right now.

    The word on the street is that these bikes are big in Japan. I guess this makes sense since they have space issues. I haven’t had a chance to ride one yet. I’m really curious to see how it feels.

    Here are some of the cool ones that I found.

    Here’s a new one that Monacle was selling at their store. It’s by the Swedish brand, Skeppshult.

    Cool dude in the West Village.

    Of course Chloe Sevigny has a super cool one.

    Love these cool ladies

    I found these on Rides a Bike

    The Jopo might be a stretch in this category, but I love it so I put it in.

    This one has an unusual double tube.

     
  2. 11:08 12th Dec 2011

    Notes: 1

    Gifts for her - Gift Guide pt.2

    Even though the holiday season is chilly, lets keep our minds in warmer places and dreams of riding bikes next summer. A classic English bicycle makes a beautiful gift for the lady in your life, add a couple of cute accessories and you are good to go!
      
      
    YAKKAY HELMET
    To go with her new bicycle Yakkay helmets are the perfect head protection to mix and match for a stylish commute! The helmet that looks like a hat, you can purchase seperate covers and match your helmet to your outfit!
      
      
      
      
    PASHLEY BRITANNIA
    The Britannia is the quintessential English town and country bicycle. Perhaps the world’s first luxury bike - and still handmade in Pashley’s Stratford-upon-Avon factory. Traditional style. Impeccable details. It doesn’t get more romantic than this. A perfect way to make her holidays extra special.
    Pashley Britannia $1295  (available in red, navy and cream)
      
      
      
    COLLINA STRADA
    Amazing bike bag/hand bag from bag designer, Hillary Taymour that will make any bike look amazing.  It can be attached on the front handlebars or behind the seat while you ride and it also has a shoulder strap so you can take it with you.
      
      
      
    BASKETS & LIGHTS!
    So you can’t afford to buy the Princess Sovereign, but you can afford to buy the Linus Dutchie…. How about transforming it into the Princess with a few simple accessories, such as the Retro Front Light and the Pashley Wicker Basket. It will look just like the original at half the cost!
       
      
      
      
    RIDE WITH ME NYC
    Growing up in the Netherlands, Roos Stallinga was surrounded by a large bike culture. She came to NY and kept biking as a means of transportation, exploration, and as a way to make NY feel like home. With this book’s unique hand drawn maps and stories it makes a fun and useful holiday gift! She has numerous stops at local cafes, museums, and restaurants along with practical tips on how to bike safely in the city. This is her NYC bike story and she would love to hear yours!
      
     
  3. LET THE HOLIDAYS BEGIN! - Gift Guide Pt1.

    The holidays are coming whether you like it or not, and you’ve got to figure out what to give all those people in your life. Let us help you out with our gift guide! All this month we’ll be sending you suggestions from your friends at Adeline Adeline.

    BIKES FOR TWO
    Seriously two of the coolest bikes in town, no they don’t match in color but they sure do match in style. Imagine how much fun it would be to exchange gifts of bicycles this upcoming holiday season and even better, how much more fun it will be when you take them out for a ride!
    Linus Mixte 8 $799 / Linus Gaston 5 $699



    YAKKAY LUZERN HELMET COVER
    "Wait, is that a really a helmet?" Yes it is! A genius helmet cover* from Yakkay available in Black or White that makes getting through your winter commute a little more bearable and a lot more stylish!
    Luzern Helmet Cover $65

    *Please note: Order includes helmet cover only and cover fits ONLY Yakkay helmets.

    CRANE SUZU BELL

    A retro designed bell is a great little gift to help get your holidays started. With it’s crisp ding this bell is also a good way to ring in the new year!

    Crane Suzu Bell $10.99


     
  4. Helsinki vintage style

    On my way back from Copenhagen I had a chance to stop in Helsinki. It’s a very cool city, but after Copenhagen it struck me as strangely devoid of bicycle riders. What it did have though is lots of amazing vintage bikes.

    Here is an attempt to take a picture of me in Helsinki. Not a lot of Helsinki visible.

    The city has a lot of wide open spaces which in moments reminded me of Saint Petersburg.

