Lately it seems I’m posting more about group rides and events than about my daily biking. While I continue to ride my bike to work and everywhere else, the high points of my biking life have been special events like Critical Lass, the Women-Who-Bike Brunch, my Cupcake Ride and the Tour de Fat. There is simply no better way to enjoy Chicago in the summer than outside, under the sun, on my bicycle, chatting with nice people.
Now I’m adding the Seersucker Ride to that list, which I joined last Sunday. The ride was co-organized by the BBC (British Bicycles of Chicago), the Slow Bicycle Society and Velo-Francais. Sort of like a Tweed Ride for the summer heat.
There was an excellent turn out of excellently turned-out folks. :) We met at a neighborhood watering hole for starter refreshments. I chose a summer shandy to deal with the heat wave weather. (I refuse to listen to anyone who points out that alcohol dehydrates!)
Then we headed to beautiful Humboldt Park for a picnic. By far the classiest picnic I’ve ever seen, with table cloths, mini strawberry shortcakes, and fresh mixed mint juleps!
Fun bicycle events provide such a friendly and relaxed environment. I enjoyed chatting with old friends and meeting new people.
Everyone was dressed so nicely, very casual chic.
After the picnic, we meandered slowly to another watering hole, where I chose to remain for a couple of hours before heading home. :)
Take that fixies and BMX bikes! He was actually only one of five penny-farthing riders there and three of them were women. (I can’t believe I forgot to get a picture!)
Ash gave the Pennyfarthing a try, but I am too much of a chicken for something like that.
Many thanks to the organizers of the Seersucker Ride. Everyone had a great time!
Who else is enjoying a bike summer?