What's the saying...two wheels good, four wheels bad? Well we've got nothing against four wheels: cars are good for weekend jaunts out of the city and hauling a crew of pals to brunch on a rainy Sunday. But two wheels are great, no doubt about it. Scooting down the bike lane past a line of traffic backed up for blocks is a victorious feeling, never having to worry about finding a parking spot is totally liberating, and on a bright summer afternoon, with nothing but a helmet and the power of your own two legs, the city is your oyster. We've already documented some HubBub employees' affection for bikes in an earlier post, and are psyched to follow up with the bikes of HubBub, part II.
Sean R. - 3LS Barista - 70's/80's Motobecane road bike
Origins: "This classy gentleman of a bicycle is my one and only. It's an old French road bike. I have no real information on it besides it being made by Motobecane and being a 10-speed. I'm guessing it was born in the 70s or 80s, but I really have no idea."
Best Gift Ever?: "I actually used to have the exact same bike in red, which I rode around my town in Kansas for 4 or 5 years. This brown one used to belong to my girlfriend's roommate, but she moved to New York and left it at their house. I guess I must have repeatedly commented on how much I liked it, so my girlfriend coordinated to buy it and I received it for Christmas the year before I moved to Philly. However I kept the wheels and handlebars from the red bike because they coincidentally had my initials on them."
Memories: "I don't have any crazy entertaining stories about the thing, but I do spend a good amount of time on it. I ride it nearly every day, year-round, both for transportation and recreation. I'm a big fan of riding up the Schuykill river trail. It's a great way to get out of the city and blow of some steam."
Laura Jane B. - Spruce Street Barista - Critical Bikes Fixed Gear
History: " Without a doubt, riding a bike is one of my very favorite things to do. My bike is a flashy fixed-gear made by a company called
(I recommend them if you're looking for a decent bike on the cheaper side); I got mine off Craigslist and made a few modifications. She's my summer good-lookin' bike, versus my winter beater bike whose name is probably Bruce or something.
Forever Ever: "I've used bikes as my primary form of transportation since graduating high school (I still can't drive) and I felt the time was ripe to get a bike tattoo. I came across the artwork of Daniel González and was pretty taken; it didn't hurt that his work matched my Baby almost perfectly."
Emily K. - HubBub blogger - 80's Road Bike
Origins: "About 9 years ago, my mom and sister gave me some cash to buy a bike for my birthday. At the time, my housemate John worked at an awesome bike shop in South Philly called Via Bicycle, and he kept an eye out for me for the right frame for a couple weeks. He called me one morning and said he had just the bike for me. I went down to check it out and immediately was like 'Yes, that's the one.' Bright yellow, old school steel frame, well proportioned, and just my size. The Via boys built it up into a rad bike that I've since clocked thousands of miles on."
Name-o: "The best part is that the bike came with ready made with a name: Jeannette, emblazoned in light purple, poppin' against the yellow paint. I like to think this bike belonged to a badass lady in the 80's who decided everyone needed to know just who her bike belonged to. Now she's mine!"
Memories: "I've traversed every corner of Philly on this bike, but my best memory with Jeannette is riding alongside my partner on a coastal highway in Lewes, Delaware. It was right before sunset, and there were no cars around. It smelled salty and marshy, just that perfect beach-y smell. We pulled off onto a little stretch of beach that was closed off to cars, and wheeled our bikes across the sand. We were the only people for miles around."