As we gear up for the Cinco de Mayo weekend of sunny afternoons and margaritas, we’re reminiscing about all the fun we had last Saturday. It was SO FUN partying with all our biko friends. Seriously. If you weren’t there….I’m sorry. Just make sure you make it next year – it’ll be even better.

Congrats to Timmy & Christa

The 2012 Face of Biking in Dallas!!!!

They totally deserve it – I see them at just about every bike event!

Runners up: Susan & Sabrina!!!

      

And of course, a special thank you to our

FAVORITE Cyclist Photographer:

Justin Clemons

All of the photos with Deep Ellum’s Sunburst mural in the background are his. Every single photo of his was great.

Chris Curnutt (with downtown in the background and a few Exposition Park shots) and Chris Arrant (with the Bishop Arts brick wall as the backdrop) were runners up. Thanks to all the photographers who came out. So many good photos this year!!!

The Cycle Style fashion event was a big hit, with the models from Wildflower Management styled out by our home-grown prof. stylists Brittany Winter, Tara Tonini, Arialla Villa, and Amy K Hayes and bikes from Oak Cliff Bicycle Co (those hanging from the ceiling are both for sale), Holly J and Ean P, and Transit Bikes.

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Thanks again to all our generous sponsors.

Kelly with Railean for the rum and tequila tasting, Transit Bikes and Rozik EveryWear for sponsoring the Deep Ellum and Franconia kegs, and Richardson Bike Mart, Oak Cliff Bicycle Co, Linus, Repotted, CocoAndre Chocolatier and Light Tec for donating cool prizes for all our winners.

Thanks to Regeared also for making cool things from used bike parts and selling them at the show. Rachel & Laura, we all love what you two are doing.

Last but not least! Pedal Power skillfully handled the bike valet for those of you who pedaled up in style. And we’re proud to present them with the proceeds from the event! These folks selflessly help donate used bikes to those in need. Stayed tuned for the where & when of our check-presentation to the folks who run Pedal Power. Thanks for all of your support!!!

Kelly, the 2011 Face of Biking in Dallas

We’re down to the last few hours to vote for the 2012 Face of Biking in Dallas, by noon today. Then come to the Cycle Style after party in Deep Ellum.

9pm to midnight, $10 entry, bicycle valet. Complimentary beer from local Deep Ellum Brewery and Franconia Brewery and complimentary Texas-made Railean tequila/rum tastings starting at 9pm.

Proceeds benefit Pedal Power, our local bicycle charity that provides used bikes to those in need.

At 10pm, Dallas’ first ever bicycle fashion show featuring Wallflower models styled by Brittany Winter, Amy K Hays, Ariella Villa, and Tara Tonini. Plus, we’ll reveal the winner of the 2012 Face of Biking in Dallas.

Whatever your style, get on a bike. The more of us on the road, the safer we all are. Come celebrate another year of biking in Dallas with us.


Thanks to our sponsors:

Now’s your chance to vote for the 2012 people’s choice Face of Biking in Dallas, now through Saturday 28th at high noon. Thanks to everyone who came out to be counted in the second annual Dallas Cyclist Census. There were some great photographers this year and we had a blast looking through all the photos.

VOTE HERE
See all the 2012 Census photos

See the 2011 Census photos and finalists

Along with bragging rights, the winner gets:

By Noah Berger (with liberties taken)

Winner (and runners up) will be announced…

Saturday April 28th | 9pm-Midnite

Continental Lofts Gallery | 311 Elm, just east of the Baylor DART Station in Deep Ellum (And, yes, we’ll have bicycle valet parking)

A night of awards, bikes, fashion, photos, drinks, food trucks, and friends, a portion of your $10 donation at the door will benefit Pedal Power – our local bicycle charity that provides used bikes for transportation and commerce to those in need.

9pm Complimentary Rum and Blue Agave tasting with Railean Distillery (Blue Agave would be called tequila if it were made in Tequila, Mexico – but it’s MADE IN TEXAS!) Also complimentary Deep Ellum and Franconia beer.

10pm Local professionals style-out cyclist models on display with their bikes. Test-ride bikes, eat from Nammi truck and see all the Cyclist Census photos projected on the gallery walls.

11pm We announce the voters’-choice 2012 Face of Biking in Dallas and judges’-choice Favorite Cyclist Photographer winners and runners up.

We just looked through all the photos from yesterday’s Cyclist Census and are blown away at all the great shots! So many of our friends and lots of complete strangers to us had their photos taken – we laughed and cried…. (no we didn’t really cry.) We had some really great photographers shooting this year.

So a big thank you to our photographers who spent their Saturday with all of you. And a big thank you to all the cyclists who either took the afternoon to take a photo (or visit multiple photographers in some cases) or got caught by a photographer and agreed to let them take a photo. It’s so cool to see this single-day snapshot of the types of folks who cycle in Dallas!

We especially apologize to those of you who came out to a photo location to find no photographer. As frustrating as it was for you (and us!) please forgive us, life happens. Extenuating circumstances stand in the way of perfection and greatness sometimes. We’re working to mitigate this issue in the future.

Here are a few of the highlights for you while we’re uploading the rest. Voting starts Wednesday a.m.

