This old bike was parked outside the library.
Not exactly the most flattering picture. It started out as a decent hair day but after the wind tunnel effect, it didn't look so hot.
While attending the party for my uncle's 60th birthday, I asked my cousin to take me for a ride on his new motorcycle. I had not been on a motorcycle in probably 20 years. I know... before you mention it... I wear a helmet on my bicycle but don't have one on while riding a machine that can go well in excess of 100 mph. We were just riding up the road and not very fast (ish). It was fun to feel the wind whipping around me but I think I'll stick with bikes that have pedals.
This is a pic of the groceries that I brought home on the bike yesterday. It was a heavy load for me but I kept thinking of Sara from Full Hands who rides everywhere; toting kids and everything else. She gave me to motivation to keep going. Thanks Sara and all of the rest of my fellow bloggers for all the inspiration.
Yesterday, we had to attend a party for an uncle's 60th birthday. My assignment was to bring fruit to the party. I debated...take the car or try the bike. I knew that the melons were going to make for a heavy load but what the heck. I took Agatha because she's the bike with the basket and rack but she's also the heaviest bike with the fewest gears. The thing is... at some point, I have to practice what I preach and consistently.
I have no problem taking the bike for short distances but at the slightest hint of real exertion, traffic, or weather issues. I hop in my car and off I go. Sure, it helps cut down on car usage and I purchase carbon offsets for my car but I feel like a hypocrite. I know I shouldn't feel guilty about it since I knew it would be nearly impossible to go completely car- free in this location but I do. So I'm going to ask the question...am I the only one who feels this way?
The Psycyclist giving a wave but we weren't the only ones who rode to the show.
Our bikes parked under the stairs.
This bike was parked across the street.
This weekend, the Psycyclist turned 51, a major milestone since the odds were against him making it to thirty. One would have thought that fifty would have been the big birthday since he made it to half a century but it came and went with little fanfare. He's now excited to have made it one year past the halfway mark since he's banking on making it to one hundred.
I took a vacation day on Saturday and we were headed for Shelby's Bicycle Days. The Weather Gods were not in our favor and throughout the morning it grew dark and stormy. As the clock continued inching toward 2:00 (time of the parade start), the storm began to pass. The 51 year old Psycyclist had fallen asleep in front of the television. This is something he never does. Hopefully, it's not a sign of whats to come over the 49 remaining years of his life. I hope these senior citizen naps aren't going to become a habit but he was so peaceful that I didn't have the heart to wake him.
When he finally awoke, I was vegged out in front of the TV watching a chick flick on Lifetime (I'd pryed the remote from his hands) and he was a little disappointed that we'd missed Bicycle Days. Instead he worked on bikes and "pounded some hills". He came home and announced to me, "I still have it!" When asked if he wanted anything special for dinner, he requested one of my home-made pizzas. So that was our evening; catching up on the Tour De France stages that we hadn't watched yet and eating pizza.
On Sunday, he worked on bikes again (I don't know if there is really that much work to be done or if it's just his excuse to hang out in the garage with his bikes) and we picked up his wheel from the bike shop. We also picked up a new rack for his Fuji so he can start hauling groceries on it.
Sunday night, we hopped on the bikes and rode to the Govt Mule concert that was being held downtown. We equipped the bikes with lights and off we went. We weren't the only ones who rode Eco-friendly to the show. We spotted a couple of other bikes parked around the area. It was funny...we parked the bikes under some stairs at the side of the building where most of the people had to pass from the parking lot to the theatre and it was unbelievable how many people remarked on Agatha. I didn't realize she was so cool. Older people smile and wave all the time (I always chalk it up to nostalgia) but this was a pretty young crowd and they thought she was hip. When we left, we just got on and rode. No traffic...just brilliant.
This lovely couple out for a Sunday evening ride has a matching set of Electra Townies.
I love this couple. He's more of a roadie and she's in her street clothes.
The Psycyclist broke a spoke on his Gios on Saturday so we ran the wheel down to the bike shop for repair. On the way back, we checked out the bike trail for any unsuspecting models. Maybe the blog should be called "bike stalker" since I am armed with camera and on the prowl. Anyway, we spotted quite a few Electra Townies so I guess our local shop has sold a lot of them. For me, it's a bike that I like in theory but not so much in practice. I'm sure they're great for people who just want to leisurely ride along the trail. They sure do look cool!
Hope you all had a great weekend!