Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tuesday night fun

Join us for the weekly Ladies Night Ride fun extravaganza! A reason to celebrate one of the most mundane days of the week with something new and interesting every ride (sometimes complemented by beer)! Guys are welcome to join for either a $5 donation or to dress up like a girl. Tonight we were graced by the presence of these lovely ladies in their dresses and gowns and lovely bicycles:

Ladies Night Bike Ride

Ladies Night Bike Ride
Oh my oh my

Ladies Night Bike Ride
Rocking the leopard print

Good night Palm Beach (lol)



Thursday, September 22, 2011

My $50 find

I've actually had this bike for over a month now but with apartment renovations and all I'm just now getting around to posting about it!

I managed to finagle locally an old Dutch bike for 50 bucks. With a little bit of adjustments, it runs good as new. Replaced tires and fixed the dynamo system. Every bike shop that I went to whom I told about it literally dropped their jaws. That customers have lately been coming in and asking for bikes like these with full chainguards and if they had one, they could easily sell it for upwards of $600 whereas a regular bike of that age would be worth next to nothing for them. It's an old 3 speed with drum brakes in the front hub and is much leaner than my Behemoth Gazelle. It has a bit of a sportier geometry so there is some weight on the arms, making it hard for me to talk on the phone (yes it really is a shame dont kid yourself). It's great in that also I am not as afraid of leaving it somewhere as I am with the fancy Behemoth because it's old and already full of scratches and it was 50 bucks. There is also an obvious sacrifice in ride quality since it looks to be a much lower end bicycle. The Behemoth is still the Cadillac King of my stable.

My boyfriend, who partakes on daily train commute rides, commented on how some gentlemen this evening were praising his Amsterdam bicycle and denouncing their mountain bikes for how fat and knobby their tires were as compared to his slick thin ones by the catch phrase "man you must go fast". Well I guess whatever piques interest!

New bike

New bike!

Exploring West Palm Beach

Share the Road signs everywhere
Along the ocean on Palm Beach

Bridge to West Palm

Stormy Day
Along a soothingly calm Intracoastal

Mansions along the Ocean
In front of a McMansion on Palm Beach

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hurricane Irene

Some late photos from when Hurricane Irene brushed by Florida on its way to flood the Northeast. Everyone else had the same idea as me – come out during a rain break to gawk and take pictures.

Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene

Rides Rides Rides!

Last month I finally made it out to the Critical Mass ride in downtown West Palm Beach. Critically, only about 5 people showed up so it's nothing amazing like the ones in the bigger cities but hey, we're trying. It's held every last Friday of the month and meet up is at the fountains downtown. Saw old faces and new faces and we had a fun time riding through parts of the area I have never been to! Our ride coincided with the Art and Wine event at the Northwood Village area, which is sort of like another downtown but further north of here. Tom was riding on his tall bike and commanded the attention of everyone on the streets with its awesomeness! It was amazing just watching him get on the thing.


Critical Mass West Palm Beach

Critical Mass West Palm Beach

Downtown West Palm Beach

Tonight we finally had the Ladies Night ride since last week it was cancelled due to lightning. We finally managed to catch a break with a spell of cooler dry air and a beautiful week of full moonlight. By cooler I mean that instead of 95 it was 91 today. There were the most riders as of yet tonight: a whopping total of 10! More than Critical Mass! We went out to the beach, had some drinks, laughs, and flew some kites in the moonlight. It was great meeting all of the new people, like Ken Steinhoff of Palm Beach Bike Tours - great chatting with you !

Ladie's Night Bike Ride
Ladie's Night Bike Ride