“16. Folding bicycles in protective covers are permitted on all trains at all times…” – Metrarail.com
My folding bike is named Franklin. Franklin is a Gotham style bike from Citizen Bikes. You can buy brand name protective covers for these bikes, but I figured I could do better by creating my own.
<===== Cover in action. Pretty in cognito, no?
The good folks over at Headstash Roasting Company offered me several coffee sacks, which served as the fabric of the cover. I decorated it with pins and patches:
The Bomb sock pocket and the “Bikes not bombs” patch were both from The Hub Co-Op in Minneapolis. One pin is from Grid Chicago’s Streetsblog launch party, while three are ones I made at Artica Studios.
However, the patch that I am currently most proud of is the limited edition red one white cycling patch made by Chris Drew of the Art Patch Project. I rather fortuitously acquired it up when Mess Hall was still open. Moreover, I recently had the good fortune of re-encountering the Art Patch Project at Sol Cafe’s Chicago Ideas Week event, where Maria and Natalia were helping people print tee shirts with the city skyline.