The Bicycle Commuter
I came across this short video today, it's an advert for a new line of Levis jeans called commuter. Ok first let me say this about it. I am so glad that bicycling has become so popular that a huge company would not only portray them in their ads but actually design an article of clothing for it. What I don't like is that the person they portray is not a commuter, per se, but more of a young trendy guy on a fixie. This, of course, is just my opinion, and I realize that you can be trendy, ride a fixie, and still be a commuter. But when I think of a commuter I think of a person of any age riding an upright or nearly upright bike in sensible clothes on a comfortable bike. Again...just my opinion. I hope not to have irked too many people. Notwithstanding, and as aforementioned, I'm glad they are portraying a cyclist in their advertisement. I'll get off my little soapbox now. If you want to see a few NYC bike commuters, click here; to visit a blog devoted to bike commuting, click here; and to see an example of what I consider an excellent American-made commuter bike, click here.
My old Schwinn Racer is mostly American made (with a few select Euro bits); the Breezer is not. It's lighter though, if that's the sort of thing that matters, and rather easier to get tires for.
I'm also considering purchasing this bike, and hope to test ride one in NYC next week (in addition to a Dutch and German city bike):
Good thing your Schwinn is an old one:
Last time I looked it was Taiwan.
Ahhhhhhh! The evil anti-fixie. :)
"Good thing your Schwinn is an old one"
Actually, I've got three at the moment. The Chicago made, a Giant made, and yes, a Pacific "Schwinn." I guess I need a Waterford to complete the set.
It's the Pacific, I'm afraid, a cantilever frame cruiser with a wheel swap, that is the upright and comfortable fixie. The Chicago is a 3 speed.