Well, posts have been sparse. I know. The reason: too much time outside, not enough time on the computer. I’m not apologizing.
We’ve had a lot of fun this summer on our bikes. The kids especially – not a day goes by that they don’t ask to go for a ride. Once a week, or maybe more, I indulge their desire to explore the neighborhood and take them out on their bikes. I walk behind with little Miss S in the (now modified) bike trailer/stroller.
We go to the park, the “candy store”, the grocery store, anything within a 1 1/2 km radius – that’s about as far as they can manage. They get a real kick out of locking up their bikes in the bike rack at the No Frills with my lock.
They love their bikes so much that they want to take them everywhere. We had a neighborhood street party last weekend – took over the road for the afternoon – so what did the kids do? Ran home to get their bikes. What a thrill – riding on the road!
My bike, the long john, has suffered from so much use and abuse over the summer. I had to do some ‘fine tuning’ to the steering to keep it on the road – which involved a bungee cord and a liberal application of chain lube. I’ll post more about that another day.
The summer of riding also took it’s toll on Paul’s home-made eBike. The Giant rack we purchased to mount the battery pack to came apart at the welds, causing much chaos. Now we need a new rack, a new and improved mounting system, and a new rear tire. When the battery came loose the electrical box dropped a quarter inch onto the tire, and rubbed all the tread off the center of the tire before he could make it home for repairs.
I found, and purchased, a 1975 Raleigh Lenton in great condition for two dollars. Yes. Two. I subsequently ripped the tires off the Galaxie to put on the Lenton, and have been riding the “Red Rocket” all summer.
We modified the bike trailer (yet again) to make it convert into a stroller for winter walks – another of my preparations for my first winter without a car. For a purchase which at one time I thought frivolous – this hundred-dollar bike trailer has become worth its weight in gold.
I’m going to leave you with this today, a fun, and useful project for your bike. Maybe even a great excuse to learn how to sew.
From Eighteenth Century Agrarian Business:
A DIY pannier. With fabulous and clear instructions. Come on boys – impress me!