Sprucing Up the Walls

Our friends at North Central Cyclery had a few of our photos enlarged and mounted to hang in their shop in DeKalb, IL. It’s fun to see photos of our own backyard hanging on the walls of a nice shop on the other side of the country. Thanks, Tobie!

12 Responses to “Sprucing Up the Walls”

  • Karen says:

    Wow, that looks great! But then, your artwork deserves to be displayed like that :)

  • Dottie says:

    Super cool!

  • Cullen says:

    This would make me feel totally honored.

    The photographs look great. The Ecovelo-effect is nationwide!

  • Perry says:

    Small world…we have friends in DeKalb. Jo Ellen was there a few weeks ago.

    Awesome photos!

  • MarkA says:

    Very cool! Your photos blow up really well; the bike shop looks like a stylish interiors catalogue now! You should think about having print-to-order posters made up of some of your photos and selling them on the website; I’d be proud to have some of those pictures on my walls.

  • Nico says:

    Very cool to see. So much nicer to see bikes in the ‘wild’ rather than just logos covering the walls. For this type of riding and rider, I think this is a great way to go. I hope other shops catch on to this idea.

  • Rex says:

    Congratulations well deserved.

    As a side note there is a lot of talk about how difficult it is for bike shops to be profitable, but to the extent that attractive flooring and decor can be construed as “doing well” it’s nice to see symptoms of profitability. Add to that what appears to be a strong offering in transportational bikes and it raises the question: is that where profitability is for bikes shops? Of course I made several leaps getting to that point and there are more likely explanations, the most likely being good management and customer demographics, but it still makes an interesting premise. If you sell transpo/utility bikes your potential customer base is everyone who needs to get from A to B. If you focus on competition bikes your customer base is limited to competitors and enthusiasts who fancy themselves as competitors.

    That’s a bit oversimplified, but interesting to think about.

  • Alan says:

    Thanks for the kinds words, everyone!

    Best regards,

  • randomray says:

    Yep , they look real good blown up . Of course they look real good on my laptop too .

  • JC says:


    You take amazing pictures. I would argue probably the best out there. Are you professionally trained? Keep up the good work.


  • Alan says:


    “Are you professionally trained? “

    I’m self-taught. I’m a graphic artist by trade and I find there’s quite a bit of crossover between photography and graphic design.

    Thanks very much for the kind words…

  • Garth Madison says:

    You could probably do a decent business selling your images. I live in Illinois, and though it may be on the other side of the country, or at least halfway, I greatly enjoy your images.

    I think your photographs tend to be rural and non-regional enough to relate to a wide audience. For me they tend to evoke that nostalgia for sunny country lanes and meadows of wildflowers, that feeling of tranquility and solitude. They transport the viewer and allow him to inhabit and possess the space. I think your frequent lone bicycle theme emphasizes this quality, drawing the viewer into the photo like an open gate or a winding path that curves out of view. I have seen this type of imagery with other transportation themes, but not explored so thoroughly and exclusively with a bicycle before. Please keep up with the art, and let us know if you ever put together an exhibition to go on tour :)


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