Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Le Tour 2009

This is a pic of a poster the Psycyclist purchased for our first home.
Are you ready? Le Tour starts Saturday, July 4th. It is the most amazing thing to watch! Maybe...someday...I'll get a glimpse of it in person. In the meantime, you can follow the tour here: http://www.letour.fr/indexus.html
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The Fashion Book

A found a copy of The Fashion Book in a thrift store several years ago. If you love fashion.. you need a copy of this book. It has some of the greatest photographs ever taken in the fashion industry. While flipping through it the other day, I found this photograph taken by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. It was taken in 1994 for a Face fashion shoot.

The Fashion Book Isbn: 071483808x
Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin:

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Where Have All The Links Gone?

Saxton Road started out to be a blog about our life. It was going to include all sorts of topics but things were starting to get a bit jumbled as the focus on this site became cycling. So I've started a new blog in order to mainstream this site. Saxton Road is now Saxton Road Cycling and all of the other links and blogrolls are now located on a new site. I'm sure things will spill over from one site to another on occasion, but hopefully, this will keep things a little more clear.

The new site is Eclectic Farmhouse and can be found at http://eclecticfarmhouse.blogspot.com/

More Than Cycling At Terry

Photos are from www.terrybicycles.com
I received a comment from a fellow blogger about refraining from cycling themed products. I totally understand where she is coming from. You could go a little over the top with this stuff. T-shirts, jewelry, underwear, etc. So, anyway, I wanted to highlight some of clothing that is just clothing. It's nothing more. They carry several styles of shorts, cargo pants and tops. Many are organic. They even have some really cute flip-flops.
Terry has some sunglasses that are totally functional but stylish. That is an area that has been challenging to me since I started cycling. Briko's and other sport sunglasses just look ridiculous on me and Terry has the solution to that problem.
I like the idea that I can buy regular clothes from a cycling company. If you want to keep companies around, you have to support them so I thought I'd spread the word that Terry has more than just cycling.
P.S. I almost forgot... They also have Plus Size cycling gear. Important, since we aren't all size small.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

What I Got In The Mail

Yesterday, I opened the mailbox to find my first Terry catalog. Talk about bike porn! I have checked out the website, which is terrific but I love to have a catalog to hold in my hand. I know it's strange but I like to read magazines and catalogs in bed and it's a little hard to do with a computer since I only have a desktop.

I love that this company combines athleticism,comfort and fashion. Some of the other catalogs have only a page or two of womens products and they aren't all that exciting but this is a company by a woman for women. Georgena Terry started building bikes in her basement in 1983. She is the original when it comes to WSD. If you dismissed them because you thought it was all lycra, it's time to re-think. I might even have to get a second job because if I could, I would order one of almost everything.


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Friday, June 26, 2009

Giggles And Grins Bowtique

Photos are by Dawn Wilcox from her etsy store.

I discovered Dawn Wilcox through my cousins boutique (ModTots). She had some of Dawn's necklaces in her store and they are really cool! I picked up her business card and it's been laying on my desk for months. Finally, I went to her online store and checked it out. OMG! She has some really cool necklaces and the prices are great. She makes them from recycled scrabble and domino tiles. I don't think I can pick just one to order since she has hundreds to choose from.

I have emailed Dawn and I'm hoping she's going to let me interview her for the blogs but in the meantime, give her some love and check out her website.

Giggles and Grins Bowtique at: http://www.dwilcox.etsy.com/

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Agatha Has Sound

My sister was moving and was clearing out her clutter. She didn't want this radio so she offered it to me. Never one to turn down something for free, I said, "Sure. I'll take it". It's now found a home on Agatha. I have little speakers that ride in the basket so I can listen to the radio while riding and I can still hear traffic. Much safer solution then my using headphones. It makes for a very pleasant riding experience.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Going Clipless

After reading Bike Skirt's "Case For Clipless", I was inspired to post my clipless experience. I have been debating this issue for almost six years. The Psycyclist is always clipped in to his road pedals and in fact, had a little trouble riding his Fuji Mountain Bike, the other day, because it still has platforms. He has been gently persuading me to "go for it".

