Saturday, April 24, 2010

I'm longing for...


a new bicycle

or an old one.

A vintage one would be swell

especially one with a basket to hold flowers and produce from the farmer's market.

My husband and I bought a bicycle built for two last summer.  We found a classic white vintage Columbia beach cruiser at The Alameda Pointe for $60.

It took us awhile to get in sync with each other but we found our groove after lots of back & forth communication.

It's a completely different experience riding a tandem but it's a total blast if you can get used to people looking at you.  I don't know why but there is something about seeing 2 people on a bicycle that elicits  lots of stares.
(Image courtesy of Victoria Pearson)
I'm thinking today is the perfect day to dust it off and take it for a spin.

But now that garage sale season is upon us...

I'm going to be looking for a bicycle of my own.

(Image via Daily Vitamin C)
 Although I love these...

(Image via Daily Vitamin C)

I would prefer this!


Wishing you all a lovely weekend!
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(My sincerest apologies for not having several of the images credited. I haven't figured out how to find the source when I save them  to my files. If anyone can help me with this I would be eternally grateful!)

28 comments:

koralee said...

Oh I adore my Maria bike...she is new but looks old...good luck in finding one....you must name it when you do. xoxo

A Perfect Gray said...

if you can find a vintage one - that would be the way to go!

1 Funky Woman said...

Oh my goodness, that picture of the yellow one is exactly the bike my sister had in High school. She even put a basket on it and rode everywhere on that. How funny to remember that now! I love the pink one!

cityfarmer said...

ride baby ride!!!

Starfish and Sundresses said...

Aw, I bet you and your hubby are so cute riding in tandem! I really want a bicycle too! xx

Privet and Holly said...

I also LOVE bicycles with PERSONALITY! I would take any of the ones pictured. I have a great one for really hitting the trails, though....a hybrid that can take a variety of surfaces. Mr. Chips {the hubby} is a serious biker and almost every morning last summer we would get on the trail by 5:30AM and ride six miles into town for coffee and then ride home. So quiet and peaceful that time of day! He would LOVE to get a tandem bike for us...but I'm not sure about being a co-pilot versus a pilot. Hope you find your own SWEET ride!
xx P&H

Debby Lee said...

That bike with the shell basket is fabulous!! I can picture you riding it! I love going to Nantucket on vacation because you see so many bikes with baskets and it reminds me of my childhood when I used to ride around with my dog in the basket of my bike, (thankfully, he loved it and never jumped out)! xoxo

Ruby’s Upcycle Designs™ said...

You have chosen some absolutely beautiful bikes!!! I have a beach cruisers but I, too, am looking for an old beat up basket to attach to the handle bars. I have visions of riding down to the market and filling it with flowers and riding home to make lovely bouquets! Enjoy your bike ride! By the way, if I ever do get to SF...I will definitely let you know, I would love to visit all your haunts! Also, if you're ever in New England let me know we've got tons of goodies to be found here, too! Happy Weekend! Beth

Kristin said...

I'm longing for a new bicycle myself!! Great images! Happy Saturday!

Kristin :)

House of Design & Style said...

That vintage pink Hermes is so cool! I wouldnt mind having one of those myself. Have a great weekend!

lisa golightly said...

Oh that pink one ... DYING !!! Hey, I have that same exact yellow one ( with basket ). I have been riding it around for Gift Wrapped Life challenge ... and it's a been a blast ! Too bad we didn't live closer huh ? xoxo lisa

La Dolfina said...

Lisa~ I'm so proud of you! I feel so bad that I haven't found a bike yet to be in the challenge with you and Sande:(
I have been walking a lot though, so I'm with you in spirit.
I can just picture you on your fabulous yellow bicycle radiating sunshine wherever you go :)
xx

becky said...

Ah how sweet these are.I love the very first one and the last one.LOL@the seashells on those.Good Luck In finding one.I dont have mine anymore.I lovee bike riding too.Oh well maybe next year.

Happy weekend to you!~~Becky

Noel Solomon said...

These are all special in their own way! :-))

xo Noel

ashlina said...

those pictures make me want one now too!!!!!! that's it, im telling Clark, its my new WISHLIST
hope you have a beautiful weekend. xoxo

FrenchBlue said...

They are all so cute! As much as I would love to have a pearly light green Hotel Le Meurice bike I think I would be most comfortable riding a faded beach cruiser with a basket to carry my shells in...
XO

A Casa da Vá said...

how cute those images are! i am in the market for a vintage pale pink bike hopefully it will reveal itself in a yard sale that i pass by...

Lumo said...

It's still too cold (for me) to bike, bu soon I will take my bike out for a ride. Some people bike in snow and ice year around, but I am not that brave...

Fortunately biking routes are quite good here in Helsinki and I can easily bike from my house to city centre in twenty minutes. In the summer I constantly also do that.

Go and buy a bike of your own, biking is fun!

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Wow--loving all the different bikes you found! My fav is the last one though, vintage and pink...what more could you want?! lol
Smiles, Karen

Mermaid Glass said...

I love this post and I love all the different bikes! I'm feeling like heading down with the beach cruiser for a ride right now. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

Beach House Living said...

I can't believe this post...I saw a colorful Lily Pulitzer beach bike on line yesterday.

Today I went to an auction and am now the proud owner of a vintage beach bike it's blue ...complete with an old fashioned bell and a basket that is very rust.
Mind you I own a bike that has been used 4 times in over 10 years! It's called a Robin Hood made in England and needs a little TLC but it was too cool to pass up.

Seagrass Interiors said...

I love love love beach cruisers! They're so classic! I ride mine every weekend (hardly every use the car!) Although I can never ride my cruiser without humming the wicked witch of the west theme song in my head!! haha!

Melissa

Struggler said...

Sounds like you got an amazing deal on your tandem!
I've only ridden one once; as I recall, it takes a great deal of trust and faith, to get past that moment where you're convinced you're going to topple over together.

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Oh, I wish you were closer I would give you my spare bike (the one that got me cycling in the first place so it does have good karma)in a heartbeat. But I know you will find one that is so cool and so much fun so keep looking. send me you mileage when you are ready and happy to have the company. XO

Kellie Collis said...

Me too although not sure i would look that glamourous on one! xx

Beachcombing.... said...

Very fun! I have been wanting a beach crusier ever since my friend Melissa and I spotted a beautiful aqua Schwin with a beach wicker basket on the front while we were on a girl's weekend at Ocean Shores, WA. Love this images!
Caron

Marija said...

I'm so intrigued by your tandem bike! I am convinced I could never balance in sync with someone. You'll have to post some pics of you using it - bet it's totally adorable. And fun!

marija

shari @ little blue deer said...

Bicycles are so chic! I would like to think that I would have the guts to decorate mine like these, but somehow I doubt it! Lovely inspiration, though!