Friday, January 13, 2012

Cheyenne, 900 Block of W Nelson St, Chicago, IL

Cheyenne rides a Firmstrong Urban Man Aluminum Single-Speed from

Where are you going?
I'm heading up to my apartment to warm up with some hot chocolate.
What are you wearing?
Brown Marc New York ankle length jacket, navy blue Gap bootcut pants, light brown Deena & Ozzy wedges, Staring at Stars blue and cream white knit hat
Make/model color of your bike, and where you got it?
It's a Firmstrong Urban Man Aluminum Single Speed and I got it online at, original name right?
Why ride?
I have two legs, so why not? The weather has been, well was, acting nice and I rather ride my bike than commute on CTA any day!
Favorite ride?
If you got an hour to kill, taking the beach front trail all the way up to Foster and all the way downtown during the summer time.
While riding you …?
Play the air drums on my handles to the music I'm jamming out to.
How can Chicago improve bike infrastructure or make Chicago more bike friendly?
It'd be nice if streets were wider so bikers don't have to fight for room between traffic and parked cars.
And other cool, funny tips or stories?
If you're riding in wedges/heels with 4' or more make sure you adjust your bike seat, otherwise your thighs are going to get quite the workout haha


  1. Engaging! We're right there up close as you've caught a little bird winging home; adorable!

  2. We call these bikes "beach cruisers" and associate them with the California scene now, but originally they came from Chicago and the rust belt and are well suited for the conditions.

    Nice shot, and now that we've had our snow can we cut straight to the daffodils?

  3. kfg, that's so cool. I had no idea beach cruisers started here. I have some friends with them and they seem well suited for winter.

    1. Well I hear tell that this particular design actually originated in Dayton, but Schwinn was on board within a year or two and their marketing was such that they are generally given credit. They sure made a lot of them.

      The idea behind them is to give a simple, sturdy utility bike some sales appeal by giving it the appearance of a motorcycle, so they're really dirt road bombers; which is why at about the time they were becoming "beach cruisers" in Venice they were becoming "mountain bikes" in SF.