12 January 2010
All Round Cycle Chic
Let it snow. It doesn't stop the bicycles and, more importantly, it doesn't stop the cycle chic.
Your own personal soundtrack to accompany the ballet of human-powered transport is a must.
Quite possibly the loveliest way to be overtaken whilst commuting. Two girlfriends enjoying a lively natter moving past you on their bicycles. Even if you don't know them and will never see them again, this is one of the brilliant aspects of urban cycling - the human factor. The close promixity to your fellow citizens, the sound of human conversation. You cycle through the city and, in thanks, the city reaches out and embraces you.
I went for a bike ride the other day with a number of people. Among them were two former professional cyclists. Brian Holm, who lives down the street from here, and Jesper Worre, who is now head of the Danish Cycle Union and who runs the sports side of cycling in this country. Brian was looking all Copenhagen dapper and riding a beat up old Kronan. A bike that compliments the family's workhorse Nihola cargo bike. A far cry from the feathery-light bikes he used to race but perfect for Style Over Speed Cycle Chic.
And finally, a quick glance as some bicycle traffic. Wave after wave roll through the city.