His time-worn leather bag sits up front in the traditional wicker basket, adding spades of character this otherwise unassuming ride. The attire is conventional city-chic, but details like shades, rugged boots, and an open collar show that he’s his own boss.
Maybe it’s the sculpted angles of the mixte frame that appealed to today’s chic cyclist – she described herself as an architect, but what she does seems to go way beyond architecture as we know it! (Check out her website here)
For our purposes, we love her style! Not a thread of hi-viz, just a smile and a classic steel bike. And check out the glorious sunshine in the background – looks like summer’s just around the corner!
Low-maintenance, clean lines, half link chains, and unparalleled connectedness to your bike’s rear wheel – just some of the reasons why single-speed fixies remain as popular as ever in cities like London.
We spotted 18 year old Remus in Camden Town, where he was kind enough to let us take his picture. We asked if the fixie was his first love, and he told us that flatland BMX is actually more his cup of tea (just not quite so practical for actual transport!).
After moving to London from Spain, Remus was pleased to discover the flatland hot-spot known locally as The Green Mile in West Norwood Park. However, Remus and his flatland friends are currently fighting to defend this internationally famous spot from the council who want to use the land for something else. Countless tricks have been pioneered in this organic, free space, and the The Green Mile attracts professional riders who come to share their skills and experience with the local BMXers.
If anyone wants to support Remus and his friends, or get some more information about The Green Mile (or see some truly incredible videos!), check out the passionately-named I LOVE THE GREEN MILE group on Facebook.
We were on foot when we saw him cruise past, and we obviously couldn’t let this nonchalantly cool dude escape!
After a short (but blisteringly fast) pursuit, we were lucky to catch him as he dismounted a few hundred yards up the road. Phew!
It turns out that Jordan is a gender studies research student at UCL, which makes his pink and blue bike all the more wonderful! A little research on our part revealed that pink used to be the colour for baby boys, and blue used to be associated with baby girls – a lot can change in century, but true cycle chic never goes out of style 😉
With her long coat, practical basket, and natty knitted hat, we simply had to ask this stylish lady for her photograph.
Little did we know, however, that this is no ordinary bike rider. This is Dr. Rachel Aldred, senior lecturer in transport at the University of Westminster. She was attending a London Cycling Campaign rally in support of Cycle-Superhighway 11 – a route that would provide a vital corridor of protected cycling infrastructure from North London to the centre of town.
Consultations for this Superhighway close on March 20th, so if you would like to help out, please give support for the proposals and let Transport for London know what a brilliant idea it is!
Through her media appearances and contributions, Rachel Aldred has done some tremendous work promoting good infrastructure for people on bikes. The fact that she turns out for protests like this one shows that she really practices what she preaches.
The inaugural post on the resurrected London Cycle Chic blog is dedicated to a goddess of summertime cycle chic – seen below cruising down the Embankment on her Dutch bike during last year’s Prudential Ride London.
That glorious warm weather can’t return quickly enough!