What’s Up With That? (Bicycle Edition)


By Jen Bekman Comment

I’ve got bikes on the brain lately, so prepare yourselves for a spate of bike posts this week. I’m still lamenting my beloved blue Bianchi that was stolen from me, for a second time, a while back. Now that the weather’s getting warmer (well, at least it was getting warmer) I’ve been agonizing over whether to get a new bike (which would like be stolen again) or a beater. Also, the next show coming up at the gallery is Bicycles Locked to Poles. (Really!) So, yes bikes on the brain.

I just poked around with no success looking for an image of the ubiquitous yellow type on blue background Bicycle signs that grace the bike shops around NYC (and elsewhere too, I think, but I’m not sure.) Does anyone know what’s up with that? There are places that break the mold, but really most Bike shops that I can think of have those signs and very non-descript names like “14th Street Bicycles”. It seems like an artifact along the lines of a Barbershop pole, but I can’t figure out what it’s origins are. So I’m on the hunt for an image and an explanation. If you have either, email me jen AT unbeige DOT com.