Saturday, July 17, 2010

People, Beer and Bike Rides

Summer time is the season of the group ride just about everywhere, and certainly in Flagstaff.  Grant arranged a group ride this week beginning at Granny's, a Flagstaff institution of many years.  Their parking lot is home to this large Lumberjack statue (the NAU mascot), the  base of which made a very nice bike rack.

After a pre-ride beer, we met up in the rear parking area to decide on our route and commence to pedal. 

I confess that I don't know this young lady's name but I've chatted with her at a recent Tweed ride.  I like her lace top.

Biking for two.

Father-daughter biking.

Soon we were pedaling through the NAU campus, which enjoys many bike paths and not a few hills.

After returning to Granny's for the post-ride beer (and a soda for little Claire), I prepared for the possibility of a summer monsoon while we were inside by wrapping my saddle in a plastic grocery bag. 

A plastic grocery bag makes an excellent, though admittedly not very stylish, rain cover and Flagstaff cyclists in-the-know carry them during monsoon season for just in case.

On the way home, Bob and I spotted this mural on the outside of a photography studio.  I pass by here at least once a week and have never noticed it so it might be new.  Regardless, I really like it as a nice addition to a funky southside neighborhood.


2whls3spds said...

Target bags are the best temporary seat covers! They are thicker than most other stores bags.

I collect and use "free" shower caps from my hotel stays. :-D


m e l i g r o s a said...

what a fun post karen! I like that you always capture your adventures and all kinds of riders on bikes, that is what is all about <3

simplybike said...

Looks like a blast! And I love that mural, it's beautiful. S.

She Rides a Bike said...

Aaron, I used a Target bag just this afternoon and found it superior to a Safeway bag in all respects. Thicker and less likely to blow away in a strong monsoon wind.

Meli, 'tis the season for bike adventures in Flagstaff and most do involve beer, although, I do enjoy your documentation of SF coffee culture.

Bliss Chick said...

Great inspiration! I'm planning a women's ride for this Sunday, so it's nice to see how your ride came together.