Monday, August 8, 2011

Biker Happy Hour @ Adeline, Adeline

Last week I was so excited to check out the biker happy hour at Adeline, Adeline, mostly because it gave me an excuse to cruise down the lower end of the West side bike path for the first time.

To be honest, I don't know why anyone would choose to get all tangled up trying to navigate the Bermuda Triangle West Village with the greenway just a few blocks away. I took it all the way down to Chambers St without a hitch.

It was a gorgeous day for it, windy and blue all around and I even skipped my regular biking duds and wore a dress for my commute.

I can't say enough how much I love the greenways that stretch around the city. They're not just great for bikers, but for anyone jogging or skating or simply  strolling along, looking for a quiet alternative to the chaos that is Manhattan traffic.

I was feeling extra at ease and took off my clunky helmet to let my hair blow in the breeze for a change. I loved seeing so many families biking together, especially the little kids on trikes. If I'm brave enough, one day I'll post the video of myself learning how to ride a bike for the first time and we can all laugh our asses off together.


Blue, on the Hudson.
Such a peaceful place.
As you know by now, I am still in the market for new wheels (dear Lord, where is it already?!), so I was looking forward to trying out Adeline's stock of Linus and Public bikes. I really haven't tested too many new rides and I couldn't believe how smooth and easy the two were. It's not hard to see why they're so popular, especially amongst the ladies. My only gripe?

The colors...kinda miss the mark. At least for me, anyway.

The bright orange Public bike is as close to the kind of unique color scheme I'm looking for but I hate the way their logo looks on the chain guard and those little blue/red/green stripes it has on the fenders. Some might call me nit-picky (OK, my mother definitely would) but if I'm going to drop $600 on a bike, is it too much to ask that every last inch of it had better be exactly the way I want it?

As for Linus, the black one I tried was gorgeous (a Dutchi, I think?) but I don't want a black bike. Other than that, they had white and I think one red one left. No gracias.

My friend Brian fell in love with this handsome fellow. 
To make a long post short, no,  I did not find my dream bike—in my price range, that is. I still drool a little bit over Kate Spade's overpriced single-speed cruiser and this one called the Poppy, which both top the $1,000 mark.

But I wasn't about to let any of that get in the way of having a ball. I got to hang out with a lot of great people, including some fellow bloggers.

While awesome, I gotta say it was a little weird to meet the faces behind the tweets and blog posts I devour every day when I should be doing things like working and sleeping and being productive. Hope I didn't come off too nerdy (chances: slim, none).

Brian with the very sweet and funny
Malaika from A Packable Feast.
Me with Julie, the lovely lady behind
The Julie Blog. 
The event was co-hosted by the ladies from Let's Go Ride A Bike, Dottie and Trish, and it was nice to finally meet them. I'm sort of smacking myself on the helmet right now for forgetting all about their Summer Challenge contest. I think I've inadvertently done nearly all the required challenges, but today's the deadline and I definitely won't make it. Oh well, there's always next year right?

Brian geeked out over this cool smartphone handlebar mount. And
then he bought it. I'm slightly jealous.
Love all the bikers mingling, sharing tips and such.
Thanks for having us, guys!

5 comments:

  1. Glad you could come! Wish I'd have met you before I was running out the door! Good luck finding your dream bike. When you ride it, you'll know. :)

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  2. Hi,

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  3. @Trish Ditto! It was a fun night.

    @Biker1977 Those are lovely! I'll be sure to take a closer look later. Do you retail in the US?

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  4. The smartphone handlebar thing is awesome!! I like your header picture also- I rode the 5 boros ride this year too- it was fun minus the 2 hour traffic jam on the bqe!

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  5. Thanks Carrie! Man, I was right there with you in that traffic jam, what a nightmare. Thanks for reading!

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