My focus lately has not been on blogging, but I have some renewed energy now. In three weeks, I start a new job (an exciting step up in my career!) that will bring me a longer and more scenic bike commute. And to reward myself I bought a beautiful digital camera that has me eager to document my rides.
This morning I enjoyed my regular bike ride to work in the sunshine and crisp air.
Betty has been my constant companion for the last month, although I expect to swap her out for Oma as soon as the snow starts.
And here’s what I wore on my bike, although this was in the middle of the day and Betty, unfortunately, was not around to pose with me. A cashmere sweater and scarf with a leather jacket kept me plenty warm in the low-30 temps.
We had such a great turnout for the Tweed Ride last month! Despite the very British chill in the air, a lively group of dapper ladies and gents met at Sevier Park. Three pubs and five hours later, we all biked home. Here are some pictures from the day.
(photo by Austin of Green Fleet)
The group at Yazoo (+photobomber!)
So many bikes outside of Yazoo
Emily and Derek (from Memphis!) and Emily’s mom Charlene
Amanda sets the pace on Patty.
Car factory taken over by bikes.
Paula and Sten outside Marathon
Jessica at Corsair Taproom (photo by Sten)
Anna, Dan and Paula, so ladylike in white gloves! (Photo by Sten)
Sonny explains it all (photo by Sten)
Jack and his cigar: the ultimate tweed ride accessory! (Photo by Sten)
I should mention that I cross-posted this event on the Slow Ride Nashville meetup page. If you’re looking for more ways to get out and about on a bike in Nashville, check it out!
I have been cycling almost daily for so long – over five years now! – that I do not think much about the physical aspect. When I first started bike commuting, I could feel it in my legs for several months. By now the act is so routine, I sometimes forget that bicycling is exercise.
Oma and I setting off to work last week
I was reminded of this fact when I returned to bike commuting after almost a month’s break, due to my travels and other factors. After two days back in Chicago riding Oma in the wind, my legs muscles were sore. Really, riding a bike as heavy as Oma is more like weight training than cardio. :-)
Years ago, I read a Dutch woman comment that because she’s been cycling her whole life, her leg muscles are too used to the motions and she has to do separate exercises to keep her legs toned. I refuse to believe that – I hate squats!
I wonder how others experience the physical aspects of bicycling and how that has changed (or not) over time. Anyone care to share?
The majority of Chicago’s Divvy bike share stations are now installed. The map below shows the active stations in blue and the planned stations in yellow.
This means that there is a Divvy station a couple of blocks from anywhere I want to go. I’ve been taking advantage of this at least once or twice a week. The routine is simple: walk up to a Divvy bike, check the tires (only once have I found a flat tire), throw my bag in the front rack, adjust the seat to my height and release the bike with my key fob.
Time to break out the tweed and cashmere – fall is here!
I have a habit of writingeveryyear about how much I love fall, and this year will be more of the same. It’s such a perfect time for bike riding, especially for riding in full work clothes without arriving sweaty.
I enthusiastically pulled out from under my bed the two containers of cold-weather clothes and suddenly I have a whole new wardrobe. This week I will replenish my supply of black and brown tights, then I’ll be good to go through early spring. :-)
It’s been way too long since our last Nashville Tweed Ride. Time for a rematch! Will I wear the exact same outfit as I did three years ago? Will we have equally unseasonable warm weather? Will the 15 people who RSVP’d “yes” on the Nashville Slow Ride page actually show up? I can hardly wait to find out.
Please join us! Route details can be found on the meetup page above or on the Facebook event page.
The world got much more awesome on the day Dot was born. And so did my life when we met some 25 years later!
Cheers to a friend who is kind but assertive; smart and thoughtful, but never afraid to be goofy; and a true artistic talent who lets us see the world through her eyes in her photos.
Speaking of her ability to master new things—did I mention that her latest enthusiasm is learning Serbian? A skill that was much appreciated by the Balkan community at large as well as her travel companion.
So, Живели, Dottie! Can’t wait to raise a glass with you in person in a couple of weeks.
The sun is setting earlier and earlier now – a clear sign of the shift in seasons. While I am not crazy about bicycling in the dark, I appreciate changes that mark the passing of time and keep life from feeling too routine. And I can now watch the transition from day to night during my evening commute.
I hope all of you are enjoying October so far. Just remember to carry your bike lights with you at all times! :-)
Hello! We are back! Pardon the silence, but sometimes a woman has to travel. :-)
Trisha posted a teaser about our destination a couple of weeks ago and reader Jennifer correctly guessed our location: Dubrovnik, Croatia! But wait, there’s more. A full reveal of all our destinations is below.
Lake Skadar, Montenegro (our home base was Herceg Novi):
Lustica Peninsula, Montenegro:
We will post much more later, including details about an amazing bike excursion we went on one day.
Now back to regularly scheduled bike blog programming. :-)