Photo by Patrick Barber. North Williams Avenue, evening commute, mid-October 2010.

Thus far, this blog has been more about other folks’ photos, and not so much about mine. I’ve been getting some pretty good ones lately, though, so maybe that will change.

Here’s a truly autumnal ensemble, a simple earth-toned outfit accented by a beautiful knit sweater — or shrug, it’s hard to tell.

As I spend more time making photographs of pedal-powered passers-by, I’m struck by the moody, quiet world that the images sometimes inhabit. I’m reminded of the way that an ensemble can be so beautifully presented when the wearer is on a bicycle — something that I love about the intersection of fashion and bicycle transport.


I’ve had a set of Dapper Dan grips from Portland Design Works (PDW) for several months now, and have put them to the test on my daily urban travels.

The grips are well-designed, easy to install and use, comfortable, and attractive. The construction consists of a rigid tube wrapped in a piece of vegetable-tanned leather, laced up on one side. The ends of the tube are fitted with binder clamps, to secure the grips onto the handlebars.

The grips are available in two shapes: straight, and ergo. The straight grips are cylinder-shaped. The ergo shape has a bulb-out to support the palm of your hand. I tested the straight grips.

Vélocouture is based in Portland, but we aim to have have a global scope and a regional (Cascadia) focus. So we don’t spend a lot of time on these pages talking about the town in which we live.

You probably know that Portland is one of the best places in the United States to get around on a bicycle. We’re no Copenhagen, at least not yet. But every year more and more people decide to go by bicycle, and more and more of them do it in everyday clothes, just like the rest of the world. Now that the easygoing weather of summer has arrived, I’m seeing a marked increase in fabulously dressed, pedal-powered people.

June is when Pedalpalooza happens here in Portland, so the streets are more festive than ever. I thought it’d be a nice time to highlight some of what we’ve seen from the Portlanders in the Vélocouture photo pool.

ashia on steele bridge_226
Photo by Flickr user Hart Ryan Noecker

Portland Bike Culture - Spring 2008
Photo by Flickr user SmilingMonk

pretty dress panda
Photo by Flickr user jdubble

Lemolo Bags
Photo by Flickr user Dapper Lad Cycles

Summer in the City
Photo by Flickr user kirstykat

Early photo of Søren and I
Photo by Flickr user poetas

Photo by Flickr user model337

Favorite Things
Photo by Flickr user amyadoyzie

Photo by Flickr user cleverchimp

Here’s to all the people, be they young or old, big or small, fluorescent or tweed, who pedal their way along Portland’s streets.

Bike it, sister!
Photo by flickr user Olive Talique

Mark your calendars for Thursday April 30th, when Clevercycles will host a spring gathering to share strawberries and wine, and take a look at what some of their favorite bicycle-minded clothiers have on offer this spring.

The folks at Clevercycles suggest that you “wear your cutest bike outfit, your highest bike heels, and check out what Ibex, Sheila Moon and Suzabelle would like to see you in for Spring. If you fall in love with any of our items, you can take it home for 10% off during the event.” Sounds like fun to me!

The event happens on Thursday, April 30th, from 6pm-8pm, at the Clevercycles shop, 908 SE Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland.

I didn’t realize I’d be writing about upcoming events when I started this blog. Maybe 2009 really is the year of Vélocouture!