Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Chopper Chic?

Custom Chopper

I think that this is one special bike. I have not seen one like it on the road before. She was just cruisin' down the sidewalk with her friend when she stopped to talk to her the guy with the bike.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

C.I.C.L.E. Urban Expedition - Venice

Wow! I had a great time at the Urban Expedition yesterday in spite of the long distance and the Hubbys inability to find someone to cover his shift. I thought I was going to wimp out and not be able to make it the whole length. I did and with Miss S on the front to boot. I caught some normally dressed people on some normal bikes though there were some of the Spandex Crowd there. I was upon arrival instantly struck by the beauty of two bikes.

A Gazelle
Imported Gazelle

and An Azor Secret Service.
Secret Service

Then we gathered up and rode off.
Urban Explorers

C.I.C.L.E. Mom

C.I.C.L.E. Family

Dressed For Venice

Part of the pack

Serious Beach Chic

A grand time was had by all. The pace was slow and relaxed and I am pretty sure that the majority of the tiniest riders were able to complete the ride without much trouble and with a little help from mom. The organizers did a great job. I only caught a couple of icidents between drivers and our group and they were totally minor. LA drivers don't like bikes so I was really pleased.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

June Ride WIth LA Bicycle Coalition

The Hubby went on the ride with LA Bicycle Coalition for Car Free Friday yesterday morning and snapped a few shots for me to post here. There was a Flying Pigeon in action. The fella riding it was actually on his way to work, unlike most of the other participants.

June Ride with LA Bicycle Coalition

Fully Suited

Flying Pigeon

Friday, June 26, 2009

Choices: The Bicycle Dilema

So I am still having a terrible time deciding what to do about buying a bike. The Hubby thinks that I am too obsessed and that I should take some time to think about what I want. He also suggested that I had ought to spend more money than I would probably think acceptable if I can get the right bike for me. That would open up more options like the A.N.T. bikes and Velorbis and Retrovelo and Azor. Which actually makes my choice more difficult not easier.

I have no idea what I need. I don't ride my townie much because it is not hill friendly and my street is steep and I am afraid that I will never be able to get home again. I don't know if I need 7 gears or if I could do with just 5. The Hubby says it depends more on the set up than the number. I feel like I need a coaster brake because that is what I have always had, but I could always adjust to not having one. I do need it not not have leather on it if at all possible. I love the vegan velorbis over on Drunk And In Charge Of A Bicycle.

I know things that I would love it to be. I would love it to be just like the Gazelle Toer Populaire but more gears, less leather, and a pretty red. I am also not sure about the rod brake situation. Seriously I know I've said this already, but riding the Toer Populaire was amazing!

I like the affordability and adorable design of Batavus I was able to test some though not the two that I am thinking of getting. The Fryslân has 5 gears and balloon tires and a coaster brake. The Breuekelen has 7 and is aluminum which may help on hills.

I love the Gazelle's flight like ride I love that I was able to test ride it. I love the way it looked!

I like that it seems that there are many configurations of what can be had on a Velorbis the Dannebrog would be my lady she is a fabulous shade of red.

The Pashley is pretty and reasonably priced and has 5 gears and a coaster brake and I can get it ordered locally.

The A.N.T Boston Roadster could be made to fit me and is made in the country and I can get any color I want.

Then there is also Azor, and Retrovelo which I don't know all that much about since they aren't really distributed in my area I haven't really looked at them.

I have no idea what to do. I guess it's just me and the Biomega for a while.

Echo Park Cycles

GirlsInDressesRepair

Taking a Pākē for a test ride

I paid a visit to Echo Park Cycles and test rode a Pākē bike. It was a nice enough ride for the price. It just wasn't as amazing to ride as the Batavus or the Gazelle. It is very light. There weren't any other bikes with the same upright riding posture, but they did have a couple of Masis. When I came back from my test I found my daughter assisting in a brake adjustment. I thought that it was fabulous that they were both working on the bike in their pretty dresses. I would say that is awfully chic.

