Today I test rode this bike at Orange 20 Bikes. It is a 44cm 2010 Redline 925. It's a Chromoly steel, single-speed road bike that's designed to be a commuter. It's fitted with full fenders and a plastic chain guard (not pictured here). The bull horn handle bars are an interesting choice (the 2011 version doesn't have them). Despite the warning from the salesman, I actually found them quite comfortable. Even though you're stretched way out on them, you're actually still quite upright and can see everything ahead of you. I found there was quite a bit of toe overlap with the the front wheel. I guess that's just expected because of the compact track geometry of the bike. I'd never used metal toe clips before and I didn't care for them - and I imagine that they could do a lot of damage to one's shoes. Also I found the bike was geared a bit high for me (42:16) (Did I write that correctly?), but for a person with stronger legs I'm sure it'd be fine. It can easily be fitted with a rear rack as well. This bike comes in at under $600, and it's very nice that they make it in a size small enough for a shortie like me! At 5'3" it's really hard to find a diamond frame bike that actually fits me. Overall it's a very cool bike at a great price.
I went to a sample sale with some friends last night and I was very good. I almost got out the door without buying anything but at the last minute I saw this silk Moschino scarf!
So I brought it home. Can you blame me? I mean really! How cute is this? It had my name all over it. I love silk scarves. I've scored a couple of beautiful Hermes and Pucci on eBay but this one takes the cake. Not only is it the cutest, but the silk is fabulously drapey, slouchy and well...silky. Since I've bought so much grey this Fall/Winter, I'm so happy to have this pop of bright, beautiful color to keep things from getting too bland.
I spotted these his and hers Globe Hauls outside S&W Country Diner in Culver City - a very popular weekend breakfast spot. I think they are Globe Hauls, anyway. They have the frame of the Hauls but the disc brakes of the Globe Live. Maybe the Haul used to come with disc brakes and the newer model on the website does not. Anyway I have a soft spot for the "his and hers" bike idea. So sweet and romantic. I know for a fact that it was a "his" and a "hers" that owned these bikes because I saw them riding off later. :) These bikes seem like a great upgrade from the typical beach cruisers you see all over the LA area. With their cup holders installed on the handlebars, they are all set for some weekend fun.
These pictures are over a week old but I still want to share. Los Angeles is particularly beautiful before or after a rain. On this lovely Saturday in November a storm was brewing, but my friend Gigi and I decided to meet up for a bike ride to Santa Monica using the Beach Bike Path. While I was waiting for Gigi to arrive at our meeting spot, I snapped these pictures.
Gigi arrives! Note how her pink shoe laces match her bike. So Gigi. :)
I just love how they keep your fingers free for gear changing. Living in LA it's never really freezing here so these should be plenty warm. And that little button detail is tooooo cute!
I also got these awesome boots on sale at Land's End.
You won't be able to find these anymore on their website, as they seem to be all sold out. My sister got in just under the wire and purchased them in black! They do have a couple of other similar styles, though, I'm not sure the quality of those quite rivals these. These were called the Women's Favorite Riding Boot. I'm pretty sure they meant horse riding but I'm gonna pretend they meant bike riding! I love the cognac color and they are super high quality. I thought I remember the website saying they were Italian but they are stamped "Made in Mexico." Either way they are beautifully made and will last me for many years to come.
The pictures are a little deceptive. On me they come way up above my belly button which I love. They kind of a have an 80's feel to them and the fact that they are high waisted means no worries when I'm riding my bike cause they won't slip down and reveal any underwear waistbands. And they'll be great for tucking into my new boots!
I also got some fun, cheap sweaters and a great scarf from H&M. I'll be posting pictures of those as I wear them.
For some reason almost everything I've bought this year is some version of grey - it seems to be my theme for the season! Now if I can just find some grey suede shoes!
Thanks for putting up with my conspicuous consumption. I hope I didn't bore you.
Pop Physiqueis a new exercise studio in my great neighborhood of Mar Vista. It's sort of a fusion of mat pilates, barre method and light weight training. It's a great workout in an hour. I went on Sunday and my abs still hurt today on Tuesday.
As I was locking up my bike I spotted this lovely Surly Long Haul Trucker at the next parking meter. With it's small size, swept back handlebars and practical basket it seemed decidedly girly to me. It turned out the owner of the bike was indeed another woman who was in the Pop Physique class. I didn't get a picture of her hopping on and riding off because she was so quick! Maybe next time.
I am a city-cycling enthusiast living on the Westside of Los Angeles. The bike commute to work is a breezy 2.5 miles, and I try to do it three times a week. My bikes: a 2011 Pashley Princess Sovereign and a 2008 Bianchi Milano Alfine (on loan to my sister). Feel free to leave comments or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.