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Sunday Brunch

July 29, 2008



Don and I riding to and from a Sunday brunch at a local establishment, the Parkallen Restaurant.

More Market

July 24, 2008


I am addicted to the city market. Admittedly, riding with a pannier full of groceries and Dougal in the basket gets heavy... but he and the vegetables are worth it.

Shine On, Crystal!

July 23, 2008



Great news! One of my best friends, Crystal, finally upgraded from her old high school mountain bike. She is now much more comfortable on a Trek hybrid. Although she was basically walking everywhere before, now her radius of non-driving activities has increased to include things such as getting to the gym, to hair appointments, and to dinner with me on Friday.

Snake skin open toed pumps on a bike? I don't see a problem in the least.

Two Tiered Friday

July 21, 2008


One of my best friends took me out for dinner to celebrate my birthday! On the way home I stopped in at a friend's party hosting the navy band for dinner. This is me coming out of his lane after two sets of desserts. If I weren't biking all the time I wouldn't be getting away with chocolate hazelnut mousse in an edible cup, molten white and dark chocolate cupcakes, and kabobs of marshmallow & fruit dunked gratuitously in chocolate fountain.

Chocolate and I were sort of out of control on Friday.

Single Speed Summer Beauty

July 20, 2008


I noticed gorgeous Malorie Urbanovitch when she was crossing the intersection by the Sugarbowl. Luckily, I was going there too and managed to catch her on her way out. She built up her single speed from a frame she got from a friend at work, and looked relaxed, stylish, and summer savvy in her excellent custard shorts and gladiator sandals.

Doubling

July 18, 2008



Don always tells me how dangerous it is to double on bikes. Though I can't say I disagree entirely... my friends and I used to do it all the time when we were kids. It makes me sad that grown ups aren't always adventurous enough to try things that might result in a few scrapes.

I talked Don into it, so here we are on his Dad's 70s Raleigh at the lake last weekend - FUN!



This is Dan and Leanne giving it a try on the rear carrier.

Note: I would never recommend riding this way while commuting through Edmonton traffic.

About Town

July 15, 2008


Just Dougal and I out and about. Enough said.

Thank you: Jen C of Baltimore

July 13, 2008

Jen,

Yours is one of the best compliments I have ever had on the blog (see comments section) - thank you for such high praise! I was really inspired from Copenhagen Girls, Copenhagen has a triumphant legacy of cycling!

I'm so proud of you for getting out there on bikes with your family! Anybody who tells you you're 'crazy' (I get those comments quite frequently) for biking or biking with your kids, probably has a sad sense of an active lifestyle. The exercise and physical activity portion of cycling is just one factor. People tend to forget all about being an active participant in community, life, and transportation. Cycling is active transportation, not passive transportation like driving is.

In my city people always relay to me their concerns about my safety. Strangely enough they always attribute the precarious state of my life on a bike to my heels. It's like saying a high heel automatically increases my chances of being run over by a motor vehicle - ridiculous! Plus, I don't always wear heels. People only tend to feel the need to comment when I DO.

Another ironic factor to all this is how incredibly dangerous driving is! I'll have to get more specific stats, but driving by no means lowers the level of danger in transportation. I love being an active participant in life, which is one of the biggest draws of riding in the first place. It doesn't bother me that it might take an extra 10 minutes to get somewhere (this is depending on traffic, I'm sometimes faster than cars). I don't notice the time because it's way more fun to ride a bike!

Congratulations to you for teaching your kids about the fun of riding bikes and fostering an awareness for their community and the environment!

Pashley vs. Batavus

July 6, 2008



Pashley Princess Sovereign



Batavus Old Dutch


I have a dilemma. I want to upgrade to a super high quality European cruiser, but I have no idea if I should go Pashley or Batavus (my two final choices). Both the Pashley Princess Sovereign and the Batavus Old Dutch come in small frame sizes for my diminutive self. They differ in other respects like gears, brakes, and other technical aspects that I can't pretend to be an expert on.

So I'm asking all you excellent bike persons who read this blog to help me out and give me some advice. Since they're small frame sizes I'll have to special order one in and I don't think it's fair to ask my shoppe to bring in both. But it's hard for me to make a decision without riding either of them first.

I also have people telling me to stick with my Amsterdam Electra (sport 3, buttercream) because it's light and has an excellent frame. Maybe I just think the grass is greener on the other side? I just imagine a heavier bike not necessarily being hard to ride... and having beautiful momentum and a sturdy, timeless, solid quality. But I don't own one, so it's really hard to say!

Help.

Market Baby

July 2, 2008


This beautiful cycling mommy strapped her little one to a baby seat at the market! I've seen the baby seats in stores, but this is the first time I've seen one in active use in Edmonton. And a mini front mounted one too!

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