Echo Park Cycles
1932 Echo Park Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 661-1249

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Silverlake Bikes A-Go-Go

LocaliBikeCart

I spotted this Olde Tyme Hipster guy and his Bicycle Cart at Sunset Junction. The cart says it is from Locali which is a really cool convenience store. Then I caught the following images.

2Guys

1Guy

CrossingBikes

PazzogatoAmsterdam

And last but not least:

halfgearedpair

It was a truly beautiful bike bountiful day.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

CICLE-Beach-Ride

CICLE-Beach-Ride
C.I.C.L.E is having a Beach-ride this Saturday, June 27th at 11:00 am. I really want to go however because of my relative cycling inexperience I need the Hubby to go with me, but he is scheduled to work. Hopefully someone will be able to work for him and I'll be there, but you should definitely go if you are in the area.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Evening Commute


I sew these two riding in the evening. I don't know if they were together or not, but the were chatting at the red light when I caught sight of them.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Cheery Dress On a Gray Day

I stopped this woman at the Silverlake Farmers Market and asked her to let me take her picture. I love the gray socks with her dress. The weather was gray and drizzly and her bright green dress was so cheerful. Seeing her made me smile.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Flying Pigeon LA: The Best Bike Rides I've Ever Had (So far)

Gazelle Toer Populair T3 at Flying Pigeon LA
This is the photo from the Flying Pigeon LA's Flickr.

I paid a visit to Flying Pigeon LA yesterday. It is a very nice little shop on the east side. I met Josef the owner and I got to take a few bikes for a spin. Josef is totally cool and didn't make me feel like an idiot because I don't know that much about bike stuff. He told me that he is totally into the Cycle Chic thing and seemed kind of excited that I had started a blog for LA. He even suggested doing some stylish rides together. I think that would be cool.


They carry beautiful city bikes. Of course they have Flying Pigeons, but they also have Batavus and a Gazelle. They had several colors and styles of Batavus, single speed Old Dutch, 3 speed Old Dutch, 1-2 Have, and I think they had a favoreit. They can order any Batavus that I was considering. They can also special order other bikes. For instance they can order a Pashley for me if I'd like one.

I had the best time I have had on a Bicycle in a very long time and the bike in the photo above is a big part of the reason why. It is a Gazelle Toer populair. It is the most beautiful and smoothest ride I have ever had. I even took it up a reasonable hill and didn't die. I totally want it. Bad. This is the bike that I thought was not really the most practical choice for my life and where I live. The thing is heavy, though none of the bikes I tested were as heavy as I had feared. I am just not sure of my bike handling skill to say that I could manage such a serious peice of machinery. I would hate to buy it and then not be able to ride it because I can't lift it onto the bus or get it onto the train. I am also nervous about managing the hills here with only 3 speeds. It also has a leather saddle which I would feel a bit guilty about. There is also the fact that I am not used to using hand brakes. I have only had bikes with coaster brakes until now. But I can't stop thinking about it. I keep wanting to call them and make sure that they haven't sold it yet. If it had 2 more gears I would have brought it home with me.


I also rode the Batavus Old Dutch in the single speed and the 3 speed. They are really nice and quite pretty. They just weren't as stunning or as smooth as the Gazelle. Though I am not sure if the smoothness was real or just my imagination. They did have an Old Dutch in Red and I was told there are not very many of those available in North America. It is a fabulous color and the navy bike is beautiful as well.

As you can see I rode in a skirt. It was my first time. It was so not a big deal.

Now go to Flying Pigeon (which is right near the Bike Oven) right now, but leave my Gazelle alone.

Flying Pigeon LA

3714 N. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90065
213-909-8986

info@flyingpigeon-la.com

Friday, June 19, 2009

I've Been Shopping

I am looking for a new bike. a bike that I can increase my riding on. I bike that I can decrease my fears on. A bike that will make me feel pretty and get me where I need to go. I have the Townie which makes me feel super pretty and the Biomega that will absolutely get me where I need to go. I will find a bike that does both.

