February 22, 2011
I was going to call, but decided instead to do my usual inhospitable thing and just drop in at redbike, my friendly neighbourhood bike place. I figured if they didn't have what I needed or didn't have time, I would just come back another day.
When I got there everybody was busy, though not too busy to give warm greetings!
They were quick to point out the new Pashleys. And man... they are nice. Really really nice.
The two in the foreground are the Britannia, and the powder blue and pink ones are the Poppy.
Edmonton ladies, I have been told they have ordered heaps of Pashley bikes in ALL sizes. So no matter if you are 5'0 like me or a long-legged beauty... there is a Pashley for you.
I had gone with more practical purposes. I really need a rack on the Kona. Tying things to the handlebars certainly works (today I had my purse hanging off there too, in addition to a gigantic bag of music books) but you all know me. I prefer cargo options.
Mr. Mechanic was actually quite busy, but conceded to doing me a favour. Thank you!
He is my super bike hero. This is the sort of thing that Don can do. But Don must have time. And one has to freeze outside in the garage too. My redbike hero saved us from such a fate, and now this rack is crazy super sturdy too.
While I was waiting and chatting, I snapped a few pictures around the shop. These bikes look electric!
And this would look so cute cute cute on somebody's ride.
redbike sells chopsticks? Nope. This is my double kick stand for Pashley!
And hello, Brompton. You look very cozy and at home next to those Yakkay helmets.
Look, some of those Pashleys that have yet to be unpacked. LOVE.
Any bike work shop has to have its rims.
Then it was time to pay up and say good bye and get on with my errands.
It was actually quite cold today. I don't think I was dressed up quite enough, though it wasn't a big deal. The wind on the way home was a bit mean to me, but that's to be expected, anyway.
Luckily my Kona is slowly getting more bits and pieces to become even more practical. I believe it may be the ugliest of all my bikes. However, it's so handy that I find that I am using it... A LOT.
I am going to use Don's rear basket thing that clips onto the rack, or maybe a pannier (we have 2 detachable ones, both of which would be suitable).
And I even added a kick stand. Before I would just throw this bike down on the grass or the ground. Now that I am using it more frequently and I also tow Dexter's trailer with this bike, I would like it to stand up on its own.
Funny how even my "ugly" bike is starting to take up a little place in my heart. Kona and I are really building a loving relationship through all our riding together. It's the kind of bike that is really a waste to sell because I wouldn't get much money from it. I am gradually spending little bits of money replacing things and changing things... but all in all the frame is really decent and the bike fits me. I think the next thing I might do is change the gear things (you all know I'm not the least bit technical, right?) so that it may become a single speed or... I may still want to keep 3 to 5 speeds on it if I am towing.
I haven't decided yet.
The point is, my winter bike isn't all fancy and beautiful. But in my eyes it's wonderful. The perfect stead that keeps me non-dependent on the car, even in these winter months. And it's my great little bike shop that keeps her in good shape.