More Summer Games Fun

By | May 27, 2010

Wednesday was Mr T’s kindergarten open house – and a perfect opportunity for a family ride.

First: a peek at the Galaxie. Rusted out parts removed, cleaned, polished and new tires! These tires bring a smile to my face every time I see them. I also painted out my basket to match – it used to be black.

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The Galaxie was feeling awfully neglected sitting in the garage, so I arranged for Grandma to watch the girls while Paul and I and Mr T went to the school. The little guy was super excited to get to ride his bike, and so was I. Paul, on the other hand, just got home from work and barely had time to change into shorts before we headed out again.

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I usually tell the little guy that only bikes with two wheels are allowed on the road, but this is a quiet street, only one car passed us while we were riding. And besides that – the sidewalk is unbelievably bumpy here due to the trees. He tried to ride on the sidewalk, but after he had to get off and push his bike over one of the heaved pavers I decided road made more sense. We told him to “stay in your bike lane”, which of course means stick to the side.

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Although it was a nice change of pace to ride slowly – it’s also difficult. Mr T tried to keep up a good pace, but it was pushing 30 degrees and he got pretty tired on the ride home. I was especially grateful for deciding to wear a dress (and doubly grateful for the Galaxie’s step-through frame). And just so everyone is clear – that’s not my bum, it’s the wind blowing my dress.

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It was only a short ride – but so nice for the three of us to get out and just enjoy the ride. When I go out with the girls and the long john it’s usually about the destination. Get out, run errands, get home before the baby needs to be fed or napped or whatever. For a little while I just got to enjoy a ride with my dear husband, and my soon to be school-age son. (sniff sniff).

Unrelated to the summer games: We have been debating how we are going to commute to school in the fall. Will Mr T ride his own bike, or will he continue to ride on the back of the long john for another year? The first thing we noticed when we arrived at the school was the serious lack of bike racks. We couldn’t find anywhere to lock up. We did a lap of the school, and ended up looping my big ol’ cable lock around a column by the front door. The little kids will be entering through the back door however, so I’ll need to find a place out back for his bike if we decide that he can ride on his own. But seriously – where are the bike racks? I must have missed them, because a school without bike racks is… wrong. There should be LOADS of bike racks. I’ll be going back next week to do a serious investigation.

Back on the topic of the summer games for a moment – no bike racks equals no parked bikes. No opportunity to leave my ‘notes’. Passed one cyclist on the way home – but he was carrying his bike on his shoulder. Turns out there was a load of glass in the bike lanes on Royal York, and he blew his tires. Sad sad sight.

And another tangent: two months ago, I very happily sold my old crappy mountain bike, and used the money to purchase the Galaxie. At the time, I couldn’t see any reason to keep an off-road bike. Now, I’m packing to head up north for the weekend. My husband loaded up his new (used) quad into the trailer, and I found myself longing for my mountain bike back. Sigh. There are so many kilometers of open trail up there – just waiting to be explored. Sigh, again. Last year I took a spill off the dirt bike, and after almost six months of recovery from my injuries I am reluctant to get back on again. Perhaps I will luck out at a garage sale this spring and I’ll buy myself a cottage bike. That would be awesome.

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8 Comments

Deborah on May 27, 2010 at 10:16 am.

Wow – I love how the Galaxie looks with white tires! So so so pretty.

duncan on May 27, 2010 at 10:24 am.

Adorable family ride. And white tires are awesome and actually age quite well. I was worried mine would look disgusting after riding on dirty roads, but they wear the muck well.

Joe T. on May 27, 2010 at 10:27 am.

Maybe ask the school about the lack of bikeracks? Kids should at least have the option. :)

Joe T. on May 27, 2010 at 10:28 am.

Did you just use tremclad or something similar to paint the basket? I want to buy a white one for Tracy but am told that white baskets aren’t made (which I find doubtful, but whatever).

cFletch on May 27, 2010 at 2:12 pm.

I used “recreational white” tremclad, and it took about 5 coats to cover the black completely. Then I hit it with clear coat to give it a little extra protection.

Joe T. on May 27, 2010 at 2:35 pm.

Thanks Claire. Good idea with the clear coat.

I’ll probably have to do the same thing with her pannier rack. She has a pretty white bike, and I want to make it even prettier for her.

She’s been itching to get back on to two wheels, and is hoping her baby-birthing recovery time isn’t too long. :)

Angel on May 27, 2010 at 10:01 pm.

I am eternally jealous that your Galaxie is up and running!

And white tires. Had never TRULY considered them, now I’m thinking black will be just too plain.

My Galaxie is from ’71, and so far is the only one I’ve found pictures of with her curves like on the rear seat stays.

You must also tell me how it is with the kids in the trailer! I have a 5 year old (roughly 40lbs) and an almost 2 year old (28-ish pounds) and am trying to figure out how to get us around while the weather permits (AB winters don’t favour biking with kids when you know….-30…yuck). I currently am borrowing a trailer but found my kidlets were squished…and apparently they don’t make them much wider without spending on….seventy billion dollars.

Anyway, longest comment ever win?

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