The November issue of Dwell Magazine has a nice feature and photo essay highlighting the (hopefully popular) trend of urban cycling. It’s light on text but heavy on bikes, bags, and gear to assist any newbie in hammering out the logistics of every day city cycling. Check out the slideshows featuring commuter bikes, messenger bags, and accessories. After all, owning a chic little city big is worthless if you don’t have some cargo capacity right?
I’m a big advocate of utilitarian cycling – or the every day use of bikes as transportation. Whether commuting to work, running errands, or just getting from A to B, in many cities it’s much more convenient than using a car, keeps you active, and often much faster than using transit.
My only contrarian angle would be that some of this gear is, well, way too nice. Many of us live in environments where we get bombarded with rain, snow, slush, and worse - thieves. And we share our parking spaces other bikes which can scratch and chip our nice new gear. It’s often better to just pick up a used beater bike, tune it up, and use that for your daily errands. I prefer function over fashion anyway. Still this is a pretty cool slideshow, and a hip way to roll around town.
Don’t forget to study up on “vehicular cycling” too. Know the rules of the road to protect yourself.
Dwell article by Chelsea Holden Baker and photos by Andy Reynolds. Pictured left: Kona Bike’s “Ute” and the Tektonic Messenger Bag by Silent Revolution.