Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Cinematic: The Pilen Give-Away Contest!

As mentioned earlier, I will be giving away the beautiful Pilen Lyx bicycle from Sweden after I finish test riding it for review. One of my strongest associations with Sweden has to do with film. I love Swedish cinema and have seen most films by Ingmar Bergman at least twice. Moody, ethereal, and with an almost fetishistic degree of attention to movement through landscape, Swedish films are aesthetically and emotionally distinct. When I received the Pilen, ahhed over its looks, experienced its nuanced ride quality, and learned that it was built for forest trails, my overactive imagination immediately cast it in such a film.

And so, a contest to win the Pilen's hand in companionship:
Please create and share with us a photo (or digital image capture, if you will) that (1) depicts a person and a bicycle, and (2) evokes some aspect of Swedish film. If you don't know anything about Swedish film, you'll just have to watch some! The deadline for picture submissions is Sunday, June 26th, so there is time.

Details: You can interpret this task as you like. The photo can be serious, or it can be complete parody. The person in the photo does not have to be you, but I think it's more interesting if it is. There can be more than one person and bicycle in the photo. Use your imagination!

Entry Criteria: Due to shipping restrictions, this contest is limited to participants in the USA only. The Pilen Lyx is suitable for persons over 5'7" and/or with an inseam of 32" or longer. I cannot stress enough that this is a large bicycle. I would say that it is ideal for someone 5'9"-5'11". Though men are not prohibited from entering the contest, I would prefer to give the Pilen to a woman. Taller women in the US have very few options for step-through bicycles.

Deadline: Picture must be submitted by Sunday June 26th.

Submission Guidelines: If at all possible, please upload submission pictures to flickr or another image sharing site, rather than emailing me file attachments. Then post a comment here with some sort of identifier (does not have to be your actual name), a functional email address, and a link to your photo. Please only email me (filigreevelo-at-yahoo) if for some reason you are unable to do this. Entries for this contest will be public, and I will post emailed entries in the comments myself. Any questions, please ask in the comments.

Thank you for taking part and thank you to BoxCycles for donating this bicycle!

105 comments:

  1. Great giveaway idea. I'm sad not to be ableto participate since I'm in Canada. Looking forward to the pictures, and the ever continuing hunt for tall lovely bicycles.

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  2. I'm not entering because a) I have enough bikes and b) after riding it, I don't think it would be the bike for me, or at least wouldn't fill any holes in my collection.

    But I do think that Box Cycles is doing a great thing by giving it away, and this sounds like a very creative way to do so.

    I will also agree with you that it is a BIG bike. The Scientist is 6'5" and he could almost ride it, even with the seat set down for you and I. He remarked how big the "cockpit" seemed- that he didn't feel like his knees were hitting his chest like it seems if he tries to ride my Sports.

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  3. Such a pretty bike. I look forward to your review, as I really can't tell what you think so far. I love the blue with the black. Think I'll do my Raleigh rebuild like that, but with a black saddle, as the brown one pops out too much to me on this bike. It's just a very striking blue, and yet it manages to look very use-able as well. Love it. Wish I were taller... :)

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  4. snarkypup - The bike is not for me, but I am not sure I understand why, and neither am I sure how to describe its handling. One theory suggested by a retailer is that I am not sufficiently heavy, and the tubing + wheels make the bike overbuilt for someone of my weight. That's a possibility, especially since two people taller and heavier than me rode the bike and gave different feedback about it from my own impressions.

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  5. I will be really interested to see the entries! I have to say (aside from being too short) this bike doesn't really tempt me the way the Superba did.

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  6. what a great contest- I look forward to the entries. I almost thought you were going to make people MAKE a film which would have been a lot of fun too.

    Good luck to everyone!

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  7. MamaVee - Ha! That would probably be a bit over the top : )

    Erin - It's a very different bike. On the continuum from sporty Italian city bike being 1 and full on Dutch bike being 10, the Pilen is probably a 7 and the Bella Ciao a 3.

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  8. I'm not entering, but let me request a photo using "The Seventh Seal" as a metaphor. Black death and bicycles, can't get enough of that!

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  9. Of course, post war swedish cinema is not historicaly famous because of Bergman only. We can only hope that your readers will be curious...
    Joke aside, it looks like a cool bike, unknown in France. And a very cool contest.

