Julie Hirschfeld was a New York graphic designer when she fell in love with bikes — specifically, “classic” city bikes designed for comfortable, upright riding.
She visited a few New York City shops, but found they mostly cater to performance and fixed gear enthusiasts, so she established a new kind of bike shop. Adeline Adeline focuses on comfortable, relaxed riding for pleasure with an emphasis on the beautiful European city bikes that women ride in Copenhagen and other bike-centric cities.
As part of their focus on bikes, home and product design blog Design Sponge interviewed Julie. The interviewer, Grace Bonney, is a bike newbie who visited Adeline Adeline to buy herself a bike. Grace says that Julie made product selection super easy and unintimidating, answering her questions and giving her the confidence she needs to bike out in the streets of New York City.
View more: Design Sponge’s Best of Bikes and Interview: Julie Hirschfeld of Adeline Adeline.
There is a similar shop in Calgary called BikeBike. Its great! (@bikebikeyyc)
My sisiter loves these sorts of bikes, but I’ve never been comfortable on a “comfort” bike. If my handlebar isn’t at least 2″ below my saddle, I feel totally out of place.
There’s a poll and discussion on precisely this topic of upright positioning over at Ecovelo.
Cool, I’ll take a look.
Personally, I try to hit an even amount of stress on my butt and my arms. Too much pressure on either spot makes me uncomfortable, but if my triceps are just a little sore, and my butt feels about the same, then I can ride pretty much forever. Too many people are focused on sitting upright, then needing super-cushy saddles, and neither that position, nor the weight of the saddle, is conducive to going fast. Of course, not everyone is concerned with going fast.