Thursday: The Bicycle Edition

Now that I live downtown, I spend less time on my bicycle. However, I also find that I’m doing a little more in the way of “riding for fun”. Since I am mere minutes away from Dallas Road by bicycle, it has become more of a cycling destination for me than anywhere else ocean-side in Victoria (my previous closest ocean involved a heart-attack-inducing hill).

This weekend is the Tweed Ride in Victoria. What is that, you ask? Basically, we’re all going to cycle around town in our fancy tweeds, stopping here and there along route, including tea with fine china on the lawn of Craigdarroch Castle. I’ll update with outfits etc. after the ride.

In preparation, I spent last weekend doing a bit of a tune up on my bicycle, including a full clean, replacement of the handlebar tape – we’ve gone from obnoxiously bright blue to sleek metallic grey, and adding a shiny new bell. I had high hopes of a removable basket for the front, and even cycled to three different shops to check them out, but forgot to take into account that drop handlebars don’t do baskets very well/at all.

In unrelated-related events, I was going through some of my bookmarks and items “favourited” on Etsy this evening and have compiled some pictures of some fantastic things that should probably make their way onto my bicycle at some point!

So I already have this. It is fantastic, though I haven’t yet used it for a six-pack or a polo mallet. For the Tweed Ride, I plan to use it to hold my Beatrix Potter lunch box (who knew I still had that?!? Mum’s writing is on the inside with our phone number from Bleecker, so it has been around for awhile!) which will contain sustenance and my tea cup and saucer. Pretty fantastic invention, if you ask me!

By the same makers, there is the wine bottle version. I think this would be very handy for the next potluck bbq or birthday party I attend. Alas, one lovely thing from the Walnut Studio is probably enough. For now (they have a can holder as well! and lovely saddlebags, if I had a saddlebag holder). If I’m not careful, my accessories will soon be worth more than my bicycle!

I’m not too keen on the idea of having a rack on the back of my bicycle with large, unwieldy saddlebags. I swing my leg over the back and I could definitely see myself catching on one. Plus the weight. And it might look funny. Basically, I am very resistant to the idea of saddlebags. But these… oh my! They are lovely! And they come in different colours! I like how they fit right underneath of the seat, attached to its base, so that there is no way that I would find it annoying from the foot-swing-over point of view (though I could see myself getting annoyed at it hitting the back of my thigh if that was a possibility). They do, however, seem to be quite spacious and, while I couldn’t do my grocery shop into one of those, it would hold a one-person picnic and book. Really what more do I need on a lovely sunny day.

Just when I thought that I was sold on one of the above bags, I had to go and see this lovely beauty by the same maker. This looks like it is not only more spacious but would be more functional as an off-bike bag as well as on-bike. Unfortunately (or luckily, depending on your perspective), her shop is closed for a few months, so I will have to make do with admiring from a distance.

Lastly, because everything can’t be overly serious, there are the planters. Seriously, how could one not become attached to the idea of having small planters on the bicycle! It is like spring all year round!

But in all seriousness, I love my bicycle just the way it is and am pretty happy with how it rides and with the bits and pieces I currently have attached. It is just fun to dream! The weather is supposed be lovely in this part of the world for this upcoming weekend. I hope it is in your part as well, and that you get to head out for a walk, if not for a bicycle!

(Images from the linked websites)

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2 thoughts on “Thursday: The Bicycle Edition

  1. I think that second bag looks so functional, and fantastic! It makes me jealous!!!

    I have been dreaming of cycling a lot these days…it is one of the things I have done a lot of in physio, so it has really started me thinking about getting a bike.

    My work is about 10km from my home…is that something an average not-athletic-but-not-completely-lazy person could do in a reasonable amount of time, without needing a shower upon arrival?? Google Maps told me (http://g.co/maps/v8rhv) it would take about 40 mins…humph…

    Maybe then we could go on bike dates!

    ๐Ÿ™‚

    Also, I love your tweeds!

    Nicely done!

    • Gah! I know. Bags are beautiful. I ended up putting a carrier on the back of my bike with a collapsible metal side panier and it seems to be pretty good. It holds a lot! I just need to watch the balance…

      10km isn’t too bad… if you’re doing it for work you’d want to look at the terrain – if it is super hilly, you’re likely going to work up a sweat. Likewise on hot days no matter how slowly you cycle. Cycling at a slower speed will also help with the sweat.

      I’ve done 7.5 km to work for awhile – but not now that I live downtown – and it wasn’t too bad. Though sometimes a change in shirt would have been good. Partially because I am too competitive and am incapable of cycling slowly. I also never leave myself enough time so I’m usually in a hurry. ๐Ÿ™‚

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