Ron Gabriel’s 2011 design thesis from SVA focuses on the three parties involved in the war that is the streets of NYC: pedestrians, cyclists and automobiles. His work focused on one intersection in particular and in a fascinating video he highlights the turbulence and near misses of how the three parties use and abuse traffic laws. Personally, I’m pleased to see someone take an examined and seemingly unbiased eye to all involved parties and suggest that it is not just cyclists that need change, but pedestrians and drivers. I look forward to digging further into his work and conclusions. But take a look at this video for sure….
I totally stopped this kid and his mom on the street today to find out about this tricycle. I did A LOT of research on tricycles before settling on one for my son, but I never came across this. The Convert-O Tricycle from Anthony Bros. does a nice if not awkwardly balanced conversion to a bicycle which is great for kids learning to ride a bike, but who cares about that right now…. Look at this thing! Cast aluminum parts. Gorgeous lines and proportions. Look at the front wheel spokes!! Everything should look like this. Amazing. Classic. But not cheap.
My lady saw this and sent it to me. Presumably it’s an antique (delivery?) bicycle branded with ad space for the Sinclair gas and oil company. I would have thought oil companies would have wanted to destroy bicycles the way they destroyed the street car industry. Maybe not. Anyway, I want it.
I also want this Sinclair grease can I saw in a window today. $95. Who wants to buy me more junk?
I approached Joe Ballweg, whom I did not know and still don’t really, like the admiring nerd that I am at the Greenpoint farmer’s market because my even nerdier wife brought to my attention that what he was rolling through there with his handsome looks was a clear coated Homer from Rivendell. I have coveted a Homer for some time. Take a peak and understand. The proportions and geometry look perfect. The lug details are insane. The typography and paint job is gorgeous. Drink the Rivendell Koolaid as they say. Or don’t. But Joe’s call to have them clear coat his with all the blemishes and patina of the raw steel shining through was a really elegant move. Joe’s got style. My crappy iphone pix don’t do it justice.
I’ve been out here in Bushwick or East Williamsburg for eleven years and one of the things I love most about neighborhoods like this is the blurred lines between clean intention and decayed happenstance. Yummus Hummus is a little place around the corner and they use this old bike, chained to a sign post as an ad board– look closely. It’s perfectly targeted marketing. No one but some freak like me, totally in love with post-industrial rust and dust is gonna pay any attention to that heap of junk.
It’s no secret to family, friends . . . strangers I pass on the street, groundhogs etc. that I don’t like winter in NYC too much. With a storm per week for the last month, my bike rides have been confined to smaller and smaller environs. Now I just ride around downstairs.
I am super psyched to have my amazing and beautiful wife Kristen blogging on my site until I finally get the site she’s been asking for designed and live. Until then, which I may or may not forestall depending on what happens here, she will be spilling her genius and insights with a focus on bicycles, cycling, cycling infrastructure/politics and all other things cycle. (And whatever else.) Take it away, babe!