Weekend 269.0 (July 4th Weekend)

Waterloo Station(1) The 10 Best folding bikes: The popularity of folding bikes means there is now a huge range, whether you want one for commuting or rugged off-road riding (The Independent)

(1a) Old locomotive flanked by diminutive wheels (Flickr)

(2) A Look at Kinn: the US-Made Midtail (Lovely Bicycle!)

(2a) Cargo Bikes: The New Station Wagon (WSJ)

“Then there’s the expansion of cycling’s popularity in the U.S., with most cities reporting double- or even triple-digit gains from 2005 to 2011, according to the League of American Bicyclists.”

(3) A quote from Earthbound (The Bakerloo Line) by Paul Morley

“I remember once as a nineteen-year-old emerging into the fast, tireless light of what must have been Euston Underground Station, having been met off the Manchester InterCity train by a born-and-bred London friend. The Tube station was sunk under the low-slung, newly shaped and burnished main station, built with stern modernist zeal by Zurich-born architect Richard Seifert, who also designed the unloved, unmissable Centre Point skyscraper, a barely decorated vertical concrete block brutally stamped into submissive central London. Something about the discreetly glamorous setting, the severe, history-erasing glass, metal and stone of a Euston Station built where once there was hardcore but, by the early 1960s, embarrassing Victorian grandeur (boasting a famous classical arch), seemed fairly continental, although I had no way of knowing, having never been abroad.”

(4) The scan is from “Waterloo Station, War, A Centenary of Uninterrupted Service During War and Peace, 1848 – 1948” by Helen McKie

(4a) From the Limestone Archives: Bicycles dwarfed by place and a flock of nuns.

The first is a scan from Round-About Bermuda. The cyclists are descending either St. Anne’s or Lighthouse Road whilst Gibbs Hill Lighthouse in Southampton provides the backdrop. The second is a photo from a day-trip to to the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome.

(5) July 4th Photo (Free Spirit from Sears and Roebuck)

(6) Truly Novel Bookstores: Print lives and thrives at these trip-worthy shops (WSJ)

(7) Three interesting titles from Laurence King Publishing: (a) Battle of the Bikes: A Trump Card Game, (b) Airline: Style at 30,000 Feet, and A Logo for London.

(8) Two from the MoMA: (a) Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes and (b) Cut ‘n’ Paste: From Architectural Assemblage to Collage City

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