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July 7, 2009 at 9:23 am
Scott, I'm totally with you on the "bikes in the city" idea but let's take into account the aggressive cab drivers that are always lingering around every block and corner. I'm wondering how Bloomberg and the city would counter that.
He look absolutely fantastic by the way…..
July 7, 2009 at 9:25 am
Nice photo and sense of style. I would like to know more about the bike. Manufacturer? Price? Specifications? Availability internationally?
July 7, 2009 at 9:33 am
le vélib! i love getting round paris on that contraption.however, love the man's cool sense of style that can take him from a bike to a petit café keeping in with the warm summer months.
He looks so sauve -he makes that bike, which isn't the most elegant of objects!… look elegant and stylish. <3xxx
London has bike lanes on about 95% of major roads now, which would be great for cyclists if drivers didn't ignore them completely…
July 7, 2009 at 9:35 am
Great. Short trousered suits are the way to go……I like the bike too.
July 7, 2009 at 9:39 am
Montreal also has rental bikes around the city … I believe Copenhagen was the first major city to start such a project. They're brilliant!
July 7, 2009 at 9:44 am
the great availability of rental bikes in Paris is just great. being stylish whilst riding one is certainly a bonus.
stells and co.
July 7, 2009 at 9:45 am
I want that bike!http://stellsandco.blogspot.com/
July 7, 2009 at 9:48 am
They were just installed in Montreal a couple months ago and have been a huge success. http://www.bixi.ca for more.
July 7, 2009 at 9:51 am
These bikes are fantastic! I've heard rumor that they're trying to bring them to NYC.
I love getting around in Berlin by bike, too.
Big question, however: What trousers are okay from a fashion standpoint? Biking, they get sweaty and dirty very fast, so I wear eigher shorts like the guy on the photo, or very old jeans, where I don't feel too good looking… Any other ideas?
July 7, 2009 at 9:52 am
I love the short pant suit especially the color, but why do I want this man to be wearing Fishermen's sandals instead of loafers?
July 7, 2009 at 9:55 am
He looks quite fabulous!
July 7, 2009 at 10:04 am
He looks fantastic! Such a handsome man.
And, FYI, the Downtown Alliance here in NYC is doing free bike rentals for the summer. http://www.downtownny.com/bikearound/ (It looks like they also do bike tours.) I don't know how difficult it is to actually get a bike once you register, but it sounds like a great idea… Now if I only knew how to ride one…
(Seriously, how hard is it to learn?)
July 7, 2009 at 10:05 am
The thing about the rental bikes is that they haven't exactly been a success in Paris. Many of them never get returned, which is a huge financial loss that I can't see any major American city being OK with. I saw major because it seems Portland, Ore. is planning a bike-share program. If you enjoy bike riding, consider getting a used, low-cost bike for when you are in NYC.
July 7, 2009 at 10:07 am
Until now I could not believe that real men really wear shorty-suits like this in real life. Surprisingly – they do, and it looks very good …
July 7, 2009 at 10:10 am
He Is So COOL!!!!!!
July 7, 2009 at 10:24 am
Not only kudos to his use of the rental bike, but for romping around Paris in a shorts suit. My favorite Summer look.
July 7, 2009 at 10:30 am
They've started setting up rental bikes in Montreal as well. I haven't had a chance to use one yet.
Camille Lachance Gaboury
July 7, 2009 at 10:32 am
New-York is suppose to get his own rental bikes call Bixi, inspired by Montreal new system (the two mayors are talking about it)! I wish you will have them soon, because it really change the beat of the city :)
July 7, 2009 at 10:33 am
This is a broken Velib' – as most of them are, unfortunately. It lacks the metal basket, at the front. Mais le cycliste est très chic, en effet.
July 7, 2009 at 10:36 am
oh my goodness, he is beautiful – those eyes – and very stylish too. I like the loafers with shorts.
Jennifer G. Horn
July 7, 2009 at 10:39 am
My guess is that Americans are more litigious than Europeans and the safety/liability issues have slowed down such developments. I love love love this bicycle system, however.
