Tag Archives: bicycle art

Romance and Webshops

19 Sep

The husband drags
with a flick of the wrist,
a bike of black steel
onto a shopping list.

The husband notes the bike is a gift,
he pays,
gets up,
walks away.
The shop clerk stays behind,
silently – nodding almost.

After a day or three
the clerk and husband meet,
at the husband and wife’s house.

The clerk hands her the bike
tied in ribbons
for their anniversary.

[based on a true story]

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Cool Earth 2010

26 Jul

Dublin Cycling Campaign at Cool Earth DayWe were at Dun Laoghaire’s Cool Earth Fair, – representing the Dublin Cycling Campaign. The ‘Campaign’ is Dublin’s cycling conscience. They’ve been fighting for fifteen years to make Dublin a better cycling city. We love their work. And for a few months now we are active members. During events we are often in the Dublin Cycling Campaign stall to sell t-shirts, snap bands and bells and to convince cyclists to become a member.

For Cool Earth, we used our delivery bike to transport the stall. We pedalled the delivery bike straight into the convention hall, unpacked our crates, and turned the delivery bike into an integral part of the Campaign’s stall.

Dublin Cycling Campaign at Cool Earth Festival

Dublin cycling Campaign stall in Delivery BikeAnd at the end of the fair; the stall was neatly folded back into the delivery bike’s cargo compartment.

The Campaign was not alone; there were more brazen bikers at Cool Earth. Rothar, for example. We learnt they actually offer bike maintenance tutorials. Using their tools, workshop, and skilful advice, you can easily learn to maintain your own bike.

Rothar artfully uses bicycle parts to brand itself. Like here, with gear wheels and chains.

Speaking of art. We met an inspired young female artist, creating jewellery out of bicycle components. Sleek and rugged, with attention to detail. Her jewellery was sold in the Rothar stall and we bought these earrings straightaway – they consist of old chain connectors.

That jewellery made us thirsty for more. At home, we looked at the artist’s webshop. We were surprised to find romantically intricate pendants. Like this one, called ‘love birds’.

Quite beautifully different from the brash biking jewellery. So you see – there’s more to cycling culture than first meets the eye. Never judge a bike by its cover.