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back to the bike

the pink sleeve

the pink sleeve (... cold enough for jacket and gloves)

 

basically, the sum of my addictions

The week has gone from cold-ish and grey requiring jackets and gloves,  to warm and sunny with flip-flops and sleeveless shirts.  Such is March.  And it has been back on the bike with, well, perhaps some renewed enthusiasm – although I still have snow on the brain.

The big excitement of the week:

  • having Dillon home for spring break and getting to ride with him (although he is much too fast for me these days)
  • seeing the publication of several of my photos, including the cover photo, for VBT‘s 2011 Italy Bike/Walking Vacations catalog (and yes, with permission and compensation – thank you, Chaipel)
  • coconut cupcakes 😀 #FTW!

For #330daysofbiking, I have reached Day 316.  Two weeks (?!) to go ….

 

grey day and greening pastures

road repair roadblock {-P

riding (or rather, trying to keep up with) Dillon

riding (or rather, trying to keep up with) Dillon

beautiful spring day, students and their bikes on the local Lee University campus

 

my dear husband (via my camera) appears on the cover and in feature article of VBT's 2011 Italian Cycling Tours catalog

the pink bike

boys and bikes (Matt, Tim & Mason)

So, you are a college student with not-so-much money, but you want a bicycle.  And one day, at the local thrift store, you spot a nearly-mint condition bike for $10 … ok, actually $9.99.  It is pink, a step-through frame, and there is no denying it is a girl’s bike.  And you are a full-fledged-secure-in-your-maleness kind of guy.

Immediately you know: this is your bike.

downtown - Matt and his pink Schwinn Caliente

A little bit about Matt … He has been a friend of all of the boys for a number of years, and has become like a member of our family.  Spending time here, especially this summer, I like to think that our family’s love of bicycles and cycling has rubbed off a little.  He’s a brilliant student, studying higher mathematics at Georgia Tech.  He’s also an amazing cook (we joke that he should minor in culinary arts), a talented musician, and one of the kindest and most considerate young men we have ever known.  He’s incredibly enterprising, conscientious and hard-working, and is definitely a free thinker.

He said that the unconventional, and maybe “slightly bizarre” look of a guy riding a pink vintage-ish girls’ bike was an appropriate reflection of his resourcefulness and even his personality – for $10, how could he possibly complain?   Honestly, it’s a beautiful bike – obviously garage-kept and rarely ridden.   It’s perfect.   And somehow, it is Matt.

This weekend, Matt headed back to college.  This semester, with a better (and pinker) way to get around campus and Atlanta.  It makes me smile.  Ride on, Matt – see you soon!

at the bike shop with friends

#330daysofbiking Day 73: day of girl

bike, skirt, pink pedicure

Day of much “girliness”.  Swam in the early morning, went to the dentist for a teeth cleaning, and then rode errands and pampered my feet and toes with a pedicure.  Pink.  🙂

Some days I really love just riding around in a skirt and “girl clothes”.  A slower pace, for sure, and there is a certain skill involved  – the right skirt, the ability to keep it from blowing around too much – but I love the feeling of a skirt swishing against my legs as I pedal, and arriving places looking more feminine than, well … athletic?  I know the two can go hand in hand, but typical bike apparel – shorts, tights, etc. – just doesn’t have the quite same feeling, especially when I’m running around town on errands. And as one of my twitter friends said, “we work hard for these legs, sometimes it’s nice to show them off in a dress (skirt).”  LOL.

Came home and took some photos of some little white butterflies that have been hanging around the flowers off of our front porch.  Good grief.  Next thing you know, I’ll be posting rainbows, unicorns and My Pretty Ponies ….. (time to take the skirt off.)

flowers and butterflies ... oh brother 😛