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This Saturday is the Cyclist Census in which photographers will be capturing photos of you and your bike in all your stylish glory between 10am and 2pm at the following locations:

Main Street Garden, downtown Dallas – with Chris Curnutt

Bishop Arts District – with Chris Arrant

Katy Trail Ice House – with Stevan Koye

Fair Park DART Station, Dallas Earth Day Festival – with David Wilson

Deep Ellum Station/Traveling Man – with Justin Clemons

Bicycle Cafe, near White Rock Lake – with Jen Hammack

All decked out. This guy must have won an award for his tie.

All those photographed for the census will be eligible to be voted the 2012 Face of Biking in Dallas. Online voting will be open to the public next Wednesday (the 25th) through Saturday (the 28th) at high noon, here on the website, and the winner and runners up announced at the fashion show and awards event next Saturday the 28th. We can’t wait to see who’s captured on film this year. Come and be counted!

This weekend was the first Ciclovia Dallas has experienced, hosted by none other than our one and only Bike Friendly Oak Cliff.

Some of the eye-catching cyclists (that I could catch!) are pictured below. There was even a miniature penny farthing and a few unicycles.

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I’m obsessing over this short film from Flying Pigeon – not sure whether it’s their amazing bikes or the way they shot this film that I’m obsessing over. Swoon. Bicycles.

April 21st 10am – 2pm  all over Dallas

Come be counted in the 2012 Dallas Cyclist Census and be entered in the running for the people’s choice Face of Biking in Dallas! Photographers will be stationed around Dallas taking photos of cyclists.

Winner gets cool swag from Linus, Richardson Bike Mart, Transit Bikes, Oak Cliff Bicycle Co and more. Not to mention bragging rights.

Saturday April 28th 9pm-Midnite –  Continental Lofts Gallery 3311 Elm.

Fashion party and announcing the winners of the people’s choice 2012 Face of Biking in Dallas and judge’s choice Favorite Cyclist Photographer. Arriving by bicicleta encouraged –  the party’s just east of the Baylor DART Station in Deep Ellum, free Bicycle Valet available.

All benefiting Pedal Power – our local bicycle charity that provides used bikes for transportation and commerce to those in need.

$10 entry includes Rum and Blue Agave tasting with Railean Distillery (Blue Agave would be called tequila if it were made in Tequila, Mexico – but it’s MADE IN TEXAS!) and Deep Ellum Brewery beer.

See all the Cyclist Census photos on display and be inspired by runway-ready fashion that you might never have thought you’d see on a cyclist!

Kelly, the 2011 Face of Biking in Dallas

Whether you like to bike to the grocery store in dresses or spandex shorts is your call – we want to see all of you flaunting your personal cycle style because, simply put, the more of us bicycling on the road the safer we all are. So get dolled-up, pump your bike, and bring a friend to be counted in the April 21st census. Then come celebrate and feast your eyes on fancy bikes and runway fashion.

Keep updated with emails from the Cycle Style blog or join the Dallas Cycle Style Facebook Group to get the latest updates on the winners’ prizes and event info.

Thanks to everyone who voted in the 2011 Census. We’re looking forward to capturing photos of even more Dallas cyclists this year and seeing who steals the show!

photo by Patrick Barber, Bicycling Magaine

Yes, biking does require some specific equipment. Of course you need lights and a helmet (and a bike!) but once you really start living more of your daily life on a bike rather than in the car, you find there’s a whole world of people out there doing the same – and creating some really helpful equipment.

I’m talking beyond the world of bungee chords, racks and baskets and paniers, there are CARGO BIKES.

Liz Canning in the Bay Area is  crowd-sourcing a film about the stories of folks all over the country who are getting into the cargo bike lifestyle. Taking the kids to school, making deliveries, going shopping, and helping friends move to a new home all by bike! It’s so much easier when you have the right equipment, including electric assist for those big hills! (There’s a few of those here in Oak Cliff.)

Her video trailer above is really inspiring. Especially after reading Tanya Snyder’s experience in the Women’s Cycling Forum at the National Bike Summit, realizing that being a new mom and missing her bike was partly due to a lack of bike infrastructure that would make her feel safer about biking with her newborn. And partly a lack of the right equipment and know-how in riding safely with children or “schlepping diaper bags and everything else that encumbers a parent.”

I’ve personally always thought electric assist bikes were really nerdy and a bit high maintenance until I imagined riding (as Jill does) home up a huge hill with 2 kids in the front pouch of a cargo bike. It just helps makes it possible to spend a bit more of life on a bike and those little errands around town are just a bit more enjoyable with the wind in your hair, enjoying the freedom of biking.

A taste of cargo bike usage in Copenhagen

Cool cargo bikes:

Bicycling.com has a great piece on the cargo bicycle lifestyle phenomenon developing in the U.S. I’m so in.

It’s been a crazy busy week (as always!) but we’ve finally got some great photos to share from last week’s Oscar Pre-Party ride with the Bicycle Tsunami folks.

We had such a blast (as always!) even more so this time because the weather was gorgeous and we were all dressed up – had a few new folks even join us in their suits and dresses!

After a quick champagne toast at Main Street Gardens we were off to the West Village via McKinney Ave – which btw wasn’t as high-traffic nor scary dangerous as I had expected! It was also Union Bear’s grand opening which was fun.

Cheers to more beautiful afternoon rides this spring!

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With inspiration from Copenhagen Cycle Chic, visually embracing how urban cycling and style converge in our everyday lives, we began Dallas Cycle Style to promote Dallas cyclists flaunting their style.
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