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Preferred Mode: Portraits Showcase Bicycle Style in New York

Sunday 06.15.2014 , Posted by
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New York City overflows with fashion, and the bicyclists there are no different. Photographer Sam Polcer documents the cyclers’ style next to their bikes all over the city. He tells a little bit about each person, the bike they ride, where they are and where they are headed on PreferredMode.com. The images and facts have been compiled in a vinyl-bound book called New York Bike Style which is available for purchase on Amazon. It’s like a fashion magazine for bicyclists and the perfect coffee table read. [Read more...]

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These Photos Capture Unbelievable Cargo Transported By Motorbike

Saturday 05.17.2014 , Posted by
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Your tiny bike basket can only dream of transporting the incredible amount of things carried by these bikers in Vietnam. In his book entitled Bikes of Burden, photographer Hans Kemp provides a glimpse of the towering piles of precious cargo transported by motorbike each day in Vietnam. Ranging from common items such as baskets and eggs to more motley collections like hula hoops and goldfish, the perfectly-packed loads reveal the quirky scope of things offered for sale and seem to completely disregard the physics of high-speed movement, gravity, and acceleration.  [Read more...]

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Just Bolt it On: Smart, Powered Bicycle Wheels are on the Way

Thursday 10.24.2013 , Posted by

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NPR recently wrote about how, in almost every european country, bikes are outselling new cars – and that’s exciting news for anyone who wants to see bikes become a more dominant means of transportation. But, unless you’re a spandex sporting bike nut, most people don’t want to arrive at work dripping in sweat. Enter two exciting new, and funded, projects for powered bicycle wheels that are simply smart: the Copenhagen Wheel and FlyKly. How do you get extra power? Simply pedal like any normal bike. [Read more...]

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Moniker: The Coolest Bike Handlebars You’ve Ever Seen

Monday 01.21.2013 , Posted by

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So you think your bike is cool? Think again. These handlebars are probably the most rad bespoke cycle gear you can get your hands on: genuine deer antlers fused with recycled metal to create a completely custom and completely awesome riding experience. As the pointy horns equally custom box proclaims, you’re sure to “leave your mark.” [Read more...]

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Bike Type: Writing with Chains of Bicycle Love

Monday 10.01.2012 , Posted by

Madrid, Spain based Jose Luis Romero Ramírez has a thing for flashy and unique typography. His latest creation is a bicycle chain based set of glyphs which would warm any cyclists heart. See more in the series at jlromerodesign.com. [Read more...]

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Bikes of San Francisco

Saturday 08.20.2011 , Posted by

I was in San Francisco just yesterday, so when I returned home and saw this great ‘Bikes of San Francisco’ poster by Tor, I couldn’t help cracking up at how spot-on it was. A fixie for the Mission and a unicycle for the Haight? It’s an everyday occurrence. To see a full sized version, pedal by Flickr… just remember to watch out for those Muni tracks. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #18 > A Tiny Splash of Color

Tuesday 03.08.2011 , Posted by


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Visual Bits #2 > Don’t Type While Bicycling

Saturday 02.12.2011 , Posted by

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Cycling Copenhagen, Through North American Eyes

Wednesday 02.02.2011 , Posted by

If there was ever a bike friendly city, it would be Copenhagen, Denmark. At first glance, this city with it’s cold northern climate and population of nearly 2 million wouldn’t seem to make sense as a bicycling meca, but street planning with an emphasis on cycling has made this form of transportation the prefered method for traveling around… and often much faster than a car when getting from place to place.

In this video by StreetFilms, North Americans weigh in with their take upon a society in love with pedal based transportation, observing the general happiness and health of the Copenhagen population. Filmed during StreetFilms visit to the Velo-City 2010 conference, an event dedicated to celebrating and promoting the use of bicycles as transport in the urban environment. The event will be held this year in sun soaked Sevilla, Spain. See you there! [Read more...]

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