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  10. @Philippe: Ah, you refer to dragon tattoos ... :-)

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  11. What an interesting way to stage the contest! Too bad the bike is miles too large for me--we're really urban these days, so I'm on the lookout for a more suitable city bike.

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  12. Being half Swedish, I too love our film style, but must admit most of my friends think Swedish cinema is just weird. Nice to see you like it, and look forward to seeing the winning entry.

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  13. Oh this is going to be a fun give away to follow. Are you going to post a link the submissions? Or post them here? I would love to see what people come up with!

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  14. I am hoping links will be posted here; if not I'll add them when they are emailed to me. Once I have all the entries, I might post pictures from the finalists and have a vote.

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  15. Frits / Philippe - I think the newest films I watched were Slim Susie and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. But then I watched Persona again for the 4th time.

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  16. What about "sweded" films? E.g., http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Be_Kind_Rewind#.22Sweded.22

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  17. My favorite Bergman movie is 'Fanny and Alexander'.
    For recent fare, I enjoyed the 'Tatoo' movies.

    Your contestants might get some ideas from the movie, 'My Life as a Dog'. Be sure to watch it with subtitles. The dubbed version is horrible.

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  18. Great news, I'll work on this. For now, here is my little blog, with it's first entry, that I am starting, inspired by you: http://susurrusdays.blogspot.com/

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  19. i was going to suggest "Babette's Feast". I thought that was a swedish film, until i googled it and read that it was actually filmed in coastal Denmark

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  20. Ha sweded films!
    Only eligible if they are sweded films of Swedish films : )

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  21. I will be entering! Looking forward to seeing what everybody comes up with.

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  22. Fun! I studied film so would have fun with this, but too short for the bike.

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  23. Though male, and with a touch of shame felt from this invitations' tepid welcome to those of my gender. I am 5'8", a good size, and being a red-blood, Swedish cienema loving, American male, I have long wanted to challenge this countries' status quo by riding something other than a diamond frame bike. Just like our Swedish, Austrian, and other euro-type Bretheren (and Sisteren) would unselfconsciously ride. Viva Garbo!

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  24. Chris - glad that you are able to persevere despite the tepid welcome to those of your gender : ))

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  25. @ FritzB : No, not really... That was an obscure reference, borrowed from this very blog, that could inspire contestants to use another side of swedish cinematography.

    http://lovelybike.blogspot.com/2011/05/i-am-curious-yellow.html

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  26. Hello again. I've changed the link to my new blog, and put a note about your blog. The new link is: http://bicycleepiphany.blogspot.com/. Sorry to give you extra work, and you could just add the new link to my prior post above. Thank you! Going to be watching some Bergman films! (this is Susurrous.. I'm in a different browser and my name is not showing up for some reason....

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  27. Hi. I've changed my blog address. I've also added a note about your blog. Sorry to give you more work, but if you could correct my blog address above I would appreciate it. http://bicycleepiphany.blogspot.com/
    Now I am going to go watch some Bergman films! And, maybe look for old photos of my grandmother, who was born in Stockholm...

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  28. In honor of your Swedish Bicycle give away, and for inspiration to your readers, I share... my hyggelig's Sweden. Sweden is the best. Good luck to everyone!

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  29. I certainly hope there is a gender-bending adolescent vampire entry!

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  30. Finally: a bike and a contest for us TALL girls. It is nearly impossible to find a step through for someone taller than 5'6 and at 5'10, I am so very sad. Excited to enter!

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  31. Susurrous - I can't edit readers' comments; I can either approve them or delete them altogether. I've noted the change in your blog address - thanks!

    Sigrid - thank you for the link!

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  32. philippe - I was surprised that no one seemed to get the curious/yellow reference in that earlier post!

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  33. Can we still enter the contest if we already have another bike?

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  34. ^ Yup. Doesn't matter if you have other bikes.

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  35. I am male and 6'2" so you probably won't pick me. Still might do it. So what's your favorite Swedish film?

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  36. Peppy (I like movies about nomnomnom lutefisk cat)June 9, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    I am 3" long (4" if you include tail). Can I has?

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  37. The soul of light and motion in Bergman's cinema was the art of Sven Nykvist and the relation between both man.
    Under the direction of Andrei Tarkovski, Sven filmed one of the most beautiful scenes involving a bicycle at the start os "The Sacrifice", in 1986.
    Lucky the one that can cycle through cinema!

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  38. Peppy - You are absolutely disqualified. Now put that fish back!

    Bob - Persona is my favourite.

