22 April 2009

Cool Cats at the Bike Race

Cool Cat at the Bike Race
Caught this cool chap at the Cargo Bike Race. Or maybe he was merely browsing the flea market next to the race course. Now I'm not particularly interested in his bike but I asked what kind it was. In typical Copenhagen fashion, he shrugged and said he bought it online but couldn't remember the name. It's not about the bike, it's about you... on the bike. And this bike worked perfectly for him.
Svajerløb 2009: Copenhageners
Copenhageners enjoyed the sunshine at the race. Here's a little slice of Copenhagen life. Friend embracing a friend on a cargo bike and another chap speeding past with beers.
Svajerløb 2009: Fixie Girl
We have fixies here in Copenhagen apparently. Which is cool. Here's one of the Copenhageners who ride them.


Anonymous said...

If you have one fixie you'll have more...they're taking over the image of casual everyday biking.

Colville-Andersen said...

while the fixie fad is cool in many ways, I doubt that it will 'take over' very much at all.

casual everyday biking has remained largely unchanged for more than a century, while fads have come and gone.

mini-bikes, mountain bikes, drop handlebar racing bikes - they've enjoyed a period where they were trendy.

a certain demographic will embrace them but the vast majority will stick to what they know best and what is easiest and most enjoyable to them.

Adrienne Johnson said...

Love the Copenchopper. That is one fun looking bike!
Sorry about the fixies. One of them ran into me at a stop light the other day- he couldn't control his track stand.

Colville-Andersen said...

as far as trends go, rolling up one pant leg or baggy trousers are far safer than chucking novices onto bicycles that demand a certain skill.

álvaro said...

So far, I've only seen a couple of fixies in Amsterdam, whereas elsewhere they seam to be everywhere you look, specially in the States (was in Tucson a couple of weeks ago, and in the campus 1 out 3 bikes were fixies!)

As Mikael says, place with a stablish bicycle culture are probably less prompt to follow trends and stick with the practical urban bike we all love (as much I enjoy fixies!)

Patrick Finn said...

I enjoy riding a fixed gear, but Mikael is correct in his assertion that people will go for what is easiest. Ever since bicycle shops here in Portland caught on that they could sell Dutch riding position bikes they have been selling them out and that style of bike outnumbers fixed-gears now, which was not the case last year. In any case most fixed gear riders here at least have the common sense to have a front brake (I do, and I don't care what my hipster friends say!)