Yesterday, I was visiting a friend and she showed me her new bicycle. My jaw dropped. It was quite possibly the chicest bicycle I have ever seen, replete with a wicker basket and – get this – an electric mechanism to help her get up the steep Santa Barbara hills. When I say steep, I mean STEEP. So steep, in fact, that Lance Armstrong used to train here during the winter months. Seriously.
Even though I am not an avid bicyclist (I became a tad skiddish riding in the streets of Chicago zig-zagging between cars, busses and taxi cabs), I still think that it is a beautiful and gorgeous sport. Anyhoo, after the visit with my friend, I found myself dreaming of bicycles and all of the wonderful accessories that go with them….Silver Lining.
The bicycle is the most efficient machine ever created: Converting calories into gas, a bicycle gets the equivalent of three thousand miles per gallon.
Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.
~James E. Starrs
Life is like riding a bicycle – in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.
The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets.
Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.
~John F. Kennedy
Vanilla Commuter (Made in Portland, Oregon)
Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world.
Happy, Silver Lined riding, everyone!
PS – The photos with no credit came from Tumblr. If you know who is responsible for the images, please let me know!