Social/Historical

Urban Bicycle Culture – From Bicycles vs Cars to LEVs

Many cyclists would like to see the end to the rule of the car in the modern city. They wish to see a transportation culture built around bicycles instead. Mikael Colville-Andersen is one who argues forcefully for this, the key theme being that cities need to be built around people and social needs. He spoke …

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Freestyle bikes & BMX Bike Culture 40 Years On

“Moto-crosso, mo-to-croooos-ooooo” chants the Zulerhead freestyle dreamer as guns his wannabe BMX over the drop sometime in late 1974. Nothing like keeping it simple and hanging on a fixed-gear edge. Zulerhead, known to his parents as “Andrew”, was pissed that all he had was this racing-frame “street”-bike hybrid. Lucky him. Some of us had much …

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The Green Machine is Not the Most Efficient Thing in the Universe … But So What!

You’ve probably heard the saying “There’s no such thing as a free lunch”. It applies to anything “free” actually, not just lunches. Even if you don’t pay for something yourself, there is still a price to be paid by someone, or a whole bunch of people, somewhere behind the scenes. Out of sight, out of …

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The Bust after the Cycling Boom – Where Utility Intersects With “Lycra Chic”

Yes, lycra “chic”. Read on . . . Today’s post goes well with two others that have just appeared on bicycle culture. The first is Andrew’s reflections on the Tour de Fat, and Amsterdamize’s thoughts on cycling stereotypes. Marc points to the variation in bicycles and cycling styles in the Netherlands just in case outside observers …

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