A New Shop Celebrates Life In The Bike Lane-------
“Living room worthy” is how graphic designer Julie Hirschfeld describes the bikes she carries in Adeline Adeline, her two-wheel boutique. With a designer’s eye for aesthetics (and an urban commuter’s need for a bike simple enough for streets-and-sidewalks navigation), she’s stocked her shop with the best city bikes the world has to offer—which means plenty of stylish options from England, Germany, Holland, Italy, and, representing the lone U.S. option, Venice, CA. A city bike “is simple—it’s kind of like a vintage Schwinn,” Hirschfeld says. Her stock ranges from affordable (the Californian Linus bikes, starting at $380) to investment-quality (the $2,000 Biomega, engineered by an industrial designer), any of which can be taken for a test spin around the neighborhood. In between, there’s a range of options, including our favorite, the sleek Italian Abici (the one Hirschfeld herself reaches for most often). Adeline Adeline will also carry accessories, from bells to exclusive bags (one, we hear, designed by a certain avant-garde New York design collective). And while Hirschfeld originally conceived of the store as being specifically for women—NYC’s first ladies-only gear shop—she’s already had enough demand from guys to cater to them, too. Everyone can appreciate a stylish bike, it turns out—including Stylesightings‘ Pete Miszuk and stylist (and Style.com contributor) Julie Ragolia, who’ll host the opening bash later this month.