About six weeks ago, we stopped into our local, Y-Not Cycling, and they had this pair of Nikes on clearance for only $35. One would be fool not to. They were the right size and I liked the looks of them. I also like that they are mountain shoes so if I want to stop at a store, I'm not going to be clomping through it, like I would be in road shoes. So anyway, I bought the shoes. After looking through the Performance Bike catalog all week, I decided it would be best if we took a road trip to Columbus (about an hour away) to the Performance store. I have a thing about touching and seeing the things that I'm gonna buy. So while Psycyclist was hooked on a Crank Brothers pedal, I opted for the Shimano PD-M520's. They were on sale for $49.99.

I got home and Psycyclist put them on my bike while I put the cleats on the shoes. He thought it best if I tried to learn how to clip in and out while the bike was on the trainer. That only messed me up worse. I felt like the whole contraption was going to fall over while I was trying to clip in. So in a huff, I got the bike out of the trainer and just went for it. After a couple of times, up and down the street, I had the hang of it until... I rode up my own driveway and stopped the bike before I got my foot out. Crash..Splat...Boom! I went over, bike and all. Not a big deal. I got over the fear of falling a long time ago. It happens. Just had a couple of bruises.

Then we were off to the bike trail. I rode the fastest and strongest...ever. They were comfortable and I was so pleased. I'm still getting used to them. It's the mind telling the foot to release thing. I haven't clipped in to ride around town yet. I'm not ready and I'm not going to push myself to do it. I have two other bikes for errands and commuting. I think that knowing I'm not ready to tackle heavy traffic is a good thing. I really don't need to crash and get run over by a car. Besides I wouldn't want to mess up my bike.

I can understand Bike Skirts reasons for clipless. The extra power over a mountain is crucial. I don't think she is a trader to the urban cycling movement. You have to do what's right for you, your climate, and your terrain. As I posted the other day, I love everything cycling so I don't really get the line drawn between the lycra-clad and fashion-conscious. Anybody on a bike is a good thing... no matter what they are wearing. Remember: Form Follows Function
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Advice needed from other bloggers

So this is part of the fleet and as you can see by the bottom right corner (second picture up) we have added another member. Remember the vintage Huffy that I saw parked down the street? Now it's mine. The neighbor said it was sitting outside because he had no room for it in his garage. He sold it to me for $30. I started working on it today and it's quality is not nearly as good as the Hercules but it's going to be a great little bike. I'm thinking that it might be good for a loaner for friends to use when they are visiting. I need to get new tires for it, clean it up a little and it's ready to ride.

So I have to ask. How do all of you great cycling bloggers get your pics? I'm having a heck of a time. I'm feeling like the lone cyclist in town. I carry my camera with me and never find anything to shoot. Lot's of people ride at the bike trail but not many use their bike as a mode of transport. It's a little frustrating when so many of you take such beautiful pictures and post them. Oh well, I guess I'll have to work with what I've got but any advice would greatly be appreciated. Oh and when I do see something interesting, the moment has passed before I even get the camera out. I know...pathetic.
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Monday, June 22, 2009

When Worlds Collide...

His world/My world
Today, you are finally going to be introduced to the Psycyclist, also known as my husband. The psycyclist loves all things racing. He loves the flashy euro jerseys, gaudy shoes, and has more cycling gear than I have shoes (that's a lot). He is the one that got me into cycling. My engagement present from Psycyclist was my Specialized Hybrid. Before that, I rode around our Florida town on a single speed, Huffy beach cruiser with a coaster brake. Then all of the sudden, he had me sucked into the gear too. I had to have shorts, jerseys, shoes and a road bike. The whole bit. That was before I discovered the Chic Cycling movement.

So I confess to owning the very gear that is discouraged on most of my favorite blogs. Here's the thing, I have a road bike that is for sport. When I take it to the trail, I am there to ride like hell. I put on my gear and pretend that I am riding in the Tour de France. I clip in and go. I can, however, distinguish between riding for sport and riding pretty. I love them both.

The psycyclist is having a little more trouble embracing both worlds. Even when commuting or taking a leisurely ride, he rides like a racer. He can't seem to just slow down and enjoy the scenery. He's trying but I think it's going to take a little work.

Last night, we rode to my parents for a Father's Day cook-out. I took Agatha since we had to carry food with us. Psycho, oh I mean Psycyclist, rode his new Fuji mountain bike that is going to be his winter commuter. He wanted to test it out. I was riding at a slow steady pace, but the poor Psycyclist was chomping at the bit, so to speak, to bomb over there at top speed.

