Cycling as transport. No special clothes needed. No fancy gear. Just people and bikes dressed for the destination.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The changing season

It's been a few days since we had some warm weather (see below) so the jackets, gloves and scarves are out in full force.

terrace 7

This shot was from late September and jackets were not required yet.

Black and yellow

Well, that's changed.

Corktown footy couple

Matching bikes from Rent-a-bike.


I really like this wooden crate...Urban Outfitters?
Bike: Linus

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A year ago...

A year ago today I saw this cyclist riding along the canal pathway. Bikes like this are not seen every day in Ottawa. The stylish cyclist was also not lost on me. I was in my car at the time and managed a quick picture out the window and an idea was hatched. It would take another six months to get Ottawa Cycle Chic going but this was the photo that started it all. The bike is an Adriatica.

cycle chic blue hat large 3 - Copy

Friday, October 14, 2011

Cornering in style

cornering in style

Cornering in style!

blue hat and jacket

Corktown footy 48

A shot from a few weeks back (note the leaves have not turned)
Bike: Pashley Poppy


It may just be my perception but I've never seen anyone hunched over on a road or mountain bike looking this happy.

Canada mittens

Cool enough for mittens!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

A warm fall day

5 X chic

This photo should help balance out my male-female ratio of chic cyclists photos. Surely even the helmet afficionados would admit this photo wouldn't work with helmets.

Bikes: Capitale Bixi

Mup couple

Mup couple 2

A glorious fall day (27 degrees celcius!) and everyone was outdoors.
Bikes: Schwinn and Raleigh

terrace 14

I did a double take when I saw this bike. Exactly like the first bike I ever bought though I think she has swapped out the drop bars for straight ones.
Bike: Sekine

terrace 11

Switching gears
Bike: Bianchi

terrace 10

Bike: Marin

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Action at the Bixi station

Apparently a stumbling block for setting up bike-share programs is what to do about helmets. I think we have the answer here.

Bixi IV

Bixi III

Bixi 1

Sunday, October 2, 2011

One good minute

Ottawa is a helmet loving city. Informal surveys I do tend to show about a 60-40 split in favour of helmets though this may be skewed a bit because fewer cyclists wear helmets along the multi-use pathway than on busy arterials. I suspect it's more 70-30. Still, while crossing the Corktown Footbridge the other day I had 5 cyclists, one after another, come around the corner in about one minute and not a helmet was in sight. Here they are in order.

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corktown footy 54

corktown footy 55

Vintage CCM

I love this vintage CCM bike!

corktown footy 56