Thursday, March 22, 2012

With the Guy on a Ride


It's nice to get out with the bearded wonder again. Last weekend our boys were engaged with friends, a nice separation between siblings for a breather from one another. We took advantage of our time as a couple and pedaled a slow pace on the waterfront path, ostensibly to check out a camp that a neighbor is considering buying, but also for my guy to test his commuting legs. His ride to work is much longer than mine and he's an early riser. He leaves our house at 5 a.m. for a short drive before hopping on his bike  at 5:30. I know, in the dark!

Every time I look at photos of  my guy wearing his helmet I realize how much I admire this particular style. It's a Bell Citi which has a commuter/retro look to it. I will need a replacement for a Giro that I've been using for years; part of the bracket that cups the head recently broke. I used to own a yellow Bell—you'll see it in the Around the World photos. I wouldn't mind owning another one of the same color.


My husband's yellow fenders always attract comments. And, it matches his brain bucket. He wouldn't admit that he planned the coordinated color scheme; it just happened. A few years back I bought him a bright yellow rain jacket so he's a highly visible presence on the road in cooler and/or wet weather—exactly what you want in low light riding.

Since this adventure last weekend my husband has started his commute, and he couldn't be happier.

6 comments:

  1. I really like the yellow fenders (and normally I'm pretty anti-fender). I've never seen yellow ones for sale. What brand are they? Happy commuting!

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    1. BB - these are Planet Bike fenders. I've seen at least 5 bikes around Burlington using this color. There is also a skinny tire version.

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  2. I do the combination car/bike commute too - I can't avoid the interstate unless I wanted to go WAY around - not worth the time. I keep a folding bike in my trunk. It's nice not to have to use a bike rack, and besides, this way I can keep the bike under my desk at work.

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    1. Great Chris. I say whatever works for folks. My husband used to ride 30 miles one way and take the commuter bus back but he was away from home for more hours. This solution works well for everyone. He drives the nasty part and rides the quiet roads.

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  3. I dig those fenders as well :) Always nice to get a few minutes with the spouse,those are moments we cherish around here,LOL,with a 9 and 15 year old in the house :p

    The Disabled Cyclist

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  4. The yellow fenders are a great idea! I am partial to shiny ones myself (though I don't have any, only rusty ones.)

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