I wonder if it's a guy thing since one of my girlfriends is engaged to a cyclist and he moved in with all of his gear, too. I've been trying to get her to start riding but she was a little put off thinking that she needed all of this "stuff". I told her that all she needs is a bike and now she might be willing to give it a try.

So how do you get a lycra wearing cycling geek to embrace the slow lane? I don't know. But when we got home last night, the Psycyclist said, " I wish I could ride like you".
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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Vintage Bike Sighting

Last night, I spotted this sitting in a driveway;a few houses down from mine. I didn't have my camera so I couldn't get a pic. I looked at it from the street and all I could see was a black metal tag on the back of the seat. I thought it might be a Raleigh because the saddle looked like mine from a distance.

When I came home from work, it was midnight and the bike was still sitting in the driveway but I didn't want to take the picture at night. Woke up this morning and it's still outside the house. I was worried that someone would help themselves to it during the night. It's a Huffy; made to look like a Raleigh. It's in really good shape. Super clean. I wonder if it's owner wants to sell.......
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Tubadubjam 2009 at the Mansfield Reformatory

Photos by Paul Smith
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Friday August 21st and Saturday August 22nd, 2009
Ok. So this has absofreakinlutely nothing to do with cycling but my buddy, Paul, puts on one hell of a great car show. We went out a couple of years ago and it was one of the best times that we've ever had. We went out Friday night for the camp-out and it was a blast!
If you're not familiar with The Mansfield Reformatory then you need to know that it's one of the most haunted places in Ohio and this is one of the only opportunities you'll get to camp there. You may recognize it from the movie "The Shawshank Redemption" because it was filmed right here.
Check out the link below for more info:

Friday, June 19, 2009

First Wheels

There's really been nothing going on in my cycling world this week since Monday but Monday was a big day for us. We brought Max home (the vintage Raleigh), we met a cool cyclist and put him up for the night(see article below) and when we cleaned out our garage attic , we found my first 10-speed. It's an old Huffy but it's still in pretty good condition. I think it will be a great bike to rehab. I'm thinking of painting it bright pink and really making it unique. Should be fun but we have to finish cleaning out all of the junk in the garage first. Ride on and have a great weekend.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

You Never Know

Last night, Mike and I went to the library to load up on books, movies and music for the week. I grabbed my camera on my way out the door; just in case we spotted any cyclists along the way. Sure enough, we spotted this guy talking with a couple of gents along the side of the road. I pulled the car off into a parking lot, got out and went over to ask to take his picture. He asked if he might crash in our backyard for the night. We offered him a bed, shower, food and a washer & dryer. He was a perfect guest. He used our computer to hook up with a guy that he met along the way who is from Sweden and is cycling across the country. They are meeting this morning to continue the trip East together.

He just graduated from college and decided to take this trip before the next chapter in his life. We were both a little jealous and wished we were traveling with him. He was a perfect guest and this was a great experience. You never know where your love of cycling will take you. Not only have I conversed with some great people on the blogs but now we have put up our first overnight cycling guest. As he rode off this morning, he said," au revoir" and rode away. I gave him my email and I hope he stays in touch to let us know about his trip.
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Monday, June 15, 2009

Meet Max

This is Max. The newest addition to our bicycle family. He was given to us by a co-worker of my brother. He's a 1977 Raleigh 10-speed. Max is in need of some TLC which is just what we plan to give him. His previous owner wanted someone to love him and ride him and that's what I intend to do. This will be my first time taking a bicycle completely apart and putting it all back together. I can't wait.

Max has a beautiful Headbadge and that part will stay original but we don't think we can save the original paint job and decals. Darn it!

Max is going to look great once he gets some of his rust off.

It really is too bad about the decals because they are cool.
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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure 2009

The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure starts on Saturday, June 20th from Norwalk, Ohio with a bicycle parade. The ride is a 7 day tour with riders completing 45-65 miles per day with various stops at historic sites throughout. I am not even close to being fit enough to ride this event but I may go up to Norwalk (about 45 minutes away) to see the parade and wish the riders well.

