An Ode to the Milano Bicicletta

Milan tends to get quite a bit of haterade out there from those who feel it’s just another city and nothing special. Too bad for them, because I find Milan to be one of the most fabulous spots in all of Italy for a variety of reasons. Besides the amazing fashion, intricate and friendly locals and incredible boutique and restaurant scene, people are constantly riding super-vintage cool bikes.

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Not only do the locals ride bikes wearing fashionable outfits like capes and stiletto heels, their bikes are certainly not boring mountain bikes. Most seem to be funky, antique banana-seat or 70’s road bikes, which makes everything seem all the more awesome. Plus, what many don’t know is that Milan has a canal district, the Navigli area, similar to Venice or Amsterdam, which is the perfect spot to sport your hipster bike.

This started by me snapping a few photos of some bikes around the city and ending with a full-on love affair for la bicicletta in Milano. I hope you enjoy the photos of these bikes and their lovely Italian surroundings as much as I do!

Adesso…andiamo a fare un giro in bicicletta per Milano!!!

A rusted bike basket
A rusted bike basket
Handlebars along the Navigli Grande
Handlebars along the Navigli Grande
A cool bike lamo
A cool bike lamo
Part of Milan's bike system
Part of Milan’s bike system
Milan offers these bikes to locals
Milan offers these bikes to locals
This sign explains that you are not allowed to lock your bike to the fence. Looks like someone wasn't paying attention
This sign explains that you are not allowed to lock your bike to the fence. Looks like someone wasn’t paying attention
One of the few mountain bikes I spotted
One of the few mountain bikes I spotted
Metro and bike
Metro and bike
Bikes in a group
Bikes in a group
Stars shining in broad daylight
Stars shining in broad daylight
This bike owner is most likely enjoying happy hour, or aperitif, at this cafe
This bike owner is most likely enjoying happy hour, or aperitif, at this cafe
Bike and garden
Bike and garden
Big baskets, wonder what's inside
Big baskets, wonder what’s inside
Just lock up your bike and pop into mass!
Just lock up your bike and pop into mass!
This bike was locked here for the whole four days I was in Milan
This bike was locked here for the whole four days I was in Milan
The city-wide bike system outside of Parque Sempione
The city-wide bike system outside of Parque Sempione
A stylish man biking near the Duomo
A stylish man biking near the Duomo
Bike and bridge
Bike and bridge
Bike along the canal
Bike along the canal
Propped up in the courtyard of my picturesque Airbnb rental
Propped up in the courtyard of my picturesque Airbnb rental
A bike made out of bamboo
A bike made out of bamboo

 

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