Posts Tagged ‘dutch’

The MyDutchBike Store Decamps – Off to Marin County, or Someplace, or Nowhere – Expensive Bikes, Expensive Rents on Market

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Say good-bye to the extremely expensive MyDutchBike sto on Market Street in the Financh. I think. I saw a sign that said that they were moving on up to Sausalito,

But the Yelpers are making it seem like the store just has weird hours, so maybe it’s not gone.

Mmmm…

This place is crazy though, so don’t miss a chance to check it out, wherever you may find it.

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And the best part is the touchiness:

“im glad you have all the time in the world to write BULLSHIT.
you are an idiot. I have what is called real world experience,
something you know nothing of.
get a life, you are not welcome in my company.
I’m sure youve heard this before.
I know much more than you and always will
you dont know how to read
call shimano and talk to them
i know you havent
give it up
you fucking looser”

Girl With A Pearl Earring: You’ve Seen the Movie, Now See the Real Thing – Dutch Paintings at the de Young in January!

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Look, it’s the Girl With A Pearl Earring:

Oh, wait a sec, here she is:

Johannes Vermeer (Delft 1632–1675 Delft) Girl with a Pearl Earring, ca. 1665. Oil on canvas, 17 1/2 x 15 3/8 in. (44.5 x 39 cm) Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague, Bequest of Arnoldus des Tombe, 1903 (inv. no. 670)

Well, guess what. They’re going to pack her up and send her to Golden Gate Park to be put on display for the first half of 2013 at our de Young Museum.

This is huge.

All the deets:

Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis - At the de Young Museum January 26—June 2, 2013

San Francisco, October 2012–The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to announce that on January 26, 2013, the de Young Museum will be the first North American venue to present Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis, a selection of paintings from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague. The de Young will host 35 paintings from the collection, including the renowned Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius, and four works by Rembrandt van Rijn. Highlighting the spectacular artistic achievements of the Dutch Golden Age, these works reflect the culture of artistic, economic, and technological innovation that allowed the Netherlands to prosper in the 17th century.

At the center of this exhibition is one of the world’s most famous paintings, Vermeer’s masterpiece, Girl with a Pearl Earring. This work, sometimes called “the Dutch Mona Lisa,” is one of only 36 known paintings by the artist and rarely travels outside the Netherlands. Though little is known about Vermeer’s life, the quiet grace and virtuoso technique evident in his paintings, and in particular his rendering of light, have placed him among the most important artists of the 17th century. Many of the details of his technique can only be appreciated through close examination of the painting surface, such as the few tiny brushstrokes that indicate the reflection on the pearl, and the broader, more expressive painting of her ultramarine and yellow turban.

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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Mondrian House, Western Addition

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

If you lived here, you’d be Neo-Plastic by now:

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But don’t go crazy or nothing.

It’s in your house/ at the show/ every place that you go

MyDutchBike in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

It’s the minivan of bikes: 

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Anyway, count this as an actual sighting in the wild – usually I only see these rigs at the uber-expensive MyDutchBike sto on Market Street.

Ah let’s see here:

“Gone were last year’s cheap chinese cargo bikes, so at least no one got turned-off to cargo bikes this year…”

And there’s this:

“To sum it up, whatever “metal” the Chinese use to build their bikes out of is soft, weak, and full of impurities.”

(Hey do you know why Euros spend so much on bikes in Europe? Maybe it’s the 50% tariff on the Made-in-China competition…)

But maybe you’re a San Francisco millionaire with a garage, so here’s the spiel:

“We ship our Dutch bike, Dutch bikes, Dutch bicycles and Dutch city bikes FULLY assembled nation and worldwide. We sell utility bicycles from Amsterdam and other cities in Europe like Oma bikes, also known as Omafiets, or Oma fiets, Omafiet, Abuela, abuelas, GrannyBike or Granny bike and Grandma bicycles,Abuela bikes, Amsterdam Bike. Opa bikes also known as Opafiets, Opa fiets, Opafiet and Grandpa bike, both comfortable, stylish straight up riding position bikes that will last for decades. Check out our Fr8 bikes, or freight bike, gorgeous in everyway and extremely strong for real-life situations like school, shopping, commuting and errands around town, designed by Henry Cutler. Also from Workcycles are the Secret Service or SecretService bikes and are made with Azor frames hand build in Amsterdam. Also seen on the streets in The Netherlands or Holland is the Bakfiets, or Bak fiets, Bakfiets.nl, Cargobike, Cargo bicycle, longjohn, long john bikes, boxbike and box bike. We have them in several colors all with Shimano Nexus 3 and 8-speed hubs. We now carry the fabulous Retrovelo, some say Retro velo or Retrovello, bikes. Retrovelo bicycle unites functionality, city chic and the individualism of its rider. With models like Paul, Paula, Klaus, Klara, Otto Solo/Duo in fantastic colors. These balloon racers or ballon racers are designed by Frank Patitz in Leipzig Germany. We also sell other european bikes or euro utility bikes or Danish bikes from Denmark and Germany. We also carry Velorbis or Danish bikes. Not to mention Pashleys which are English bikes like the Guv’nor. We also have accessories like Yakkay helmets and Yakkay covers and Clarijs and Basil panniers Po Campo and Nutcase helmets and finally Carrie Swedish bicycle baskets. Don’t forget to check out our Umberto Dei bicycles from Italy too! Please visit our shop if you’re in the neighborhood. Our address is 575 Market Street, San Francisco California USA. Did you know that the following cities have the highest percentage of bicycle commuters in the U.S.A? Minneapolis MN, Sacramento CA, Portland OR, Tucson AZ, Fresno CA, Tampa FL, San Francisco CA, Oakland CA, Mesa AZ, Anaheim CA, Boston MA, Washington DC, Seattle WA, Albuquerque NM, New Orleans LA, Oklahoma City OK, Phoenix AZ, St. Paul MN, Long Beach CA, Santa Ana CA, Los Angeles CA, Honolulu HI, Denver CO, Chicago IL, Pittsburgh PA, San Diego CA, San Jose CA, New York City NY, Houston TX, Raleigh NC, Milwaukee WI, St. Louis MO, Cincinnati OH, Riverside CA and Columbus OH, in that order. You landed on the My Dutch Bike website, which is the same as MyDutchBike and MyDutchBike.com.We are open to the public. Public may also make an appointment if not able to make our normal store hours. Please visit our website for hours.”

