On any given day your bike and accessories tell some kind of story about you, your riding, and your community. Here’s one snapshot.
- This fun bike rack is in the street (taking up–gasp!–a car parking spot!) in front of Kaffee Klatsch, the German bakery/coffee shop on Lake City Way near our neighborhood. Since I ride through here often I know the bike rack gets regular use and also serves to help calm traffic through a section with a lot of pedestrian travel; this is just south of a mid-block crosswalk by a transit stop. Smart of the businesses along the way to make room for 10 customers in this space, not just one.
- My Bern helmet purchased at Hub and Bespoke sports the knitted helmet strap cover/ear warmers knitted for me by friend Wilma Gyswyt Flanagan as a thank-you for my time on the Spokane Bicycle Advisory Board. I believe I get more compliments and questions about these ear warmers than about any other single bike accessory I own.
- I have not one but TWO Washington Bikes reflective stickers (which we give to our members) showing–one on my helmet, one on the bag.
- On the rack you see one of my beloved Po Campo bags along with a Detours bag made by a Seattle-based company that names all its bag models after Seattle neighborhoods; in one picture I’m supporting a woman-owned business and buying local.
- I have two bags because this is a grocery run as well as a coffee-and-pastries ride.
- My Sweet Hubs bought this bike for me not long after we started dating/riding together, when it became clear that my nameless big-box mountain bike was all wrong for the type of riding I did.
- If you look closely you can see the stem extender Hubs added to bring the handlebars up a bit. This helped address a burning sensation I’d been having across my shoulders and made the bike fit me better.
- I love lime green; Sweet Hubs wrapped the handlebars for me and Wilma made the strap cover that color.
- What stories would a picture of your bike tell?