May 10, 2008
Went downtown for a haircut, but my husband had his car down there so we were going to drive back to the south side after he was done work. Needed the car to bring my cruiser into the shop (broken fender). The perfect vehicle for a one-way trip? The folding bike! Ride one way, fold it up, and stick it in the car. Tiny.
It was surprisingly not-slow and I zoom zoomed all the way up 109 st at a comparable pace to the cruiser. And going north on the high level bridge, I saw a beautiful girl riding the exact same Dahon folding bike south! I wish I could have gotten her picture.
Mr. Origami will be a good companion in the meantime, anyway, since Jürgen the cruiser is going to be at the shop for an undetermined amount of time. I'm going to attempt riding Jameson (the road bike) with heels and see if I'll live to tell about it. Jameson has these beautiful egg beater-like pedals that are for bike shoes, not real shoes. So far I've done it in flats. Another option is changing out the pedals, but nothing I've found is nearly as beautiful.
Just like anything worth doing, biking takes practice and a little forethought. But, with a little organization from the start, you get to navigate the city without having to complain about fuel prices and traffic. And have fun!