Today while touring Angers with my friend Steve, we came across a trio on a bike tour. They were more like a pack of gypsy bikers, with spray painted bikes and wagons. Well, this inspired a photo search, and here’s what I’ve come across. Next camping trip, make it a bike trip.

for the small price of $800...

for the hipster headed to the woods on their fixie..

.. and when you are ready to step it up.

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Jeremy sent this over today. If you ever wondered what went on in American frontiers, you don’t have to wonder anymore. The answer is: SUPER AWESOME. Check this:

Bicycle Corps at Minerva Terrace, Yellowstone National Park, 1897. Photo by Frank Jay Haynes

I am so hard and awesome. Musician William Brown

According to my calculations, I mean, the calculations of Google, that’s about 230 miles. No small trip. This was made in the summer of 1896. There’s so much that is rad about this, and ‘merican. If you don’t believe me, listen to the music this man William Brown was probably humming on his little bike ride.

All I need now is a mountie hat.

Although I don’t miss certain things about Philadelphia bike culture, one thing to miss is certainly the style. I’ve toted my Small Civilian Re-Load Bag with me all over Europe. Its acted as my carry-on luggage more than once, and I’ve never once regretted taking it with me somewhere.

One thing I could have lived without, is in cities where biking is less popular, the stares for having such a large back-pack bag. I don’t really care, but part of the fun of fashion is scoping out just how other people like you are rocking their style. I mean, everyone in Philly/NYC has a carabiner for their keys, you just don’t use anything else.

I just want to give ups to and my best friend Emily, who gifted me my custom beast.

mine is cuter.

She's hot.

I’ll be spending the weekend in Paris. Additionally, this week, I found out I’ll be returning to the states in less than a month. With that, I’ll be returning to North East pretentious fixed gear bike culture. I don’t really miss it, I must say. For a while, I thought it didn’t exist at all here, but it does. Its just French, more about aesthetic than who’s calves are bigger. Here’s two Americans living in Paris as proof: (click on picture for post and blog)

Americans fixie-d in Paris

the first segway?

Historically, girls have always tried to mix the joy of air up your skirt, with riding a bike. However, its quite difficult to combine the two passions. You either ride the bike, with your hand in front of your crotch, blocking air and peeping toms. Or, you just go for it, and instead of a beautiful lady on a bike, you become that skank with the hot pink thong under your jean skirt.

I am looking for ladies who can suggest tips and solutions to this terrible problem. Solutions that are more sexily fashionable than this:

No more pervs staring up your skirt!

I've never wanted something more in my life...

This is a bike chariot race that took place in Rome. The only question: Why aren’t there more of these?

Gratuit is the French word for free. I am lucky enough to live and work in Angers, France, which also gets me a free city bike.

Bike parking on the Maine River, Angers & Chateau d'Angers

my whip d'Angers - femme yellow version

my boy Max's more manly blue bike

It comes with a three-month contract, which is renewable, and the bike is free with a credit card in case the bike is not returned. It’s also free to ride your bike and see the countryside.

The Loire river valley is notoriously known for being a great biking countryside. The Loire Tourism has a pretty oragnized system of bike safe paths and roads to travel, and a pretty great website.

seize the open bike path

from civilization to nature in 5 minutes

the Maine River, just north of the Loire

So I’m actually a nerd, who also loves biking. You know who else was? That’s right, this guy.

"I thought of that while riding my bicycle." - Albert Einstein

One of my nerd habits has always been hanging out in libraries, used book stores, and searching through antique photos and magazines. I love just looking at pictures and articles from the olden days. These are some photos from the New York World’s Fair of 1939 – 1940, from a show called American Jubilee.

'merica + Bikes = F*CK Yeah!

The show was a production involving a great deal of people from the Broadway crowd. There were many collaborators for music, but also performances. These performances also included.. BIKES.

Ride that thing!

This chick’s name is Tina Rigat. There’s not much to be found about her, other than this legendary description:

“Tiny Tina Rigat, star trick bicycle performer at the American Jubilee, hit show of the Great White Way, at the World’s Fair of New York 1940.”

I’ve serached in vain for film clips of this show, or musical excerpts to no avail. There is however, more photographs, think: Bike Musical. I would go see this today. It’s like synchronized biking, which I will touch on in another post in the future.

...1

...2

...3 ... GO!

And I just like this song.

I was passed this awesome collection of photos by my friend J-Town in Chicago. (Yes, that is most definitely her real name.)

© 2009 sam gove

These were take at the World Naked Bike Ride, Chicago throw down. Everyone should already know that Chicago has one of the largest (and best) bike cultures in the United States. I would say the world, but the U.S. unfortunately has little on European bike culture. I swear the Germans and Dutch give birth on bikes.

© 2009 sam gove

If that doesn’t make you want to get on a bike, no naked men ever will.

These pictures are all taken by Sam Gove, and you can scope the full album here, and his blog here.

I figured its only fair to start this out by putting photos of myself out there. I’ve been living in France for a few months. If you’re ever lucky enough to make it to Paris, I recommend getting on one of these almost-free bikes. You need a French credit card to do so, good luck with that. However, if you succeed, it’s only about 1 euro to take a Velib (Paris bikes) for a ride.

schlegel on schwag

A beautiful view (they are everywhere in Paris). You can see most of Paris’ sites along the Seine with a bike in less than an hour. Also, These bikes are more like tanks, so don’t let French drivers put you off.

pull over that bike too fat

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