And here’s something else, on the topic of some customer-dude’s opinion of Shimano roller brakes:

“Here’s the e-mail response to this review I received from Josh, the mechanic at My Dutch Bike:

“im glad you have all the time in the world to write BULLSHIT.
you are an idiot. I have what is called real world experience,
something you know nothing of.
get a life, you are not welcome in my company.
I’m sure youve heard this before.
I know much more than you and always will
you dont know how to read
call shimano and talk to them
i know you havent
give it up
you fucking looser”

And that’s enough for me from MDB.

Look What the Bicycle Coalition Has in Store: Bringing Back Hated Traffic Circles, Shutting Down Buchanan

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Ah yes, it’s the ThinkBike workshop of September 2011, whatever that was.

Now, remember the traffic circle imperative that was foisted upon us eight years ago? Oh man, did that ever suck. But, there were studies that showed how magical and great traffic circles would be, so the experiment began.

Most considered it a massive failure, but somehow the welcomed death of the Waller and Page Street traffic circles was “sad,” or something, for some people:

“Coalition project manager Josh Hart, however, acknowledges the circles may need some fine-tuning to better protect pedestrians and bicyclists. ‘People should give them a chance,’ he said. ‘It would be really sad to see this experiment fail.’”

No fine tuning was needed as fine tuning wasn’t the problem. The problem was the traffic circles themselves.

Well looky here. They’re ba-ack. Or at least some people somewhere want them to come back in some kind of recent fever dream / workshop.

See?

(That’s Page on the right – imagine a big arrow with an N next to it pointing to the left.)

This plan would ostensibly convert this part of Scott into a “slow shared street” but of course it’s a slow street and a shared street right now already, so I don’t know about that.

I’ll tell you, the San Francisco Fire Department would take a dim view of this plan, but oh well.

IRL back in the day, you’d never know what car drivers would do at traffic circled intersections - sometimes they’d stop anyway at each circle, sometimes they’d treat the circle like a Formula 1 road race chicane and cross over the crosswalks without slowing down. The promised gardens in the middle of the intersections were supposed to make the neighbors happy but that didn’t work.

The graphic also mentions deterring ”cut-through traffic” on Scott Street, but isn’t that the whole point of Scott Street? You know, so people can cut-through from one part of town to another?

Oh well.

Now here’s Market, Duboce, Buchanan which is no picnic for cyclists these days, particularly people using the Wiggle route inbound going behind the Church Street Safeway:

You make the call on this one. I’ll just note that the current situation is a mess.

I don’t think I’d favor slowing down Market Street traffic any more than it’s being slowed down now by, among other things, nearby Octavia Boulevard, which for some reason takes the lion’s share of the minute and a half traffic signal cycle.

MyDutchMoped: Get an Aging Batavus One-Cylinder Moped and You’ll Become Cool, Maybe Join the Tenderloin Creatures

Monday, January 31st, 2011

This Batavus Regency is a new one on me.

Did I spot a Creatures of the Loin reference in there? Check out Lauren “:)” Smiley’s historic bit right here, for the 411 on San Francisco’s formerly angry moped gangs.

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A manifesto of sorts, from a moribund webpage:

Media blackout begins. to clarify: the creatures of the loin are complete losers. a few of them, the more unsavory ones, are homeless. they are around 22 years old on average with a healthy number still being high school misfits who get made fun of by even the nerds. they are about 40% girls and have chosen the moped way due to a love of liberation, a desire for self sufficiency…”

Don’t stop believing, Batavus riders!

