Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Simply Bike...

...Vélo, Sykkel, Bicicleta, Fahrrad, 自行车, Bicikl,  ποδήλατο, Bicicletta, Bici...
"Nothing compares with the simple pleasure of a bike ride." John F. Kennedy
"Nada se compara con el simple placer de andar en bici". John F. Kennedy
In this day and age, cycling has become both a lifestyle and an international fashion statement, its environmentally friendly and surprisingly convenient for navigating congested city streets. 
So, why ride a bicycle? Jeez! to pare it down to just one reason is difficult...
En estos tiempos, andar en bicicleta se ha vuelto un estilo de vida y un estamento de moda internacional, es amigable con el  medio ambiente, y asombrosamente conveniente para moverse por las congestionadas calles de la ciudad. 
Entonces, ¿por qué andar en bicicleta? Buéh! ponerlo en una sola razón es difícil...

Catherine Baba, via Tommy Ton

Because is cheap and surprisingly convenient, the bike is the preferred mode of transport for everyone...
Porque es barato y sorprendentemente conveniente, la bici es el sistema de transporte preferido por todos...



From toddlers to elders...
Desde niños hasta ancianos...



...women and men...
...mujeres y hombres...



...from loners to couples...
...desde solitarios hasta parejas...


Tiffany & Co. "True Love in Pictures." New York

and other couples...
y otras parejas...


Bike Hire. Barcelona.

Bicycles are a part of everyday life in every city. With traffic jam, parking problems and incentives like bike lanes, many people choose to take to the streets on two wheels instead of four.
Las bicicletas son parte de la vida diaria de toda ciudad. Con los atascamientos de tránsito, problemas de estacionamiento e incentivos como bici sendas, muchas personas eligen salir a la calle en dos ruedas en lugar de cuatro. 







Riding a bike is liberating in that I-still-feel-like-a-kid sort of way, and we are not trapped in a metal, glass and internal combustion coffin. And...parking is always free!!!
Andar en bicicleta es liberador en esa todavía-me-siento-como-un-niño forma de ser, y no estamos atrapados en un sarcófago de metal, vidrio y combustión interna. Y...¡el estacionamiento es siempre gratis!



Bicycle display at bike shop in Altlandsberg. Germany

"Truly, the bicycle is the most influential piece of product design ever." Hugh Pearman, Design Week, 12 June 2008
" Ciertamente la bicicleta es la más influyente pieza de producción diseñada jamás." Hugh Pearman, Semana del Diseño, Junio 12,2008

The bike itself is something to behold. The mixture of curves and angles is so compelling, it is no wonder that the bicycle translates so well into contemporary art as well as design.
La bici en sí misma es algo para tener en cuenta. Esa mezcla de curvas y ángulos es tan atractiva, que no sorprende que esa bicicleta se traslade también hacia el arte contemporáneo y el diseño.


Bicycle Art Print. Studio 10


In interiors, the  bicycle can be a fabulous design opportunity...
En interiores, la bicicleta puede ser una fabulosa oportunidad...






...So don't settle for typical bike storage options, you can turn your beautiful bike into a decorative element...
...Si no te conformes con las opciones de almacenaje típicas, podrás transformar tu bici en un elemento decorativo...




And don't forget about the personal touches you can add to your bike...
Y no te olvides de los toques personales que puedes agregarle a tu bici...


Catherine Baba. Paris.

Cycling could be seen as the most chic way to get around town, not to mention cheap, green, and a good way to fit in exercise, but it also often leads to a sartorial conundrum.
So, unless you are Catherine Baba (above), wearing stilettos is a high-risk look on a bike (you never know when you’ll have to make a sudden stop).
Andar en bicicleta puede ser visto como la forma más chic de recorre la ciudad, sin mencionar barata, verde y una buena manera de ejercitarse, pero también puede crearnos un dilema en el vestuario. 
Así que , a no ser que seas Catherine Baba (arriba), usar tacones para andar en bici es un estilo de alto-riesgo (nunca sabes cuando tendrás que frenar de golpe).





You can always wear functional but chic ballet flats or suede boots with a low chunky heel during the colder months...      

