My Drupal bike

Through the wonderful Neil Drumm, Chapter Three learned that I was in the market for a bicycle. Chapter Three -- the company of Drupal overlords Matt Cheney, Josh Koenig and Zack Rosen -- has a fun side project called Mission Bicycles that uses Drupal to sell customizable fixed gear and single speed bikes in San Francisco.

Of course, I was interested in riding around on one of their customized bicycles. Especially one that featured a white seat, white rims, and a particularly familiar shade of blue (#027AC6) for the frame. On top of that, I was promised that, if I wasn't already, I would be the coolest kid on my block. They'd toss in a free Drupal bike jersey to help guarantee the promised result.

I ordered one instantly, and a couple of weeks later, a bike showed up at my front door. After assembling the bike, the tubes still filled with San Francisco air, I'm now ready to ride the European lands in true California style.

Drupal bike

The box included wrenches, power bars, a chocolate cookie, instructions, a cap and a Drupal jersey.

Drupal bike
Drupal bike
Drupal bike
Drupal bike

<a href="">Mission Bikes</a> come with an <a href="">Oompa-Loompa</a> that will assemble your bike.

Drupal bike

The Oompa-Loompa assembled the front wheel and steering column, and is now working to remove the protective cover from the bike.

Drupal bike

Real men ride bulletproof bikes (with no brakes).

Drupal bike

Flipping the back wheel allows me to switch between <a href="">fixed gear</a> and <a href="">single speed</a>. Crazy hot!

Drupal bike

Please ignore this athlete's double chin. It must be an artifact of the camera's lens.

Drupal bike


Robert Douglass (not verified):

Awesome! But your apartment is too small to keep the bike inside... where are you going to store your bike? Oh, and by the way, what are you going to name your bike? I think it should be called "Blue Drupal Bike".

February 16, 2009 - 17:54
Jeff Sheltren (not verified):

Oooh! I am going to get one of those Drupal jerseys! The bike looks very cool :)

February 16, 2009 - 18:45
Ryan (not verified):

Oompa-loompa caption had my disturbing the office with a laugh.

February 16, 2009 - 18:54
Kenneth Hoste (not verified):

From now on, every DIY package should come with an Oompa-Loompa!

Also, your lens must be utterly broken, because the double chin is _really_ significant. In that pic, you look like one of those cycle terrorists, err, tourists, that create havoc on the roads in Flanders on a Sunday morning... The cap really does the trick there!

February 16, 2009 - 19:20
gergely (not verified):

I'm jealous, I would like a t-shirt and a bike like this also! :)
Have a nice ride!

February 16, 2009 - 19:38
Jeff Robbins (not verified):

So awesome!

February 16, 2009 - 19:45
steveometer (not verified):

That looks nice, I'm going to build a Joomla! moped this spring ...


February 16, 2009 - 19:48
Thomas Fan (not verified):

It's really cute, I mean the Oompa-Loompa.
The bike is awesome by the way.

February 16, 2009 - 19:49
Grugnog (not verified):

Oh no, let's not have yet another bike shed debate about a standardized Drupal bike naming convention ;)

Looks so nice and shiny - I love bikes!

February 16, 2009 - 20:00
criz (not verified):

Gratulations, the bike looks awesome!

February 16, 2009 - 20:32
Adam (not verified):

I'd like to buy one of those jerseys!!!
Size medium. If there's a MTB style jersey, that would be better.

Please email me!


February 16, 2009 - 20:38
Karel (not verified):

I'm also interested in a jersey ( maybe MTB style ), any info on where to buy these ? :)

February 17, 2009 - 09:39
Larry Garfield (not verified):

I'm not much of a biker, but dude the jacket is cool. :-) (And so is the Oompa-Loompa.)

February 16, 2009 - 20:39
Dan DeGeest (not verified):

Sweet looking bike - I'm thinking we need to organize a Drupal bike ride. Here's my Drupal bike - - well its blue anyway.

February 16, 2009 - 21:57
tom (not verified):


February 16, 2009 - 23:00
drewish (not verified):

Nice! Fix those bars though. It's killing me to look at them turned up like that ;)

February 16, 2009 - 23:08
kscheirer (not verified):

Clearly, the bike should be named "Blue Smurf"! :)

February 16, 2009 - 23:49
Roland Tanglao (not verified):

go drupal bicyclist go!

February 17, 2009 - 00:04
ChrisBryant (not verified):

Sweet! Can we ship Drupal 7 with an Oompa-Loompa as well?!

The Drupalicon was spotted riding this bike in San Fran a few months ago...


February 17, 2009 - 04:01
seutje (not verified):

Wow, if I ever see you cruising like that, please ignore my tears of laughter... I'm really just jealous :P

February 17, 2009 - 06:41
Itkovian (not verified):

I bet you are so glad you kept that living room wall free of all debris :-)

February 17, 2009 - 08:36
DaveS (not verified):

Great post Dries and that's a cool Drupal bike jersey; I want one :)

February 17, 2009 - 14:04
Femeia (not verified):

Awesome :)

February 17, 2009 - 17:00
bertboerland (not verified):

Very very cool bike, great shot of Axl and a cool Belgium hobby.

And we photoshop the doubledchin away for future generations..

February 17, 2009 - 19:07
Johnny van de Laar (not verified):

I need to fix my own bicycle... can I please borrow your Oompa-Loompa?

February 18, 2009 - 12:03
Roger (not verified):

This is a druBike!

February 18, 2009 - 22:46
Steven (not verified):

About the Oompa Loompa, careful if you make a next order. They will thrown in a a free snozzwanger as well. Keep this creature away from the chocolate, I did warn you. ;-)

February 20, 2009 - 07:49
sd (not verified):

Seriously, buy a car. You will get everywhere faster and you won't stink of sweat.

Bicycles are for people with time to kill.

March 1, 2009 - 01:05
Mike (not verified):

Loved the comment about the oompa lumpa made me laugh, nice bike too.

April 24, 2009 - 18:31
John (not verified):

Ride on and enjoy the show:

August 3, 2009 - 09:26
meneer (not verified):

Schoon fietske, daar niet van, maar ge moet wel efkes uw stuur wat bijstellen: de uiteinden horen horizontaal te zijn, nu ziet het er nog wat raar uit. Eddy gaat trots zijn.

August 4, 2009 - 11:59
Anonymous (not verified):

Lol, Dries is one of those hipsters now.

BTW, velospace is powered by drupal!

August 19, 2009 - 06:01
rapsli (not verified):

Awesome shirt!

April 28, 2010 - 09:32
Aki Iwata (not verified):

Wow! Looks very cool!! If only I have ridden my bicycle more often, I would definitely have the same one!

Perhaps one day we can host an event where people ride bicycles to gather and write code together for Drupal. How about "Write & Ride" for the name of such event?

Anyway, congratulations on the bike!!

April 28, 2010 - 09:33
forngren (not verified):

Awesome! Now, what color shall that bike shed have?

April 28, 2010 - 09:35
Paul Van Loon (not verified):

Hey Driezeman!
Als ge na uw rit op die ongelooflijk coole bike een massageke nodig hebt, zijde altijd welkom in Putte-Stabroek bij uw ex-klasgenootje.

Groetjes aan Karlijn


April 28, 2010 - 09:37
StickGrinder (not verified):

WOW! And this show how Drupal could run on every decent hardware! :-P Even if with age things tends to become less slim and fast (at least that is form ME! :D)

April 28, 2010 - 09:59

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