And get to know area gang members on peds of all stripes:

! Ching Chung Schlung !
#1 Flynn
( . ) ( . )
8====|) ~~~~
Amber Rico
Anne Borremans
Annelise Jeske
Bella Weinstein
Benadam X
Bret Hoffman
Brett Walker
Brian Pritchard
Chris Paz
Clare Crisafi
Connie Hwong
Craig Wong
Cristina Victor
Dan Webber Kastner
Dave Phrick
David Linehan
David Pilz
David W
David Cox
Dominique Lewis
Elliot Ortiz
Em Is Coco? Chilldance
Emily Kastner
Emily X
Erin Kearns
Graham French
Harold Smith
Harvey Mushman
Heather Rosner
J-Lo Timberlake
J.a.m. (justin) Creature
Jeremiah Robertson
Jesse Spelljammer
Jessica Lazer
Jordan Dewing
Joshua Franta
Kelly Ellis
Liam Devowski
Monica Schaefer
Nathan Jauvtis
Remy Spritzer
Round Boy
Rufus *
Silverfox Sullivan
Sin Hombre
Soraya Parker
Starbuck ****
Zac Monster Squad
Zach Levenberg
Zeke Jak

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Announce Plans for 2011 – Lots Coming from the de Young and Legion Museums

Friday, January 7th, 2011

See you after the jump for all the deets.

“San Francisco, January 2011––John E. Buchanan, Jr., the director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, announces a diverse roster of upcoming exhibitions in 2011 at the de Young and Legion of Honor.  Dates are subject to change. For access to the most current schedule of exhibitions, please consult the FAMSF website www.famsf.org.”

And here’s a sneak peek:

Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937, Oil on canvas, Musée National Picasso, Paris, Photo: Jean-Gilles Berizzi/Réunion des Musée Nationaux/Art Resource, New York, © 2010 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

All the deets:

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Resolved: The “MyDutchBike” Store on Market Should Change Its Name to “MyExpensive-AssDutchBike”

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

The MyDutchBike store on Market Street has bikes that are way expensive. That’s The Message, can you dig?

Now, let’s hear from Yelper Luke M:

I’ll just be honest.  I don’t get it so I don’t like it.  The first time I was in here it took me a while to figure out it was a store.  I thought it was a gallery of industrial art pieces disguised as bicycles!   I’ve you’re looking for a big hunk of a bike that costs $3000 for basic breaks and shifters–or you want to pick up a $109 handle bar bag–this might be the place for you. But really if you wanted to get down the street with more style than speed you could probably hire a troop of palanquin bearers for less than the cost of these huge bikes!  Conclusion: Not for me.

And I think the prices are up from last year. Throw in your San Francisco 10% sales tax and you’re looking at a couple grand for the most basic model. Oh well.

Cost? You have no idea how much this rig runs:

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Oh well.

Gavin and Montana Tessa Newsom Star at World Cup 2010 Finale in Civic Center

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Montana Tessa Newsom was the cause of a frisson at yesterday’s showing of the Spain vs. Holland World Cup Final.

But before we get to that, I have a few notes for Rec and Park.

The giant TV screen(s) weren’t giant enough. Next time, how about using a big screen the way our corporate overlords do?

That crowd in Civic Center didn’t exactly have 10,000 people in it. Just because A.N.S.W.E.R.* exaggerates doesn’t mean you should too.**

Is the great Civic Center lawn ever coming back? Ever since Farmer Gavin’s Victory Garden got dug up, the gritty surface you put in there hasn’t won a lot of fans, right? What about the poor anime costume contest freaks who come back every year? They’re too professional to take off their headpieces so they’d prefer to pass out rather than break character on those hot, hot days of Springtime. 80 degrees + reflected radiation from the ground = heat stroke. Wouldn’t grass be nicer?

Is any part of the bill for this joint going to be sent to Gavin Newsom’s Lt. Governor campaign?

At the end of regulation play (with a scoreless tie, the best kind), Gavin gave a pat on the back to himself and to Rec and Park via a Mr. Microphone address to assembled voters. (That’s UC Hastings alum and Rec and Park chief Phil Ginsburg on the right patting someone else on the back, I think.)

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The crowd was enraptured:

MTN’s debut:

Does this look like 10,000 people to you?**

The eternal struggle – Bull vs. Lion. (The lion specializes in head kicks and scrotum grabs and the bull feigns great injury at the slightest touch. Cheating and crybabying pays off handsomely in international futbol, but it doesn’t get you big returns in the NFL, where the refs will catch game-changing cheating via instant replay. Speaking of which, the refs in American Football catch most of their own mistakes. Does this make American football better? Discuss.)

Congratulations to Rec and Park for a mostly well done op during WC 2010. You should have CW Nevius write about this joint until even he gets sick of his sycophancy.

See you in 2014!

*Check out this bit from Chris Roberts.  Hey, congratulations ANSWER Coalition! I just knew you were going to win.

**I was there for about ten minutes, so I didn’t have a chance to properly consider the size of the throng. Upon further review, I’ll back away from my crowd size over-estimate allegation.