About Lovely Bicycle

What began in April 2009 as a bicycle review blog from the perspective of a beginner, has since expanded into a daily variety show of sorts - documenting the musings of a hopeless bicycle obsessionist. At times frivolous and self-indulgent, Lovely Bicycle is ultimately about beautiful, functional, and comfortable bicycles - with a focus on the classic and the handmade.

About "Me"?
I started cycling for transportation in spring 2009 and have been riding on a daily basis ever since - on an upright step-through bike, in my regular street clothes. Over time I also got into road cycling and the occasional brevet. I enjoy experimenting with bikes and collaborating on projects with frame builders and accessory makers.
     Re-learning how to ride a bike as an adult has been more rewarding than I can express. I have health issues that present challenges with balance and dexterity, but the more I cycle, the less I notice them. I continue to be amazed by how wonderful riding a bicycle feels.
     What else… I am European born, of mixed ethnicity. English is my 3rd language. When I started this blog I had a job in academia and policy consulting, splitting my time between the US and Europe. I've since switched career tracks, and now work as a freelance consultant and photographer. I do odd jobs for the bicycle industry, mostly bike shops and small manufacturers. Formerly based in Somerville, MA, at the moment I live in Northern Ireland.

Disclaimer
The commentary here is posted in good faith. Please keep in mind that this is a blog - not a reference guide, journalistic publication, or advice column. I am not an expert and we are all learning together. If you see something that you wish to correct or expand upon, please post a comment.

Comments and Moderation
Comments are moderated and do not appear immediately. I approve all comments other than spam, unsubstantiated slander, inflammatory remarks, or blatant rudeness. For more detailed moderating rules, please see here.

Contact
If you would like to send me an email, please do so to "filigreevelo-at-yahoo-dot-com". Due to the large volume of email I currently receive it is not always possible to reply, but I try.

Use of Images
Unless credit is given otherwise, all images on this website are ©2009-2013 Lovely Bicycle. You may use my images for non-commercial purposes, if in doing so you credit Lovely Bicycle and provide a link to this blog. To use a picture for commercial purposes, please contact me to discuss terms.

Disclosure Regarding Advertising and Promotional Materials
All paid advertisements and promotional materials on this website appear on the right sidebar under the "Sponsors" heading. No other part of this website contains paid advertisement or promotional materials. I do not participate in affiliate marketing. If a link to a product or to a manufacturer is included in a post, it is there solely as a reference for readers and I receive no monetary benefit from the reader following the link. When reviewing products, any connection with the manufacturer at the time of the review is clearly stated, as is the manner in which I acquire the product. If you would like to advertise on Lovely Bicycle or offer a product for review, please see here for my policies.