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my father, an avid cyclist who’s been wearing spandex and shaving his legs since the early 70s, insists that adeline adeline (profiled in today’s nytimes) can’t possibly be a real bike store.

we beg to differ!

adeline adeline (147 reade street) was founded by a graphic designer who did not want a racing bicycle or a fixie and thus was forced to open her own store. the bicycles are super pretty — they’re inspired by the lovely vintage type bikes stylish ladies ride around amsterdam — and are meant to coordinate well with pretty dresses and shoes (bicycles can be accessories like any other) while also providing a comfy and enjoyable ride. (to prove it, customers are allowed to test-ride bikes around tribeca and in the nearby park before buying.) so the aesthetics of bike riding are fully embraced.

even better, for those of us whose concerned cyclist fathers are lurking in the background, there is a full service repair shop downstairs to prove that, although super stylish, adeline adeline is a real life bike store concerned with function as well as fashion.

BEST OF ALL the bicycles come in sizes, including sizes small enough for the shortest of ladies (eg under 5′ 3″, which hopefully includes those who are a mere 4′ 11 1/2″).

oh oh and, even better than best of all, the bicycles are really very affordable. the dutchie 1 (pictured below), for example, is only $399. hooray fashion!

[ stefanie ]

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HOWEVER a fixie that can be converted to a single speed with a simple flip of the back wheel is a wonderful idea. republic bike is a wonderfully colorful company that custom makes bicycles fitting the prior description according to your very own chromatic preferences. they come in three sizes (although those of us under 5′ 5″ are sadly and wistfully out of luck) and are only $344, which really, is not too shabby. darewesay this might be one of the better uses of $344 dollars. buy buy buy.

republic-bike

luscious.

[ stefanie ]

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from allison arieff’s blog on nytimes.com:

For a couple of months there, it was sort of exciting to witness how dramatically higher oil prices were affecting human behavior. Ridership of public transit was up, homeowners were swapping exurban houses for urban condos, S.U.V. sales were down, people were walking. T. Boone Pickens threw cash at a wind farm. But in more recent weeks, as oil prices dropped, I started hearing indications of backpedaling on all of the above. With gas back down in the $2 to $2.50 a gallon range, there was talk of this all being less urgent, something that could be addressed later. Pickens even scrapped plans for the wind farm (for now). This is such a strange notion: that an interim price drop somehow solves the larger issue of our dependence on oil.

isn’t that sort of terrible? dependency on oil is always a scary concept, and it shouldn’t only be scary when it gets expensive. whether filling up your tank costs $15 or $50, it is always (always always) a better idea to bike or walk or subway or bus. petroleum is not sustainable, and never will be, no matter how much of an impact it may make on our wallets at any given time.

(not that it should be about style, at all, but we feel obligated to admit, that there is no better way to be kind to the environment while looking positively adorable, than riding a bicycle. just ask scott schuman.)

[ stefanie ]

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