Vélocouture favorites


I am about ready to give up on these little seasonal intros about how “spring is finally here.” Portland has gone a little wacko with the weather. However, despite the wet, rainy winter/spring that continued through April, temperatures are warmer now and the streets are blooming with people on bikes, as bright and fresh as a field of tulips. Every year brings new folks to the street and it’s fun and exciting to see so many people here enjoying my favorite means of transportation. Here are some of the many excellent contributions to the Vélocouture flickr pool in March and April of 2011.

Hottie with the Lottie
Photo by Flickr user Calteoh

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As spring slowly pulls into the station, here are some glimpses of February’s Vélocouture panache and excellence from the last tendrils of winter. Best wishes from wet, bloomy Portland.

Yellow
Photo by Flickr user Simply Bike
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Another fabulous winter showing by all you frosty-nosed people on bikes (and some Californians, too!).

What Storm?
Photo by Flickr user ‘Xander @416cyclestyle in Toronto
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As you have probably noticed, the photos here are not always seasonal. For my monthly “favorites”, I pull from what’s been submitted to the Vélocouture group pool that month, but you can add a photo anytime you want, so sometimes we get some lovely summer photos in the dead of winter.

This time around, though, I noticed we have some nice wintry images to enjoy. In case you were wondering whether you can go by bike, in style, even in the cold and snow of winter, the contributors to Vélocouture would answer in the affirmative.

Todd at St Johns bridge
Photo by Flickr user Urban Weeds: Street Style from Portland in Portland, Oregon

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I seem to be on a bimonthly schedule with these “best of” posts. I’ll forego the usual excuses about how crazy work/life has been and just accept how nice it is that choosing from two months of photos gives me more chance to make interesting edits. Yeah! That’s it.

Here are my favorite contributions to the Vélocouture group in October and November 2010.

IMG_1134
Photo by Flickr user Cycle Chic Malmö/Lund in Malmö, Sweden

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Herewith our favorites of all the fantastic contributions to the Vélocouture group in August and September.

I usually don’t comment on individual photos in these posts, but I have to say that the first one here is one of my all-time favorites. The photographer, Dmitry, is doing some amazing work, worth checking out simply for his beautiful photos, and particularly if you are a photo nerd and interested in his unusual technique. But beyond that, the colors! the light! the bicycle! the composition! the radiant dress! the fuzzy blue sweater (!)! (You’ll recognize the subject, Julie, as a devoted contributor to Vélocouture herself.)

It’s simply one of the most wonderful photographs to come through our virtual door during the four years I’ve been doing this, and it makes me smile every time I see it.

Julie
Photo by Flickr user Dmitry Gudkov in New York City

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It’s getting pretty difficult to choose “favorites” among all the magnificent photos you good people provide. Thanks for all your contributions.

Here in Portland, we’re starting to wonder whether summer has been cancelled. But we still need to get from one place to another, so, naturally, we’re still cycling. And, hey, just because the days are rainy and cloudy doesn’t mean they’re not nice and long. Today it was even sunny for a while.

Elsewhere in the world, summer rolls on as usual (or so it would seem from the below photos). Enjoy the season, whatever it might be, and enjoy traveling by bike.

Party Dress Trisha
Photo by Flickr user letsgorideabike in Nashville

Dark Colors
Photo by Flickr user poetas in Portland, Oregon

ButterflyGirl
Photo by Flickr user Cosmoblue in Los Angeles

Betty Foy and Dottie
Photo by Flickr user letsgorideabike in Chicago

19 May 2010 - Introducing
Photo by Flickr user academichic somewhere in the U.S. Midwest

Terwilliger
Photo by Flickr user sweetpeabicycles in Portland, Oregon

Amb bici al mercat
Photo by Flickr user Bart Omeu in Barcelona

Greenway Roadster
Photo by Flickr user lovely_bicycle in Boston

Down The Lane
Photo by Flickr user bikamper near Red Wing, Minnesota, while on the annual Lake Pepin 3-speed Tour

Be a part of Vélocouture! Submit your photos of well-dressed cyclists — yourself, or others — to the Vélocouture group on Flickr. Thanks for your continued interest and contributions to Vélocouture!

Spring has fully sprung here in Portland and it seems like everyone’s found their bike again. It’s a good time to be back in the saddle.

Here’s a Favorites comprising the best of the Vélocouture group on Flickr from March and April 2010. I found a theme here that I really like: photographs that celebrate cities and the beauty that they hold. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do, and thanks to everyone for contributing your photos to Vélocouture.

Hola.
Photo by Flickr user meligrosa in San Francisco

Noel #BikeNYC
Photo by Flickr user Dmitry Gudkov in New York City

bicyclist with tattoos and black dress, central library
Photo by Flickr user cafemama in Portland, Oregon

Betty Foy in the Park
Photo by Flickr user letsgorideabike in Chicago

Carolina Ibarra, visual artist, cyclist in Santiago Chile
Photo by Flickr user Bici Girl in Santiago, Chile

Chrissy in Forte dei Marmi
Photo by Flickr user ‘Xander @416cyclestyle in Forte dei Marmi, Italy

Urbanites
Photo by Flickr user Amsterdamize in Amsterdam

Fulham cyclist
Photo by Flickr user henry… in London

peugeot liberty boots
Photo by Flickr user feedmeshow in New York City

The first couple of months of 2010 have passed us by in a blur of house-hunting and much-awaited vacation time. I appear to have completely missed the deadline for the Best of January edition. I hope you’ll accept my apologies! Herewith a combined Favorites comprising the best of the Vélocouture group on Flickr from January and February 2010.

An Omen
Photo by Flickr user Cameron Adams in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Notes
Photo by Flickr user Amsterdamize in Amsterdam

Bethnal Green rush hour 6
Photo by Flickr user i b i k e l o n d o n in London

Grey Coat
Photo by Flickr user Lars Daniel in Copenhagen

Ride By
Photo by Flickr user Brenton Salo in Portland, Oregon

Quintessential
Photo by Flickr user [Zakka / Mikael] in Copenhagen

Swan, Santa Barbara
Photo by Flickr user Bike by the Sea in Santa Barbara, California

The Warrior Returns from The Hunt
Photo by Flickr user Lorena Cupcake in Chicago

Be a part of Vélocouture! Submit your photos of well-dressed cyclists — yourself, or others — to the Vélocouture group on Flickr. Thanks for your continued interest and contributions to Vélocouture!

Dear friends, today marks the one year anniversary of the Vélocouture blog! We thank you for your interest in our blog, and also for your always splendid contributions to the Flickr group. Happy new year to you and may all your transportation be dashing in this new decade.

Here are some photographs from the Vélocouture group on Flickr that caught my eye during December 2009. Coming soon: The best of 2009!

Heels and Wind Chill -16
Photo by Flickr user [Zakka / Mikael] in Copenhagen

early exposure to sad British pop music
Photo by Flickr user andulce in Santiago

Hola
Photo by Flickr user meligrosa in San Francisco

Multi- modal
Photo by Flickr user pdxtyler in Den Haag, the Netherlands

Ciclista
Photo by Flickr user bilobicles bag in Santiago

First Impressions
Photo by Flickr user La Petite Gamine in Acworth, Georgia

ByeBiomega3
Photo by Flickr user Cosmoblue in Los Angeles

marie claire interview/038
Photo by Flickr user nabiis in Taipei, Taiwan

Be a part of Vélocouture! Submit your photos of well-dressed cyclists — yourself, or others — to the Vélocouture group on Flickr. Thanks for your continued interest and contributions to Vélocouture!

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