    The whole time that I was there I was on the prowl for a vintage Jopo. I’ve never seen one in person and I was determined to find one while I was there. Instead I found the Camping which was so awesome I almost walked away with it. Notice again - no locks!

    This seemed pretty typical of the vintage bikes that I saw. Apparently they are Swedish not Finnish, but what do I know. They’re cool

    This one caught my eye from across the street. It says it’s from Norway. Check out the amazing chain guard!

    I love the color gradients on these mixtes.

    Sadly this came out a little blurry, but I love the yellow recumbent!

    These were quite lovely.

    Check out the amazing skirt guard!

    You can see the Tunturi type on the chain guard. I love the squared off fenders.

    A vintage Helkama

    Finally a Jopo!!!

     
  5. 13:05 14th Nov 2011

    Notes: 2

    Eating and touring and eating

    It’s a good thing that we were doing a lot of riding because Sasha and I managed to eat our way through Copenhagen. This was not hard to do as the food was fantastic.

    One place that we didn’t eat, but probably should have was the pancake bike. Love.

    We rode our bikes all over the city. One of my favorite spots was in front of the Queen’s palace. I love that there is actually a Danish queen and that she actually lives in a palace in the city. Here is an action shot of me on my beater bike pretending that I am riding to my home.

    We stopped by the famous Sogreni bicycle shop. Unfortunately Soren wasn’t there, but we spoke with Oscar who gave us a tour of the store.

    All of the bikes are custom built. I suffered from some serious bike lust.

    A trip to Denmark wouldn’t be complete without eating Smorrebrod or at least that’s what I insisted. It’s basically an open-faced sandwich often served with herring. I have a serious thing for herring which many people don’t understand even Danes. When I told my old friend Hanne that I wanted to go out for Smorrebrod I’m not sure she was totally excited, but we had a great time and the food was again amazing.

    I spoke with Hanne at length over lunch about biking (of course!). Like most of the Danes I know she was a little puzzled by my bike obsession. For example when I pressed Hanne for info about her bike, she said “I don’t know, it’s a black bike!”

    I love that Danes don’t think much about their bikes. I love that biking is so integrated into their lives that it becomes a non-issue. I love that riding is a truly practical way to get around. I love that people look good on their bikes.

    Hanne with her very nice hand-made bike. 

     
  6. CPH - the riders

    I love Copenhagen Cycle Chic. Being in Copenhagen made me feel like I was living in the site. Beautiful, stylish women seemed to be everywhere. And riding their bikes! Sadly I always seemed to be pointing my camera in the wrong direction, because I didn’t get nearly as many shots as I had hoped. I’m definitely not going to be doing a career change any time soon. Here are a few of them.

    Amazing red poncho.

    She’s on the Pedersen.

    So many cool dads.

     
  7. 12:38 8th Nov 2011

    Notes: 1

    CPH - the bikes

    Much of the purpose of my trip to Copenhagen was to experience the bike culture. The funny thing though is that after riding around a lot I would argue that there isn’t a bike culture in the way that we think about it, but rather there is a culture who uses bikes. I got the feeling when I chatted with people about my interest in bikes that most people don’t really think much about biking. It’s just something that they do. For me this is the ultimate state of being.

    Similar to Amsterdam the streets in Copenhagen were full of bikes everywhere you looked. I love it when people complain about the theft problem. Maybe it’s because nobody actually locks their bikes? I’m just saying…

    Copenhagen is definitely ruled by city bikes which I of course love. Not a hybrid to be found (ok, not entirely true) but mostly it was regular old upright bikes. Unlike Amsterdam which seems to have exclusively black bikes there was a lot more variety in Copenhagen.

    I’m kind of a bike stalker when I walk around. I can’t help myself. Luckily there were lots of cool bikes to see.

    I was really excited to see the Pedersen in person.

    This was a real beauty. I couldn’t tell if it was new or vintage. Sasha pointed out that it wasn’t even locked so it could have been mine.

    I expected to see a lot more modern style bikes like the Biomega, but mostly there were Dutch style bikes and fixies. I found this odd bike.

    I’m a little obsessed with small wheel bikes right now. We saw a few on the streets.

    A cool old Christiania.

    Not sure what this is all about, but I love the color and the box in front.