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  39. I was surprised that no one seemed to get the curious/yellow reference in that earlier post!

    I got it. And was a little surprised that you didn't choose 'I am curious, blue' as the title for a post about the Pilen.

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  40. Disclaimer: I'm not entering, but I'm encouraging others in my area (State College/Pittsburgh) to enter.

    My best friend pointed out that in the post with Peppy you mention that the Pilen is 47lbs? Have you taken it uphill?

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  41. In re step-thrus for tall people, I'm a 6'4", 210 lbs male and just got a super stiff & strong Batavus Utility Bike (BUB)that fits beautifully -- indeed would be way too big for most of the women it is designed for.

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  42. I'll definitely submit something, although I'm a guy mainly because a car destroyed my only bicycle back in April.

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  43. Julia - Yup, the bike is 47lb, which is similar to a typical Dutch bike. For me it handles similarly uphill to my formerly owned Pashley, but others disagree with this. I will have a post about the ride quality in the upcoming week and will make this separate from the final review.

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  44. @chris
    Also the vast majority of bikes in Japan (and there are a lot of bikes in Japan) are of the "woman's frame" type, regardless of the rider's gender.

    They're practical and convenient (for the rider and for the manufacturer), and for typical casual use, any weight/strength/stiffness difference is unimportant....

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  45. "philippe - I was surprised that no one seemed to get the curious/yellow reference in that earlier post! "

    I got it, too, but thought I might look "indecent" for mentioning it.

    (laughs)

    Corey K

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  46. Will the entries be visible to all before the deadline?

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  47. Can this count as a submission?

    It is the opening bumper for a short episode comedy I had intended on creating but never really finished due to being an involved dad and having to go to work and other silly things like that.

    Stingray:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4ijdGCT6tQ

    BigPolishJimmy

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  48. DFD - Yes, I will upload the ones that get sent to me over email and then post links here. I will also dedicate a post to maybe the top 5 and possibly there will be a vote.

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  49. Jimmy - It has to be a still photo, and it has to be a bicycle.

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  50. ahhhhh all this talk of movies muddled my mind and I thought it could be a photo or film. It is of a bicycle though... more on the 'sweded' side perhaps ;p

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  51. Think of it as a photo that evokes the film; like a still shot. It would be difficult to judge entries if some are photos and others films, so they have to be all the same medium.

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  52. Thanks, that makes complete sense to me now. I shall break out the camera this weekend.

    Jim

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  53. Well, here is my entry:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mapper-montag/5814182860/in/photostream

    jenny dot rilling at gmail.com

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  54. My friend and I would like to enter the contest but we are from Canada. I have relatives in the States. Is it possible to enter the contest with my relative's or a mail box address?

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  55. This is an awesome contest.. unfortunately I lack in the height department, coming in at a whopping 5' 2". You should try to do something like this for the shorter bikers, as it is just as hard to find bikes for us! Great idea though! :)

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  56. Here's my entry! The Pilen is beautiful, and would be well loved in my house. Crossing my fingers!

    http://s1000.photobucket.com/albums/af122/marisarosebroudy/?action=view&current=LettheRightBikeIn2-1.jpg

    marisarose at gmail

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  57. DFD & marisa - Wow, those are great!

    Bojana - I think so, but let me confirm.

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  58. @Marissa,

    Gawd! I like Bicycle People. You have set a high mark for those who follow.

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  59. Persona, interesting choice for you, V. I was thinking of how to use that film in an entry photo. Being too short, and having no desire for a 47 lb. bike, I would be entering for fun only. Great concept and I can't wait to see some of the entries! Steve in MD

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  60. Does it have to be a whole person or can it be part of a person?

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  61. It can be part of a person : )

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  62. Not Peppy (the I am tall enough if I stand on high uh legs, not cat)June 13, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Can it be part of a cat?

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  63. Whoops, I thought the deadline was Sunday the 12th...my bad.

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  64. I think that Peppy and Not Peppy are the best commenters on this blog. If we all join together, perhaps we could convince Brooks to deliver all their saddles with a can of leather fat as well as a can of tuna ... :) // Magnus at Pilen

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  65. Well, here's my entry. I'm a tall girl. I love the look of this bike. And I really, really want a bike. Here's a picture of my awesome friend with her second-hand bike.

    http://oi52.tinypic.com/r9o8b5.jpg

    Thank you so much for the chance to win this beautiful bike!