If you want a step-by-step, go here!: http://newyorkplantsandotherstuff.blogspot.com/2008/09/velib-velos.html
July 7, 2009 at 10:40 am
That is officially the coolest bike I have ever seen! His look is so relaxed and chic! Oh, how I would love to now be dressed similarly and riding a that same type of bike! check out my trendy blog! http://thetrendydwarf.blogspot.com/
July 7, 2009 at 10:49 am
heck yes! Bikes for the city! Please!
July 7, 2009 at 11:08 am
Lyon, where I now live, was one of the first founding cities of this fabulous bike system. It certainly provides easy transportation for everyone and I think its a great idea that should expand all throughout the continents. When you add a stylish man to the mix, you get a chic look…
Washington DC opened several Smart Bike rental areas months ago – it gives me great pleasure to see these white and red bikes tooling around the city! Viva la bicicletta!
July 7, 2009 at 11:13 am
Thanks so much for publishing a vélib photo! This was my favorite way to get around Paris. Now, if you could only find someone who looks good in a helmet…
July 7, 2009 at 11:18 am
July 7, 2009 at 11:22 am
Montreal just launched a similar system called "bixi" and it's been a huge success. You can check it out at bixi.ca and the system is for sale to other cities through bixisystem.com
July 7, 2009 at 11:27 am
I just wanted to let you know that all your fabulous bicycle photos inspired me to go out and buy a bike this month. Unfortunately, I can't ride it to work – but I've been using it for all my errands on the weekend. I wish my city had more bike lanes and think the whole rental bike program some cities are instituting is great. Phillie has a program (which seems to be nationwide), but it doesn't look as convenient as the one in Paris. Here's the link.
July 7, 2009 at 11:40 am
This guy is gorgeous–and stylish! It is so nice to see a "cycle chic" piece where some male eye candy is offered up instead of the usual women in skirts and heels fare. More, s'il vous plait!
July 7, 2009 at 11:55 am
I love his style to ride a bikeand I love your photos!!http://www.blogdljr.blogspot.com
July 7, 2009 at 12:02 pm
Very chic !
July 7, 2009 at 12:03 pm
very nice outfit but what is that monstrousity he is sitting on? honestly, it looks as if it was recycled from an old tank…which would actually be kinda cool now that i think about it.
July 7, 2009 at 12:10 pm
I actually have two friends in NYC who have started an organization that hopes to set up a bicycle share program here in the city.
Here is their website: http://www.nycycles.org/
I think its a great idea!
July 7, 2009 at 12:18 pm
Love those bikes, they were put there for the rugby world cup. If new york gets them i hope they are grungier and not so clean.
July 7, 2009 at 12:24 pm
place ads on the rental bikes, and the potential loss of them will decrease, or at least have some financial value. so we do in sthlm.
i love your blog btw!!
July 7, 2009 at 12:32 pm
love the bike!!
July 7, 2009 at 12:33 pm
Gorgeous. Governors Island is in NYC and has free bikes on Fridays, so that's a start. With no cars and amazing views, it's my favorite place to ride a bike. Apparently, the jazz-age festival there is ok too ;).
July 7, 2009 at 1:06 pm
i tried the "bike around downtown" program and wrote about it here… http://tinyurl.com/mdextj. it is def not as good as the other programs out there (bicing, velib', etc), but if more people use it i think it would show there is interest…
July 7, 2009 at 1:21 pm
Wow, love his bike!!!
July 7, 2009 at 1:34 pm
Ottawa/Gatineau (Hull) Canada just installed the BIXI bikes. They seem quite popular!!
July 7, 2009 at 1:45 pm
i love thise bikes but hey lets face it, theyre not the most stylish! that is until this dude rides them!
Love the way he pulls off jacket at shorts.
Montreal Street Views
July 7, 2009 at 1:50 pm
I hope you get a system like our Bixi.
78 dollars a year for unlimited access to 3000 bike at 300 stations around the city. Take the bike, jump down 10 blocks and drop it off, less than 30 minutes and it is free, over 30 minutes and there is a small fee.A great way to move around town.
