This morning I quickly calculated how much money I have saved on subway fare since I’ve had my bike, and it’s already halfway to paying for itself. Well, that isn’t a totally accurate figure since some days I would have walked, and I have my old bike which was probably not safe to ride without major work, but still! I have been enjoying it. It didn’t have so much as a bell when I got it, so I added a few accessories.
I took this when the hawthorn was blooming in the backyard. Glamour shots! I love the white walls of the tires, even if they are a bit dingy, and the chrome chain guard.
We bought an inexpensive rack, $15 at Canadian Tire, and Geoff affixed this wine crate we had to it. I know this probably looks heavy, but it isn’t that bad and it fits my giant purse and my lunch. It would probably fit a few stray kittens too.
So yeah, it’s been renamed ROAD KITTEN.
I added the bell, as I mentioned here. I got this coffee cup holder at Cycle Couture. It’s come in handy a few times when I haven’t had the time to sit in a coffee shop but was in the mood for a good coffee. Even though the coffee occasionally gets cold by the time I arrive at my destination, or splashes out...
I got this light for the front (no one is surprised that I got one with the word “cat” in the name), and this one to attach to the rear fender. I would like to upgrade the saddle at some point, but I think I have everything I need for now, including a pretty good lock, pump, helmet, and container of oil.
Even though I love my bike, I couldn’t help but keep a mental list of dream bikes when I was looking for one of my own. These are all so super cute (keep in mind that I am not a bike expert. I like these for their aesthetics and have not tested them, although I am sure they are comfortable to ride around a flat city at a moderate pace). They will have to remain in my dreams of paved country roads lined with wildflowers, however.
I like bikes that are smaller in size, and the mixte frame is my favourite. Some of the huge Dutch-style bikes are just too much bike for me, personally, as beautiful as they are.
Click to view large: 1. Abici Primavera in verde (I also like the Sveltina, but I love the green colour, name, brown saddle and grips, and chain guard of the Primavera), 2. Linus Mixte 3 in cream, 3. Bobbin Bicycles Birdie in mint green, and 4. Creme Cycles Caferacer in pearl pink doppio (aahhh!). All these brands but Creme Cycles are available in various bike shops in Toronto, so I have visited the other three and looked at them longingly. I am pretty sure that Linus is the official bike of my neighbourhood.
For those of you in Toronto, here are some shops I like (definitely downtown-biased, but it’s what I know):
Curbside Cycle (Abici, Pashley, Bobbin, Linus, etc.)
Bikes on Wheels (Bobbin, Linus, Norco, Gary Fisher, etc.)
Cycle Couture (Public, Velorbis, etc.)
Repairs & tune-ups: The Bike Joint
If you are looking for a restored vintage bike, Toronto Vintage Bikes does beautiful work. Or buy an old beater and take a workshop at Bike Pirates!