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Commuter profile: Dolin in the South Bay

by Richard Masoner

Dolin is a fashion designer in San Francisco who (until recently) commuted from her home in San Jose to her job in San Francisco via Caltrain, riding her bike the two miles from home to the train station. ” It was a very long and tiring commute,” says Dolin, “but the thing I looked forward to was the time I got to ride my bike through downtown San Jose.”

Dutch style cyclist in San Jose

Dolin told me she works in the fashion industry, “the last 12 for Gap Inc. But I recently quit the corporate life to pursue a more creative career path.” Most of her adult life has been spent between San Francisco, New York and Oakland, where she has always relied on public transportation. ” I do own a car,” she says, “but I am not much of a driver, I didn’t get my driver license until I was 29 years old.”

San Jose bike commuter

“My fiance bought me a vintage Raleigh for my birthday a couple of years ago, because he wanted to bike around San Jose with me when I would visit on the weekends. I hadn’t been on a bike since high school and rediscovered how much I enjoy it. I still plan on biking to run errands, to go to the train station and just for fun.”

I asked Dolin about her Electra Amsterdam that I saw her riding through downtown. “I wasn’t looking for a second bike, but one day walking down Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, I saw my bike in the window of Montano Velo. I liked the look of the Dutch bikes and really wanted one, but couldn’t justify the price, since I wasn’t riding a bike every day at that point. The Amsterdam was just so pretty and the right price, so I bought it. I really like it a lot, but I also like my old Raleigh.”

Dolin blogs about her creativity and crafts at her blog Lulu Bliss. Drop by to say hello!

 
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6 Responses to “Commuter profile: Dolin in the South Bay”

  1. Jacob Smith says:

    I saw the nicest bicycle I have ever seen yesterday! The brand was Velorbis, and I think these bikes are available in the US now. Check out http://www.velorbis.com – I am getting one, even if I have to ship it over from Denmark!!! /Jacob

  2. olivia says:

    as someone who knows her well, she lives on that bike.

    and i want it.

    go Dolin!

  3. gaelle says:

    Hi there!

    Glad to see that I am not the only one not driving. I am froom Paris and it’s crazy to drive there.
    Same here I have a DL but never used it I rely on public transportations which is an easy thing to do here or in Europe.
    Plus it keeps us in shape;-)

    I am not a fan of bikes but…who knows…:-)

  4. Steph says:

    Can Dolin please tell us where she bought her bicycle? I just discovered that Electra is now making these (where have I been?) and they seem like a big value compared to Velorbis and Retrovelo. I live in Saratoga and my husband and I ride all over the place but we haven’t passed by anyone on a Dutch or Danish-inspired upright bike….And I LOVE them! I just hope you can convert them to Xtracycle…..

  5. olivia says:

    Hi Steph,

    I know Dolin bought hers at Montano Velo on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. (Pretty sure). Last i checked, they had a black one down there.

    http://www.montanovelo.com/

  6. Fritz says:

    Steph, REI carries Electra bikes, though I don’t think I’ve seen the Amsterdam at the San Jose store on Saratoga by Hamilton.

    I know Walt’s in Sunnyvale carries the Amsterdam and I can recommend that store. http://www.waltscycle.com/

    Other Electra dealers near you include:

    Evolution Bike Shop
    19685 Stevens Creek Blvd
    CUPERTINO, CA 95014
    408-252-5202

    Summit Bicycles
    111 E. Main St.
    LOS GATOS, CA 95030
    408-399-9142

    Wheel Away Cycle Center
    402 E. Hamilton Ave
    CAMPBELL, CA 95008
    408-378-4636

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