Good morning! To all Americans, I hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving. :-) And now we have to go back to work. :-(
Traffic was light in the city during the holiday, making it the perfect time to ride a bike – as long as you manage to avoid the drunk drivers. But I have not been on my bike in 5 days because my mom was visiting from North Carolina. She enjoyed taking the L train.
The previous Sunday was my most recent joy ride. My friends Sara and Glenn and I biked down the Lakefront Trail to see a movie, then back up the Trail to meet Mr. Dottie at a cozy Scottish pub - a great way to warm up after a chilly ride.
Two years ago, Kara of Knitting Lemonade wrote a guest post for LGRAB, describing her search for a chic bike that would fit her 6 foot frame. Today, jamonwheels, a reader taller than Kara, asked:
I am finding it impossible to find a step through bike frame comfortably large enough from my large frame. I am 76 inches tall [ed. note: over 6'3], very tall for a woman, with a 36 inch inseam. Help! Are there really no frames for women larger than 19 inches?
A fun and friendly group gathered for Chicago’s Tweed Ride on Saturday. After an unexpected thunderstorm, the weather was sunny and exceptionally warm for November.
After the second pub stop, I broke off the ride with a group of girlfriends for dinner at Bangers and Lace. I love that going on a Tweed Ride naturally means hanging out with so many of my friends. Good times.
I know Des Moines had a Tweed Ride on Saturday (looking forward to the pictures!). Anyone else?
BRRRRR! The October warm-up is over and real Chicago fall has arrived with morning and evening temps in the 30′s F, which is basically as cold as winter in my native North Carolina. This is my 6th fall in Chicago, but the reality of the first chill still surprises me.
Yesterday I wore a wool dress, tights, and my new Chloe trench from Paris (love!) for my entire bike commute. I thought I would get overheated, but nope.
The street lights were on by 5:30 p.m.
I felt kinda like a baby, complaining of my frozen fingers and toes when I arrived home, but even Ted the Cat, with his massive fur coat, has taken to snuggling under blankets.
So here’s to staying warm with the start of cold weather bicycling in Chicago!
Today I feel like indulging in some flights of fancy. The result is my dream outfit. This is by no means a shopping guide, simply an expression of my aesthetic at the moment. This lushly beautiful Stella McCartney dress is waaaaaay too rich for my blood. But there are some attainable luxuries, such as striking nail polish and a romantic hair style. Also, I am in love with this Bloom Theory camera strap and will have to figure out how to make my own out of whatever scraps I can find at JoAnn’s. :-)
I could easily ride a bike in this outfit, especially a lovely upright Velorbis, while enjoying the final remaining days of tights-free weather.
Over the years, I’ve considered getting a bumper sticker for my bike. Something fun and positive like, “Thank you for seeing me!” or “Have a nice day!” or “Put the fun between your legs!” (I am not that forward!!). But this is the first bike bumper sticker I’ve ever sported:
The sticker is not made specifically for bicycles, of course, but my Velorbis has a convenient license plate-like area perfectly fit for such a sticker. Instead of peeling off the backing, I stuck some electrical tape on the back side and so far it’s holding up well.
I’m ridiculously proud of/smug about this bumper (fender?) sticker.
Have any of you ever sported a bike bumper sticker? If so, what did it say? ;-)
As the summer winds down, I find myself already growing nostalgic, but excited for cooler weather. This outfit brings together those disparate feelings. The bright flowers celebrate the brightness of summer, while the jeans are perfect for those evenings when there’s a slight chill in the air – and these skinny jeans won’t get pulled into bike cranks or chains. (Hint: if you don’t want to pay for Dolce & Gabbana, buy some inexpensive jeans and fabric paint!)
I’m heading to Nashville this weekend to hang with Trisha and enjoy some Southern sun. Then I plan to spend as much of next week outside as possible, enjoying what’s left of Chicago’s magical summertime.