30 April, 2010
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23 April, 2010
Clarion Alley, between Valencia and Mission, Sycamore and 17th streets, has been a magnet for sensational art since the 1990s.
Maestrapeace, the Women's Building, 18th Street between Valencia and Guerrero streets. The monumental work was painted by seven master muralists and has become an international symbol of women's achievements.
24th Street corridor, walking east on 24th Street from Mission. A walk from Mission starts with the only muralized McDonald's around, situated in front of an impressive youth mural. Across the street are more inspired murals. Walk down Lilac Alley for the latest graffiti from masters, or down Horace Alley or Lucky Alley. Don't miss Guadalajara or Restaurante El Delfin for amazing examples of taqueria art.
Balmy Alley, between 24th and 25th streets and Treat and Harrison. This is the oldest and most famous mural alley in the Mission, started when artists organized protests against the wars in Central America.
Swoon's Angel, Hampshire off 24th Street. Swoon is a spectacular example of an urban angel in relief on a brick wall. This is ephemeral art. See it before the tyranny of time and weather prevail.
19 April, 2010
18 April, 2010
bike brand: bonnie's a raleigh. although i'm still trying to do an online research as to what year she may be from.
neighborhood: i am currently living in one of sf's best neighborhood, noe valley!
status: married to the most wonderful, supportive, amazingly kind man for almost 4 years now.
mantra: mantra meditation
tattoo: i have 6, two of which i want to get covered.
listening to: 'the bird and the bee'. inara george's soothing, melodic vocals always make my day.
reading now: the everlasting story of nory by nicholson baker.
what you wear on bikes: skirts and dresses. i like to look cute when i ride ;)
hobbies: i like to explore different parts of the city and thrift shop on my days off. i've also been collaging lately.
bike stunts: nothing yet. although it would be cool to learn one in the future.
favorite hangout spot: parks because i love having picnics, and lately i've been going to this great coffee shop near my neighborhood called 'borderlands cafe'.
16 April, 2010
15 April, 2010
As Mrs. Reginald de Koven wrote for Cosmopolitan magazine in August, 1885, "To men, rich and poor, the bicycle is an unmixed blessing, but to women it is deliverance, revolution, salvation. It is well nigh impossible to overestimate the potentialities of this exercise in the curing of the common and characteristic ills of womankind, both physical and mental, or to calculate the far reaching effects of its influence in the matters of dress and social reform ."
The bicycle was seen as a cure for women who suffered from the cultural diseases of the era--hysteria, vapors, and nerves--that were brought on by stiflingly tight corsets and social manners.
"The rewards which this exercise offers are so great, in the fascination of the free motion, the exhilaration of the sense of power over the wheel, the delight of flying through the landscape," Mrs. de Koven went on, "that it is no wonder it is potent to bring delicate, fanciful women off their couches, and to rid them of vapors and nerves."
Even more amazing bicycle-cures seemed to be possible: "The bicycle actually has been used by physicians as a means of curing insanity, and there is an authenticated case of an inmate of a retreat in Brooklyn who was restored to sanity by the use of the machine; surely an astonishing proof of what this regular absorbing physically healthful exercise may do for a mind diseased.
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14 April, 2010
13 April, 2010
09 April, 2010
we have finally approached the weekend and the weather in san francisco is absolutely gorgeous for riding. this weekend i plan on riding to the annual cherry blossom festival in japan town with friends and taking a ride along the wiggle to golden gate park up to ocean beach. a lot of adventures and pictures to post. i'll definitely be out on the look for cute girls with their cute bikes as i know the weekend is always a time for spring riding and elegance.
08 April, 2010
PUBLIC bikes is opening an online store this mid April! Their bikes are beautifully designed around the style and principles of the classic European bike and come with comfortable seating, chain guards, fenders, kickstands and reflective stripes on tires for safer night riding. Prices will range from $650 to $1,200. If you live in or are visiting the Bay Area, you are welcome to visit them at 123 South Park in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood to test ride a PUBLIC bike.
My favorite bike is the one in the photo, so beautiful!