It’s not always about speed. I like cycling fast. Testing myself on longer, steeper climbs. Finding the straightest line down a winding, mountain descent. But it’s not always about speed.
This week I made a trip to the local dump to empty the truck of 8 bags of yard trimmings. On the way out, look what I discovered. Two old, coaster bikes in remarkably good shape. I put them on the rack (the rack usually reserved for Chas and Lou), and brought them back to the cottage. After a good cleaning, and 2 new tubes, they were ready for a ride.
Surprisingly, they are easy to pedal (at least on the flat), and fun. They coast. My son and I spent an hour touring the quiet cottage roads, exploring hidden trails along the way. Trails Chas, Lou, and I didn’t know existed.
Sometimes, it’s good to slow down.
You mean someone had thrown them out? Who better to find them than you then. 🙂
I know. My son and grandson are visiting and they don’t ride bikes like Chas and Lou. So this was a wonderful find. They can cycle the quiet cottage roads together, even go to the local store if they are so inclined. It’s amazing what people discard ~ one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure 🙂
One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure. Absolutely!!!
How long will you have company for? 🙂
Another week 😄
I have figured out what I would like to do with the kitchen here if you are still looking for work. HaHa
Ha ha! Does your job offer come with a plane ticket…? 😀
You work at an airport. Don’t you get perks?
I wish. I work at the duty free so nothing for me other than discounts on perfumes! 😉
Perfect. You must smell nice 😄
Ha ha, I do have a thing for perfumes. In a bizarre way, they are like music. A fleeting scent can evoke as many memories as a single note. 🙂
A blast from the past … Is that a friction shifter on the Villager Road King (Road Queen surely)? And I’m reminded of just how much I love lugged, steel frames.
Slow rides are definitely becoming more appealing to me, especially if there’s a pub at the end of the route.
Yes, a friction shifter. A beauty!
Lugged, steel frames are the best. They last forever, are comfortable to ride, and real pretty to look at.
My son and grandson took the bikes out yesterday. Now my grandson wants one for home. He likes it better than his mountain bike.
If you’ve not come across Velo Classics before there are some lovely, and lovingly, restored high end road bikes from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s to admire http://veloclassics.blogspot.co.uk/
Of all the bikes we have, we LOVE our cruisers… especially our ‘recovery’ ride to the brewery on Sundays… 🙂
Love that 😄
Nice find! But it begs the question… what are their names?
I’m working on that. Chad thinks they are silly. Frivolous. Not real bikes.
Those are my kind of bikes with their mudguards and a comfy-looking seats.
I thought of you when I found them. They are fun and easy to ride.
I think you might like this artist, especially her latest work:
Have a good day 🙂
I love it! How did you you find her, you of all people?
“You of all people”? 😀
She was recently freshly pressed. And I can’t resist watercolour art.
Well thank you. I’ll take a careful look at her work. May be interested in buying a piece. I too love watercolours.
I have an architect friend in Toronto and she has done a watercolour series of earth movers. I have one hanging in the bike shop.
I’m really glad you like it. I’m sure she’ll love for you to buy one too! They are indeed amazing.
That sounds peculiar and beautiful! Is your friend looking for an assistant…? 😉
She has a small team with an office in Toronto and a small satellite office in Gravenhurst (cottage country). You can see her work at http://www.coolearth.com (I think).
Someone left bikes at the dump? Travesty!
Sorry, Chas, but this is my kind of ride 🙂
They are fun and relaxing ride 🙂 Don’t worry. Chas doesn’t mind. He gets his turn.