August 22, 2010
Today I had the pleasure and privilege of riding Oma to Bucktown for brunch. Locking up all the rides took a few cables, chains, and U Locks.
It was another hot day, but the ride was particularly nice because of the bike lanes. How civilized!
We brunched at Toast.
Then there was lots of vintage and window shopping. Dottie acquired a new straw hat.
We stopped in at Copenhagen Cyclery and had extended chats with the fine gentlemen there. They also let us take a few cargo bikes out for a spin.
Dottie was on the Bullit and I was on the Velorbis Mobii.
Now the steering on the Bullit took some getting used to. Don liked it the most out of all of us. We figure it's because he had it set up so his feet were flat on the ground. He said you just push off to get it going (instead of pedaling) and you're supposed to just let it roll. Once you're off he said it was really light and you could go quite fast.
The platform also offers a variety of ways in which you can use bungees to carry all sorts of loads. I believe there are child seats that can be attached as well. Apparently it's amongst the lightest and narrowest of cargo bikes.
The Mobii was really fun to ride. I dig the tadpole style trike! Don took me for a spin up and down the street and it was a blast. I found riding it pretty straightforward and easy to do. Has a little bench for kids and an extra cover you can get too. It's mostly aluminum so it's supposed to be lighter than a wooden box bike. I totally felt like one of those chic Copenhagen supermoms.
Then Don needed a pick-me-up.
He tried his first Chicago-style hot dog. It has lots of veggies!
Shortly thereafter, refreshments were had at Violet Hour in Wicker Park.
It's very dark inside. Atmosphere to the max.
They specialize in fancy drinks.
Afterward, we grabbed some wine and some picnic dinner items, stuffed them in Oma's basket with my purse and day's shopping, and headed off to watch a Movie in the Park.
The featured movie was How to Catch a Thief.
What a splendid way to spend our Saturday in Chicago! Brunch, bikes, shopping, picnic, and an outdoor movie. All with our new friends who have shown us such warmth and hospitality while we have been here. Chicago rocks!