July 7, 2009 at 2:00 pm
I am a parisian, and Vélib changed my life!! I love those bikes, they make life so much easier! And it's the coolest way to meet boys and girls at the stop signs ;-)
July 7, 2009 at 2:27 pm
So So So chic.. A perefect look!1 I would give anything to be able to look that good in shorts… :P
July 7, 2009 at 2:39 pm
The only problem with these bikes in Paris is the fact that wherever you want to go, there are probably about 300 other people who had the same exact idea as you. As a result, you run out of "parking spaces" for the bikes, meaning you can't drop them off … meaning the clock keeps ticking. Very annoying, that.
Digging the loafers, by the way. I'm not usually one for hemmed shorts but this guy pulls them off pretty well.
The Lisbon Tailor
July 7, 2009 at 3:10 pm
July 7, 2009 at 3:11 pm
My boyfriend and I just rented bikes in Battery Park this past weekend and rode around the city. They're usually more of a tourist thing, though. Hopefully more bike rental places pop up in more places around the city.
July 7, 2009 at 3:26 pm
i think rental bikes should dominate the road together with public transport. in the city anyways. gothenburg is planning it in the future. with a fee though…
July 7, 2009 at 3:27 pm
July 7, 2009 at 3:49 pm
same with san francisco. the mayor created an initiative to increase a significant amount of bike lanes in the city. wheee!
July 7, 2009 at 3:58 pm
This the first time that I've seen the shorts suit translated into real life, and my does this work successfully! I do wish he was wearing different shoes though (maybe brown loafers or sandals instead). But the suit on its own is excellent.
July 7, 2009 at 4:02 pm
I don't know about New York, but Boston is scheduled to set up a public bike system by Spring 2010. Come use ours!
July 7, 2009 at 4:03 pm
I heard that Buenos Aires wants to impliment this bicible system… it would be amazing…
July 7, 2009 at 4:19 pm
Ugh – it's not the shorts but the shoes, there's something disturbing about how soft they look (kid, velvet even?) This look needs something a bit tougher, slightly scuffed.
July 7, 2009 at 4:28 pm
Very nice picture, and I really want that bike!!
July 7, 2009 at 4:31 pm
Was just in Montreal and absolutely fell in love with the public bike system. I figured it had to be the best thing in the world until a friend told be about the public system, with just a ton of free bikes, they have in Amsterdam… I'm just banking that they don't look as cool as rented ones like these
Great style by the way
July 7, 2009 at 5:01 pm
South Street Seaport (Manhattan) has a bike rental program for FREE. The downside it you can only take the bikes for 3 hours… But it's a start!http://nycgo.com/?event=view.eventdetails&id=166500
July 7, 2009 at 5:28 pm
I love those shoes. My only worry is that if any rain or water got on them they would be ruined.
July 7, 2009 at 5:43 pm
I also love these bikes, and they have changed my view of Paris too!
I love your blogg, but I miss comments from the people on the photos, about their clothes, some thoughts about the clothes, and where they are from.. :)
July 7, 2009 at 6:02 pm
If this were a moped you would belive it to be Milan, yet with the the velvet slippers (on a bicycle)it gives off that cool Parisian nonchalance (perfect understated luxury and attitude)
July 7, 2009 at 6:08 pm
I produced a report of the bikes in paris and can tell you a little. A major billboard company wanted the city to provide more media spaces and the city dovetailed that request with the rental bike project. The management and maintenance is sponsored by the billboard company. Hence you see more ads in the city of lights. The bikes are originally designed with Shimano parts. Unfortunately for the tourist, you need a bank/credit card with Paris address to get the pass to rent them.
July 7, 2009 at 6:16 pm
that pretty bicycle, very novel and compacts
July 7, 2009 at 6:39 pm
Forget the bike; he's beautiful. What a face!
July 7, 2009 at 6:44 pm
velib! je manque!
July 7, 2009 at 7:05 pm
WOW. He looks amazing.
July 7, 2009 at 7:38 pm
Paris would be such an amazing place to discover by bike! Wish I had done so last time I was there, perfect for Summer in particular! :)xx
July 7, 2009 at 8:01 pm
The NY bike rental down in battery park [or somewhere down there...] is only for 2 hrs, so should you even get a hold of one [their availability is SEVERELY limited], you better not stray too far!