...No matter what you wear, remember that while looking good is important, wearing a helmet is too. This is one instance where safety should definitely win out over style.
Siempre puedes usar funcionales pero elegantes balerinas o botas de gamuza con un tacón bajo y macizo durante los meses más fríos...
...No importa lo que uses, recuerde que aunque verse bien es importante, usar casco también lo es. Esta es una actividad en la que la seguridad debería definitivamente ganarle el estilo.


"If I shot this from the front I would feel like “Wow, that guy’s having fun.” When shot
from the back I can more easily imagine myself in that position."
Scott Schuman, The Sartorialist.

"Si lo tomo de frente voy a sentir algo así como "Wow, ese tipo de está divirtiendo." Cuando
lo tomo por la espalda puedo más fácilmente imaginarme en su lugar."
Scott Schuman, The Sartorialist.

"When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking." Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, 1896
"Cuando el espíritu está bajo, cuando el día parece oscuro, cuando el trabajo se vuelve monótono,  cuando la esperanza difícilmente parece digna de tener, súbete a una bicicleta y ve a dar una vuelta,  sin  pensar en nada que no sea el camino que estás recorriendo." Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, 1896

So...Why ride a bicycle? Let me think... Among all the reasons cited above: cheap, green, artistic, decorative, and fashionable, there are other very important reasons as well.
Así que...¿Porqué andar en bicicleta?Déjenme pensar...Además de todas las razones ya citadas: barato, verde, artístico, decorativo y a la moda, hay otras muy importantes razones también.

Albert Einstein discovered the theory of relativity while bicycling, Ernest Hemingway said that "It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them." and  of course, YOUR DERRIERE!...yep! if you ride a bike your behind ends up looking fairly tight...ah! THAT'S AN IMPORTANT REASON!
Albert Einstein descubrió la teoría de la relatividad mientras andaba en bicicleta, Ernest Hemingway dijo "Es andando en bicicleta como aprendes mejor los contornos de un país, ya que tienes que sudar las cuestas y las bajadas." y por supuesto, ¡TU TRASERO!...sip! se andas en bici tu trasero terminará viéndose bien firme...ah! ¡ESA ES UNA RAZÓN IMPORTANTE!



And how about you? What’s your best reason to ride a bike?
¿Y tú? ¿Cuál es tu mejor razón para andar en bici?


Big hugs!
¡Abrazos!


Inés



PS: If you are already tired, or simply feel like doing something else instead of cycling, then check here...
PD: Si ya te sientes cansado, o simplemente quieres hacer otra cosa en lugar de andar en bici, entonces chequea aquí...


73 comments:

  1. Me encantó! Toda mi familia es muy asidua a la bicicleta, de hecho mi papá lo hacía profesionalmente en sus años mozos... mi mamá tiene una bici muy chiquita y femenina con la que va a sus clases de danza, y mi hermano una deportiva que lo acompaña a la Universidad... y yo? Yo soy más de caminar, adoro ver a la gente en bicicleta, pero de un tiempo a esta parte he decidido hacer el trayecto de vuelta a casa a pie, disfrutando del parque y la naturaleza :)
    Saludos, como siempre muy inspirador!

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  2. Yo tengo una pasley princess, voy feliz en bici! Laa fotos son preciosas!!

    http://cravingforbarneys.com

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  3. Same reason I love motorbikes, the sense of freedom, the wind in my hair... I love cycling and I love this post...

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  4. I wonder if that cute guy w/out a shirt would tote me around on the back of his bike? Hee hee. I used to love riding my bike as a kid. Perhaps I should get one. I'm thinking I'd love a Vespa because I'm a bit on the lazy side when it comes to exercise! xo

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  5. Me gusta montar en bici pero no para ir por la ciudad, me da miedo ir junto con los coches por si me atropellan ...
    Te seguimos ya por Bloglovin!

    Un beso, http://fashionfeelingsblog.blogspot.com.es/

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  6. I have a vintage bike that I need to get fixed. I want to ride it!!!

