Monday, April 14, 2014

Portraits of people on bikes : Raul

Meet Raul, guy who probably owns most heaviest fixie bike in Tallinn. He have been cycling around our lovely town about 5 years.

Portraits of people on bikes : Raul

Portraits of people on bikes : Raul


Raul is not a man of many words, but still we asked him some questions and we even got some answers.

One bike or many?
Currently three bikes, like to have one less 

Cycling during the winter? 
Certainly, already rode two all-year-round seasons. 

Style over speed? 
Indeed 

What means biking to you? 
Mostly, freedom and joy

Portraits of people on bikes : Raul

Portraits of people on bikes : Raul

Portraits of people on bikes : Raul


Friday, January 17, 2014

Portraits of people on bikes : Merlin

Meet Merlin, passionate craftsman, who is working  in a small knitting company. She also have her own little business going on - she makes and sells bicycle skirt guards. You are more than welcome to check them out - CycleSkirtShop.

She have been cycling in Tallinn for almost 8 years now and don't understand what she did before then, cause bike is the one and only way to get around in this crazy city!


Do you have a specific memory related to your bike?

First thing that comes to my mind is when I lost my shoe while cycling to work. I was in a hurry and speeding like a maniac, so by the time I realized that I had only one shoe on, I had to jump back on one foot almost 100 meters and of course my footwear was in the middle of street and a car was waiting behind it. So embarrassing!




Do you have a favorite route in the city?

I love this route in Tallinn, Pärnu street, which starts from Magdaleena hospital and ends around Kosmos cinema. You go there with your bike around 5 p.m after work and you'll see what I mean!

Do you remember your first bike?

Yes, it was yellow Ereliukas. I rode it to pieces.




One bike or many?

For me has always been one at a time, but that is only because I don't have room for two.

Cycling during the winter? (If not, why not?)

Of course! I usually bike as long as I can, winter or not. Of course when there is snow up to my knees, then I will switch to skis or tram.





Style over speed?

Style with speed! Who says that you can have maximum speed with lycra only? It feels much better, when you can speed up wearing your best dress and then look at those poor faces in traffic and see smiles appearing.

What means biking to you?

Biking for me is liberty! While riding my bike I think a lot and get great ideas. Also you can see much more on the streets, things you will never notice from your car or when walking. 







And yes, we have seen her before:
Sept, 2013

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Tour d'ÖÖ Tallinn XVII: Winter Edition

We absolutely love January 2014! No snow and +6 degrees! So why not go for a ride with friends... and when Tallinn Bicycle Week announced Tour d'ÖÖ ride we were just overexcited. 149 people, 15 km and after that warm soup and tea. This was one nice Sunday.








Friday, January 3, 2014

Portraits of people on bikes : Laura B. Kass

After severel weeks portraits are back. We had huge technical problems... we lost aour computer, but some pictures we got back. So, meet Laura B. Kass a graphic designer who have lived all her life in Tallinn. Exept of course a few months in Australia (almost every young Estonian has been or is in Australia). Laura started biking as a kid and for a long time it used to be her favourite past time activity during summers. Now it’s something she does every day  



Do you have a specific memory related to your bike? 
I remember that when I first learned how to ride a bike I enjoyed it so much I closed my eyes. Which of course ended me up face first in a pile of bricks. I still have a little scar on my forehead to remind me to keep my eyes open.

Do you remember your first bike?
I barely remember this old yellow small bike that used to belong to my older sister. I crashed it in a pile of bricks. And also my forehead…

Bike as an accessory? 
The style of a bicycle mostly shows the way the person uses their bike. So it’s a kind of an accessory. My bike isn’t much of an accessory because I havent stylised it a lot. Besides of course the spoke cards that show what a passionate supporter of the Tallinn Bicycle Week I am. 

Do you have a favorite route in the city? 
I like the route that goes through Rocca al Mare bike-and-pedestrian walkpath. It’s on the seaside and has this long bridge over swampy area which now is my „Acceleration bridge“ – I usually ride quite slowly but on this bit I pedal as fast as I can. Very refreshing experience.






You always have to wear nice clothes due to work. Do you think that cycling is compatible with it?
Of course it is. I cycle to work every day and sometimes to the theatre and ohter nice places as well.

Cycling during the winter? 
I havent tried it before but I’m planning on riding through this winter. I already have winter tyres on my bike.



What means biking to you? 
Biking means a more comfortable way of moving around. I feel better cycling than walking or sitting in a motorised vehicle. And also it means belonging to a movement or a sub culture that is mostly visible through the events of Tallinn Bicycle Week.