July 7, 2009 at 8:22 pm
I would only ride a bike in NYC if they got rid of the maniac cabs. Now if they could somehow turn the sidewalks into fast-moving conveyor belts…
July 7, 2009 at 8:29 pm
Chicago was supposed to have a system very similar to Paris' already in place and is the probably the most bike friendly city in the country. Too bad its very cold for the majority of the year. I hope all the big American cities adopt something like it in the near future.
July 7, 2009 at 9:35 pm
Public bikes are a must. I live in NY and ride my own so I don't really need access to rental bikes but every other city should have them so I can use them when I'm there. Last time I was in Paris I wanted to use one of these bikes late night after a party. Of course there were no cabs. Unfortunately, I couldn't figure out how to unlock them from their little station. Really annoying. I walked till I found a taxi. A Parisian told me that the public bike system has been working great but that the only problem is that the bikes tend to collect at the bottom of all of the hills in the city. Apparently most people avoid riding them back up hill… ;)
July 7, 2009 at 9:45 pm
thats seriously fkn good style
July 7, 2009 at 10:05 pm
Topshop has a small cruiser bicycle rental service.
July 7, 2009 at 10:12 pm
He looks amazing. I love himkiss
July 7, 2009 at 11:05 pm
I would bet you're getting rental bikes, Philly reportedly has them or is implementing a system. Can't imagine how they'll keep that going, when half of the bikes you see around the city have no tires on account of them being stolen…
July 7, 2009 at 11:32 pm
I hope so too. I've loved the Velib' system ever since I lived in Paris and have hoped that something similar would come to the States … but I hope that if the Parisian rental bikes come to America they bring with them at least a little of Parisian style (heaven knows we, in the general sense, need it)
July 8, 2009 at 1:27 am
I think there are some rental bikes on the west side, right by the W 42nd St. pier by Circle Line. I'm not sure if it only pertains to the area, but they're still rental bikes. Plus, Parisian bikes are so much more stylish than New York ones are.
July 8, 2009 at 3:27 am
I love the Velib bikes in Paris too, Milan has a similar concept also called BikeMi, but the ones in Paris always have baskets on the front, where is his…. retouched out to make a cleaner shot?
July 8, 2009 at 4:17 am
The Velib' is a fabulous institution! As a frequent tourist to Paris from South Africa, I have been using them for a couple of years now. Very liberating, just like their name! One can only imagine how the whole thing would fall apart down here at the bottom of Africa – the bicycles would be stolen as soon as they were returned to the stands! It's a truly wonderful idea though……..
July 8, 2009 at 4:56 am
Rental bikes is genius! We have them in Oslo in Norway, but our's is deep ocean blue, with a purse/ bag holder in the front.
July 8, 2009 at 7:53 am
Well I guess it's okay if he's going a few blocks and at a very slow pace, but here is Washington DC there are hills and streets in very poor condition. He wouldn't last too long on a bike in this city.
July 8, 2009 at 8:12 am
Yes, NYC is scheduled for bikes. My boss in Paris works for JC Decaux and they are the ones that began Velib. They've done Barcelona, Oslo, and cities all over France. I am pretty sure the company's competitor, Clear Channel, is heading up the NYC project. I just found this website: http://www.nybikeshare.org/learn/
July 8, 2009 at 8:52 am
wow, i love the bike, wish we have that kind of bike here in jakarta…
July 8, 2009 at 9:14 am
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July 8, 2009 at 9:17 am
He looks a little bit like Marc Jacobs
July 8, 2009 at 9:36 am
I lived in Copenhagen for a few months and was so impressed by how many people performed their daily commute on bicycles..and most of them managed to look amazingly chic doing so, much like this gentleman here. They say that there are more bikes than people in Denmark! New York should definately follow suit.
July 8, 2009 at 10:11 am
If only crazy drivers in Paris didn't ignore the bike lanes.
I agree-the Metro in Paris was really confusing to me, although I've been told it's supposed to be one of the most organized and easy-to-use systems.
July 8, 2009 at 10:31 am
And dapper! I hope more American cities acknowledge cycling. It would cut down on pollution and hence the air would be much cleaner.
July 8, 2009 at 11:23 am
i've heard about these velib' bikes. too bad they would never work in new york!
