Saturday, October 30, 2010

Things That Warm My Heart (Part 2)

A couple weeks ago while I was downtown with the kids at the library we arrived to find the bike rack full - and just about every immobile object within view with a bike locked to it!!

It was a friday afternoon. I'm presuming it was a class trip - which warmed my heart just a bit more because I certainly don't remember taking any class trips on bikes when I was a kid!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010


On Saturday, as I was hauling the kids to their dance classes, I noticed they were setting up a cyclocross race in a nearby park. Got me thinking about cyclocross... and reminded me of this vid I'd stumbled across a while back:


I love this...

No ridiculous car trips from Martin Lang on Vimeo.

What's YOUR ridiculous car trip....?

Mine is kind of the opposite of what they were looking for; short trips that are really too short for driving a car (I've always walked or ridden a bike...). We lived on an acreage for a bit and I think it ridiculous, now, that we would live so darn far away from where we worked and did stuff that it necessitated owning a motor vehicle (or MULTIPLE motor vehicles...).

My sister, when we younger and still lived with our folks, drove my parents car three blocks to buy cigarettes at the 7-11 on Broadway... regularly...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Things That Warm My Heart

...and help me believe that all is not lost for humanity...

It's fall.

It's 5°C.

It's pissing down rain all day.

...and the bike rack at the local Safeway is full...

(Okay so "full" amounts to five bikes... and there were scores of cars parked in the lot... but still...)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Violin Lessons

For the last two weeks the kids have taken their own bikes to our violin private lesson. The round trip, including stopping on Broadway for groceries at Steep Hill on the way home, is about 7Km.

The first week Keira (who does the trip on her runner bike!) only needed a lift up the bridge. This week She rode on the back of the Yuba all the way there. We were running a bit late, and she seemed a bit tired and the trip is mostly uphill (of course that means teh trip home is mostly DOWNHILL!!)

Here's the gang loaded up to head out:

(Click on the pic for a larger version)

October Kidical Mass in Saskatoon

Another Kidical Mass in Saskatoon. Might be the last one for this year... but then you never know when the snow's going to blow... so..

Our fearless leader/awesome organizer guy, Bryn, on the left there...

The marshaling area.

And they're off! (Young Ian rocking the ride on his runner bike!!)

Sam and Sophie

Good times were had by all. Big thanks to Bryn for baking the banana chocolate chip cake and organizing the hot drinks (and to whowever made those great cookies!)!!