NYC restaurant owner Eddie Huang has been gaining an enormous amount of publicity thanks to his popular internet television show, Fresh Off The Boat, and his memoir. Though bikes are rarely more than part of the backdrop on his show, the Shanghai episode features a couple who make extensive use of a cargo bike, earning their living by selling xiaochi, which translates to small eats.
It’s just really cool to see this family literally work out of their bedroom. They stack the chairs, the tables, all their equipment on one flatbed bicycle. This is their life, man. The thing that really hit home was that she said, “I’m just happy that everything I need is in these two hands. And I feel rewarded.”
Chris Lee – AKA xchrizzzlybearx – is constantly documenting various niches of bike culture in the NY area, focusing primarily on the messenger scene and it’s endless personalities. A legitimate pro with the camera, Lee’s photos aren’t taken in the squared IG format, as evidenced on his flickr site. I really like that his images are primarily of bike culture, but more represent the individual in the setting.
People love bicycle photography coffee table books, and I have to admit to flipping through them now and again myself. New York Bike Style is the latest, a collection of images by Sam Polcer of people and their bikes from all over New York with contributions by David Byrne and Casey Neistat. There are some really awesome images in this collection, worth looking through the blog. The book release party is on April 4th at Redbeard Bikes, Brooklyn with music and refreshments, of course. See more at www.preferredmode.com
This mash up of genres is a gravel bike from Ti Cycles, built around carbon 26″ wheels, an electronic Shimano Di2 Ultegra group, and that titanium truss fork. Neither mountain nor cyclocross, this is a one of a kind adventure bike. Built in Portland OR, this one is destined for some all day epics exploring endless gravel and dirt roads. www.ticycles.com
Bikeshare programs may be the new hallmark of a legitimate, socially-progressive city. Indianapolis is the next city to implement a bike sharing program beginning this May. Run by the Indianapolis Cultural Trail organization, the bike share will allow users to secure 24 hour, 3 day or annual memberships and consist of 25 stations and approximately 300 bikes.
Conversations with local riders about the program have been mixed about it’s potential success, but everyone seems to be approaching it with positivity. No resistance to the program has been shown by other residents, such as the furor that arose in New York just before implementation of their program.
If your city is implementing a similar program soon, let us know and we’ll give it exposure.