Monday, September 21, 2009

Meanwhile, in Louisville, KY

As mentioned in previous posts, the Planner Guy and I met in Louisville, Kentucky, where we returned for a 10-day visit (including a jaunt up to Cleveland for his cousin's wedding) to visit family and friends. After 16 years of living in the 'Ville, I know the city quite well - but not as a bike commuter since I didn't start down that path until after we moved to Flagstaff.

Bob and I are staying out in the East End, which is very suburban and generally lacking in bike infrastructure suitable for safe bike commuting. Very few bike lanes and no urban trails or multi-use paths. The old City of Louisville is very much a different story, however, with increased bike commuting being a priority of Mayor Abramson, who apparently is pushing for a bike transit station (with showers, bike storage, and some services attractive to bike commuters) downtown. Fantastic idea in my book. I wish him much success with this project.

While bike commuting is growing in popularity, Louisville is home to many enthusiastic road cyclists, who travel in huge, colorful, Lycra-clad packs through Cherokee Park on the weekends and with after work bike groups. Cherokee Park is a Frederick Law Olmsted park (one of several in Louisville) and also a popular destination for mountain and trail riders.

Because bicycling is so tremendously popular in Louisville, it is home to many good bike shops. As Bob signed up for the Louisville Ironman next summer, we visited one of them today, The Cyclist Cafe for a little inspiration. I will admit that my previous visits to The Cyclist Cafe have been limited to the cafe portion, sometimes after a ride along the bike path that runs along Beargrass Creek and the Ohio River. With much shame though, I usually traveled there by car in between meetings. They serve all the fashionable coffee drinks, yummy muffins, and sandwiches. Almost always in need of a good sandwich, Bob found himself ordering one within minutes of our arrival and found it indeed superior to the one he had consumed an hour before at another restaurant, which will go unnamed. I had a Diet Coke and a soft and chewy, cranberry and white chocolate chip cookie. Reluctantly, I left Bob 1/3 of the cookie, remembering the pastries I consumed at the Cleveland wedding.

Most the the bikes at The Cyclist Cafe are of the triathlon, road and mountain biking variety but I did see a Felt commuter bike. It had a coffee cup holder attached to the handlebar. I occasionally see people in downtown Flagstaff pedaling while also sipping a cup of joe and always wonder if I will ever be so graceful. Do you suppose those bike commuters go to an empty parking lot somewhere and practice sipping and pedaling? I can only imagine having several humiliating falls before successfully being able to manage both biking and drinking coffee.


jj said...

i have a coffee cup holder but i pretty much only drink when i'm waiting for traffic to clear so i can cross, or at a red light. i suppose it'd be no different than drinking from my water bottle while riding, but i'd rather not risk dumping hot coffee on myself!

Christa said...

Bike cafes are such a great idea. What a fun job too.

Trisha said...

Fun survey of Louisville biking! It's not too far from me so maybe I'll get up there to check it out one day. The cycing cafe sounds like fun. I've been wanting a cupholder for the Bat.

robison52 said...

Maybe the torn up saddle serves a purpose of discouraging thiefs? I had a great saddle that was stolen off my TREK 1000 and was rather pricey to replace. I recall on biker had painted his bike ghastly colors to avoid his bike being stolen.

Thomas Rasinen said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Motorize Your Bike said...

Excellent post and photos. Looks like you had a great time!

@robinson52 on the torn saddle - I hope so! We've had two bikes stolen in Old Louisville in the last year! A nice one like the top photo and a motorized bicycle. Maybe I'll go neon paint with my road bike! Or an electric bike with a slight current to deter would be thieves?

Cycler's Cafe is great and one of the first places my brother, a serious bicycler and bike safety instructor took me in Louisville. Anyone interested in cycling or motorized bikes, can add me on Twitter: @Rasinen or @motorizedbike or checkout:

Enjoy the ride!

