Something about this picture from a tweed run in Kiev, Ukraine, this fall reminds me that there is no more noble, populist, and ideal machine than the bicycle. It’s just so perfect, this picture. Her calm perch. The smiling woman to her right. The languid had draped over a handlebar on the left. All the people and bikes overlapping together into one group.
And the bicycle is perfect, too. From giving African villagers the mobility that lets them earn money to improve their lives to communing with nature on mountain bike on a wilderness trail to the sense of spirit, style, and community of a tweed run, the bicycle is the ultimate expression of ingenuity, efficiency, and the joy that is being human.