Goodbye, Summer Crowds

Now that Labor Day is behind us, the crowds are starting to thin out on the Lakefront Trail. I’ve avoided the trail most of the summer because dodging hundreds (thousands?) of other trail users is not my idea of fun. I plan to take the trail much more often during the fall, when I can relax and enjoy the crowd-free and car-free goodness.

I have missed the beautiful view of Lake Michigan and the fresh air that comes off it. So far early fall has been perfect in Chicago – hopefully we’ll have at least two good months before winter begins.

In other news, a new bike joined my household today! The bike is Mr. Dottie’s, which is good because he loved to tease me about our 3-to-1 bike ownership ratio. I wonder if anyone can guess what kind of bike he bought. Hint: it’s not the same brand as any of mine.

  • Amy

    Oh! Exciting! I’d take a guess, but I’m way too sleepy and am posing as a battlefield for kittens. :) Can’t wait to see his new ride!

  • surlycue

    I bet he went Surly. His personality tells me so ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashley-Lottes/2803772 Ashley Lottes

    I bet he went Surly. His personality tells me so ;)

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      Surly is a good guess. I would say that’s close, but no, not a Surly.

  • Jax+Puzzle

    I’ll hazard a guess – perhaps Mr. Dottie selected a Surly?

    Enjoy the trail! :-)

  • http://twitter.com/kara_lara Kara

    About time Mr. Dottie started to catch up!

  • http://twitter.com/kara_lara Kara

    About time Mr. Dottie started to catch up!

    • Trisha

      I guess I shouldn’t spoil the game! Can’t wait to see it in person. Glad those yahoos have left you the trail for the fall. It really is a zoo in the summer!

  • Lauren Dirgo

    Did he get the Pilen?

    I could also easily see Surly.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      Not the Pilen, but I think he would like that bike.

  • http://www.anniebikes.blogspot.com anniebikes

    I’ve always enjoyed your lake shore photos. It makes me want to visit Chicago.

    I was going to guess Surly, even before I read all the comments!

  • http://letsgorideabike.com Trisha

    I guess I shouldn’t spoil the game! Can’t wait to see it in person. Glad those yahoos have left you the trail for the fall. It really is a zoo in the summer!

  • upnorthdoug

    It sure feels like Fall here today. I rode into work with a 37F degree temperature and 30 mph winds off the big lake. Should only get up to 50F this afternoon. There was a wonderful chill in the air this morning. I love Fall weather.

    I don’t have a guess on Mr Dottie’s bike since I know so little about him. Sure can’t wait to find out what it is. A new bike in the house is always exciting.

    MnBicycleCommuter

  • upnorthdoug

    It sure feels like Fall here today. I rode into work with a 37F degree temperature and 30 mph winds off the big lake. Should only get up to 50F this afternoon. There was a wonderful chill in the air this morning. I love Fall weather.

    I don’t have a guess on Mr Dottie’s bike since I know so little about him. Sure can’t wait to find out what it is. A new bike in the house is always exciting.

    MnBicycleCommuter

  • Gordon Inkeles

    I’d guess a Dutch bike, since you have actual Dutch bike dealers nearby.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      Not Dutch. Although I’d love to get him on a Dutch bike, he’s not down with the whole concept and riding style.

  • Scott

    Give us a hint on Mr Dottie’s bike, is it more sporty or for city riding? My guess is ANT.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      Both sporty and city. :) He would have loved an ANT, but decided on something cheaper, less of a threat worry, and more quickly available.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      I want to post about the bike, but I’m waiting until I have a picture of it. So far I haven’t had a chance to photograph it in daylight.

  • http://www.bikeskirt.com elisa m

    All City or Trek. Trek has those great commuter bikes now.

  • Michael

    Civia? I really like their bikes.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      :)

  • Laura

    I’d say a Civia Loring since you test rode one a while back and seemed to like it.

    • Laura

      Changed my mind, that would be too girlie. Since you said “readily available” I’ll go with the Prospect.

      • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

        Close.

  • Inspiredcyclist

    Enjoy the Lakefront now the crowd has thinned out! I must catch up on my blog reading to discover Mr. Dottie’s new bike…

  • Inspiredcyclist

    Enjoy the Lakefront now the crowd has thinned out! I must catch up on my blog reading to discover Mr. Dottie’s new bike…