Off the Chain

When they started the project, Bicycle Portraits aimed to be a study of South African commuter culture, and they wanted to find out who rides bicycles, why they ride bicycles, if and why they love their bicycles, and of course why so few South Africans choose bicycles as a transport option. But Bicycle Portraits has turned into a portrait of a nation through the bicycles that they own and ride every day - revealing all manner of social, class, historical and cultural nuances never imagined. 

Perfect day in the Marin Headlands.
Unfortunately I lost years off my life trying to get here…the bike lane closure on the Golden Gate Bridge is proving to be a constant thorn in my side and tourists are ridiculous. How is it possible for someone to see a cyclist coming and deliberately walk in front of them anyway just to take a photo? Unreal.
My bloody elbow is encouraging me to hold off on any more rides in Marin until the bike lane is reopened next month.

Perfect day in the Marin Headlands.

Unfortunately I lost years off my life trying to get here…the bike lane closure on the Golden Gate Bridge is proving to be a constant thorn in my side and tourists are ridiculous. How is it possible for someone to see a cyclist coming and deliberately walk in front of them anyway just to take a photo? Unreal.

My bloody elbow is encouraging me to hold off on any more rides in Marin until the bike lane is reopened next month.

I love being on a bike. It helps me feel free.

Riding a bike is having wings on your feet. Entirely free. I feel this intimate relationship with the city, riding fast across it. Filled with adrenaline. 

Riding for hours and still can’t get enough.

A blog for people to share how riding a bike has changed how they see themselves and the world.

Sociolinguistics is really getting in the way of my cycling career. 
Two more weeks…

Sociolinguistics is really getting in the way of my cycling career. 

Two more weeks…

The eGlove for cyclists who train in the cold and need their smartphone for GPS navigation.

Every day more parts go missing from this poor sap. It’s like someone just left it to rot here in Chinatown.
Sheldon Brown Locking Method:
A U-lock should go around the rear rim and tire, somewhere inside the rear triangle of the frame. There is no need to loop it around the seat tube as well, because the wheel cannot be pulled through the rear triangle.
Some will say that felons might cut the rear rim and tire to remove the lock. But this just doesn’t happen in the real world. It is indeed possible to cut the rim with a hacksaw, working from the outside to the inside, but first, the tire must be removed or cut through. It would be a lot of work to steal a frame without a usable rear wheel, the most expensive part of a bike, after the frame.

Every day more parts go missing from this poor sap. It’s like someone just left it to rot here in Chinatown.

Sheldon Brown Locking Method:

A U-lock should go around the rear rim and tire, somewhere inside the rear triangle of the frame. There is no need to loop it around the seat tube as well, because the wheel cannot be pulled through the rear triangle.

Some will say that felons might cut the rear rim and tire to remove the lock. But this just doesn’t happen in the real world. It is indeed possible to cut the rim with a hacksaw, working from the outside to the inside, but first, the tire must be removed or cut through. It would be a lot of work to steal a frame without a usable rear wheel, the most expensive part of a bike, after the frame.

Bikes of San Francisco

Bikes of San Francisco