Hi there! We are back and ready for 2011. :)
My first bike commute of the new year was pretty much perfect. First, during my absence, all the snow miraculously melted in Chicago. The temperature has since dropped down to well below freezing, but the roads remain clear and dry. I celebrated the rare occasion by riding studded-tire-less Betty Foy for the first time in a month. Vroom-vroom!
Half way to work, I pulled over to change the album on my iPod and blow on my numb fingertips, when Maria of Po Campo rode up next to me on her beautiful Soma mixte. Our paths soon diverged, but not before I got a picture!
A couple of miles later, Jami of Balloon Biker pulled up next to me in the bike lane and we rode together and chatted the rest of the way in.
Lovely! Note the skirts, tights and boots that both Maria and Jami are sporting. That’s how Chicago women do it on a bike in the winter!
Unexpectedly meeting up with two bike friends really brightened my morning. As a bonus to my already awesome morning, between seeing Maria and Jami, I passed a woman going the other direction who was riding a Dutch bike with flowing hair, carrying a baby on the front and a toddler on the back. It was so beautiful, I could have wept. She must be Dutch or something, although I would love to be wrong. Anyone know a regular Chicago mom who throws down like that? I was tempted to turn around and catch up with her to snap a picture, but figured that would be weird. Instead, I offer this supermum representation from Copenhagen Cycle Chic:
Women on bikes are taking over – watch out, Chicago.
Happy new year!