Urban cycle mobilities in New York – day 22

CYCLING ETHNOGRAPHY
by Jonas Larsen
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Two design objects play a key part on the cycle scene in New York. And they are very often

 

Firstly, the ubiquitous Kryptonite u-lock that everyone seem to use to lock their bike against something heavy and ‘immobile’ so that it can not be carried away. They are are also notoriously resistant to theft attempts. But they are not only used they are also worn. While They are heavy and somewhat cumbersome, people wear them in their belts. If you spot a hipster on a bike you are almost certain that they will carry a u-luck in that fashion (and not in the bag)! They are now just a lock.

 

Secondly, the equally pervasive – and often very large – messenger bag that has been adopted from the cool bike messengers.

 

 

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