say hello to the coolest cycle chic(k) across the atlantic, eva lu.
hi eva! how and when did you come up with cycle chic sundays?
I was riding around with a friend on a sunny Sunday afternoon and it just kind of happened. I had been an avid follower of Copenhagen Cycle Chic and it seemed like a good way to bring their movement to our southern California community. Mikael Colville-Andersen [creator of CPH Cycle Chic] made us some really beautiful logos – and welcomed us into his ‘Cycle Chic’ family.
I’m happy to say that the concept of organizing casual and chic group ride is spreading beyond So Cal. There are rides planned in Syndey, Australia , Boulder , Colorado , and Santa Barbara, Ca.
Our dream is the see Cycle Chic Sundays happen in several different cities across the world!
describe bicycling in 5 words :
way more fun than driving
what do you mostly design?
Right now I work at a bicycle company doing graphic design and creative marketing. On a daily basis I work on projects ranging from paint and graphics for bikes , components , and other goods. I also do all of the design on my blog [eva.lu] and Cycle Chic Sundays.
and what do you get inspired from?
It might sounds silly and a little crazy – but I’m inspired by everything. I tend to fall in love with colors and objects easily and find beauty in the smallest things. I have a huge collection of vintage buttons and lots of great old swatches of fabric. I like to scan them and use them in my art and design projects.
how many bicycles do you own?
Felt ZW1 / 1970 Scwhinn Collegiate / 1960 Rabeneik / 3 speed surly / Felt Café 24 and I just recently added a custom built e-bike to my collection!
tell me about your bicycle/your favourite bicycle
I love them all - but I get the most use out of my 3 speed. It was a project that my boyfriend and I worked on together, so it has sentimental value. Now that I put the Wald basket on the front I can carry some serious cargo – which makes it perfect for thrift store adventures.
what’s the best about living in costa mesa?
The best thing about Costa Mesa is that it has a really good sense of community. There are lots of fantastic small restaurants and shops. I love supporting local business and I find that there is a quaint ma & pop version of every kind of shop.
is it good for bicycling?
Costa Mesa is great for cycling! It’s really flat and there are good bike lanes all around the town. We have an ecological reserve called the Newport Back Bay which has a beautiful recreational path. We are only 3 short miles from the beach and about 10 miles from some nice hills. It’s basically cycling paradise!
your not only designer - you surf to??
Before I rode bikes all I did was surf! As crazy as it sounds - it was my job for a few years! I don’t surf as much any more – but when I do I love every minute of it!
…and you are sponsored by vans?!
Haha .. well I’ve had a long running relationship with Vans and even though I don’t surf as much anymore we still work on some projects together.
favourite surf spots in the world so far?
One of the best places I’ve surfed is Surfrider Beach right up the coast in Malibu. The waves there are so perfect and great for surfing all kinds of boards. I’ve had some really great experiences surfing in Taiwan , Costa Rica , Spain , and Hawaii. There is just something really special about surfing right here in beautiful So Cal. We have so many great waves and I love surfing with my friends.
…and of course… so do you have a bicycle rack for your board?
I actually don’t! If I ride my bike to the beach I will just carry my board under my arm. When I was younger I would ride to the beach everyday – so I’m use to it. I would love to find a rack to carry a longboard – since that would be really scary to carry under my little arms!