Space-Pootling

A gentleman on a Dutch granny-bike? Well, just so long as he didn’t steal it from someone’s grandma!

The omafiets (tr. ‘grandmother bike’) is a very traditional kind of Dutch bike that is best known for its upright and elegant riding style, easy to use step-through frame, and utilitarian (i.e. black) paint job.

While most people in the UK would think it’s a “ladies” bikes, the oma is actually just a universally comfortable and practical design. This particular model takes practicality to the highest degree with a foldable front box and dynamo lighting. Seriously, who needs a car when bikes like this exist!?

The Spirit of Cycle Chic

For us, this photograph represents a great vision of London Cycle Chic.

Off the bat, a description of the picture doesn’t sound spectacular: ‘a lady has cycled to a cafe in London and has sat down to enjoy her drink’. However, a deeper analysis reveals a much more encouraging shift in London’s cycle scene.

 

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Photo credit: Evo Lucas

For starters, this lady has cycled in casual clothes, and so her bike is not a piece of sports equipment, but rather a vehicle of general utility. The fact that there is no hi-viz (or other safety equipment) shows that she does not perceive cycling to be a dangerous activity, but rather a normal part of everyday life. Riding a step-over frame also shows that her cycling is not guided by the accepted ‘wisdom’ of chain bike shops, which tend to have disappointingly small ranges of predominantly pink bikes aimed at female riders. Her bike even has a subtle, tyre-driven bottle dynamo to power the lights – she is clearly one discerning cyclist!

In a city where the MAMIL* is king, what a beautifully alternative vision this rider represents!

 

*MAMIL stands for ‘middle aged man in lycra’

 

Too Cool For School

The school-run doesn’t have to be stressful, or involve traffic jams and crazy driving outside the school gates.

This dad drops his offspring at nursery before heading into town for work. He rides a practical, Dutch utility bike, and gets around quickly by using London’s new network of Cycle Superhighways. Zero-emissions, plenty of fresh air, stress-free, and not a stitch of lycra to be seen!

This guys gets it – respect to you, sir

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Photo credit: Evo Lucas                                                                                                                                 

More of Evo’s shots of Londoners on bikes can be found here:http://veloevo.tumblr.com/

Straight Outta Leytonstone

Words fall short of expressing this gentleman’s sheer majesty.

From the over-spoked wheels, to the polished chrome rims, the custom easy-rider bars, to the mini wing-mirrors – forget cycle chic, this guy is cycle stylin’

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Photo credit: Evo Lucas                                                                                                                 


More superb photographs from Evo can be found here:http://veloevo.tumblr.com/

Hoxton Moomintroll

The red-lined cape of a true superhero billows behind her majestic, retro BMX with matching crimson tyres!

That hat, where can I get one?!

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Photo credit: Evo Lucas                                                                                                               

More superb photographs from Evo can be found here: http://veloevo.tumblr.com/

 

One bike, four wheels?

From a distance it wasn’t clear if this was a bicycle or a quadcycle, but what it actually was proved to be far more interesting.

The gentleman – who was dressed for his destination, and not the journey (take a hint, lycra lovers) – had just swapped his bike’s original wheelset for a custom pair he’d had made. His bike is a classic Dutch Priest Bike, and the unique ‘kruisframe’ design was apparently invented to preserve a priest’s dignity as he rode to Church in his cassocks.

These days the bike is a comfortable, upright city run around, built for an unhurried gentleman who prizes elegance over speed. Sweet brogues, too!
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Swedish Bike, Scottish Tweed, and London Cycling

Today’s gentleman was spotted at the Camden Bike Fair that took place around the back of King’s Cross Station. He was gliding around on a classy, upright Swedish bike being exhibited by one of the local bike shops, and was kind enough to let us take his photo.

We’re not sure if he ever bought the bike that he’s pictured with, but I think we can all agree that it suits him! Very dapper 😉

Ben Knowles CYCLE CHIC