Breakaway Bicycles recently enjoyed the opportunity to join Winter Park’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Board and one hundred other guests on a fun jaunt around Winter Park to celebrate “Bike to work” week! We excitedly prepared our bikes Thursday night, mounted our favorite Topeak rack and compatible bag to carry extra tubes and tools in case anyone was in need. Unfortunately as we slept that night, dreaming of sweet single track and carbon wheels a chilly little cold front came through. Being the Florida natives, upon waking up the next morning we were scrambling for gloves and hats. With plenty of time to spare we hopped on our well packed Marins and headed out the door.
Despite the cold weather, we were happy to see nearly all of the one hundred cyclists who signed up ready to ride. We chatted with other local cyclists, bike shop representatives and fixed a few riders’ last minute mechanicals and bike mishaps. The ride commenced with our police escort. Everyone cruised leisurely, chatting and just enjoying Winter Park’s beautiful scenery. The route included a ride through Hannibal Square, a lap around scenic Lake Mendesen, down S. Denning Drive to Mead Gardens which will soon become part of the marked Orlando Commuter Trail. The group then meandered back towards Park Avenue and the end of the ride. Overall the Park to Park was a successful ride, but a great plus was observing the sprint finish made by the little one who had toughed out the ride on training wheels! To find out about more bicycle events check out our events page at http://www.breakawaybicycleswinterpark.com/events/monthly-events/.
This winter Erin and I found ourselves cruising the high seas towards the breathtaking Bahamas. Upon arrival we were bombarded with suggestions (some more like demands) to rent one form of conveyance or another. After careful consideration we chose a racing red scooter with matching neon yellow helmets. Safety first, fashion second!
Excited to explore the island, we hopped on our red rocket and zipped out of town. Upon further reflection, our race machine probably wasn’t meant to carry our combined weight of 350 lbs. It did, however, hold up pretty well considering the abuse of bottoming out over speed bumps, grinding the kickstand on pavement while leaning into roundabouts and driving like the locals. Erin squeezed the life out of me while hanging on. I thought she would have more confidence in me, I only ran out of gas once.
After emerging unscathed from our scooter adventure, we decided to turn in our little racer and hoof it to check out the local shops. Instead of practicing our P’s and Q’s, we worked on our Arrrr’s, and headed to the Pirate Museum where we found the best treasure yet. A sweet adult trike with all the necessities….a luggage rack (maybe?) on back, a basket in the front, a bell, mirror and light. Most importantly, the owner had safely secured his bike and light to prevent theft…..safety first!
In my travels, I enjoy comparing the trends as well as cycling’s role in different cultures. I am always amazed at the amount of people who rely on bicycles as an important part of every day life. Japan left a lasting impression and much amusement in my mind. Women and girls use bicycles as necessary transportation, and were determined to still look cute and fashionable while doing so. Pictured above is a common sight in Japan. A school girl, carrying her books, umbrella (no matter what weather), and texting while en route to her next destination. That’s what I call multi-tasking.