For inspiration and help on what exactly I should be looking for I have been using this post from Copenhagen Cycle Chic and this post from Lovely Bicycles to guide me. I have been reading all of the cycle chic blogs and googling Dutch bike brands a-go-go. I am dragging the hubby to bike shops and making him explain what the parts of bikes are for aside from the bits that make it look pretty. I am having a tough time reconciling my needs and wants. I am nervous that I am going to end up with a bike that is either a pretty or functional. I am extremely picky about what I find attractive. I am drooling over a bike that I test rode this afternoon (which I will tell you all about tomorrow) however I don't know that it is the most practical bike for being in LA. But I cannot stop thinking about how lovely it is. What ever am I going to do?

In Chinos at Dusk


This guy was looking quite chic in his light colored chinos.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Orange 20 Bikes, Squee!


I visited Orange 20 Bikes yesterday. I was shocked and surprised by the bikes they had. When I had made a stop on a previous occasion it was because my hubby had wanted to show me the Breezer bikes that they had in stock. All I saw were the Breezers and the Bianchi Milanos. However this trip I found a Batavus. Actually I found 3 Batavus(es?). They had an Old Dutch in red, a Favroriet in black, and the orange Delivery Bike. They also had a Pashley! I am super excited about it. I did not get a chance to test ride any of the bikes because I had my daughter in tow but just knowing that I can go back and take a spin is lovely.

Orange 20 Bikes
4351 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 662-4537

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Chillin' At A Red Light


I love the way she is just completely relaxed at the red light. She slowed down to stop and then proceeded to fix her hair adjust her sunglasses and smooth her top a bit. Then she just waited for the light. It was all very effortless.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Blue Bike With a Bell


I see this bike locked up here often when I am walking my dogs. I love the red grips and the happy bell. I love that it old and well used.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Plaid Shorts


Ok. I know that this is cheating a bit for a first Cycle Chic photo because of the gear, but she is just so golly, gee, darned, cute! This is one of the Hubby's friends, EmG and her custom bike.

Friday, June 12, 2009

A Little About Me

My living room looks like a bike shop at the moment. I am staring 7 bikes and when the hubby gets home it will be 8. Only two are mine and I haven't decided yet if I'll keep the Biomega.


This is how I found my way to slow bikes and cycle chic. My hubby is a cyclist of the fixie variety. Not all of his bikes are fixed gear but he is a rolled up pant leg kinda guy. He loves bikes. He wants to make bikes his career in fact. I am not really a bike girl. I do however hate to drive and think that bikes are a fantastic way to get around. I am also a fashion designer or at least I was until my daughter was born.

I find that it is much easier to talk to the hubby about bikes when I can talk about how beautiful they are and how graceful the lines are. I am not so much into derailleurs and whatnot. I also find it much more interesting looking at what people are wearing on their bikes than how fast they are going. I also prefer not to sweat. Now I don't feel like a freak for liking to take my time when I am riding. There are others who enjoy slow cycling. Yay!

Now the catch is that I do live in L.A. Cycling here is scary. The hubby has been in more accidents than I'd like. Cars will hit cyclists. I am trying to get over the fear. It is my understanding that adults don't have to wear helmets here, but I am not sure I'll be able to feel safe without one. We'll see how that goes. Helmets are certainly not chic, even though mine is pretty awesome. Mine is the rainbow striped one hanging from my Townie.

So now I have a new way to look at riding a bike. All I need is a more L.A. friendly bike and a way to transport my daughter Miss S. I am going to be taking my camera out to see all the chic cyclists I can. Should be quite an adventure.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

My Hubby Bought A New Bike

Well my hubby picked up a silver Biomega Amsterdam this morning for me. He bought one the other day for himself off of craigslist. The guy selling it decided to sell his wife's bike as well. I am not sure just how much I like it. It rides nicely, but it is so modern looking. I was dreaming of a dutch bike and this is close, but I am officially obsessed with the "slow bike" movement. I am a lame cyclist who hasn't gotten the hang of steering with my daughter in the bobike mini but I love to look at bikes. Since there didn't seem to be a LA Cycle Chic Blog yet I figure I can use my foray into this world as a way to show people what I am seeing.

I love how pretty my Townie is but she isn't really meant for riding a lot. The flat foot technology makes it a bit uncomfortable when riding for more than 20 minutes. Forget riding uphill it is a joke. The Biomega is tons easier to pedal up the driveway.