Look at these hipsters on their fixies… but seriously. Ken and Roberta Avidor are artists living in Minneapolis. Among other things, Roberta does a lot of illustrated maps and Ken sidelines as a court sketch artist. They’re traveling around the country with their recently acquired Brompton folding bikes, illustrating their adventures, and blogging about it. They lived in New York until the 80s and rode bikes for transportation even in those wild days. While they come back and visit family here regularly, this is the first time they’ve come back with bikes. A lot has changed in terms of bike infrastructure; Ken was impressed with the protected bike lanes on 8th/9th Avenues and shocked by the crowds on the Brooklyn Bridge.
They came on the train; Amtrak was easy with the Bromptons – no extra bike fees, no hassle.
Ken showed me this ode to his Brompton:
And even sketched a quick portrait of me while we chatted:
First time for everything. Happy travels.