Monday, April 27, 2009

Don't leave me, Lucille

Was the weekend gorgeous in your neck of the woods? It sure was down here. Sunny and mid-80s every day. Late yesterday afternoon, JB and I went bike riding on a local greenway, which meant I got to take Lucille out for another spin.

Lucille is a Christmas present from JB. I love old, vintage things and this past Christmas I asked for a vintage bicycle in yellow, my favorite color. I didn't think I'd get it, but lo and behold, there she was Christmas morning, wearing a big red bow. I named her Lucille.



She's a Schwinn Breeze from the 1960s or early 70s, and JB had to do lots of work to get her running again. Everything is original, we think, including seat, tires and handlebars. He did replace the fenders, which are now all nice and shiny.

We went out to a local greenway that runs along a creek. It was really the first time JB had seen me riding. Apparently me riding Lucille is more amusing than me riding my old Huffy mountain bike because he kept whistling the theme song for that woman at the beginning of The Wizard of Oz who steals Toto and rides off with him in her bike basket.



I didn't take pics of our outing yesterday, but here are some from the very first Lucille excursion I took by myself (Jeff was out of town) in mid-March along the same greenway.


Sunset is my absolute favorite time of the day. Isn't the view gorgeous? I didn't have a camera so I had to make do with my Blackberry. Lucille was looking good in her adorable new bike basket, a birthday gift from my parents. They also got me a bike bell:




It was a joke, but it's so, so true. Technically I need to get a Sharpie and add an S on the end of "Pet." Don't want one of the beasties to feel left out. Although somehow I don't think they care much, since Momerath absolutely refuses to sit in the bike basket. I managed to stuff her in there once, but she bolted as soon as I let go. I knew better than to try Orion. JB still has scars from the first and only time we ever tried to give him a bath.

Technically the very first time I took Lucille out, there were...problems. The handlebars kept sliding out of alignment with the front wheel, and the seat swiveled around while I sat on it. JB wasn't home, so I got all Rosie the Riveter and fixed the seat with a silver wrenchy-thing and eventually found another wrenchy-thing in JB's toolbox that, with no fewer than three attachments, I used to fix the handlebar problem.

So this first greenway outing, I wasn't taking any chances that I'd have to ride four miles back with the handle bars aimed 90 degrees to the left. So I brought the wrenchy thing (along with my car keys) in the basket.


After about 2.5 miles, the greenway winds under an old railroad bridge.



I like it because it's creepy, especially late in the afternoon. It's in a lonely area of the greenway where there aren't as many people. The wind had picked up and it overcast by the time I got there.


So I took some pics and headed back. Let me tell you, riding into the wind is hard work. And the weird thing was, it got sunnier as I got closer to the more populated area. Not sure what that's about, except that probably the bridge is haunted.



So, back to the land of sunshine. The creek, which last summer was practically dried out, actually had a few mini-waterfalls and rapids.



I like the metallic clatter Lucille makes when I take hills or tight turns. She's only one-speed, but oh so fun to ride. I think we're both looking forward to more adventures together.





17 comments:

Justus M. Bowman said...

One day I'll ride my bike again. But it's no vintage. Not yet anyway.

Bevie said...

Love the railroad bridge. There's something about an old railroad bridge at dusk which invites imaginative creepiness.

To answer your question: it rained all weekend.

Kristy Colley said...

I LOVE the bike! Where do you live??

Anna Claire said...

Thanks Kristy! I'm in sweet home Alabama :)

moonrat said...

Lucille is SO gorgeous. I saw a really beautiful used Schwinn recently (not quite as nice a color as yours, though) but I didn't get it because...umm... I can't ride a bike. But it just looks so yummy.

beth said...

So cool! What an awesome bike AND an awesome adventure!

KLo said...

What a fabulous bike ... and Lucille is quite a name : ) Here's to many more adventures!

Liana Brooks said...

Lucille is lovely!

My last bike was eaten by a tree when I was about ten. I left it leaning against my mother's plum tree for so long the tree grew out over the handle bars...

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I fail as a bike rider, don't I?

jason evans said...

Thanks for these scenes!

cerrissa said...

lucille is soo cute!! i'm thinking about buying my friends scooter, i just need to think up an awesome name :)

Michelle said...

What a pretty bike! And I've to be able to ride my bike (if I had one) in such a pretty area..

TERI REES WANG said...

Love Lucille!

Duluk said...

Nice bike. My wife has been wanting an old bike for a while...a beach cruiser. Though not a beach, you're inspiring me to get off my butt and get her one. :)

Those pics remind me of home; I'm enjoying your blog. Nice bridge btw. Really cool. Wonder what it was like sitting under it when a train rolled over. Probably loud. :)

Anonymous said...

I have a yellow Schwinn Breeze circa 1978. Her name is Ol' Yeller. Santa delivered to me when I was 8. At nearly 40, I ride her back and forth to work everyday.

Laura said...

I think I'm in love with your bicycle..... <3

: said...

I love your bike and I have been looking for one like this for about a year now. I know you got it for Christmas but do you know where your family got it or where I can get one?

Anna Claire said...

For those asking where JB got my bike - I believe it was on eBay. That would be a good first place to look. Craigslist is another good place. You might also try your local bike shop and ask if they know of somewhere local to you that sells refurbished or vintage bikes. They can get expensive but if you purchase one that needs a little bit of love (and you're prepared to do the repairs yourself) you can probably score a good deal under $100.