Bekka, aka BikeyfacePosted: April 19, 2013
Bekka Wright is the person behind Bikeyface. Last week we connected via the magic of Twitter for a photo shoot and meetup in Inman Square. If you don’t know about Bikeyface, you probably should. Started in June 2011, Bekka has been illustrating the almost-weekly series of cartoons full of funny yet cutting observations about of cycling in the city. Topics range from the rules of the road to gender representation in cycling advocacy to pastries, portraying the magical world that cyclists get to inhabit while drivers and MBTA riders get to slog it out in a drab, sedentary reality.
Some of my personal favorite Bikeyface installments are Need for Speed, Bicycle Voting, and A Nose Knows, because I can’t count how many times I’ve been lured wayward by an enticing smell while cycling through the city. Bikeyface captures the richness of experiences one has when cycling through the city in a lighthearted way that belies the serious intention of promoting bicycle use as an everyday activity.
Bekka has a number of bikes, including a blue Surly Crosscheck called Marlene Dietrich, who I didn’t get to meet. When we met up she was riding her beautiful new custom built commuter featuring Soma Buena Vista mixte frame, lights powered by a front dynamo hub, 650b wheels…
… Sturmey Archer internal 3-speed hub, Nitto North Road handlebars…
… and a very stylish Velo Orange Grand Cru Plume Alaire chain guard! When this new bike has a name, I hope she’ll share it with me. Of the bike, she says, “I built it to be the ideal commuter bike with lights, internal hub, fast, with clearance for bigger tires. I got the frame and some components from Soma. The rest of the components came from Harris Cyclery in West Newton and was done by Jim there.” Bekka’s daily commute takes her from her home in Somerville to the Colleges of the Fenway area in Boston. On biking in Boston, she says “I prefer biking in Somerville & Cambridge. Boston is getting better but obviously I really wish areas had better infrastructure and were better connected. I’m eager to see more pieces fall into place each year.” So am I!
Ride on, Bekka!