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I’m a woman who owns a bike to suit her every mood: from dressing up for work on my Dutch bike, to carving down hills on my road bike, to hauling groceries across town on my errand bike, to cruising the trails on my custom mountain bike, to mixing it up racing cyclocross. How many bikes would that be? Well, let’s just say that I have one for every day of the week, and if it’s more than that I’m not claiming it.

A native of Louisiana, I now live in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I’m blessed with good weather, interesting terrain and a tolerance for eccentricity that suits me just fine.

You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, YouTube or email me at ladyfleur500 at gmail.com. I post bike photos regularly to a Where’s my bike today? Tumblr and occasionally post photos to Silicon Valley Bike Style. Oh, and I’m now writing a Bike Fun blog for the online edition of my local newspaper, the Mountain View Voice. Phew! I’m surprised I have time to ride my bike.

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Quick facts about this blog
All photos were shot on my trusty iPhone 4 by me, with a few exceptions: all fashion photos where I’m the subject were shot by my husband Dick; trail or roadside photos where I’m in the shot are usually taken by friends or random strangers.

 

23 responses to “About

  1. sharri robinson

    August 11, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    AWESOME….AS co~owner of A Street Bike Named Desire; this is like receiving the Michelin Star!!!!! THANKS so much..stop in again and introduce yourself to me or Dan, my husban, son, Joe, and Kate! If you think of anything our store needs to improve the city bike ride, PLEASE let us know!
    Thanks again,
    Sharri Robinson

     
  2. ladyfleur

    August 11, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Sharri, my husband and I will definitely stop by soon. He liked the Linus 8 speed diamond frame on your web site and I think he wants to see it in person.

     
  3. Kim Cooper

    October 19, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Hi Janet-

    Fun to meet you at wheels of change- your blog is great fun! Curbed linked to this the next day-

    http://sf.curbed.com/archives/2011/10/18/bike_map_a_window_into_1896_san_francisco.php

    Hooray!

    Kim

     
  4. fiedlerin

    July 12, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Hey, this made me think of you (and I couldn’t find a “CONTACT” option so I posted it here)

    http://www.tagabikes.com/

     
  5. sharri robinson

    July 13, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Janet,
    Just thought that you and your husband might be interested in our 1 year anniversary party, July 19th ~ 5- 7 at front of our store. Kick off to the Olympics, many activities and NBC weather is filming live! We want to thank ALL of the many wonderful customers and friends we have made in the past year, including you!
    Best~
    Sharri

     
    • ladyfleur

      July 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Thanks for letting me know Sharri. And congratulations on the store hitting the 1 year mark! It offers a fresh approach to cycling in our area that is much appreciated.

       
  6. Natasha Wing

    September 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I’ve got some cute bike seat covers that would go with your bike(s). Kinda your style. Check them out. https://www.etsy.com/shop/bumcicles

     
  7. Alison Chaiken

    November 11, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Apparently I no longer have a working email address for you.

     
  8. Natasha Wing

    November 11, 2012 at 8:17 am

    http://www.bumcicles.com gets you to my site and my email address as well. Love your header shot above!

     
  9. Sean Simpson

    April 13, 2013 at 7:44 am

    ladyfleur: I read your article on the automatic shifting bike you came across on the Caltrain. We have designed an automatic shifting bike that takes the same principles to an entirely new level and we’d love to tell you about it. Coincidentally (or maybe it was fate), we actually shot part of our intro video right in front of the Caltrain. Here’s a pic of that: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8242/8645811136_cff71b1cf7_z.jpg

    Check out our website (video on main page) and I’d love to have you try the bike out sometime.

    Great blog by the way!
    -Sean

     
  10. Steve Herbert

    April 16, 2013 at 8:11 am

    I’ve been attending NAB for the last 30 years and stay about a mile from the LVCC. I thought it would be smart to bring my bike and ride from the hotel & got an ok for brining the bike into the room. I called LVCC prior to coming out asking if they had bike parking. They replied they did but couldn’t say where. I chickened out and left my commuter at home, but did find four bike racks outside the south and central halls. Here’s a google maps view of where they are located for future travelers.

    http://goo.gl/maps/vgNZN

     
    • ladyfleur

      April 16, 2013 at 8:50 am

      How nice of you to create a bike rack map! I walked past the South Hall rack every day. It usually had a few bikes on it and occasionally a Vespa-type motor scooter. And one day one of those little four wheeled cars they use of the trade show floor was blocking half of it. It was totally unnecessary too, since there’s plenty of sidewalk around it.

       
  11. Sarah

    July 17, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Nice meeting you this morning on Hedding, Janet! Looking forward to your blog on the new green bike lanes in SJ. I appreciate them for safety, awareness for cars, so they get me riding more!

    Also noticed this morning that besides us, there were no other women biking to work or as a morning activity. I bet you’ll change that :)

    Best,
    Sarah

     
    • ladyfleur

      July 19, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      Hi Sarah, it was great meeting you too. I just posted the story about Hedding Street which features your story and your photos.

      I rode the lanes again that evening and the next. I saw a couple of other women, which is a start!

       
  12. Virginia

    July 27, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I love your blog. Just discovered it while researching for a new bike. Strongly considering a Public M8. I’ve been car-free for over 20 years, but recently moved from Santa Barbara to Denver and my biking needs are different now. Not to mention that the movers apparently destroyed my back wheel and replaced it with a random back wheel, thinking I wouldn’t notice, I guess. I’ve always said I wanted a bike wardrobe (my Gary Fisher mountain bike, plus an ExtraCycle, plus a city bike….). Keep up the good work!

     
    • ladyfleur

      July 28, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Thanks, Virginia. I think my Public M8 is my most versatile bike. It’s lighter and faster than my red Dutch bike (Viva Juliett) but is upright enough to be and easy “hop on and go” bike.

      I can’t believe the movers would try to pass off a random wheel as yours, especially a back wheel.

       
  13. Virginia

    August 9, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Well, I bought a cream Public M8i today and rode it home in the rain :). The bike shop happened to have the exact model, color and size that I wanted in the shop and it already had the rear rack installed. I was happy with the test ride so I took the plunge. Nice shop–The Mindful Bike in Denver.

     
    • ladyfleur

      August 9, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      Awesome! Congratulations! Now for the important part: what color did you get? Orange, cream, baby blue, navy?

       
  14. Margot

    August 29, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Aloha, Janet! It was nice meeting you today at the SJ Bike Share launch- I’m enjoying looking through your past posts, and hope to run into you sometime when I’m riding my *own* bicycle. PUBLIC riders unite! :D

     
    • ladyfleur

      August 29, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      I’m so glad you came up and introduced yourself, Margot! I love the red shoes and belt, and of course the fact that you have a PUBLIC bike too. Check out your photo on Silicon Valley Bike Style: http://svbikestyle.tumblr.com/

       
  15. Pedal All Day

    September 23, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    I’m enjoying reading your posts Ladyfleur! Im coming to San Fran to start a solo ride to Los Angeles next month to raise awareness and funds for Macular Disease. I would love to follow some of your bike routes and especially some of the coffee shops you write about. If you have any specific suggestions, please let me know! I will have two days to toddle around before my expedition.. http://pedalallday.com

     
  16. ML Chan

    March 4, 2014 at 11:38 am

    I found your site through your photo on SFGate article about bikes and their owners. I love the info and fun stories on your site. I’m in the process of getting a new bike (sold my old 3 speed beach cruiser) and want to get something better for my needs for hauling stuff around town for my petite height. Love your red bike!

     

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