Thursday, May 31, 2007

Bike-Friendly Stella

I have in front of me the City of Chicago Bike Rack Request form. It's called a request form, but the city insists that it is a 'suggestion', which I guess is their way of being petulant. Yes, I get it, I can't make them. I have children, you know.

My intention is to make Stella a bicycle-friendly place. I ride a pretty fabulous Mercian myself, and the shop will have to accomodate it, but I also want to indulge my customers, employees, and various hanger-onners. A city bike rack is a good start, but I'd like to do more. Ideally, I'd have mooring rings installed on the blind wall facing Lakewood, so you can row row row your Bianchi Milano gently down the street and into Stella. I do have a landlord, though, so this plan may not fly.

I will definitely stock a cool Silca Pista pump at the shop. Riding around the city, I occasionally get a flat, but I can usually make it all the way back home by pumping up at a bike shop or two. I do not carry a replacement kit in the city because, well, I am in the city. The city helps keep you safe and tethered to civilization, and by providing a pump on demand I'll be doing my part to help keep it that way.

Bicycle lifestyle is all the rage in Chicago now. I feel it when I am standing at a red light on Wells and Ontario with no less than five other bicyclists in the morning, or when I am circling the block by work looking for a free rack. I have just discovered two brand new blogs by Chicago bicycle shops - the venerable Rapid Transit, and a stylish new shop called Tati Cycles, down in Hyde Park. Tati, in particular, has a similar sensibility to Stella, with its Old World influences and local emphasis. Another thing that unites us - a medium latte in a paper cup fits snugly into your bicycle's water cage. Just don't spill it.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Drive thru for bicycles?

;-)

Anonymous said...

Love it! I just bought a bike, and am thoroughly obsessed.
My fellow Rogers Park coworker just sent me your Web site, and I'm so happy a wi-fi friendly cafe will soon be just down Devon. Thank you and good luck!!!

Pavel Yusim said...

Wi-fi friendly, bike friendly, and generally quite friendly, unlike much of the cold, cold world out there.

Scott said...

I'm thrilled that you've already begun to unbleakify that corner of Devon. You're a very welcome sight in the neighborhood. And I'm already thrilled that in midwinter I can stop at Stella to thaw on the way to the train or Loyola.

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