July 25, 2011
A few shots from a recent Townie ride.
October 4, 2010
Last week I rode the Townie to work once. The next day I opted for a 1977 ten-speed; an old Motobecane Super Mirage. Fun bike, but damn, not as comfortable as the Townie. It was, however, a lot faster.
Sunday was my birthday. My wife and I started the day with a nice bike ride on our local back trails, up to the University of Texas at Dallas. We rode around a bit, checking out the recent efforts at campus beautification. If you want to take in the sites around you, there is really no better bike than the Townie. Occasionally when I’m riding it to work I consider replacing the fat tires with some 1.5″ diamater commuter tires, which would probably make the bike a lot faster. But then when we’re out on these rides, and the fatties just float over everthing, over grass, over mud, whatever, I’m always glad I’ve not done the switch.
Later that evening I put the panniers on the Townie and rode up to the nearby Sprouts grocery store to buy some fruit for the week.
I’m sure this is all very exciting to my readers! haha.
Just wanted to write about riding the Townie.
September 30, 2010
Rode the Townie 21 to work today. 7.5 miles.
That is all.
April 16, 2010
I’ll be posting various versions of this article on several blogs. God, I love this whole blogging addiction thing.
OK, I went for a casual Richardson ride tonight. Rather than my usual 18 mile ride on the Fuji, I decided to go toodle around on the Townie. Just kinda giving my legs a rest. Feel like I’ve been blowing them out a bit.
Anyway, I rode from my house down to Richardson Heights Shopping Center, after a brief stop at the old Methodist church/current Buddhist temple/organization, where I did a little deep breathing-meditation in their garden.
I rode around the shopping center parking lot for a while and took this picture of what for many years was the JC Penney store. Man, this place has been empty for a long time, which is a bummer. Most of the other spaces in the shopping center are occupied, which is great. My family used to shop here a lot, and I got many winter coats at the Penney store. This was before nearly all the big stores had moved to malls. Things were better. Malls have ruined so much. They suck..
OK, enough nostalgia. Let move on — there is more excitement to come!
I proceeded in an easterlyish direction, under Central Expressway, and moved into glamorous downtown Richardson. I rode around a bit, checking out the activity in local businesses. It’s pretty amazing what kind of small businesses you discover if you’re just farting around on a bike. I knew there were some hookah shops and bars, down there. I discovered a custom plus-sized dress shop, a hip-hop clothing company, etc.
But since this was a leisurely ride, I decided I had exerted myself a little too much. Refreshment was required, and what better place to obtain them than Dell’s Hamburgers, on Polk Street. I locked the Townie up (I just realized I need to come up with a cool name for the Townie, kinda like the Bike Snob has his cool name for his bike), and entered the establishment, and ordered up one of their awesome homemade root beers. Aaaaaah…muy delicioso!
Overall, it was a nice 45 minutes on the much beloved Townie 21. Rock on, Electra riders.
Took a Townie ride over to the light rail station (with a stop off for Pizza), down to Mockingbird Station, down the Katy Trail to Downtown, over to Deep Ellum for the Arts Festival, and back. Got 18 miles of Townie riding. Saw some cool art.
I’m thinking I will make two mods to the Townie 21. Some 1.5″ tires that are higher pressure and thus faster, and a nicer, harder, better-shaped saddle. The stock saddle is just so squishy — after about 13 miles it just feels terrible. Maybe a nice Brooks? Not sure. Need to look.