We are very pleased to have a new stock of Electra Bikes. These Classic Americans are head turners at a very reasonable price especially the Mariposa pictured here
We are really excited to receive our first collection of Pinarello Bikes. These gorgeous Italian designed bikes are of course famous for team sky and numerous tour wins.prices start from as little as £799 for the Cantena single speed
All styles look good on a bike.
Picture above by Javi Obando, via PedalFar.
Margaux Motin is a French illustrator. This is a work she has done for Chanel.
Remarkable to see how many Danish girls text and listen to music while riding. It is a testament to how safe riding a bike feels in Copenhagen.
It also shows that people do have a risk thermostat, as John Adams says. Make something safer and people will engage in more risky beahaviour.
Image by Franz Michael Mellbin.
Leo is an illustrator whose drawings often grace BikeSnob’s column in Bicycling magazine. The image above paired a review of Gold, a book we mentioned before.
If you arrive at Great Portland Street and you see an unfamiliar sign, don’t fear. Velorution has moved just across the road at 88 Great Portland Street.
Dr. Ian Walker, he who proved that a wig is safer than a helmet, suggests that it is futile to argue with people who make statements like “All cyclists run red lights”. These quotes are “comfort conversation statements”.
All these statements such as “Cyclists? They all ride through red lights, don’t they?” are fundamentally NOT ABOUT CYCLISTS and should not really be taken as such. I believe they are really a set of social conventions that serve the same role as conversations about the weather: They allow a socially acceptable and safe way to find common ground with strangers. They are (in many people’s minds) as uncontroversial as statements about how gravity still seems to be working fine, or how politicians can’t really be trusted. They are not intended to challenge or provoke; they are intended to provide comfort through the repetition of a familiar and long-standing ritual, not unlike a religious service.
So perhaps we should not make the mistake of thinking that such statements are the product of considered thought, or really represent people’s true opinions. People have not looked into these matters deeply enough to really have deep-seated opinions. If people really studied the weather and climate data they’d stop saying that winters aren’t what they used to be. If they studied the traffic behaviour and accident data, they’d stop pointing fingers at cyclists.
Perhaps these statements we see so often are merely conventions that are repeated as part of the social glue that holds society together, and do not necessarily reflect people’s true opinions about cyclists.
These views will be difficult to change – they came to hold the position they do in our society because they seemed so self-evident and obvious. Perhaps to challenge the idea that cyclists are all law-breakers is like challenging the idea that winters aren’t what they used to be.
What a beautiful evening; a mixture of summery glow and autumn crispness.
I joined Jack Thurston, presenter of the Bike Show, in snapping some of the riders heading home.
Jack has been researching and writing a cycle tour guide of South East England. It will be coming out in April. Follow his blog for updates.
Henk Overbeeke has a rich gallery of Amsterdamers on their bikes.
Dottie reviews Pedal, Stretch, Breathe: The Yoga of Bicycling, a short publication by Kelli Refer.
While the 44 page booklet is not a comprehensive guide, it outlines interesting links between bicycling and yoga, beginning with the importance of breathing fresh air and ending with the ability “to invite meaningful change into our communities.” In between is practical information with action steps for integrating the practice of yoga with bicycling. While some of the information is aimed at those taking long, sporty rides, much is applicable for those – like me – who simply ride for transportation.
Every year more than one million people are killed by motorists.
Picture of Profile magazine, by Copenhagenize.
A variagated event at the Design Museum this Thursday at 18:30.
To coincide with the current exhibition exploring the tension between sport
and design, Designed to Win, the Design Museum is hosting Bike v Design –
a celebration of all things bicycle.
Featuring talks, a mini cinema and live performances, this installment of bike
heaven offers visitors the chance to get involved, bring down their own
bikes or simply relax, explore and enjoy a selection of bespoke bicycles.
The Design Museum has invited the best riders, designers and frame
builders to describe the relationship between bicycle and rider and why this
is important to them. In attendance will be Nick Larsen from Charge, Ben
Wilson, Sam Alison from Singular and Ben Spurrier from Condor.
Few objects produce such a broad level of enthusiasm as the ‘humble’
bicycle – from the famous Moulton to the fold-up Brompton and the BMX.
Bike V Design explores the way riders have developed the simple bicycle to
enhance and evolve their individual sports.
On the riverfront outside the museum will be a series of performances
featuring freestyle BMX stunts by Jason Forde and Matti Hemmings and
Circus Trick Cycling by Alice Allart. Karta Healy’s London bus of bikes will
be parked outside the museum – this double-decker bus features over 20
bespoke and concept bicycles.
Inside the museum the experience continues with a demonstration on
saddle manufacturing from Brooks England, a talk from Ricky Feather and
Matthew Sowter on their Push Projects books and the Bicycle Academy
examining the art and skill of bike frame design. Further talks will be held by
riders Juliet Elliot, Andy Ellis, 5th floor, Jacqui Shannon as well as the
Cosmic Bike Polo Team discussing and explaining the sport of Bicycle Polo.
Other contributors include the London Bike Kitchen and Brixton Cycles.
A pop-up cinema on the museum’s second floor will screen films from the
Bicycle Film Festival to complete the night.
Alice Marsh, event curator commented: ‘The current renaissance in cycling
is due not only to the fantastic success we have had this year in the Tour De
France and Olympics but also to the passion of those riders and designers
who have been pursuing their dream for the ultimate riding machine for
years. At Bike V Design we are showcasing the best of this world in a truly
amazing line up of talks, demos and events.’