I’ve been a fan of David Byrne’s going all the way back to his work with Brian Eno and the Talking Heads. What many people don’t know is that he’s a long time bike rider and advocate for cycling. Recently he’s been asked to judge a bike rack design contest in New York City. Being the creative fellow that he is, he couldn’t help but join in and design a few himself. Watch the video to see what he came up with.
My bike is basically a beater that I’ve pieced together. I was in the junkyard looking for parts for a street rod project I’ve been working on when I found this bike leaning against a tree. It had been leaning there quite awhile and the owner said “take it” so I did. I got it home, and over the course of a couple weeks, rebuilt it. When I began riding it I started looking for excuses to ride more and the next logical choice was riding to work, which I’ve been doing daily for the past couple of months. The street rod project is for the most part forgotten. I ride about 8 miles a day in a small town with zero bike culture. The drivers are, for the most part, nice and I haven’t put gas in my car since June!
The bike is a ’80 Peugeot model Y09 with Surly hubs (single-speed freewheel) and dt-swiss rims. The rack was on my bike back in the ’80s when I was in junior high. The manufacturer’s name is illegible but it is very light. It is actually lighter than the bungee I use to strap my stuff to it! I included the pic of my rusty rat trap pedals to garner some sympathy. At first I tried to fix all of the original equipment but it turned out to be easier and less expensive to just strip all of the stuff off and go single speed. It’s more fun to ride now anyway. Maybe someday I’ll paint it but for now it is anti-theft rust (only surface) and blue.
People ask me all the time why I’m riding a bike and they look at me like I’m crazy sometimes. I always tell them I do it because it’s fun or I’m doing it because of gas but the truth is I do it because it feels right. —Daniel
How I use it: everyday, all the time! I don’t own a car, so my Xtra Surly goes to the grocery store, the thrift store, the community garden, the farmers market, the coffee shop, potlucks, you name it. Even Home Despot.
Make, model & other notes: I’m rollin’ on the ’07 Surly Long Haul Trucker (with 26″ wheels) with the much coveted Xtracycle attachment. Other specs of note include a pink Chris King headset, Phil Wood bottom bracket, Mavic XC 717 Cross Rims 32h 3-cross pattern and shimano bar-end shifters tuggin’ on a 9-speed. Delicious. —RJ
[Visit RJ’s way-cool blog: An Adventure Called Bicycling —ed.]
This is Pumpkin which is great for traveling more than 10 miles to our local health food store. —Joe
The perfect Wednesday morning bike for the trip to the Farmers Market. —Joe
When I need a lift it is “EDOARDO” to the rescue. Before I know it, I am out and back home. Old bikes never die they just get a new life. —Joe
Let me tell you about “EDOARDO’S” vixen girl friend. She sets the pace. —Joe