Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays

Bike Fancy is on Winter Holiday!  Please browse the archives, and look out
for lots of new photos in the New Year.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Leavitt Ave. and North Ave, Chicago ,IL

I ran into this lady while walking my pup.  I didn't have a chance to get her 
name, but when I asked her how the ride was, she said it's not 
that cold, just snowy.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Heather, Chicago Ave. and Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL

Heather Rides a Surly Cross-Check Road Bike.

Cycling Tip from Heather: Don't be afraid of the cold.  
Throw on lots of wool and get riding.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Martha of Bike Fancy, West Town, Chicago, IL

With snow on the ground, cycling has become a much messier endeavor.  I'm preaching the gospel of thick wool socks to anyone that will listen.  I've got some new cold weather running tights that are a nice back up for my wool long johns and a little sleeker.  (I've got some "wet" leggings layered over).  I'm hoping for some real winter boots for christmas, in the meantime, I'll keep ruining my vintage boots from ebay.  

*** I'm running low on my reserve of photos, so tell all of your cycling friends I want to take their picture!  Email me at:  
I will also be stalking the bike lanes, so look fancy ; )

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Samantha, North Ave. and Oakley St., Chicago, IL

Samantha rides a WorkCycles Oma from The Dutch Bike Co. on Armitage

Cycling Tip from Samantha: Wear windproof/waterproof gloves or mittens for winter riding, and always carry a bungee cord. Always. They're more useful to carry around than possibly even an allen wrench. 

** check out Samantha's cycling blog  Ding Ding Let's Ride

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Julie D., Jackson St. at 90/94, Chicago, IL

Julie rides a 2007 Raleigh Rush Hour road bike.
Julie's Cycling Tip:  Get some snow tires, fenders and proper clothing to stay warm:  
ride all winter long.  The roads aren't as bad as you might think. 
** Another tip from Julie:  Check out this amazing local charitable organization


Monday, December 13, 2010

Lauren V., N Leavitt St., Chicago, IL

Lauren rides a vintage Schwinn cruiser, but sorely misses her stolen vintage black ladies' Dunelt.
Cycling Tip from Lauren:  Especially if you have decent tires, winter biking isn't nearly as scary as it sounds. Just budget some extra time and bundle up with lots of layers.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Jasmine, W Iowa St, Chicago, IL

Jasmine rides an aluminum frame Trek with, carbon fork and aluminum handlebars from Working Bikes Coop
Cycling Tip from Jasmine: If you are cold, bike harder.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Taryn, N. Fairfield Ave., Chicago, IL

Taryn rides a Vintage Gazelle Populair Dutch Style Step-through.
Cycling Tip from Taryn: Not everyone has a fast bike or wants to ride like Lance Armstrong, so have some patience for those of us on the commuter bikes or cruisers who might just be enjoying the ride.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Shay, Sacramento and Diversey, Chicago, IL

Shay rides a Single speed early 70's Peugeot road bike she calls Claudette.
Cycling Tip from Shay: Get to know the folks at your local bike shop.  It's especially nice if the shop offers a ladies' night like West Town Bikes.  It's so great to be able to go in and work on my bike with a bunch of awesome women to help and give advice.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Megan K., N Oakley Ave., Chicago, IL

Megan Rides at Gary Fisher Simple City 8 named Francis with a a rear internal hub and front basket.
Cycling Tip from Megan: Avoid alleys in the winter. The city doesn't plow or salt the alleys and with a little precipitation they quickly turn into dangerous ice slicks.
Note: The steel basket on Megan's bike is large enough to haul most things she needs.  Since she doesn't own a car, she does all her shopping by bike.
** Check out Megan's travel blog at

Monday, December 6, 2010

Amanda, N. Hoyne Ave., Chicago, IL

Amanda rides a rebuilt, mid 80's, single speed, 430 St. Tropez.  It has bullhorn handlebars flipped and cut for an upright position.
Cycling Tip From Amanda: invest in a couple of good smartWool socks.  You can pretty much wear all types of shoes and keep those toes warm.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Martha of Bike Fancy, Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL

Photo: Andrew Nawrocki
Winter weather has hit and all day it was hovering around freezing.  In the winter weather I love my Sugoi outer shell, my Detours TOOCAN bag, and my 100 % merino wool tights. Good wool tights are as warm as jeans, and look great with dresses.   I also have a ridiculous amount of thrifted thin wool and cashmere sweaters to layer with.  The snow is coming so hopefully I will have some fun winter bike photos to post on Monday.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Shar, N. Clybourn, Chicago, IL

Shar rides a 2009 Masi Speciale with bull horns which keeps her torso upright and comfortable.
Cycling Tip from Shar:  I ride in all types of weather, so having the right layers for rain, snow, wind and heat is important. All my jackets are set for rain, wind and all temperatures. Being able to bundle up and shed some layers or unzip an air vent is great. It keeps me prepared and comfortable no matter what.