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  7. You always post the most amazing photos! You really are great at curating images. I'll be honest. . .I'm a little scared to ride a bike. My legs are always too short for bikes, and I've always been a nervous rider. It really is something I should try again though for all of the many good reasons you have stated.

    xo Jenny
    www.crazystylelove.com

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  8. Thanks so much for the lovely comment! I really loved this post =) I love riding bikes - I actually learned quite late though... Better late than never! And of course I'd love for us to follow each other! I'm #71 on bloglovin =)

    http://sensiblestylista.blogspot.com/

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  9. Hehe! MY BACKSIDE!!! I totally agree! that's the best reason to ride a bike!
    Kisses

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  10. I would love to ride a bicycle, but in LA it would take hours to get from one place to another =( I do think that bicycles are super fashionable though! Amazing post!

    LA By Diana Live Magazine

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  11. Brilliant post! Love the daring image riding in fur and heels! We live in an area where we can street or mountain bike. It's wonderful low impact exercise and helps firm the backside ;)

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  12. Just wonderful! I love bicycles but I don't own one living in NYC. Not enough space. I always see such chic people riding them here to. I can only admire from afar :) xoxo

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  13. Amazing post! I like bikes. Building in Germany is very funny and interesting;(

    I'm inviting to my blog, new post!

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  14. Thanks for follow! Follow you back on Bloglovin'. Great pictures! I have a bike and I love cycling! Cycling in The Netherlands is very useful and healthy. Almost everyone has a bike in The Netherlands. We are born with bikes :) hahaha
    Xx

    http://www.itchyedgy.com/

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  15. Que bonitas fotografías!!!
    Besitos
    Piluka

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  16. fantastic post- i wish i could drive to work but it would take too long and requires riding down a motorway. Hopefully i will be moveing closer to work soon then i can bike it
    thanks for the lovely comment on my blog- dont get me wrong i love my body shape but every so often i just hate my boobs. HATE them. i hope i am like you and they decrease when i have kids
    thank you for following my blog- im following you on bloglovin now and on the blogger dashboard (as i use it more|) too :)
    x

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  17. Oh, I overlooked, that you were an architect. Yes, Gaudi was wonderful and admirable;)

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  18. Me encanta ir a todos lados en bici, precioso el post. Te sigo :)

    http://sarazubillaga.blogspot.com/

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  19. que chulada de imágenes¡¡ yo me muero por una bici vintage de chica¡¡¡ mil besosss

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  20. I kove to ride my bike so much!!! I have a fashion blog too!! check it out and let me know if you want to follow each other! it would be a pleasure!!! CHECK OUT TheSparklingCinnamon <3
    TheSparklingCinnamon BLOGLOVIN
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  21. Qué preciosidad de post!! Qué buen gusto y elegancia tienes para elegir cada foto y el texto es una maravilla!
    Cuando estuve en Amsterdam pasé por una iglesia en la que había una boda,me pareció súper chic ver llegar a los invitados,con sus vestidos de fiesta y en bici!!!
    Un beso guapa!

    www.ineedhangers.blogspot.com

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  22. Thank you love, follow me! I'm following you tbm * - * kisses

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  23. I want to purchase a bike so bad this fall, ah so perfect!

    jadepurplebrown.com

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  24. I love biking as you should know by now. Ive been getting kind of lazy lately with tennis and reading and other things I foreget most of the time

    By the time the term ends you BETTER remind me to get on my bike ok mom?

    -Bit

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  25. Hola inés!

    Las sandalas de Zara son muy bonitas! Yo parezco tonta! No me las quito!

    Feliz jueves!

    Besitos,

    María

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  26. so leisurely! i just want to take a spin! x

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  27. These bike pics are so cute! Great post :) I just came across your blog - it's great, and it would be awesome to keep in contact with you. I'd love for you to pop by my blog sometime, and if you like it, we can follow each other :) Go ahead and follow me if you like what you see, and I promise I'll follow back!

