As I was getting Vivian out for the trip downtown I saw the Lowrider hanging there, looking so neglected and lonely. I'd not been on her for several months, she was covered with dust, she needed some lube and both tires were flat.
I took her down and wiped her off with a towel. Obviously the last ride I took with her was a long one because her big handlebar touring bag was still attached and inside were the remnants of several snacks, the kind I only take when I do day long rides. Poor old thing! I gave her new tubes, lubed her stiff joints and made a few minor brake adjustments. Perfect timing for LGRAB part 2, Perform a maintenance task - big or small!
It felt so good to be back on her! She fits me like a dream, she's light and fast. While I have no idea how fast I cruise on Vivian, Mrs. Gale or Irene, there's something very satisfying in watching a speedometer hit high, happy numbers! Perhaps its because she's so light but it feels like I'm floating down the street. I think the quick twelve mile ride was exactly what I needed to remind me how much I love to ride this little gal and inspire me to get back on for some all-day road rides in the coming weeks! I keep trying to remember my last rides in the fall and why I didn't ride during the winter. Denver is sunny and mild enough for the vast majority of the winter that you can easily ride all year round - just dress for changing temps!
There were loads of people out on their bikes today. With the sun back out after a seemingly endless barrage of rain over the weekend and into Monday, I think lots of folks had the itch.
Doesn't she look happy!
Denver's East High high school home of famous folks like Douglas Fairbanks (he actually got expelled), Hattie McDaniel, Pam Grier, Don Cheadle, Neal Cassady, three members of Earth, Wind and Fire and many, many more.
Pedal Cars in City Park