Archive | October, 2011

True love or fashion fad? Barcelona’s conundrum

13 Oct



Barcelona’s bicycle orgy is still rolling.

This is insane, unbearable. Too much of them, everywhere. Boys and girls with these sleek bicycles. I’m going crazy, my friends probably think I don’t care about their ramblings any more. Not true! I care. But I can’t avoid having my eyes spin around (not like I’m possessed more like I’m looking everywhere) in the hope of being able to observe the movement of the bicycle coming towards us, or the girl crossing the road with a racing bike. It’s really hard not to feel overwhelmed.

And it’s true. Something has changed in the city. Perhaps people are starting to value beauty and burned their mountain bikes, finally. Or maybe it’s this beautiful weather that forces common citizens to get their amazing bicycles from the garages, the ones that they’ve kept in the shadows for years. But I doubt that. I think it’s, unfortunately, a bit of a fashion fad what it’s happening here. I do however have hope that it won’t go away, just like everything that it’s “in” does.

What is more important, true love or being cool? I know. A bit metaphysical for being only lunch time but hey, these things must be questioned in order to survive.

For now, enjoy this gorgeous Orbea (see the font? Isn’t it a bit like Back to the Future? Love the 80’s touch). I know what you are thinking: the quality of the photo is unbelievable! I finally switched phones. After 10 months with a broken screen and difficulty receiving texts I decided it was time to upgrade. Now I belong to the smartphone gang. I know, so mainstream again.

That second photo is a little present from J. She became ecstatic when she saw all these cool bicycles just chilling at their parking spot just outside the train station in Zurich. Choose your one!

Happy early weekend!

Bicycle Porn travels to the rice fields

7 Oct

Bicycle Porn is back to Barcelona! And I’ve noticed a huge change in the city. If, before I left, there were quite a few bicycle users, the number is now twofold! Seriously, all sorts of bicycles, but most importantly: lots of race, dutch-style, fixed gears…pretty things! And I’ve seen many girls on beautiful looking race bicycles which, I must confess, makes me a little jealous. I’m taking the bicycle everyday now, and it’s hard to believe I haven’t used one in more than three months! What a shame! I’m just waiting a bit to buy a proper one, my contract with Bicing expires in December and then I will have to make the move. I just want to make sure that I work somewhere where I can go by bicycle, that’s important.

Regarding the interesting specimen we have today, it’s a little souvenir from my friend D. who was recently in Vietnam. He saw that one on a rice field, and thought of Bicycle Porn, so here it is. I still got some from Eivissa, they weren’t as ubiquitous as they are in Barcelona nowadays but every so often I saw interesting bicycles.

I’ve also got a bit of a “paranormal” activity bicycle stuff. You remember Frankestein the bike, right? The one I kept seeing everywhere? Well I kept seeing the damn (but admired) bike every time I went into town (which was pretty much everyday) but the thing is…I was on facebook once (yes, I am that mainstream) and what did I see? A photo of a random dude with the bicycle in his room! That was a bit creepy. The thing is that I actually got to meet the guy in question later on at a party. It was at a club so we couldn’t really talk, and I couldn’t really explain the whooole story without looking like a maniac and a stalker but I found out that the bike belonged to a friend of his. End of the story. To be continued, I suppose.

That’s all for now. Have a lovely weekend!!