Love the flowers and the brass bell! I can't wait to hear about your road bike adventures.
Oh, you're back in the blogging universe! Gorgeous bikes. Looking forward to learn more about Marianne :-).
Ooh, that divided top tube looks like a mixte! Can't wait to see more.
Welcome back :) Can't wait to hear the tales of Marianne.
Very nice. I see you went with the fluted fenders. Lookin' good.I think a mixte looks far more elegant with upright bars, but it's not just about looks. You have to set up the bike to match your preferences. Nice job on the bar tape.
Yup, it's a mixte! It may very well end up with upright bars; I just really wanted to challenge myself and try riding a full-fledged roadbike.
Lovely. You must tell more about her. I like the nibble fast sensitive bikes. I also am still learning to handle such a machine. I was most afraid of wiping out on the race with mine esp since mine was not a mixte. can't wait for a review of both!
My trouble on this bike is not so much wiping out (it seems to roll on its own, indifferent to elevation, and if anything I have to constantly watch the speed to make sure I am not riding recklessly!) -- as riding in traffic: I have a hard time looking over my shoulder, and for some reason, I tend to lose my balance when stopping and starting at lights and intersections. Hopefully this will improve with time, but it is a little frightening to experiment with!
Now you can tuck down low and carve precious seconds off the time from waking to coffee, when rolling down to cafes at the bottom of fierce slopes.
Oh come on, I do far more important things on my fierce roadbike. Picnics by the river, Newbury Street shopping, Harvard Square bookstores -- the list could go on and on.