    The bike of choice on the streets seems to be the Raleigh. It’s not the same as what we get in the states. It’s licensed to a different company that makes a bike that looks more like the original, but in colors.

    This was very typical of what I saw around the city. Notice that it’s only locked with the wheel lock. The nice thing about not worrying about locking your bike is that it makes riding much simpler. I could really get used to that.

     
  8. The best fresh-off-the-airplane pickup ever.

    On my recent trip to Copenhagen, Will Kearnins from Boxcycles met us at the airport.

    After a train ride into the city, Will led us over to his Christiania bike, gestured toward the wooden box on the front, and said “get in.” A quick calculation with my jet-lagged brain said that with me, Sasha, and luggage, this was not a good idea.

    Will was not deterred.

    Five minutes later we were getting a fantastic tour of Copenhagen, squeezed into the box on the front of a Christiania bike. Crazy fun for me and Sasha - maybe not so much for the huffing and puffing Will - but he didn’t complain. (Thanks Will - that was amazing!)

    Sasha successfully hiding her fear:

    Copenhagen is hands down the best bike city that I’ve ever been in. The infrastructure is bar none and the bikes truly rule the streets. This is not to say that Copenhagen is laid back in any way. The bikers there are all business. I’ve never seen people ride that fast on city bikes. From my position in the front of the box, I had a pretty good view of rush hour traffic. The quantity of riders was amazing.

    Will took us on a sight seeing tour through the city. We swung by Cykelfabrikken a very cool  custom bike shop. Sadly it wasn’t open at 9am, but we got to peek in the window.

    We also drove by Baisikeli - a rental bike shop that sends used bikes to Africa. Apparently Shepard Fairey paid a visit.

    Right by Baisikeli we saw this bicycle trailer from Ikea. In Copenhagen, you can rent them to bring your stuff home. Maybe they rent them at the Ikea in Brooklyn, but I swear I’ve only seen signs for UHaul.  

    For whatever reason the cargo bike of choice in Copenhagen is a 3 wheeler. No Bakfiets in this town! There are 2 main competitors - Christiania which we were quite familiar with and Nihola. While Will is obviously in the pro-Christiania camp, he obliged us with a trip by the Nihola store.

    This sign says it all.

    Eventually we ended up in Christiania the home of the Christiania bike. Will has a great history of the town on his blog. The basic gist of it is that Christiania is a hippy village in the middle of Copenhagen. It’s super cool and filled with unique homemade buildings and its own culture (and drug culture). 

    The entrance to Christiania:

    Christiania Bicycles headquarters:

    I love the silver disco Christiania. It looks like a mobile party unit.

    Guys building the bikes:

    The original logo:

    Bikes getting ready to be shipped:

    After lunch we decided that it was time for us to have our own rides so we went by Will’s studio. We both got some pretty cool beaters that made us feel instantly like natives.

    Sasha’s was a Bauer with a crocheted skirt guard:

    And this is what I rode. It was from the 30’s complete with snakeskin saddle. It was great - unless you needed to stop. 

    Will shares a studio with a guy who fixes up old bikes. Inside is a lot of cool vintage bike paraphernalia:

    And of course the day wouldn’t be complete without a Danish Danish.

     
  9. 12:19 9th Jun 2011

    Notes: 9

    A better bicycle?

     
  10. 10:00 24th May 2011

    Notes: 3

    Mini Bakfiets

    Some parents indulge their children. Some parents insist that they are indulging their children when in fact they are indulging themselves. This next item falls into the latter. I spotted this mini bakfiets at the New Amsterdam Bike Show and fell in love. It was seriously the cutest thing I’d ever seen. I ride my kids to school in a regular sized Bakfiets so I was smitten. At the show it was being used to hold posters so I assumed that it was for display only and went back to my booth.

    On a family bike ride the other weekend we swung by Rolling Orange bike store in Brooklyn and lo and behold there was the bike! I’m not sure exactly how it came about, but next thing I knew we were piling in 2 kids and the mini Bakfiets into the big Bakfiets. I guess buying bikes is a hazard of owning a bike store.

    Bennett takes it for a spin.

    The kids finally get a chance to test it out.

    The neighborhood kids give it a go.