My name is Connie Hwong, and I live (and ride!) in San Francisco. Despite (or perhaps because of) the SF’s hills, riding a fixie is one of the best and most enjoyable ways to get around the city. I bike-commute to work every day, and try to make it on a weekly “Burger Lap” – a group ride to a new, fun, and far-away food destination every week.
My frame is a Sparton, which I bought from King Kog (Brooklyn) and carried back to San Francisco. I’ve only seen a few others in the city – they’re hand-lugged in Santiago, Chile, which gives my bicycle a ludicrously large carbon footprint.
About the photo: a couple years ago, a friend who freelances for Glamour Magazine asked me to partake in a “beauty dare,” which she would chronicle. She told me I had to wear a dress/skirt every day for 30 days. Obviously, this was a little tricky on a bicycle, but with clever use of leggings, booty shorts, and a couple strategic underwear purchases, I’m proud to announce that all went well. Even Barack Obama is proud of my progress!
(It’s taken a while to live down that article, however)
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