    Amy // amyismyfriend at aol dot com

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  66. Hej!

    <3 <3 <3
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/64147152@N05/5842823635
    My life as a bike-ridin' doggie...

    Ha det så bra! (Have a good one!)

    kittykaler at gmail dot com

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  67. Here is my photo... loved this project and seeing everyone's entries!!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/amhamilton/5855337645/in/photostream

    Thanks!
    Amanda

    ahamilton1 at gmail.com

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  68. Here is my entry. The Pilen looks like a dream bike for me. I have a 34 inch inseam. My husband let me push his bike for the photo!

    https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/0MhQ1aNwEZPxWekTtiflJkLTpqPgJMXwpP7DmOqgd7A?feat=directlink

    laurenkcarlson ((at)) gmail.com

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  69. I want to win this bike! I am a tall girl and I might share this bicycle with my also-tall husband. This bike would be my Winter in New York City Beast. :)

    Very Lonely Swedish Cinema Inspired Self-Portrait Linked here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eiluj/5861910666/

    juleskills AT gmail or @juleskills on tweeter and www.TheJulieBlog.com

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  70. Entries from above look great. Here's my humble entry.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/80085638@N00/5863664586/sizes/l/in/photostream/

    I have two women in mind for the bike. If it's two tall for my wife, we have a friend who is about 5'10 and has recently moved into KC. A bike for her would be appreciably ridden.

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  71. Thank you Amy, Kitty, Amanda, Retailiate, Julie, and David!

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  72. I somehow felt this photo seemed appropriate since you mentioned the contest, and I've been holding off posting here, but I figure I might as well :)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/poetas/5372779023/

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  73. portlandize - Is this on behalf of Trina or just for fun?

    Also, has she tried the Clever Cycles version of this bike?

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  74. I'm pretty sure it would be too big for Trina, but pretty sure I could ride it just fine. Looks like a fantastic bike, we saw one parked in town the other day, before we know what they were, and both did a double-take "oooh... look at that!" :)

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  75. Hi!

    I'm Cris of http://nosinmidahon.blogspot.com/ and this is the picture: https://picasaweb.google.com/criscanov/LovelyBicycleLovelyPilen

    Thanks!

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  76. Hi,

    I love the bike. My entry is inspired by "Fanny and Alexander." It was hard to pick just one photo.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/64236296@N02/5850316069/in/photostream

    Thanks, Maddie
    guthriemary46 at yahoo

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  77. Hi,

    At 6 ft tall, I am desperate for a step-through frame that actually fits me for my daily commute with my kids. As a lover of all things Scandinavian, photography, cinema, and the color blue, I just had to enter.

    My photo (real film!):
    http://tinyurl.com/pilenplease

    scbhandmade (at) gmail (dot) com

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  78. Ok, here's mine!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/knittinglemonade/5867906841/

    Thanks for having such a great contest for us tall gals. Plus, it got me in touch with my Swedish roots!

    Kara

    knittinglemonade at gmail

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  79. Velouria,

    First, thank you for initiating your contest for the Pilen bicycle. My family and I had a great deal of fun with it, regardless of your decision. Second, I am submitting the attached photo - "After Bergman - 2." It is part of a screenplay curiously found on my desk and attributed to Ingmar Bergman. A link is also attached.

    Best,
    Mike White

    mjwhite d-o-t white a-t gmail

    After Bergman
    http://flic.kr/p/9WF2T3

    To the set: Bikes of a Summer Evening
    http://flic.kr/s/aHsjvgC4nN

    To the screenplay PDF:
    http://idisk.mac.com/we3whites/Public/Bikes of a Summer Evening.pdf

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  80. My friend Luisa and I are entering as a team, here is our entry:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bojnberry/5870069856/sizes/l/in/photostream/

    This was fun!

    bojana at bojnberry dot ca

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  81. Wanted to send in a submission of my own, found here: https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-7HBmhbjQPsw/TgYtU654hhI/AAAAAAAAAGM/wZ5OAgoHqRs/s576/IMG_1742_copy_3.jpg
    I wanted to capture some of the feeling of isolation and sorrow that shines through in many Swedish movies, contrasted to our beautiful surroundings (the image is my girlfriend pulling a bike through the fields on the way to the beach, taken today Saturday).