    ♡ veena | seveninchstilettos.com
    twitter/instagram: @veenamccoole

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  28. Amazing post!!!!!

    http://estilohedonico.blogspot.pt/

    xoxo

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  29. ¡Hola preciosa! Me ha encantado este post pro-bicicletas. La verdad es que a mí desde que era una niña siempre me ha encantado montar en bici, moverme en ella, porque es rápida, te ejercitas a la vez, y además no es tan cara como un coche, ni tienes problemas para aparcar ni para circular. A mí me han encantado todas tus razones, pero sobre todo las fotos son muy originales. Yo también te sigo desde BLOGLOVIN. Mil gracias por pasarte por mi blog. Un besazo enorme :)

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  30. I absolutely adored this post! I have been wanting to get myself a bike and ride to work and back ever since I moved to London but I am a big fat chicken! London isn’t exactly bicycle friendly yet but it’s getting better every year with more and more bike lanes being introduced. We’ve also had the introduction of cheap bike hire in the city which has been very popular – this post has just motivated me to get out there and try it (especially if I can look so chic doing it)!

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  31. You make a great case for bikes Inés! And to hit it home you include photos of the most stylish bikes and bikers. Seriously I always love the photos you feature in your posts. I think biking is great for the environment. I just wish that people would stop riding them on the sidewalks in New York and nearly taking out pedestrians.

    Hope you're having a fab week sweets!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  32. Hey,

    thx for visiting my blog and following.

    I read your entire Bike post, and I love it! I SIMPLY didnt think of bike in so many different ways! And the pics are amazing. Really great blog!

    Im happy to follow you back on Bloglovin!

    xoxo

    LLD

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  33. Nice blog! Love the pictures! Wanna ride a bike right noooooow! Romantic view, me encanta! Te sigo guapi, besos, Maira.

    www.myselffashionshow.com

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  34. Muchas gracias por tus palabras en mi blog.
    El tuyo me ha encantado. Me gustan mucho las bicis, aquí muestro dos súper chulas, la rosa es mía http://www.pauladeiros.com/2012/07/photos-remix.html. Te sigo en bloglovin porque el google friend connect no lo he encontrado.
    Un Besazo :)

    www.pauladeiros.com

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  35. I wish I was close enough to work and school that I could bike there.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  36. Nice blog! (;
    I followed u, I hope that u follow back. xx

    Love, Jackffy
    jackffy.blogspot.com

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  37. No conocia tú blog y me encanta. visita el mio y si te gusta nos seguimos mutuamente. Bss.
    http://solaanteelespejo.blogspot.com.es/

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  38. Oh, this makes me miss my bicycle even more..great post! You've got such a lovely blog, I was wondering if you would like to follow each other?

    Let me know :)

    Kisses, Mary
    http://teenfashiondiary.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hello, I followed back, on Bloglovin ( 83#) because I can't find your GFC icon.

      Mary xo

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  39. me gusto el estilo editorial de tu blog!, muy cool!
    no se me habría ocurrido hablar de la bici!, a mi en lo personal me encanta porque me relaja
    que estés muy bien!
    cariños!

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  40. Siempre me ha gustado mucho ir en bicicleta, lo malo es que en mi ciudad no tenemos carril bici, y es complicado ir por la carretera con los coches. Gracias por visitar mi blog, yo también me quedo por aquí. Me gusta mucho tu blog. Besos.


    www.raqueleita.blogspot.com.es/

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  41. Great post and blog, I'm already following you! Hope you follow me back :) xx
    http://dreamsofaparadise.blogspot.pt

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  42. Gracias por visitar y seguir mi blog. Por supuesto yo tb te sigo via blogovin. Bss.
    http://solaanteelespejo.blogspot.com.es/

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  43. Ver nice post. I enjoyed it. Thank you for stopping by my blog, for your comment and for following. I hope you will get to visit London soon! It is. A very nice city to ride the bike around and explore. I am following your blog now too. Keep in touch.

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  44. Thanks so much for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog! Following your gorgeous blog back, of course :)

    ♡ veena | seveninchstilettos.com
    twitter/instagram: @veenamccoole

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  45. wow..very cool,love all the photos..and LOVE how you include different language of bicycle at the TOP:) awesome:)

    www.edgymix.com

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  46. Bike rides have been the content of fashion spreads lately. I love how cute the pictures look, now if only I could ride a bike. :3

    http://adlyvelasco.blogspot.com/

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  47. Great Post.
    A.

    dramaticmode.blogspot.it

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  48. These pictures are beautiful! You have a gorgeous blog.

    xoxo,
    Meera

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  49. Wow! Amazing bicycle photos story! The bike shop with the bikes on the building wall are so incredible! Awesome post!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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    1. Thanks so much for coming to my blog and following on bloglovin! Could you please make sure you are following on bloglovin as my follower number hasn't changed. Your blog is awesome and I am following you on bloglovin # 90! I am looking forward to more of your great posts!