July 8, 2009 at 11:59 am
I ride my bike pretty often in NYC, but I'm very conscious about leaving my bike alone (or even chained), especially if it's a nice bike.
July 8, 2009 at 12:10 pm
Yes, there are tons of complaints one can make about Vélib (and oh how the Parisiens love to complain). But it is undeniable that the system is a part of Parisian culture, and it would be inconceivable to live without it now. Like many others it has personally changed my relationship to the city. I especially love being able to whiz by snarled up traffic, and the chance meeting with people at a stop light. And the best is seeing everyone in all kinds of dress (even business men going to meetings!) doing it.
July 8, 2009 at 12:43 pm
there are always bike rentals around columbus circle in nyc!
July 8, 2009 at 12:54 pm
I am so excited about these bicycles; I'm visiting Paris next week with full intentions of biking everyday!
Sophie, the Barton Girl
July 8, 2009 at 1:52 pm
Very BCBG (Bon Chic Bon Genre), le jeune homme!
July 8, 2009 at 8:45 pm
This guy is gorgeous and so stylish!! Look at him go. :)
July 8, 2009 at 9:16 pm
[wolf whistle} nice gams!
July 8, 2009 at 11:04 pm
This is uber chic. the bike the outfit and the loafers. I LOVE! and what kind of bike is that? I want it!
July 8, 2009 at 11:20 pm
Don't know if this helps any but I was reading Vogue's latest issue and I found out abouthttp://www.rentabikenow.com/They have a station in NY, NY :D
July 9, 2009 at 1:57 am
Aha I saw many people riding around Paris. Maybe one day I'll hop on one, but as of now I'd be scared to ride my bike around Paris..I feel like the cars tend to get a bit too close aha.
July 9, 2009 at 10:44 am
These bikes would never work in NYC because people in NYC are not yet bipedal. They are still walking on 4 legs :(
July 9, 2009 at 11:30 am
Ha I love Parisian subway actually! Since I've been here I've never been lost, except in huuuge stations like Châtelet or Saint Lazare which are a nightmare to avoid as much as possible.
I get your point but I don't feel comfortable using bikes in the city, I'd be scared by the cars really..perhaps I'd use it on bike lanes…Yet I admit it's a great innovation, it provides more conmfort and it's eco-friendly !
July 9, 2009 at 1:45 pm
Don't know about NYC, but we're getting the rental bikes here in Nice too! Those of us who live here are worried about accidents, considering how irresponsible many vehicle drivers are… they're adding bike lanes, but as anyone who's witnessed southeastern French and Italian driving knows, just because something isn't a car lane, doesn't mean cars won't drive in it!
July 9, 2009 at 6:06 pm
London has just approved the same system. Ab fab. Can't wait!
July 9, 2009 at 9:49 pm
cool bike, and like the shirt and jacket….. find it very difficult to appreciate the little shorts though.
July 9, 2009 at 10:41 pm
montreal has the bixi…and it is a great success! ;)
July 10, 2009 at 1:58 am
One thing I admire about Europeans is how comfortably and casually they wear collars, blazers, and button shirts. We have too many rules in America for style (and for everything else) and we say if you are doing this, you must wear that and so on.
July 10, 2009 at 4:40 pm
I hope NYC is going to get more classical rental bikes than Paris.
By the way, I love your blog though this is my first comment in years.
I guess it is motivated by my big appreciation for riding a bike in all those megacities.
July 10, 2009 at 7:48 pm
I recently saw a presentation by Janette Sadik-Khan, NYC's fab Transportation Commissioner, laying out the currently queueing-up initiatives of her department – a Paris style bike rental is in active development and they have been comparing proposals from contractors – so it should be real in the next two years or so assuming that Bloomberg remains Mayor. (His opponents are very much less keen on bicycles, pedestrians, and forward-thinking urbanism.)
T. in NYC
July 11, 2009 at 9:11 am
Don't think that bike riding in Europe directly translates to bike riding in NYC. The mindset is totally different here and it is totally dangerous.
NYC is a city of beasts… many of those beasts are behind the wheels of cars who are not sensitive and sophisticated enough to share pavement with vulnerable cyclists.
