I've been watching the snow melt and switching up bikes accordingly, from my studded tired, 26", singlespeed, fendered Bianchi, to my fenderless, moustache bar, comfy, cruisy, lugged steel Trek touring bike, to the trusty tried and true Vaya with full fenders and rack.
Some days I've pulled Copper to work with me; some days have been to slick for her little Tail Wagon to seem like a safe enough option for my four legged pal. This time of year in Omaha you really don't know what the week will bring and it's been a lot of fun for me to switch between these 3 different rides.
This week was full of riding all over town, giving out of towners a fun little tour of our fair city via bicycle (which is my favorite way to go), running errands, and of course commuting to work. I think all of this time on the bike is probably why I have so many gemmy bike related comments and/or incidents to relate to you this week.
#1) Two of us riding west-bound on Leavenworth at almost 42nd St. Stopped at light. Positioned in the far right lane. Driver of boring gray Plymouth sedan turning east-bound onto Leavenworth from 42nd St. in camouflage (I think it was an army uniform quite frankly) started honking while turning. We turned to look at who was honking and saw this middle-aged gentleman, looking at us, with arm extended, flying the bird. Yup. We were 4 lanes apart and he still felt the need to honk and flip us off. Thanks for perpetuating the stereotype guy. You did it. Way to go.
#2) Riding the Benson route about to turn west-bound on Hamilton off of about 36th St. with a group of about 5 of us. We felt bad ass. Kinda like kids. Kinda like a bike gang of awesomeness. Anyway, we were turning onto Hamilton and a lady driving east-bound on Hamilton stopped to let us turn (unnecessarily) and rolled down her window as we passed her. Bracing ourselves for something like, "get on the sidewalk!", we were happily surprised when she shouted enthusiastically, "you guys make me want to get out on my bike!" Man what a nice thing to hear!! Particularly when you are expecting something less cordial.
#3) 3 new Bicycle Friendly Destinations were confirmed! Scout in Dundee, Curbside Clothing in the Old Market, and Aroma's/Bliss Bakery also in the Market. Thanks all!!!!
#4) Ladies Ride! Proud of my girls for getting out there with me this mornin. Purdy nice day for the middle of December!
#5) Christmas tree hauling! Big Dummy Style. Not much that we've found that that bike (coupled with Vince's crazy pedaling power) can't carry! We had several different cars slow waaaay down and check out what the heck we were doing. One set of ladies in their front yard hollered incredulously, "Is that your Christmas tree?!?!" "Yeah, it sure is," we replied in unison. They started clapping and cheering. What fun.
#6) Beautiful views. I love sunset on our City's skyline.
That was my fun week. One last thing: I have had quite a few nice comments about my little blog lately. It's the random folks that I don't know that follow "Girl Commute" who make me really want to keep it better updated. So, this post's for you. Keep riding! Let me know if you have a fun story that I can share here.