Chain Guard

ChainGuard

This bike caught my eye for a couple reasons: The patina on the chain guard represents years of utilitarian use for commuting through the elements and the chain guard in and of itself. This chain is encapsulated as to not get any grease on your slacks while you are riding to work or home from the store. A feature you don’t find on modern bikes because it would weigh too much. These photographs speak to me because they represent the modern day incarnations of the history of the bicycle.

 

Worship – Florence Italy

Bike Worship

This scene was fun for me because of the utilitarian commuter bike that I love to photograph and the candle that was lit for a completely different reason (a street festival) that made this scene look as if someone lit a candle to honor this time tested bicycle.

 

The Black Bike – Cinque Terre Italy

BlackBike

While this bicycle looks like it’s in Asia, it was actually parked underneath a bridge next to a beach in the national (and world) historic region of Cinque Terre Italy. That was what attracted me to this scene was the irony. I love the fact glyph graffiti is not in Italian which gives it that feel.

Why do I have pictures of bicycles in my gallery? I love bicycles. These pictures represent a modern day incarnation of the history of the bicycle for me. While I lust after the whiz bang carbon fiber road bikes and full suspension mountain bikes that are ridiculously priced and ridiculously fun to ride, I love what these utilitarian commuter bikes represent. A way of life. I love the European utilitarian bicycle culture that has evolved from necessity. A simple mode of human transportation that enables people to navigate the narrow streets of compact medieval cities.