Your duty to put bikes on display in your house

Only bring things into your house that uplift you. That is as true for kitchen utensils as it is for furniture, or cat litter trays, and of course bikes. If you don’t love your bike, then accept its place chained on the street, and allow it to be neglected. Far better, I suggest, to only own bikes and bike gear that you find beautiful, and make space for those bikes along the first wall inside your front door. In the house of the future, that wall will be purpose designed to accommodate bikes, jackets, pumps and spare tubes.

I’m sorry change on that front has been slow. I wish architects had been so astute to the needs of the cyclist as we have been to the needs of the driver. But we will catch up. Have patience, please. For now, as users of buildings, see it as your contribution to change, to put that first wall inside your front door to use god intended, with bikes worth having on display for your house guests. Let each be a talking point, with matching accoutrements only from boutique makers in first world centres, like London or Portland. Let your front room be more like a bicycling boutique, like Adeline Adeline say, in Tribeca, or my friends’ store in Sydney.

6 Comments

  1. The bike in the second shot is a Bakfiets like the one we own: it’s a beautiful bike, but I’m not lugging the thing up three flights of stairs to display in the hallway.

    Now, a wide foyer at ground level with pot plants and bike parking, perhaps a nice table or two and a repair stand discreetly stored in the corner… that’d be a different matter.

    • Steven says:

      Andy, we have an architectural answer to all of life’s problems. How about a ride-up apartment building?

      I noticed last year many new buildings in Europe also have longer but narrower elevator carriages.
      Architects I spoke to in Holland told me they were basing carriage dimensions around the the size of cargo bikes.

  2. Luke says:

    Andy, until Steven redevelops your block, you could leave your daily bike downstairs and your lightweight Sunday best upstairs. A racing bike fits neatly in a disused
    hearth and looks good under the mantelpiece.

    On a vaguely related point, far sighted architects and builders in the 18th and 19th century provided huge amounts of secure bike racks in British cities, but called them “railings.” Now that we have a use for them, the building owners insist on putting signs up saying “do not attach bicycles to these railings.” Why not? What else are they for? Does anyone know?

    Looking forward to architects forcing people onto bikes btw.

  3. Sacred Vow says:

    Wow that apartment bike ramp is awesome!
    Only a little less awesome having to go back up it.
    Very nice video!
    Is it only a certain percent of the building apartments that have access to the bike ramp or all of it?

    I love the pics of your Scrap Deluxes even when they are blurry with poor lighting, I keep coming back in hopes of seeing more of them.

    • Steven says:

      Oh that hurts, I just paid hundreds for a camera lens with a wide aperture specifically to take blurry photos in low light.
      You’re right, only about half of the apartments in 8-house have bike access. There is also so car parking in the basement. Ingels’s attitude is to please everybody, including cyclists.

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