    My mother lives in rural Michigan, where she's from, and I'm trying to win the bike for her. When she was still living in Sweden she rode her bike to work every day, but couldn't bring it with her in the move. She's since had severe hip problems for the last few years, in part due to her not getting enough excercise and being overweight.
    She's now gone through surgery, replacing her hip, and will be in recovery for at least another eight weeks. When she was visiting me in Malmö during the spring she said that one of the things she was looking forward to most after the surgery was being able to once again get on a bike. I think that the beautiful blue Pilen would help her keep her spirits up when going through rehabilitation, and make it easier for her to keep healthy when she's back on her feet.

    Thank you for writing your blog, it's always a pleasure to read your posts! I'm in the process of starting road-biking myself, and your thoughts on that topic have really made me feel less intimidated.

    Take care!
    Anders from Malmö, Sweden

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  82. Sorry about this, seems I forgot my email adress:

    larmen (at) live (dot) se

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  83. I shot this photograph of my son Abingdon as an homage to the late Kristian Almgren, who played Putte Ekdahl (the young cousin) in Fanny and Alexander.

    http://flic.kr/p/9WHphg

    Thanks to Velouria for the chance to enter the contest! I am tall and would love to get to ride the Pilen.

    janiceneri at gmail dot com

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  84. Here is my entry from Brunswick, Maine featuring Kate and her Igleheart.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/30367043@N02/sets/72157627047558680

    dolsenpietrowski at hotmail dot com

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  85. Thank you Anders, Janice and David.

    PS: All the pictures I am getting are nicer than I expected! I think I will feature them all in a dedicated post once the entry deadline is closed.

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  86. Never heard of this brand Pilen, until I read your posts on it, and I really like the comments of the taller folks who rode that bike. It sounds like exactly what I have been looking for. (and not finding!) My inspiration comes from The Virgin Spring, my husband and I went to this state park today and precariously rode side-saddle while holding candles, (to take to the Virgin). The shot we ended up really liking was this one, because although it doesn’t show the candles, I think it gives the impression of being watched while riding through the forest. The obligatory candles are in the shot below.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/64476972@N07/

    P.S. I thought it was hard finding pants with longer than average legs but a bicycle has proved much harder – so thanks for this opportunity.

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  87. Here is my submission for the Pilen giveaway contest. What a great looking bicycle!!

    Riding trails like this remind me of childhood. I go back to that special place like Dr. Borg did in "Wild Strawberries".

    https://picasaweb.google.com/114030392897933538946/PilenGiveaway#5622358257556367426

    pbruscoe@yahoo.com

    Thanks for having this contest,
    Paris

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  88. After hearing about this giveaway, I was excited to enter because I am half Swedish and in need of a beautiful bike. The playhouse in this picture was built by my grandfather while he was visiting us in Washington. My grandparents brought the windows over from Sweden and put them in the traditional Swedish house design. The book in the picture is Pippi Longstocking written in Swedish, the original language of the story. Luckily, I could borrow my friend's bike for the photo and here is my submission:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/64566554@N08/5871087841/in/photostream

    My email is oliviacooks95 at gmail dot com
    Thanks for this opportunity!

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  89. I am 6'1" and am pictured here with my husband's hand-me-down commuter turned Xtracycle. This bike is great for hauling children but I'm about to restart my career and would love a ride that reflects my independence.

    Picture was nearby where nature and historic architecture come together. We love the scenes of children boxing from "My Life As A Dog" and in setting up the shot, my daughter connected with a right!

    https://picasaweb.google.com/huevodelcampo/Pilen?authkey=Gv1sRgCIexw9PL7-eg7wE#5622362789922419042

    maryastanfield AT hotmail
    www.btownbikefair.org where you can see a poster I made two months ago for a community bike event. Coincidentally with Swedish colors and similarities with the Pilen.

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  90. Trevor and MelissaJune 26, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/64487937@N02/5870908250/

    Our submission hails from hot and humid Austin, Texas. I’m entering with my girlfriend, Melissa, who is pictured riding my bike in this photo. She’s a tall lady, and though we’ve been searching for a step-through that would both fit and appeal to her design aesthetic, we have yet to succeed. I showed her your review of the Pilen and the contest—it’s a perfect match.

    In our photo we feature a prototypical Swedish cinematic use of light. True to cinematographer Sven Nykvist’s craftsmanship, a single light source proves powerful. We composed a natural setting at daybreak. The landscape is simple and rustic, which evokes a leisurely pace to the trail ride. This photo could be a scene right out of Igmar Burgman’s Wild Strawberries.

