Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Three piece suit

Kevin by Pete
Pete aka Dividenthal has started a tumblr blog using his great shots of Birmingham cyclists and their bikes. I urge you to go check it out both for the great photography but also the fact almost everybody featured is bathed in Birmingham sunshine. 

I'm a big fan of Kevin's, above, suit.

Monday, 28 March 2011

Commuting by bike looks better

Spring encourages more people to dust off their bikes and cycle to work. And who can blame them? You get views like this if you drive.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Cycle lanes in the sky

Would you fancy cycling on a steel wire above the traffic? That was Martin Angelov's idea, Kolelina, which he presented to the TEDx conference in Sofia. The Kolelina site is dedicated to being a 'lab for alternative transportation, crazy ideas and bicycle lifestyle' which is an understatement. The concept involves cyclists riding on a grooved track with a harness attaching them to the guide wire to keep you locked in. Touted as an option for navigating busy junctions it could be an exciting way to spice up your cycle to work in the morning.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Jess - A girl and her bike

photo by Dividenthal via A girl and her bike

Discovered via Birmingham cyclist Jess writes a blog called A Girl and her bike, all about cycling in Brum and encouraging more girls to cycle.The picture above is one of Jess with her bike in Brindleyplace by Dividenthal from his flickr page dedicated to Birmingham cyclists and their rides.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Summer is coming.

Sunset in Canon Hill Park. Looking forward to some nice long summer rides after work.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Lycra is temporary. Style is permanent.

via Sartorialist

The picture in the post below reminded me of the shot from the sartorialist above. Just shows that a nice bicycle and a blue suit will never go out of fashion.

80s stylish cyclist

Whilst reading through a blog of fellow Birmingham Cyclist, Spinwell, I saw this great shot from Doug Siple’s flickr page. I guess it show's that stylish cycling is nothing new. He wouldn't look out of of place on the sartorialist even today.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Delightful cycles

Iva Jean via Delightful Cycles

Another tumblr find, Delightful Cycles is a blog about is about 'simply cool bikes, and cool people'.

I think these guys illustrate that point quite nicely.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Steve McQueen rides a bike


I found a fantastic blog today on tumblr called rides a bike, it's a collection of vintage photographs of a whole host of Hollywood stars rolling along. Some beautiful shots and some fantastic outfits abound.

If the coolest man ever rides a bike, why not you?

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Cycling makes you happy.

Cyclists already know this and many other studies have shown that cycling helps to boost levels of seratonin and the extra sunlight will help vitamin D intake which both make you happier. The infographic above shows the correlation between bicycle sales in a country and the Satisfaction with Life score for that nation too. With the exception of the French, who never seemed to be satisfied, the more bicycles sold makes for a happier nation. 

Now it could be Denmark's strong social values, progressive tax model, fantastic welfare system and beautiful residents but I reckon it's probably all the cycling they do.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

The Sartorialist in Florence

via The Sartorialist
Longing for the warmer days of summer I found this pic on The Sartorialist which I think is pretty cool. It's difficult to be as stylish as the Italians, even on a bicycle.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Brother Cycles

After reading a piece in Boneshaker about Brother Cycles I was intrigued to check out their site. The two brothers, Will and James, decided to set up a business three years ago making frames for fixed gear and track bikes. They make some beautiful lugged frames and encourage their fans to get in contact and show them how they've built up the bike, including the one above from Jonesy in London and this lovely example. The gallery is incredible but unfortunately leads to a lot of envy. 

I hope business flourishes and I'm sure it will with quality like that, shall be back on the site in the summer once I've saved up for a new ride. They also have a great blog talking about all things cycling related.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Monocle - Designer Bikes

Monocle, a great magazine based out of London has got a video on their site talking about the importance of great design in bicycle culture and the manufacture of bikes. Its a great little video and mentions a firm called Biomega who approach the design of a cycle from the viewpoint of 'furniture for locomotion'. They have a great range of bikes including the Bamboo shown above. Based in Copenhagen, where else?, they aim to make urban-landscape-changing bikes. With a goal of 'creating a paradigm shift in the way society imagines transportation'.

Big goal, I hope they can do it.