24 April 2010
Cycle Chic Meets Barcelona Cycle Chic
Above is Txell. We met last year at the Velo-city conference in Bruxelles and have kept touch ever since, as good friends do. She arranged the 3rd Catalan Bicycle Congress in Lleida, where I was invited to speak last week. She also started Barcelona Cycle Chic on the side.
We had a brilliant time in Barcelona after the conference. We're not bike geeks so there was only talk of the aesthetic aspects of Barcelona's blossoming bicycle culture and the occasional "cool bike" when one was spotted - usually a beat up but still graceful upright vintage ride. We do, however, share a passion for cinema. Her thesis was about visual and thematic comparisons between the cinematic works of Wong kar-wai and Fassbinder. A concept which was/is for me enough to make my head spin.
Anyway, we rode around the city day and night. She loaned me her Bicing card so I could use the city's bike share programme which isn't available to tourists. And, we made a little cineaste film about Barcelona Cycle Chic and the fantastic mood in that cycling city.
Le film. I can now say that I've doubled and been doubled on a pale-blue Brompton. By night. After lots of red wine.
True and pure Cycle Chic.
Et ca, c'est moi.