Check out the link to read more about this event: http://www.goba.com

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Off To A Great Start

A Pic from the Carousel District-Downtown Mansfield

Yesterday, I rode Agatha to work. I was a little nervous taking her out for the first time and there was a serious threat of rain but I decided, "What the heck" and went for it. She was fabulous! She handled like a pro and looked quite stylish cruising through downtown. She needs a few little adjustments to her brakes but my husband/bike mechanic will look at it this weekend.

One of the things I love about riding a bike is that you can say hello to people that you pass on the street. I saw one of my favorite library clerks, sneaking out for a smoke break. I said, "hello". I got hellos from lots of people walking downtown. If I were in a car, it never would happen. I took some back alleys and roads until I got downtown and then I just merged with traffic. Going to work is a lot easier than coming home. It's downhill all the way there so I basically just sit down and coast. Of course that means that coming home is all uphill but it still wasn't bad. It just took a few minutes longer.

I work second shift so I have to be at work at 3:30 pm and leave at midnight. The plan is to ride to work and ride home on my supper break while it's still light outside. Unfortunately, I have to pass through some rough neighborhoods to get home so it's just not safe for me to ride home alone at midnight. It's still saving me one trip in the car per day and I get some exercise. When I told a couple of people that I rode to work, they said they might try it too. Hopefully, it will inspire others to do the same. Even if they only cycle to work one day a week, I'd be pleased.

Today is our downtown farmers market and tonight is the beginning of the Miss Ohio Festival so it's a great weekend to take the bike downtown. My thought is that the more people are seen using bikes and walking, the more others may be inspired to do the same.

So just a little update on the first commute on the new/old bike, thanks for reading.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Agatha Comes Home

Agatha was ready in one day. She now has a new rack, a removable basket, and headlight. I think with a small adjustment to the saddle, she'll be ready to roll. Many thanks to the guys at Y-Not Cycling in Lexington, OH for the great work. They were friendly, patient and understood exactly what I wanted. The shop is located next to the Richland B&O bike trail. I was so excited that I had to take her for a spin before loading her up for the car ride home.
If you're ever in the area, check out Y-Not Cycling and Fitness
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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

She Has A Name!

My friend, Beth, came up with the name for this bike. The bike is a Hercules which led her to Hercule Poirot...Agatha Christie.. voila... the name. I think it fits her and as I am a huge Agatha Christie fan and have read almost all of her books, it's perfect.

Agatha is at the shop this week and I can't wait to get her back. I'm not sure how the commute is going to go on a three-speed but I'm going to give it a shot. My dad used to ride an old Schwinn three-speed from this very house to the same neighborhood where I work so I know it can be done but until I get in shape, the Specialized might be easier.

When I took her to the shop, I priced a Gary Fisher Simple City bike. The price was very reasonable for either the three or eight speed. I also saw a really great hybrid, the Trek 720 but here's the dilemma:

There is an issue with bike theft here. It's amazing because there are only a handful of people in Mansfield that use bikes as transportation but just last week, someone stole a guy's Trek from outside the YMCA. The Y is located in a very good neighborhood and I was surprised it was taken from there. I hesitate to purchase an expensive bike only to have it stolen. That's part of the reason that I bought Agatha. After she gets new brakes, tuned up, lights and is fit with racks and baskets, I'll only have about $200 invested in her. Yes, I'll be extremely mad if she's stolen but not out of a lot of money.

I already have three bikes and as the economy gets worse... and worse...and worse, I can't justify purchasing another bike right now. My job has been in jeopardy for months so we are trying to get bills paid off and save a little money just in case. Even if I am fortunate enough to stay employed, I could be looking at a cut in income. My husband just found out that his hours are being cut at one of his jobs and our expenses seem to keep going up. I know...one step forward...two steps back. We keep scaling back on our expenses but we're just not getting ahead. The cost of food has gone up, gas is back up, our health insurance just went up and our car insurance is up for renewal in July and I'm pretty sure it's going to go up. Hopefully things will start looking better by next summer and we can add to our bicycle family. For now, I'll have to be content with looking at all of the photos on my fellow bike bloggers sites and dreaming.
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Vogue Article on Best Bikes

Follow the link below to read Vogue's Guide to the best bikes. I thought they had some interesting picks.


Monday, June 8, 2009

Vintage Pic Of The Day

How would you like to go swimming in this attire? I love the look but I know those suits are probably wool and heavy when wet.
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