Boston by bike // I have a new bicycle

Chacun son vélo

Cross the streets, hair flying along the wind, looking at buildings… Boston seems a bike-friendly city, with cycling routes. And Boston is so anti-subway (so slow, and so few) that it’s the liberation we’ve been expecting for weeks: we have bikes. We thought about it a lot, and we finally went there to buy a them in a vintage shop in Cambridge. After several hours in the shop, each one of us had a bike: for me, an british bike, a Raleigh from 1972 and Manu chose a golden-brown Japonese racing bike, a Myata from 1980 (Manu actually did the research).

Choisir un vélo vintage

Manu found this vintage shop in Cambridge. Even if they have an old-school  website which would deserve a new look, we read a lot of good reviews and want to go there (we wandered too much on Craiglist, and need a real shop with real people).

Metonomy - Old Roads in Cambridge

I asked Vinny, the tattooed seller, if he got a bike with “this and this, or this and of course this”. I said it with a lot of gestures, because I didn’t know how to say words such as “mudguard,  “speeds”, “back light” and “a bell” (still not sure about these words). I watched  at every bike and finally had a crush for an old blue one. I tried it and adopted it right away, even if I still like my Parisian bicycle, so light and fast (a Giant bike). Manu took more time to choose an incredible golden-brown bike (I’m jealous, but I don’t know how to ride this type of racing bike). Back home, we didn’t let the bikes sleep on the street for the first night with us, and took them in our flat.

Metonomy - Old Roads in Cambridge

I know, people always repeat it to me: ride a bike in a city is dangerous. But I’ve been riding for a long time, and in different cities and countries. I’m confident with myself. [NB: and I’m absolutely not with a car…]

I had this conversation over and over with bike-frightened people: I know somebody who know somebody hit by a car while riding // I pay attention, I don’t ride close to the parked cars, I’m respectful of the lights (okay, maybe except during the night) // I know, you’re not the problem, cars are! // I pay attention to taxis and buses, my worst enemies.
Dialogue of the deaf. But still, I’ll buy a helmet, for the first time in my life (I have to put it on my to-do list, the one with the stuff I’ll really do). Helmet will protect me for being handicapped AND ruined for the rest of my life (I still don’t know how my insurance works here).
I’ve seen a map of bike accidents in Boston, it’s very precised and also mentions the type of injuries…

Fixing my bike

My bike’s got a basket !

Boston is a flat city (except some hills…), it seems easy to ride here.

Writer, organizer and social media-ter for my own blog. When I'm not in front of my laptop, I'm organizing guided tours of Boston with my own company "Boston le nez en l'air". It's in French!

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10 Comments

  • Ah oui effectivement on a presque fait le même billet aujourd’hui ! Tu fais quoi demain pour qu’on ne fasse pas la même chose 😉 ??
    Je viens de me balader sur ton blog et j’ai trouvé tes vidéos très cools. Je nous ai aussi pas mal de point commun qui m’ont fait sourire comme le mariage express pour obtenir un visa pour suivre un post doc “geek” !!!

    • Reply Apr 24 2012

      Mathilde

      Merci ! Pour mon prochain post, ce sera sûrement un truc sur le sport… On s’y met ensemble 😉 ?

      • moi ce sera plutôt sur un nouveau spot découvert à Harlem pour bruncher! Mais ca fait longtemps que j’ai sous le coude un petit post sur ma salle de sport universitaire!!! Ca vaut le détour!

  • Reply Apr 23 2012

    marie

    Excellente idée ! Les rues étant beaucoup plus larges qu’à Paris, c’est moins dangereux, non ? (En même temps, les voitures sont plus maousses…). Comment roulent-ils à Boston ? Plus civilisés que les tempérament latins ? Bises

    • Reply Apr 24 2012

      Mathilde

      Je trouvais pas ça dangereux à Paris, non mais ! Le seul critère qui me fait peur, ce sont les carrefours, j’ai pas bien pigé comment ça marchait… De façon générale, les voitures sont énormes et ils sont assez cools.

  • Reply Apr 25 2012

    Julie

    Very nice blog!! Je suis jalouse, j’ai envie de me lancer sur mon blog depuis tellement longtemps mais je dois encore ameliorer mon usage de photoshop et des graphismes sur le mien :) En tout cas, ca donne envie de continuer, je publierai le lien quand je serai contente du resultat!
    En tout cas welcome a Boston :) Ravie de te rencontrer un de ces 4 pour “meet des new friends” :)

    • Reply Apr 25 2012

      Mathilde

      Bienvenue sur le blog à toi aussi ! Je n’ai pas compris, tu as déjà un blog ?!

      • Reply Apr 26 2012

        Julie

        oui jai commence un blog du meme genre que toi…Mais j’ose pas encore le publier parceque j’en suis au tout debut et j’aimerai bien ameliorer certains (beaucoup de) points…

        • Reply Apr 26 2012

          Mathilde

          Il faut se lancer ! Tu peux toujours faire les améliorations une fois qu’il est en ligne, en plus tu verras mieux ce qui va / ne va pas.

  • Reply May 2 2012

    Julie

    Ce vélo te sied très bien au teint !

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