      Rebecca
      www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  50. I absolutely agree with the fact that bikes vary through ages and gender, but beautifully goes with transportation and fashion, and yes, everyone can look very chic in a bike

    mind following each other, doll?
    http://reinhardkenneth.blogspot.com

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  52. Haha I feel slightly jealous 'cause I can't ride a bike. Like...really, I'm not joking, but I don't really know why.
    The couple looks charming!
    By the way, love your blog, it's so interesting to read! Glad you've left a lovely comment in mine - thanks btw - so I could find your blog. Followed back with pleasure)

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  53. Thank you for inviting me to your blog. I follow you back :)

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  54. just follow you on bloglovin:)

    Have a great weekend and keep in touch:)

    www.edgymix.com

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  55. Ines, one of the fewest things I missed during my holidays was reading your blog ! You are my best! Your posts are becoming better and better! Baci italiani!

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  56. reading this post was really enjoyable! I agree that the bicycle is the best way to get around :)
    Thank you so much for your sweet comment and for following me, I really appreciate it!
    i'm following you back :)
    x,
    Sagalina

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  57. I think I need to upgrade my not-so-classy purple mountain bike for some of the bikes your've pictured! Unfortunately, since I'd most likely get run over trying ride around in my city, I just ride on the outdoor trials instead. I LOVE riding in the morning and watching the sun rise over the clouds. I don't do it enough, and it's uch an amazing feeling. :)

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  58. Nos encanta tu blog Inés!! siempre es muy interesante leerlo, gracias por compartir :)
    Ojalá puedas visitar nuestro blog y dejar lindos comentarios.
    Love
    www.pieldelcosmos.blogspot.com

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  59. Wow, I really love your writing and you have such a cool blog! Thanks so much for stopping by mine earlier and also for following! I am following you back on bloglovin like you asked! Have a great day! xx Pip

    http://easyoutfitsbypip.blogspot.com

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  60. Me ha encantado el post!las fotos buenisimas y por supuesto el blog!
    Te sigo por bloglovin!
    Besitos y feliz finde

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  61. ..oh my , this is such an amazing inspirational post , I love bikes and photography of happy people on the bikes are so inspiring , there is something romantic , something retro , something with a dash of chic ..lovely pictures and fabulous blog , you have a new follower :)

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  62. Thank you so much for following my blog! I love yours and followed too!

    xoxo,
    Meera

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  63. thankyou for the sweet comment on my blog.thankyou for complimenting and believing in my talent.
    and I can't find a follow through GFC so I subscribed your blog via email, just tell me when I can follow via GFC.

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  64. it's good 'coz it less polution! great photos!
    Have a sweet and brilliant day!!
    Greeting from ヽ(^。^)ノ

    (●^o^●) Visit my blog? http://cupofpinktea.blogspot.com/
    and let me know if you like to follow each other (just making friends) But if you don't like, it's still ok :D no problems at all (*^。^*)



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  65. Such a cool post! I've never seen so many amazing bicycle photos like this. You did such a great job and now I really want to own a bike for myself..!! xo akiko
    Style Imported

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  66. and I'm your new follower (can't find GFC, so via bloglovin)! Visit my blog if you have time and hope to keep in touch :) xo akiko
    Style Imported

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  67. This post makes me feel like getting on a bike & going for a ride. I love your blog & I just signed up as your latest follower! It would be great if we could follow each other!
    http://coastal-style.melissah.blogspot.com

    Melissah



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  68. The bicycle is the most influential piece of product design ever = True. This is why i use my bike everywhere i go. But the problem is that here in Greece you can easily get an accident cause people do not like bike drivers so much. They all drive cars.
    Amazing post. Love it.
    Best Regards
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark
    http://margaretcruzemark.blogspot.com/

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  69. hey, i love your post about the bicycle. Very interesting. I started following your blog, it would be great if you could check out my blog too?

    beyondthecherryblossom.blogspot.co.uk

    <3

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