Key to integrating cycling into my daily life is possession of a beautiful and functional bicycle. Nearly everyone in America thinks of bikes as sports machines that require specialized or casual clothing. With a certain type of beautiful and functional bicycle, this is simply false. When I first started shopping for bikes, I did not know that such bikes existed – those with skirt and chain guards and dignified seating positions. Last year I spent a lot of time researching and test riding beautiful bikes before finally choosing my Azor Oma from Dutch Bike Chicago. This will be the first post in a series about the beautiful and functional bicycles I found.