Getting around by bike

Christiania story on Riders' Collective

A few weeks ago, my extensive post about our Christiania trike was republished in Riders’ Collective, an online magazine that collects content from around the internet and edits and redesigns it into a magazine format.

My Christiania article was featured in the November issue. Click here to download it.

I added a conclusion to the original text; for some reason, this new content was not included in the Riders’ Collective version, but you can read the new conclusion in the original post.


Some of our favorite baskets from around the Vélocouture flickrverse. Click through for credit information. 1. What I wore today…, 2. Sheryl, 3. 365/136 Me and Holly, 4. Folsom street basket shine., 5. ava, 6. bikes’ height reflect our height.

From a makeup case to a briefcase to a case of beer, getting around means carrying stuff. When you use a bike to get around you will often want to take some things with you: your purse or bag, your camera, your knitting supplies, the book you’re reading. And, of course, you may have things to carry with you on your way home; if you stop at the grocery store, for example. Fortunately, it’s easy to set up a bike as your own personal beast of burden.

One of the simplest ways to carry your stuff is to sling a backpack or messenger/shoulder bag on your back and head out. Plenty of people do this, and if you’re just starting out, it’s a convenient and low-cost option: you probably already own a small backpack or shoulder bag. But riding a bike with a bag on your back, for anything but the shortest trips, can become sweaty or uncomfortable. Good heavens, you may even rumple your jacket. That’s why I like to use a basket for my everyday transport.

My dream city bike...
Me, showing off our Christiania trike. Photo by Elly Blue

“Did you build that yourself?” That’s the first question most people ask us about our Christiania cargo trike. This question is followed shortly by “How can I get one?” And lately, a lot of people ask us about it, as interest in bikes like this has become more commonplace.

Of course, I did not build our trike; it’s a specialized piece of equipment whose design has been refined over several decades by Christiania Bikes in Copenhagen. But the naïveté of the question reminds me that bikes like this are an oddity in North America. And it reminds me of how lucky I am to call this vehicle my everyday transportation.