Stylocycle’s Blog

March 7, 2010, 3:48 am
Filed under: comments around town, Overheard

As I rode by 3 young guys who were working for the city clean-up crew:

[One to his buddies –>] “Dude! That’s a fucking cruiser!”

Yes. I was amused.


When boys forget to be surly
May 26, 2009, 1:59 pm
Filed under: comments around town, Overheard

Yesterday afternoon I had a little party to attend for a friend’s birthday, and even though I really have not been feeling very sociable recently, I decided to pull myself together and go.

Riding down one of the residential side-streets, I passed two boys about 16-17 years old and also out riding their bikes (hybrids, of course). As I passed by one boy said to the other, “Whoa! I gotta get one-a those!”

I smiled to myself because my own teen-aged boy is torn between embarrassment and pride about my bike. He has occasionally sneaked it out for his own use, and his friends all think it’s really cool (especially the leather seat), but to my face he’s pretty jerky about it. Underneath the jerk, though, I figure that he actually thinks that it would be cool to have a nice, big, stylish commuter bike for himself. Maybe in his 20s he’ll get one of his own to get to and fro in his day-to-day life. At 6’2″ already, he’s unlikely to ride a bmx forever. Right? Right??

Hey! That’s Morgan’s bike!
May 13, 2009, 9:32 pm
Filed under: around town, Overheard

So I heard through the doors of my favourite stationery shop in uptown Waterloo yesterday. *That* is how unusual a commuter bike is in this town (population 200,000 in K/W)– even though I’ll give you the fact that my bike is pretty unique with its leather touring seat and big panier on the back fender. I’ve only seen one other Batavus on the road here.
Anyway, hearing that my bike had been recognised by a friendly voice, I poked my head out of the shop and found my lovely grad student and her partner, and they were both enjoying the day out on their bikes. If only I had had my camera with me to capture what a happy and striking pair they were on their velos.

Also yesterday: the first of the ducklings were out on the little collection pond that I pass on my ride to and from work. Little things scooting and zipping across the water! They are absolutely adorable and I want no fewer than the four of them for playing with in the bathtub! I’ll take pictures next time I pass the pond. I was glad to see all four still there this afternoon as I also saw a coyote not 300 metres down the path from the pond. That was the second one out in broad daylight in a matter of two days.

Anyway, these lovely moments on my bike rides more than make up for the obnoxious car drivers who just have to honk at me when I’m riding in a lane instead of squished up beside a curb. How many drivers have no clue that they ought simply to pass a cyclist as they would any other car if they really feel the need for speed? After all, I was going about 36 km/ph at that point, was heading into a left-turn lane to stop off on an errand and we were about 100 metres from a just-turned red light.

I’m hoping that the blue silk hydrangeas I bought to adorn my basket will look cheery enough to discourage nasty, egomaniacal, gratuitous honking. …even if my teen-aged son is truly appalled by how ‘dorky’ the flowers-in-basket trope is.