July 11, 2009 at 1:04 pm
Without socks, and in summer in more… when it starts to perspire of the feet, l' odor n' in will be that more immonde.
Elise Vold Fangberget
July 11, 2009 at 1:20 pm
They have rental bikes inn the big cities in Norway, so I would assume that NYC at least is in the process, I mean, that's a much larger city. But you should definetly come to Norway as well to take som photos, there's a lot of stylish people here in Oslo, though we're not as famous for it as Stockholm is.
July 11, 2009 at 4:34 pm
reverses on shorts are a good thing. just a shame that men from province doesn't wear it with more facility in everyday life..i think it's so smart!
July 12, 2009 at 6:01 pm
I like shorts, but prefer to go on foot – summer city is so plenty of beauty: buildings, trees, people – take pause to see all of them, stop at the cafe, get your order, and simply look around – you will be suprised what you'll see, I bet & I'm sure. For me summer in Moscow is pure luxury time.
July 12, 2009 at 6:35 pm
You must be joking. I hope you are. Pee Wee Herman would be spinning in his grave.
July 12, 2009 at 9:10 pm
July 12, 2009 at 9:51 pm
"challenging subway system"!? You must be kidding… Paris subway is ten times better than Nyc!
July 13, 2009 at 2:09 am
Well, if any man has the legs for those shorts it would be him, ha ha.
July 13, 2009 at 3:24 am
Does anybody know where to find slippers/loafers like the ones he is wearing? I think they look really cool.
July 13, 2009 at 1:08 pm
From a style perspective, I still prefer the old-school Schwinns and Raleighs that you can buy on Craigslist.
July 13, 2009 at 11:21 pm
Hopefully a similar bike program will be in NYC soon. Check out http://www.bcycle.com for a stateside version of the same concept.
July 14, 2009 at 7:34 pm
The problem with bikes and fashion in NYC (in any borough) is that you need to carry an enormous U-shaped lock with you that will take up a good portion of whatever fashionable bag you decide to carry.
Any half decent bike will be stolen within 5 minutes unless you are extremely lucky.
July 15, 2009 at 9:39 am
The NY – Bixi developer, Clear Channel, is in my city, Zaragoza, here in Spain bikes are taking control of the cities… xDDDI love that Paris' bikes, by the way…So much style!
July 15, 2009 at 4:40 pm
There have been many articles about these bike rental programs, but the first that came to mind was something I read in The Globe and Mail.
They are looking to spread some love in NYC but it's clearly a very costly endeavor. Also, bicycle lanes in a city doesn't necessarily equal "bike friendly". It's exciting, but everyone has to work together to make it efficient and, more importantly, safe.
July 16, 2009 at 10:39 am
How to be an elegant cyclist
July 16, 2009 at 7:37 pm
apparently, Mr Bean had a son…
Victor A. Espinosa
July 22, 2009 at 2:22 am
My close friend and I rented Velib when we were in Paris over July 4th weekend/week and absolutly loved it. Started out from our flat in Saint Germain and biked to the Luxemburg Gardens and then to Etoile and just explored and enjoyed our ride…if only this concept would make it back to Southern California
August 7, 2009 at 8:49 am
I think he looks even more elegant be cause the cumbersome basket that is usually in front of the handelbars has broken off. My guess is he chose this bike on purpouse for that reason…Parisians are, above all, conscious of aesthetic details!
the company is JCDecaux http://www.jcdecaux.com/
the Velib is an excellent way to see Paris, good for the environment, etc. but I have had a few experiences where there were no available spots left in stations within a couple hundred metres radius, it has started to rain, etc….I think not even this elegant parisien would look si beau in that case!
August 8, 2009 at 2:23 am
if NYC gets a bike rental system and some more bike lanes, i will be in heaven. im moving there at the end of the month.
August 2, 2011 at 11:31 am
He is too stylish…
The chicest person i have ever see. some would say
“so chic no”
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April 25, 2012 at 10:06 am
Although you probably won’t find yourself shooting street fashion there, Madison, Wisconsin has a bike rental system.
July 30, 2012 at 6:57 pm
highly interesting..this look..
March 6, 2013 at 12:14 am
Another reason to invest in short pant.