We Can’t Stop Talking About…Bikes!

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[Image above: Customizable bicycles-Republic Bike, Bespoke, Pedalmafia]

With the sun warming Pittsburgh closer and closer to summer, the cyclists have brushed off their bikes and begun to come out in droves. And frankly, I love it. This week, May 11-15th, is “Bike to Work Week”! So hopefully you can gain a bit of inspiration from these neon-colored bikes and helpful guide about biking in style.  There are some great organizations out there that can help you get on the road, and safely, as well as some really great biking gear that is perfect for the type of gal that still likes to bike in skirts and leggings.

Read on to see a bike helmet that you can finally color coordinate to match your outfit!

[Image above (clockwise from right): Simple City bike ($599), The customizable Republic Bike ($394),  Simple City bike ($969), The Ridley MP motorized bike ($2499), Dahon Mariner folding bike ($494)]

While not always cheap, or practical, the cruiser beach bike is perfect for the fair maiden who likes to arrive in style. Unfortunately, if you live in a city (such as Pittsburgh) that has an average hill grade of 6%, then a road bike is a more practical machine. I love the colors of the (customized by you) Republic Bike. For me, and my grocery shopping, a bike basket or pannier is not an option. I love the light color combo of the bottom bike. And for those who aren’t interested in riding for the exercise, this bike with a motor is a really beautiful design. I love the vintage Pre-WW2 feel of it. Lastly, for those in need of a bike that is small, compact, but still can get them “there”, there are always folding bikes that are great for taking on planes, trains and automobiles.

[Image above (clockwise from left): Yakkay bike hat/helmet,  Bicycle necklace, CycleChic bike helmet, Colorful bike bell, (Scarborough Fair dress), Euphrates sandals, The Carrie bicycle basket, Classic bike bell, (Floral Shop skirt)]

Leggings have become the cure-all for my desire to dress like a lady and still ride bikes, chase boys, and climb trees. The dress and skirt above are perfect for a sunny Sunday roll in the park. I love the bike necklace, and any bicycle needs to accessorize (just as much as you!) with a bell, basket, streamers, noise makers or really whatever it is that makes you enjoy the experience even more. And lastly, I have been searching and searching for bike helmets that aren’t so dorky-looking. The Yakkay hat (oops I mean helmet) looks exactly like a hat but has the protection of a helmet. Sometimes I feel like “Sheldon the turtle” biking up the hill in my green windbreaker, bulbous helmet, and huge backpack. Looks like I need a biking wardrobe overhaul myself!

For those that are less into pedaling and more into motorized bikes, look at these vintage-style motorcycles. Aren’t they beautiful?

[Image above: Found at Bike EXIF via thecoolhunter.net]

Lastly, there are some really great organizations that continually promote safe biking, and are trying to make biking in cities a more recognized and appreciated mode of transportation. Recently Pittsburgh was recognized as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the US in Good magazine. With the help of Free Ride, an organization dedicated to distributing used bikes throughout Pittsburgh, and the efforts of Bike Pittsburgh, we have upped our ranking among some of the most supportive cities like Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Austin, Minneapolis, and Salt Lake City. If you would like to find a bike coop or distributing community in your area, check out this national listing of biking information. I hope you find something good. Or hey, why don’t you start one yourself! (Oh and for a little added fun, check out the video of some of the most unique ways of riding a bike.)

[Image above: Bike PGH, Free Ride Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh's Illegal Soapbox Society]

12 Responses to We Can’t Stop Talking About…Bikes!

  1. Lulu 05/13/2009 at 7:28 am #

    Yes, yes, YES!

    I started riding to college last year, and haven’t stopped! (With the exception of the ice storm, perhaps)
    But I’m totally the skirt/dress and leggings bike-rider, love it.

    And you have to love bike coops! Cincinnati has a great one, too… it’s amazing how many bike parts they can fit into such a small area, haha

    And just to prove my love for bikes even more, this is probably my favorite accessory: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3587/3370364037_838a3240ac.jpg?v=0
    Though that one with the hearts is calling to me!

  2. Julie O. 05/13/2009 at 8:15 am #

    Yay Bikes! thank you for posting this and also promoting the use of HELMETS! I see too many of my stylish peers riding around with no head protection, sure it’s nice to feel the wind blow through your well-coiffed hair, but not worth possible brain damage or death!

    For those of us that live in and around boston, check out H.E.L.L. (Helping Everyone Live Longer) an organization that raises money to distribute bike helmets. ( http://www.hellmets.org/hell.htm )

    from the website:
    “Gordon Riker and Kelly Wallace both were killed in automobile accidents while riding their bikes through the streets of Boston. These two individuals had their entire lives ahead of them and our organization is trying to help prevent more of Boston’s youth from dying in senseless accidents.”

  3. Brandi 05/13/2009 at 9:08 am #

    I want a cool bike helmet.

    Where can I buy one online???

  4. Jaclyn 05/13/2009 at 10:36 am #

    I love biking! you forgot to mention mountain bikes though =) and the best gym bikes aside from spin are Expresso Bikes, they have a tv on them with virtual trails that you ride through , and you can move the handle bars and shift the gears and they save your ghost and tracks the miles you, do they are simply amazing but ($4500 per bike! so I just use the ones at the gym).

    AND you didn’t mention how amazing Paris is for having a bike system set up all over where you pay a monthly or yearly fee , get an electronic card and can pick up a motorized bicycle at locations all over the city, it tracks the bike, so at the end of the day they pick them up and redistribute them to the stations.

  5. Jaclyn 05/13/2009 at 10:37 am #

    oh Julie, I live in Boston at the moment for school, I would never ride a bike on the street here, freakin’ scary drivers.

  6. Renai 05/13/2009 at 2:06 pm #

    Uh wow, did my comment get deleted for promoting other small bike related businesses?

  7. Julie O. 05/14/2009 at 6:36 am #

    Jaclyn, yes, Boston is an incredibly scary city to ride in. I live in the ‘burbs and only ride the city during CriticalMass

  8. Rachel B 05/14/2009 at 7:49 am #

    I ride my bike all the time! It saves me so much gas money (especially out here in CA), and its good/super fun exercise. If you don’t want to spend a ton on a bike, look on craigslist. That’s what I did, and I found mine for half the price it would have been brand new, I came to also find out that the previous owner of the bike bought it in Hawaii, making it even more legit of a beach cruiser.

  9. Tori Bissell 05/14/2009 at 9:30 am #

    i want a vintage bike.

  10. Shelbz 05/14/2009 at 4:27 pm #

    ^ That bike is my dream bike.

  11. Bryanna Wright 05/17/2009 at 5:00 pm #

    OMG I NEED A NEW BIKE!!!

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