Xianjun Ranqin said...

qihang1009,p90x workouts
hollister co
timberland boots
ralph lauren
prada uk
retro jordans
nike air force 1
adidas originals
chaussure louboutin
ed hardy clothing
christian louboutin uk
nike roshe run women
mcm outlet
michael kors
nike elite socks
insanity workout
swarov ski jewelry
fitflops sale clearance
canada goose outlet
nike air max 90
north face uk
nike running shoes
vans shoes
mizuno running shoes
canada goose uk
north face
coach outlet store online
new balance outlet
coach outlet online
ralph lauren outlet
ghd hair straighteners
nike air huarache

Wenhao Guo said...

lebron james shoes
ralph lauren uk
cheap mlb jerseys
ray ban sunglasses
coach outlet
herve leger outlet
hermes belt
cheap michael kors handbags
the north face
coach handbags
nike huarache
ralph lauren shirts
oakley outlet
basketball shoes
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton outlet
karen millen dresses
thomas sabo uk
tory burch shoes
ugg uk
cheap nfl jerseys
michael kors outlet
winter coats
michael kors handbags clearance
nike air max shoes
pandora jewelry
lululemon outlet
mulberry outlet
cheap nfl jerseys

柯云 said...

michael kors outlet sale
christian louboutin outlet
uggs australia
coach outlet
north face jackets
uggs on sale
coach outlet store online clearance
mont blanc mountain
gucci bags
cheap toms
louboutin femme
air max 90
ugg boots
pandora jewelry
ray ban sunglasses
ugg australia outlet
ugg boots
beats by dre outlet
michael kors bags
louis vuitton outlet
ugg boots clearance
giuseppe zanotti outlet
michael kors outlet clearance
ugg boots on sale
michael kors outlet store
air max 95
celine handbags
jordan retro 11
cheap toms
polo ralph lauren
ralph lauren outlet
abercrombie outlet
michael kors outlet online
rolex watches
ray ban
air jordans
ray bans
oakley sunglasses
tory burch boots
louis vuitton bags

Gege Dai said...

tods shoes sale
mac cosmetics sale
abercrombie outlet
new york giants jerseys
puma shoes
atlanta falcons jersey
new balance outlet
air jordan 11
los angeles clippers jersey
jacksonville jaguars jersey
nike free running
redskins jerseys
cincinnati bengals jersey
baltimore ravens jersey
ravens jerseys
fred perry polo shirts
tods outlet
san francisco 49ers jersey
los angeles clippers jerseys
tennessee titans jerseys
pittsburgh steelers jersey
chicago blackhawks
tennessee titans jersey
new york giants jersey
jordan 4
seattle seahawks jersey
49ers jersey
ferragamo shoes
vans shoes
los angeles lakers
pittsburgh steelers jerseys
nike free run
instyler ionic styler
new england patriots jerseys
celine outlet

mmjiaxin said...

michael kors outlet store
christian louboutin outlet
tiffany and co uk
michael jordan shoes
michael kors outlet
yeezy boost
yeezy sneakers
tiffany and co
cheap oakley sunglasses
Air Jordan 11
tiffany & co
kobe shoes
tiffany online
replica christian louboutin
nike huarache
tiffany and co jewellery
yeezy shoes
adidas nmd
michael kors handbags
oakley sunglasses
basketball shoes,cheap basketball shoes,nike basketball shoes,cheap jordan basketball shoes
nfl jerseys

Yuanyuan Lin said...

7.06lllllllyuanlongchamp pliage
cazal sunglasses
kobe bryants shoes
hermes belt for sale
nike air max 90
ray ban sunglasses
swarovski jewelry
coach outlet
michael kors factory outlet
polo ralph lauren
oakley sunglasses
herve leger dresses
ferragamo outlet
louis vuitton bags
lululemon uk
cheap nba jerseys
michael kors outlet
kobe shoes
ralph lauren
ralph lauren outlet
burberry outlet
ralph lauren outlet
links of london jewellery
coach outlet
coach handbags outlet
tory burch sandals
ray-ban sunglasses
pandora outlet
nike air force 1
coach outlet
oakley sunglasses
nfl jerseys wholesale
michael kors outlet
beats by dre
ralph lauren outlet

dong dong23 said...

louis vuitton outlet stores
instyler curling iron
uggs on sale
true religion jeans
tods outlet
christian louboutin shoes
beats headphones wireless
timberland boots
michael kors handbags
coach outlet
jordan retro 3
oakley outlet
kobe shoes 11
christian louboutin outlet
adidas outlet
longchamp handbags
cheap nfl jerseys
coach outlet
uggs pas cher
adidas stan smith
replica watches
ralph lauren polo outlet
michael kors handbags
adidas originals
abercrombie and fitch
nba jerseys
coach outlet
mont blanc pens
jordan 3
timberland boots
coach factory outlet
coach outlet
coach factory outlet
giuseppe zanotti sneakers
hollister outlet
louis vuitton outlet
oklahoma city thunder jerseys
michael kors handbags