The following will interest you if you: a) are into bikes; and b) are into Obama. Japanese bicycle producer Fuji has teamed up with OBEY, a sticker campaign and clothing line steered by urban artist Shepard Fairey, the dude who did that Obama “HOPE” poster. The fixed gear bike is one seriously designed ride with a matte black frame, all gold accents, and a leather seat. It’s also incredibly limited-edition with only 300 products available. The almost $1,200 price tag is a bit high, but for those passionate about biking (or street art), it could be an investment piece that turns into a collector’s item. [80s Purple] Keep reading »
Just when we thought Urban Outfitters had completed their retail domination scheme upon entering into housewares and hobby supplies, they proved us wrong by opening an online bike shop. And, oh, what an unusual bike shop it is!
They only offer one frame shape (a standard sort of deal that isn’t too friendly to skirt-wearing riders, admittedly), but the color options and combinations are awesomely varied. We loved the neon, red, and black cruiser above, but something a little more sleek or even more intensely multi-colored works, too. The cycles are a bit of a splurge at $400, but just think how cute you’ll look riding that thing. Plus, they’re totally hipster approved. Keep reading »
Ride like the wind and look cool doing it with these ancient Greek-inspired bicycle clips. We’re completely obsessed with bikes (or chariots, whatever) these days, and wouldn’t even consider wearing those dorky garters for your pants until we saw this swifty pair designed by Gijs Bakker. An Amsterdammer who clearly knows a thing or two about biking, Bakker created the clips from fluorescent PVC and with a snap mechanism to easily latch onto your ankles. Now which way to the bacchanal? [$20, AplusRStore.com] Keep reading »
Just a few days ago the U.K. hosted its third World Naked Bike Ride, an event to protest dependency on cars and draw awareness to the plight of riders sharing the road. The parade of barely costumed characters looks like Burning Man on wheels. With the attendance doubling to 500, there were two times the bicycles, twice the fun and of course, double the booty. Keep reading »
If you have a car or live in a city where scary drivers abound, you might not ride a bike around town much, but the next time you put your feet on a set of pedals, give the bike a pat and say “thank you.” Bikes had a big part in changing women’s lives, allowing us to wear shorter skirts and bloomers (the precursor to pants), and getting us out of the house. Before the bike was invented, women weren’t able to travel much since riding side-saddle was uncomfortable and riding the normal way was thought to damage women’s genitals. However, lady bikers didn’t have it easy and were often verbally and physically accosted as they rode. Emma Eades, one of the first women to ride a bike in London, was attacked with bricks and stones and told to go home and behave properly. Lucky for us, those days are gone, and we can pedal in peace. [Mental Floss] Keep reading »