    The bike in this photo is a Surly Cross Check with Paul brakes, a CETMA front rack, and Wald basket. These components are American, but embody the utility found in the Pilen Lyx. She’s carrying flowers in the photo, a much more lovely payload than I’m normally hauling. Hope you like the photo—thanks for the consideration!

    trevor.kniffin at gmail dot com

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  91. We just moved to the land of bicycles, aka Portland, Oregon from the east coast and I am now far too poor for a new set of tall girl wheels, especially one so very dreamy.

    Thanks for the kick in the pants towards some much needed creative energy after that 3000+ mile drive with our twin babies and pup!

    Apparently there is nothing i wouldn't do for this much needed bicycle, including climbing up onto my rooftop for the perfect shot!

    My entry is here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/littlemesses/5871882462/in/photostream/lightbox/

    My email is littlemesses (at) gmail (dot) com

    Thanks again! Even if I don't win it was worth the view from up top.

    t

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  92. Here is an offering of some photos. They are of my husband on his Carver. He rides to work all winter on this very bridge.
    The Pilen would be for me! :)
    Cheers! Kate

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/30367043@N02/sets/72157626927790133

    E-mail address: cyclotourist1717 @ yahoo dot com

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  93. I was going to put a subtitle saying something to the effect of "I am seeing someone else." However, I figured leaving it ambiguous would be more effective.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/RvkXmLk85RcCwAxJ-q4kAEeJy_FjV6SROc1v6SuwXSU?feat=email

    Thanks,
    Kimon Haramis &
    Rhonda Haramis (5'10")

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  94. Thank you Rhonda, Kate, Traci, Melissa, Marya, Olivia, Paris, and Marcella!

    The deadline is tonight. Let's say 11:59:59 pm Pacific Standard time, to give everyone a chance.

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  95. Now that looks like the perfect bike for a yepp mini so Momma can ride me around town.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/64534048@N06/5875081718/in/photostream

    gtaipale at yahoo

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  96. via email from AudraJune 26, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    My entry is meant to evoke the evolution of love by couples on bicycles in Swedish Cinema. The bicycle that I am astride, I received for my 10th birthday. It saw me through childhood and adolescence. As a teenager, I would ride this bicycle through my neighborhood, wearing a sundress and straw hat, with my little schnauzer in the basket. One neighborhood boy, frequently riding a unicycle, would scowl at me as I rode by. As I grew older, the teenager on the unicycle would smile rather than scowl, but I would ride away shyly without stopping. Ultimately, the man on the unicycle would become my husband, and I have both the bicycle and the husband to this day. Unlike the husband, the bicycle is showing it's years, and I would love to own a classic style ladies bicycle that I dare ride more than walking distance home :-) (I am 5'9")

    Thanks for your consideration

    Audra

    see entry here

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  97. My entry is a surprise for my sister. At 5'8" and 140 lbs, she's much taller and has a more athletic build than I do. She has two bikes; a men's Trek hybrid with no lights and mismatched wheels and an aluminum roadbike that is now damaged due to a recent accident. The skinny tire got stuck in an old trolley track, and she fell hard. If you look closely, you can see her surgery scar to repair her right collarbone.

    I'd love for her to have a city bike with big, safe tires! She has no intention of quitting bikes.

    For the photos, I thought of films like Wild Strawberries and The Virgin Spring--my favorite Bergman films.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/64529691@N02/5875019653/in/photostream

    fieldofbluebells at gmail

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  98. i didn't want to be in this picture as i had my daughter just a few months ago. i also have no bike to speak of, so i had to grab my husband's, and because he is even taller than me, it was a pretty awkward ride. but, i love this lovely bike contest, so here is mine:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/64543454@N04/5875268015/

    i was trying to emulate lena from i am curious (yellow). minus the sweater and long pants (it's 100 degrees here!) and my stuffed animal friend is a lamb, not a bear.

    movie screenshot:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/64543454@N04/5875827854/in/photostream/

    catefitzpat at gmail dot com

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  99. Better late than never! Last minute and all...

    http://bit.ly/jSGPpG

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  100. This link works --

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ridingpretty/5875656733/in/photostream

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  101. Thank you Audra, fieldofbluebells, Cate and Riding Pretty.

    The contest is closed now, please no more submissions.

    Thanks again to all for participating!

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  102. Is there any news on the winner of this contest?

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