You know cycling has become mainstream when the New York Times has not one but two photo essays in the Style section- one on bikes as the latest fashion accessory: "As bike lanes multiply around the city, cycling grows ever more popular and subcultures of riders coalesce around a style and a sensibility. A look at the two-wheeled traffic." ::New York Times
More usefully, they then show a collection of fashion accessories for the fashion accessory: a review of classy panniers and shopping bags.
Novara 'Round Town
Stephen Krcmar writes:
With high gas prices and a struggling economy, interest in cycling as a way to get around is attracting a new audience. "Until recently, bike commuting was for the super-dedicated bike person, but that whole notion has been thrown out the window in the last year," says Tim Blumenthal, executive director at Bikes Belong, a nationwide cycling advocacy group. "Now, all kinds of people are riding bikes."
And products that have been introduced in the last two years have made it easier for even casual pedalers to leave their cars parked and still be able to haul gear and groceries, or take work home without resorting to a sweat-producing backpack or messenger bag. ::New York Times
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