November 24, 2009
I rode to HUB mall this morning to get my hair cut by this guy who came highly recommended by a friend. My old stylist moved to Saskatchewan and I've been shopping for somebody else who is actually good and taking new clients. It was great! Whenever I'm in HUB it really brings back tons of undergrad memories. It's a place where you can eat fast food at 10 am and nobody judges. It's lots of different styles all mixed together. It's people watching galore. It's a hub of activity!
Rode the foldy so it would be easier to take onto the train. I'll say this. The Dahon is fabulous for transporting on the LRT. My Pashley was so heavy and huge that I had to take the elevators. With the Dahon I can actually use the escalators or just carry it up and down the stairs.
Here's the little guy in an elevator, just because I thought I had to at first.
And waiting on the platform for the Northbound train to arrive.
It was so cute, while I was sitting in the saddle and holding onto the bar (I find this is easier than standing beside the bike or sitting beside it) a little kid was saying to his mom, "Look mom! I'm on my bike - Ding Ding!" He was playing pretend that HE actually had a bike on the train and was ringing an imaginary bell.
Took the train downtown to meet my mom for lunch and to give Dexter a feed (he was sleeping over last night and again tonight). Then mom had a doctor's appointment so I folded up the bike and put it in her backseat so we could get to her appointment. I watched the baby while she did her thing. Afterwards I unfolded the Dahon and rode home while she took the baby onto the freeway back to their place.
See? Just because you have to go do multiple things and coordinate being here or there. There's still a way to save a few car trips. And hey, if we can just save one here or there... I'm down.
So let's talk about the snow. I think the most annoying thing for me is the inconsistency in the roads. People tell me to get studded tires. To get this bike or that bike. I don't know... half the time the treads in the roads are worn down enough that it's fine. There are no huge snow banks now so I'm not dealing with a lack of road space yet. It's just that the conditions are changing at every moment. Ice. Wet snow. No snow. Sand. Blah!
I'm thinking Dahon is going to make a great winter bike because the wheels are so small that I'm allowed to not so guiltily take the sidewalk from time to time if there is no road to ride on. Also, it's very train friendly so I can use it in tandem with transit. And I'm not sitting very far off the ground so if I'm going to wipe out on ice or that sticky, slippery snow... I don't have far to go before I hit the ground:)
It was a windy day.
You'll be seeing a lot of these boots.
And here we are back at home, ready for a warm coffee. Yes, that's a babydoll plaid shirt with ruffles. So what?