Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Trés Awesome Hearts Bike Fancy

I've officially made it into the Fashion Blogger world.  Check out this mention on the Trés Awesome Fashion blog:

Addendum:  A reader pointed out that I have not answered the questions that I ask everyone else on the site, so here goes:

Tell me about your bike, and where you got it?  My bike is a 1987 Pink Schwinn Prelude that I got from an old roommate because it was too big for her (we traded bikes).  I've had it for almost 10 years now; parts have been modified, replaced, and stolen, but all the folks a Boulevard Bikes keep it going. 
Where are you going?  After this photo shoot I am going home to walk and hang out with my dog.
What are you wearing?  Purple tank layered with a grey tank from Penelope's,  orange circle skirt from American Apparel , Pink brand wedge pumps from the clearance rack at Akira shoe store.
Why ride?  I ride a bike because it keeps my head screwed onto my body when my mind wanders, makes me happy, conscious of the world, healthy, and has the power to make me feel like a kid, again and again. And its green!
Favorite Ride?  I love night rides when I can speed down a deserted street with no speed bumps.  Also, I love to ride bikes wherever I travel.
While riding you...? While riding I listen to music and whistle along, trying to match the key.  Embarrassingly, when no one is around, I air drum on my handlebars.  
How can Chicago improve bike infrastructure or make Chicago more bike friendly?  I think Chicago has a good start, but could do a lot more to be bike friendly. I would love to see even more divided bike lanes, and some bike-only street programs like Summer Streets in New York city.  I see that a lot more people are riding bikes, but there also seems to be increased tension between drivers and cyclists.  Just because I ride a bike, doesn't mean I think I am better than someone that is driving, but I see other cyclists that clearly think they are.  Conversely, I think drivers need to understand that driving is a privilege, not a right, and that they are operating a 4,000 pound vehicle that could kill someone. 


  1. Tres Bien Martha!

    Looking very good! I just have a few questions....

    What are you wearing?

    Where are you going?

    Why do you ride?

    What's your favorite ride?

    While riding you....?

    How can Chicago improve bike infrastructure or make Chicago more bike friendly?

    I love your site and it's good to see the photographer/journalist behind it. There is much to admire about the Chicago bike culture and the all the great people that make it. Chicago is doing well as far as steady improvements and awareness goes. Many cities could learn something by watching Chi-town. Keep up the good work and kudos for a job well done!


  2. Thanks OKB. I'm going to have to answer those questions after the work day ha. I can't believe I haven't already on the site!

  3. Hi,

    Looking at the photos of your bike, it must have threaded fender mounting holes. With winter right around the corner, have you considered putting full coverage fenders on it instead of those clip-on fenders? Full coverage fenders will keep you and your bike much cleaner in the rain and snow.

    Thanks for reading my comment.


  4. Actually Matt,

    I had a mechanic try to put full fenders on my bike, but the break calipers are too close to the wheels and going over them wasn't an option. I'm considering a new winter bike... just not sure what is in the budget right now. Any suggestions? I was thinking single speed;less gears to keep clean.

  5. You look lovely and the Q+A is rad. So glad I had a chance to snap your pic.


    Très Awesome - Chicago Street Style

  6. What a great photo! I love that you came out from behind the camera.

  7. I was telling someone today how much I love the color orange and how I own a few clothing pieces in orange. They looked at me like I had two heads. I love Fall because I can wear it with abandon :). Lovely photo.

  8. I'm in love with orange right now too. I'm color blocking all through fall ; )

  9. Yea Martha--
    It is tres awsome to se you on that blog!