I was perusing the cable channels with my trusty remote when I happened upon an episode of G Word about a fun-looking ride in L.A. put together by a group called the Midnight Ridazz. I like the fact that the segment showed the host hanging out with the group for a good long while, until one guy near the end of the ride, perhaps a bit tired or partied-out, started to push his bike. I'm glad that that was aired because I bet a lot of people think they have to be in tip-top shape before they go on rides or start to commute by bike like some people think they should try to get their lives together before they start going to church. I'm not saying that after 10 or 15 years of not riding, one should hop back in the saddle for a lengthy commute to work, but I am saying that you don't have to be Lance Armstrong before you participate in a ride or commute to work. There are definitely some slow-paced, rides with pit stops (for anything from cupcakes to booze) out there and if they aren't in your area, there's information on the Midnight Ridazz site that tells you how to organize some. In fact, there are an abundance of cool links on the site. A couple now reside in my sidebar and I thought that this one is a nice affirmation of your right to the road for those moments when you need some extra chutzpah to hit the streets.
At the moment, I constitute a slow-paced fun ride of one, but at least that means there be no obstructions between onlookers and the sexy new tires I'm going to get.
After looking at this particularly cycle-luscious piece of bike porn, I was inspired to once again search for white tires for Praline. This time, I found some in exactly the right size in the United States. Now all I need is cash. I might go for that track stand too because every time I put a lot recyclables in my basket it lurches to one side like it's about to fall. Oh yeah, I could get some new rims because mine are mismatched somehow. Damn you, siren song of shiny bicycle accoutrement!
From now on, you can find a link to all the hot bikes on Three Speed Gallery in my sidebar. There's also a Fixed Gear Gallery and an Old Ten Speed Gallery, but those type of bikes don't appear to have the delectable accessories that three speeds/cruisers have. Except for this kick-ass old Schwinn.